Patents by Inventor Tsutomu Kato

Tsutomu Kato 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: 8731419
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image carrier; an intermediate transfer member having a first portion and a second portion that has a higher glossiness than that of the first portion; a primary transfer member; a light source to emit light to the intermediate transfer member side; a detector to detect intensity of reflected light emitted from the light source and then reflected from the intermediate transfer member and a density adjustment pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member; a processor including a light-emission intensity adjuster to adjust light-emission intensity from the light source based on detected intensity of light reflected from the second portion of the intermediate transfer member; and an image forming condition controller to control image forming conditions for forming a toner image based on the detected intensity of the light reflected from the density adjustment pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Kato, Tsutomu Kato, Yohhei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8461062
    Abstract: The substrate processing apparatus includes: a processing chamber for storing and processing substrates stacked in multiple stages in horizontal posture; at least one processing gas supply nozzle which extends running along an inner wall of the processing chamber in the stacking direction of the substrates and supplies a processing gas to the inside of the processing chamber; a pair of inactive gas supply nozzles which are provided so as to extend running along the inner wall of the processing chamber in the stacking direction of the substrates and so as to sandwich the processing gas supply nozzle from both sides thereof along the circumferential direction of the substrates and which supply the inactive gas to the inside of the processing chamber; and an exhaust line for exhausting the inside of the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Masanori Sakai, Yuji Takebayashi, Tsutomu Kato, Shinya Sasaki, Hirohisa Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8412089
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a transferor, a fixing unit, and a guide. The image carrier carries a toner image. The transferor opposes the image carrier to form a transfer nip and transfers the toner image on the image carrier onto a recording medium at the transfer nip. The fixing unit fixes the toner image on the recording medium. The guide guides the recording medium bearing the toner image from the transferor toward the fixing unit and includes a surface portion directly contacting the recording medium. The surface portion includes a material for charging the recording medium to have a polarity opposite to the polarity of a toner forming the toner image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuchika Saeki, Mitsuru Takahashi, Kazuosa Kuma, Takeshi Fukao, Tsutomu Kato, Yoshiharu Kishi
  • Publication number: 20130010032
    Abstract: An image forming device has: a supporting/conveying member that supports a sheet-shaped recording medium from a bottom surface of the recording medium, and conveys the recording medium while rotating; an abutment member that abuts a leading end portion of the recording medium and stops the leading end portion of the recording medium; and a pushing roller that is provided at an upstream side in a conveying direction of the recording medium so as to face the supporting/conveying member, and pushes the leading end portion of the recording medium against the abutment member by rotating while contacting the recording medium and sliding on the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun YAMANOBE, Tsutomu KATO
  • Publication number: 20120237233
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image carrier; an intermediate transfer member having a first portion and a second portion that has a higher glossiness than that of the first portion; a primary transfer member; a light source to emit light to the intermediate transfer member side; a detector to detect intensity of reflected light emitted from the light source and then reflected from the intermediate transfer member and a density adjustment pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member; a processor including a light-emission intensity adjuster to adjust light-emission intensity from the light source based on detected intensity of light reflected from the second portion of the intermediate transfer member; and an image forming condition controller to control image forming conditions for forming a toner image based on the detected intensity of the light reflected from the density adjustment pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kato, Tsutomu Kato, Yohhei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8270856
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided, which forms a releasing agent absorption toner image on an in-between printed sides area of a moving surface of an image carrier in the duplex printing mode. When the in-between printed sides area of the moving surface enters a transfer position at which a toner image is transferred from the image carrier to a recording medium, the transferring operation of transferring the toner image from the image carrier to a recording medium is interrupted to keep the releasing agent absorption toner image on the in-between printed sides area of the moving surface of the image carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takehide Mizutani, Hiroyoshi Haga, Tsutomu Kato, Yohhei Watanabe, Yoshimi Saitoh, Masayoshi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8192099
