Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.

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G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) 4
G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs 4
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1.

MOTOR CONTROL CENTER WITH AN AUTOMATIC FUSED GROUNDING OF THE LOAD TERMINALS

      
Application Number US2015038639
Publication Number 2016/004089
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-06-30
Publication Date 2016-01-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Krause, Paul T.
  • Halpin, Peter J.
  • Peterson, Corey A.
  • Host, Michael R.
  • Newbauer, Sam

Abstract

A motor control center system, comprising: - an electrical enclosure (10) having buses (22) for routing electrical power to component units (20), - a component unit (20) disposed in a compartment (12) of the electrical enclosure, wherein the component unit contains an equipment piece (26) for managing a power supply to a load disposed outside of the enclosure; and - a ground element (38) disposed along a support wall (40) of the compartment, wherein the ground element provides a fused (53) ground connection with a load terminal (42) of the electrical enclosure when the component unit is withdrawn from the electrical enclosure.

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2.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MITIGATING ARC FLASH INCIDENT ENERGY IN MOTOR CONTROL DEVICES

      
Application Number US2013035532
Publication Number 2013/152339
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-04-06
Publication Date 2013-10-10
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bugaris, Rachel, M.
  • Doan, Daniel, Robert

Abstract

Industrial motor control apparatus and techniques are presented for mitigating incident energy associated with an internal arcing. Interior enclosure surfaces and/or surfaces of electrical components are provided with textures and/or coatings which may be non-reflective with respect to visible and/or infrared light in order to redirect or absorb incident energy associated with internal arcing conditions. The electrical components are also arranged so as to substantially minimize the percentage of back wall exposure, and filler material and/or tile structures may be mounted within the enclosure, which may be non-reflective and/or have textured surfaces or coating layers to mitigate incident arcing energy. In addition, baffles or barriers may be provided within the enclosure to redirect or absorb incident energy from internal arcing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02H 5/04 - Emergency protective circuit arrangements for automatic disconnection directly responsive to an undesired change from normal non-electric working conditions with or without subsequent reconnection responsive to abnormal temperature

3.

INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLER USING SHARED MEMORY MULTICORE ARCHITECTURE

      
Application Number US2008083379
Publication Number 2009/064864
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-13
Publication Date 2009-05-22
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schultz, Ronald, E.
  • Tutkovics, Scott, A.
  • Grgic, Richard, J.
  • Kay, James, J.
  • Kenst, James, W.
  • Clark, Daniel, W.

Abstract

A multicore processor for industrial control provides for the execution of separate operating systems on the cores under control of one of the cores to tailor the operating system to optimum execution of different applications of industrial control and communication. One core may provide for a reduced instruction set for execution of industrial control programs with the remaining cores providing a general-purpose instruction set.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/05 - Programmable logic controllers, e.g. simulating logic interconnections of signals according to ladder diagrams or function charts

4.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A MOTOR CONTROL CENTER

      
Application Number US2007017976
Publication Number 2008/042052
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-08-14
Publication Date 2008-04-10
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gollhardt, Neil
  • Jensen, David, L.
  • Awad, Fahed, H.
  • Shen, Jie
  • Brandt, David, D.
  • Rollay, David, T.

Abstract

A system, in one embodiment, includes a power distribution center having an enclosure with an access door configured to move between a closed position and an open position. The power distribution center includes a non-contact sensor disposed inside the enclosure, wherein the non-contact sensor comprises a non-contact voltage sensor, or a non-contact temperature sensor, or a combination thereof. The power distribution center also includes an indicator viewable outside of the enclosure while the door is in the closed position, wherein the indicator is coupled to the non-contact sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

5.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY SECURING A MOTOR CONTROL CENTER

      
Application Number US2007017977
Publication Number 2008/042053
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-08-14
Publication Date 2008-04-10
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Brandt, David, D.
  • Jensen, David, L.

Abstract

A system, in one embodiment, includes a power distribution center having an enclosure with an access door configured to move between a closed position and an open position. The system also includes a monitoring system configured to monitor operational parameters inside the enclosure. Also, the system includes an entry control system coupled to the monitoring system, wherein the entry control system is configured to lock the access door if the operation parameters are indicative of a potentially hazardous condition inside the enclosure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16P 3/08 - Safety devices acting in conjunction with the control or operation of a machine; Control arrangements requiring the simultaneous use of two or more parts of the body in connection with the locking of doors, covers, guards, or like members giving access to moving machine parts
  • G05B 23/02 - Electric testing or monitoring
  • H02B 13/025 - Safety arrangements, e.g. in case of excessive pressure or fire due to electrical defect

6.

