US Pat. No. 9,293,156

SUBSTRATES FOR THIN-FILM MAGNETIC HEADS, MAGNETIC HEAD SLIDERS, AND HARD DISK DRIVE DEVICES

NIPPON TUNGSTEN CO., LTD....

1. An Al2O3—TiC based substrate for a thin-film magnetic head including an Al2O3 phase and a TiC phase, wherein a c-axis lattice constant of the Al2O3 phase is 12.992 Å or more and 12.998 Å or less, and a lattice constant of the TiC phase is 4.317 Å or more and 4.325 Å or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,258,933

WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A wire harness, comprising:
an electric wire;
an annular electromagnetic wave absorption component that comprises a through-hole for inserting electric wire and absorbs
electromagnetic waves emitted from the electric wire;

a braided shield covering the electric wire and an outer periphery of the electromagnetic wave absorption component; and
an accommodating member accommodating a portion of the electric wire and a portion of the braided shield;
a movement-restricting member for restricting the electromagnetic wave absorption component from moving in a direction of
inserting the electric wire in the through-hole,

wherein the electromagnetic wave absorption component is covered with the braided shield and exposed from the accommodating
member,

wherein the movement-restricting member comprises a tape member wound around and in contact with the braided shield on an
outer periphery of the electric wire on both sides of the electromagnetic wave absorption component exposed from the accommodating
member and on the outer periphery of the electromagnetic wave absorption component.

US Pat. No. 9,287,845

BANDPASS FILTER, HIGH-FREQUENCY DEVICE AND COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A bandpass filter comprising:
three resonators arranged between two input/output terminals in a laminate substrate comprising a plurality of dielectric
layers;

each of the three resonators being constituted by a resonance line and a resonance capacitance connected in series to one
end of said resonance line, and both ends of said each of the three resonators being grounded;

wherein capacitance electrodes forming said resonance capacitances and said resonance lines are arranged on different dielectric
layers among the plurality of dielectric layers,

wherein the resonance lines and the capacitance electrodes are separated by a planar ground electrode covering the resonance
lines and the capacitance electrodes when viewed in a lamination direction; and

wherein each of said input/output terminals is connected to respective a via-conductor path between the resonance line and
the capacitance electrode of each of two of the three resonators via a corresponding connecting line, and a junction of each
of said input/output terminals connecting to said respective via-conductor path is formed in said laminate substrate so that
each of said junctions is positioned closer to said respective capacitance electrode than said respective resonance line in
the lamination direction.

US Pat. No. 9,117,572

FOAMED COAXIAL CABLE AND MULTICORE CABLE

Hitachi Metals, LTD., To...

1. A foamed axial cable, comprising:
a pair of signal conductors;
an insulation covering a periphery of the signal conductor and formed of a foamed material;
a skin layer covering a periphery of the insulation and formed of a non-foamed material; and
a shield conductor on a periphery of the skin layer,
wherein an outer surface of the skin layer or an inner surface of the shield conductor comprises a fine groove formed thereon
so as to have a void between the skin layer and the shield conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,146,563

MASS FLOW CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE ACROSS FLUID TYPES

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A method for controlling mass flow of a process gas with a mass flow controller, the method comprising:
selecting a process gas type for the process gas that will be controlled;
obtaining molecular mass information for the selected processed gas type;
receiving a set point signal corresponding to a desired mass flow rate;
receiving a pressure measurement of the process gas generated by a pressure sensor;
disengaging, responsive to a rate of pressure change of the fluid satisfying a threshold condition, a feedback control loop
that controls a valve of the mass flow controller based upon a difference between a measured flow rate and the desired mass
flow rate;

determining a process control signal value for the desired flow value and pressure using a modified-flow-value that is equal
to Fpr*(Mpr/Mcal)k, where Fpr is the desired process gas flow value, Mpr is the molecular mass for the selected process gas type, and Mcal is a molecular mass for the calibration gas; and

applying the process control signal to the valve at the process control signal value to provide the process gas at the desired
flow rate.

US Pat. No. 9,273,557

MOTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A motor device, comprising:
a dual axis motor having a rotating shaft projecting from both sides;
a rotational direction converter that is connected to one end side of the rotating shaft and has an input shaft to which a
torque of the dual axis motor is inputted and an output shaft which outputs the torque by rotating in a direction opposite
to the direction of rotation of the input shaft; and

a flywheel that is provided at the other end side of the rotating shaft or at the output shaft of the rotational direction
converter and balances out a reaction torque acting on the input shaft and the output shaft of the rotational direction converter
when the dual axis motor rotates.

US Pat. No. 9,116,314

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:
an optical fiber comprising an optical fiber strand having a cladding formed around a core and an outer peripheral resin-made
cover layer formed around the entire circumferential surface of the optical fiber strand;

a solid uniform monolithic end cap configured to conform to a shape complementary the shape of an end of the optical fiber
along the entire circumference of the optical fiber along a portion of the longitudinal surface extending from an end face
and the end face of the optical fiber, the solid uniform monolithic end cap comprising a transparent resin transparent to
light inputted and outputted through the optical fiber and a light input/output surface perpendicular to an optical axis of
the optical fiber, a distance from the end face of the optical fiber to the light input/output surface being not less than
10 ?m and not more than 200 ?m, the resin-made cover layer being formed around the optical fiber strand at least along an
entire length of the solid uniform monolithic end cap-covered area in a longitudinal direction of the optical fiber strand;

electric wirings oppositely formed on the light input/output surface of the solid uniform monolithic end cap so as to sandwich
a light input/output portion through which the light inputted and outputted through the optical fiber passes; and

an optical device mounted on the electric wirings so as to stride over the light input/output portion, the optical device
comprising a surface light-emitting element or a surface light-receiving element optically coupled to the optical fiber through
the solid uniform monolithic end cap.

US Pat. No. 9,145,682

COLUMN STRUCTURE

Hitachi Metals Techno, Lt...

1. A column structure placed on a foundation, the column structure comprising:
a column member having a web and flanges that are integrally provided at both sides, in a width direction, of the web;
a base member having an upper side that is joined to the column member;
an anchor member having a lower end side that is fixed to the foundation, and an upper end side to which the base member is
fixed;

a fixing member that is disposed between the foundation and the base member; and
a shear resistance member that is disposed at a lower portion of the web, that extends past the base member at least into
the fixing member, and that increases the shear resistance of the column member at least with respect to the fixing member.

US Pat. No. 9,530,542

SHIELDED CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A shielded cable, comprising: an insulated wire comprising a conductor wire and an insulation formed around the conductor
wire; and a shield layer formed around the insulated wire and comprising a shield wire, wherein the shield wire comprises
a tubular member comprising a conductive material including inner spaces, and a magnetic powder filled in each of the inner
spaces of the tubular member, wherein voids are present between particles of the magnetic powder, wherein each of the inner
spaces has a flat shape.

US Pat. No. 9,225,217

ELECTRIC POWER COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION RING, ELECTRIC MOTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRIC MOTOR

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. An electric power collection and distribution ring, comprising:
a plurality of annular bus rings for collecting and distributing power to windings of a stator, the windings being covered
with an insulation cover and the stator being formed by winding the windings around a plurality of teeth arranged in a circular
pattern,

wherein the bus ring is formed by annularly coupling a plurality of arc-shaped conductive members each comprising terminal
portions at both circumferential end portions, the terminal portions being welded to each other together with an end portion
of the winding,

wherein the terminal portion comprises a first contact surface coming into contact with the end portion of the winding at
the time of the welding and a second contact surface to be a contact point between the terminal portions, and

wherein the second contact surfaces are provided at two positions sandwiching the first contact surface.

US Pat. No. 9,115,254

RESIN COMPOSITION, FOAMED RESIN USING SAME, AND ELECTRIC WIRE INSULATED WITH FOAMED RESIN

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A foamed resin made of a resin composition having fine bubbles uniformly dispersed therein, wherein
the resin composition comprises a blend of a polyolefin base resin and a polymer material other than the polyolefin base resin,
the polymer material being dispersed in the polyolefin base resin;

the bubbles are generated at boundary regions between the base resin and the dispersed polymer material by infusing a foaming
gas into the resin composition at a predetermined processing temperature;

the melting point or glass transition temperature of the polymer material is greater than the melting point of the polyolefin
base resin and less than the processing temperature; and

the foamed resin is produced by a process comprising blending the polyolefin base resin and the polymer material to provide
the resin composition, kneading the resin composition, providing the resin composition in a molding machine, heating the resin
composition in the molding machine to provide a molten resin composition, infusing a foaming gas into the molten resin composition
in the molding machine at the predetermined processing temperature, molding the resin composition, and foaming the resin composition
due to a pressure difference between an inside and outside of the molding machine by generating bubbles at boundary regions
between the polyolefin base resin and the dispersed polymer material due to a difference between the melting point or glass
transition temperature of the polymer material and the melting point of the polyolefin base resin.

US Pat. No. 9,266,071

HYDROGEN SEPARATION ALLOY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A hydrogen separation alloy being represented by a compositional formula: Nb100?(?+?) M1?M2?,
wherein M1 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr and Hf,

M2 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ni, Co, Cr, Fe, Cu and Zn,

? and ? satisfy following conditions: 10???60, 10???50, and ?+??80, and
containing inevitable impurities; and
having a metallographic structure being biphasically separated into an Nb-enriched phase serving as a hydrogen-permeable phases;
and a transition metal phase serving as a hydrogen-embrittlement-resistant phases,

wherein the hydrogen-permeable phases and the hydrogen-embrittlement-resistant phases each are to have an elongated structure
when a cold rolling is performed on the hydrogen separation alloy, and

the hydrogen-permeable phase occupying 35% to 70% of an arbitrary 10 ?m×10 ?m square region in a 50 ?m×50 ?m square observation
plane of a cross section of the alloy under observation with an electron microscope, the cross section being taken in a direction
of the thickness of the alloy and in a direction of the length of the alloy,

wherein the hydrogen-permeable phase is an Nb-M1 phase,

wherein the hydrogen-embrittlement-resistant phase is a M2-M1 phase, and

wherein at least a portion of the hydrogen-permeable phase are connected in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,325,213

MOTOR CONNECTING MEMBER AND MOTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A motor connecting member, which connects a motor winding wound around an annular stator core and a terminal block, comprising:
a terminal to be connected to the terminal block;
a winding connecting portion to be connected to the motor winding; and
an extended portion extending between the terminal and the winding connecting portion,
wherein the extended portion is made by plastically deforming a single wire having a circular cross section, and is curved
in a circular arc shape in at least one portion between the terminal and the winding connecting portion,

wherein the extended portion integrally includes a curved portion curved in an arc shape, a first straight portion extending
linearly on a terminal-side of the curved portion, and a second straight portion extending linearly on a winding connecting
portion-side of the curved portion, the second straight portion and the first straight portion being arranged transversely
with respect to a radial direction of the stator core,

wherein the curved portion comprises a narrower conductor width in a radial direction than a diameter of the single wire before
the plastic deformation,

wherein the curved portion comprises a narrower conductor width when viewed in an axial direction of the stator core than
a diameter of the first straight portion and a diameter of the second straight portion.

US Pat. No. 9,320,170

COMMUNICATION MODULE-COOLING STRUCTURE AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A communication module-cooling structure, comprising:
a heat sink including a pair of cooling receiving portions each comprising partition walls and slit-shaped receiving spaces
defined by the partition walls, and

a plate-shaped body coupling the pair of cooling receiving portions together, the cooling receiving portions and the body
being formed integrally with each other; and

a cooling mechanism to cool the body,
wherein the receiving spaces of the cooling receiving portions receive communication modules respectively, each of the communication
modules including a respective substrate mounted with a respective communication circuit component thereon and respective
one pair of sidewalls with the respective substrate located therebetween in a thickness direction of the respective substrate,

wherein the receiving spaces of the cooling receiving portions each include an inner surface, and respective at least one
sidewalls of the respective one pairs of sidewalls of the communication modules are in surface contact with the inner surfaces
of the receiving spaces, respectively,

wherein the heat sink includes a heat absorbing surface that absorbs heat from a processor located externally from the heat
sink and the communication modules and that is electrically connected to the communication modules.

US Pat. No. 9,267,079

PHOSPHORUS-FREE BASED HALOGEN-FREE FLAME-RETARDANT RESIN COMPOSITION, PHOSPHORUS-FREE BASED HALOGEN-FREE FLAME-RETARDANT INSULATED ELECTRIC WIRE AND PHOSPHORUS-FREE BASED HALOGEN-FREE FLAME-RETARDANT CABLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

7. A phosphorus-free based halogen-free flame-retardant cable, comprising:
an electrically-insulated electric wire comprising a conductor and an insulation layer provided around a periphery of the
conductor; and

a sheath comprising a phosphorous-free based halogen-free flame-retardant composition coated around a periphery of the electrically-insulated
electric wire the phosphorus-free based halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition comprising:

a base polymer including a copolymer of ethylene and ?-olefin having 3 to 8 carbon atoms polymerized by a metallocene catalyst
as a main component, and not less than 5 weight % and not more than 30 weight % of an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer having
a vinyl acetate content of not less than 40%;

a metal hydroxide mixed at 150 to 200 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base polymer; and
a mineral oil blended with the base polymer in a ratio of 1 to 20 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base polymer.
US Pat. No. 9,267,216

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ALUMINUM FOIL

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. A method for producing an aluminum foil, comprising the steps of:
forming an aluminum film on a surface of a substrate by electrolysis using a plating solution containing at least (1) a dialkyl
sulfone, (2) an aluminum halide, and (3) a nitrogen-containing compound;

separating the film from the substrate to obtain an aluminum foil; and
subjecting the obtained foil to a heat treatment,
wherein the heat treatment is conducted in an ambient atmosphere, and wherein the ambient atmosphere is at a temperature of
80 to 550° C.

US Pat. No. 9,267,461

WIRE FOR I-SHAPE OIL RINGS AND PRODUCING METHOD OF THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A wire for I-shape oil rings, comprising:
a left and a right rail sections, and a web section connecting the rail sections with each other and having oil holes as through
holes formed by melting, the wire having a diameter of not more than 10 mm which is defined by a circle circumscribing a contour
of a cross section of the wire,

a melted and solidified region formed on an inner side of each of the through holes so as to extend along a depth of the through
holes,

wherein an inlet of each of the through holes is located on an incident side of the web section on which a laser is incident
for forming the through holes,

a remelted and solidified portion formed by integrating the wire for an I-shape oil ring and solidified residues, wherein
the remelted and solidified portion does not exist on the incident side of the through holes and is formed at a peripheral
portion of an outlet of each of the through holes,

wherein the remelted and solidified portion extends past the melted and solidified region around the through hole but does
not extend more than 200 ?m from the periphery of the through hole, when viewing a cross section of the wire taken along the
axis of the through hole, and

wherein the remelted and solidified portion is formed so as not to exceed 100 ?m in the depth direction from the outlet of
the through hole, and

wherein a diameter of an outlet of the through hole is smaller than a diameter of an inlet of the through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,267,217

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR R—FE—B BASED SINTERED MAGNET HAVING PLATING FILM ON SURFACE THEREOF

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A production method for an R—Fe—B based sintered magnet having a plating film on the surface thereof, wherein a series
of processes of acid cleaning and smut removal of a magnet as pretreatments of a plating treatment, and the subsequent plating
treatment is conducted consistently with a state, in which the magnet is placed in a barrel made of synthetic resin, and wherein
the smut removal is conducted by ultrasonic cleaning of the magnet with rotating the barrel in water in which a dissolved
oxygen amount is set to 0.1 ppm to 6 ppm by performing a degassing.

US Pat. No. 9,190,194

SEMICONDUCTOR CERAMIC COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND PTC ELEMENT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A semiconductor ceramic composition that is a lead-free semiconductor ceramic composition in which a portion of Ba in a
BaTiO3-based oxide is substituted by Bi and A (wherein A is at least one kind of Na, Li and K), the semiconductor ceramic composition
having a region between a center portion and an outer shell portion within a crystal grain, wherein when Bi concentration
is measured in a radial direction within the crystal grain, the Bi concentration in the region is higher than both Bi concentration
in the center portion and Bi concentration in the outer shell portion.

US Pat. No. 9,137,150

CHASSIS TYPE SWITCH

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A chassis type switch including a plurality of line cards within a chassis, the switch comprising:
each of plurality of line cards is configured to detect a failure of other line card, wherein said each of plurality of line
cards is configured to transmit periodically a connectivity confirmation frame to other line cards, to receive a connectivity
confirmation frame transmitted by the other line cards, and to determine that a failure has occurred in a certain line card
when the connectivity confirmation frame transmitted by the certain line card is not received for a predetermined time; and

a forced flooding processor included in said each of the plurality line cards and operating such that when, in trying to transfer
a received unicast frame to other line card, a failure is detected in the other line card at a transfer destination, the received
unicast frame is forcibly transferred to all ports of the line card which received the unicast frame other than a reception
port thereof and to all other line cards.

US Pat. No. 9,293,252

R-T-B SINTERED MAGNET MANUFACTURING METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a sintered R-T-B based magnet, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a sintered R-T-B based magnet body;
providing an RH diffusion source which is made of at least one of a fluoride, an oxide and an oxyfluoride that each include
Dy and/or Tb;

loading the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source into a process chamber so that the magnet body and
the diffusion source are movable relative to each other and are readily brought close to, or into contact with, each other;
and

performing an RH diffusion process in which the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source are heated to
a processing temperature of 800° C. through 950° C. while being moved either continuously or discontinuously in the process
chamber so that the magnet body and the diffusion source are moved relative to each other and are brought close to, or into
contact with, each other; wherein

in the RH diffusion process, the process chamber is heated by a heater that is arranged around an outer periphery of the process
chamber, the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source that are loaded into the process chamber are also
heated, and the temperature of the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source is maintained within a range
of 800° C. to 950° C.;

the RH diffusion process step is carried out using a stirring aid member loaded into the process chamber; and
the stirring aid member is made of zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, boron nitride, or a ceramic that includes any
combination of zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, boron nitride.

US Pat. No. 9,224,512

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR NON-AQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AS WELL AS NON-AQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY USING POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A positive electrode active material for a non-aqueous secondary battery containing a lithium composite oxide having an
olivine structure represented by the chemical formula: Li1+AMnxM1?X(PO4)1+B in which
A>0, B>0, and M represents a metal element,
M in the chemical formula is one or more of metal elements selected from Fe, Ni, Co, Ti, Cu, Zn, Mg, V and Zr,
a ratio of A to B in the chemical formula is within a range of: 2 the value for X is within a range of: 0.75?X<1.

US Pat. No. 9,197,002

CONNECTOR SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND CONNECTOR-EQUIPPED ELECTRONIC DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A connector supporting structure, comprising:
a substrate;
a connector mounted on the substrate; and
a casing covering at least a portion of the substrate and supporting the connector,
wherein the casing comprises an opening to expose a part of the connector from an inside of the casing to an outside,
wherein side surfaces of the connector are pressed by inner surfaces of the opening, and
wherein the inner surfaces of the opening are constructed such that a part thereof to contact the side surfaces of the connector
comprises a tapered surface that a distance between the inner surfaces opposed in a direction parallel to the substrate decreases
in a direction away from the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,190,192

CABLE HOLDER

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A cable holder, comprising:
a pair of holding members that are moved relative to each other in a predetermined sliding direction to sandwich and hold
a cable therebetween,

wherein each of the pair of holding members comprises a plurality of guide planes parallel to the sliding direction and a
plurality of sliding contact surfaces parallel to the sliding direction,

wherein one of the pair of holding members is guided in the sliding direction by sliding the plurality of sliding contact
surfaces thereof on the plurality of guide planes, respectively, of another holding member,

wherein the other holding member is guided in the sliding direction by sliding the plurality of sliding contact surfaces thereof
on the plurality of guide planes, respectively, of the one holding member, and

wherein the pair of holding members are fixed to each other with the cable held therebetween by a frictional force in the
sliding direction due to an increasing overlapping surface contact between the plurality of sliding contact surfaces and the
plurality of guide planes, respectively, as the pair of holding members are slid together,

wherein the pair of holding members each comprise a flange having a guide surface parallel to the sliding direction, and wherein
the pair of holding members are relatively movable in the sliding direction in a state that the guide surface of the one of
the holding members is in surface-contact with the guide surface of the other holding member, and

wherein the guide surfaces of the flanges of the pair of holding members include stepped portions respectively, and the pair
of holding members are positioned in the sliding direction in such a manner that the respective stepped portions of the pair
of holding members are butted together.

US Pat. No. 9,202,644

CORD SWITCH AND CORD SWITCH MOUNTING STRUCTURE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A cord switch mounting structure for mounting a cord switch main body comprising a hollow tubular member having elasticity
and electrical insulating property and a plurality of electrode wires provided to face each other with an interval at an inner
surface of the tubular member on a mounting member having an elastic modulus greater than an elastic modulus of the tubular
member, comprising:
a strip-shaped impact absorption member having an elastic modulus lower than the elastic modulus of the tubular member and
being interposed between the cord switch main body and the mounting member.

