Patents by Inventor Yoshinari MATSUYAMA

Yoshinari MATSUYAMA 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: 11414921
    Abstract: A storage device includes a shutter having a vertically divided dome shape formed by cutting a one-end-closed cylindrical shape at two planes, the one-end-closed cylindrical shape being formed by closing an upper end of a cylindrical portion whose axis line is along an up-down direction, an arc-shaped lower portion reinforcing member which has a higher rigidity than the cylindrical portion, a housing, which includes an opening portion, the opening portion being opened and closed by the shutter rotating around the axis line, a bearing portion provided in the housing, which suspends and supports the ceiling surface portion, a lower end support portion, which supports a lower surface of the lower portion reinforcing member at a plurality of locations; and an inner side support portion, which supports an inner peripheral surface of the lower portion reinforcing member at a plurality of locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kikuchi, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Masaki Shikanai, Yuzuka Isobe
  • Publication number: 20220227599
    Abstract: An end effector connectable to a robot arm for peeling off release paper includes a housing including a guide groove having a start position S, an intermediate position M, and an end position E and a rotary unit including a needle and a first support movable along the guide groove. Assume that a line segment connecting the start position S and the intermediate position M is defined as a line segment SM, a line segment connecting intermediate the position M and the end position E is defined as a line segment ME, an angle formed between the line segment SM and a horizontal direction when the end effector is placed on a floor surface is defined as ?1, and an angle formed between the line segment SM and the line segment ME is defined as ?2, ?1<?2<?1+180° is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Takeshi KIKUCHI, Hideyuki KOUNO, Yuzuka ISOBE, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20220226989
    Abstract: An end effector includes a hole plate includes a plurality of holes, a plurality of pins that respectively penetrate the plurality of holes and are hung on the hole plate to be movable upward, and a force applying part that applies an inward force to an outer pin of the plurality of pins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Takeshi KIKUCHI, Hideyuki KOUNO, Yuzuka ISOBE, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20220152847
    Abstract: Provided is a robot hand including a movable unit, a hand that changes in shape in accordance with movement of the movable unit, and an elastic body that changes a gripping force of the hand. When the amount of movement of the movable unit is less than a predetermined value, at least the hand changes in shape, and when the amount of movement of the movable unit is more than or equal to the predetermined value, the elastic body changes in elastic force while at least a part of the hand stops changing in shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Yuzuka ISOBE, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Tomoyuki YASHIRO, Kozo EZAWA
  • Publication number: 20220134550
    Abstract: A control system for a hand that is connectable to a robot arm and has a tip of which shape is deformable, includes an image acquisition unit that acquires an image of the hand, and a controller that detects at least one specific deformed shape of the hand based on the image acquired by the image acquisition unit, and performs a control on at least one of the hand and the robot arm according to the at least one specific deformed shape detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Yuzuka ISOBE, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Tomoyuki YASHIRO, Kozo EZAWA
  • Publication number: 20220111533
    Abstract: An end effector control system that controls a plurality of end effectors connectable to a robot arm, the end effector control system including: an image acquisition unit that acquires an image of an end effector connected to the robot arm among the plurality of end effectors; an identification information acquisition unit that acquires identification information that identifies the end effector; a control unit that controls the end effector; and a memory having control information including a target position of each of the plurality of end effectors. The control unit acquires the identification information from the identification information acquisition unit, determines a target position of the end effector in accordance with the identification information and the control information, and controls the end effector to be located at the target position based on the image acquired by the image acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Yuzuka ISOBE, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Tomoyuki YASHIRO, Kozo EZAWA
  • Patent number: 11228189
    Abstract: A loaded body housing device includes: an upper table which rotates about a rotation axis extending along a Z-axis and supports a plurality of batteries in a plurality of first storage spaces around the rotation axis; a lower table which rotates about a rotation axis extending along the Z-axis and supports a plurality of batteries in a plurality of second storage spaces around the rotation axis; and a casing having openings each of which exposes one storage space when viewed in a negative direction of the Z-axis. The upper table is positioned to have overlapping between a part of the plurality of first storage spaces and the plurality of second storage spaces and no overlapping between the plurality of first storage spaces and a second storage space when viewed in the negative direction of the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinari Matsuyama, Masaki Shikanai, Takeshi Kikuchi, Yuzuka Isobe
  • Patent number: 11215316
