Patents by Inventor Tomokazu Kinoshita

Tomokazu Kinoshita has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11149806
    Abstract: A control device for an automatic transmission is provided, which includes a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element configured to be engaged when a vehicle starts traveling, an other friction engagement element, a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element, an input torque detector configured to detect an input torque inputted into the automatic transmission, and a control unit comprising a lubricant supply control logic configured to control supply of lubricant to the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element and the other friction engagement element. The lubricant supply control logic switches the supply amount of lubricant to the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element according to the temperature of the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element, and switches the supply amount of lubricant to the another friction engagement element according to the input torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kinoshita, Shotaro Hara, Shoji Abe, Toshiaki Shirasago
  • Patent number: 11073201
    Abstract: A hydraulically operated transmission includes: a pressure regulator which regulates pressure of a hydraulic oil supplied to a coupling hydraulic chamber of a frictional coupling element for starting a vehicle; and a lubrication control valve provided at a lubricant oil supplying circuit for supplying the lubricant oil to the frictional coupling element. The lubrication control valve operates, in coupling the frictional coupling element at start of the vehicle, such that the lubricant oil is supplied to the frictional coupling element at a greater flow rate when a regulated pressure regulated by the pressure regulator is lower than a second predetermined pressure, than when the regulated pressure is higher than or equal to the second predetermined pressure. The second predetermined pressure is set to be higher than or equal to a first predetermined pressure, at which the frictional coupling element is completely coupled, and to be lower than a high pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ishiyama, Fumitoshi Sato, Hiroyuki Okayama, Masuhiro Kawakami, Tomokazu Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11047468
    Abstract: A hydraulically actuated transmission includes a selecting switching valve configured to selectively switch between a first switching valve and a second switching valve as a valve to be connected with an outlet port of a solenoid valve. The selecting switching valve is configured to operate in response to a hydraulic pressure applied to a specific frictional coupling element (second brake) in accordance with coupling and releasing of the specific frictional coupling element, and is configured to connect the outlet port with the first switching valve while the hydraulically actuated transmission is in high gear which is higher than or equal to a predetermined gear, and connect the outlet port with the second switching valve while the hydraulically actuated transmission is in the low gear which is lower than the predetermined gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ishiyama, Fumitoshi Sato, Hiroyuki Okayama, Masuhiro Kawakami, Tomokazu Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20210102621
    Abstract: A control device for an automatic transmission is provided, which includes a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element configured to be engaged when a vehicle starts traveling, an other friction engagement element, a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element, an input speed detector configured to detect an input speed of the automatic transmission, and a processor configured to execute lubricant supply control logic to control supply of lubricant to the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element and the other friction engagement element. The lubricant supply control logic switches the supply amount of lubricant to the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element according to the temperature of the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element, and switches the supply amount of lubricant to the other friction engagement element according to the input speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kinoshita, Shotaro Hara, Shoji Abe, Toshiaki Shirasago
  • Publication number: 20210102620
    Abstract: A control device for an automatic transmission is provided, which includes a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element configured to be engaged when a vehicle starts traveling, an other friction engagement element, a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element, an other friction engagement element temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the other friction engagement element, and a processor configured to execute lubricant supply control logic to control supply of lubricant to the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element and the other friction engagement element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kinoshita, Shotaro Hara, Shoji Abe, Toshiaki Shirasago
  • Publication number: 20210062915
    Abstract: A control device for an automatic transmission is provided, which includes a friction engagement element, and a processor configured to execute gear change control logic configured to control a gear change operation by supplying and discharging hydraulic fluid for forming a gear stage to/from the friction engagement element, and lubricant supply control logic configured to control to switching operation of a supply amount of lubricant to the friction engagement element according to an operating state of a vehicle. The processor controls the gear change operation and the switching operation to not overlap with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kinoshita, Shotaro Hara, Shoji Abe, Toshiaki Shirasago
  • Publication number: 20210062875
