Patents by Inventor Toru Hirano

Toru Hirano 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: 20150108510
    Abstract: The LED module includes: a light diffusing substrate having light transmissive properties; an LED chip bonded to a first surface of the light diffusing substrate with a transparent first bond in between; a color converter facing the first surface to cover the LED chip; and a mounting substrate. The color converter is made of transparent material containing phosphor which, when excited by light emitted from the LED chip, emits light having a different color from the LED chip. The mounting substrate includes a diffuse reflection layer diffusely reflecting light emitted from the LED chip and light emitted from the phosphor. The diffuse reflection layer is placed facing a second surface of the light diffusing substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Akifumi Nakamura, Hayato Ioka, Ryoji Imai, Jun Goda, Toru Hirano, Masanori Suzuki, Hideaki Hyuga
  • Publication number: 20150077982
    Abstract: An LED module includes: an opaque substrate on which a wiring circuit is provided; a submount bonded to a surface of the opaque substrate with a first bond; an LED chip bonded with a second bond to an opposite side of the submount from the opaque substrate; and wires electrically connecting the LED chip to patterned wiring circuit. In the LED module, the first bond and the second bond each allow light emitted from the LED chip to pass therethrough. The submount is a light-transmissive member. A lighting device includes a device main body and the LED module. The lamp includes the LED module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Kenichiro Tanaka, Akifumi Nakamura, Toru Hirano, Hideaki Hyuga, Masanori Suzuki, Teruhisa Yokota
  • Publication number: 20150048402
    Abstract: A light-emitting device in accordance with the present invention includes a mounting substrate; an LED chip bonded to a surface of the mounting substrate with a bond; and an encapsulating portion covering the LED chip. The bond transmits light from the LED chip. The mounting substrate includes: a light-transmissive member having a planar size larger than that of the LED chip; and first and second penetrating wirings which penetrate the light-transmissive member in the thickness direction thereof and are electrically connected to first and second electrodes of the LED chip via first and second wires, respectively. The light-transmissive member includes at least two light-transmissive layers with different optical properties which are stacked in the thickness direction. A light-transmissive layer of the light-transmissive layers which is farther from the LED chip is higher in reflectance to the light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Akifumi Nakamura, Hayato Ioka, Toru Hirano, Masanori Suzuki, Hideaki Hyuga, Ryoji Imai, Jun Goda
  • Patent number: 8834375
    Abstract: To be able to control an aperture in ultrasound transducer units comprised such that the signals from a plurality of ultrasound transducers are added and output. An ultrasound probe comprising a plurality of ultrasound transducers, a plurality of delay circuits, and an adder circuit, and configured to be able to control a reception aperture of ultrasound waves. The delay circuit performs a delay processing to reception signals. The adder circuit adds and outputs the reception signals for each predetermined group. The ultrasound probe further comprises a gate means. The gate means switches connection and disconnection of the signal path for each signal path arranged between the ultrasound transducer and the adder circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hironobu Hongou, Yasuo Miyajima, Toru Hirano, Isao Uchiumi, Nobuyuki Iwama, Masaaki Ishitsuka
  • Publication number: 20140121519
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus comprises an ultrasonic probe, a transmission unit, a reception unit, a correction unit, an image processing unit and a display unit. The ultrasonic probe includes a plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements. The reception unit stores a plurality of image generation reception signals corresponding to the plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements, generates a reception beam in accordance a predetermined reception condition by using each of the stored image generation reception signals, and stores a plurality of correction reception signals corresponding to the plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements. The correction unit receives the plurality of correction reception signals and corrects at least one of the transmission conditions and the reception condition based on the plurality of correction reception signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicants: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yasuo MIYAJIMA, Nobuyuki Iwama, Isao Uchiumi, Masaaki Ishitsuka, Toru Hirano, Hironobu Hongou
  • Patent number: 8701291
    Abstract: A multi-purpose hair cutter according to the present invention includes a body member, a blade member, and a projection member. The blade member is attached to a first side of the body member in a height direction. The projection member has a base part and at least one projecting part. The base part is attached to a second side of the body member opposite to the blade member in the height direction. The projecting part is formed to project from the base part and rises in a direction opposite to the blade member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Riki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Hirano
  • Publication number: 20130310695
