Patents by Inventor Tsutomu Ito

Tsutomu Ito 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: 11015593
    Abstract: An in-vehicle compression device includes: a compressor including a cylinder and a piston that is slidably provided inside the cylinder and defines a compression chamber; a linear motor including a movable element reciprocatably connected to the piston; and a controller configured to control driving of the linear motor. The in-vehicle compression device is configured to supply a working fluid compressed in the compression chamber to a pressure device provided in a vehicle. The controller is configured to variably adjust a stroke of the piston according to a state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ito, Yoshinori Kawai, Kan Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20210120637
    Abstract: An induction heating device is provided. The induction heating device comprises a plurality of induction heating devices disposed at intervals along the circumference of a ring-shaped workpiece, a setting unit for setting induction heating conditions, and a switching control unit. Each of the plurality of induction heating devices comprises heating coils disposed facing areas to be heated of the workpiece, a plurality of transformers connected to the heating coils in parallel, a plurality of matching units connected to any one of the plurality of transformers, an inverter unit having a rectifier unit and an inverter unit, an inverter control unit having a rectification control unit, and a group of switches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakatsu, Masato Yoshioka, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Tsutomu Ito, Kenji Koyanagi, Masaki Sagae, Tatsuya Ishii, Yoshitaka Misaka, Yasuharu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10952288
    Abstract: An induction heating device and an induction heating method are provided. The entire areas to be heated of the workpiece can be uniformly heated to a predetermined high temperature, and uniform heating is possible even when the workpiece deforms in a non-uniform manner during heating. When areas to be heated are established on a workpiece so as to extend in one direction and the areas to be heated are induction-heated, the deformation amount on one edge of the areas to be heated is different from that on the other. This induction heating device includes; heating coils facing a portion of the areas to be heated when the workpiece is induction-heated; and a relative transfer means for transferring the workpiece and the heating coils along one direction in a relative manner, and the heating coils are disposed so as to correspond to the areas to be heated during the heating period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakatsu, Masato Yoshioka, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Tsutomu Ito, Kenji Koyanagi, Masaki Sagae, Tatsuya Ishii, Yoshitaka Misaka, Yasuharu Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20210071653
    Abstract: Provided are a linear compressor and a linear compressor control system that do not require a sensor for detecting a position of a mover, and can compute a mover position with high accuracy, in consideration of position dependency of an induced voltage constant. A linear compressor 20 includes a field element 11 having a first end connected to elastic bodies (201a and 201b) and including a permanent magnet 111, an armature 12 having a winding 122 wound around a magnetic pole 121, and a linear motor 10 that causes the field element 11 and the armature 12 to reciprocate relatively in an axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaito HOTTA, Wataru HATSUSE, Masaki KOYAMA, Tsutomu ITO, Yoshinori KAWAI
  • Patent number: 10918991
    Abstract: An air suspension system includes an air suspension, a compressor, a dryer apparatus, and so forth. The dryer apparatus includes a dryer case, an inner cylinder, a first inlet port, a first outlet port, a first desiccant, an outer cylinder, a second inlet port, a second outlet port, a second other-end side filter, a second desiccant, and so forth. The first desiccant comprises a molecular sieve, for example, which exhibits high water adsorption performance at high temperature. On the other hand, the second desiccant comprises silica gel, for example, which exhibits high water adsorption performance at low temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kawai, Tsutomu Ito, Kan Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10912159
    Abstract: An induction heating device and an induction heating method are provided. The entire areas to be heated of the workpiece can be uniformly heated to a predetermined high temperature, and uniform heating is possible even when the workpiece deforms in a non-uniform manner during heating. When areas to be heated are established on a workpiece so as to extend in one direction and the areas to be heated are induction-heated, the deformation amount on one edge of the areas to be heated is different from that on the other. This induction heating device includes; heating coils facing a portion of the areas to be heated when the workpiece is induction-heated; and a relative transfer means for transferring the workpiece and the heating coils along one direction in a relative manner, and the heating coils are disposed so as to correspond to the areas to be heated during the heating period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakatsu, Masato Yoshioka, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Tsutomu Ito, Kenji Koyanagi, Masaki Sagae, Tatsuya Ishii, Yoshitaka Misaka, Yasuharu Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20210001678
    Abstract: A highly reliable and highly efficient air suspension system for a vehicle is provided by improving the trackability of stroke control with respect to pressure fluctuations applied to a linear compressor, suppressing stroke increase due to pressure drop, preventing piston collision, and increasing a flow rate by reducing dead volume. To realize this, the air suspension system includes an air suspension that supplies and discharges compressed air to adjust a length, a compressor body in which a piston reciprocates in a cylinder to compress air, a linear motor that reciprocates the piston, a tank that is connected to the air suspension or the compressor body and stores compressed air, a solenoid valve that opens and closes the air suspension or the tank, and an inverter that changes power supplied to the linear motor according to an open and closed state of the solenoid valve to perform position control of the piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki KOYAMA, Kaito HOTTA, Wataru HATSUSE, Tsutomu ITO, Yoshinori KAWAI, Takahiro SUZUKI