US Pat. No. 9,217,835

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE AND TRANSMISSION APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A photoelectric conversion module comprising:
an optical subassembly that has an optical device and an electronic circuit mounted over an electric wiring substrate, the
optical device emitting or receiving an optical signal, the electronic circuit driving the optical device to convert an electric
signal into the optical signal or amplifying the electric signal converted from the optical signal;

an optical connector that permits optical coupling between the optical device and an optical transmission medium for transmitting
the optical signal; and

an electric connector, consisting of a plug and a receptacle part, that permits electric coupling between the electric wiring
substrate and a device board;

wherein the optical connector is mounted over that surface of the optical subassembly facing the device board;
wherein, when the plug and the receptacle part are combined, the electric connector is opened so that the optical transmission
medium is threaded therethrough and extended through at least two sides of the electric connector facing the optical subassembly;
and

wherein the optical transmission medium is extended between the optical subassembly and the device board in a vertically stacked
manner.

US Pat. No. 9,293,154

SUBSTRATES FOR THIN-FILM MAGNETIC HEADS, MAGNETIC HEAD SLIDERS, AND HARD DISK DRIVE DEVICES

NIPPON TUNGSTEN CO., LTD....

1. An Al2O3—TiC based substrate for a thin-film magnetic head including an Al2O3 phase and a TiC phase, wherein a c-axis lattice constant of the Al2O3 phase is 12.992 Å or more and 12.998 Å or less, and a lattice constant of the TiC phase is 4.297 Å or more and 4.315 Å or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,194,761

CABLE CONDITION MONITORING DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A cable condition monitoring device for monitoring a damaged condition of a cable comprising a conductor part comprised
of a plurality of element wires and an insulating material part formed on a periphery of the conductor part, comprising:
a gas feeding device configured to feed a compressed gas into the conductor part;
a pressure gauge configured to measure a pressure in the conductor part; and
an insulating material part damage judgment part configured to judge whether the insulating material part is damaged or not
based on the pressure measured by the pressure gauge;

a conductor powder amount measurement device configured to measure an amount of conductor powder generated by abrasion of
the conductor part so as to be contained in compressed gas to be discharged from the conductor part; and

a conductor part abrasion judgment part configured to judge an abrasion condition of the conductor part based on the amount
of conductor powder measured by the conductor powder amount measurement device.

US Pat. No. 9,052,432

MULTICORE FIBER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A multicore fiber comprising:
cores located at vertexes of a polygonal ring; and
a cladding including sub medium regions and covering the cores, a refractive index of the cladding being lower than a refractive
index of the cores and higher than a refractive index of the sub medium regions;

wherein the sub medium regions are arranged at positions to reduce a crosstalk between adjacent cores of the cores,
wherein a shape of each of the sub medium regions is an ellipse that crosses a first line segment linking the adjacent cores,
and

wherein a longitudinal direction of the ellipse crosses a direction of the first line segment.

US Pat. No. 9,221,407

COMPOSITE CABLE FOR A VEHICLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A composite cable for a vehicle, configured to connect between a wheel-side device which is fixed on a wheel side and a
body-side device disposed on a body side, the composite cable comprising:
wires, each of which comprises a first center conductor and an insulation for coating the first center conductor, the first
center conductor comprising a stranded wire comprising a plurality of solid conductors stranded with each other, a diameter
of each solid conductor being 0.05 mm to 0.12 mm;

signal lines, each of which comprises a second center conductor and an insulation for coating the second center conductor,
one of the signal lines being located in a space between the wires,

a sheath collectively covering the wires and the signal lines; and
a lubricating member interposed between the wires and the sheath, between the signal lines and the sheath, and between the
wires and the signal lines for reducing a frictional resistance between the wires and the sheath,

wherein an outer diameter of each of the wires is larger than an outer diameter of each of the signal lines.

US Pat. No. 9,143,041

MAGNETIC CIRCUIT, POWER-SUPPLYING DEVICE AND POWER-RECEIVING DEVICE FOR NON-CONTACT CHARGING APPARATUS, AND NON-CONTACT CHARGING APPARATUS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A magnetic circuit for a non-contact charging apparatus, comprising:
a coil;
a coil yoke disposed on the rear surface side of said coil; and
a magnetic attraction member,
wherein at least a part of said magnetic attraction member is disposed in a hole of said coil yoke when viewed in a plane
direction, and

wherein a magnetic gap is interposed between the magnetic attraction member and the coil yoke in at least one of the plane
direction and a thickness direction,

wherein a width of the magnetic gap is in a range such that magnetic saturation near the coil yoke is prevented to suppress
decrease in permeability, thereby suppressing reduction of power transmission efficiency, and further the coil is not substantially
influenced by magnetic flux generated from the magnetic attraction member.

US Pat. No. 9,163,299

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING TITANIUM METAL, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TITANIUM METAL

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An apparatus for producing titanium metal comprising:
(a) a first heating unit for heating and gasifying a first material selected from magnesium and titanium tetrachloride, and
a first channel for supplying the gaseous first material from the first heating unit;

(b) a second heating unit for heating and gasifying a second material selected from magnesium and titanium tetrachloride at
a temperature of not lower than 1600° C., and a second channel for supplying the gaseous second material from the second heating
unit;

(c) a venturi section including an entrance channel, an exit channel, and a throat having a smaller cross-sectional area between
the entrance channel and the exit channel, wherein the second channel is connected to the entrance channel and the first channel
merges with the throat so that magnesium and titanium tetrachloride flowing through the first channel and the second channel
merge in the throat and the merged gaseous magnesium and titanium tetrachloride are mixed in the exit channel, and wherein
a temperature of the throat and the exit channel is controlled at not lower than 1600° C.;

(d) a titanium metal deposition unit in communication with the exit channel, the titanium metal deposition unit having a deposition
substrate for depositing the titanium metal at a temperature from 715 to 1500° C.; and

(e) a discharge unit for discharging the mixed gas in communication with the titanium metal deposition unit;
wherein the second material is different from the first material.

US Pat. No. 9,325,214

ELECTRIC POWER COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION RING AND ELECTRIC MOTOR

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An electric power collection and distribution ring, comprising:
a first to a third bus rings configured to collect and distribute electric power from and to winding wires of a plurality
of phases, the winding wires constituting a stator configured such that the winding wires are wound up around a plurality
of teeth arranged annularly,

wherein the first bus ring comprises a first annular conductor part comprising an insulated electric wire comprising a center
conductor and an insulation coating formed on an outer periphery of the center conductor, a plurality of first connection
terminal parts configured to connect the first annular conductor part and the winding wire, and a first feeding terminal part
configured to feed electric power to the first annular conductor part,

wherein the second bus ring comprises a second annular conductor part comprising an insulated electric wire comprising a center
conductor and an insulation coating formed on an outer periphery of the center conductor, a plurality of second connection
terminal parts configured to connect the second annular conductor part and the winding wire, and a second feeding terminal
part configured to feed electric power to the second annular conductor part,

wherein the third bus ring comprises a third annular conductor part comprising an insulated electric wire comprising a center
conductor and an insulation coating formed on an outer periphery of the center conductor, a plurality of third connection
terminal parts configured to connect the third annular conductor part and the winding wire, and a third feeding terminal part
configured to feed electric power to the third annular conductor part,

wherein the first annular conductor part and the third annular conductor part are coaxially arranged in parallel in such a
manner that the first annular conductor part is located at one side in a diameter direction of the second annular conductor
part and the third annular conductor part is located at another side in a diameter direction of the second annular conductor
part,

wherein the first to the third connection terminal parts project at one side in an axial direction of the first to the third
annular conductor parts, toward the one side in the diameter direction than the first annular conductor part,

wherein the first feeding terminal part comprises a first connection part sandwiching the center conductor of the first annular
conductor part in the axial direction to be connected to the center conductor of the first annular conductor part, a second
connection part configured to project toward the another side in the diameter direction than the third annular conductor part
so as to be connected to current feeders and a joining part configured to join the first connection part and the second connection
part, wherein the second connection part and the joining part project at the another side in the axial direction toward the
another side in the diameter direction without projecting toward the one side in the axial direction,

wherein the second feeding terminal part comprises a first connection part sandwiching the center conductor of the second
annular conductor part in the axial direction to be connected to the center conductor of the second annular conductor part,
a second connection part configured to project toward the another side in the diameter direction than the third annular conductor
part so as to be connected to current feeders and a joining part configured to join the first connection part and the second
connection part, wherein the second feeding terminal part projects toward another side in an axial direction of the first
to the third annular conductor parts without projecting toward the one side in the diameter direction than the first annular
conductor part, wherein the second connection part and the joining part project at the another side in the axial direction
toward the another side in the diameter direction without projecting toward the one side in the axial direction, and

wherein the third feeding terminal part comprises a first connection part sandwiching the center conductor of the third annular
conductor part in the axial direction to be connected to the center conductor of the third annular conductor part, a second
connection part configured to project toward the another side in the diameter direction than the third annular conductor part
so as to be connected to current feeders and a joining part configured to join the first connection part and the second connection
part, wherein the third feeding terminal part projects toward the another side in the axial direction of the first to the
third annular conductor parts without projecting toward the one side in the diameter direction than the second annular conductor
part, wherein the second connection part and the joining part project at the another side in the axial direction toward the
another side in the diameter direction without projecting toward the one side in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,052,479

OPTICAL BOARD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND OPTICAL MODULE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An optical board, comprising:
a substrate comprising a plate-shaped resin including a first main plane and a second main plane, and an optical fiber receiving
portion to receive an optical fiber;

a first metal layer provided on the first main plane; and
a second metal layer provided on the second main plane,
wherein the optical fiber receiving portion comprises a cavity structure, which penetrates the substrate in a thickness direction
of the substrate between the first main plane and the second main plane, and

wherein the optical fiber is prevented from slipping out of the first main plane and the second main plane.

US Pat. No. 9,706,692

NOISE SHIELD CABLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

4. A noise shield cable, comprising:
a conductor;
an insulation provided around the conductor;
a noise shielding layer provided around the insulation and comprising an insulating material mixed with a magnetic powder;
and

a sheath provided around the noise shielding layer,
wherein an aspect ratio of the magnetic powder represented by the maximum length/the maximum thickness is more than 10, and
wherein a degree of orientation of the magnetic powder represented by a definition below is not less than 0.9
Degree of orientation=?i=1n frequency (%) of angle ?i of magnetic powder×|cos ?i|/?i=1n frequency (%) of angle ?i of magnetic powder, where n is a natural number indicating a number of different inclinations (with
angles ?) of the magnetic powder.

US Pat. No. 9,255,408

COLUMN STRUCTURE AND BASE MEMBER

Hitachi Metals Techno, Lt...

1. A column structure comprising:
a column member that is integrally provided with a flange at each of two sides of a web in a width direction of the web;
a base member having an upper side to which the column member is joined;
a first anchor member including a lower end side to which a first anchor portion is attached with the lower end side anchored
in concrete, and including an upper end side to which the base member is fixed at an opposite side of the flange from the
web; and

a second anchor member including a lower end side to which a second anchor portion is attached with the lower end side anchored
in concrete, and including an upper end side to which the base member is fixed at a position further from the web than the
first anchor member in a direction orthogonal to the width direction of the web, and at a position closer to the flange than
the first anchor member in the width direction of the web, wherein the base member is fixed to the upper end side of the second
anchor member at an outer side of the flange in the width direction of the web.

US Pat. No. 9,212,486

COLUMN STRUCTURE AND BASE MEMBER

Hitachi Metals Techno, Lt...

1. A column structure comprising:
a column member that is integrally provided with a flange at each of two width direction sides of a web;
a base member that has the column member joined to an upper side of the base member;
a first anchor member including a lower end side that is fixed to a foundation, and including an upper end side to which the
base member is fixed at the opposite side of the flange to the web side; and

a second anchor member including a lower end side that is fixed to the foundation, and including an upper end side to which
the base member is fixed at the web width direction inside of the first anchor member, the second anchor member having a smaller
yield deformation than the first anchor member, and the second anchor member being closer to the flange than the first anchor
member.

US Pat. No. 9,174,541

HALOGEN-FREE EXTRA-HIGH-VOLTAGE CABLE FOR RAILWAY ROLLING STOCK

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A halogen-free extra-high-voltage cable for railway rolling stock, comprising:
a stranded conductor;
an inner semi-conducting layer covering the stranded conductor;
an outer semi-conducting layer provided on an outer periphery of the inner semi-conducting layer via an insulation layer;
and

a sheath layer on an outer periphery of the outer semi-conducting layer, the sheath layer containing 80 to 200 parts by weight
of metal hydroxide and 0.5 to 10 parts by weight of cross-linking agent with respect to 100 parts by weight of olefin-based
polymer containing at least 50 parts by weight ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer having
a vinyl acetate content of not less than 40 wt % and less than 50 wt % and a melt flow rate of not more than 2.5 g/10 min
and a resin composition is cross-linked,

wherein the sheath layer comprises mechanical characteristics of tensile strength of not less than 8 MPa and breaking elongation
of not less than 200% in a test in accordance with JIS C 3005, aging resistance of tensile strength retention of not less
than 70% and breaking elongation retention of not less than 60% after heating at 100° C. for 168 hours, oil resistance of
the tensile strength retention of not less than 60% and the breaking elongation retention of not less than 60% after immersing
in IRM 902 oil at 100° C. for 24 hours, low temperature characteristics of the breaking elongation of not less than 100% after
cooling at ?40° C. for 10 minutes, and the breaking elongation of not less than 30% after cooling at ?50° C. for 10 minutes,
and

wherein the cable comprises flame retardancy of char length of not more than 2.5 m in a vertical flame test in accordance
with BS 6853.

US Pat. No. 9,252,494

FREQUENCY-VARIABLE ANTENNA CIRCUIT, ANTENNA DEVICE CONSTITUTING IT, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS COMPRISING IT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A frequency-variable antenna circuit comprising:
a first antenna element; and
a frequency-adjusting means coupled to said first antenna element via a coupling means,
said frequency-adjusting means comprising:
a parallel resonance circuit comprising a variable capacitance circuit and a first inductance element connected in parallel
to said variable capacitance circuit; and

a second inductance element series-connected to said parallel resonance circuit,
wherein the frequency-adjusting means is capacitively connected to the first antenna element via the coupling means.

US Pat. No. 9,143,261

OPTICAL MODULE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An optical module which multiplexes a plurality of optical signals emitted from a plurality of light sources and having
different wavelengths and outputs a multiplexed optical signal, the optical module comprising:
a first optical component which reflects a first optical signal emitted from a first light source and passes at least a second
optical signal emitted from a second light source;

a second optical component which reflects the first optical signal emitted from the first light source to make it enter the
first optical component;

a third optical component which reflects the second optical signal emitted from the second light source; and
a fourth optical component which reflects the second optical signal reflected by the third optical component to make it enter
the first optical component,

wherein the first optical component and the fourth optical component are disposed on the same light path,
the first light source and the second light source are disposed back and forth along the light path on both sides of the light
path,

the second optical component and the third optical component are disposed outside the light path, and
an incident angle of the first optical signal to the first optical component is smaller than 45 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,064,519

SOFT MAGNETIC UNDER LAYER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A soft magnetic under layer comprising:
two soft magnetic layers; and
a spacer layer,
the soft magnetic layers being expressed by a composition formula as (Fe100-XCoX)100-Y-MY by atomic ratio, wherein 15?X?25, 18?Y?23, and an element M is at least one element selected from a group of Ta, Ti, Zr, Nb,
Cr, and B,

the soft magnetic layers each having a thickness of 10 to 50 nm,
the spacer layer comprising one element selected from a group of Ru, Cr, Cu, Re, and Rh and having a thickness of 0.10 to
0.50 nm,

the soft magnetic layers being antiferromagnetically coupled through the spacer layer inserted therebetween, wherein
an antiferromagnetic coupling force between the soft magnetic layers is 100 to 2200 A/m.

US Pat. No. 9,046,615

PRODUCTION METHOD OF SCINTILLATOR ARRAY

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a dual-array-type scintillator array comprising the steps of
(1) forming a first scintillator stick comprising first scintillator cell portions arranged like a comb by providing a first
scintillator substrate with pluralities of grooves, and then cutting said first scintillator substrate in a direction perpendicular
to said grooves;

(2) forming a second scintillator stick comprising second scintillator cell portions arranged like a comb by providing a second
scintillator substrate having a different composition from that of said first scintillator substrate with pluralities of grooves,
and then cutting said second scintillator substrate in a direction perpendicular to said grooves;

(3) arranging and fixing plural sets of said first and second scintillator sticks with said first and second scintillator
cell portions downward onto a support plate;

(4) removing base portions from said first and second scintillator sticks by grinding to expose the grooves of said first
and second scintillator sticks on the surface, thereby obtaining plural sets of first cell arrays and second cell arrays arranged
in parallel, each first cell array being obtained from a line of the first scintillator cells, and each second cell array
being obtained from a line of the second scintillator cells;

(5) forming an integral resin-cured assembly comprising plural sets of said first and second cell arrays arranged in parallel
by filling at least grooves and gaps of said first and second cell arrays with a resin for a reflector, curing said resin,
and then removing said support plate; and

(6) cutting a resin layer between adjacent sets of said first and second cell arrays to divide said resin-cured assembly to
sets of said first and second cell arrays.

US Pat. No. 9,088,072

ANTENNA

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An antenna comprising a laminate of dielectric ceramic layers each provided with electrode patterns,
said laminate comprising a first terminal electrode connected to a feed line, a second terminal electrode for grounding and
a third terminal electrode for grounding on the lower surface, a radiation electrode on the upper surface or on a layer near
the upper surface, and a coupling electrode between said lower surface and said radiation electrode;

said coupling electrode being connected to the first terminal electrode through via-holes;
said radiation electrode having one end as an open end and the other end connected to the second terminal electrode through
via-holes, said radiation electrode overlapping said third terminal electrode in a lamination direction via said dielectric
ceramic layers; and

said coupling electrode being partially opposite to said radiation electrode in a lamination direction to form a capacitance-coupling
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,622,393

WIRING MEMBER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A wiring member, comprising:
an electric wire;
a braid shield that covers the electric wire;
a tube-shaped electromagnetic wave absorber including a through hole that allows the electric wire to be inserted therethrough,
the electromagnetic wave absorber absorbing electromagnetic waves emitted from the electric wire,

wherein the braid shield covers an outer circumferential surface and two axial end surfaces of the electromagnetic wave absorber,
and

wherein the braid shield satisfies 1?n?15 and 10?m?50 where a number of carriers of the braid shield is denoted by n and a
number of ends of the braid shield is denoted by m; and

a fixing member disposed at a position outside the outer circumferential surface of the electromagnetic wave absorber, the
fixing member allowing the electromagnetic wave absorber to be fixed to a fixed object,

wherein the electromagnetic wave absorber includes a magnetic core,
wherein the electromagnetic wave absorber further includes another magnetic core arranged along with the magnetic core in
an axial direction of the electric wire, and

wherein the electromagnetic wave absorber further includes a rubber member held between the magnetic core and said another
magnetic core in the axial direction of the electric wire.

US Pat. No. 9,151,663

OPTICAL MODULE INCLUDING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND OPTICAL COUPLING MEMBER

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An optical module, comprising:
a circuit board including a mount surface and a non-mount surface opposite the mount surface;
a photoelectric conversion element mounted on the mount surface of the circuit board;
an optical coupling member for holding an optical fiber, the optical coupling member optically coupling the optical fiber
and the photoelectric conversion element;

a semiconductor circuit element mounted on the mount surface of the circuit board, and electrically connected to the photoelectric
conversion element;

a plate-shaped supporting member arranged so as to sandwich the optical coupling member between the supporting member and
the circuit board; and

an electrically conductive body supported by the supporting member, extended in a thickness direction of the supporting member,
and connected at one end to an electrode provided on the non-mount surface of the circuit board,

wherein the optical coupling member includes a groove therein which opens into the supporting member to receive a tip of the
optical fiber, and the supporting member sandwiches the tip of the optical fiber received in the groove between the supporting
member and the optical coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,494,263

FLEXIBLE PIPE

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. A flexible pipe comprising a first resin layer, a conductive metal layer and a second resin layer in this order from below
on an outer surface of a corrugated metal pipe for flowing a fluid, wherein said metal layer is constituted by at least one
metal tape extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of said corrugated metal pipe, and wherein said first
resin layer and said second resin layer are laminated partly in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,169,543

PRECIPITATION-HARDENED, MARTENSITIC, CAST STAINLESS STEEL HAVING EXCELLENT MACHINABILITY AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A precipitation-hardened, martensitic, cast stainless steel having excellent machinability, which has a composition consisting
of, by mass, 0.10-0.18% of C, 1.5% or less of Si, 2.0% or less of Mn, 0.05-0.4% of S, 13.5-16.5% of Cr, 3.0-5.0% of Ni, 0.5-2.8%
of Cu, 1.3-2.0% of Nb, and 0.12% or less of N, the amounts of C, N and Nb meeting the condition of ?0.2?9 (C %+0.86N %)?Nb
%?1.0, the rest being Fe and inevitable impurities; the structure of said cast stainless steel having Cu precipitates having
an average particle size of 0.1-0.4 ?m dispersed in a tempered-martensite-based matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,224,527

PRODUCTION METHOD OF ULTRAFINE CRYSTALLINE ALLOY RIBBON

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing an ultrafine-crystalline alloy ribbon having a structure in which ultrafine crystal grains having
an average grain size of 1-30 nm are dispersed at a ratio of 5-30% by volume in an amorphous matrix, comprising the steps
of
ejecting an alloy melt onto a rotating cooling roll to quench it;
forming a ribbon having such toughness that it is not fractured when bent to a bending radius of 1 mm or less, before a start
of winding around a reel; and

changing the forming conditions of said ribbon after the start of winding around a reel, to obtain the structure in which
ultrafine crystal grains having the average grain size of 1-30 nm are dispersed at a ratio of 5-30% by volume in the amorphous
matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,151,906

FERRULE FIXING MEMBER AND FERRULE HOLDING STRUCTURE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A ferrule fixing member for fixing a ferrule to hold an optical fiber to a holding member with a holding hole into which
the ferrule is inserted, comprising:
a first plate part and a second plate part configured to face each other while sandwiching a resilient member arranged on
an outer periphery of the ferrule in a radial direction thereof;

a pressing part configured to press the resilient member such that the ferrule is pressed against a bottom side of the holding
hole by a resilient force of the resilient member; a locked part configured to be engaged with a locking part formed in the
holding member; and an extending part configured to extend from the second plate part to the locked part, wherein the locking
of the locked part and the locking part is released by moving the first plate part and the second plate part close to each
other

wherein the pressing part comprises an insertion hole into which the ferrule is inserted, and wherein the pressing part is
formed so as to connect both end parts of the first plate part and the second plate part, the both end parts being opposite
to the holding hole in a longitudinal direction of the ferrule.

