Patents by Inventor Toru Futami

Toru Futami 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).

  • Publication number: 20060231136
    Abstract: A fine channel device capable of producing fine particles in an industrial scale, hardening the fine particles immediately after the production and recovering the fine particles from a medium without collapsing the shape of the produced fine particles, a fine particle producing method using the fine channel device and a solvent extraction method using the fine channel, are presented. The fine channel device comprises a fine channel provided with an inlet port and an inlet channel which feed a dispersion phase, an inlet port and an inlet channel which feed a continuous phase, and an outlet channel and an outlet port which discharge fine particles produced by the dispersion phase and the continuous phase, wherein the inlet channel for feeding the dispersion phase and the inlet channel for feeding the continuous phase are joined at an arbitrary angle, and the two inlet channels are connected to the outlet channel at the arbitrary angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Applicant: TOSOH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Kawai, Koji Kitayama, Toru Futami, Katsuyuki Hara, Tomohiro Ohkawa, Keiichiro Nishizawa, Hideaki Kiriya, Hirotatsu Kusakabe
  • Publication number: 20060171867
    Abstract: A fine channel device, having an inlet opening for introducing a gas and an inlet path interconnecting with this inlet opening, a fine channel interconnecting with the inlet path, a discharge path interconnecting with the fine channel, and a discharge opening interconnecting with this discharge path. The inner diameter of the inlet path is greater than that of the fine channel, and either increases gradually, or remains identical, with increasing distance from the position where the inlet opening and the inlet path are in interconnection with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Applicant: Tosoh Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Katayama, Toru Futami
  • Patent number: 6804189
    Abstract: A near field optical recording medium having a header area in which at least an addressing signal or a timing signal is recorded by means of a concave/convex pattern with laser light using a flying optical head. When a concave/convex portion of the concave/convex pattern is to be detected, either an effect due to a change in returning light caused by distance wherein the reflectance is changed or an effect due to a change in returning light caused by a diffraction effect is sufficiently larger, or a combination of such effects (changes by distance effect and changes by diffraction effect) are not weakened by each other, so that header information recorded by the concave/convex pattern can correctly be reproduced even in a super-high density recording medium using near field light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Tosoh Corporation
    Inventors: Toshio Inase, Koyata Takahashi, Koji Katayama, Tatsuo Kawasaki, Kenichi Sekimoto, Toru Futami, Keiichiro Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 6798734
    Abstract: An optical recording medium able to reproduce address information during seeking in which an optical head moves between tracks, to increase seek speed, to improve recording/reproduction speed and to obtain a good header reproducing signal is achieved by that the concave portions or convex portions constituting a reproducing signal in seeking reproduced even during seek and/or constituting a timing signal for writing a header signal are connected to each other in a direction orthogonal to the tracks, when these concave portions and/or convex portions are placed in positions equivalent to each other in the adjacent tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Tosoh Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuo Kawasaki, Koyata Takahashi, Kenichi Sekimoto, Toru Futami, Shigeru Hiramatsu, Mutsumi Asano, Yuji Kawara, Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6791677
    Abstract: An information measuring apparatus having a fine channel device comprises at least one detector for measuring information supplied from a plurality of measuring portions formed in the fine channel device, a position-holding/determining means for holding and positioning the fine channel device, a rotating means for rotating the fine channel device at a predetermined angle, a position-determining means for positioning the measuring portion and the detector, wherein information supplied from the measuring portions in the fine channel device is measured successively by rotating the fine channel device at the predetermined angle, whereby information from the measuring portions is stably and efficiently measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Tosoh Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Kawai, Koji Katayama, Toru Futami, Tomoyuki Oikawa, Keiichiro Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20040028580
    Abstract: A fine channel device comprising a fine channel (19) provided with at least two inlet ports (11, 28, 29) for feeding fluid, inlet channels communicated with the inlet ports, a confluent portion (37) communicated with the inlet channels to feed the fluid, a branch portion (4) communicated with the fine channel, from which at least two outlet channels are branched to feed predetermined amounts of fluid, and outlet ports (12, 30, 31) communicated with the outlet channels, wherein the fine channel (19) is provided with a plurality of partition walls (22) along a boundary formed by at least two kinds of fluid (13, 14) fed from the inlet ports so as not to cause mutual contamination of fluid, whereby different kinds of fluid flowing in the fine channel in an adjacent state can form stably the fluid boundary and each kind of fluid can be discharged from a predetermined outlet port separately without causing the mutual contamination of fluid between adjacent flows of the fluid, is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: TOSOH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Futami, Tomohiro Ohkawa, Tomoyuki Oikawa, Akira Kawai, Koji Katayama, Keiichiro Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20040022690
