Patents by Inventor Pierre Garon

Pierre Garon has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190084662
    Abstract: A marine vessel control system comprises a propulsion unit and a steering actuator for steering the propulsion unit. There is a shift actuator for shifting gears in the propulsion unit and a throttle actuator for increasing or decreasing throttle to the propulsion unit. There is an input device for providing user inputted steering commands to the steering actuator and for providing user inputted shift and throttle commands to the shift actuator and the throttle actuator. There is a sensor for detecting a global position and a heading direction of the marine vessel. A controller receives position and heading values of the marine vessel from the sensor. The controller compares the received position value to a pre-programmed position value to determine a position error difference. The controller also compares the received heading value to a pre-programmed heading value to determine a heading error difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Ray Tat Lung Wong, Pierre GARON, Geoffrey David DUDDRINGE
  • Patent number: 10227125
    Abstract: A steering system for a marine vessel comprises a helm, a control head, and a joystick. The helm and control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a first CAN network. The joystick and the control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a second CAN network. The helm may provide user inputted steering commands on the first CAN network. The control head may provide user inputted shift and throttle commands on the second CAN network. The joystick may provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on either the first CAN network or the second CAN network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Clarke, Pierre Garon, Ray Wong, Anson Chan, Kristofer Sven Smeds, David Higgs, Richard Redfern
  • Publication number: 20170121004
    Abstract: A steering system for a marine vessel comprises a helm, a control head, and a joystick. The helm and control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a first CAN network. The joystick and the control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a second CAN network. The helm may provide user inputted steering commands on the first CAN network. The control head may provide user inputted shift and throttle commands on the second CAN network. The joystick may provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on either the first CAN network or the second CAN network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Douglas Clarke, Pierre GARON, Ray WONG, Anson CHAN, Kristofer Sven SMEDS, David HIGGS, Richard REDFERN
  • Patent number: 9477253
    Abstract: A steering system for a marine vessel comprises a helm, a control head, and a joystick. The helm and control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a first CAN network. The joystick and the control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a second CAN network. The helm may provide user inputted steering commands on the first CAN network. The control head may provide user inputted shift and throttle commands on the second CAN network. The joystick may provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on either the first CAN network or the second CAN network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Clarke, Pierre Garon, Ray Wong, Anson Chan, Kristofer Sven Smeds, David Higgs, Richard Redfern
  • Publication number: 20150034001
    Abstract: A steering system for a marine vessel comprises a helm, a control head, and a joystick. The helm and control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a first CAN network. The joystick and the control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a second CAN network. The helm may provide user inputted steering commands on the first CAN network. The control head may provide user inputted shift and throttle commands on the second CAN network. The joystick may provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on either the first CAN network or the second CAN network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Douglas Clarke, Pierre Garon, Ray Wong, Anson Chan, Kristofer Sven Smeds, David Higgs, Richard Redfern
  • Patent number: 8930050
    Abstract: A method of adjusting engine throttle in an electronic shift and throttle system comprises determining a position of a control lever which allows an operator to manually control throttle functions. A throttle command is calculated based on the position of the control lever. The throttle command is adjusted in response to an input received from an input means. The position of the control lever remains constant as the throttle command is being adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Neil Garfield Allyn, Ray Tat Lung Wong
  • Patent number: 8845490
    Abstract: A method for delaying shift and throttle commands based on engine speed comprises establishing a predetermined threshold engine speed. Shift and throttle commands are calculated based on the position of a joystick which allows an operator to manually control shift and throttle functions. Execution of the shift and throttle commands is delayed if the engine speed is above the predetermined maximum threshold engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition Inc.