US Pat. No. 9,462,684

WIRING MATERIAL, METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME, AND SECONDARY BATTERY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT USING THE SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A wiring material comprising:
conductors, each conductor comprising a conductor trunk portion extending in a longitudinal direction of the wiring material
and a conductor branch portion directly branched from without overlapping the conductor trunk portion in a direction intersecting
the width direction; and

a covering member collectively covering around the conductor trunk portion and the conductor branch portion to expose both
ends of the conductors, the conductor trunk portion being arranged in parallel in the width direction in the covering member,

wherein the covering member comprises a trunk covering portion for covering the conductor trunk portions and branch covering
portions each of which covers the conductor branch portion.

US Pat. No. 9,293,155

SUBSTRATES FOR THIN-FILM MAGNETIC HEADS, MAGNETIC HEAD SLIDERS, AND HARD DISK DRIVE DEVICES

NIPPON TUNGSTEN CO., LTD....

1. An Al2O3—TiC based substrate for a thin-film magnetic head including an Al2O3 phase and a TiC phase, wherein a c-axis lattice constant of the Al2O3 phase is 12.985 Å or more and 12.992 Å or less, and a lattice constant of the TiC phase is 4.297 Å or more and 4.325 Å or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,723,768

MULTICORE SHIELDED CABLE AND BRANCHING METHOD THEREFOR

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A multicore shielded cable, comprising:
a first core wire group composed of a plurality of assembled core wires;
a first binding tape wound around an outer circumference of the first core wire group;
a first braided shield provided around an outer circumference of the first binding tape;
a second binding tape wound around an outer circumference of the first braided shield;
a second core wire group composed of a plurality of core wires arranged around an outer circumference of the second binding
tape;

a third binding tape wound around an outer circumference of the second core wire group;
a second braided shield provided around an outer circumference of the third binding tape; and
a jacket provided around an outer circumference of the second braided shield,
wherein one end of the first core wire group is drawn through a mesh of the second braided shield to the outside such that
the multicore shielded cable is branched into a first path including the first core wire group and a second path including
the second core wire group.

US Pat. No. 9,287,027

RARE EARTH METAL-BASED PERMANENT MAGNET

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A rare earth metal-based permanent magnet having a laminated plating film, characterized in that the plating film comprises
as an outermost surface layer a SnCu alloy plating film having a film thickness in a range from 0.1 ?m to 2 ?m, the composition
of the SnCu alloy plating film is 35 mass % or more but less than 55 mass % of Sn and the rest being Cu, and a base plating
film having two or more layers including at least a Ni plating film and a Cu plating film which are formed as the lower layer
under the SnCu alloy plating film, and among the base plating film, the Ni plating film is located just below the SnCu alloy
plating film.

US Pat. No. 9,255,311

COPPER ALLOY CONDUCTOR, AND TROLLEY WIRE AND CABLE USING SAME, AND COPPER ALLOY CONDUCTOR FABRICATION METHOD

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A Cu—Sn alloy conductor, comprising:
a Cu—Sn alloy material consisting of copper, 0.001 to 0.1 wt % of oxygen, 0.15 to 0.70 wt % (exclusive of 0.15 wt %) of Sn,
and inevitable impurities,

wherein a crystalline grain to form a crystalline structure of the Cu—Sn alloy material has an average diameter of 100 ?m
or less, and sub-boundaries are formed in the crystalline grain,

wherein an oxide of the Sn is crystallized or precipitated in a matrix of the crystalline structure,
wherein 80% or more of the oxide of the Sn is dispersed in the matrix of the crystalline structure as a fine oxide grain with
an average diameter of 1 um or less,

wherein a cross-sectional area of the Cu—Sn alloy conductor is in a range from 110 mm2 to 170 mm2,

wherein a tensile strength of the Cu—Sn alloy conductor having the cross-sectional area is 420 MPa or more, and
wherein a conductivity of the Cu—Sn alloy conductor having the cross-sectional area is 60% IACS or more.

US Pat. No. 9,290,831

SOFT-MAGNETIC, AMORPHOUS ALLOY RIBBON AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD, AND MAGNETIC CORE CONSTITUTED THEREBY

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A soft-magnetic, amorphous alloy ribbon produced by a rapid quenching method, having transverse lines of recesses formed
on its surface by laser beams with predetermined longitudinal intervals, with a doughnut-shaped projection formed around each
recess; said recesses and said doughnut-shaped projections being constituted by an amorphous phase; said doughnut-shaped projections
having smooth surfaces substantially free from splashes of the alloy melted by the irradiation of laser beams, and a height
t2 of 2 ?m or less; and a ratio t1/T of the depth t1 of said recesses to the thickness T of said ribbon being in a range of 0.025-0.18, wherein the number density of said recesses
in the transverse lines is 2-20/mm, and wherein a surface of said ribbon to be irradiated with laser beams has reflectance
of 15-80% at a wavelength ? of 1000 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,190,769

CABLE CONNECTING APPARATUS, CABLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD OF MAKING CABLE ASSEMBLY

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A cable connecting apparatus for collectively connecting a plurality of differential signal transmission cables to a cable
connector, the plurality of differential signal transmission cables each including a pair of signal line conductors, an insulator
surrounding the pair of signal line conductors, and an outer conductor surrounding the insulator, the cable connector including
a pair of signal line contacts corresponding to the pair of signal line conductors and a ground contact corresponding to the
outer conductor, the cable connecting apparatus comprising:
a plurality of ground conductors each including a body that is to be mounted on the outer conductor and an arm that is disposed
on the body and to be connected to the ground contact;

a first clamp member and a second clamp member that clamp the ground conductors in a state in which the ground conductors
are arranged side by side; and

a distance maintaining mechanism that is disposed between the first clamp member and the second clamp member and that maintains
a constant distance between the clamp members;

wherein the distance maintaining mechanism includes
a separation elastic member that is disposed between the clamp members and that generates an elastic force in a direction
such that the clamp members are separated from each other, and

engagement members that are disposed between the clamp members and that maintain a constant distance between the clamp members
by being engaged with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,282,639

ADHESIVE COMPOSITION, ADHESIVE VARNISH, ADHESIVE FILM AND WIRING FILM

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A double-sided adhesive film comprising:
a polyimide base material; and
adhesive layers comprising an adhesive composition and provided on both surfaces of the polyimide base material,
wherein the adhesive composition includes
(A) a phenoxy resin including a plurality of hydroxyl groups at a side chain: 100 parts by mass;
(B) a multifunctional isocyanate compound comprising an isocyanate and at least one functional group selected from the group
consisting of a vinyl group, an acrylate group and a methacrylate group within its molecule: 2 to 55 parts by mass;

(C) a maleimide compound and/or a reaction product thereof having a plurality of maleimide groups within its molecule: 5 to
30 parts by mass; and

(D) one or more kinds of an inorganic filler having an average particle size of 5 ?m or less which is measured by a laser
diffraction: 1 to 50 parts by mass, and

wherein a total amount of the components (B) and (C) is 7 to 60 parts by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,260,304

HYDROGEN SEPARATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A method for operating a hydrogen separation device for separating hydrogen from a mixture hydrogen gas using a membrane
separation technique with a hydrogen separation alloy membrane, wherein the hydrogen separation alloy membrane is an alloy
containing x percent by mass of Ni and y percent by mass of Ti (10?x<40, 10?y<30) with a remaining portion of the alloy being
composed only of Nb and inevitable impurities, and
wherein the method comprises the successive steps of:
stopping supply of the mixture hydrogen gas to the hydrogen separation alloy membrane with a temperature of the hydrogen separation
alloy membrane within a range from 300 to 600° C.;

supplying an oxidizing gas for a predetermined period of time to at least an upstream side of the hydrogen separation alloy
membrane with a temperature of the hydrogen separation alloy membrane within a range from 300 to 600°, so as to decrease an
amount of residual hydrogen in the hydrogen separation alloy membrane to 300 ppm or less; and

lowering the temperature of the hydrogen separation alloy membrane to below 200° C.

US Pat. No. 9,153,361

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSION CABLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A differential signal transmission cable, comprising:
a pair of differential signal lines arranged in parallel to each other;
an insulation for bundle-covering the pair of differential signal lines; and
a shield conductor wound around an outer periphery of the insulation,
wherein the insulation is configured such that an outer circumference thereof in a cross section perpendicular to a longitudinal
direction thereof includes an oval shape formed with a continuous convex arc-curve, and

wherein the outer circumference of the insulation comprises a first curved portion including a pair of symmetrical elliptical
arcs located at both ends in a first direction along the arrangement direction of the pair of differential signal lines and
a second curved portion including a pair of symmetrical elliptical arcs located at both ends in a second direction orthogonal
to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,130,940

NETWORK SYSTEM

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A network system of a network, comprising:
network relay devices connected to each other to function as a virtual single network relay device, the network relay devices
including:

a master device configured to administrate the network system; and
one or more member devices configured to be administrated by the master device, and
an authentication server connected to the master device,
wherein one of the network relay devices is connected with one or more external terminals,
wherein when an external terminal of the one or more external terminals logins the network, the external terminal sends a
login request to the master device relayed by one or more member devices,

wherein when the master device receives the login request from the external terminal connected to the network system, the
master device sends an authentication request to the authentication server and receives a response to the authentication request
from the authentication server, and the master device sends a response to the login request to the external terminal,

wherein when the authentication server receives the authentication request from the master device, the authentication server
authenticates or denies the authentication request,

wherein when the authentication request is authenticated, the one network relay device connected to the external terminal
enables a communication between the external terminal and the one network relay device, and transmits enabled communication
information to the other network relay devices belonging to the network system,

wherein the other network relay devices, when receiving the enabled communication information, enable communications between
the external terminal and the other network relay devices, respectively,

wherein at least one of the network relay devices includes a roaming port to be connected to the external terminal when the
external terminal roams, and the one network relay device connected with the external terminal transmits the enabled communication
information to only the at least one network relay device with a roaming port, but not to the other network relay devices
with no roaming port, and

wherein the at least one network relay device with a roaming port transmits information of the roaming port to the other network
relay devices belonging to the network system.

US Pat. No. 9,276,123

OXIDE SEMICONDUCTOR TARGET AND OXIDE SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIAL, AS WELL AS SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE USING THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An oxide semiconductor target formed by sintering a Zn—Sn—O oxide semiconductor material comprising zinc oxide and tin
oxide as a main ingredient,
wherein a compositional ratio of Zn that constitutes the Zn—Sn—O oxide semiconductor material: [Zn]/([Zn]+[Sn]) is within
a range from 0.5 to 0.85 by at %,

W (tungsten) is added to the oxide semiconductor material, and
the addition amount of W is within a compositional ratio of 0.07 to 3.8 at %.

US Pat. No. 9,256,228

MASS FLOW CONTROLLER WITH ONBOARD DIAGNOSTICS, PROGNOSTICS, AND DATA LOGGING

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A method for managing operation of a mass flow controller comprising:
detecting a particular type of change in operating conditions of the mass flow controller, wherein the particular type of
change is one of a plurality of different types of potential changes in the operating conditions, the different types of potential
changes include a set point change, pressure change, and control loop variable change;

selecting, from among a plurality of different types of available data, condition-specific-data that is a particular one of
the different types of available data, the condition-specific-data is selected based upon the particular type of change in
the operating conditions that occurs;

initiating, when the particular type of change in the operating conditions is detected, a recording of N samples of the condition-specific-data
to obtain a snapshot of operating characteristics of the mass flow controller after the particular type of change in the operating
conditions occurs;

determining, based upon the N samples of the condition-specific-data, a functional parameter value for each of a plurality
of condition-specific functional parameters that are determined by the particular type of change in the operating conditions,
each of at least a portion of the determined condition-specific functional parameter values characterizes operation of the
mass flow controller based upon the N samples of the condition-specific data;

creating a plurality of data sets in a first data store a first time the particular type of change in the operating conditions
is detected, each of the plurality of data sets includes fields for statistical values for a corresponding one of the condition-specific
functional parameters that are associated with the particular type of change in the operating conditions;

updating, each time the particular type of change in the operating conditions is detected, and until a predefined event occurs,
the statistical values in each of the data sets that correspond to the condition-specific functional parameters that are determined
by the particular type of change in the operating conditions; and

performing one or more diagnostic actions based upon current values of the condition-specific functional parameters and the
statistical values in the data sets in the first data store.

US Pat. No. 9,246,581

COMMUNICATION LIGHT DETECTING STRUCTURE, COMMUNICATION LIGHT DETECTING OPTICAL CONNECTOR INCLUDING THE COMMUNICATION LIGHT DETECTING STRUCTURE, AND COMMUNICATION LIGHT DETECTING OPTICAL CABLE INCLUDING THE COMMUNICATION LIGHT DETE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A communication light detecting structure comprising:
a communication optical fiber configured to transmit communication light;
a leakage optical fiber optically connected to the middle of the communication optical fiber via optical connection portions,
the leakage optical fiber being different in core refractive index from the communication optical fiber; and

a light detecting unit configured to detect part of the communication light leaking from the optical connection portions,
wherein the communication optical fiber includes a first optical fiber and a second optical fiber,
wherein the optical connection portions include:
a first fusion portion where the first optical fiber and the leakage optical fiber are fused together; and
a second fusion portion where the leakage optical fiber and the second optical fiber are fused together, and
wherein the leakage optical fiber has a length of 1 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 9,396,841

NOISE SUPPRESSION CABLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

4. A noise suppression cable, comprising:
a plurality of twisted pair wires; and
a sheath that comprises an insulating material and a magnetic powder, separates the plurality of twisted pair wires and covers
a periphery of the plurality of twisted pair wires.

US Pat. No. 9,182,061

PIPE JOINT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A pipe joint comprising a pressing nut into which a pipe is inserted, a joint body into which said pressing nut is partially
inserted, a sealing member for sealing said pipe and said joint body, a retainer engaging said pipe to prevent said pipe from
being attached, a stop ring, and an engaging mechanism for keeping said pressing nut in said joint body;
said engaging mechanism comprising a first engaging groove and a second engaging groove, and an annular groove formed on an
outer surface of said pressing nut for receiving said stop ring, wherein said first engaging groove and said second engaging
groove are formed on an inner surface of said joint body for receiving said stop ring and communicating with each other; and

each of said first engaging groove and said second engaging groove having a tapered groove, both tapered grooves adjacent
to each other forming an annular projection having both inclined side surfaces, and said stop ring being movable in both directions
between said first engaging groove and said second engaging groove passing said annular projection,

whereby said stop ring engages both of said annular groove and said first engaging groove until the connection of said pipe
is completed, and

when a force in a drawing direction is applied to said pipe after completing the connection of said pipe, said stop ring moves
from said first engaging groove to said second engaging groove on the inlet side thereof and said stop ring engages both of
said annular groove and said second engaging groove, so that said pressing nut is drawn from said joint body to such an extent
that the normal connection of said pipe can be confirmed.

US Pat. No. 9,221,095

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A BLADE MATERIAL

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A manufacturing method of a blade material by sequentially processing a local hot-forging of the material from a root side
to a blade tip with a mold, wherein after the material to be forged is grasped in a portion on the root side and the local
hot-forging is processed, while the material to be forged is restrained by the mold, a locally forged area between the grasped
portion in the portion on the root side and the restrained portion by the mold is subjected to twisting processing,
wherein an area previously subjected to hot-forging processing and an area subsequently subjected to hot-forging processing
partially overlap with each other,

wherein the material to be forged grasped by a manipulator is forged while being pulled out from a heating furnace by the
manipulator.

US Pat. No. 9,250,301

ENCODER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An encoder including a magnetic medium and a magnetic sensor that is opposed to the magnetic medium with intermediary of
a gap and moves relative to the magnetic medium, wherein
the magnetic medium is magnetized in direction of the relative movement at a pitch ?m,
the magnetic sensor includes a plurality of magnetoresistive elements whose electrical resistance value changes depending
on a magnetic field at a place where each magnetoresistive element is disposed, and

a position where a first magnetoresistive element is disposed is defined as a reference position and, in addition to the first
magnetoresistive element of the reference position, second magnetoresistive elements as harmonic reducing patterns are disposed
at following positions, with P(n) defined as an n-th prime, wherein n is a natural number,

a position offset by ?m/(2·P(n)) from the reference position toward at least one side of the direction of the relative movement
in plan view, wherein N?n>1 and N is a natural number satisfying N>3,

a position further offset by ?m/(2·P(L+1)) from a position offset by ?m/(2·P(L)) from the reference position toward at least
the one side of the direction of the relative movement in plan view, wherein P(L) is an L-th prime and L is a natural number
satisfying 1
a position offset by ?m/(2·P(2))=?m/6, a position offset by ?m/(2·P(3))=?m/10, and a position offset by ?m/(2·P(4))=?m/14
from the reference position toward the one side in plan view,

a position further offset by ?m/(2·P(2+1))=?m/10 from the position offset by ?m/(2·P(2))=?m/6 from the reference position
toward at least the one side of the direction of the relative movement in plan view, and a position further offset by ?m/(2·P(3+1))=?m/14
from the position offset by ?m/(2·P(2))=?m/6 toward said one side of the direction, and

a position further offset by ?m/(2·P(3+1))=?m/14 from the position offset by ?m/(2·P(3))=?m/10 from the reference position
toward said one side of the direction of the relative movement in plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,128,018

METHOD FOR EVALUATING CORROSION-FATIGUE LIFE OF STEEL MATERIAL

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for evaluating the corrosion-fatigue life of a steel material comprising:
bringing a corrosive medium into contact with a predetermined portion of the steel material;
measuring a strain amplitude on the steel material while applying cyclic loads to the steel material;
measuring an N-th strain index from the strain amplitude at the number of initial load applications through which the strain
amplitude is substantially constant and from the strain amplitude at the N-th load application (N is a natural number larger
than the number of initial load applications); and

estimating the corrosion-fatigue life of the steel material by determining the value of N for which the strain index value
reaches or exceeds a value equal to a previously certified life strain index.

US Pat. No. 9,230,882

SIGNAL TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A signal transmission device having a common heatsink arranged on a plurality of communication modules equipped on a board,
the signal transmission device comprising:
an elastic member provided between the board and the plurality of communication modules; and
a plurality of first connectors provided in the board and a second connector provided in each of the plurality of communication
modules,

wherein the plurality of communication modules are biased toward the common heatsink by the elastic member so that upper surfaces
of the plurality of communication modules are pressed against a bottom surface of the common heatsink, and

wherein each of the plurality of communication module is reciprocable between the board and the common heatsink within a range
of an effective length of fit capable of maintaining electrical conduction between a respective one of the first connectors
and the second connector.

US Pat. No. 9,046,029

HEAT-RESISTANT, FERRITIC CAST STEEL HAVING EXCELLENT MELT FLOWABILITY, GAS DEFECT RESISTANCE, TOUGHNESS AND MACHINABILITY, AND EXHAUST MEMBER MADE THEREOF

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A heat-resistant, ferritic cast steel having excellent melt flowability, gas defect resistance, toughness and machinability,
which has a composition comprising by mass
C: 0.32-0.45%,
Si: 0.85% or less,
Mn: 0.15-2%,
Ni: 1.5% or less,
Cr: 16-23%,
Nb: 3.2-4.5%,
Nb/C: 9-11.5,
N: 0.15% or less,
S: (Nb/20?0.1) to 0.2%, and
W and/or Mo: 3.2% or less in total (W+Mo),
the balance being Fe and inevitable impurities, and a structure in which the area ratio of a eutectic (?+NbC) phase of ? ferrite
and Nb carbide (NbC) is 60-80%, and the area ratio of manganese chromium sulfide (MnCr)S is 0.2-1.2%.

