Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John J. Horn
  • Patent number: 6278368
    Abstract: Multiple bits of information may be conveyed by passive target material incorporating filaments of magnetizable material having different magnetization functions and, in particular, different coercivities. Detection of the presence or absence of the individual filaments may be done remotely by measuring induced flux B as a function of an externally imposed magnetic field waveform and subjecting the measured induced flux signal to differentiation or Fourier transform techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ira B. Goldberg, Ted M. McKinney, Charles S. Hollingsworth, Jonathan R. Engdahl, Elik I. Fooks
  • Patent number: 6252529
    Abstract: A circuit is provided for rectifying and amplifying an AC input waveform to optimize the dynamic range of downstream circuitry, such as an analog-to-digital converter. The circuitry includes an inverting amplifier and a non-inverting amplifier. The inverting amplifier includes a selectable resistance network in a feedback loop that permits the gain to be adjusted by appropriate selection of conductive states of solid state switches. The non-inverting amplifier includes a selectable resistance network on an input line. A control circuit, such as a microprocessor, monitors the output of the A/D converter and controls the conductive state of switches in the feedback and input networks to maintain the digital output within a desired portion of the dynamic range of the A/D converter. Several discrete gains may be provided and programmed in accordance with a predetermined selection scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Bolda, Steven T. Haensgen
  • Patent number: 6249443
    Abstract: The invention includes a transformer for converting three-phase AC power to nine-phase AC power. An autotransformer includes three coils, each coil including a plurality of serial windings that together form a polygon. Nine output nodes are provided between adjacent winding pairs, the windings sized and arranged such that adjacent output voltages are separated by 40 degree phase shift and such that output voltage magnitudes are essentially identical. Both step-up and unity gain input node sets are provided wherein, when three phase AC supply lines are linked to the step-up input set the output voltage is stepped up and when the three phase AC supply lines are linked to the unity gain input set the transformer gain is unity. An isolation transformer includes a secondary arranged like the autotransformer configuration described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dongsheng Zhou, Gary Leonard Skibinski, Nickolay N. Guskov
  • Patent number: 6247168
    Abstract: A tool for programming non-volatile memory is embedded in the form of an object in a programmable controller module, and can be used to transfer a firmware program to a plurality of different modules connected by a common network. The tool can be placed in any type of module, and can be used to transfer a firmware program to any type of module, regardless whether the two module types are the same or different types. The firmware program is received in a first module from a user interface by way of a communication link, which may be relatively slow. The object is embedded in the first module and has a plurality of services and attributes which are adapted for transferring the firmware program to a plurality of target modules. The first module and the plurality of target modules are connected by way of the common network, which is preferably a high speed network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alex D. Green
  • Patent number: 6237752
    Abstract: A misaligned conveyor belt detection assembly is provided to determine when a conveyor has become misaligned. Specifically, a conveyor belt is placed in contact with a contact apparatus that produces indications, such as heat and/or vibration that, when measured, are compared to corresponding threshold values to determine whether the conveyor belt has become misaligned. The assembly can then display a misalignment indication to a user stationed remotely from the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Reliance Electric Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yehia El-Ibiary
  • Patent number: 6236277
    Abstract: A local clock used for synchronizing events in an industrial control system may be synchronized with a master clock according to synchronization signals received at a first period. Updating of the local clock is performed on a more frequent basis than the receipt of the update signals. By using the update signals to derive an error value which is incrementally applied to the clock at a much higher rate, the maximum deviation is reduced. The system works with clocks having discrete frequency outputs by adjusting the update rate so as to effectively produce a continuously variable output frequency for the local clock over an interval equal to the update rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence W. Esker
  • Patent number: 6233131
    Abstract: An electromagnetic operator includes first and second coils wound coaxially An armature partially surrounds the coils for channeling flux during energization of the coils. The armature may be formed of a bent plate and secured to a ferromagnetic support. A control circuit applies energizing signals to the coils during operation. Both coils are energized during an initial phase of operation. One of the coils is subsequently released or de-energized automatically. A timing circuit removes current from the second coil after a variable time period. The time period may be a function of the configuration of the timing circuit, such as an RC time constant, and of the energizing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Kappel, Richard W. Waltz, Richard G. Smith, Donald F. Swietlik, Raymond H. Hannula, Christopher J. Wieloch, Jeffrey R. Annis