    Abstract: To provide an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus capable of appropriately assigning a transmission delay time of a group to a transducer without complicated wires. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus of the embodiment comprises a plurality of transducers, a timing pulse generator, a switch part, and a switch controller. Ultrasound waves are transmitted to the transducers. The timing pulse generator has output terminals for outputting timing pulses based on a delay time to a channel corresponding to each of the transducers, in which a plurality of output terminals are divided into groups and each group has the output terminals of a specific number greater than two. The timing pulse generator then generates the transmission delay time within a predetermined time range for the each group. The switch part selectively connects the channels with the output terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicants: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hironobu Hongou, Yasuo Miyajima, Nobuyuki Iwama, Isao Uchiumi, Masaaki Ishitsuka, Toru Hirano
  • Publication number: 20130303918
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe and ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus that can maintain surface temperature of an ultrasound probe within a safe range, without reduction in performance. The ultrasound probe includes a casing, a transducer, an electronic circuit, and a heat-transfer construction. Elements of the transducer are aligned at one end of the casing and send out ultrasound waves in accordance with their respective delay times. The electronic circuit, disposed in the casing, includes a delay circuit setting delay times and pulsers for generating pulses in accordance with the delay times, the pulses being sent to the transducer. While the electronic circuit is being energized, the heat-transfer construction disposes a member having a low heat conductivity at least either between the electronic circuit and the casing or between the electronic circuit and the transducer. Thereby, heat from the electronic circuit is conducted to the other end of the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicants: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuo Miyajima, Hironobu Hongou, Toru Hirano, Isao Uchiumi, Nobuyuki Iwama, Masaaki Ishitsuka
  • Patent number: 8491476
    Abstract: A bias gate part supplies a bias current to a transmission pulse generator. The transmission pulse generator receives the supply of the bias current, amplifies an input voltage, and supplies an output voltage obtained by the amplification to array transducer elements. In accordance with the timing of transmitting ultrasound waves from the array transducer elements and the level of the output voltage supplied to the array transducer elements, the bias gate part supplies the bias current to the transmission pulse generator while changing the timing of supplying the bias current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Iwama, Isao Uchiumi, Masaaki Ishitsuka, Satoshi Kamiyama, Toru Hirano, Takeshi Fukasawa
  • Publication number: 20120310096
    Abstract: To be able to control an aperture in ultrasound transducer units comprised such that the signals from a plurality of ultrasound transducers are added and output. An ultrasound probe comprising a plurality of ultrasound transducers, a plurality of delay circuits, and an adder circuit, and configured to be able to control a reception aperture of ultrasound waves. The delay circuit performs a delay processing to reception signals. The adder circuit adds and outputs the reception signals for each predetermined group. The ultrasound probe further comprises a gate means. The gate means switches connection and disconnection of the signal path for each signal path arranged between the ultrasound transducer and the adder circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicants: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hironobu Hongou, Yasuo Miyajima, Toru Hirano, Isao Uchiumi, Nobuyuki Iwama, Masaaki Ishitsuka
  • Publication number: 20110172537
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to an ultrasound probe having a first ultrasound vibrator group and a second ultrasound vibrator group, comprising a plurality of matrix switches and an adder. The ultrasound probe has a mode to send ultrasound to a predetermined observation point within a subject by the first ultrasound vibrator group, and to receive ultrasound echoes reflected within the subject by the second ultrasound vibrator group. The plurality of matrix switches extract, based on the distance between the second ultrasound vibrator group and the observation point, a plurality of ultrasound echoes having substantially the same phase from a plurality of ultrasound echoes output by the second ultrasound vibrator group. The adder adds the plurality of ultrasound echoes extracted by the plurality of matrix switches for each of the matrix switches and outputs them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironobu HONGOU, Toru HIRANO, Isao UCHIUMI, Masaaki ISHITSUKA, Takayuki SHIINA
  • Publication number: 20110131811
    Abstract: A multi-purpose hair cutter according to the present invention includes a body member, a blade member, and a projection member. The blade member is attached to a first side of the body member in a height direction. The projection member has a base part and at least one projecting part. The base part is attached to a second side of the body member opposite to the blade member in the height direction. The projecting part is formed to project from the base part and rises in a direction opposite to the blade member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: TOKYO RIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru HIRANO