US Pat. No. 9,293,823

ANTENNA DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An antenna device, comprising:
a plurality of triplate lines each of which comprises a central conductor arranged between one pair of outer conductors parallel
to each other; and

a plurality of antenna elements to transmit high frequency signals distributed by the plurality of triplate lines,
wherein the plurality of triplate lines comprise a first triplate line and a second triplate line arranged non-parallel to
each other and at a predetermined angle therebetween so that respective central conductors of the first triplate line and
the second triplate line are intersected and connected together.

US Pat. No. 9,264,253

NETWORK SYSTEM

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A network system, comprising:
lower switches; and
upper switches to be connected to the lower switches,
wherein each of the upper switches generates a connection information notification frame containing connected lower switch
list information and transmits the connection information notification frame to all the lower switches connected to said each
of the upper switches, the connected lower switch list information comprising identification information on each of all the
lower switches connected to said each of the upper switches, and

wherein each of the lower switches receives the connection information notification frame transmitted from each of the upper
switches and compares the connected lower switch list information with each other, in order to determine whether or not all
the upper switches are actually connected to all the lower switches,

wherein said each of the upper switches comprises:
an identification information table that mutually associates and registers a port number of a port of the upper switches that
receives an identification information notification frame transmitted from the lower switches, and lower switch identification
information contained in the identification information notification frame; and

a link aggregation group (LAG) table that mutually associates and registers the port number of the port of the upper switches
and an LAG identification information (LAGID).

US Pat. No. 9,282,015

NETWORK RELAY DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A network relay device comprising:
a plurality of line cards each of which has a port and relays a frame;
a first management card connected to each of the plurality of line cards and managing the plurality of line cards; and
a second management card connected to each of the plurality of line cards and managing the plurality of line cards,
wherein one of the first and second management cards serves as a main management card and an other of the first and second
management cards serves a backup management card which is used when the main management card has a fault,

each of the first and second management cards has a continuity monitoring unit which generates a monitoring frame for checking
continuity between devices and transmits the monitoring frame to a given line card among the plurality of line cards, and

each of the plurality of line cards has a monitoring frame processing unit which, when having received the monitoring frames
from both of the first and second management cards, selects one of both monitoring frames and transmits the selected monitoring
frame from the port.

US Pat. No. 9,234,263

WELDMENT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. At least two different metal materials welded together, the at least two metal materials comprising:
a first material comprising a welded portion and a non-welded portion; and
a second material comprising another welded portion and another non-welded portion including purified copper having a level
of 4N or more purity including more than 10 mass ppm of oxygen, an additive element consisting of not less than 4 mass ppm
and not more than 55 mass ppm of Ti, and an inevitable impurity including sulfur, the welded portion of the first material
being welded to said another welded portion of the second material,

wherein the Ti in a form of TiO of not more than 200 nm in size, TiO2 of not more than 1000 nm in size, TiS of not more than 200 rim in size, and Ti—O—S of not more than 300 nm in size is included
in a crystal grain.

US Pat. No. 9,883,581

MULTI-CORE DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL CABLE INCLUDING A GAP FOR A MOVABLE INSULATION

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

11. A multi-core differential signal transmission cable, comprising:
a plurality of differential signal cables, each of the differential signal cables comprising:
a pair of signal line conductors for transmitting differential signals;
an insulation collectively covering the pair of signal line conductors;
a shielding tape wrapped around the insulation; and
an insulating tape wound around the shielding tape,
wherein a gap is formed between an outer peripheral surface of the insulation and an inner surface of the shielding tape such
that the insulation is movable relative to the shielding tape; and

a cylindrical interposed material confining a pair of the plurality of the differential signal cables at a center of multi-core
differential signal transmission cable,

wherein the cylindrical interposed material is in a contact with opposing edges of at least one of the pair of the plurality
of the differential signal cables,

wherein the cylindrical interposed material abuts all of the plurality of the differential signal cables.

US Pat. No. 9,395,692

HAIRSPRING MATERIAL FOR MECHANICAL TIMEPIECE AND HAIRSPRING USING THE SAME

CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD...

1. A hairspring material for a mechanical timepiece, comprising an alloy which contains 37.5 to 39.5% by mass of Ni, 9.2 to
9.9% by mass of Cr, 0.35 to 0.55% by mass of Ti and 0.6 to 0.9% by mass of Be, based on the total amount of the alloy, and
contains a remainder comprising Fe and unavoidable impurities, said alloy being an alloy containing, as the unavoidable impurities,
C (carbon), Mn in an amount of more than 0% by mass but not more than 0.5% by mass and Al in an amount of more than 0% by
mass but less than 0.03% by mass, the amount of said C (carbon) being limited to not more than 0.03% by mass, wherein Ti and
C are contained as TiC and the size of the TiC is not more than 5 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,251,929

NON-HALOGEN FLAME-RETARDANT INSULATED WIRE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A non-halogen flame-retardant insulated wire, comprising:
a conductor; and
an insulating coating layer disposed on an outer circumference of the conductor, the insulating coating layer including an
inner layer and an outer layer,

wherein the inner layer comprises an inner layer resin composition in which 50 to 95 parts by weight of a polyethylene with
a density of 0.930 g/cm3 or more and 5 to 50 parts by weight of an ethylene copolymer are mixed so as to make the total 100 parts by weight,

wherein the outer layer comprises an outer layer resin composition comprising a base polymer in which 60 to 95 parts by weight
of an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer containing 60% by weight or more of vinyl acetate and 5 to 40 parts by weight of a
maleic acid-modified ethylene-?-olefin copolymer modified with maleic anhydride are mixed so as to make the total 100 parts
by weight, and also including 80 to 200 parts by weight of a metal hydroxide mixed with the base polymer, and

wherein at least the outer layer resin composition is crosslinked.
US Pat. No. 9,221,232

CENTRIFUGALLY CAST COMPOSITE ROLL AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A centrifugally cast composite roll comprising an outer layer made of cast iron having a chemical composition comprising,
by mass, 2.7-3.5% of C, 1.5-2.5% of Si, 0.4-1.0% of Mn, 3.7-5.1% of Ni, 0.8-2.2% of Cr, 1.5-4.5% of Mo, 2.0-4.5% of V, and
0.5-2.0% of Nb, the balance being Fe and inevitable impurities, a mass ratio of Nb/V being 0.18-0.65, and a mass ratio of
Mo/V being 0.7-2.5, and a structure comprising, by area, 15-45% of a cementite phase and 1-10% of a graphite phase, and an
inner layer made of cast iron having excellent mechanical strength and metallurgically bonded to said outer layer; a usable
region of said outer layer as deep as 10 mm or more from the surface containing substantially no speck-like-segregated dendrites
of bainite or martensite having diameters of 1.5 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 9,214,260

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSION CABLE AND MULTI-CORE DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSION CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A differential signal transmission cable, comprising:
a pair of signal lines arranged parallel to each other;
a conductive layer comprising a conductor in which a current is induced when signals propagate through the pair of signal
lines; and

a dielectric disposed between the pair of signal lines and the conductive layer,
wherein the conductive layer includes a signal attenuating structure including a non-continuous section in which the conductor
is non-continuous, the non-continuous section being located such that, among differential signal components and common-mode
signal components included in the signals propagating through the pair of signal lines, the common-mode signal components
are attenuated by an attenuation factor greater than an attenuation factor of the differential signal components, and

wherein an entirety of the non-continuous section is formed in an area between the pair of signal lines when the conductive
layer is viewed in a direction orthogonal to a direction in which the signal lines are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,285,537

OPTICAL WIRING SUBSTRATE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF OPTICAL WIRING SUBSTRATE AND OPTICAL MODULE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An optical wiring substrate, comprising:
an insulation layer comprising a resin;
an conductor layer formed on the insulation layer and comprising a metal; and
an optical fiber accommodating part configured to accommodate an end part of an optical fiber,
wherein the conductor layer further comprises a reflecting surface configured to be inclined relative to the insulation layer
so as to reflect a light that propagates through the optical fiber,

wherein the optical fiber accommodating part comprises at one end part thereof an abutting surface configured such that an
end surface of a tip of the optical fiber inserted is abutted thereon,

wherein the conductor layer constitutes both side surfaces of the optical fiber accommodating part and a wiring pattern configured
to be electrically connected to a photoelectric conversion element that is electrically connectable to a semiconductor circuit
element,

wherein the abutting surface is formed as a part of the conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 9,395,255

ON-VEHICLE DETECTOR

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An on-vehicle detector, comprising:
a torque detecting portion for magnetically detecting a torque transmitted to a rotating shaft rotated by a steering operation;
and

a rotation detecting portion juxtaposed with the torque detecting portion in an axial direction of the rotating shaft for
magnetically detecting a rotation of the rotating shaft,

wherein the rotation detecting portion comprises a magnet with a pair of magnetic poles and a magnetic detection element,
the magnet being disposed on a side of the rotating shaft so as to rotate simultaneously with the rotating shaft and the magnetic
detection element being disposed on the side of the rotating shaft to detect a change in a magnetic flux density caused by
the magnet approaching or moving away in accordance with the rotation of the rotating shaft, and

wherein the magnet is disposed at a region of a circumferential direction of the rotating shaft and the magnet is consisted
of an N-pole at one end and an S-pole at another end in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,435,007

TITANIUM METAL PRODUCTION APPARATUS AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR TITANIUM METAL

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An apparatus for producing titanium metal, comprising:
(a) a first flow channel for supplying gaseous magnesium;
(b) a second flow channel for supplying gaseous titanium tetrachloride;
(c) a gas mixing section in communication with the first flow channel and the second flow channel, wherein the gaseous magnesium
is mixed with the gaseous titanium tetrachloride in the gas mixing section, and a temperature within the gas mixing section
is controlled at not lower than 1600° C.;

(d) a titanium metal deposition section in communication with the gas mixing section, wherein the titanium metal deposition
section is at a temperature of 715 to 1500° C. and under an absolute pressure of 50 to 500 kPa, and wherein particles for
deposition are movably disposed in the titanium metal deposition section; and

(e) a mixed gas discharge section in communication with the titanium metal deposition section,
wherein the particles are supplied from an upper portion of the titanium metal deposition section, and the gas mixing section
is communicatively connected to a side of the titanium metal deposition section.

US Pat. No. 9,826,631

REPEATER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A repeater comprising:
two connectors each comprising electrodes, the two connectors configured to connect a communication cable through which a
differential signal is transmitted;

a circuit board on which the two connectors are mounted, the circuit hoard comprising a signal transmission section configured
to connect corresponding electrodes of the two connectors together; and

a signal detection circuit mounted on the circuit board, the signal detection circuit configured to extract a part of a signal
transmitted through the signal transmission section and indicate a presence or absence of information communication based
on the extracted signal,

wherein the circuit board comprises a multi-layer substrate including at least an inner layer in which the signal transmission
section is formed, two shield layers configured to interpose the signal transmission section therebetween, and an outer layer
outside a shield layer on which the signal detection circuit is mounted,

wherein the shield layer is interposed between the electrodes and the signal detection circuit, and
wherein the signal detection circuit comprises:
an amplifier circuit configured to extract a part of a signal transmitted through the signal transmission section and amplify
the extracted signal;

a rectifier circuit configured to rectify the signal amplified by the amplifier circuit to a direct current signal and output
the signal;

a display configured to indicate the presence or absence of information communication based on the signal outputted from the
rectifier circuit; and

a comparator configured to turned on when an output voltage of the rectifier circuit is greater than or equal to a threshold
voltage and to output a direct current signal predetermined voltage to the display.

US Pat. No. 9,472,874

COMMUNICATION MODULE AND COMMUNICATION MODULE CONNECTOR

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A communication module comprising a plug connector connected to a receptacle connector,
wherein the plug connector has an insertion projection inserted into an insertion recess provided on the receptacle connector,
a board insertion portion into which an insertion end portion of a module board incorporated in the communication module is
inserted is formed in the insertion projection,

a plurality of first adjustment projections parallel to each other are provided on a first inner surface of the board insertion
portion,

a plurality of second adjustment projections parallel to each other are provided on a second inner surface of the board insertion
portion which is opposed to the first inner surface,

the first adjustment projections and the second adjustment projections are arranged alternately along an arrangement direction
of these adjustment projections, and

the first adjustment projections come in contact with a surface of the insertion end portion which is opposed to the first
inner surface, and the second adjustment projections come in contact with another surface of the insertion end portion which
is opposed to the second inner surface.

US Pat. No. 9,175,376

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SURFACE-MODIFIED RARE EARTH METAL-BASED SINTERED MAGNET AND SURFACE-MODIFIED RARE EARTH METAL-BASED SINTERED MAGNET

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

3. A method for producing a surface-modified rare earth metal-based sintered magnet, the method comprising a step of:
applying a heat treatment to a rare earth metal-based sintered magnet in the temperature range of from 200° C. to 600° C.,
under an atmosphere with oxygen partial pressure in a range of from 1×102 Pa to 1×105 Pa and water vapor partial pressure in a range of from 0.1 Pa to 700 Pa

wherein the surface-modified rare earth metal-based sintered magnet comprises a surface-modified part that comprises a surface-modified
layer, said surface-modified layer comprising at least:

a main layer containing R, Fe, B, and oxygen, and containing an R-enriched layer with a length in a range of from 0.5 ?m to
30 ?m and a thickness in a range of from 50 nm to 400 nm,

an amorphous layer located outside of the main layer and containing at least R, Fe, and oxygen, and
an outermost layer located outside of the amorphous layer and containing iron oxide, wherein the iron oxide is 75 mass % or
more hematite,

characterized in that an additional heat treatment is carried out prior to and/or after the heat treatment, in the temperature
range of from 200° C. to 600° C. and under an atmosphere with oxygen partial pressure in a range of from 1×10?2 Pa to 50 Pa and water vapor partial pressure in a range of from 1×10?7 Pa to 1×10?2 Pa.

US Pat. No. 10,134,525

DUST CORE AND CHOKE

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. A dust core comprising, as principal components:a pulverized powder of an Fe-based amorphous alloy ribbon corresponding to a first magnetic body; and
a Cr-containing Fe-based amorphous alloy atomized spherical powder corresponding to a second magnetic body,
wherein a mixing ratio of the pulverized powder to the atomized spherical powder is 95:5 through, but not including, 90:10 in a mass ratio,
wherein the pulverized powder and the atomized spherical powder are bound by a high-temperature binder,
wherein the pulverized powder is in the shape of a thin plate having two principal planes opposing each other and ends of the two principal planes include edges,
wherein the pulverized powder passes through a sieve with an opening of 106 ?m and does not pass through a sieve with an opening of 35 ?m,
wherein a minimum dimension along a plane direction of the principal planes in the pulverized powder is a grain size, the grain size of the pulverized powder is more than 50 ?m and not more than 150 ?m and is more than twice and not more than six times as large as a thickness of the Fe-based amorphous ahoy ribbon in a proportion of 80 mass % or more of the whole pulverized powder,
wherein the atomized spherical powder has a grain size defined by a median diameter D50 not more than a half of the thickness of the Fe-based amorphous alloy ribbon and not less than 3 ?m and not more than 12.5 ?m, and
wherein the Fe-based amorphous alloy ribbon has an ahoy composition represented by FeaSibBcCdMe wherein M is one or more elements selected from the group consisting of Cr, Mo, Mn, Zr and Hf; and a, b, c, d and a are atomic percentages satisfying relationships of 50?a?90, 5

US Pat. No. 9,236,907

LAMINATE-TYPE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH FILTER AND BALUN

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a laminate constituted by pluralities of insulation layers on which conductor patterns are formed;
a ground electrode being formed on each of an upper-surface-side insulation layer and a bottom-surface-side insulation layer
in said laminate;

said laminate being partitioned to first and second regions in a lamination direction between said upper-surface-side ground
electrode and said bottom-surface-side ground electrode, by a first shield constituted by a ground electrode formed on an
insulation layer between the upper-surface-side ground electrode and the bottom-surface-side ground electrode;

first conductor patterns constituting a first filter for a first frequency band being arranged in said first region;
second conductor patterns constituting a first balun for the first frequency band being arranged in said second region;
first pluralities of terminal electrodes being formed on bottom or side surfaces of said laminate;
one of terminal electrodes of said first filter, which acts as an unbalanced port, being arranged adjacently to a terminal
electrode of said first balun, which acts as an unbalanced port, with no other terminal electrode than a ground electrode
existing therebetween;

said first filter and said first balun being not electrically connected in said laminate;
a second shield constituted by a line of via-holes formed in a lamination direction to electrically connect said upper-surface-side
ground electrode, said bottom-surface-side ground electrode and said first shield;

said laminate being further partitioned by said first and second shields to first to fourth subregions in plane and lamination
directions between said upper-surface-side ground electrode and said bottom-surface-side ground electrode;

the first conductor patterns constituting the first filter for the first frequency band being arranged in said first subregion;
the second conductor patterns constituting the first balun for the first frequency band being arranged in said second subregion,
third conductor patterns constituting a second filter for a second frequency band being arranged in said third subregion;
fourth conductor patterns constituting a second balun for the second frequency band being arranged in said fourth subregion;
one of terminal electrodes of said second filter, which acts as an unbalanced port, being arranged adjacently to a terminal
electrode of said second balun, which acts as an unbalanced port, with no other terminal electrode than a ground electrode
existing therebetween; and

said first filter, said first balun, said second filter and said second balun being not electrically connected in said laminate.

US Pat. No. 9,463,756

COMPLEX HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A composite cable, comprising:
an electric cable consisting of two unshielded power wires, each of which comprises a center conductor covered with an insulation,
the electric cable being configured to be connected to an electric parking brake mechanism for preventing rotation of wheels
after stopping a vehicle;

a sensor cable consisting of two unshielded signal wires, each of which comprises a center conductor covered with an insulation,
the sensor cable being configured to be connected to an ABS sensor for measuring a rotation speed of the wheels during running
of the vehicle; and

a common outer sheath collectively covering the electric cable and the sensor cable,
wherein the two unshielded signal wires contact with each other, and
wherein an outer diameter of each of the power wires is different from an outer diameter of each of the signal wires.

US Pat. No. 9,449,752

DUST CORE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAID DUST CORE, AND INDUCTANCE ELEMENT AND ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE INCLUDING SAID DUST CORE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A dust core, comprising a mixture powder compacted, the mixture powder including:
an Fe-based amorphous metal powder having a crystallization temperature Tx (unit: K), the Fe-based amorphous metal powder being plastically deformed, the plastically deformed Fe-based amorphous metal
powder having a filling factor in the dust core higher than 80% and not higher than 99%; and

a resin binder having a melting point Tm (unit: K),

wherein the Tx and Tm satisfy a relationship of “Tm/Tx?0.70”.

US Pat. No. 10,104,783

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC CIRCUIT BOARD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a ceramic circuit board comprising the steps of:bonding a metal sheet to a ceramic substrate via a brazing material containing Ag to form a bonded body;
etching said bonded metal sheet to form a circuit pattern;
removing an unnecessary brazing material from said substrate provided with the circuit pattern, by etching with a first acidic solution comprising (i) at least one of carboxylic acid and carboxylate and (ii) hydrogen peroxide; and
removing a residual brazing material from said substrate having an unnecessary brazing material removed, by etching with a second acidic solution comprising ammonium fluoride and hydrogen peroxide,
wherein said carboxylic acid and/or carboxylate are at least one selected from the group consisting of formic acid, acetic acid, glycolic acid, and their salts.

US Pat. No. 9,111,664

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ENAMELED FLAT WIRE USING DIE FOR FLAT WIRE COATING

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A manufacturing method of an enameled flat wire using a predetermined solid coating die, comprising:
providing a solid coating die comprising:
a die body; and
a die hole formed through the die body, the flat wire conductor to be inserted into the die hole in a conductor insertion
direction, the die hole including:

an entry portion having a cross section monotonically decreasing along the conductor insertion direction; and
a coating portion including at least a sub-portion having a constant cross section, the cross section of the coating portion
being a rectangle having four straight sides and four rounded corners, the coating portion having a flat inner surface corresponding
to each straight side of the rectangular cross section of the coating portion, the coating portion having a rounded inner
surface corner corresponding to each rounded corner of the rectangular cross section of the coating portion, each flat inner
surface of the coating portion having an inwardly projecting protrusion, a top contour (perpendicular to the conductor insertion
direction) of each protrusion being a circular arc, an elongated circular arc, an elliptical arc or a combination of these
arcs, the maximum curvature of the top contour of each protrusion being larger than the maximum curvature of the rounded inner
surface corners;

inserting the flat wire conductor into the die hole of the solid coating die;
applying an insulation varnish around the flat wire conductor in the die hole; and
baking the applied insulation varnish.