    Abstract: A storage device includes a storage body, which includes a bottom surface, wall surfaces surrounding a storage space, a front opening portion and an upper opening portion such that a package body is enabled to be inserted into the storage space from a plurality of directions, a front guide, which is provided on the bottom surface in proximity to the front opening portion, and includes an inclined surface descending toward a surface on a back side of the storage space among the wall surfaces, and a rear guide, which is provided on the surface on the back side in proximity to the upper opening portion, and restricts upward movement of the package body stored in the storage space along the surface on the back side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzuka Isobe, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Masaki Shikanai, Takeshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11114872
    Abstract: A charging device includes: a connector that protrudes from a placement surface; a protective plate; a wall surface intersecting with the placement surface; a support member capable of moving to be in a first orientation in which the protective plate is supported and a second orientation in which the protective plate is not supported; and a lock mechanism that locks the support member in the first orientation. The lock mechanism includes a first protruding part that, when the support member is locked, releases the locking of the support member by being pushed. The support member (i) includes a second protruding part, and (ii) moves from the first orientation to the second orientation by the second protruding part being pushed toward the wall surface in a state where the locking is released. When the support member has moved, the protective plate is capable of moving to the placement stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Masaki Shikanai, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Takeshi Kikuchi, Yuzuka Isobe
  • Patent number: 10965052
    Abstract: A connector holding mechanism includes a biasing member provided in a through hole formed in a bottom plate of a storage body, a cover having a connector insertion hole and an inclined surface which is fixed to the through hole, a connector, in which a terminal is loosely inserted into the connector insertion hole, and a flange portion protruding from an outer periphery of the housing biased by the biasing member. When the connector is waiting to be fitted to a stored object, the connector is held in a posture where the terminal is inclined due to abutment between the inclined surface and the flange with respect to a virtual line perpendicular to the bottom surface, and when the connector is fitted to the stored object, the connector is held in a posture where the terminal is vertical along the virtual line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Shikanai, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Takeshi Kikuchi, Yuzuka Isobe, Takeru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10960945
    Abstract: A wall surface suction-type travel device includes a main body, a cushion, a plurality of support wheels, a crawler, and a drive source. The main body includes a wall-surface facing section and a draw-in port. The cushion is disposed on the wall-surface facing section of the main body and surrounding an edge of the draw-in port. The cushion is elastically deformable and has a slide surface sliding on the wall surface when the wall surface suction-type travel device travels on the wall surface. The plurality of support wheels are disposed on the main body. The crawler is an endless belt suspended on the plurality of the support wheels. The crawler has a grip surface put into contact with the wall surface when the wall surface suction-type travel device travels on the wall surface. The drive source is to rotate the crawler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Tomomi Nishikata, Masaki Shikanai, Takeshi Kikuchi, Shogo Mikami
  • Publication number: 20200366022
    Abstract: A connector holding mechanism includes a biasing member provided in a through hole formed in a bottom plate of a storage body, a cover having a connector insertion hole and an inclined surface which is fixed to the through hole, a connector, in which a terminal is loosely inserted into the connector insertion hole, and a flange portion protruding from an outer periphery of the housing biased by the biasing member. When the connector is waiting to be fitted to a stored object, the connector is held in a posture where the terminal is inclined due to abutment between the inclined surface and the flange with respect to a virtual line perpendicular to the bottom surface, and when the connector is fitted to the stored object, the connector is held in a posture where the terminal is vertical along the virtual line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Masaki SHIKANAI, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Takeshi KIKUCHI, Yuzuka ISOBE, Takeru SAKAMOTO
  • Patent number: 10836446
    Abstract: A wall surface suction travel device includes a first travel unit, a second travel unit, a joint mechanism, and an elastic mechanism. The travel units are aligned along a travel direction and are each configured to travel on a wall surface while being suctioned on the wall surface. The joint mechanism couples the travel units together such that the travel units can pivot relative to each other on a pivot axis extending in a direction that is perpendicular to both a wall surface facing direction and the travel direction. The elastic mechanism includes a first end fixed to the first travel unit, a second end fixed to the second travel unit, and an elastic member configured to be elastically deformed when one of the travel units pivots relative to the other travel unit and a distance between the first end and the second end is shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Tomomi Nishikata, Masaki Shikanai, Takeshi Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20200266641
    Abstract: A charging device includes: a connector that protrudes from a placement surface; a protective plate; a wall surface intersecting with the placement surface; a support member capable of moving to be in a first orientation in which the protective plate is supported and a second orientation in which the protective plate is not supported; and a lock mechanism that locks the support member in the first orientation. The lock mechanism includes a first protruding part that, when the support member is locked, releases the locking of the support member by being pushed. The support member (i) includes a second protruding part, and (ii) moves from the first orientation to the second orientation by the second protruding part being pushed toward the wall surface in a state where the locking is released. When the support member has moved, the protective plate is capable of moving to the placement stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Masaki SHIKANAI, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Takeshi KIKUCHI, Yuzuka ISOBE