  • Publication number: 20100087737
    Abstract: A bias gate part supplies a bias current to a transmission pulse generator. The transmission pulse generator receives the supply 6of the bias current, amplifies an input voltage, and supplies an output voltage obtained by the amplification to array transducer elements. In accordance with the timing of transmitting ultrasound waves from the array transducer elements and the level of the output voltage supplied to the array transducer elements, the bias gate part supplies the bias current to the transmission pulse generator while changing the timing of supplying the bias current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki IWAMA, Isao UCHIUMI, Masaaki ISHITSUKA, Satoshi KAMIYAMA, Toru HIRANO, Takeshi FUKASAWA
  • Publication number: 20090291012
    Abstract: A production method for a sintered part comprises preparing a metal powder and a binder composed of a thermoplastic resin and a wax, mixing the metal powder and 40 to 60 vol. % of the binder with respect to the metal powder into a mixed powder, and heating and kneading the mixed powder into a raw material. This production method further includes supplying a predetermined amount of the raw material in a hole of a die and compacting the raw material into a green compact having a predetermined shape by pressing the raw material by a punch. This production method further includes ejecting the green compact from the hole of the die, removing the binder from the ejected green compact by heating, and sintering the green compact by heating so as to diffusion bond particles of the green compact. The compacting is performed by pressing at a moving rate U of the punch, which is not more than a rate calculated from the following equation (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicants: HITACHI POWDERED METALS CO., LTD., HITACHI INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Okahara, Zenzo Ishijima, Mitsuo Kusano, Kazuya Suzuki, Toru Hirano
  • Patent number: 7591643
    Abstract: In a molding method and a mold therefore, a fluid flows through an ejector pin including a front end surface movable with respect to the mold to release or remove from the mold at least a part of a product made from a melted material so that the front end surface of the ejector pin movable with respect to the mold is cooled by the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Hirano, Yasuhiro Goto
  • Publication number: 20080277832
    Abstract: In a molding method and a mold therefore, a fluid flows through an ejector pin including a front end surface movable with respect to the mold to release or remove from the mold at least a part of a product made from a melted material so that the front end surface of the ejector pin movable with respect to the mold is cooled by the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Toru Hirano, Yasuhiro Goto
  • Publication number: 20080139804
    Abstract: To provide a novel photosensitive compound which is useful for a photodynamic therapy, an agent for the photodynamic therapy containing the same and a method for producing the same. A compound represented by the following formula 1 or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Naohiro Kanayama, Kentaro Horiuchi, Hidechika Ozawa, Toru Hirano, Eiji Kohno
  • Patent number: 7073861
    Abstract: A hinge construction in which a center hinge 14 is provided between seat backs 1 and 2 arranged by being divided into left and right, and the left and right seat backs 1 and 2 are supported by the center hinge 14 so as to be reclinable. In this hinge construction, the center hinge 14 includes a mounting bracket 18 of which one end portion is installed to the right seat back 2, a center hinge bracket 19 installed to the vehicle body side, and a hinge shaft 20 for connecting the mounting bracket 18 to the center hinge bracket 19. The left and right seat backs 1 and 2 are supported via the center hinge 14 so as to be reclinable by inserting the hinge shaft 20 through the other end portion of the mounting bracket 18 and the center hinge bracket 19 and by fixing the hinge shaft 20 to a seat frame 3 of the left seat back 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Ichikawa, Toru Hirano, Akira Hijikata
  • Publication number: 20060113709
    Abstract: In a molding method and a mold therefore, a fluid flows through an ejector pin including a front end surface movable with respect to the mold to release or remove from the mold at least a part of a product made from a melted material so that the front end surface of the ejector pin movable with respect to the mold is cooled by the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Publication date: June 1, 2006
    Inventors: Toru Hirano, Yasuhiro Goto
  • Publication number: 20040201265
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hinge construction in which a center hinge 14 is provided between seat backs 1 and 2 arranged by being divided into left and right, and the left and right seat backs 1 and 2 are supported by the center hinge 14 so as to be reclinable. In this hinge construction, the center hinge 14 includes a mounting bracket 18 of which one end portion is installed to the right seat back 2, a center hinge bracket 19 installed to the vehicle body side, and a hinge shaft 20 for connecting the mounting bracket 18 to the center hinge bracket 19. The left and right seat backs 1 and 2 are supported via the center hinge 14 so as to be reclinable by inserting the hinge shaft 20 through the other end portion of the mounting bracket 18 and the center hinge bracket 19 and by fixing the hinge shaft 20 to a seat frame 3 of the left seat back 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Masato Ichikawa, Toru Hirano, Akira Hijikata