US Pat. No. 9,655,237

SILICON NITRIDE SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SILICON NITRIDE SUBSTRATE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A silicon nitride substrate which is a sintered body comprising a main phase comprised of silicon nitride particles, and
an intergranular phase comprised of a sintering aid, wherein
the main phase contains, on the substrate surface, first silicon nitride particles having an aspect ratio obtained by dividing
a major axis length by a minor axis length of 3.0 or less, and having a major axis length of 5.0 ?m or less, and second silicon
nitride particles having a major axis length and an aspect ratio both exceeding those of the first silicon nitride particles,

40 or less first silicon nitride particles are present within a 10 ?m square region set on any selected parts on the substrate
surface,

a ratio (B/Si) between fluorescent X-ray intensities of boron (B) and silicon (Si) on any selected parts on the substrate
surface is in range of 7.0×10?5 to 250×10?5,

the ratio B/C between boron (B) and carbon (C) is 0.080 to 3.000,
the surface waviness is 1.00 ?m or less, the surface waviness being an arithmetic average waviness Wa, which is an arithmetic
average of absolute values of deviation from an average value of a surface height, obtained by measuring a filtered centerline
waviness using a surface roughness meter, and

the thickness t is 0.20 to 0.80 mm,
with the proviso that, for the substrate surface waviness, the measurement conditions include an evaluation length of 30 mm,
a measurement velocity of 0.3 mm/s, a cut-off value (?c) of 0.25 mm, and a cut-off value (?f) of 8.0 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,350,571

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSION CABLE AND CABLE WITH CONNECTOR

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A differential signal transmission cable comprising:
two signal conductors;
an insulator for covering the signal conductors; and
a shield tape wound around the insulator in longitudinal wrapping,
wherein the shield tape comprises a first overlapping region and a second overlapping region which overlap each other on both
ends of the shield tape in a direction of the winding around the insulator, the first overlapping region is covered with the
second overlapping region,

a first tangent line tangent to a first signal conductor is orthogonal to a line passing through centers of the two signal
conductors, the first tangent line is positioned at radially outside of the first signal conductor, and an end of the first
overlapping region is positioned at outside of the first tangent line throughout the whole length of the cable,

a third tangent line tangent to the first signal conductor and orthogonal to the first tangent line is positioned at radially
outside of the first signal conductor on a side of the first signal conductor adjacent to the first and second overlapping
regions,

the end of the first overlapping region is positioned between the first tangent line and the third tangent line, and
the two signal conductors are positioned radially outward of any other signal conductors in the differential signal transmission
cable along the line passing through the centers of the two signal conductors.

US Pat. No. 9,318,814

WIRE CONNECTION MEMBER, WIRE CONNECTION STRUCTURE AND ANNULAR POWER DISTRIBUTION MEMBER

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An annular power distribution member, comprising;
an annular wire comprising a solid wire formed in an annular shape and having connecting terminals fixed at a plurality of
positions in the circumferential direction;

a power supply line comprising a twisted wire and supplying power to the annular wire; and
a wire connection member connecting both end portions of the annular wire to a tip portion of the power supply line,
wherein the wire connection member comprises a partition for dividing a first housing space for housing both end portions
of the annular wire from a second housing space for housing a tip portion of the power supply line; a first housing portion
that, together with the partition, forms the first housing space; and a second housing portion that, together with the partition,
forms the second housing space, and the partition is arranged between the first and second housing portions,

wherein both ends of the annular wire protrude outwardly from the annular wire and are inserted into the first housing space
toward an outward direction of the annular wire,

wherein a tip portion of the power supply line is inserted into the second housing space toward an inward direction of the
annular wire,

wherein the both ends of the annular wire, the tip portion of the power supply line and the wire connection member are covered
with a molding resin.

US Pat. No. 9,312,646

CONNECTOR AND WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A connector, comprising:
a first terminal housing that houses a first connecting terminal(s) and is attached to a device as an attached object thereof;
and

a second terminal housing that houses at least a portion of a cable(s) comprising a second connecting terminal(s) at an end
portion thereof,

wherein the first connecting terminal(s) and the second connecting terminal(s) come into contact with each other and form
a contact point(s) when the first terminal housing is fitted to the second terminal housing,

wherein the two terminal housings are fitted in a direction crossing an extending direction of the cable(s) that extends from
the second terminal housing,

wherein the second terminal housing further comprises fixing means on a cable side with respect to the contact point(s) so
as to fix a portion housing the cable(s) to the device or another member integrally fixed to the device,

wherein the second terminal housing is formed in a hollow cylinder shape having an opening on one side and further comprises
a cylindrical body with the opening to be fitted to the first terminal housing and a cable insertion portion for inserting
the cable, the cable insertion portion being formed integrally with a side surface of the cylindrical body so as to be in
communication with a hollow portion of the cylindrical body,

wherein the fixing means is provided on the cable insertion portion so that the cable insertion portion is fixed to the device
or the another member integrally fixed to the device,

wherein the cable insertion portion is separated with a predetermined distance from the device or the another member integrally
fixed to the device, and

wherein the fixing means extends from the cable insertion portion toward the device or the another member integrally fixed
to the device, to contact the device or the another member integrally fixed to the device.

US Pat. No. 9,252,550

ELECTRODE TERMINAL CONNECTOR PRODUCING METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing an electrode terminal connector for electrically connecting together a positive terminal and a negative
terminal formed of mutually dissimilar metals respectively, the method comprising:
pressing a first plate formed of a metal common to the positive terminal to form a mounting hole completely through a thickness
of the first plate;

pressing a second plate formed of a metal common to the negative terminal and clad bonded with a third plate having an ionization
tendency or standard electrode potential between respective-ionization tendencies or standard electrode potentials of the
first plate and the second plate to form a metallic member being made of the second plate clad bonded with the third plate
and being larger in diameter than the mounting hole;

press fitting the metallic member into the mounting hole in such a manner as to bring the third plate into contact with an
inner circumferential surface of the mounting hole to join the first plate and the metallic member together; and

forming a negative terminal fixing hole through a middle of the metallic member in such a manner as to leave the metallic
member around the inner circumferential surface of the mounting hole,

wherein the pressing the first plate, the pressing the second plate, the press fitting the metallic member, and the forming
the negative terminal fixing hole are continuously performed by a pressing device to produce the electrode terminal connector
for electrically connecting together the positive terminal and the negative terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,127,110

RESIN COMPOSITION, AND WIRE AND CABLE USING THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A wire, comprising:
a conductor extrusion-coated with a covering layer, the covering layer comprising a resin composition including a silane-crosslinked
polyethylene as a main component provided by crosslinking a polyethylene selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-hexene
copolymer and an ethylene-octene copolymer in presence of a silanol condensation catalyst and water, the polyethylene being
graft-copolymerized with a silane compound by a free radical generating agent,

wherein the polyethylene has a density of 0.87 to 0.91 g/cm3,

wherein the silane compound is included not less than 2 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the polyethylene,
wherein the resin composition includes silicon detected by a fluorescence X-ray at a rate of not less than 0.3 mass % and
has a gel fraction of not less than 70%,

wherein a mass ratio of the silane compound to the free radical generating agent is not less than 35 and not more than 150,
wherein Gel fraction=(mass of gel remaining after extraction)/(mass of resin composition before extraction)×100(%), and
wherein the covering layer has a load elongation of not more than 175% and a post-cooling permanent elongation of not more
than 15% in JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) C 3660-2-1-9 hot set testing conditions of an air temperature of 200 degrees
C., a load of 20 N/cm2, and a load time of 15 minutes.

US Pat. No. 9,368,276

METHOD FOR PRODUCING R-T-B-BASED SINTERED MAGNETS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a sintered R-T-B based magnet, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a sintered R-T-B based magnet body;
providing a solid RH diffusion source including a heavy rare-earth element RH (which is at least one of Dy and Tb) and 40
mass % to 60 mass % of Fe, the solid RH diffusion source having a solid physical shape;

loading the sintered magnet body and the solid RH diffusion source into a processing chamber so that the magnet body and the
solid RH diffusion source are movable relative to each other and are readily brought in contact with each other; and

performing an RH diffusion process in which the sintered magnet body and the solid RH diffusion source are heated to a processing
temperature of more than 850° C. through 1000° C. while being moved either continuously or discontinuously in the processing
chamber, and changing a point of contact between the sintered magnet body and the solid RH diffusion source by rotating the
processing chamber; wherein

the RH diffusion process is carried out with a stirring aid member introduced into the processing chamber, the stirring aid
member being made of zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, boron nitride or a ceramic that includes any combination
of zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, and boron nitride; and

the sintered magnet body, the solid RH diffusion source and the stirring aid member are stirred in the processing chamber
during the RH diffusion process.

US Pat. No. 9,064,621

PARALLEL FOAMED COAXIAL CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A parallel foamed coaxial cable, comprising:
one or more pairs of inner conductors aligned in parallel;
a foamed insulation covering together the inner conductors and having a cross sectional shape comprising an elliptical shape,
a rounded-rectangular shape or a quasi-elliptical shape formed by combining a plurality of curved lines;

a non-foamed skin layer covering the foamed insulation and having a maximum thickness in a major axis direction of the cross
sectional shape of the foamed insulation and a minimum thickness in a minor axis direction of the cross sectional shape of
the foamed insulation;

an outer conductor covering the non-foamed skin layer; and
an insulation jacket covering the outer conductor,
wherein the maximum thickness of the non-foamed skin layer is not less than 1% of a major axis of the cross sectional shape
of the foamed insulation such that a drag force applied by the non-foamed skin layer is sufficient along the major axis to
counteract an expansion force applied by the foamed insulation covering to prevent said parallel one or more pairs of inner
conductors from moving beyond a preselected distance from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,950,964

CERAMIC HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. A method for producing a ceramic honeycomb structure comprising a ceramic honeycomb body having a plurality of longitudinal cells partitioned by porous cell walls, and a peripheral wall formed on a peripheral surface of said ceramic honeycomb body, comprising the steps ofextruding a moldable ceramic material to form a ceramic green body having a honeycomb structure;
machining a peripheral portion of said green body or a sintered body obtained from said green body to remove part of cell walls in the peripheral portion, thereby obtaining said ceramic honeycomb body having longitudinal grooves on the peripheral surface;
applying a coating material to the peripheral surface of said ceramic honeycomb body to form said peripheral wall, as well as to peripheral portions of both end surfaces of said ceramic honeycomb body, by an applicator comprising (i) two disc-shaped support plates sandwiching both end surfaces of the ceramic honeycomb body and (ii) a scraper abutting peripheral ends of the support plates, wherein each support plate comprises (A) a center portion coming into contact with an end surface of the ceramic honeycomb body and (B) a peripheral portion thinner than the center portion to provide a gap for the applying of the coating material; and
inserting the coating material applied to said peripheral portions of both end surfaces into peripheral cells, with part of the coating material remaining on the peripheral portion.

US Pat. No. 9,415,444

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF R-T-B BASED SINTERED MAGNETS AND R-T-B BASED SINTERED MAGNETS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a sintered R-T-B based magnet, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a sintered R-T-B based magnet body;
providing an RH diffusion source including a metal or an alloy of a heavy rare-earth element RH, which is at least one selected
from the group consisting of Dy and Tb;

loading the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source into a processing chamber so that the sintered R-T-B
based magnet body and the RH diffusion source are moved into contact with each other or into and out of contact with each
other;

performing an RH diffusion process by conducting a heat treatment on the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion
source at a temperature of 500° C. to 850° C. for at least 10 minutes by heating the processing chamber while moving the sintered
R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source either continuously or discontinuously in the processing chamber so that
the magnet body and the RH diffusion source are moved into contact with each other at least once or into and out of contact
with each other at least once by rotating the processing chamber at a surface velocity of at least 0.01 m/s. and changing
a point of contact between the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source and supplying the heavy rare-earth
element RH from the RH diffusion source to the sintered R-T-B based magnet body via the point of contact between the sintered
R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source; and

introducing a stirring aid member into the processing chamber before or during the RH diffusion process, the stirring aid
member being made of zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, boron nitride, or any combination thereof; wherein

in the RH diffusion process, the processing chamber is heated by a heater that is arranged around an outer periphery of the
processing chamber, the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source that are loaded into the processing chamber
are also heated, and the temperature of the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source is maintained within
a range of 500° C. to 850° C.

US Pat. No. 9,401,581

JIG FOR CAN-PACKAGE SEMICONDUCTOR LASER

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A jig for a CAN-package semiconductor laser, which is a jig for handling a CAN-package semiconductor laser having a semiconductor
laser mounted on a pedestal, a cap which is put on one surface of the pedestal and covers the semiconductor laser, and a lead
pin which is electrically connected to the semiconductor laser and protrudes from the other surface of the pedestal, the jig
comprising:
a base part provided with a recessed part to which the pedestal is fitted;
a terminal pad provided on a bottom surface of the recessed part and being in contact with the lead pin;
a terminal pin electrically connected to the terminal pad and protruding from the base part;
a through hole which penetrates through the base part;
wherein, when the pedestal is fitted to the recessed part, at least a part of the through hole is covered with the pedestal;
and

the through hole opens to opposite faces of the base part.

US Pat. No. 9,379,986

NETWORK RELAY DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A network relay device comprising:
a plurality of line cards for relaying a frame, each of which has a port,
each of the plurality of line cards including:
a first processor programmed to limit a communication band of a frame; and
a second processor programmed to monitor communicability to/from each of the other line cards by transmitting and receiving
an internal monitoring frame to/from each of the other line cards,

wherein, when a first line card which is any one of the plurality of line cards receives a frame at the port of its own, the
first line card refers to monitoring results obtained by the internal communicability monitoring units of the other line cards
in addition to a monitoring result obtained by the second processor of its own, determines the first processor which is a
transmission destination from the first processors of the other line cards based on the monitoring results, and transmits
the received frame to the transmission destination, and

the line card, which has received the frame from the first line card, limits the communication band of the frame by using
the first processor of its own, and then, transmits the frame to a predetermined port among the ports of the plurality of
line cards.

US Pat. No. 9,093,765

CONNECTOR AND WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A connector, comprising:
a first terminal housing for housing a plurality of first connecting terminals aligned;
a second terminal housing for housing a plurality of second connecting terminals aligned;
a plurality of insulating members aligned and housed in the second terminal housing;
a laminated structure that the plurality of first connecting terminals and the plurality of second connecting terminals are
alternately arranged so that one surface of the plurality of first connecting terminals faces one surface of the plurality
of second connecting terminals to form pairs and to form a plurality of contact points sandwiched between the plurality of
insulating members when the first terminal housing is fitted to the second terminal housing;

a connecting member for collectively fixing and electrically connecting the plurality of first connecting terminals and the
plurality of second connecting terminals at each contact point by rotating a cam in a tightening direction and thereby pressing
each contact point;

a first fitting detection terminal provided on one of the first and second terminal housings;
a second fitting detection terminal provided on the other of the first and second terminal housings so as to be slidable along
a fitting direction of the two terminal housings; and

a slide means that makes the second fitting detection terminal slide in accordance with the rotation of the cam and electrically
connects the first fitting detection terminal to the second fitting detection terminal when fitting the two terminals housings
and then rotating the cam in the tightening direction.

US Pat. No. 9,500,720

SEMI-HARD MAGNETIC MATERIAL AND THEFT-PREVENTION MAGNETIC SENSOR USING SAME AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMI-HARD MAGNETIC MATERIAL

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A semi-hard magnetic material, comprising:
equal to or more than 5.0% but less than 13.0% of Ni by mass, equal to or more than 1.0% but equal to or less than 4.0% of
Mn by mass, more than 0% but equal to or less than 3.0% of Al by mass, more than 0% but equal to or less than 1.0% of Ti by
mass and a remainder of Fe and an impurity;

a coercivity of 1000 to 2400 A/m and
a residual magnetic flux density of 1.3 T or more.

US Pat. No. 9,279,176

LEAD WIRE FOR SOLAR CELL, MANUFACTURING METHOD AND STORAGE METHOD THEREOF, AND SOLAR CELL

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A solar cell lead wire, comprising:
a molten solder plated layer on a strip-shaped conductive material formed rectangular in a cross section thereof so as to
be bondable to a solar cell using a flux,

wherein a thickness of an oxide film on a surface of the molten solder plated layer, which is a sum of a thickness of an SnO
layer and a thickness of an SnO2 layer, is not more than 7 nm,

said thickness predetermined as permitting an effect of breaking through the oxide film during a low temperature bonding process
that is near a melting point of the molten solder plated layer and predetermined as sufficiently low in temperature to avoid
a cracking of a substrate of the solar cell due to a thermal stress during said bonding process.

US Pat. No. 9,248,749

VEHICLE CHARGING EQUIPMENT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A vehicle charging equipment, comprising:
a charging equipment main body;
a charging cable to be pulled out of the charging equipment main body;
a charge connector that is provided at a tip of the charging cable, is to be fitted to a vehicle-side connector on a vehicle
and has a release button to be pressed for removal from the vehicle-side connector;

a release button circuit to which voltage is applied from the vehicle to detect depression of the release button, the release
button circuit having a resistance value that varies depending on whether or not the release button is pressed;

a winding-up device on the charging equipment main body to wind up the charging cable;
a fit determination means for determining whether or not the charge connector is fitted to the vehicle-side connector; and
an automatic winding-up controller for controlling the winding-up device to wind up the charging cable,
wherein the fit determination means comprises a voltage detection unit and a fit determination portion, the voltage detection
unit detecting the voltage applied to the release button circuit from the vehicle to detect depression of the release button
when the charge connector is fitted to the vehicle-side connector and the fit determination portion determining, based on
the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit, whether or not the charge connector is fitted to the vehicle-side connector,
and

wherein the automatic winding-up controller determines removal of the charge connector from the vehicle-side connector based
on the determination made by the fit determination means and causes the winding-up device to wind up the charging cable after
the charge connector is removed from the vehicle-side connector.

US Pat. No. 9,162,928

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SINTERED FERRITE MAGNET, AND SINTERED FERRITE MAGNET

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a sintered ferrite magnet comprising (a) a ferrite phase having a hexagonal M-type magnetoplumbite
structure, and (b) a grain boundary phase indispensably containing Si, said method comprising
a step of preparing calcined ferrite containing a ferrite phase having a hexagonal M-type magnetoplumbite structure, which
comprises Ca, an element R which is at least one of rare earth elements and indispensably includes La, an element A which
is Ba and/or Sr, Fe, and Co as indispensable elements, the composition of metal elements of Ca, R, A, Fe and Co being represented
by the general formula of Ca1-x-yRxAyFe2n-zCoz, wherein the atomic ratios of Ca (1-x-y), the element R (x), the element A (y) and Co (z), and the molar ratio of n meet
the following relations:

0.42?(1-x-y)?0.5,
0.45?x?0.55,
0?y?0.8,
0.2?z?0.3, and
4.8?n?5.2;
a step of pulverizing said calcined body to powder;
a step of molding said powder to a green body; and
a step of sintering said green body to obtain a sintered body;
more than 1% by mass and 1.8% or less by mass of SiO2 and 1-2% by mass (calculated as CaO) of CaCO3 being added to 100% by mass of said calcined body, before the pulverization step.

US Pat. No. 9,536,646

SINTERED FERRITE MAGNET AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A sintered ferrite magnet comprising metal elements of Ca, La, Fe and Co, whose atomic ratios are represented by the general
formula:
Ca1-xLaxFe2n-yCoy,
wherein x and y, and n representing a molar ratio meet
0.3?x?0.6,
0.25?y?0.5, and
3?n?6,further comprising 0.2% to 0.35% by mass of SiO2, and containing no CaCO3 as a sintering aid.

US Pat. No. 9,353,015

CERAMIC HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a ceramic honeycomb structure, comprising the steps of extrusion-molding a moldable material containing
a ceramic material and a pore-forming material to obtain a predetermined molding, and drying and sintering said molding; said
moldable material containing 2-20% by mass of said pore-forming material based on 100% by mass of said ceramic material; said
pore-foaming material having a median diameter of 5-70 ?m; and said pore-forming material being hollow resin particles having
inorganic powder on their outer surfaces, wherein said pore-forming material is produced by bringing said inorganic powder
into contact with said resin particles wet with water.

US Pat. No. 9,300,529

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK RELAY DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A communication system, comprising:
a first switch device which operates in a master mode in an initial state;
a second switch device which operates in a backup mode in an initial state; and
one or more third switch devices each of which operates in a member mode in an initial state,
wherein the first switch device which operates in the master mode transmits a first control signal at every predetermined
period to the second switch device which operates in the backup mode,

the second switch device which operates in the backup mode makes a transition to the master mode when it does not receive
for a predetermined period the first control signal from the first switch device which operates in the master mode, and transmits
an initializing signal to the one or more third switch devices which operate in the member mode, and

when each of the one or more third switch devices which operates in the member mode has received the initializing signal,
that one of the one or more third switch devices constructs a management communication channel with the second switch device
which operates in the master mode.

