Patents by Inventor Toshiyuki Karasawa

Toshiyuki Karasawa 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: 20200244016
    Abstract: It is aimed to provide a charging inlet easily mountable on a body of a vehicle. A charging inlet is fixed to a vehicle body (10) and includes a housing main body (30) having a plurality of terminals accommodated inside, a mounting plate provided on an outer peripheral surface of the housing main body and arranged on an inner surface side of the vehicle body (10), bolts (50) inserted into first through holes formed in the mounting plate and second through holes formed in the vehicle body (10), and nuts (60) provided on an outer surface side of the vehicle body (10) and threadably engaged with the bolts (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Masahiro Karasawa, Hironobu Hashimoto, Toshiyuki Matsuda
  • Publication number: 20190379309
    Abstract: Implemented are: a first energization step of energizing a motor during a first period in any first excitation pattern at a start of the motor; and a second energization step of energizing the motor, after the first energization step, during a second period longer than the first period in a second excitation pattern advanced from the first excitation pattern by a predetermined angle, for example, 120°, in a rotation instruction direction. After the second energization step, forced commutation is started so that the motor rotates from a rotational position corresponding to the second excitation pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki KARASAWA, Akihiro YAHATA, Tetsuo MOMOSE
  • Publication number: 20190379315
    Abstract: A rotational speed of a motor is detected and a speed reduction rate is evaluated based on the detected rotational speed, a current mode is transitioned to a deceleration mode when the speed reduction rate is equal to or greater than a first threshold value, the deceleration mode is released when the speed reduction rate is less than the first threshold value, and the PWM drive is switched to the one-side PWM drive to drive the motor when a power supply voltage to be used for driving the motor reaches equal to or greater than a second threshold value during the deceleration mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki KARASAWA, Akihiro YAHATA, Tetsuo MOMOSE
  • Patent number: 9989832
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a movable module holding an optical element having an optical axis; a fixed body comprising; a support mechanism swingably supporting the movable module; a drive mechanism structured to swing the movable module; and a flexible circuit board connected with the movable module and fixed body. The flexible circuit board may include a leading-out part extending from the movable module on a first side of the optical axis; a first extended part extending from the leading-out part to a second side of the optical axis; a first curved part which is curved from a tip end side of the first extended part toward a rear side; a second extended part extending from the first curved part toward the first side; and a fixed part of the second extended part connected with the fixed body on the first side of optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Minamisawa, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Shinroku Asakawa, Yoshihiro Hamada, Takeshi Sue
  • Publication number: 20160231641
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a movable module holding an optical element having an optical axis; a fixed body comprising; a support mechanism swingably supporting the movable module; a drive mechanism structured to swing the movable module; and a flexible circuit board connected with the movable module and fixed body. The flexible circuit board may include a leading-out part extending from the movable module on a first side of the optical axis; a first extended part extending from the leading-out part to a second side of the optical axis; a first curved part which is curved from a tip end side of the first extended part toward a rear side; a second extended part extending from the first curved part toward the first side; and a fixed part of the second extended part connected with the fixed body on the first side of optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Shinji MINAMISAWA, Toshiyuki KARASAWA, Shinroku ASAKAWA, Yoshihiro HAMADA, Takeshi SUE
  • Patent number: 9291832
    Abstract: Provided is an optical unit with shake correction function wherein it is possible to accurately swing the movable module even when a flexible wiring substrate is connected to the fixing element and movable module. In an optical unit with shake correction function, folding portions, the extending direction of which is reversed towards the vicinity of the swinging support point of a movable module, are provided at the midway portion of a flexible wiring substrate that is connected to the movable module and to a fixing element. In the folding portions, the overlapping portions of the flexible wiring substrate are fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Minamisawa, Hisahiro Ishihara, Tatsuki Wade, Katsushige Yanagisawa, Shinroku Asakawa, Yoshihiro Hamada, Toshiyuki Karasawa
  • Patent number: 9185296
    Abstract: Provided is an optical unit with a blur correction function, wherein even when a photoreflector and a drive mechanism for blur correction are provided in a movable module provided with an optical element, sizes in an optical axis direction and a direction crossing the optical axis direction can be prevented from increasing. In an optical unit (100) with a blur correction function, a drive mechanism (500) for blur correction is provided between the outer peripheral surface of an image capturing unit (1) and a fixed body (200) (upper cover (250)), and a first photoreflector (580) and a second photoreflector (590) are provided between a bottom portion (substrate (15)) of the image capturing unit (1) and the fixed body (200) (lower cover (700)), between which a swing support (180) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuki Wade, Shinroku Asakawa, Shinji Minamisawa, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Katsushige Yanagisawa, Yoshihiro Hamada, Hayato Naito, Ryoji Komatsu, Hisahiro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9116361
