Patents by Inventor Yukiyoshi Muto

Yukiyoshi Muto 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: 11008685
    Abstract: A controller of a sewing machine obtains a rectangular frame embroidery pattern and obtains a first unit pattern to be laid out in each of four corner portions of the embroidery pattern and a second unit pattern to be repeatedly laid out in each of side portions of the embroidery pattern. The controller determines, based on the size of the embroidery pattern, the number of repeats of the second unit pattern in a target side portion. The controller generates pattern data for the embroidery pattern including the first unit pattern being laid out in each corner portion and the second unit pattern being laid out in the target side portion as many as the determined number of repeats of the second unit pattern. The controller causes the sewing machine to form the embroidery pattern on a workpiece held by an embroidery hoop based on the generated pattern data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoko Yamanashi, Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Publication number: 20200308745
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing portion, a movement portion, a processor and a memory. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, instruct the processor to perform processes. The processes include acquiring pattern data indicating positions of a plurality of needle drop points to sew a pattern, acquiring a position of a sewing start point of the pattern, performing first correction, performing second correction that uses the acquired position of the sewing start point as a base point, and corrects the pattern data, by changing, by an acquired change amount, the positions of the plurality of needle drop points represented by the pattern data corrected by the first correction, and controlling the sewing portion and the movement portion and sewing the pattern on the sewing object, in accordance with the pattern data corrected by the second correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Yoko YAMANASHI, Yukiyoshi MUTO, Fuyuki NAKASHIMA
  • Publication number: 20200291561
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a movement mechanism, a swinging mechanism, a presser device, a guide portion, a processor, and a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, instruct the processor to perform processes. The processes include acquiring pattern data used for sewing a couching pattern in which a plurality of motifs are continuously arranged. The motif is configured in a predetermined shape by a plurality of stitches including a main stitch and a sub-stitch. The processes include correcting at least one selected from the group of a start point position and an end point position of the main stitch of one of the motifs, such that the length of the main stitch of the one motif is longer in a second case than in a first case, and driving the movement mechanism and the swinging mechanism in accordance with the corrected pattern data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Yoko YAMANASHI, Yukiyoshi MUTO, Takafumi NAKA, Fuyuki NAKASHIMA
  • Patent number: 10662563
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions. The instructions, when executed, cause a processor of a sewing data generation device configured to generate sewing data to perform steps. The steps include acquiring a sewing area in which a pattern is to be sewn and acquiring a target area in which a pattern is to be arranged. The steps further include generating a plurality of sewing data. Each of the plurality of sewing data is data to form stitches of a plurality of stippling patterns inside the acquired target area. The steps further include associating the sewing data with arrangement information, for each of the plurality of sewing data, and outputting the sewing data and arrangement information that have been associated with each other. The arrangement information indicates an arrangement of each of the stippling patterns to be sewn on the basis of the sewing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Kamihira, Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Publication number: 20200010992
    Abstract: A controller of a sewing machine obtains a rectangular frame embroidery pattern and obtains a first unit pattern to be laid out in each of four corner portions of the embroidery pattern and a second unit pattern to be repeatedly laid out in each of side portions of the embroidery pattern. The controller determines, based on the size of the embroidery pattern, the number of repeats of the second unit pattern in a target side portion. The controller generates pattern data for the embroidery pattern including the first unit pattern being laid out in each corner portion and the second unit pattern being laid out in the target side portion as many as the determined number of repeats of the second unit pattern. The controller causes the sewing machine to form the embroidery pattern on a workpiece held by an embroidery hoop based on the generated pattern data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoko YAMANASHI, Yukiyoshi MUTO
  • Publication number: 20190168533
    Abstract: A plotter includes a mounting portion, a first movement mechanism, a second movement mechanism, a processor, and a memory. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, instruct the processor to perform processes. The processes include identifying a contour of a pattern to be processed on the workpiece, generating plot data instructing drawing positions of a drawing line representing the contour and a fill line, and controlling the first movement mechanism and the second movement mechanism on the basis of the generated plot data, relatively moving the mounting portion and the workpiece, and drawing the drawing line and the fill line on the workpiece using a pen mounted on the mounting portion. The fill line is a line to fill, using the pen, an offset area offset by a first predetermined amount to an inward side of the contour from the drawing line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Daisuke ABE, Katsuhisa HASEGAWA, Keiji TAKIMOTO, Yukiyoshi MUTO
  • Publication number: 20190003093