US Pat. No. 9,229,182

OPTICAL MODULE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An optical module, comprising:
a circuit board;
a photoelectric conversion element mounted on the circuit board;
an optical connector for optically connecting the photoelectric conversion element and an optical fiber;
a semiconductor circuit element mounted on the circuit board and electrically connected to the photoelectric conversion element;
a rod-shaped elastic pressing member for pressing and fixing the optical connector to the circuit board; and
a supporting member for supporting the rod-shaped elastic pressing member,
wherein the circuit board comprises a plurality of electrodes on a non-mounting surface that is opposite to a mounting surface
with the semiconductor circuit element mounted thereon,

wherein the supporting member comprises an attaching portion to be fixed to a counterpart board that has a plurality of counterpart
electrodes electrically connected to the plurality of electrodes,

wherein the rod-shaped elastic pressing member comprises a supported portion to be supported by the supporting member so as
to pivot about the supported portion,

wherein the supporting member comprises a fixing portion for fixing the rod-shaped elastic pressing member in a state that
the optical connector is pressed by the rod-shaped elastic pressing member,

wherein the supporting member comprises a heat-absorbing surface and a heat-dissipating surface,
wherein the heat-absorbing surface is thermally connected to the semiconductor circuit element, and
wherein the heat-dissipating surface dissipates heat of the semiconductor circuit element to be absorbed through the heat-absorbing
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,153,982

VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS COMPRISING DETECTING CONNECTING STATE OF CHARGING CONNECTOR TO VEHICLE INLET

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A vehicle battery charging apparatus for outputting a charging current from a power supply to an inlet of a vehicle having
an electric motor as a drive source, the vehicle battery charging apparatus comprising:
a charging connector located between the power supply and the vehicle inlet, the charging connector comprising a charging
current output terminal for outputting the charging current to the vehicle inlet and a proximity detection terminal for detecting
a proximity of the charging connector to the vehicle inlet;

a first resistor located between the power supply and the vehicle inlet;
a voltage output portion located between the power supply and the vehicle inlet that outputs a DC voltage to cause a current
to flow through the first resistor to the proximity detection terminal, wherein the voltage output portion comprises a DC
power source that operates by converting alternating current supplied thereto;

a detection means located between the power supply and the vehicle inlet that can detect a variation in the current flowing
through the first resistor caused by fitting the charging connector to the vehicle inlet; and

a control section located between the power supply and the vehicle inlet that detects the proximity of the charging connector
to the vehicle inlet based on the variation in current flowing through the first resistor detected by the detection means,
and enables the charging current output terminal to output a charging current when the proximity is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,306,845

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK RELAY DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A communication system comprising:
a first switching device and a second switching device each having a plurality of ports including a bridging port and a first
port, and being connected to each other by a communication line via the bridging port; and

a third switching device being connected to the first port of the first switching device and the first port of the second
switching device via different communication lines, and setting link aggregation for ports to be connection sources of the
communication lines,

wherein each of the first switching device and the second switching device has:
an address table indicating a relation between the plurality of ports owned by the first switching device and the second switching
device and addresses existing ahead of the plurality of ports; and

a link table by which the first port of the first switching device and the first port of the second switching device logically
function as one port,

when the first switching device receives a frame at the first port, the first switching device creates abridging frame containing
a transmission source address contained in the received frame and an identifier of the first port, and transfers the bridging
frame from the bridging port toward the second switching device,

when the second switching device receives the bridging frame at the bridging port, the second switching device detects the
identifier of the first port and the transmission source address from the bridging frame, and updates the address table of
the second switching device based on the identifier of the first port and the transmission source address,

wherein, when the first port receives a first frame from a unicast transmission, the first switching device creates the bridging
frame containing a first identifier in addition to the transmission source address and the identifier of the first port,

when the second switching device detects the first identifier from the bridging frame received at the bridging port, the second
switching device updates the address table and discards the bridging frame,

wherein, when the first port receives a second frame from a non-unicast transmission, the first switching device creates a
third frame as the bridging frame and transfers the bridging frame from the bridging port, the third frame being obtained
by further adding a second identifier to the second frame in addition to the identifier of the first port, and

when the second switching device detects the second identifier from the bridging frame received at the bridging port, the
second switching device updates the address table and restores the bridging frame to a normal frame, and then, transfers the
normal frame from a predetermined port.

US Pat. No. 9,275,795

CORROSION-RESISTANT MAGNET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a corrosion-resistant magnet, characterized in that a chemical conversion film containing at least
Zr, Nd, Fe, fluorine, and oxygen as constituent elements and not containing phosphorus is formed on a surface of an R—Fe—B
based sintered magnet, wherein R is a rare-earth element including at least Nd.

US Pat. No. 9,158,079

OPTICAL MODULE, OPTICAL COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, AND OPTICAL TRANSMISSION DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An optical module, comprising:
a circuit board;
an optical element mounted on a front surface of the circuit board;
a semiconductor circuit element mounted on the front surface of the circuit board and electrically connected with the optical
element;

an optical connection member formed on a back surface of the circuit board, the optical connection member including an optical
fiber receiving groove to receive a tip of an optical fiber introduced from a base end side of the circuit board and optically
connect together the optical fiber received in the optical fiber receiving groove and the optical element; and

a pressing plate disposed on an opposite side of the optical connection member to the circuit board, the optical fiber receiving
groove being open toward the pressing plate, the optical fiber being received and fixed in the optical fiber receiving groove
with the pressing plate being pressed directly against the optical fiber,

wherein the semiconductor circuit element is mounted on the base end side of the circuit board relative to the optical element,
and configured in such a manner that the circuit board, the optical connection member and the tip of the optical fiber are
sandwiched between the semiconductor circuit element and the pressing plate, and

wherein the circuit board includes a plurality of electrodes aligned and formed at a tip of the back surface of the circuit
board so as to be electrically connected to an equipment side circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,961,791

SEAL RING AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEAL RING

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A seal ring employed in an electronic component storing package, comprising a clad material comprising a base material layer and a brazing filler metal layer pressure-bonded on a first surface of the base material layer, wherein the seal ring is made of the clad material which is punched, and the seal ring has substantially no side brazing filler metal portion of the brazing filler metal layer covering a side surface of the base material layer, the brazing filler metal layer mainly contains Ag and Cu, and a concentration of the Ag is greater in a vicinity of an exposed surface of the brazing filler metal layer than a concentration of the Ag in an inner portion of the brazing filler metal layer.

US Pat. No. 9,324,481

MULTI-PAIR DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSION CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A multi-pair differential signal transmission cable formed by bundling together a plurality of differential signal transmission
cables, each including:
a pair of signal line conductors;
an insulator disposed around the signal line conductors;
a first shielding tape conductor longitudinally lapped around the insulator;
an overlap portion formed by the first shielding tape conductor and extending in a longitudinal direction of the signal line
conductors; and

an insulating tape wound around the first shielding tape conductor,
the multi-pair differential signal transmission cable comprising:
a first cable assembly formed by more than one of the plurality of differential signal transmission cables;
a first intervening member configured to cover a periphery of the first cable assembly;
a second intervening member disposed inside the first intervening member together with the first cable assembly, the second
intervening member being configured to hold a transverse cross-section of the first intervening member in a circular shape;

a second cable assembly disposed around the first intervening member, the second cable assembly being formed by arranging
more than one of the plurality of differential signal transmission cables in a circumferential direction of the first intervening
member; and

a covering member configured to cover a periphery of the second cable assembly,
wherein the overlap portion of each of the differential signal transmission cables is oriented toward the covering member,
and

wherein the second intervening member is disposed outside the differential signal transmission cables of the first cable assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,325,120

WIRE HARNESS AND CONNECTION STRUCTURE OF SHIELD SHELL AND BRAIDED SHIELD

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A wire harness, comprising:
an electric wire;
a conductive metal shield shell housing a portion of the electric wire;
a braided shield covering at least a portion of an outer peripheral surface of the shield shell and extending from an end
portion of the shield shell in a lead-out direction of the electric wire to cover the electric wire; and

an annular member provided on the outer periphery of the braided shield so as to sandwich the braided shield between the annular
member and the shield shell,

wherein a clamping member has a belt-shape and is arranged so as to sandwich the braided shield and the annular member between
the clamping member and the outer peripheral surface of the shield shell, the clamping member is configured to press the braided
shield against the shield shell by a tightening force of the clamping member,

wherein the clamping member presses the braided shield against the shield shell via the annular member,
wherein the annular member comprises an extended portion that extends from the end portion of the shield shell along the lead-out
direction of the electric wire, and

wherein the annular member further comprises a first annular member contacting the clamping member and the braided shield;
and a second annular member comprising the extended portion.

US Pat. No. 9,273,384

HIGH SPEED TOOL STEEL, MATERIAL FOR BLADE EDGE, CUTTING TOOL, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF MATERIAL FOR BLADE EDGE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A high speed tool steel comprising, by mass percent:
0.5-1.5% of C;
1.0% or less of Si;
1.0% or less of Mn;
3.0-5.0% of Cr;
15.0-25.0% of one or two kinds of W and Mo according to a formula (W+2Mo);
1.0-less than 1.5% of V;
5.0-10.0% of Co; and
a remainder including Fe and impurities,
the high speed tool steel further containing:
0.0005-0.004% of Ca; and
0.005-0.015% of N.

US Pat. No. 9,153,901

CONNECTOR AND WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A connector, comprising:
a terminal comprising a connecting portion that is relatively moved in a direction fitting to another terminal and is connected
to a plate portion formed at an end of another terminal; and

an elastic member having a lower rigidity than the plate portion and the connecting portion, wherein the connecting portion
comprises a bottom portion to be in contact with the plate portion and first and second side portions provided upright from
both end sides of the bottom portion in a width direction orthogonal to the fitting direction so as to interpose a contact
portion with the plate portion therebetween, and

wherein, when the terminal is fitted to the another terminal, the elastic member is interposed between the plate portion and
the first and second side portions, elastically deforms and comes into contact with both side surfaces of the plate portion
in the width direction and with the first and second side portions in the elastically deformed state.

US Pat. No. 9,090,965

SLIDE PART

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A slide part configured to be used in an environment where there is a lubricant containing molybdenum dialkyldithiocarbamate
and/or molybdenum dithiophosphate, the slide part comprising a hard protective layer formed on an outermost surface of a substrate
of the slide part, and a plurality of interlayers sandwiched between the hard protective layer and the substrate, wherein:
the hard protective layer includes 59 at. % or more of carbon, and includes nitrogen, and a metal element;
the hard protective layer is composed of a complex of an amorphous carbon body containing nitrogen and a compound crystal
of the metal element;

the compound crystal is composed of at least one of a metal carbide, a metal nitride, and a metal carbonitride;
a surface hardness of the hard protective layer is 1800 or larger in Vickers hardness,
the plurality of interlayers are composed of a first interlayer formed of the metal element immediately on the substrate,
a second interlayer formed of the metal element and the metal carbide immediately on the first interlayer, and a third interlayer
formed of the metal carbide and the amorphous carbon body immediately on the second interlayer, and

a composition profile of at least the second interlayer continuously varies from an interface with the first interlayer to
an interface with the third interlayer in a thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 10,176,921

METHOD FOR PRODUCING RARE-EARTH SINTERED MAGNET, AND MOLDING MACHINE THEREFOR

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. A method for producing a rare earth sintered magnet, comprising the steps of:1) preparing a slurry including an alloy powder and a dispersion medium, the alloy powder containing a rare earth element;
2) disposing an upper punch and a lower punch in respective through holes provided in a die, thereby preparing a plurality of cavities enclosed by the die, and the upper punch and the lower punch, at least one of the upper punch and the lower punch being movable toward and away from the other one, at least one of the upper punch and the lower punch including an outlet for discharging the dispersion medium of the slurry;
3) applying a magnetic field in each of the cavities by an electromagnet in a direction substantially parallel to a direction in which at least one of the upper punch and the lower punch is movable, and then supplying the slurry into the plurality of cavities via slurry flow paths connected to slurry supply paths extending from an outer peripheral side surface of the die to each of the cavities, wherein at least a part of a portion of the slurry flow path passing through a magnetic field formed by the electromagnet is covered by an external magnetic field shielding material being capable of shielding the magnetic field;
4) producing a molded body of the alloy powder in each of the cavities by press molding in the magnetic field, the upper punch and the lower punch coming closer to each other while applying the magnetic field; and
5) sintering the molded body;
wherein the external magnetic field shielding material allows the magnetic field to pass therethrough preferentially as compared to the slurry in the slurry flow path covered by the external magnetic field shielding material;
wherein the slurry supply path is not branched within the die; and
wherein the slurry supply paths linearly extend from the outer peripheral side surface of the die toward the plurality of cavities.

US Pat. No. 9,508,468

NOISE SUPPRESSION CABLE, CORE ASSEMBLY, AND ELECTRICAL DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A noise suppression cable, comprising:
an electrical wire; and
a core assembly comprising a tubular shape and provided around a periphery of the electrical wire,
the core assembly comprising:
a first magnetic material comprising a pair of first surfaces formed along a longitudinal direction of the electrical wire
of the core assembly and a convex portion projecting from the first surfaces; and

a second magnetic material comprising a pair of second surfaces formed along the longitudinal direction of the electrical
wire of the core assembly,

wherein the pair of the second surfaces of the second magnetic material contacts the pair of the first surfaces of the first
magnetic material,

wherein the first magnetic material and the second magnetic material are configured to generate a compression stress in the
convex portion of the first magnetic material by receiving an external force so as to reduce a relative permeability of the
convex portion,

wherein, at one edge of the core assembly, the convex portion comprises a plurality of convex portions projecting from one
of the pair of first surfaces toward the second magnetic material,

wherein the second magnetic material further comprises a plurality of concave portions extending from one of the pair of second
surfaces toward an inside of the second magnetic material, each of the concave portions corresponding to each of the convex
portions, and

wherein, at the other edge of the core assembly, an entirety of another one of the pair of the first surfaces and another
one of the pair of the second surfaces contact each other flatly.

US Pat. No. 9,443,645

INSULATED WIRE FOR VEHICLE USE AND CABLE FOR VEHICLE USE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An insulated wire for vehicle use comprising:
a conductor; and
an insulating layer disposed on an outer circumference of the conductor, wherein the insulating layer comprises a halogen-free
flame retardant cross-linkable resin composition containing a base polymer, and a silane coupling agent and a metal hydroxide
which are added to the base polymer;

the base polymer includes, as major components, (a) an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) and (b) an acid-modified olefin
resin having a glass transition temperature (Tg) determined by DSC of ?55° C. or lower at a ratio (a):(b) of 70:30 to 100:0
and has an acetic acid content (VA) of 50% to 70% by mass;

the silane-coupling agent is added in an amount of 1 to 5 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the base polymer;
and

the metal hydroxide is added in an amount of 100 to 250 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the base polymer, wherein
the EVA includes two or more types of EVAs and includes 5% to 10% by mass of an EVA having a melt flow rate (MFR) of 15 g/10
min or more

wherein the silane coupling agent includes one or more vinyl silane compounds, one or more amino silane compounds, one or
more epoxy silane compounds, one or more acrylsilane compounds, one or more polysulfide silane compounds and one or more mercaptosilane
compounds.

US Pat. No. 9,351,404

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a laminate comprising pluralities of insulator layers each provided with conductor patterns, and an amplifier-constituting
semiconductor device mounted to a mounting electrode formed on an upper surface of said laminate,

a first ground electrode being formed on an insulator layer near an upper surface of said laminate;
a second ground electrode being formed on an insulator layer near a lower surface of said laminate;
said first ground electrode being connected to said mounting electrode through pluralities of via-holes;
conductor patterns constituting a first circuit block being disposed in a region below said amplifier-constituting semiconductor
device between said first ground electrode and said second ground electrode, and

at least part of a conductor pattern for a line connecting said first circuit block to said amplifier-constituting semiconductor
device being disposed on an insulator layer sandwiched by said mounting electrode and said first ground electrode, the at
least part of the conductor pattern overlapping the mounting electrode and the first ground electrode in a lamination direction.

US Pat. No. 9,241,404

ADHESIVE VARNISH, ADHESIVE FILM AND WIRING FILM

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An adhesive varnish, comprising:
100 parts by mass of a component A that comprises a phenoxy resin comprising a plurality of hydroxyl groups in a side chain;
2 to 55 parts by mass of a component B consisting of a polyfunctional isocyanate compound selected from the group consisting
of vinyl isocyanate, butyl isocyanate, hexyl isocyanate, octadecyl isocyanate, cyclohexyl isocyanate, phenyl isocyanate, methacryl
isocyanate, 4-methylbenzyl isocyanate, 2-acryloyloxyethyl isocyanate, 2-methacryloyloxyethyl isocyanate, 1,1-bis(acryloxymethyl)-ethyl
isocyanate, and 3-isocyanate propyltrimethoxysilane;

5 to 30 parts by mass of a component C that comprises a maleimide compound comprising a plurality of maleimide groups in a
molecule thereof or/and a reaction product thereof;

a component S1 comprising a low-boiling point solvent having a boiling point of not more than 100° C.; and

a component S2 comprising a high-boiling point solvent having a boiling point of more than 100° C.

US Pat. No. 9,050,654

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE BALL FOR ELECTRONIC PARTS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method of manufacturing a composite ball for electronic parts, comprising the steps of:
preparing a core ball with spherical shape;
forming a solder-plated layer encompassing the core ball to obtain a composite body; and
then conducting a smoothing work on an uneven surface of the solder-plated layer after plating, wherein the smoothing work
is conducted by bringing composite bodies into contact with each other in a rotated rotary tank containing an acidic plating
solution.

US Pat. No. 9,431,784

METHOD OF FABRICATING A FLAT CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for fabricating a flat cable, the method comprising:
disposing a plurality of electric wires in parallel;
weaving a fiber member comprising a fiber having an elastic recovery rate after elongation of 80% or more and 95% or less
and an initial modulus of 20 cN/dtex or more and 30 cN/dtex or less to thread through each of the electric wires along a juxtapositional
direction of the electric wires such that the plurality of electric wires are devoid of undulation; and

heating the fiber member.

US Pat. No. 9,431,804

CABLE CLAMP AND HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

6. A harness, comprising:
an electric cable including an electric wire section and an outer layer section covering the electric wire section; and
a cable clamp to fix the electric cable to a fixed member, the cable clamp comprising a first cylindrical portion for the
electric wire section to be inserted therein, and a second cylindrical portion formed around outside the first cylindrical
portion to surround the first cylindrical portion, the second cylindrical portion including a receiving portion formed between
it and the first cylindrical portion to receive the outer layer section, the electric cable and the cable clamp being combined
together by swaging of the second cylindrical portion with the electric wire section inserted in the first cylindrical portion
and with the outer layer section received in the receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,391,709

OPTICAL TRANSMITTER MODULE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An optical transmitter module which outputs a multiplexed optical signal obtained by multiplexing four optical signals
each having different wavelengths, comprising:
a first light emitting element which emits a first optical signal;
a second light emitting element which emits a second optical signal;
a third light emitting element which emits a third optical signal;
a fourth light emitting element which emits a fourth optical signal;
a first wavelength selective filter and a second wavelength selective filter disposed on a light path of the first optical
signal along a traveling direction of the first optical signal;

a third wavelength selective filter disposed on a light path of the second optical signal;
a reflection mirror disposed on light paths of the third optical signal and the fourth optical signal; and
a lens from which a multiplexed optical signal obtained by multiplexing the first optical signal, the second optical signal,
the third optical signal and the fourth optical signal is emitted,

wherein the reflection mirror reflects the fourth optical signal to make the fourth optical signal enter the first wavelength
selective filter and reflects the third optical signal to make the third optical signal enter the third wavelength selective
filter,

the third wavelength selective filter reflects the second optical signal to make the second optical signal enter the second
wavelength selective filter and transmits the third optical signal reflected by the reflection mirror to make the third optical
signal enter the second wavelength selective filter,

the first wavelength selective filter transmits the first optical signal to make the first optical signal enter the second
wavelength selective filter and reflects the fourth optical signal reflected by the reflection mirror to make the fourth optical
signal enter the second wavelength selective filter, and

the second wavelength selective filter transmits the first optical signal which has passed through the first wavelength selective
filter and the fourth optical signal reflected by the first wavelength selective filter to make the first optical signal and
the fourth optical signal enter the lens and reflects the second optical signal reflected by the third wavelength selective
filter and the third optical signal which has passed through the third wavelength selective filter to make the second optical
signal and the third optical signal enter the lens.

US Pat. No. 9,343,197

INSULATED WIRE AND COIL

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An insulated wire, comprising:
a conductor; and
an insulating covering layer comprising a first insulation layer formed around the conductor and a second insulation layer
formed around the first insulation layer,

wherein a storage elastic modulus of the second insulation layer at 300° C. is not less than 300 MPa, and a relative permittivity
of the insulating covering layer is not more than 3.0,

wherein the second insulation layer comprises a resin containing at least one of a polyimide resin, a polyamide-imide resin,
and a polyester imide resin,

wherein the second insulation layer consists of polyimide,
wherein the polyimide of the second insulation layer consists of aromatic tetracarboxylic dianhydrides and aromatic diamines,
wherein the aromatic tetracarboxylic dianhydrides consist of pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and 3,3?,4,4?-biphenyltetracarboxylic
dianhydride (BPDA), and

wherein the aromatic diamines consist of 4,4?-bis(4-aminophenoxy)biphenyl (BAPB) and 4,4?-diaminodiphenyl ether (ODA).