    Abstract: An object of the disclosure is to provide a print cassette for producing a print tape comprising a structure which can avoid a bad effect on a feeding performance of a film tape in the print cassette and handling of a print tape when stuck to an adherend even when an adopted to-be-printed medium is a thin-film. A print tape 5 produced in a print cassette is composed of a first tape 11 and a second tape 13. In the first tape 11, a first base material 31 and a to-be-printed medium 33 are stacked via a first adhesive layer 32. In the second tape 13, a second adhesive layer 51 is stacked to a second base material 52. Then, a printing surface 11A of the first tape 11 on which ink 41 is put and the second adhesive layer 51 are overlapped with each other, so that the second tape 13 adhered to the first tape 11 to compose the print tape 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mariko Yamada, Tsutomu Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Kiyoichi Ohta, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Ito, Koshiro Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20120122318
    Abstract: The substrate processing apparatus includes: a processing chamber for storing and processing substrates stacked in multiple stages in horizontal posture; at least one processing gas supply nozzle which extends running along an inner wall of the processing chamber in the stacking direction of the substrates and supplies a processing gas to the inside of the processing chamber; a pair of inactive gas supply nozzles which are provided so as to extend running along the inner wall of the processing chamber in the stacking direction of the substrates and so as to sandwich the processing gas supply nozzle from both sides thereof along the circumferential direction of the substrates and which supply the inactive gas to the inside of the processing chamber; and an exhaust line for exhausting the inside of the processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventors: Masanori SAKAI, Yuji TAKEBAYASHI, Tsutomu KATO, Shinya SASAKI, Hirohisa YAMAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8175893
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for recommending a disposable incontinence device to be used by an incontinent person. The method comprises the steps of: (a) receiving information, from a user, about incontinence devices which are currently used by the incontinent person; (b) receiving information about the situation which is experienced by the user; and (c) selecting at least one device, based on the information received, among predetermined disposable incontinence devices. By this method, an appropriate disposable incontinence device(s) to be used are recommended depending on the user's situation. The present invention is also directed a method for evaluating the quality of life of a caregiver who takes care of an incontinent person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Yukio Heki, Tsutomu Kato
  • Publication number: 20120079985
    Abstract: There is provided a substrate processing method, comprising the steps of: supplying source gas into a processing chamber in which substrates are accommodated; removing the source gas and an intermediate body of the source gas remained in the processing chamber; supplying ozone into the processing chamber in a state of substantially stopping exhaust of an atmosphere in the processing chamber; and removing the ozone and the intermediate body of the ozone remained in the processing chamber; with these steps repeated multiple number of times, to thereby form an oxide film on the surface of the substrates by supplying the source gas and the ozone alternately so as not to be mixed with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventors: Hirohisa YAMAZAKI, Yuji Takebayashi, Masanori Sakai, Tsutomu Kato
  • Publication number: 20120080550
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a box-shaped cassette case whose outline being defined by a bottom wall, a top wall, and a side wall and including a plurality of corner portions, at least one tape contained within a tape containment area defined within the outline, a pair of cavities extending from the bottom wall and being provided between the tape containment area and the outline at opposite ends of a diagonal line connecting one of the corner portions to another of the corner portions, and a side face indicator portion provided in the side wall, indicating a type of the tape, and including a plurality of indicator portions disposed in a pattern in accordance with the type of the tape, each of the indicator portions being one of a switch hole and a surface portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsutomu Kato, Masato Kato, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata, Teruo Imamaki, Akira Sago, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Takashi Horiuchi, Tomohiko Sugino, Kengo Noda
  • Publication number: 20110307352
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for recommending a disposable incontinence device to be used by an incontinent person. The method comprises the steps of: (a) receiving information, from a user, about incontinence devices which are currently used by the incontinent person; (b) receiving information about the situation which is experienced by the user; and (c) selecting at least one device, based on the information received, among predetermined disposable incontinence devices. By this method, an appropriate disposable incontinence device(s) to be used are recommended depending on the user's situation. The present invention is also directed a method for evaluating the quality of life of a caregiver who takes care of an incontinent person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Yukio Heki, Tsutomu Kato
  • Publication number: 20110292150