WIRELESS INTEGRATED CONDITION MONITORING SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2006003886
Publication Number 2008/016339
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-02-03
Publication Date 2008-02-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Carle, Patrick, F.
  • Bibelhausen, David, J.
  • Discenzo, Frederick, Michael

Abstract

A wireless dynamic operating condition system is described that includes one or more wireless monitors located at a monitoring point in an instrumented machine system. The wireless monitors may be configured as a modular base with modular power supplies that can be attached to the base. The base may include integrated sensors or additional sensors may be tethered to the base. The resulting modular system allows for points to be monitored on the machine system for dynamic operating conditions that are difficult to access or are less critical than wired monitoring points. Calculations may be carried out based upon the sensed data either within the monitoring modules themselves or within specific modules that are so equipped.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08C 17/00 - Arrangements for transmitting signals characterised by the use of a wireless electrical link
  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)

7.

RFID/BIOMETRIC AREA PROTECTION

      
Application Number US2007062756
Publication Number 2007/136902
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-11-29
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nair, Suresh
  • Dogul, James, E.
  • Galera, Richard
  • Rollins, George, E.
  • Jones, Derek, W.
  • Schuster, George, K.
  • Delcher, Ray, C.

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates providing a safety mechanism associated with a protective zone in an industrial automation environment. An radio frequency identification (RFID) component can receive data from an RFID tag to identify a location. A safety component can employ a safe mode to a device based at least in part upon the location to employ a protected zone in proximity with the device.

IPC Classes  ?

8.

CONFIGURABLE HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE CONFIGURATION METHOD AND SYSTEM USING A REMOTE INTERFACE

      
Application Number US2006008959
Publication Number 2007/106085
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-03-14
Publication Date 2007-09-20
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Mann, Joseph, Francis
  • Mann, Krista
  • Britt, Clinton, Duane
  • Lloyd, Robert, F.
  • Cisler, Steven, Mark

Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention relate to a system and method of reconfiguring a human-machine interface. In accordance with embodiments of the present techniques, a configuration application stored on a human-machine interface may be accessed by a remote configuration station via a browser that cooperates with a server resident on the human-machine interface. The configuration application is adapted to allow reconfiguration of the human-machine interface via the browser. Additionally, control objects may be accessible via the browser to create a display file in accordance with the present techniques. The display file may provide links to the control objects that are accessible to a user via the human-machine interface. Further, the display file may be implemented on the human-machine interface for display and execution of the links to the control objects.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs
  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
  • G06F 9/445 - Program loading or initiating

9.

AUDIT TRAIL IN A PROGRAMMABLE SAFETY INSTRUMENTED SYSTEM VIA BIOMETRIC SIGNATURE(S)

      
Application Number US2007062748
Publication Number 2007/101125
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gibart, Anthony G.
  • Dogul, James, E.
  • Galera, Richard
  • Rollins, Geroge, E.
  • Jones, Derek, W.
  • Schuster, George, K.
  • Nair, Suresh, R.
  • Delcher, Ray, C.

Abstract

System(s) and method(s) that facilitate utilizing biometric sensors (e.g., fingerprint, hand scan, voice recognition ) in manufacturing systems in order to maintain accurate safety audit trails. A safety audit system, utilizing a biometric sensing device, facilitates determining if a user is allowed to access and change the configuration of the manufacturing system. Once a user is allowed to change the configuration (e.g., programmable electronics, tooling changes, software updates, etc.) the changes are automatically recorded in a safety audit database. Automatic storage of configuration changes mitigates manual recording of changes thereby enhancing the safety audit data often necessary to meet safety standards for manufacturing systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)

10.

DATA ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR RISK ASSESSMENT

      
Application Number US2007062754
Publication Number 2007/101129
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jones, Derek W.
  • Dogul, James, E.
  • Galera, Richard
  • Rollins, George, E.
  • Schuster, George, K.
  • Nair, Suresh, R.
  • Delcher, Ray, C.

Abstract

Systems and methods of risk management that employ a risk assessment component to continuously update risk estimation associated with a machine of a manufacturing system. A data input component is provided for receiving a measured parameter associated with a current machine condition. A comparison is performed between the measured parameter from current machine condition with predetermined risk estimations/assessment parameters to determine whether the current machine condition is within the range of acceptable operator risk conditions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs

11.