  • Patent number: 10875376
    Abstract: An air suspension system includes air suspensions (1, 2) performing vehicle height adjustment in response to supply and discharge of air, a compressor (3) compressing air, a tank (4) storing compressed air, a first passage (6) connecting between the delivery side of the compressor and the tank, and a second passage (7) connecting between the delivery side of the compressor and the air suspensions. A first dryer (10) is provided in the middle of the first passage to dry air flowing through the first passage. A second dryer (11) is provided in the middle of the second passage to dry air flowing through the second passage. Thus, compressed air generated from ambient air sucked in by the compressor can be dried by the second dryer and supplied directly into the air chambers of the air suspensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ito, Kan Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10788833
    Abstract: Provided is a transport system in which a worker performs maintenance work on a shelf in a maintenance area within a warehouse in which a vehicle area where a transport vehicle travels and the maintenance area where the worker performs the maintenance work are formed separately. A safety device permits an entry of the worker into the maintenance area after the transport vehicle transporting the shelf takes the shelf down within the maintenance area in accordance with a travel instruction from a service device and then the transport vehicle within the maintenance area exits to the vehicle area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Fujii, Tsutomu Ito, Daisuke Noguchi, Jingpeng Xu, Kunihiko Aoki
  • Patent number: 10682894
    Abstract: A replenishment passage connects a compressor to a tank, and a first check valve is provided in the middle of the replenishment passage. A supply/discharge passage connects the tank to air suspensions. A supply/discharge switching valve is provided in the middle of the supply/discharge passage, and suspension control valves are provided at a location between the supply/discharge switching valve and the air suspensions. A discharge passage connects the supply/discharge switching valve to a suction port of the compressor, and a discharge passage open/close valve is provided in the middle of the discharge passage. When a vehicle height is lowered, air within the air suspensions is guided to the suction port of the compressor through the discharge passage, compressed by the compressor, and supplied into the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ito, Shunsuke Mori, Tomoyuki Lee, Tsutomu Iwamura, Yuki Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20190368482
    Abstract: A reciprocating compressor includes a cylinder (5) including a cylindrical cylinder portion (6) and a cylinder head portion (7) provided on one side of the cylinder portion, and a piston mechanism (8) reciprocably fittedly inserted on an inner peripheral side of the cylinder portion and including a piston (9) defining an inside of the cylinder portion into a compression chamber (10) and a non-compression chamber (11). A bottomed hole-shaped valve body housing portion (7B) is formed at the cylinder head portion. The valve body housing portion is opened to a piston side facing the piston in an axial direction of the cylinder portion. Further, a discharge valve unit (18) and a valve holding member (21) are provided in the valve body housing portion. The discharge valve unit is inserted in the valve body housing portion. The valve holding member holds the discharge valve unit in the valve body housing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Tsutomu ITO, Takafumi MARUTA
  • Publication number: 20190263212
    Abstract: An air suspension system includes air suspensions (1, 2) performing vehicle height adjustment in response to supply and discharge of air, a compressor (3) compressing air, a tank (4) storing compressed air, a first passage (6) connecting between the delivery side of the compressor and the tank, and a second passage (7) connecting between the delivery side of the compressor and the air suspensions. A first dryer (10) is provided in the middle of the first passage to dry air flowing through the first passage. A second dryer (11) is provided in the middle of the second passage to dry air flowing through the second passage. Thus, compressed air generated from ambient air sucked in by the compressor can be dried by the second dryer and supplied directly into the air chambers of the air suspensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Tsutomu ITO, Kan KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190201840
    Abstract: An air suspension system includes an air suspension, a compressor, a dryer apparatus, and so forth. The dryer apparatus includes a dryer case, an inner cylinder, a first inlet port, a first outlet port, a first desiccant, an outer cylinder, a second inlet port, a second outlet port, a second other-end side filter, a second desiccant, and so forth. The first desiccant comprises a molecular sieve, for example, which exhibits high water adsorption performance at high temperature. On the other hand, the second desiccant comprises silica gel, for example, which exhibits high water adsorption performance at low temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshinori KAWAI, Tsutomu ITO, Kan KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190100070