    Abstract: A fine channel device for performing a chemical treatment or for producing fine particles, having the degree of integration of fine particles two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally and capable of supplying a liquid to all of the fine channels evenly and producing products in a large quantity, is provided, and a small-sized chemical plant capable of achieving a production quantity comparable to a conventional large-scale chemical plant comprising the fine channel device as a fundamental constituent factor, is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Applicant: TOSOH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Kawai, Koji Katayama, Toru Futami, Shinichi Matsumoto, Tomohiro Ohkawa, Tomoyuki Oikawa, Katsuyuki Hara
  • Publication number: 20030201022
    Abstract: A fine channel device capable of producing fine particles in an industrial scale, hardening the fine particles immediately after the production and recovering the fine particles from a medium without collapsing the shape of the produced fine particles, a fine particle producing method using the fine channel device and a solvent extraction method using the fine channel, are presented. The fine channel device comprises a fine channel provided with an inlet port and an inlet channel which feed a dispersion phase, an inlet port and an inlet channel which feed a continuous phase, and an outlet channel and an outlet port which discharge fine particles produced by the dispersion phase and the continuous phase, wherein the inlet channel for feeding the dispersion phase and the inlet channel for feeding the continuous phase are joined at an arbitrary angle, and the two inlet channels are connected to the outlet channel at the arbitrary angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: TOSOH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Kawai, Koji Kitayama, Toru Futami, Katsuyuki Hara, Tomohiro Ohkawa, Keiichiro Nishizawa, Hideaki Kiriya, Hirotatsu Kusakabe
  • Publication number: 20030053047
    Abstract: An information measuring apparatus having a fine channel device comprises at least one detector for measuring information supplied from a plurality of measuring portions formed in the fine channel device, a position-holding/determining means for holding and positioning the fine channel device, a rotating means for rotating the fine channel device at a predetermined angle, a position-determining means for positioning the measuring portion and the detector, wherein information supplied from the measuring portions in the fine channel device is measured successively by rotating the fine channel device at the predetermined angle, whereby information from the measuring portions is stably and efficiently measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Applicant: TOSOH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Kawai, Koji Katayama, Toru Futami, Tomoyuki Oikawa, Keiichiro Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20020150503
    Abstract: The fine channel device has a fine channel substrate having a fine channel, in which patterns of same or different concave-convex are formed in front and rear surfaces wherein a functional unit having an electrical, magnetic, physical or chemical function, or an information recording function is provided on the fine channel substrate three-dimensionally. Further, the fine channel device usable for analyzing permits use of a plurality of analyzing liquid reagents in order to analyze a plurality of specified substances, and can reduce the amount of usable sample and improves the sensitivity of fluorescence measurement. Further, the fine channel device is formed by laminating a plurality of substrates having a fine channel, in which patterns of same or different concave-convex are formed, efficiently. Further, a method for producing the fine channel device capable of producing it economically in a short time and in a large scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Applicant: TOSOH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Toshinori Hayashi, Toru Futami, Koji Katayama, Akira Kawai, Keiichiro Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20020054561
    Abstract: A near field optical recording medium having a header area in which at least an addressing signal or a timing signal is recorded by means of a concave/convex pattern with laser light using a flying optical head. When a concave/convex portion of the concave/convex pattern is to be detected, either an effect due to a change in returning light caused by distance wherein the reflectance is changed or an effect due to a change in returning light caused by a diffraction effect is sufficiently larger, or a combination of such effects (changes by distance effect and changes by diffraction effect) are not weakened by each other, so that header information recorded by the concave/convex pattern can correctly be reproduced even in a super-high density recording medium using near field light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Inventors: Toshio Inase, Koyata Takahashi, Koji Katayama, Tatsuo Kawasaki, Kenichi Sekimoto, Toru Futami, Keiichiro Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 5270932
    Abstract: A reversible electric motor is coupled for moving a steering wheel of an automotive vehicle in a first direction toward an uppermost position and in a second direction toward a lowermost position. An operation device has a control member movable in first and second directions for producing a signal indicating a desired steering wheel position change corresponding to an extent to which the control member is moved and a desired direction corresponding to a direction in which the control member is moved. A control unit is responsive to the signal from the operation device for operating the electric motor to move the steering wheel in the desired direction. The control unit is arranged to set a length of time based upon the desired steering wheel position change and to operate the electric motor for the time length to make the desired steering wheel position change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshizawa, Toru Futami
  • Patent number: 5200745