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses a label producing apparatus comprising: an apparatus housing; a roll holder arranged on said apparatus housing that detachably mounts thereon a tape roll winding a label producing tape; an optical detecting device that optically detects a plurality of detection mark formed at a predetermined interval along a peripheral direction of a detected body provided so as to rotate at an angular velocity in coordination with an angular velocity of said tape roll on a side of said tape roll mounted to said roll holder or on a side of said apparatus housing; a residual amount identifying portion that identifies a residual tape amount of said tape roll based on a detection result of said optical detecting device; and a residual amount related information output portion that outputs residual amount related information related to said residual tape amount identified to a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidekazu ISHII, Takahiro MIWA, Naoki TANJIMA, Tsutomu KATO
  • Patent number: 8015027
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for recommending a disposable absorbent incontinence article to be used by an incontinent person. The method comprises the steps of: (a) receiving information, from a user, about incontinence devices which are currently used by the incontinent person; (b) receiving information about the situation which is experienced by the user; and (c) selecting at least one article, based on the information received, among predetermined disposable absorbent incontinence articles. By this method, an appropriate disposable absorbent incontinence article(s) to be used are recommended depending on the user's situation. The present invention is also directed a method for evaluating the quality of life of a caregiver who takes care of an incontinent person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Yukio Heki, Tsutomu Kato
  • Publication number: 20110211894
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a first guide member provided between a feed portion and a discharge slot, and positioned on or immediately before the discharge slot, on an upstream side in a travel direction of a ink ribbon, wherein the first guide member bends and guides travel of the ink ribbon in the predetermined direction while making contact with a reverse side of a inked surface of the ink ribbon and a second guide member provided between the feed portion and the discharge slot, and positioned on an upstream side in the travel direction of the ink ribbon with respect to the first guide member, wherein the second guide member bends and guides the travel of the ink ribbon in the predetermined direction while making contact with the reverse side of the inked surface of the ink ribbon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiko Sugino, Yasuhiro Shibata, Takashi Horiuchi, Tsutomu Kato
  • Publication number: 20110103862
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a transferor, a fixing unit, and a guide. The image carrier carries a toner image. The transferor opposes the image carrier to form a transfer nip and transfers the toner image on the image carrier onto a recording medium at the transfer nip. The fixing unit fixes the toner image on the recording medium. The guide guides the recording medium bearing the toner image from the transferor toward the fixing unit and includes a surface portion directly contacting the recording medium. The surface portion includes a material for charging the recording medium to have a polarity opposite to the polarity of a toner forming the toner image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Kazuchika SAEKI, Mitsuru Takahashi, Kazuosa Kuma, Takeshi Fukao, Tsutomu Kato, Yoshiharu Kishi
  • Publication number: 20110058884
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a cassette case that includes a top case and a bottom case, a tape as a print medium that is mounted within the cassette case, an arm portion that includes a part of a front surface of the cassette case and directs the tape toward an exit along a portion of a predetermined feed path, the portion extending in parallel with the front surface, a latching portion that is provided in the vicinity of an upstream end of the arm portion in a feeding direction of the tape and by which the top case and the bottom case are engaged with each other, and a contact portion that is provided in the vicinity of the exit and that is configured to allow the top case and the bottom case to contact or separate from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsutomu KATO, Teruo IMAMAKI
  • Publication number: 20110008090
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a tape ejecting port for ejecting outside the tape with a separator being adhered to one of surfaces thereof, a tape conveying roller arranged at an upstream side of a tape conveying direction at the tape ejecting port, the tape conveying roller conveying roller pulling out and conveying the tape while getting in contact with the separator being adhered to one surface of the tape, a separator guiding portion for guiding the separator peeled off from the tape inwardly at the tape ejecting port along a peripheral surface of the tape conveying roller and a separator-take-up spool arranged so as to fix thereto a front end of the separator that has been guided inwardly along the peripheral surface of the tape conveying roller from the separator guiding portion and to take up the separator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koshiro YAMAGUCHI, Yasuhiro SHIBATA, Minoru YAMAMOTO, Masato KATO, Nobuo KATO, Teruo IMAMAKI, Tsuyoshi NAGAE, Takashi HORIUCHI, Tsutomu KATO, Yasunori NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: D655255
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Takebayashi, Tatsuyuki Saito, Tetsuo Yamamoto, Tsutomu Kato, Satoshi Okada
  • Patent number: D655682
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Takebayashi, Tatsuyuki Saito, Tetsuo Yamamoto, Tsutomu Kato, Satoshi Okada