Patents by Inventor Yuichi Hirata

Yuichi Hirata 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: 11325164
    Abstract: A machining swarf removing apparatus includes a left and a right machining swarf removing units. When removing machining swarf adhered to a recovery box, the left machining swarf removing unit is placed in removal starting position. A brush enters an insertion-ready state in which transverse direction thereof is oriented in a second direction D2. The brush is moved to an insertion position for insertion into the recovery box, then the brush is rotated to enter a machining swarf removal-ready state in which a longitudinal direction thereof is oriented in the second direction D2. The left machining swarf removing unit is moved to remove the machining swarf adhered to the recovery box by the brush, while a left rod vibrating device is driven to vibrate a rod, vibrating the brush attached to the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirata, Shinji Ago, Takanori Sato, Yuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11311966
    Abstract: A laser processing machine includes a guide member with which a laser head is engaged so as to be movable to one side in a conveying direction, a moving device configured to move the laser head along the guide member, a counterweight which is movably engaged to the other side of the guide member in the conveying direction and moves along the guide member in a direction opposite to a moving direction of the laser head in conjunction with the laser head moved by the moving device, and a control device which controls the moving device to move the counterweight to a position facing the grease feeding device and to perform grease feeding to an engaged portion between the counterweight and the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirata, Yuki Sato, Kenichiro Ono, Masashi Koike
  • Publication number: 20210268604
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus 3 includes: a laser head H; a conveying device 4 that conveys a workpiece W; a head driving mechanism that moves the laser head H; a dust collecting box 60 that moves below the workpiece W and follows the laser head H such that the dust collecting box 60 is disposed below the laser head H; an outer support roller 81 and an inner support roller 82 that are provided at an opening 61 of the dust collecting box 60 and are rotatable around an axis parallel to a width direction orthogonal to a conveying direction Fy; and a counter roller 9 that rotates the outer support roller 81 in synchronization with a conveying operation of the workpiece W by the conveying device 4. The counter roller 9 transmits motive power of the conveying device 4 as a belt conveyor to the outer support roller 81.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki TOKUICHI, Yuichi HIRATA, Takanori SATO, Shin YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20210268603
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus 3 includes: a laser head H; a head driving mechanism that moves the laser head H above a workpiece W; and a dust collecting box 60 that moves below the workpiece W and follows the laser head H. A non-contact support unit 7 is provided at an opening 61 of the dust collecting box 60, and the non-contact support unit 7 suctions a lower surface of the workpiece W toward a suction surface 71 and supports the workpiece W without bringing the lower surface of the workpiece W and the suction surface 71 into contact with each other. An outer support roller 81 and an inner support roller 82 that are each rotatable about an axis parallel to a width direction orthogonal or substantially orthogonal to a conveying direction Fy are provided at the opening 61.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki TOKUICHI, Shin YOSHIDA, Takanori SATO, Yuichi HIRATA, Naruhiko OKUBO, Koki MIZUTANI
  • Publication number: 20210268609
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus 1 includes a laser head 31, a flexible cable 6 connecting a laser oscillator and the laser head 31 to each other, a conveyance apparatus 2 that conveys a workpiece W, a head drive mechanism 5 that moves the laser head 31 to a processing position, and a cable support mechanism 7 that moves the cable 6 in association with movement of the laser head 31. The cable support mechanism 7 includes a first holder 61 holding the cable 6, a first spring balancer 711 connected to the first holder 61 through a first wire 712, and a second spring balancer 721 connected to the first holder 61 through a second wire 722. The spring balancers 711, 721 are fixed to a support frame 8, and as viewed in plane, are arranged in a line along a width direction X perpendicular to a conveyance direction Y.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Yuichi HIRATA, Takanori SATO, Yuya JIN
  • Publication number: 20210213555
    Abstract: A welding gun and a welding method with which it is possible to reduce the wait time for loading a component and to decrease tact time. The welding gun is a welding gun for resistance-welding components to a workpiece successively, and comprises a first holding portion and a second holding portion for holding a component. The first holding portion and the second holding portion are each switchable to an abutment-enabling position for causing a component to abut against a workpiece, or to a loading-enabling position for loading the component. The first holding portion and the second holding portion are switchable such that when the first holding portion is in the abutment-enabling position, the second holding portion is in the loading-enabling position, and when the second holding portion is in the abutment-enabling position, the first holding portion is in the loading-enabling position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Yasushi Iwatani, Yuichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 10854361