  • Patent number: 6232557
    Abstract: A cable and modular connector system are provided for a power and data transmission network. The cable includes a pair of power conductors and a pair of signal conductors disposed in an insulative cover. The conductors are positioned to minimize differential mode noise imposed on the signal conductors by external sources. The connectors include a base module which is coupled conductors in the cable by insulation displacement members. Once installed, the base module may remain resident on the cable. An interface module is fitted to the base module for connecting a node device to the cable conductors via the modular connector. The system facilitates installation while providing a high degree of immunity to noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Lounsbury, David D. Brandt, Dennis C. Mackey, Brian J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6229417
    Abstract: An operator assembly for an electromagnetic switching device includes a pair of insulative boards arranged in mutually facing relation. A first board carries first contacts, which may be arranged in pairs, while a second board carries second contacts designed to engage the first contacts upon closure. The first and second boards are pivotally secured to one another to rock between open and closed positions. A biasing member urges the board towards a normal position. The first board supports an electromagnet assembly and conductive traces for transmitting energizing current to the electromagnet coil. The second board supports an armature which is displaced under the influence of the electromagnet assembly during energization, thereby pivoting the boards with respect to one another against the force of the biasing member, and moving the first and second contacts into engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond H. Hannula
  • Patent number: 6229278
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for maintaining both a DC bus voltage and a motor current within limit values wherein, when a voltage limit condition occurs, a voltage error (i.e. DC bus voltage limit minus DC bus voltage) is used to increase an inverter output frequency until the voltage limit condition subsides, and, wherein during a current limit condition a current error signal (i.e. motor current limit minus motor current) is used to reduce inverter output frequency until the current limit condition subsides, a slew rate used to control the output frequency when neither a current nor a voltage limit condition exists, the slew rate decreased as a function of the voltage limit period durations and increases a function of the current limit period durations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis J. Garces, Timothy M. Rowan
  • Patent number: 6225825
    Abstract: A programmable analog I/O circuit for use in an industrial control system has a first mode of operation as an input circuit and a second mode of operation as an output circuit. In the first mode of operation, a device-side I/O terminal is adapted for receiving an analog input status signal from an analog input device. In the second mode of operation, the device-side I/O terminal is adapted for transmitting an analog output control signal to an analog output device. According to another aspect, a programmable I/O circuit that drives an output device in an industrial control system comprises a plurality of configurable gain stages and a plurality of programmable isolating links. The plurality of programmable isolating links are coupled to the plurality of configurable gain stages and are programmable to determine a series or parallel arrangement of the plurality of configurable gain stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Edward C. Hopsecger
  • Patent number: 6225812
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the amount of free water contained within a substance includes a waveguide having front and back sides disposed opposite each other. The waveguide defines a chamber for propagating a microwave signal therethrough. The waveguide has an end perpendicular to the front and back sides which forms a short within the chamber. The front and back sides each have an aperture for passing a substance therethrough. A microwave signal in the frequency range of 10-25 gigahertz is directed through the chamber wherein the generated microwave signal is reflected back from the short of the end. The generated and reflected signals form a ratio which is used by a microprocessor along with the measurement from an adjacent sensor that provides a dielectric constant measurement corresponding to the density of the substance in order to determine a weight of the substance compensated for free water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David L. Mays, Ira B. Goldberg, Charles S. Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: 6218749
    Abstract: An electromechanical device comprises a stator and a rotor which is capable of rotating relative to the stator. The rotor has a sensor embedded therein. In a preferred embodiment, the sensor is disposed within a plurality of laminations that are stacked one on top of another. For example, one of the plurality of laminations may be a sensor lamination, in which case the sensor is at least partially disposed within a cavity formed in the sensor lamination. Advantageously, the sensor may be used to directly measure rotor-associated operating conditions, such as rotor current (including the magnitude, frequency and phase of the rotor current), rotor fatigue, rotor temperature, rotor airgap, rotor flux and rotor torque. The sensor is especially well-suited for measuring current in the rotor of an induction motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Reliance Electric Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Nondahl, Perry A. Delvecchio
  • Patent number: 6218813