OPTIMIZING AVAILABILITY AND SAFETY BY RECONFIGURING AND AUTO-ADJUSTING REDUNDANCY

      
Application Number US2007062649
Publication Number 2007/101087
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuster, George, K.
  • Dogul, James, E.
  • Galera, Richard
  • Rollins, George, E.
  • Nair, Suresh, R.
  • Delcher, Ray, O.

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides industrial automation systems and/or methods that configure available redundancy. An interface component can obtain input data. Additionally, an optimization component can generate a voting configuration that allocates available redundancy to provide an optimized combination of safety and availability based at least in part on the input data.

IPC Classes  ?

12.

AUTO-DETECTION CAPABILITIES FOR OUT OF THE BOX EXPERIENCE

      
Application Number US2007062739
Publication Number 2007/101118
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wilkinson, John
  • Batke, Brian A.
  • Hall, Kenwood H.
  • Jasper, Taryl J.
  • Kalan, Michael D.
  • Vitrano, James B.
  • Shearer, Jeffrey A.

Abstract

Various embodiments are described in connection with auto-detection capabilities of a device in an industrial environment. The device can behave differently in a secured environment than it would in an unsecured environment. If in a secured environment, the device can obtain an auto configuration policy to control the device's security configuration from a security authority, for example. The device can configure itself based on the policy. Both secured-by-default and open-by-default can be supported based on the environment. According to some embodiments, needed security domain specific knowledge can be reduced, which increases the number of maintenance personnel that can add or replace a device in a secured system.

IPC Classes  ?

13.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS THAT EVALUATE DISTANCE TO POTENTIAL HAZARDS UTILIZING OVERLAPPING SENSING ZONES

      
Application Number US2007062743
Publication Number 2007/101121
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Galera, Richard
  • Dogul, James E.
  • Rollins, George E.
  • Jones, Derek W.
  • Schuster, George K.
  • Nair, Suresh R
  • Delcher, Ray C.

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides industrial automation systems and/or methods that evaluate a proximity to potential hazards. A plurality of sensors can provide redundant detected data. Additionally, a proximity evaluation component can evaluate the detected data, determine a location of at least one of a person and an object, and identify a distance from the location to one or more hazardous zones in a monitored region.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 21/00 - Alarms responsive to a single specified undesired or abnormal condition and not otherwise provided for

14.

SAFETY VERSUS AVAILABILITY GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

      
Application Number US2007062746
Publication Number 2007/101123
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nair, Suresh
  • Dogul, James, E.
  • Galera, Richard
  • Rollins, George, E.
  • Jones, Derek, W.
  • Schuster, George, K.
  • Delcher, Ray, C.

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides industrial automation systems and/or methods that visualize availability and safety levels. An optimization component can generate a voting configuration that provides an optimized combination of a safety level and an availability level based upon available redundancy. Additionally, a graphical user interface can present a visualization of the safety level and the availability level.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

15.

ELECTRONIC TOKEN TO PROVIDE SEQUENTIAL EVENT CONTROL AND MONITORING

      
Application Number US2007062758
Publication Number 2007/101131
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jones, Derek W.
  • Dogul, James E.
  • Galera, Richard
  • Rollins, George E.
  • Schuster, George K.
  • Nair, Suresh
  • Delcher, Ray C.

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates initiating a sequence within an industrial automation environment. A radio frequency identification (RFID) component can receive data from an RFID tag. An event control component can invoke at least one event related to a device in a designated control sequence.

IPC Classes  ?

16.

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO COMBINE AND WEIGHT MULTIPLE SENSORS WITH OVERLAPPING SENSING RANGE TO CREATE A MEASUREMENT SYSTEM UTILIZED IN A HIGH INTEGRITY OR SAFETY ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2007062759
Publication Number 2007/101132
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-23
Publication Date 2007-09-07
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schuster, George, K.
  • Dogul, James, E.
  • Galera, Richard
  • Rollins, George, E.
  • Jones, Derek, W.
  • Nair, Suresh, R.
  • Delcher, Ray, C.

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides industrial automation systems and/or methods that can aggregate data. A plurality of sensors can provide redundant detected data. Additionally, a weighting component can respectively weight the detected data based upon a confidence of accurate measurement corresponding to each of the plurality of sensors. Further, a combination component can assemble the redundant detected data based at least in part upon the weights to generate harmonized data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/00 - Digital computers in general; Data processing equipment in general

17.

