Patents by Inventor Robert Tremblay

Robert Tremblay 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: 20060107223
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method for automating the setup of Locators and Detectors within an image view of an object on the HMI of a vision detector by determining detectable edges and best fitting the Locators and Detectors to a location on the object image view following the establishment of an user selected operating point on the image view, such as by clicking a GUI cursor. In this manner, the initial placement and sizing of the graphical elements for Locator and Detector ROIs are relatively optimized without excessive adjustment by the user. Locators can be selected for direction, including machine or line-movement direction, cross direction or angled direction transverse to cross direction and movement direction. Detectors can be selected based upon particular analysis tools, including brightness tools, contrast tools and trained templates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: Brian Mirtich, Andrew Eames, Brian Phillips, Robert Tremblay, John Keating, Steven Whitman
  • Publication number: 20060103755
    Abstract: A machine vision image acquisition system is provided with a housing or enclosure that protects the acquisition system components from an industrial environment. The machine vision image acquisition system has a focusing mechanism that can be actuated externally to the housing. The focusing mechanism uses a gear drive to transmit externally actuated focus adjustments to the optical components of the acquisition system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: George Costigan, Steven Goodspeed, David King, Robert Tremblay, John Keating, Brian Phillips, James Hoffmaster
  • Publication number: 20060048465
    Abstract: The modular deck structure has an open frame with interconnected crisscross framing members defining a plurality of polygonal cells (14). Each of the cells has a top, a bottom and an inner wall (20) delimiting an opening. The inner wall has a sloping portion (26) for draining water out of the open frame. The modular deck structure also has a plurality of flagstones (24) with side edges (23). Each of the flagstones is sized and shaped to adjustably fit within a respective one of the cells. The modular deck structure may also have conforming means for conforming the side edges of the flagstone to the sloping portion of the respective cells, thereby allowing each of the flagstones to sit properly on said sloping portion of the cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Inventor: Jean-Robert Tremblay
  • Publication number: 20050194105
    Abstract: A windable curtain assembly for hiding the bottom of a raised patio construction is disclosed. The curtain assembly comprises a curtain including a series of laths spaced apart from each other, and at least two cords interconnecting the laths together in a parallel relationship. The assembly further comprises a connector to hang the curtain to the raised dwelling construction, whereby the curtain is fully extendable under the dwelling between a fully extended state and an upwardly wound state to provide access to an area located below the raised dwelling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventor: Jean-Robert Tremblay
  • Patent number: 5754284
    Abstract: An optical time domain reflectometer suitable for determining its front panel insertion loss comprises a four-port coupler having first and second ports connected to a light source and an optical detector, respectively, and third and fourth ports connected to a front panel connector and a reference reflector, respectively. In use, a fiber-under-test is connected to the front panel connector. The coupler splits light from the light source between the front panel connector and the reference reflector and couples light returning from the front panel connector and reflector to the detector. The optical path between the front panel connector and the coupler is longer than the optical path between the reference reflector and the coupler by such a distance that a Fresnel reflection pulse from the reference reflector, produced by a pulse emitted by the light source, will be received by the detector before a corresponding reflection pulse returned from the front panel connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: EXFO Electro-optical Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Leblanc, Robert Larose, Robert Tremblay
  • Patent number: 5230686
    Abstract: Apparatus for folding blanks particularly those constructed from corrugated cardboard. As a blank advances along a paper line pathway, a first station engages the leading edges of the blank flaps and forces the flaps into an intermediate plane. A second station controls the relative velocity of the flaps along the paper line with respect to the panels to compensate for skew that can occur at other stations. A final station completes the folding operation. The second station includes driven rollers that engage opposite sides of each of the flaps. Independently controlled motors drive these rollers in response to the velocity of the blanks along a paper line pathway and any required offset for skew compensation. The controls can be remotely located from the station. Moreover, the station can accommodate blanks of different thicknesses, position the rollers at different locations on different flaps and accommodate cartons with different widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: International Paper Box Machine Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh A. McAdam, III, James Pacocha, Robert Tremblay