    Inventors: Anson Chin Pang Chan, Pierre Garon, Thomas Samuel Martin
  • Patent number: 8612072
    Abstract: The system herein disclosed automatically detects whether an engine control unit instance number of a multi-engine marine vessel needs changing. Each engine control unit is electronically paired with a respective servo controller. A vessel controller is in communication with the servo controllers. The vessel controller commands in turn each servo controller to switch on its paired engine control unit, read the instance number of its paired engine control unit, switch off its paired engine control unit, and convey the instance number back to the vessel controller. The vessel controller then compares the instance numbers of the engine control units. If at least two instance numbers of the engine control units are duplicates of each other, the vessel controller ascertains that at least one of the instance numbers of the engine control units needs to be changed and assigns a new instance number to one of the engine control units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Teleflex Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Neil Garfield Allyn, James Steven Monczynski, Thomas Samuel Martin
  • Patent number: 8406944
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a start-protection system for an engine of a marine vessel. The engine has gears and a shift actuator for operatively shifting the gears. The system includes a first position sensor disposed to operatively sense whether the engine is in a forward, neutral or a reverse gear position. The first position sensor generates a signal representative of the gear position. The system includes a second position sensor adjacent to a shift control which controls shift functions of the engine. The second position sensor generates a signal representative of the position of the shift control. The system includes processing means. The processing means are configured to receive the signals of the position sensors, determine the gear position and the position of the shift control and enable the engine to start upon determining that both the shift control and the engine are in neutral positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Neil Garfield Allyn, Ray Tat Lung Wong
  • Publication number: 20130030663
    Abstract: A method for delaying shift and throttle commands based on engine speed comprises establishing a predetermined threshold engine speed. Shift and throttle commands are calculated based on the position of a joystick which allows an operator to manually control shift and throttle functions. Execution of the shift and throttle commands is delayed if the engine speed is above the predetermined maximum threshold engine speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Anson Chin Pang Chan, Pierre Garon, Thomas Samuel Martin
  • Patent number: 8347859
    Abstract: A method of calibrating throttle controls in an electronic shift and throttle system includes opening the throttle and then moving the throttle back towards a hard stop in increments. The voltage level of an electrical signal sent by a throttle position sensor is measured and recorded at each increment. An idle position is established as being where the lowest voltage level was measured when the throttle is at least 0.75° away from the hard stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Thomas Samuel Martin
  • Patent number: 8182396
    Abstract: A method for delaying shift and throttle commands based on engine speed comprises establishing a predetermined threshold engine speed. Shift and throttle commands are calculated based on the position of a control lever which allows an operator to manually control shift and throttle functions. Execution of the shift and throttle commands is delayed if the engine speed is above the predetermined maximum threshold engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition In.c
    Inventors: Thomas Samuel Martin, Pierre Garon
  • Publication number: 20110196553
    Abstract: The system herein disclosed automatically detects whether an engine control unit instance number of a multi-engine marine vessel needs changing. Each engine control unit is electronically paired with a respective servo controller. A vessel controller is in communication with the servo controllers. The vessel controller commands in turn each servo controller to switch on its paired engine control unit, read the instance number of its paired engine control unit, switch off its paired engine control unit, and convey the instance number back to the vessel controller. The vessel controller then compares the instance numbers of the engine control units. If at least two instance numbers of the engine control units are duplicates of each other, the vessel controller ascertains that at least one of the instance numbers of the engine control units needs to be changed and assigns a new instance number to one of the engine control units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: TELEFLEX CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Neil Garfield Allyn, James Steven Monczynski, Thomas Samuel Martin
  • Publication number: 20110195816
    Abstract: A method for delaying shift and throttle commands based on engine speed comprises establishing a predetermined threshold engine speed. Shift and throttle commands are calculated based on the position of a control lever which allows an operator to manually control shift and throttle functions. Execution of the shift and throttle commands is delayed if the engine speed is above the predetermined maximum threshold engine speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas Samuel Martin, Pierre Garon
  • Publication number: 20110196552
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a start-protection system for an engine of a marine vessel. The engine has gears and a shift actuator for operatively shifting the gears. The system includes a first position sensor disposed to operatively sense whether the engine is in a forward, neutral or a reverse gear position. The first position sensor generates a signal representative of the gear position. The system includes a second position sensor adjacent to a shift control which controls shift functions of the engine. The second position sensor generates a signal representative of the position of the shift control. The system includes processing means. The processing means are configured to receive the signals of the position sensors, determine the gear position and the position of the shift control and enable the engine to start upon determining that both the shift control and the engine are in neutral positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Neil Garfield Allyn, Ray Tat Lung Wong
  • Publication number: 20100280685
    Abstract: A method of adjusting engine throttle in an electronic shift and throttle system comprises determining a position of a control lever which allows an operator to manually control throttle functions. A throttle command is calculated based on the position of the control lever. The throttle command is adjusted in response to an input received from an input means. The position of the control lever remains constant as the throttle command is being adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Neil Garfield Allyn, Ray Tat Lung Wong
  • Publication number: 20100280684
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing shift and throttle functions of first and second engines in an electronic shift and throttle system includes computing an initial direct throttle command based on a position of a control lever used to control the shift and throttle functions of the first engine. The initial direct throttle command is sent to both the first and second engines. An adjusted throttle command is computed based on a subsequent direct throttle command and the speeds of the first and second engines after execution of the initial direct throttle command. The subsequent direct throttle command is sent to the first engine while the adjusted throttle command is sent to the second engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Pierre Garon
  • Publication number: 20100275879
    Abstract: A method of calibrating throttle controls in an electronic shift and throttle system includes opening the throttle and then moving the throttle back towards a hard stop in increments. The voltage level of an electrical signal sent by a throttle position sensor is measured and recorded at each increment. An idle position is established as being where the lowest voltage level was measured when the throttle is at least 0.75° away from the hard stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Pierre Garon, Thomas Samuel Martin