BUSBAR SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR MOTOR CONTROL CENTER

      
Application Number US2006042410
Publication Number 2007/058764
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-10-31
Publication Date 2007-05-24
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Malkowski, Chester, Jr.
  • Meiers, Ralph, E.
  • Meyer, Dean, Thomas
  • Omoto, Arnaldo, Hiroyuki
  • Bergmann, Herberto

Abstract

A bus support system (20) is disclosed that accommodates three-wire three- phase circuitry (36) and four-wire three-phase circuitry (36, 38). A main bus support element (40) is designed to receive horizontal bus bars (28, 30, 32, 34) and vertical bus bars (36) for installation in an electrical enclosure (10). The main support element (40) is supplemented by an add-on bus support element (58) where a neutral bus (38) is required for four- wire three-phase operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02B 1/21 - Bus-bar arrangements for rack-mounted devices with withdrawable units

18.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM HAVING WITHDRAWABLE UNIT WITH MAINTAINED CONTROL AND COMMUNICATION CONNECTION

      
Application Number US2006042446
Publication Number 2007/058766
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-10-31
Publication Date 2007-05-24
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Malkowski
  • Meiers, Ralph, E.
  • Meyer, Dean, Thomas
  • Omoto, Arnoldo, Hiroyuki
  • Bergmann, Herberto

Abstract

⏧0038] A connector arrangement is provided for packaged electrical systems (10), such as motor control centers. The connector arrangement provides for a component connector assembly (28, 82) mounted to component supports (24) for providing network signals and control power to components (26) on the support (24). A mating prewired connector assembly (50) is provided in the enclosure (12) and forced to mate with the component connector assembly (28, 82) when the component support (24) is fully engaged within the enclosure (12). Thereafter, the component support (24) may be partially withdrawn from the enclosure (12) to disconnect main power from the component support (24), while leaving network connections and control power connections by virtue of the mated connectors (28, 82, 50). The connectors (28, 82, 50) provide for non-sliding contact both when fully engaged and when the components (24) are partially withdrawn from the enclosure (12).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05K 7/14 - Mounting supporting structure in casing or on frame or rack

19.

HISTORIAN MODULE FOR USE IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION CONTROLLER

      
Application Number US2006043969
Publication Number 2007/059023
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-11-13
Publication Date 2007-05-24
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Mcgreevy, Robert J.
  • Sadowski, Deborah, A.
  • Herbst, Robert, J.
  • Hartman, Justin, R.

Abstract

A distributed historian framework is provided where historical data is collected in accordance with an organizational model of a hierarchical system that is distributed across various elements of an enterprise. A directory service operates with the organizational model to enable configuration of historian components within the organization and to enable data to be located within the organization. In one aspect, an industrial automation system is provided. The system includes at least one historian component to archive data within an organization. A common data model then exposes functionality and data of the organization to the historian component.

IPC Classes  ?

20.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION WITH AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

      
Application Number US2006034901
Publication Number 2007/040899
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-07
Publication Date 2007-04-12
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Hall, Kenwood

Abstract

The subject disclosure pertains to transparent communications in an industrial automation environment amongst automation system components and IT systems. Systems and methods are provided that send (Fig. 1, send 104) and receive (Fig. 1 receive 106) data to, from and amongst automation devices and transactional based IT systems. The system (Fig. 1) is viewed as a control system to the automation device and as a transactional system to the IT system. Accordingly, it is not necessary to provide a custom interface between automation devices and the IT systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

21.

DATA PERSPECTIVES IN CONTROLLER SYSTEM AND PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

      
Application Number US2006037000
Publication Number 2007/041026
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-22
Publication Date 2007-04-12
Owner
  • ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
  • CHAND, Sujeet (USA)
Inventor
  • Briant, Stephen, C.
  • Hood, Gavan, W.
  • Baier, John, J.
  • Kalan, Michael, D.
  • Hall, Kenwood, H.

Abstract

A programmable logic controller is disclosed that filters and presents to a user data that conforms to a hierarchically structured data model. The programmable logic controller through utilization of an input component that receives data and a filter component that filters the data based at least in part on one or more filtering criteria is able to extract data that is relevant to an individual user's needs and/or requirements. The filtering criteria utilized by the filtering component can include passwords and group affiliations as well as the user's biometric and/or anthropometric information. The claimed subject matter further relates to a component that can be utilized to provide a similar filtering functionality with respect to legacy programmable logical controllers, and legacy industrial automation devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/18 - in which a program is changed according to experience gained by the computer itself during a complete run; Learning machines (adaptive control systems G05B 13/00;artificial intelligence G06N)
  • G06N 7/06 - Simulation on general purpose computers
  • G05B 15/00 - Systems controlled by a computer

22.