    Abstract: A thermistor element includes an element body made of ceramic and including first and second end surfaces opposite to each other and a peripheral surface located between the first end surface and the second end surface, first and second external electrodes respectively covering the first and second end surfaces and portion of the peripheral surface adjacent to the respective first and second end surfaces. The first and second external electrodes include electrode layers including an underlayer and a metal plating layer, the underlayer of the first external electrode includes, adjacent to or in a vicinity of the second external electrode, two second external electrode side corner portions that are thin and adjacent to each other, and the underlayer of the second external electrode includes, adjacent to or in a vicinity of the first external electrode, two first external electrode side corner portions that are thin and adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirata, Kengo Mito, Kojiro Tokieda
  • Publication number: 20200234856
    Abstract: A thermistor element includes an element body made of ceramic and including first and second end surfaces opposite to each other and a peripheral surface located between the first end surface and the second end surface, first and second external electrodes respectively covering the first and second end surfaces and portion of the peripheral surface adjacent to the respective first and second end surfaces. The first and second external electrodes include electrode layers including an underlayer and a metal plating layer, the underlayer of the first external electrode includes, adjacent to or in a vicinity of the second external electrode, two second external electrode side corner portions that are thin and adjacent to each other, and the underlayer of the second external electrode includes, adjacent to or in a vicinity of the first external electrode, two first external electrode side corner portions that are thin and adjacent to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Yuichi HIRATA, Kengo MITO, Kojiro TOKIEDA
  • Publication number: 20190358745
    Abstract: A laser processing machine includes a guide member with which a laser head is engaged so as to be movable to one side in a conveying direction, a moving device configured to move the laser head along the guide member, a counterweight which is movably engaged to the other side of the guide member in the conveying direction and moves along the guide member in a direction opposite to a moving direction of the laser head in conjunction with the laser head moved by the moving device, and a control device which controls the moving device to move the counterweight to a position facing the grease feeding device and to perform grease feeding to an engaged portion between the counterweight and the guide member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirata, Yuki Sato, Kenichiro Ono, Masashi Koike
  • Publication number: 20190329327
    Abstract: The present invention provides an inexpensive chuck device that can achieve both a stable gripping operation and a high degree of accuracy in gripping and can also reduce limitations in the gripping of a workpiece. According to the present invention, a chuck device is provided, the chuck device being characterized by comprising a chuck main body and a master jaw, wherein the chuck main body has an oscillation supporting hole, and the oscillation supporting holes are rotatably provided in plurality around a rotational axis of the chuck main body, and wherein the master jaw has a top jaw detachably provided on one end thereof, and is fitted into the oscillation supporting hole while maintaining surface contact therewith to enable sliding contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: KITAGAWA IRON WORKS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Naoyuki MASATSUGU, Toshihito NAKAMURA, Tamio NISHIMIYA, Youji YAMAGUCHI, Shuya ISHIKAWA, Yuichi HIRATA, Masanobu MIKAMI, Yujiro OKA
  • Publication number: 20190054505
    Abstract: A machining swarf removing apparatus (7) includes a left and a right machining swarf removing units (25)(26). When removing machining swarf adhered to a recovery box (6), the left machining swarf removing unit (25) is placed in removal starting position. A brush (32) enters an insertion-ready state in which transverse direction thereof is oriented in a second direction D2. The brush (32) is moved to an insertion position for insertion into the recovery box (6), then the brush (32) is rotated to enter a machining swarf removal-ready state in which a longitudinal direction thereof is oriented in the second direction D2. The left machining swarf removing unit (25) is moved to remove the machining swarf adhered to the recovery box (6) by the brush (32), while a left rod vibrating device (43) is driven to vibrate a rod (33), vibrating the brush (32) attached to the rod (33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yuichi HIRATA, Shinji AGO, Takanori SATO, Yuki SATO
  • Patent number: 10074465
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electronic component includes manufacturing a ceramic element including one pair of end surfaces and four side surfaces, forming external electrodes at both end portions of the ceramic element, measuring an initial characteristic value, determining any side surface to be machined among the four side surfaces and then determining, based on stored data, an amount of machining to be performed on the side surface to be machined, and machining, by the determined machining amount, the side surface of the ceramic element, which is determined to be machined, to be flush or substantially flush with the external electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirata, Noboru Furukawa, Yasuo Sasaki, Kiyohiro Koto, Kojiro Tokieda, Yukiko Ueda
  • Patent number: 10037838
    Abstract: A thermistor element satisfies 4?(d/ed) when a first distance is d, which is a shortest distance between a first internal electrode and a second external electrode, whereas a second distance is referred to as ed, which is a shortest distance between the first internal electrode and a fifth internal electrode, in a cross section of a body including an L direction and a T direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Nawai, Yuichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9915284