  • Patent number: 5114392
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for folding flaps onto panels formed in folded box blanks, particularly those constructed from corrugated cardboard. As a blank advances along a paper line, a first station engages leading edges of the flaps and forces the flaps into an intermediate plane representing a partial folding operation. Then a second station controls the relative velocities of the flaps along the paper line with respect to the panels to compensate for skew that can occur in other stations. A final station completes the folding operation. The resulting fold is made about an axis, or fold line. if the flap is to be folded about a prestamped score line, the fold and score lines are coextensive. Typically the flaps are folded 180.degree. and the first station produces intermediate folds that are displaced 90.degree. from the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: The International Paper Box Machine Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh A. McAdam, III, Robert Tremblay, James Pacocha
  • Patent number: 5092827
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for folding flaps onto panels formed in folded box blanks, particularly those constructed from corrugated cardboard. As a blank advances along a paper line, a first station engages leading edges of the flaps and forces the flaps into an intermediate plane representing a partial folding operation. Then a second station controls the relative velocities of the flaps along the paper line with respect to the panels to compensate for skew that can occur in other stations. A final station completes the folding operation. The resulting fold is made about an axis, or fold line. If the flap is to be folded about a prestamped score line, the fold and score lines are coextensive. Typically the flaps are folded 180.degree. and the first station produces intermediate folds that are displaced 90.degree. from the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: International Paper Box Machine Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh A. McAdam, III, Robert Tremblay, James Pacocha
  • Patent number: 4873813
    Abstract: An apparatus and method by which a single operator, at a single station, can pack pre-counted slugs of flat folded cartons, or trays, in one or more layers, in corrugated cases for discharge to a case taper several times faster than with manual packing by several operators. The "flats" are advanced in a longitudinal path on a secondary apron of a stacker, erect on one edge, pre-counted and divided into slugs, so that the single operator can slide each slug longitudinally past a one-way back stop onto a transfer table. The slug may be turned on its longitudinal axis by the operator for inspection and then compressed longitudinally by a ram against the back stop. The operator has already been presented with a single, flat, tubular case, from a stack of such cases, with the leading flaps folded back, and has manually erected the case and inserted it in a case gripper preferably poised above the table, thereby closing the minor bottom closure flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: International Paper Box Machine Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Labombarde, Robert A. Tremblay
  • Patent number: 4707970
    Abstract: An apparatus and method by which a single operator, at a single station, can pack pre-counted slugs of flat folded cartons, or trays, in one or more layers, in corrugated cases for discharge to a case taper several times faster than with manual packing by several operators. The "flats" are advanced in a longitudinal path on a secondary apron of a stacker, erect on one edge, pre-counted and divided into slugs, so that the single operator can slide each slug longitudinally past a one-way back stop onto a transfer table. The slug may be turned on its longitudinal axis by the operator for inspection and then compressed longitudinally by a ram against the back stop. The operator has already been presented with a single, flat, tubular case, from a stack of such cases, with the leading flaps folded back, and has manually erected the case and inserted it in a case gripper preferably poised above the table, thereby closing the minor bottom closure flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: International Paper Box Machine Co.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Labombarde, Robert A. Tremblay
  • Patent number: 4279611
    Abstract: A box blank of the type having two side walls and a front wall of normal length but a combined bottom and rear wall of unusual length is folded and glued on a box folding and gluing machine by advancing the blanks along a horizontal path, long wall first, and overlapped in shingled formation. The first long wall in the formation encounters an air blast, or hooked finger, which unfolds the leading edge to encounter a ramp-like guide which bends it back to fold on its fold line, while also back folding the next successive long wall. All successive blanks are so back folded in "domino" fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Inventors: Raymond A. Labombarde, Robert A. Tremblay