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions. The instructions, when executed, cause a processor of a sewing data generation device configured to generate sewing data to perform steps. The steps include acquiring a sewing area in which a pattern is to be sewn and acquiring a target area in which a pattern is to be arranged. The steps further include generating a plurality of sewing data. Each of the plurality of sewing data is data to form stitches of a plurality of stippling patterns inside the acquired target area. The steps further include associating the sewing data with arrangement information, for each of the plurality of sewing data, and outputting the sewing data and arrangement information that have been associated with each other. The arrangement information indicates an arrangement of each of the stippling patterns to be sewn on the basis of the sewing data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yuta KAMIHIRA, Yukiyoshi MUTO
  • Publication number: 20170182674
    Abstract: A cut data generating apparatus configured to generate cut data for a cutting apparatus to cut multiple holes from a sheet material includes a controller being configured to control the cut data generating apparatus to: extract, as a first feature point and a second feature point, end points on opposite ends of one line in a figure expressed by one or more lines with finite lengths; set third feature points on the one line between the first feature point and the second feature point; place a hole on each position of the first feature point, the second feature point, and the third feature points; and generate cut data for cutting the placed holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 9199386
    Abstract: A cutting data generator generating cutting data includes a control device configured to obtain position information of a plurality of figures printed on a sheet material, the figures representing an arrangement of a plurality of types of decorative pieces having at least different colors, the figures being capable of identifying the types of the decorative pieces, to set arrangement positions of a plurality of holes in the sheet material based on the obtained position information, the arrangement positions being positions where the holes partially overlap the figures respectively or where the holes come close to the figures respectively, the holes defining an arrangement of the decorative pieces, and to generate cutting data usable to cut the holes through the sheet material based on the set arrangement positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 9014838
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing portion, a processor, and a memory. The sewing portion is configured to perform sewing on a work cloth. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions. The computer-readable instructions cause the processor to perform processes that include specifying an inside position that is a position inside a hole in at least one sequin that has been disposed on the work cloth in advance, creating sewing data based on the inside position that has been specified, and causing the sewing portion to sew the at least one sequin onto the work cloth, based on the sewing data that has been created. The sewing data includes at least needle drop point data and is data for sewing the at least one sequin onto the work cloth. The needle drop point data indicates a point where a sewing needle is to pierce the work cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Publication number: 20140182432
    Abstract: A cutting data generator generating cutting data includes a control device configured to obtain position information of a plurality of figures printed on a sheet material, the figures representing an arrangement of a plurality of types of decorative pieces having at least different colors, the figures being capable of identifying the types of the decorative pieces, to set arrangement positions of a plurality of holes in the sheet material based on the obtained position information, the arrangement positions being positions where the holes partially overlap the figures respectively or where the holes come close to the figures respectively, the holes defining an arrangement of the decorative pieces, and to generate cutting data usable to cut the holes through the sheet material based on the set arrangement positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Publication number: 20140182463
    Abstract: A cutting data generator includes a control device configured to obtain arrangement information including arrangement positions for arranging a plurality of types of decorative pieces with at least different colors and the types of the decorative pieces, to generate print data for printing identification marks at respective positions, based on the obtained arrangement information, the positions where the identification marks are to be printed corresponding to the arrangement positions respectively, the identification marks being indicative of the types of the decorative pieces respectively, and to generate cutting data for cutting a plurality of holes in a sheet material, based on the obtained arrangement information, the holes being usable to arrange the decorative pieces on the sheet material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 8739712
    Abstract: A punch data generating device is disclosed that generates punch data for execution with an embroiderable sewing machine including a needle bar allowing attachment of a punch needle for forming a plurality of small holes on a sheet of workpiece by piercing the workpiece in dot-by-dot strokes of the punch needle, a transfer mechanism that transfers the workpiece in two predetermined directions in coordination with an up and down movement of the punch needle to execute a holing operation for forming the small holes on the workpiece. The punch data generating device includes a cut data generator that generates cut data constituting the punch data, the cut data being configured to instruct consecutive formation of the small holes at least along an outline of a pattern section of the workpiece in which a predetermined pattern is drawn to allow cutting of the outline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 8738172