    Abstract: A terminal supporting apparatus is provided with: a hub that is attached to an end of the outer cable and is provided with a flange on an outer periphery; a cushion member that is provided to surround the outer periphery of the hub and abuts on the flange at both a front surface and a back surface of the flange; and a housing that houses the cushion member. The cushion member includes a large-diameter portion that abuts on the flange. At least within a range contacting with the hub, at least a part of an outer peripheral surface of the large-diameter portion is fixed to an inner surface of the housing, while a clearance is formed between the cushion member and the inner surface of the housing over an entire region of an end surface of the large-diameter portion in a cable axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: CHUO HATSUJO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiko Aoki, Kazuyoshi Nono, Takashi Goto, Yuichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9899112
    Abstract: A structure configuring a ridge filter has line symmetry about a line vertical to a depth direction passing the center of the structure. A small structure obtained in such a way that the structure is divided by this line has a bilaterally asymmetric shape about a center line in an iterative direction, and has a point symmetric shape about an intersection between the center line in the iterative direction and the center line in the depth direction. Thicknesses in the iterative direction of an uppermost stream surface and a lowermost stream surface in the depth direction are equal to each other. The structure is configured so that a thick portion in the iterative direction of the uppermost stream surface and the lowermost stream surface is not present in the depth direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., National University Corporation Hokkaido University
    Inventors: Taisuke Takayanagi, Shinichiro Fujitaka, Chihiro Nakashima, Tomoki Murata, Taeko Matsuura, Naoki Miyamoto, Kikuo Umegaki, Yuichi Hirata
  • Publication number: 20170271056
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electronic component includes manufacturing a ceramic element including one pair of end surfaces and four side surfaces, forming external electrodes at both end portions of the ceramic element, measuring an initial characteristic value, determining any side surface to be machined among the four side surfaces and then determining, based on stored data, an amount of machining to be performed on the side surface to be machined, and machining, by the determined machining amount, the side surface of the ceramic element, which is determined to be machined, to be flush or substantially flush with the external electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Yuichi HIRATA, Noboru FURUKAWA, Yasuo SASAKI, Kiyohiro KOTO, Kojiro TOKIEDA, Yukiko UEDA
  • Publication number: 20170243665
    Abstract: A structure configuring a ridge filter has line symmetry about a line vertical to a depth direction passing the center of the structure. A small structure obtained in such a way that the structure is divided by this line has a bilaterally asymmetric shape about a center line in an iterative direction, and has a point symmetric shape about an intersection between the center line in the iterative direction and the center line in the depth direction. Thicknesses in the iterative direction of an uppermost stream surface and a lowermost stream surface in the depth direction are equal to each other. The structure is configured so that a thick portion in the iterative direction of the uppermost stream surface and the lowermost stream surface is not present in the depth direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Taisuke TAKAYANAGI, Shinichiro FUJITAKA, Chihiro NAKASHIMA, Tomoki MURATA, Taeko MATSUURA, Naoki MIYAMOTO, Kikuo UMEGAKI, Yuichi HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20170236624
    Abstract: A thermistor element satisfies 4?(d/ed) when a first distance is d, which is a shortest distance between a first internal electrode and a second external electrode, whereas a second distance is referred to as ed, which is a shortest distance between the first internal electrode and a fifth internal electrode, in a cross section of a body including an L direction and a T direction thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Shinichiro NAWAI, Yuichi HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20170198745
    Abstract: A terminal supporting apparatus is provided with: a hub that is attached to an end of the outer cable and is provided with a flange on an outer periphery; a cushion member that is provided to surround the outer periphery of the hub and abuts on the flange at both a front surface and a back surface of the flange; and a housing that houses the cushion member. The cushion member includes a large-diameter portion that abuts on the flange. At least within a range contacting with the hub, at least a part of an outer peripheral surface of the large-diameter portion is fixed to an inner surface of the housing, while a clearance is formed between the cushion member and the inner surface of the housing over an entire region of an end surface of the large-diameter portion in a cable axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Chuo Hatsujo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiko Aoki, Kazuyoshi Nono, Takashi Goto, Yuichi Hirata
  • Publication number: 20170175216
    Abstract: A method of producing a spring which reduces time required for a heat treatment step of eliminating a machining strain generated by a forming step is provided. This production method is provided with a forming step (S10) of forming a spring steel material into a spring shape and a heat treatment step (S12) of eliminating a machining strain generated in the spring steel material by the forming step. The heat treatment step is executed by electrically heating the spring steel material by applying a current thereto. The heat treatment step has a first step of heating the spring steel material to a predetermined set temperature and a second step of keeping the spring steel material at the set temperature for a predetermined set time period subsequent to the first step. The set temperature is set to be higher than 430° C. but not higher than 500° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Chuo Hatsujo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirata, Hidekazu Suzuki, Hiroyuki Ogiso