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Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha and Nippon Soken Inc. | Date: 2016-08-19

An AC component I addition unit of a diagnostic device superimposes an alternating current on an output current of a fuel cell. A Zn calculation unit calculates a cell impedance with respect to the alternating current with regard to any of a plurality of cells. A diagnosis unit diagnoses that any cell is subjected to hydrogen deficiency when an absolute value of the cell impedance exceeds (absolute value of a reference impedance+a predetermined value ). It is diagnosed that any cell is subjected to oxygen deficiency when the absolute value of the cell impedance is smaller than (absolute value of the reference impedancea predetermined value ).


Patent
Denso Corporation and Nippon Soken Inc. | Date: 2016-08-12

A relay device includes a communication signal relay unit for relaying a communication signal and a wake-up signal relay unit for relaying, by bypassing the communication signal relay unit, a wake-up signal that is transmitted using a frequency band which is lower than a communication frequency band used in transmitting the communication signal. The communication signal relay unit includes a low frequency wave attenuation unit for attenuating a signal with a frequency band lower than the communication frequency band. The wake-up signal relay unit includes a wake-up signal filter unit for passing through a signal with a frequency band lower than the communication frequency band.


Patent
Nippon Soken Inc. and Anden Co. | Date: 2016-03-31

A relay system includes a plurality of relays that is provided between a power supply unit supplying electric power and a load acting by receiving the electric power supplied from the power supply unit to switch between conduction and interruption of the electric power supplied from the power supply unit to the load, each of the relays having an exciting coil, a control unit that controls switching between application of current to the exciting coils and interruption of the current, first switches that separately excite the exciting coils, and a second switch that is connected between the exciting coils. The control unit controls turning on and off the first switches and the second switch to switch the exciting coils between parallel connection and series connection.


Patent
Nippon Soken Inc., Denso Corporation and Anden Co. | Date: 2016-03-31

A relay apparatus incorporates at least first and second relays having respective first and second electromagnetic coils, with a single yoke partially surrounding each of the coils. When current is passed through only the first electromagnetic coil, to activate the first relay, resultant magnetic flux acting on the armature of the second relay is attenuated by passing a current through the second electromagnetic coil to produce opposing-direction magnetic flux. When current is passed in the opposite direction through the second coil, to activate the second relay, the magnetic fluxes produced by the first and second electromagnetic coils become mutually reinforced, thereby reducing the power consumption required to activate both of the relays and to maintain that activated state.


Patent
Nippon Soken Inc., Denso Corporation and Anden Co. | Date: 2016-02-17

A relay system is provided which is designed to avoid flow of inrush current through a capacitor in a pre-charge mode wherein the capacitor is pre-charged. The relay system includes a pair of power lines, a capacitor, a series-connected assembly, a control circuit, and a relay module. The relay module includes two main switches, a main coil, and a sub-coil. In the pre-charge mode, the control circuit energizes both the main and sub-coils to turn on only one of the main switches. Before entering the pre-charge mode, the control circuit diagnoses the sub-coil. When the sub-coil is determined as being malfunctioning, the control circuit inhibits the pre-charge mode from being entered.


Patent
Nippon Soken Inc. and Denso Corporation | Date: 2016-10-04

A parallel running vehicle detecting apparatus is provided, which includes a first distance sensor for detecting distance of an object in a first detection area on a rear lateral side of a vehicle, a second distance sensor for detecting distance of an object in a second detection area, a parallel running vehicle detector for detecting a parallel running vehicle based on detections of the first and second distance sensors, and a storage for storing a detection distance history of the second distance sensor. The parallel running vehicle detector is provided with multiple determination conditions for determining whether the object detected by the first distance sensor is the parallel running vehicle, and changes the parallel running vehicle determination condition based on the detection distance history stored in the storage.


Patent
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha and Nippon Soken Inc. | Date: 2016-03-30

An electric power receiving device has an electric power receiving unit that contactlessly receives electric power from an electric power transmission device, and the power receiving unit includes a first node, a second node, and a capacitor, a coil, a capacitor, a coil, and a capacitor, which are sequentially connected in series, between the first node and the second node.


Patent
Denso Corporation and Nippon Soken Inc. | Date: 2016-03-29

A valve timing controller includes a driving rotor, a driven rotor, a planetary rotor, a planetary carrier, and an elastic component to produce a restoring force biasing the planetary rotor to an eccentric side such that the driving rotor is inclined to the driven rotor. The driving rotor has an inclination angle 1 relative to the driven rotor in a first inclination state where the driving rotor is in contact with the driven rotor on both sides in the axial direction. The inclination angle 1 is smaller than an inclination angle 2 in a second inclination state where the driving rotor is in contact with the driven rotor on both sides in the radial direction, and is smaller than an inclination angle 3 in a third inclination state where the driving rotor is in contact with the camshaft on both sides in the radial direction.


Patent
Denso Corporation and Nippon Soken Inc. | Date: 2016-08-09

A cylinder is configured into a bottomed tubular form and includes an inner peripheral wall, an inner bottom wall, an outer peripheral wall and an intake hole and a discharge hole. The inner peripheral wall slidably guides the plunger. The intake hole and the discharge hole communicate between the inner peripheral wall and the outer peripheral wall. A pump housing includes a cylinder receiving hole that includes an inner peripheral wall, into which the cylinder is inserted. A pressurizing chamber is formed by the inner peripheral wall and the inner bottom wall of the cylinder and a distal end outer wall of the plunger.


Patent
Nippon Soken Inc. and Denso Corporation | Date: 2016-04-14

A network control device includes a communicator performing communications via a transmission line at a preset transmission speed in a wake-up mode, a low frequency attenuator attenuating a low frequency component in a transmission signal having a low transmission speed that is lower than the preset transmission speed at a position between the transmission line and the communicator to receive and transmit the transmission signal to and from the communicator, and a wake-up controller receiving and transmitting a wake-up signal for transitioning from a sleep mode to the wake-up mode, at a transmission line side position of the low frequency attenuator, where the wake-up signal at a low frequency band is subject to attenuation by the low frequency attenuator, for a selective wake-up of a network node via the transmission line for network communications.

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