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions that instruct the apparatus to execute steps comprising acquiring pattern data, identifying needle drop points on a pattern line, identifying, as a corresponding cutting needle for each of the plurality of needle drop points, one of cutting needles configured to be attachable to needle bars of a multi-needle sewing machine in a state in which directions of cutting edges are different from each other, storing needle drop point data and cutting needle data in association with each other in the memory, identifying an extending direction of fibers of the work cloth, replacing the cutting needle data in which an angle between the extending direction and the direction of the cutting edge does not satisfy a predetermined relationship, with other data indicating another cutting needle in which the angle satisfies the predetermined relationship, and generating cut data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukiyoshi Muto, Tomotaka Katano
  • Patent number: 8738169
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a memory. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions that instruct the apparatus to execute steps including acquiring pattern data, identifying a plurality of needle drop points, identifying a corresponding identified needle, storing needle drop point data and identified needle data in association with each other in the memory, identifying a continuous number of times, replacing, among the identified needle data stored in the memory, the identified needle data of the identified needle for which the identified continuous number of times is smaller than a threshold value, with other identified needle data corresponding to the needle drop point data of one of a previous needle drop point and a subsequent needle drop point in the order, and generating cut data based on the needle drop point data and the identified needle data stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukiyoshi Muto, Tomotaka Katano
  • Publication number: 20140109815
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing portion, a processor, and a memory. The sewing portion is configured to perform sewing on a work cloth. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions. The computer-readable instructions cause the processor to perform processes that include specifying an inside position that is a position inside a hole in at least one sequin that has been disposed on the work cloth in advance, creating sewing data based on the inside position that has been specified, and causing the sewing portion to sew the at least one sequin onto the work cloth, based on the sewing data that has been created. The sewing data includes at least needle drop point data and is data for sewing the at least one sequin onto the work cloth. The needle drop point data indicates a point where a sewing needle is to pierce the work cloth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi MUTO
  • Patent number: 8671860
    Abstract: A punch data generating device generating punch data for execution with an embroiderable sewing machine including a needle bar that is moved up and down and mounted with a punch needle for forming penetrations on a workpiece in dot-by-dot strokes, a transfer mechanism transferring the workpiece in two directions in coordination with the movement of the punch needle to form the penetrations. The punch data generating device includes a punch data generator generating punch data, the punch data including at least either of draw data being configured to instruct sequential formation of the penetrations to draw a predetermined pattern, and cut data being configured to instruct sequential formation of the penetrations along an outline of a predetermined pattern to allow cutting of the outline; and a data modifier modifying at least either of the draw data and the cut data to change how the penetrations are to be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 8656850
    Abstract: A punch data generating device generating punch data for execution with an embroiderable sewing machine including a needle bar moved up and down and mounted with a punch needle for forming penetrations on a workpiece in dot-by-dot strokes, a transfer mechanism transferring the workpiece in two directions in coordination with the movement of the punch needle to form the penetrations. The punch data generating device includes a cut data generator generating cut data constituting the punch data, the cut data being used to form the penetrations along an outline of a predetermined pattern to allow cutting of the outline; and an auxiliary cut data generator generating auxiliary cut data constituting the punch data, the auxiliary cut data being used to form penetrations contacting the outline of the pattern to form a cut that facilitates detachment of the outline from the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Publication number: 20130112129
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a memory. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions that instruct the apparatus to execute steps including acquiring pattern data, identifying a plurality of needle drop points, identifying a corresponding identified needle, storing needle drop point data and identified needle data in association with each other in the memory, identifying a continuous number of times, replacing, among the identified needle data stored in the memory, the identified needle data of the identified needle for which the identified continuous number of times is smaller than a threshold value, with other identified needle data corresponding to the needle drop point data of one of a previous needle drop point and a subsequent needle drop point in the order, and generating cut data based on the needle drop point data and the identified needle data stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Yukiyoshi MUTO, Tomotaka KATANO
  • Publication number: 20130116815
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions that instruct the apparatus to execute steps comprising acquiring pattern data, identifying needle drop points on a pattern line, identifying, as a corresponding cutting needle for each of the plurality of needle drop points, one of cutting needles configured to be attachable to needle bars of a multi-needle sewing machine in a state in which directions of cutting edges are different from each other, storing needle drop point data and cutting needle data in association with each other in the memory, identifying an extending direction of fibers of the work cloth, replacing the cutting needle data in which an angle between the extending direction and the direction of the cutting edge does not satisfy a predetermined relationship, with other data indicating another cutting needle in which the angle satisfies the predetermined relationship, and generating cut data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Yukiyoshi MUTO, Tomotaka KATANO