US Pat. No. 9,057,816

RESIN-COATED OPTICAL FIBER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A resin-coated optical fiber, comprising at least:
a glass optical fiber composed of a core and a clad for coating the core;
a primary layer made of UV-curing resin in contact with the glass optical fiber; and
a secondary layer made of UV-curing resin disposed on an outer periphery of the primary layer,
wherein the primary layer has a two-layer structure of an inner layer directly in contact with a surface of the clad, and
an outer layer for coating the inner layer,

wherein a Young's modulus of the UV-curing resin of the inner layer is higher than a Young's modulus of the UV-curing resin
of the outer layer, and the Young's modulus of the UV-curing resin of the secondary layer is higher than the Young's modulus
of the UV-curing resin of the inner layer,

wherein a film thickness of the inner layer is 10 ?m or less, the film thickness of the inner layer larger than a depth of
a recess portion formed on a surface of the clad when the glass optical fiber is drawn,

wherein the UV-curing resin of the inner layer has a Young's modulus of 0.9 MPa or more and 3.0 MPa or less at room temperature
in a film state based on JIS standard K7113, and the UV-curing resin of the outer layer has a Young's modulus of 0.1 MPa or
more and 0.7 MPa or less at room temperature in a film state based on JIS standard K7113, and

wherein the UV-curing resin of the secondary layer has a Young's modulus of 600 MPa or more at room temperature in a film
state based on JIS standard K7113.

US Pat. No. 9,598,554

HALOGEN-FREE FLAME-RETARDANT RESIN COMPOSITION, WIRE AND CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition, consisting of:
a polyolefin-based resin consisting of an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), or an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA)
and a low-density polyethylene (LDPE);

a phenolic antioxidant comprising one of dibutylhydroxytoluene (BHT) and thiodiethylene bis[3-(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)propionate],
present in an amount of from 1 to 3 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the polyolefin-based resin;

a metal hydroxide present in an amount of from 150 to 300 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the polyolefin-based
resin;

a pigment comprising one of monoazo yellow, benzimidazolone yellow, isoindolinone yellow, quinacridone red, and perylene red;
at least one an additive comprising an amide bond selected from the group consisting of 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid bis[2-(1-oxo-2-phenoxypropyl)hydrazide],
2-3-bis[[3-[3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl]propionyl]] propionohydrazide, and dodecanedioic acid bis[N2-(2-hydroxybenzoyl)hydrazide],
the at least one additive is present in an amount of from 0.01 to 2 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the
polyolefin-based resin;

a 1,3,5-triazine derivative present in an amount of from 5 to 40 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the polyolefin-based
resin,

wherein there is no discoloration between sheets thereof kneaded in temperature conditions of an initiation temperature of
40° C. and a termination temperature of 240° C.

US Pat. No. 9,601,248

CALCINED FERRITE, SINTERED FERRITE MAGNET AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A calcined ferrite comprising metal elements of Ca, La, Sr, Ba, Fe and Co, whose atomic ratios are represented by the general
formula:
Ca1-x-yLax(Sry?Ba1-y?)yFe2n-zCoz,

wherein 1?x?y, x and y are values in a region defined by a coordinate a: (0.470, 0.297, 0.233), a coordinate b: (0.300, 0.392,
0.308), a coordinate c: (0.300, 0.300, 0.400), a coordinate d: (0.400, 0.200, 0.400) and a coordinate e: (0.470, 0.200, 0.330)
in a ternary diagram of x, y, and 1?x?y; and y? and z, and n representing a molar ratio are values meeting

0.5?y??1,
0.2?z<0.25, and
5.2

US Pat. No. 9,478,332

METHOD FOR PRODUCING R-T-B SINTERED MAGNET

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a sintered magnet, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a sintered R-T-B based magnet body, of which the R mole fraction that is defined by the content of a rare-earth
element falls within the range of 31 mass % to 37 mass %;

providing an RH diffusion source including a heavy rare-earth element RH, which is at least one of Dy and Tb, and including
a volume percentage of an RHFe2 compound and/or an RHFe3 compound of 90% or more;

loading the sintered magnet body and the RH diffusion source into a processing chamber so that the magnet body and the diffusion
source are movable relative to each other and readily brought close to, or in contact with, each other; and

performing an RH diffusion process by conducting a heat treatment on the sintered magnet body and the RH diffusion source
at a process temperature of 870° C. to 970° C. and at an internal processing pressure of 10?2 Pa to atmospheric pressure while rotating the processing chamber at a peripheral velocity of 0.01 m/s or more to continuously
or discontinuously move the sintered magnet body and the RH diffusion source in the processing chamber; wherein

the sintered magnet body has an effective rare-earth content of 28 mass % to 35 mass %, in which the effective rare-earth
content is defined by the following equation:

the effective rare-earth content=the R mole fraction?(6×O mole fraction+8×C mole fraction+10×N mole fraction),where the O mole fraction is an oxygen content of the sintered magnet body, the C mole fraction is a carbon content of the
sintered magnet body, and the N mole fraction is a nitrogen content of the sintered magnet body.

US Pat. No. 9,455,071

NOISE SUPPRESSION CABLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A noise suppression cable, comprising:
a conductor wire;
a magnetic insulation layer on a periphery of the conductor wire,
wherein the magnetic insulation layer comprises an insulating material and two or more types of magnetic powders that have
different frequency characteristics from each other; and

a second magnetic insulation layer on a periphery of the magnetic insulation layer,
wherein the second magnetic insulation layer comprises at least one type of magnetic powder that has a different frequency
characteristic from the two or more types of magnetic powders.

US Pat. No. 9,434,622

SINTERED FERRITE MATERIAL, WIRE WOUND COMPONENT, AND PRODUCING METHOD OF SINTERED FERRITE MATERIAL

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A sintered ferrite material, which is obtained by adding Bi2O3 in a range from 0.5% by mass to 1.25% by mass against 100% by mass of a material having a composition formula of (1-x-y-z)(Li0.5Fe0.5)O.xZnO.yFe2O3.zCuO wherein x, y and z satisfy 0.14?x?0.19, 0.48?y<0.5 and 0 from 7.5 ?m to 25 ?m, and which satisfies initial permeability equal to or higher than 200, saturation magnetic flux density
equal to or higher than 440 mT at 23° C. and equal to or higher than 380 mT at 100° C., and resistivity equal to or higher
than 106 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,156,979

INSULATED WIRE USING A RESIN COMPOSITION

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An insulated wire comprising:
a conductor; and
an insulating material with which the periphery of the-conductor is coated, the insulating material consisting of:
a resin composition consisting of:
a polybutylene terephthalate resin in 100 parts by weight;
a non-bromine flame retardant agent in 1-30 parts by weight, wherein the non-bromine flame retardant agent consists essentially
of at least one of a phosphorous compound, a nitrogen compound having a triazine ring and a hydrous inorganic compound;

a polyorganosiloxane core-graft copolymer in 1-50 parts by weight;
an inorganic porous filler in 0.1-50 parts by weight; and
a hydrolysis resistance modifier in 0.05-10 parts by weight, wherein the phosphorous compound comprises a phosphoester compound
expressed by a chemical formula (1):


wherein each of R1 . . . R8 expresses a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group of carbon number of 6 or less, n expresses an integer
of 0 to 10, and R9 expresses a structure selected from a chemical formula (2):

and wherein the nitrogen compound having the triazine ring comprises an equimolar reactant of a cyanuric acid and a melamine.

US Pat. No. 9,105,375

CABLE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A cable assembly comprising:
a differential signal transmission cable including
a pair of signal conductors,
an insulator provided around the signal conductors, and
an outer conductor provided around the insulator;
a signal-conductor-exposed portion in which portions of the signal conductors are exposed to an outside;
an outer-conductor-exposed portion in which a portion of the outer conductor is exposed to the outside, the outer-conductor-exposed
portion being on a side of the signal-conductor-exposed portion in a longitudinal direction of the differential signal transmission
cable;

a cable holder including
a first body portion at which the signal-conductor-exposed portion is placed, and
a second body portion at which the outer-conductor-exposed portion is placed;
signal line contacts provided on the first body portion and to which the signal conductors are connected, respectively;
a ground contact extending over the first body portion and the second body portion and to which the outer conductor is connected;
and

a bonding-material-storing portion provided in the second body portion and storing a bonding material having conductivity
that allows connection between the outer conductor and the ground contact.

US Pat. No. 9,373,906

COMMUNICATION MODULE AND COMMUNICATION MODULE CONNECTOR

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A communication module connector comprising:
a plug connector provided in a communication module; and
a receptacle connector provided in a substrate to which the communication module is connected,
wherein the plug connector has an inserting convex portion, a flange portion, and a plurality of first connection terminals,
the inserting convex portion being connected to a module substrate included in the communication module;

the receptacle connector has an inserting concave portion into which the inserting convex portion is inserted;
the plurality of first connection terminals are arranged in two outer side surfaces in parallel with each other, of the inserting
convex portion;

a plurality of second connection terminals in contact with the first connection terminals are arranged in two inner side surfaces
in parallel with each other, of the inserting concave portion;

the flange portion is provided in an end portion of the inserting convex portion, and the end portion is provided on an opposite
side to an inserting direction with respect to the receptacle connector;

the inserting convex portion has two outer side surfaces in parallel with each other;
the plurality of first connection terminals are arranged on the two outer side surfaces;
each of the plurality of first connection terminals extends along the inserting direction;
an upper part of each of the plurality of first connection terminals in the inserting direction protrudes from the flange
portion to an inserting direction side, and a lower part of each of the plurality of first connection terminals in the inserting
direction protrudes from the flange portion to the opposite direction of the inserting direction; and

a gap, between the upper part of the first connection terminals arranged on a first outer side surface of the inserting convex
portion and the upper part of the first connection terminals arranged on a second outer side surface of the inserting convex
portion, is one quarter or more and three quarters or less of a thickness of the inserting convex portion.

US Pat. No. 9,345,179

WIRE HARNESS

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A wire harness, comprising:
a plurality of insulated electric wires, each insulated electric wire having a circular cross section and comprising a center
conductor and an insulation covering an outer periphery of the center conductor;

a first wire holding portion holding one of both end portions of the plurality of insulated electric wires;
a second wire holding portion holding another of the both end portions; and
an annular electromagnetic wave absorption component arranged between the first and second wire holding portions so as to
absorb electromagnetic wave radiated from the plurality of electric wires,

wherein the electromagnetic wave absorption component comprises a through-hole having a circular cross section and configured
to receive collectively the plurality of insulated electric wires and the plurality of insulated electric wires are inserted
through the though-hole and are thereby bundled together,

wherein the plurality of insulated electric wires comprise three insulated electric wires having the same outer diameter,
and

wherein the outer diameter of the each insulated electric wire is not less than 10% and not more than 46% of an inner diameter
of the through-hole, and further comprising,

a movement-restricting member configured to restrict the electromagnetic wave absorption component from moving in an axial
direction of the plurality of electric wires and covering only the electromagnetic wave absorption member and portions of
the plurality of electric wires immediately adjacent thereto such that the plurality of electric wires are substantially uncovered
by the movement-restricting member, and

a braided shield provided around the plurality of insulated electric wires and the electromagnetic wave absorption component,
wherein the movement-restricting member contacts the braided shield at an outer surface of the electromagnetic wave absorption
component, contacts the braided shield at an outer periphery of a part in a longitudinal direction of portions of the plurality
of the insulated wires exposed from the through-hole on a first wire holding portion side, and contacts the braided shield
at an outer periphery of a part in a longitudinal direction of portions of the plurality of the insulated wires exposed from
the through-hole on a second wire holding portion side, and

wherein the movement-restricting member binds in one bundle only the part in the longitudinal direction of the portions of
the plurality of the insulated wires exposed from the through-hole on the first wire holding portion side via the braided
shield, and binds in one bundle only the part in the longitudinal direction of the portions of the plurality of the insulated
wires exposed from the through-hole on the second wire holding portion side via the braided shield.

US Pat. No. 9,335,496

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A photoelectric conversion module, comprising:
a circuit board comprising a plurality of first board-side electrodes and a plurality of second board-side electrodes that
are alternately arranged on a mounting surface of the circuit board in an array direction and each extend into strips in a
direction orthogonal to the array direction;

a photoelectric conversion array element mounted on the circuit board and comprising, on a surface facing the mounting surface,
a plurality of light receiving/emitting portions, first element-side electrodes connected to the first board-side electrodes
and second element-side electrodes connected to the second board-side electrodes, the first element-side electrodes and the
second element-side electrodes being each formed corresponding to the light receiving/emitting portions; and

an IC chip mounted on the circuit board and connected to the photoelectric conversion array element through the first board-side
electrodes and the second board-side electrodes,

wherein the circuit board further comprises, on the mounting surface, a connecting portion for connecting the first board-side
electrodes to each other and a first electrode land portion integrally connected to the first board-side electrode such that
the land portion extends a width of a portion of a first side electrode to contact with a first test electrode probe.

US Pat. No. 9,225,667

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK RELAY APPARATUS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A communication system, comprising:
a plurality of first switch devices; and
a second switch device including a plurality of first ports that are to serve as connection sources of communication lines
extending to the plurality of first switch devices and configured to set a link aggregation for the plurality of first ports,

wherein the second switch device includes a switch table indicating a correspondence relationship between each of addresses
of the plurality of first switch devices and a corresponding one of the plurality of first ports, an address table indicating
a correspondence relationship between each of a plurality of ports thereof including the plurality of first ports and a corresponding
one of addresses of terminals that exist at ends of the plurality of ports, and a link table indicating for which port the
link aggregation is set;

a destination determination section that detects, when the second switch device receives a frame, a destination address in
the frame and obtains a port that is to serve as a destination corresponding to the destination address from the address table,

a link aggregation control section that refers to the link table to select, if the link aggregation is set for the port that
is to serve as the destination, a single port as a transfer port from the plurality of ports for which the link aggregation
is set, on a basis of a predetermined rule, and to select, if the link aggregation is not set for the port that is to serve
as the destination, the port that is to serve as the address as the transfer port;

a transfer execution section that refers to the switch table to transfer, if the destination address in the frame is one of
the addresses in the switch table, a port corresponding to the one of the addresses as the transfer port to transfer the frame
from the port, and to transfer, if the destination address in the frame is not one of the addresses in the switch table, the
frame from the transfer port selected in the link aggregation control section; and

wherein, if the destination address is one of the addresses in the switch table, a port, among the plurality of first ports,
which corresponds to the one of the addresses, on a basis of the switch table, to transfer the frame from the determined port.

US Pat. No. 9,196,393

FOAMED RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT, FOAMED INSULATED WIRE, CABLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FOAMED RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A foamed resin molded product, comprising:
not less than two fluorine resins that have a different melting point from each other,
wherein one of the not less than two fluorine resins comprises a fluorine resin that has a melting point of not more than
230 degrees C.,

wherein an other of the not less than two fluorine resins comprises a fluorine resin that has a melting point of not less
than 40 degrees C. higher than the fluorine resin having the melting point of not more than 230 degrees C., and

wherein the foamed resin molded product is obtained by mixing and foaming a master batch comprising the fluorine resin that
has the melting point of not more than 230 degrees C. and a chemical foaming agent, and a base resin comprising at least the
fluorine resin that has the melting point of being not less than 40 degrees C. higher than the fluorine resin having the melting
point of not more than 230 degrees C. by an extrusion molding method,

wherein the fluorine resin having the melting point of not more than 230 degrees C. comprises an ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene
copolymer (EFEP), and

wherein the fluorine resin having the melting point of not less than 40 degrees C. higher than the fluorine resin having the
melting point of not more than 230 degrees C. comprises a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer (PFA) or
a tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene copolymer (FEP).

US Pat. No. 9,068,270

ALUMINUM ELECTROPLATING SOLUTION AND METHOD FOR FORMING ALUMINUM PLATING FILM

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An aluminum electroplating solution comprising 1.5 to 4.0 mol of an aluminum halide per 10.0 mol of dimethyl sulfone and,
relative to the aluminum halide, ammonium chloride in a molar ratio of 1/15 to 1/4 or a tetraalkylammonium chloride in a molar
ratio of 1/15 to 1/2.

US Pat. No. 9,065,084

STEEL FOR SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL HAVING EXCELLENT OXIDATION RESISTANCE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A member for solid oxide fuel cells having an improved oxidation resistance, consisting of, by mass percent,
C: not more than 0.05%,
Al: not more than 0.05%,
Si: not more than 0.05%,
Mn: 0.1 to 0.35%,
Cr: 21.0 to 25.0%,
Ni: 0.2 to 0.8%,
La: 0.005 to 0.10%,
Zr: 0.01 to 0.80%, where La+Zr: 0.01 to 0.85%,
W: 1.0 to 2.5%,
Cu: 0.4 to 2.0%, and
the balance being Fe and impurities.

US Pat. No. 9,044,807

CENTRIFUGALLY CAST COMPOSITE ROLL AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A centrifugally cast composite roll comprising an outer layer formed by a centrifugal casting method, and an inner layer
made of ductile cast iron and integrally fused to said outer layer;
said outer layer being made of an Fe-based alloy having a chemical composition comprising by mass at least 0.8-3.0% of Cr,
1.5-6.0% of Mo, and 1.8-5.5% of V, and a metal structure in which the area ratio of graphite is 0.3-10%;

said inner layer comprising a roll body portion fused to said outer layer, and shaft portions integrally extending from both
ends of said roll body portion; and

the total amount of Cr, Mo and V being 0.15-2.0% by mass in end portions of both shaft portions, and the difference in the
total amount of Cr, Mo and V between one shaft portion and the other shaft portion being 0.2% or more by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,508,655

METHOD FOR FORMING IDENTIFICATION MARKS ON REFRACTORY MATERIAL SINGLE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE, AND REFRACTORY MATERIAL SINGLE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A refractory material single crystal substrate which has a first principal surface, a second principal surface, and an
identification mark on the first principal surface, the identification mark being constituted of one or more grooves, and
the refractory material single crystal substrate being made of a single crystal which is formed by one selected from the group
consisting of sapphire, gallium nitride, aluminum nitride, diamond, boron nitride, zinc oxide, gallium oxide, and titanium
dioxide,
wherein a width of the groove is not less than 50 ?m and less than 0.5 mm, and a depth of the groove is not less than 10 ?m,
and

a surface roughness Ra of an internal surface of the groove is not more than 1 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,104,000

OPTICAL MODULE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An optical module, comprising:
a substrate comprising a conductor pattern formed thereon;
a photoelectric conversion element mounted on the substrate; and
an optical coupling member for optically coupling the photoelectric conversion element to an optical fiber,
wherein the substrate includes a stepped engagement portion defined by the conductor pattern, the stepped engagement portion
and the optical coupling member being engaged together in such a manner that the optical coupling member is positioned relative
to the substrate by using the stepped portion of the conductor pattern,

wherein the stepped engagement portion comprises a periphery defined by an end face of the conductor pattern that is formed
on a surface of the substrate on which the photoelectric conversion element is mounted, and

wherein the end face of the conductor pattern comprises a plane vertical to the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,074,504

CERAMIC HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A ceramic honeycomb structure having a large number of flow paths partitioned by porous cell walls,
said cell walls having porosity of 40-60%;
pores opening on the cell wall surface having an opening area ratio (the total opening area of pores opening on the cell wall
surface per a unit area) of 15% or more;

when the opening diameter of each pore opening on the cell wall surface is expressed by an equivalent circle diameter (a diameter
of a circle having the same area as the opening area of each pore), the median opening diameter of said opening pores being
10 ?m or more and less than 40 ?m;

the density of pores having equivalent circle diameters of 10 ?m or more and less than 40 ?m being 350/mm2 or more; and

the average circularity of pores having equivalent circle diameters of 10 ?m or more and less than 40 ?m being 1-2.

US Pat. No. 10,117,326

COMMUNICATION DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A communication device, comprising:a connector connected to a communication cable including multiple pairs of signal lines for transmitting a differential signal; and
a plurality of pairs of transmission lines for transmitting the differential signal inputted/outputted through the connector,
wherein a number of the pairs of the transmission lines is an even number N that is greater than 2, each pair of the transmission lines comprises N?1 stages of sub-transmission lines generating a same amount of crosstalk as an amount of crosstalk caused at the connector, and N?1 stages of connecting portions comprising a first stage connecting portion to connect a transmission path of the connector and a first stage of the N?1 stages of sub-transmission lines by a corresponding straight or cross type connection, and second to N?1 th stage connecting portions to connect an i th stage of the N?1 stages of sub-transmission lines and an i+1 th stage of the N?1 stages of sub-transmission lines by a corresponding straight or cross type connection, where i=an integer from 1 to N?2, and
wherein each pair of transmission lines has a different number of the connecting portions having the cross connection, and as a j th stage of the N?1 connecting portions in any one pair of the plurality of the pairs of transmission lines has a cross connection, a j th stage of the N?1 connecting portions in any other pair of the transmission lines also has a cross connection, where j=an integer from 1 to N/2.