    Abstract: A cross current compensation system for controlling reactive currents in a generator is provided. A control system for receives voltage feedback from a first generator of a plurality of generators and cross current feedback from at least a second generator of the plurality of generators. The control system determines a phase angle based on the voltage feedback from the first generator and cross current feedback from the at least a second generator. The control system determines a compensation signal corresponding to the phase angle and cross current feedback. The control system modifying a generator excitation signal for the first generator based on the respective compensation signal and a bi-linear transformation technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald W. Davis
  • Patent number: 6215206
    Abstract: An actuator, with two independent degrees of freedom, rotates a stage about an axis and moves the stage along the axis, the range of motion defining a cylinder or cylindrical section. The stage is mounted on a hollow cylindrical plunger fitting in an annular well. A bearing allows the plunger to move axially and rotationally, in the preferred embodiment the bearing is an air bearing. The plunger has an array of permanent magnets on its external cylindrical face opposite coils in the well. Equal numbers of oppositely-polarized permanent magnets are arranged in a regular cylindrical pattern at 50% packing density forming rings and columns of like-polarity magnets, the rings of one polarity alternating with rings of opposite polarity and the columns of one polarity alternating with columns of opposite polarity. A set of Z-axis coils (for axial movement) curve around the plunger and are shaped to allow a current in them to produce an axial force with respect to the rings of magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Anorad Corporation
    Inventor: Anwar Chitayat
  • Patent number: 6215204
    Abstract: A modular emergency stop device including a switch unit and a control unit. The switch unit includes a switch which converts from a normal state to an emergency state when an emergency stop is necessary and a housing for the switch. The control unit includes a controller which controls a power source for a machine and a housing for the controller. The switch unit's housing and the control unit's housing are adapted to be selectively coupled together and uncoupled from each other. The switch is operably coupled to the controller when the housings are coupled together whereby the controller may appropriately control the machine's power source when the switch is converted to the emergency state. To replace the switch, the switch's housing is uncoupled from the controller's housing to remove the switch unit and a new switch unit is coupled to the controller's housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul C. Brown, Kevin M. Zomchek, Homer S. Sambar
  • Patent number: 6213148
    Abstract: A valve lock for locking a valve spindle in a selected position corresponding to the valve being for example fully open or fully closed. The lock has a housing which is mounted on the valve body and a hub which engages and rotates with the valve spindle relative to the housing. A latch is provided between the housing and the hub, the latch being actuatable by a key to assume a latched condition in which rotation of the hub relative to the housing is permitted in one direction but prevented in the other direction. A spindle position indicator is coupled by a transmission to the hub so as to be displaced as a result of rotation of the spindle, thereby to indicate the spindle position relative to the valve body. The spindle position indicator prevents actuation of the latch by the key except when the spindle is in the selected position as represented by the spindle position indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: EJA Limited
    Inventors: Martin James Wadsworth, Stephen Leslie Foster
  • Patent number: 6208537
    Abstract: An apparatus to be used with a PWM VSI which is linked by voltage supply cables to either a passive or a dynamic load, the VSI providing voltages on the cables which have at least one primary harmonic component, the apparatus linked to the output terminals of the VSI and including a line inductor between each output terminal and the load and, for each cable, at least one resonant filter branch including an inductor and a capacitor linked to each of the supply lines and to a common node wherein the line inductors are chosen so as to limit filter current and the branch elements are chosen such that a resonant frequency thereof is essentially equal to the frequency of the primary harmonic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gary L. Skibinski, Brian R. Buchholz
  • Patent number: 6208495
    Abstract: A multiphase circuit interrupter includes a plurality of power phase sections for establishing and interrupting electrical power carrying paths for a plurality of phases Each power phase section includes first and second conductive regions which contact one another to complete the current carrying path for the phase. The second conductive region is movable to an interrupted position to interrupt the path. An interphase current carrying path is established between the power phase sections to conduct electrical energy between the sections following a trip event in any one of the sections. The interphase current carrying path may be established by a conductive element extending between the power phase sections. Channels may be formed in the interrupter housing between the power phase sections to communicate conductive plasma generated during separation of the contact regions from one another between the power phase sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wieloch, David J. Benard, Gernot Hildebrandt, Paul T. Nolden
  • Patent number: D446141
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Rockwell Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed Shafiyan-Rad, Daniel M. Corbosiero, Jr., Mark Stephen Schladenhauffen