BUSINESS PROCESS EXECUTION ENGINE

      
Application Number US2006037069
Publication Number 2007/041037
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-22
Publication Date 2007-04-12
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Chand, Sujeet

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides a controller that facilitates implementing a workflow within an industrial automation environment system. An interface component can facilitate the receipt of data associated with a workflow at the programmable logic controller. A controller communicatively coupled to the interface component incorporates an execution engine that can execute the workflow and allow a seamless data flow between applications to provide at least one service.

IPC Classes  ?

23.

ENABLING TRANSACTIONAL MECHANISMS IN AN AUTOMATED CONTROLLER SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2006037353
Publication Number 2007/041083
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-22
Publication Date 2007-04-12
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Chand, Sujeet
  • Briant, Stephen, C.
  • Hall, Kenwood, H.
  • Hood, Gavan, W.
  • Baier, John, J.
  • Kalan, Michael, D.

Abstract

The claimed subject matter provides a controller that facilitates implementing a transaction between a controller and a business system within an industrial automation environment. An interface component can facilitate receipt of data associated with a business system at the programmable logic controller. The controller can incorporate a transaction component that executes a transaction related to the business system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

24.

PROTECTION APPARATUS FOR AN ELECTRICAL LOAD

      
Application Number US2006037686
Publication Number 2007/041162
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-27
Publication Date 2007-04-12
Owner
  • EATON CORPORATION (USA)
  • ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Kilburn, Jeffrey, A.

Abstract

The invention provides methods to control scale formation that utilize microbes and exopolymers and other chemical compounds that they produce. The microbes produce polymers and similarly that control scale formation. The polymers work via a variety of mechanisms depending on their chemical structures. The polymers work by sequestering scale-forming ions, promoting dissolution of existing scale, increasing the solubility of newly formed scale, and inhibiting scale formation on pipes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 73/00 - Protective overload circuit-breaking switches in which excess current opens the contacts by automatic release of mechanical energy stored by previous operation of a hand reset mechanism

25.

TRANSPARENT BRIDGING AND ROUTING IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2006034902
Publication Number 2007/032995
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-07
Publication Date 2007-03-22
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Callaghan, David, M.

Abstract

The subject disclosure pertains to transparent communications in an industrial automation environment amongst automation system components. PLC modules can be provided with unique network addresses such as IP addresses and accessed over a network using those addresses. The actual protocol and route employed to communicate with the PLC modules need not be known to a client system in order to access the PLC modules. Industrial control system configurations can be modified and expanded without affecting the client system ability to function in the environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/173 - Interprocessor communication using an interconnection network, e.g. matrix, shuffle, pyramid, star or snowflake
  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

26.

NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2006034900
Publication Number 2007/032994
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-07
Publication Date 2007-03-22
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Callaghan, David, M.
  • Tutkovics, Scot, A.

Abstract

An industrial automation device comprises a reception component that receives a request for data resident within the industrial automation device. An encoding component communicatively coupled to the reception component that receives a binary bit stream associated with the request and encodes a payload of the bit stream as XML data, the encoding component further communicates the encoded payload by way of an industrial automation protocol. Furthermore, the industrial automation device can include a compression component that compresses the XML data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

27.

SENSOR FUSION FOR RFID ACCURACY

      
Application Number US2006034290
Publication Number 2007/030394
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-05
Publication Date 2007-03-15
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hall, Kenwood, H.
  • Pai, Ramdas, M.

Abstract

System(s) and method(s) to increase the accuracy and efficiency of an RFID system is provided. A system includes an RFID tag that receives a signal from an RFID reader and an RFID tag that receives a signal from an RFID reader. The system further includes at least one sensor that detects the environment of a product associated with the RFID tag and transmits a environment detection signal to the RFID reader; and an aggregation component that receives the environment detection signal and a corresponding data tag information from the RFID tag. If a environment detection signal is not received, the RFID reader ignores the data tag information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 13/14 - Mechanical actuation by lifting or attempted removal of hand-portable articles

28.

RFID ARCHITECTURE IN AN INDUSTRIAL CONTROLLER ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2006034721
Publication Number 2007/030544
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-06
Publication Date 2007-03-15
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pietrzyk, Arthur, P.
  • Bapat, Vivek, R.
  • Chand, Sujeet
  • Hall, Kenwood, H.
  • Morse, Richard, A.
  • Owen, Joseph, P., Jr.
  • Somogyi, Andreas
  • Tinnell, Kenneth, A.