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a fixed body, a movable module which holds an optical element, a swing support point which swingably supports the movable module, and a shake correction drive mechanism structured to swing the movable module with the swing support point as a swing center. The swing support point may be structured of an abutted portion of two members in an optical axis direction between a bottom part of the movable module and a bottom part of the fixed body. At least one of the two members may be made of elastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Minamisawa, Shinroku Asakawa, Tatsuki Wade, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Hisahiro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9049375
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a fixed body; a movable module which holds an optical element; a swing support point which swingably supports the movable module; a shake correction drive mechanism which swings the movable module with the swing support point as a swing center around two axial lines intersecting an optical axis direction of the optical element between an outer peripheral face of the movable module and the fixed body; a first photo reflector provided between a bottom part of the movable module and the fixed body at a position superposing on one of the two axial lines and that detects displacement of the movable module; and a second photo reflector provided between the bottom part of the movable module and the fixed body at a position superposing on the other of the two axial lines and that detects displacement of the movable module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuki Wade, Shinroku Asakawa, Shinji Minamisawa, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Katsushige Yanagisawa, Yoshihiro Hamada, Hayato Naito, Ryoji Komatsu, Hisahiro Ishihara
  • Publication number: 20150124108
    Abstract: Provided is an optical unit with a blur correction function, wherein even when a photoreflector and a drive mechanism for blur correction are provided in a movable module provided with an optical element, sizes in an optical axis direction and a direction crossing the optical axis direction can be prevented from increasing. In an optical unit (100) with a blur correction function, a drive mechanism (500) for blur correction is provided between the outer peripheral surface of an image capturing unit (1) and a fixed body (200) (upper cover (250)), and a first photoreflector (580) and a second photoreflector (590) are provided between a bottom portion (substrate (15)) of the image capturing unit (1) and the fixed body (200) (lower cover (700)), between which a swing support (180) is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Tatsuki WADE, Shinroku ASAKAWA, Shinji MINAMISAWA, Toshiyuki KARASAWA, Katsushige YANAGISAWA, Yoshihiro HAMADA, Hayato NAITO, Ryoji KOMATSU, Hisahiro ISHIHARA
  • Patent number: 8687953
    Abstract: A photographic optical device may include a reflection type optical sensor comprising a light emitting element and a light receiving element; a support body to which the reflection type optical sensor is fixed; a camera module comprising a lens and an imaging element; a shake correction mechanism structured to swing the camera module; a resistor configured to convert an output current of the light receiving element to an output voltage; a home position voltage creating means configured to create a home position voltage; a comparator configured to compare the home position voltage with a predetermined reference voltage; and a variable current source configured to control an electric current supplied to the light emitting element based on an output signal from the comparator. A relative position of the camera module with respect to the support body may be detected by the reflection type optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Hayato Naito, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Ryoji Komatsu, Hisahiro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 8571399
    Abstract: An imaging optical device may include a movable module having a lens drive device on which a lens and an imaging element are mounted; a support body for supporting the movable module; a rocking drive mechanism for rocking the movable module; and a plate spring for rockably supporting the movable module. The plate spring is provided with a holding section for holding the movable module, a fixed section fixed to the support body, and a spring section for connecting the holding section and the fixed section to each other. The spring section can deform in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis and in the direction of the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Minamisawa, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Yuichi Takei, Tadashi Takeda, Akihiro Nagata, Hisahiro Ishihara, Kiyoshi Miyazaki, Katsushige Yanagisawa
  • Publication number: 20130182325
    Abstract: Provided is an optical unit with shake correction function wherein it is possible to accurately swing the movable module even when a flexible wiring substrate is connected to the fixing element and movable module. In an optical unit with shake correction function (100), folding portions (415, 425), the extending direction of which is reversed towards the vicinity of the swinging support point (180) of a movable module (300), are provided at the midway portion of a flexible wiring substrate (400) that is connected to the movable module (300) and to a fixing element (200). In the folding portions (415, 425), the overlapping portions of the flexible wiring substrate (400) are fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Minamisawa, Hisahiro Ishihara, Tatsuki Wade, Katsushige Yanagisawa, Shinroku Asakawa, Yoshihiro Hamada, Toshiyuki Karasawa
  • Publication number: 20130156412