  • Publication number: 20200259348
    Abstract: A loaded body housing device includes: an upper table which rotates about a rotation axis extending along the Z-axis and supports a plurality of batteries in a plurality of storage spaces around the rotation axis; a lower table which rotates about a rotation axis extending along the Z-axis and supports a plurality of batteries in a plurality of storage spaces around the rotation axis; and a casing having openings each of which exposes one storage space when viewed in the negative direction of the Z-axis. The upper table is positioned to have overlapping between a part of the plurality of storage spaces and the plurality of storage spaces and no overlapping between the plurality of storage spaces and a storage space when viewed in the negative direction of the Z-axis. A direction in which the rotation axes are arranged intersects with a direction in which the storage spaces are arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshinari Matsuyama, Masaki Shikanai, Takeshi Kikuchi, Yuzuka Isobe
  • Publication number: 20200256117
    Abstract: A storage device includes a shutter having a vertically divided dome shape formed by cutting a one-end-closed cylindrical shape at two planes, the one-end-closed cylindrical shape being formed by closing an upper end of a cylindrical portion whose axis line is along an up-down direction, an arc-shaped lower portion reinforcing member which has a higher rigidity than the cylindrical portion, a housing, which includes an opening portion, the opening portion being opened and closed by the shutter rotating around the axis line, a bearing portion provided in the housing, which suspends and supports the ceiling surface portion, a lower end support portion, which supports a lower surface of the lower portion reinforcing member at a plurality of locations; and an inner side support portion, which supports an inner peripheral surface of the lower portion reinforcing member at a plurality of locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi KIKUCHI, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Masaki SHIKANAI, Yuzuka ISOBE
  • Publication number: 20200256507
    Abstract: A storage device includes a storage body, which includes a bottom surface, wall surfaces surrounding a storage space, a front opening portion and an upper opening portion such that a package body is enabled to be inserted into the storage space from a plurality of directions, a front guide, which is provided on the bottom surface in proximity to the front opening portion, and includes an inclined surface descending toward a surface on a back side of the storage space among the wall surfaces, and a rear guide, which is provided on the surface on the back side in proximity to the upper opening portion, and restricts upward movement of the package body stored in the storage space along the surface on the back side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Yuzuka ISOBE, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Masaki SHIKANAI, Takeshi KIKUCHI
  • Patent number: 10696338
    Abstract: A wall surface suction-type travel device is configured to travel on a wall surface while being suctioned on the wall surface. An intermediate chamber communicates with decompression chambers facing the wall surface. A suction device sucks in air from the intermediate chamber to decompress the intermediate chamber. Principal communicating parts allow the decompression chambers to communicate with the intermediate chamber. Secondary communicating parts allow the respective decompression chambers to communicate with the intermediate chamber. Valves face openings of the respective principal communicating parts. An area of an opening of each of the secondary communicating parts is smaller than an area of the opening of a corresponding one of the principal communicating parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinari Matsuyama, Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Masaki Shikanai, Takeshi Kikuchi, Tomomi Nishikata
  • Patent number: 10618575
    Abstract: A wall surface suction travel device includes a first travel unit, a second travel unit, a joint mechanism, and an elastic mechanism. The travel units are aligned along a travel direction and are each configured to travel on a wall surface while being suctioned on the wall surface. The joint mechanism couples the travel units together such that the travel units can pivot relative to each other on a pivot axis extending in a direction that is perpendicular to both a wall surface facing direction and the travel direction. The elastic mechanism includes a first end fixed to the first travel unit, a second end fixed to the second travel unit, and an elastic member configured to be elastically deformed when one of the travel units pivots relative to the other travel unit and a distance between the first end and the second end is shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Tomomi Nishikata, Masaki Shikanai, Takeshi Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20200017151
    Abstract: A wall surface suction-type travel device includes a main body, a cushion, a plurality of support wheels, a crawler, and a drive source. The main body includes a wall-surface facing section and a draw-in port. The cushion is disposed on the wall-surface facing section of the main body and surrounding an edge of the draw-in port. The cushion is elastically deformable and has a slide surface sliding on the wall surface when the wall surface suction-type travel device travels on the wall surface. The plurality of support wheels are disposed on the main body. The crawler is an endless belt suspended on the plurality of the support wheels. The crawler has a grip surface put into contact with the wall surface when the wall surface suction-type travel device travels on the wall surface. The drive source is to rotate the crawler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Tomohiro SEKIGUCHI, Yoshinari MATSUYAMA, Tomomi NISHIKATA, Masaki SHIKANAI, Takeshi KIKUCHI, Shogo MIKAMI