    Abstract: Provided is a closed type air suspension apparatus requiring no complicated control and capable of simplifying the overall structure. The air suspension apparatus includes a tank storing air, a return valve returning compressed air in an air suspension to the tank, a discharge valve discharging compressed air in the tank to the outside through an intake-discharge port when the compressed air between the intake side of a compressor body and the tank reaches a first value or more, and an intake valve opening when the pressure of the air between the intake side of the compressor body and the tank is at a second value less than the first value, thereby allowing the atmosphere (air) to be taken in from the intake-discharge port. The compressor body of a compressor compresses air including the compressed air in the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Tsutomu ITO, Kan KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190085841
    Abstract: Provided is an in-vehicle compression device that allows a compressor to be operated at a low current, and operated with low noise and low vibration according to a state of a vehicle. The in-vehicle compression device includes: a compressor including a cylinder and a piston that is slidably provided inside the cylinder and defines a compression chamber; a linear motor including a movable element reciprocatably connected to the piston; and a controller configured to control driving of the linear motor. The in-vehicle compression device is configured to supply a working fluid compressed in the compression chamber to a pressure device provided in a vehicle. The controller is configured to variably adjust a stroke of the piston according to a state of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Tsutomu ITO, Yoshinori KAWAI, Kan KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10189328
    Abstract: A bracket (11) has an annular portion (12) provided with a trapezoidal convex portion (13) extending from an inner peripheral edge (12C) to outer peripheral edge (12D) of the annular portion. The convex portion has a top region (13A), an outer wall-side falling region (13B), and an inner wall-side falling region (13C). The annular portion and one vehicle body mounting portion (17) are connected to each other through a non-linear connecting portion (20), and the annular portion and the other vehicle body mounting portion (18) are connected to each other through a non-linear connecting portion (21). This structure makes it possible to increase the moment of inertia of area of the annular portion and to increase the flexural rigidity of the bracket. Further, it is possible to suppress a problem that the connecting portion (20) and the connecting portion (21) become nodes of vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Naofumi Harada, Hiroshi Fukudome, Tsutomu Ito
  • Patent number: 10190579
    Abstract: A balance weight includes a main weight portion extending over a range defined by a circular-arc circumferential edge centered at a rotational shaft hole side and a pair of virtual end surfaces located on the circular-arc circumferential edge on both sides of the rotational shaft hole, a pair of extension weight portions extending from the pair of virtual end surfaces to an opposite circular-arc side of the rotational shaft hole from the circular-arc circumferential edge, the rotational shaft hole provided at the main weight portion so as to be located on a central side of the circular-arc circumferential edge, a crank shaft attachment protrusion, a crank shaft hole provided at the crank shaft attachment protrusion radially eccentrically with respect to the rotational shaft hole, and a pair of spaces formed between positions on both sides of the crank shaft attachment protrusion and the pair of extension weight portions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ito, Hiroshi Fukudome, Naofumi Harada
  • Publication number: 20190003470
    Abstract: Provided is a compressor capable of achieving a reduction in overall size and an improvement in vehicle mountability by using a linear motor. The compressor 1 comprises a linear motor 2 having a reciprocating mover 6, a compression unit 9 having a piston 11 connected to the mover 6 at one end side of the linear motor 2 so as to reciprocate and a cylinder 10 slidably accommodating the piston 11 to form a compression chamber 10B, and an air dryer 17 connected to a cylinder head 14 of the compression chamber 10B of the compression unit 9 and filled therein with a desiccant 17C. The air dryer 17 is disposed along the axis in the movement direction of the mover 6 the piston 11.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshinori KAWAI, Tsutomu ITO, Kan KOBAYASHI, Hiroshi SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20180332672
    Abstract: An induction heating device and an induction heating method are provided. The entire areas to be heated of the workpiece can be uniformly heated to a predetermined high temperature, and uniform heating is possible even when the workpiece deforms in a non-uniform manner during heating. When areas to be heated are established on a workpiece so as to extend in one direction and the areas to be heated are induction-heated, the deformation amount on one edge of the areas to be heated is different from that on the other. This induction heating device includes; heating coils facing a portion of the areas to be heated when the workpiece is induction-heated; and a relative transfer means for transferring the workpiece and the heating coils along one direction in a relative manner, and the heating coils are disposed so as to correspond to the areas to be heated during the heating period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakatsu, Masato Yoshioka, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Tsutomu Ito, Kenji Koyanagi, Masaki Sagae, Tatsuya Ishii, Yoshitaka Misaka, Yasuharu Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20180275664
    Abstract: Provided is a transport system in which a worker performs maintenance work on a shelf in a maintenance area within a warehouse in which a vehicle area where a transport vehicle travels and the maintenance area where the worker performs the maintenance work are formed separately. A safety device permits an entry of the worker into the maintenance area after the transport vehicle transporting the shelf takes the shelf down within the maintenance area in accordance with a travel instruction from a service device and then the transport vehicle within the maintenance area exits to the vehicle area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Manabu FUJII, Tsutomu ITO, Daisuke NOGUCHI, Jingpeng XU, Kunihiko AOKI