    Abstract: A photographic optical device may include a reflection type optical sensor comprising a light emitting element and a light receiving element; a support body to which the reflection type optical sensor is fixed; a camera module comprising a lens and an imaging element; a shake correction mechanism structured to swing the camera module; a resistor configured to convert an output current of the light receiving element to an output voltage; a home position voltage creating means configured to create a home position voltage; a comparator configured to compare the home position voltage with a predetermined reference voltage; and a variable current source configured to control an electric current supplied to the light emitting element based on an output signal from the comparator. A relative position of the camera module with respect to the support body may be detected by the reflection type optical sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hayato Naito, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Ryoji Komatsu, Hisahiro Ishihara
  • Publication number: 20130128360
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a fixed body, a movable module w rich holds an optical element, a swing support point which swingably supports the movable module, and a shake correction drive mechanism structured to swing the movable module with the swing support point as a swing center. The swing support point may be structured of an abutte d portion of two members in an optical axis direction between a bottom part of the movable module and a bottom part of the fixed body. At least one of the two members may be made of elastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Minamisawa, Shinroku Asakawa, Tatsuki Wade, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Hisahiro Ishihara
  • Publication number: 20130100304
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a fixed body; a movable module which holds an optical element; a swing support point which swingably supports the movable module; a shake correction drive mechanism which swings the movable module with the swing support point as a swing center around two axial lines intersecting an optical axis direction of the optical element between an outer peripheral face of the movable module and the fixed body; a first photo reflector provided between a bottom part of the movable module and the fixed body at a position superposing on one of the two axial lines and that detects displacement of the movable module; and a second photo reflector provided between the bottom part of the movable module and the fixed body at a position superposing on the other of the two axial lines and that detects displacement of the movable module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuki Wade, Shinroku Asakawa, Shinji Minamisawa, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Katsushige Yanagisawa, Yoshihiro Hamada, Hayato Naito, Ryoji Komatsu, Hisahiro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 8406617
    Abstract: A photographic optical device may include a movable module having a camera module on which a lens and an imaging element are mounted, a support body, and a shake correction mechanism. The movable module may be provided with a sensor for detecting an inclination of the camera module and a cover member which structures an outer peripheral face of the movable module. The shake correction mechanism may be provided with a swing drive mechanism for swinging the movable module so that the optical axis is inclined. The swing drive mechanism may be provided with a drive magnet and a drive coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Katsushige Yanagisawa, Akihiro Nagata, Tadashi Takeda, Shinji Minamisawa, Yuichi Takei, Hisahiro Ishihara, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Kiyoshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8396357
    Abstract: An optical unit with shake correcting function may include a movable module on which an optical element is mounted, a fixed body which supports the movable module, a shake detection sensor which detects a shake of the movable module, a shake correction magnetic drive mechanism which swings the movable module on the fixed body on a basis of a detection result of the shake detection sensor to correct the shake of the movable module, and a spring member which is connected with the fixed body and the movable module. A stopper mechanism may be structured between the movable module and the fixed body, and the stopper mechanism may moving ranges of the movable module due to the shake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Katsushige Yanagisawa, Hisahiro Ishihara, Shinji Minamisawa, Yuichi Takei, Tadashi Takeda, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Akihiro Nagata, Kiyoshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8279289
    Abstract: An optical unit with shake correcting function may include a movable module having a lens, a fixed body supporting the movable module, a shake detection sensor for detecting shake of the movable module, and at least one pair of magnetic drive mechanism for shake correction which is structured on both sides of the movable module so that the movable module is swung with respect to the fixed body on the basis of detection result of the shake detection sensor to correct the shake of the movable module. The magnetic drive mechanism for shake correction is disposed so that a shake correction magnet is held by the fixed body and a shake correction coil is held by the movable module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Nagata, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Yuichi Takei, Tadashi Takeda, Hisahiro Ishihara, Shinji Minamisawa, Katsushige Yanagisawa, Kiyoshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8238736
    Abstract: Provided is a photographing optical device, which is able to reliably correct an unintentional movement by hand of a user by improving the constitution of a camera unit driving mechanism for correcting the deflection of a camera unit. In order that a camera unit is made to be rocked to correct the unintentional movement, a photographing optical device includes a first camera unit drive mechanism and a second camera unit drive mechanism, which are so disposed at two side portions sandwiching a pivot portion therebetween as to make a pair. In these camera unit drive mechanisms, camera unit driving magnets are held on the side of the camera unit as a movable body side, and camera unit driving coils are held on the side of a stationary body. The camera unit is pushed toward the pivot portion by a gimbal spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Tsuruta, Kiyoshi Miyazaki, Tadashi Takeda, Hisahiro Ishihara, Katsushige Yanagisawa, Toshiyuki Karasawa, Yuichi Takei, Akihiro Nagata, Shinji Minamisawa