Abstract

An RFID reader and/or writer module in an industrial controller (e.g., PLC). The RFID module interfaces internally to the controller for tight integration therewith. The RFID module can also be part of a controller communications framework and as a standalone module with the PLC as a master device, and interact with the RFID module in the same manner as it interacts with other I/O devices connected to the controller. In another aspect, RFID read/write tag technology is incorporated into some or all major PLC and rack components, and utilized for wireless communication both between PLC system components and between the PLC and other devices, locations, and media. The RFID tag can be used to store and exchange electronic keying data, security information, module diagnostics and warranty information, series and revision levels code, I/O configuration data, and, replacement data. Artificial intelligence is also employed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 13/14 - Mechanical actuation by lifting or attempted removal of hand-portable articles

29.

DRIVE WITH SERVER

      
Application Number US2006032293
Publication Number 2007/024670
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-08-18
Publication Date 2007-03-01
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Davis, Wayne, R.

Abstract

The present invention relates to a drive system that includes a module that operates as a server, where in at least some embodiments the module is at least one of directly integrated with another module that operates as a drive and folly integrated to include the drive. The server allows for communications with one or more terminals via an internet-type communications medium, while the drive is for controlling, monitoring and/or otherwise interacting with at least one motor, electromechanical machine, or other appropriate type of machine/process. In at least some embodiments, the server is capable of providing web pages, executable programs and/or other information including, for example, information in accordance with an FTP protocol onto the internet for receipt by the terminals. The terminals communicate commands and other information via the internet back to the server, which in turn can influence the drive and the controlled machine/process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)

30.

ENHANCED CONTROLLER UTILIZING RFID TECHNOLOGY

      
Application Number US2006030751
Publication Number 2007/021648
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-08-08
Publication Date 2007-02-22
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Chand, Sujeet
  • Bapat, Vivek R.
  • Hall, Kenwood H.
  • Morse, Richard A.
  • Owen, Joseph P. Jr.
  • Pietrzyk, Arthur P.
  • Somogyi, Andreas
  • Tinnell, Kenneth A.

Abstract

A radio frequency identification (RFID) component receives a data stream from at least one RFID tag. A controller can integrate and/or embed at least one of the following, 1) middleware that filters the data stream associated with the RFID component, 2) RFID software that provides RFID component software functionality, and 3) a smart component that connects to the RFID component.

IPC Classes  ?

31.

ENHANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE COOLING

      
Application Number US2006024176
Publication Number 2007/002216
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-06-20
Publication Date 2007-01-04
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Evon, Steve, T.
  • Martin, William, E.

Abstract

In one embodiment, the present technique relates to a motor having enhanced cooling. The exemplary motor includes a stator core that is formed of a plurality of stator laminations and that is, at least partially, a peripheral surface of the motor. Each stator lamination has a plurality of fins that extend radially outward. When assembled, the fins of adjacent laminations cooperate to form larger fins extending the length of the stator core. These fins enhance the cooling of the motor, by improving heat dissipation of the motor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02K 1/20 - Stationary parts of the magnetic circuit with channels or ducts for flow of cooling medium
  • H02K 5/18 - Casings or enclosures characterised by the shape, form or construction thereof with ribs or fins for improving heat transfer

32.

LIBRARY THAT INCLUDES MODIFIABLE INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION OBJECTS

      
Application Number US2006018181
Publication Number 2006/124488
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-05-11
Publication Date 2006-11-23
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hood, Gavan W.
  • Kappelhoff, Ralph
  • Hall, Kenwood H.

Abstract

An industrial automation object library system comprises a data store that is accessible by way of the Internet. The data store retains an object that is executable by a programmable logic controller, wherein the object conforms to a hierarchically structured data model. A location component associated with the data store accesses the data store to locate the object upon receipt of a request for the object. In one particular example, the hierarchically structured data model can be based at least in part upon ISA S95 and/or ISA S88.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled
  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions

33.

HIERARCHICALLY STRUCTURED DATA MODEL USED IN INDUSTRY

      
Application Number US2006018350
Publication Number 2006/124547
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-05-11
Publication Date 2006-11-23
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hood, Gavan, W.
  • Kappelhoff, Ralph
  • Hall, Kenwood , H.

Abstract

An industrial automation device comprises a data storage component (102) that retains at least a portion of a schema (104), the schema facilitates usage of a hierarchically structured data model by the industrial automation device. A processor (106) is communicatively coupled to the data storage component and facilitates at least one of receipt, execution, and creation of an object that conforms to the hierarchically structured data model.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 15/00 - Systems controlled by a computer
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)

34.