    Abstract: A control device for an automatic transmission is provided, which includes a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element configured to be engaged when a vehicle starts traveling, an other friction engagement element, a vehicle-propelling friction engagement element temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element, an input torque detector configured to detect an input torque inputted into the automatic transmission, and a control unit comprising a lubricant supply control logic configured to control supply of lubricant to the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element and the other friction engagement element. The lubricant supply control logic switches the supply amount of lubricant to the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element according to the temperature of the vehicle-propelling friction engagement element, and switches the supply amount of lubricant to the another friction engagement element according to the input torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kinoshita, Shotaro Hara, Shoji Abe, Toshiaki Shirasago
  • Patent number: 10677314
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus with a centrifugal pendulum damper is realized, which can effectively suppress torque fluctuation and vibration noise of a vehicle while avoiding size increase of a centrifugal pendulum damper and deterioration of reliability of the centrifugal pendulum damper by high-speed rotation. A power transmission apparatus with a centrifugal pendulum damper includes: a centrifugal pendulum damper coupled to an input shaft through a speed-increasing mechanism configured to increase speed of rotation of the input shaft; and an engagement/disengagement mechanism capable of realizing and cutting off power transmission from the input shaft to the centrifugal pendulum damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kyosei Nakashima, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Norio Iwashita, Shinya Kamada, Hiroo Akagi, Tomokazu Kinoshita, Hiroyuki Okayama, Narihito Hongawara, Keiji Bouda
  • Publication number: 20200056695
    Abstract: A hydraulically actuated transmission includes a selecting switching valve configured to selectively switch between a first switching valve and a second switching valve as a valve to be connected with an outlet port of a solenoid valve. The selecting switching valve is configured to operate in response to a hydraulic pressure applied to a specific frictional coupling element (second brake) in accordance with coupling and releasing of the specific frictional coupling element, and is configured to connect the outlet port with the first switching valve while the hydraulically actuated transmission is in high gear which is higher than or equal to a predetermined gear, and connect the outlet port with the second switching valve while the hydraulically actuated transmission is in the low gear which is lower than the predetermined gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Takashi Ishiyama, Fumitoshi Sato, Hiroyuki Okayama, Masuhiro Kawakami, Tomokazu Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20200056694
    Abstract: A hydraulically actuated transmission includes a reducing valve provided at a lubricant oil supplying circuit and configured to reduce a pressure of a lubricant oil having a predetermined pressure and output the lubricant oil with a reduced pressure; and a switching device (switching valve) configured to selectively switch between a first path and a second path as the path for supplying the lubricant oil from the reducing valve to a to-be-lubricated portion. The reducing valve is configured such that an output pressure of the lubricant oil from the reducing valve is higher when the second path is selected by the switching device, than when the first path is selected by the switching device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Takashi Ishiyama, Fumitoshi Sato, Hiroyuki Okayama, Masuhiro Kawakami, Tomokazu Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20190271388
    Abstract: A hydraulically operated transmission includes: a pressure regulator which regulates pressure of a hydraulic oil supplied to a coupling hydraulic chamber of a frictional coupling element for starting a vehicle; and a lubrication control valve provided at a lubricant oil supplying circuit for supplying the lubricant oil to the frictional coupling element. The lubrication control valve operates, in coupling the frictional coupling element at start of the vehicle, such that the lubricant oil is supplied to the frictional coupling element at a greater flow rate when a regulated pressure regulated by the pressure regulator is lower than a second predetermined pressure, than when the regulated pressure is higher than or equal to the second predetermined pressure. The second predetermined pressure is set to be higher than or equal to a first predetermined pressure, at which the frictional coupling element is completely coupled, and to be lower than a high pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi Ishiyama, Fumitoshi Sato, Hiroyuki Okayama, Masuhiro Kawakami, Tomokazu Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20180283492
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus with a centrifugal pendulum damper is realized, which can effectively suppress torque fluctuation and vibration noise of a vehicle while avoiding size increase of a centrifugal pendulum damper and deterioration of reliability of the centrifugal pendulum damper by high-speed rotation. A power transmission apparatus with a centrifugal pendulum damper includes: a centrifugal pendulum damper coupled to an input shaft through a speed-increasing mechanism configured to increase speed of rotation of the input shaft; and an engagement/disengagement mechanism capable of realizing and cutting off power transmission from the input shaft to the centrifugal pendulum damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kyosei Nakashima, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Norio Iwashita, Shinya Kamada, Hiroo Akagi, Tomokazu Kinoshita, Hiroyuki Okayama, Narihito Hongawara, Keiji Bouda