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating data between a master station and a plurality of control units applicable to an automotive vehicle are disclosed in which if an echoback communication in response to a control command is not received by the master station from the selected control unit within a predetermined period of time upon issuance of a continue command or a diagnostic execution command, the controlled state of the electronic control unit is released. Furthermore, to effectively diagnose the control operation of one of the control units interactively with the operation of other control units, an interrupt command may be issued while the selected control unit continues the predetermined control operation, and the remaining control units are then initialized. A different control unit may then be selected and set to a controlled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hideo Takai, Hidetoshi Inagaki, Toru Futami
  • Patent number: 5187665
    Abstract: The vehicle seat and the steering wheel are shifted to the drive position when the door is open and to the getting in/out position when the door is opened, as long as the ignition key is inserted into the key cylinder without shifting the key at the accessory and ignition positions. Further, the seat and wheel are shifted to the drive position when the key is inserted into the key cylinder and to the getting in/out position when the key is removed therefrom, as long as the key is not shifted at the accessory and ignition positions. Further, the seat and wheel are shifted to the drive position when the key is shifted to the ignition position, as long as the key is inserted into the key cylinder and shifted at the accessory position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Futami, Kazuo Hirai, Shigeki Tezuka
  • Patent number: 4926417
    Abstract: An information transmitting and reception system applicable to a vehicle. The system comprises: (a) a plurality of information elements, some of which generating information for use by the remainder thereof, grouped into information sources and information receivers, the number of the information elements in the information sources and in the information receivers being limited to no more than a given number, (b) a plurality of information transmission units, each connected electrically to corresponding one of the information sources, (c) a plurality of information reception units, each connected electrically to corresponding one of the information receivers, and (d) means for connecting electrically each of the information transmission units to at least a corresponding one of the information reception units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Futami, Tadashi Suzuki, Atsushi Sakagami
  • Patent number: 4821262
    Abstract: A time-division multiplexing data transmission/reception system applicable to a vehicle is disclosed in which a multiplexing synchronizer, for generating and outputting a pulse train signal to a single data transmission line, is connected between a power supply and a data transmission line. The pulse train signal has a master synchronization interval defined by disconnecting the power supply from the signal transmission line for a first predetermined time width and has a plurality of communication channel intervals, each communication channel interval being defined by connecting the power supply to the signal transmission line for a second predetermined time width followed by disconnecting the power supply from the signal transmission line for a third predetermined width. A transmitter transmits data, having one of two different pulse widths during a specified communication channel interval, to the signal transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventor: Toru Futami
  • Patent number: 4799218
    Abstract: A time-division multiplex transmission network system having a plurality of data processing stations, in which data of a predetermined number of bits is transmitted on a data transmission line for a period of time determined by the number of bits of data by one bit in synchronization with a synchronization signal extracted from a predetermined time series code string signal when one of code patterns derived from the predetermined time series code string signal coincides with a predetermined code pattern indicating an address allocated to one of the individual data stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Atsushi Sakagami, Toru Futami, Noriyuki Abe, Tadashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4706245
    Abstract: A network system having a single-wire common signal transmission line to which a plurality of data processing stations and a synchronous code signal generator are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tadashi Suzuki, Minoru Tomikashi, Toru Futami, Atsushi Sakagami
  • Patent number: 4694294
    Abstract: A network system including a data transmission line through which a serial data is transmitted, a synchronous signal line through which a synchronous signal transmission for controlling a transfer of the serial data is transmitted, and a plurality of data stations connected to both the signal transmission line and synchronous signal transmission line, each one of the data stations transferring the serial data to any of the other data stations in accordance with the synchronous signal, wherein a period over which the serial data is transmitted to the data signal transmission line is varied according to a length of the serial data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tadashi Suzuki, Toru Futami, Atsushi Sakagami
  • Patent number: 4674084
    Abstract: A network system having a single-wire common signal transmission line for interfacing a serial bit data string between a plurality of data stations connected thereto comprises: (a) first means for repeatedly generating an address information bit signal based on a predetermined time series code for each predetermined synchronization timing, modulating each address information bit signal into a synchronous signal having a frequency which is varied according to a bit status of each address information bit signal, and outputting the modulated synchronous signal to the common signal transmission line so as to superpose on the serial bit data string, (b) second means provided within each station for demodulating the synchronous signal derived from said first means according to the frequency thereof so as to extract the bit status of the address information bit signal, (c) third means provided within each station for reproducing a signal corresponding to the predetermined time series code generated in said first mea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tadashi Suzuki, Toru Futami, Atsushi Sakagami