DISTRIBUTED DATABASE IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2006018122
Publication Number 2006/124471
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-05-11
Publication Date 2006-11-23
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hood, Gavan W.
  • Kappelhoff, Ralph
  • Hall, Kenwood H.

Abstract

A distributed database system(100) within an industrial automation environment comprises a plurality of associated programmable logic controllers(104, 106, 108), wherein each of the programmable logic controllers (104, 106, 108) includes data (110, 112, 114) relating to one of a process and a device. Furthermore, the data within the plurality of programmable logic controller (104, 106, 108) can conform to a hierarchically structured data model, which, for example, can be based upon ISA $95, ISA $88, OMAC, or any suitable combination thereof. A reception component (102) receives and services a request for data that is located within at least one of the programmable logic controllers (104, 106, 108).

IPC Classes  ?

35.

AUTOMATIC USER INTERFACE GENERATION

      
Application Number US2006018180
Publication Number 2006/124487
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-05-11
Publication Date 2006-11-23
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hood, Gavan, H.
  • Kappelhoff, Ralph
  • Hall, Kenwood, H.

Abstract

A user interface generation system comprises a reception component that facilitates receipt of instantiated objects from within a programmable logic controller, wherein the objects conform to a hierarchically structured data model. A view generation component communicatively coupled to the reception component utilizes a subset of the objects to dynamically generate a user interface. For example, the hierarchically structured data model can be based at least in part upon one or more of ISA S95, ISA S88 and/or OMAC.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

36.

TRACKING AND TRACING ACROSS PROCESS BOUNDARIES IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2006018238
Publication Number 2006/124513
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-05-11
Publication Date 2006-11-23
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hood, Gavan, W.
  • Kappelhoff, Ralph
  • Hall, Kenwood, H.

Abstract

A system (100) that facilitates tracking and tracing products in an industrial environment comprises a reception component (102) that receives data indicative of location of entities within an industrial environment, wherein the data conforms to a hierarchically structured data model. A monitoring component (110) facilitates tracking and tracing the entities across process boundaries. Tracking refers to a process of uniformly building a track of objects that are forwarded to, processed for, applied in, or disposed of usage. Similarly, tracing is the process of uniformly generating a sample of traces of objects that are forwarded to, processed for, applied in. or disposed of usage.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06F 15/173 - Interprocessor communication using an interconnection network, e.g. matrix, shuffle, pyramid, star or snowflake

37.

FIREWALL METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS

      
Application Number US2006000663
Publication Number 2006/074436
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-01-06
Publication Date 2006-07-13
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Brandt, David, D.
  • Batke, Brian, A.
  • Singer, Bryan, L.
  • Anderson, Craig, D.
  • Schulz, Glenn, B.
  • Bush, Michael, A.
  • Wilkinson, John, C., Jr.
  • Pai, Ramdas, M.
  • Scott, Steven, J.

Abstract

The invention includes a method and apparatus for use with a system including networked resources where communication between resources is via a dual packet protocol wherein a first protocol includes a frame that specifies a destination device/resource and a data field and the second protocol specifies a final destination device/resource and includes a data field and where the second packets are encapsulated in the first protocol packet frames the method including the steps of specifying access control information for resources, for each first protocol packet transmitted on the network, intercepting the first protocol packet prior to the first protocol destination resource, examining at least a subset of the additional embedded packet information to identify at least one of the intermediate path resources and the final destination resource, identifying the access control information associated with the identified at least one of the intermediate path resources and the final destination resource and restricting transmission of the first protocol packet as a function of the identified access control information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

38.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING MOTOR ROTATION STATUS

      
Application Number US2005046171
Publication Number 2006/069069
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-12-20
Publication Date 2006-06-29
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Delange, Robert, J.

Abstract

A motor drive unit includes a voltage inverter, a controller, and reconnect logic. The voltage inverter provides motor drive signals to an associated motor. The controller is operable to generate demand signals for at least two control axes for controlling the voltage inverter. The reconnect logic is operable to direct the controller to inject a current into a first control axis. The reconnect logic is further operable to monitor a voltage of a second control axis to detect zero crossings and determine a speed of the associated motor based on the detected zero crossings.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02P 21/00 - Arrangements or methods for the control of electric machines by vector control, e.g. by control of field orientation

39.