US Pat. No. 9,551,052

RARE EARTH SINTERED MAGNET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A magnet comprising:
12.0 at % to 15.0 at % of rare-earth element(s), which is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Nd, Pr,
Gd, Tb, Dy and Ho and at least 50% of which is Nd;

5.5 at % to 8.5 at % of boron (B);
a predetermined percentage of additive metal A; and
iron (Fe) and inevitably contained impurities as the balance; wherein
the predetermined percentage of additive metal A includes one of 0.005 at % to 0.10 at % of silver (Ag) and 0.005 at % to
0.10 at % of gold (Au); and

the magnet is a rare-earth sintered magnet; wherein
the inevitably contained impurities include Al, of which the content is 0.4 at % or less.

US Pat. No. 9,431,776

CONNECTOR

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A connector for being attached to a power-supply unit comprising a switching element, the connector comprising:
a connecting terminal comprising an end portion connected to an output terminal in a casing of the power-supply unit;
a housing fixed to the casing and enclosing at least a portion of the connecting terminal, including an inner housing formed
from resin;

a current sensor to detect a magnetic field generated by an electric current flowing through the connecting terminal; and
a signal line for transmitting an output signal of the current sensor,
wherein the signal line comprises an extension region with a predetermined length from one end on a side of the current sensor,
and

wherein the extension region extends in a direction orthogonal to a direction of electric current flowing through the connecting
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,376,596

ADHESIVE FILM AND FLAT CABLE USING THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An adhesive film, consisting of:
an insulator film;
an adhesive layer formed on the insulator film, the adhesive layer made of a material containing any one of resins of polyester,
thermoplastic polyurethane, and copolyamide; and

an intermediate adhesive layer interposed between the insulator film and the adhesive layer,
wherein the intermediate adhesive layer is made of a material containing a mixed resin composition, the mixed resin composition
consisting of a copolyamide and a non-crystalline resin;

wherein the copolyamide is a crystalline resin solvable in a non-halogen based organic solvent and having a melting point
of 100° C. or more and 150° C. or less, and the non-crystalline resin consists of a non-crystalline copolyamide or non-crystalline
polyester;

wherein a content of the non-crystalline resin is 10 pts. wt. or more and 80 pts. wt. or less, with respect to 100 pts. wt.
of the copolyamide; and

wherein the intermediate adhesive layer contains a non-halogen flame retardant by 100 pts. wt. or more and 250 pts. wt. or
less with respect to 100 pts. wt. of the mixed resin composition.

US Pat. No. 9,368,254

ADHESIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, ADHESIVE FILM USING THE SAME AND FLAT CABLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An adhesive resin composition, comprising:
60 to 95 parts by mass of amorphous thermoplastic polyester-based resin (A);
5 to 40 parts by mass of polyphenylene ether-based polymer (B) comprising a hydroxyl group and a repeating unit of 2, 6-dimethylphenylene
ether in a molecule thereof; and

60 to 200 parts by mass of a flame retardant per total 100 parts by mass of the amorphous thermoplastic polyester based resin
(A) and the polyphenylene ether-based polymer (B),

wherein the amorphous thermoplastic polyester based resin (A) has a glass transition temperature of ?20 to 40° C.

US Pat. No. 9,196,887

ASSEMBLED BATTERY WIRING MEMBER AND ASSEMBLED BATTERY MODULE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An assembled battery wiring member for an assembled battery configured such that a plurality of single cells each including
a positive terminal and a negative terminal are arranged in a predetermined array direction and the positive terminal of one
of a pair of single cells adjacent in the array direction is connected to the negative terminal of another single cell one
after another by a conductive coupling member, the assembled battery wiring member comprising:
a flat cable comprising a plurality of linear conductors arranged parallel to each other and an insulating film covering the
plurality of linear conductors; and

a connecting member to connect the plurality of linear conductors to the coupling member,
wherein the connecting member comprises a plate-shaped conductor and an insulation covering the plate-shaped conductor, one
end of the plate-shaped conductor is connected to the coupling member and another end of the plate-shaped conductor is connected
to the linear conductors through an opening formed in the insulation film of the flat cable, and

wherein the connecting member is formed separately from the flat cable and the conductive coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,432,309

TRANSMISSION DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A transmission device control system comprising:
a control computer;
a network switch including a control port and a controller;
a transmission device including a controller;
a first transmission medium connecting said control computer and the control port of said network switch; and
a second transmission medium which transmits a control signal transmitted/received between the controller of said network
switch and the controller of said transmission device,

wherein:
said control computer transmits a predetermined command to said network switch by using a user interface for controlling said
network switch;

the controller of said network switch transmits the control signal to the controller of said transmission device, based on
the command transmitted from said control computer;

the controller of said transmission device sets a parameter of said transmission device, based on the control signal transmitted
from the controller of said network switch; and

said control computer sets the parameter of said transmission device through said network switch.

US Pat. No. 9,419,491

MOTOR CONNECTING MEMBER AND MOTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A motor connecting member, which connects a motor winding and a terminal block, comprising:
a terminal to be connected to the terminal block;
a winding connecting portion to be connected to the motor winding; and
an extended portion extending between the terminal and the winding connecting portion,
wherein the extended portion is made by plastically deforming a single wire having a circular cross section, and is bent in
a predetermined shape fitted for connection between an end of the motor winding connected with the winding connecting portion
and the terminal block,

wherein the winding connecting portion is formed integrally with and extended along the extended portion by and plastically
deforming the single wire, and a connecting surface, which is directly connected to the motor winding, is formed as a flat
surface,

wherein the winding connecting portion comprises a plate shape, and a thickness smaller than a diameter of the extended portion.

US Pat. No. 9,324,479

DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CABLE AND MULTIPAIR DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A differential transmission cable comprising:
a pair of inner conductors;
an insulator that separately or integrally covers the pair of inner conductors;
an outer conductor disposed around the insulator;
a wrapping tape wound around the outer conductor; and
a drain wire disposed outside of the wrapping tape, the drain wire being electrically connected to the outer conductor for
grounding the outer conductor,

wherein the drain wire is electrically connected to an exposed portion of the outer conductor at an end of the cable, and
the drain wire is electrically connected to the outer conductor only at the end of the cable,

wherein the insulator integrally covers the pair of inner conductors, and
wherein the outer conductor includes a metal tape including a resin layer and a metal layer formed on one side of the resin
layer, and the outer conductor is wound around the insulator in such a way that the metal layer faces outward,

the differential transmission cable further comprising:
a tying member for tying the drain wire to an outer periphery of the wrapping tape,
wherein a part of the drain wire in a longitudinal direction is tied to the outer periphery of the wrapping tape using the
tying member.

US Pat. No. 9,306,080

OPTICAL WIRING SUBSTRATE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF OPTICAL WIRING SUBSTRATE AND OPTICAL MODULE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An optical wiring substrate configured to hold an optical fiber, comprising:
an insulation layer comprising a resin; and
a conductor layer formed on the insulation layer and comprising a metal and an inclined surface inclined relative to an optical
axis of the optical fiber,

wherein a first wiring pattern and a second wiring pattern of the conductor layer contact and extend along a surface of the
insulation layer, the first wiring pattern comprising a first connecting part to which a first electrode of a photoelectric
conversion element is connected, and the second wiring pattern comprising a second connecting part to which a second electrode
of the photoelectric conversion element is connected,

wherein a distance between the first wiring pattern and the second wiring pattern contacting and extending along the surface
of the insulation layer is narrowest between the first connecting part and the second connecting part, and

wherein a distance between the first connecting part and the second connecting part is less than a dimension of the conductor
layer in a thickness direction thereof,

wherein the photoelectric conversion element is configured to be electrically connected to a semiconductor circuit element,
and

wherein the distance between the first wiring pattern and the second wiring pattern is not less than the dimension in the
thickness direction of the conductor layer except for the distance between the first connecting part and the second connecting
part.

US Pat. No. 9,275,794

CORROSION-RESISTANT MAGNET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a corrosion-resistant magnet characterized by comprising vapor depositing a film made of Al or an
alloy thereof on a surface of an R—Fe—B based sintered magnet at a first average film formation rate set at 0.1 ?m/min to
0.4 ?m/min until one-third of a desired film thickness is reached and then at a second average film formation rate of 0.2
?m/min to 1 ?m/min, the second average film formation rate being always higher than the first average film formation rate,
and then forming, on the surface of the deposited film, a chemical conversion film containing at least Zr, V, Al, fluorine,
and oxygen as constituent elements and not containing phosphorus,
wherein the corrosion-resistant magnet is characterized in that a region of an outer-surface-side half of the thickness of
the chemical conversion film has a higher Zr content than a region of a magnet-side half of the thickness of the chemical
conversion film.

US Pat. No. 9,198,277

SIGNAL TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A signal transmission device provided with a communication module provided on a substrate, and a cooling mechanism for
cooling the communication module,
the cooling mechanism comprising:
a heat-transfer plate including a first region which overlaps with main surfaces of a plurality of the communication modules
and is thermally connected to the main surfaces and a second region which does not overlap with the main surfaces of the plurality
of the communication modules; and

a plurality of heat-release fins arranged on the second region of the heat-transfer plate,
wherein two or more heat-release fin groups each of which includes the plurality of heat-release fins are arranged adjacent
to each other through a space,

the communication module is arranged on an extension line of the space, and
a communication cable extending from the communication module is pulled outside through the space.

US Pat. No. 9,123,452

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNALING CABLE, TRANSMISSION CABLE ASSEMBLY USING SAME, AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR DIFFERENTIAL SIGNALING CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A differential signaling cable, comprising:
a pair of signal conductors provided in parallel, longitudinally within the differential signaling cable;
an insulator covering a periphery of the pair of signal conductors as a whole, wherein only the insulator is between the pair
of signal conductors; and

a shield conductor provided on an outer periphery of the insulator,
wherein an interval between the pair of signal conductors is set so that an even-mode impedance of the pair of signal conductors
having the interval fixed by embedment within the insulator and covered by the shield conductor, is in a range from 1.50 to
less than 1.58 times an odd-mode impedance for improved skew and differential mode insertion loss experienced during a transmission
of high-speed signals of at least 10 Gbps, the improved skew and differential mode insertion loss being in comparison both
to skew experienced with below 1.50 times the odd-mode impedance and differential mode insertion loss experienced with above
1.58 times the odd-mode impedance.

US Pat. No. 9,120,913

ELASTIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND MOLD PRODUCT USING THE SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A molded product having rubber elasticity produced by molding and vulcanization of an elastic composition, the elastic
composition comprising:
a base polymer comprising a rubber or a thermoplastic elastomer or a mixture thereof; and
a hard porous carbon material comprising a carbide of a defatted bran and a carbide of a phenolic resin,
wherein the hard porous carbon material is added in a ratio of 200 parts or more by weight relative to 100 parts by weight
of the base polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,059,515

DUAL BAND ANTENNA

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A dual band antenna providing a high forward gain, comprising:
a radiator;
a director disposed in front of the radiator; and
a reflector disposed behind the radiator,
wherein the radiator comprises a dual resonance notch antenna including a first conducting plate, a feeding portion, and a
first two slots formed in the first conducting plate, wherein the first two slots have different lengths and are aligned with
each other, and wherein the feeding portion is disposed in one of the first two slots, and

wherein the director comprises a second conducting plate, a first short-circuiting portion and a second two slots formed in
the second conducting plate, wherein the second two slots have different lengths and are aligned with each other, and wherein
the first short-circuiting portion is disposed in one of the second two slots at a position corresponding to the feeding portion
in the dual resonance notch antenna;

wherein the reflector comprises a third conducting plate, a second short-circuiting portion, and a third two slots formed
in the third conducting plate, wherein the third two slots have different lengths and are aligned with each other, wherein
the second short-circuiting portion is disposed in one of the third two slots at a position corresponding to the feeding portion
in the dual resonance notch antenna;

wherein each of the first, second and third conducting plates is disposed such that the direction of a normal to the conducting
plates is the front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 9,508,883

RECTANGULAR CONDUCTOR FOR SOLAR BATTERY, METHOD FOR FABRICATING SAME AND LEAD WIRE FOR SOLAR BATTERY

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

5. A lead wire for a solar battery, comprising:
a rectangular conductor for a solar battery having a volume resistivity equal to or less than 50??·mm, and a 0.2% yield strength
value equal to or less than 90 MPa in a tensile test; and

a solder plating film provided on at least a region or all of a surface of the rectangular conductor to form a solder-plated
conductor,

wherein the lead wire for the solar battery is attached to a Si cell.

US Pat. No. 9,234,545

BEARING

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A bearing rotatably supporting a shaft of a rotating body immersed in a molten-metal-plating bath, comprising
at least two partially cylindrical ceramic bearing members each having a sliding surface coming into sliding contact with
said shaft and end surfaces directly or indirectly connected to said sliding surface; and

a holding member comprising a movement-restricting member arranged with a recess, in which the at least two bearing members
being circumferentially arranged with their one-side end surfaces opposing via a gap, said movement-restricting member abutting
the other-side end surfaces of the bearing members for restricting the circumferential movement of the bearing members;

at least one bearing member being circumferentially movable to or away from the at least one other bearing member in the at
least two bearing members, such that the one-side end surfaces opposing via said gap come into contact or are separated from
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,382,634

METHOD FOR PREPARING LOW-MELTING-POINT PLATING SOLUTION FOR ALUMINUM ELECTROPLATING, PLATING SOLUTION FOR ALUMINUM ELECTROPLATING, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ALUMINUM FOIL, AND METHOD FOR LOWERING MELTING POINT OF PLATING SOLUTION FOR A

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for aluminum electroplating, comprising the steps of:
preparing a plating solution for aluminum electroplating containing at least (1) a dialkyl sulfone, (2) an aluminum halide,
and (3) a nitrogen-containing compound, characterized in that the blending proportions of the dialkyl sulfone, the aluminum
halide, and the nitrogen-containing compound in a preparation of a plating solution are such that per 10 mol of the dialkyl
sulfone, the aluminum halide is 3.5+n to 4.2+n mol, and the nitrogen-containing compound is n mol (wherein n is 0.001 to 2.0
mol), and

conducting an electroplating treatment with the plating solution at a temperature of 25 to less than 80° C.

US Pat. No. 9,330,817

ENAMELED FLAT WIRE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An enameled flat wire, comprising:
a flat wire conductor having a rectangular cross section composed of four flat surfaces and four rounded corners; and
an enamel coating formed on an entire surface of the flat wire conductor with a predetermined thickness for electrical insulation,
wherein

a difference in a thickness of the enamel coating on the flat surfaces between a maximum thickness and a minimum thickness
is equal to or less than 25% of the predetermined thickness,

the enamel coating prior to baking comprises:
a maximum surface curvature on each of the rounded corners of the wire; and
a depression on at least one of the flat surfaces of the wire, the depression having a maximum surface curvature, and
the maximum surface curvature of the depression is larger than the maximum surface curvature of the enamel coating prior to
baking on at least one of the rounded corners.

US Pat. No. 9,300,572

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK RELAY DEVICE

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1. A communication system, comprising:
a first port switch, a second port switch, and a third port switch;
a first fabric switch and a second fabric switch; and
a user switch,
wherein the first and second port switches each comprise a redundancy port,
wherein the redundancy port of the first port switch and the redundancy port of the second port switch are connected by a
shared communication line,

wherein the user switch is connected to each of the first and second port switches through different second communication
lines, and ports of the user switch that are connection sources of the second communication lines are configured for link
aggregation,

wherein the first port switch, the second port switch, and the third port switch are each connected to the first and second
fabric switches through different first communication lines, and ports of each of the first port switch, the second port switch,
and the third port switch that are connection sources of the first communication lines are configured for link aggregation,

wherein the ports of the first and second fabric switches, which are the connection sources of the first communication lines
connected to the first and second port switches, are configured for link aggregation,

wherein, when there is no fault, the second port switch transfers actual data signals received from the user switch through
the second communication line to the third port switch through the first communication line between the second port switch
and the first fabric switch, and when there is a fault in the first communication line between the second-port switch and
the first fabric switch and there is not a fault in the first communication line between the second port switch and the second
fabric switch, the second port switch transfers the actual data signals to the first port switch through the shared communication
line and does not transfer the actual data signals to the second fabric switch through the first communication line between
the second port switch and the second fabric switch, and

wherein the first port switch transfers the actual data signals received through the shared communication line to the third
port switch through the first communication line between the first port switch and the first fabric switch.

US Pat. No. 9,505,046

FLAT WIRING MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A flat wiring member, comprising: a plurality of rectangular enamel coated wires each including a respective enamel coating
layer including flat surfaces and edge surfaces, and a respective self-fusing layer formed over the flat surfaces and the
edge surfaces of the respective enamel coating layer, the plurality of rectangular enamel coated wires being arranged in the
form of a flat plate; a fused wiring stem portion, with the plurality of rectangular enamel coated wires arranged parallel
to each other and with the self-fusing layers over the edge surfaces of the enamel coating layers of adjacent rectangular
enamel coated wires fused and bonded together; and an edgewise bent wiring branch portion with the rectangular enamel coated
wires each bent edgewise so as to branch off from the wiring stem portion, wherein each of the plurality of rectangular enamel
coated wires is continuously fused to an adjacent rectangular enamel coated wire until it branches off from the wiring stem
portion, wherein each of the plurality of rectangular enamel coated wires includes, at a terminal portion of the wiring stem
portion, a portion in which the enamel coating layers are partially removed such that the wires are exposed from the enamel
coat layers, and wherein the flat wiring member further includes a reinforcing plate that contacts and is attached to the
enamel coat layer on a rear side of the wire-exposed portions of each of the rectangular coated wires.

US Pat. No. 9,507,112

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A photoelectric conversion module comprising:
a substrate having a light transmitting property and having a mounting surface;
a photoelectric conversion element and an IC chip mounted on the mounting surface of said substrate;
a first electrode provided on a side surface of said substrate, electrically connected to said IC chip, and having a concave
shape sunk deeper than other portions of the side surface;

an insulating layer provided along an outer edge of the mounting surface of said substrate;
a substrate-side base film formed on said insulating layer;
a cover member fixed to said substrate and forming, cooperatively with said substrate, an airtight chamber housing said photoelectric
conversion element;

a cover-side base film formed on a junction area of said cover member with said substrate-side base film; and
a second electrode provided on a side surface of said cover member, continuing from said first electrode, and having a concave
shape sunk deeper than other portions of the side surface of said cover member,

wherein said cover member has a projection that protrudes toward said substrate so as to surround said cover-side base film
except at a vicinity of a ground electrode of said second electrode, and

wherein said cover-side base film is electrically connected to a ground electrode of said first electrode and to the ground
electrode of said second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,484,128

NOISE SUPPRESSION CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A noise suppression cable, comprising:
an insulated wire comprising a conductor wire and an insulator on a periphery of the conductor wire;
an internal magnetic tape layer comprising a resin layer and a plurality of magnetic material layers formed on one surface
of the resin layer, the internal magnetic tape layer being spirally wound on a periphery of the insulated wire in a first
direction along a longitudinal direction of the cable so as to allow the plurality of magnetic material layers of the internal
magnetic tape layer to face outside; and

an external magnetic tape layer comprising a resin layer and a plurality of magnetic material layers formed on one surface
of the resin layer, the external magnetic tape layer being spirally wound on a periphery of the internal magnetic tape layer
in a second direction different from the first direction along the longitudinal direction of the cable so as to allow the
plurality of magnetic material layers of the external magnetic tape layer to face inside, wherein, in each of the internal
magnetic tape layer and the external magnetic tape layer, the plurality of magnetic material layers are arranged on one surface
of the resin layer along the longitudinal direction and spaced from each other with a gap in a width direction,

wherein the internal magnetic tape layer covers only a part of the insulated wire, and
wherein the external magnetic tape layer covers only a part of the insulated wire.

US Pat. No. 9,449,740

ELECTRIC CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. An electric cable, comprising:
a conductor core comprising conductors each covered with an insulation layer; and
a braided layer formed on an outer periphery of the conductor core,
wherein the braided layer comprises a braid of a first line group and a second line group,
wherein the first line group comprises first metal lines and first fiber lines arranged along a longitudinal direction of
the conductor core and is spirally wound around the outer periphery of the conductor core, and

wherein the second line group comprises second metal lines and second fiber lines arranged along the longitudinal direction
of the conductor core and is spirally wound around the outer periphery of the conductor core in a direction opposite to the
first line group,

wherein the first line group further comprises a first composite line bundle comprising a plurality of first composite line
bundles arranged along the longitudinal direction of the conductor core and is spirally wound around the outer periphery of
the conductor core, the first composite line bundle being a bundle formed by aligning a plurality of the first metal lines
and a plurality of the first fiber lines,

wherein the second line group further comprises a second composite line bundle that comprises a plurality of second composite
line bundles arranged along the longitudinal direction of the conductor core and is spirally wound around the outer periphery
of the conductor core in the direction opposite to the first composite line bundle, the second composite line bundle being
a bundle formed by aligning a plurality of the second metal lines and a plurality of the second fiber lines,

wherein the plurality of the first metal lines and the plurality of the first fiber lines are arranged in parallel in a width
direction of the first composite line bundle, and

wherein the plurality of the second metal lines and the plurality of the second fiber lines are arranged in parallel in a
width direction of the second composite line bundle.