LOW PROTOCOL, HIGH SPEED SERIAL TRANSFER FOR INTRA-BOARD OR INTER-BOARD DATA COMMUNICATION

      
Application Number US2005045076
Publication Number 2006/065817
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-12-13
Publication Date 2006-06-22
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Campbell, Alan, J.

Abstract

A method and a circuit for converting parallel CPU information buses within circuit boards to serial data buses, while limiting overhead data to provide a low-level protocol and high rates of data transfer over distances up to forty inches. Larger scale parallel data buses are converted to serial data by subdividing the buses or buses into a plurality of serial data channels. The invention utilizes high speed serial data circuitry along with custom logic circuits for converting the information on the parallel buses to serial data on the sending end and for re-converting the information to the original parallel data form on the receiving end. The invention can be applied to bi-directional transfer of information and to the connection of a controller circuit board to a plurality of peripheral boards.

IPC Classes  ?

40.

IMAGE SENSOR ANNOTATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number US2005038037
Publication Number 2006/052425
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-21
Publication Date 2006-05-18
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Good, John, M.

Abstract

Systems and methodologies that facilitate representation/detection of failed parts by employing an indicator component that annotates and points out a failed portion of a unit on its image taken by an image sensor. The indicator component can include: a boundary definition system, a dilation system and a mixture based analysis system. The annotated digital images can be saved in a memory of the image sensor or an external memory, for a display and presentation of a visual cue to an operator.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television [CCTV] systems, i.e. systems in which the video signal is not broadcast

41.

ATTRIBUTE THRESHOLD EVALUATION SCHEME

      
Application Number US2005038127
Publication Number 2006/052429
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-21
Publication Date 2006-05-18
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Good, John M.

Abstract

A system and methodology to evaluate an image of an object (104) based upon multiple attribute threshold values is provided (106). In accordance with the invention, if an attribute reading from a sensor (102) is between pre-defined threshold values (108, 110), the sensor reading can be deemed acceptable. High and low thresholds can be provided to allow a user to set an acceptable range. These high and low thresholds can be applied to inspection tools (e.g., brightness sensors). For clarification, the high and low thresholds can be applied to an measurable attribute.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 5/40 - Image enhancement or restoration by the use of histogram techniques

42.

IMAGE RETENTION USER INTERFACE

      
Application Number US2005038332
Publication Number 2006/052435
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-21
Publication Date 2006-05-18
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Good, John M.

Abstract

The present invention provides a system and/or method that facilitates inspecting and/or measuring within manufacturing lines by employing an image retention user interface that displays a failed image from a low end vision system. The image retention user interface can display at least one thumbnail associated to a failed image wherein the failed image can be annotated indicating a failure. Furthermore, the image retention user interface can provide adjustments to equipment related to a low end vision system and/or manufacturing lines. The image retention user interface also utilize editing techniques to edit failed images. Additionally, the image retention user interface transmits the failed images to a remote system and/or location.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • G06F 9/00 - Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units

43.

CAMERA SENSOR JOB SELECTION METHOD

      
Application Number US2005038066
Publication Number 2006/052426
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-21
Publication Date 2006-05-18
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Good, John, M.

Abstract

Systems and methods are disclosed that facilitate permitting a user to select one of a plurality of job setups stored in a camera sensor. The plurality of job setups can be pre-programmed into the sensor utilizing conventional methods. During sensor operation, a user can select a particular application, and a simple signal can be generated for transmission over existing input/output lines to the camera sensor, upon receipt of which the camera sensor can initiate the particular job setup associated with the signal. Job setup signals can be formatted in binary utilizing HIGH and LOW voltages or can be transmitted as a simple Morse Code message and/or integer value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/225 - Television cameras
  • H04N 5/232 - Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control
  • G03B 17/00 - APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR - Details of cameras or camera bodies; Accessories therefor

44.

HMI RECONFIGURATION METHOD AND SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2005040293
Publication Number 2006/050529
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-11-03
Publication Date 2006-05-11
Owner ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Mann, Krista, K.
  • Mann, Joseph, F.

Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention relate to a system and method of reconfiguring a human-machine interface. In accordance with embodiments of the present techniques, a plurality of control objects may be accessed from a human-machine interface via a configuration station. The control objects may include properties for accessing inputs via an industrial control and monitoring network, performing a function based on the inputs, and outputting a signal to a remote device via the industrial control and monitoring network. Additionally, a display page may be configured on the configuration station using Web page creation software, including links to the control objects, to create a display file in accordance with the present techniques. Further, the display file may be downloaded to the human-machine interface for display of the display page and execution of the links to the control objects.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)