Patents Assigned to Fisher Rosemount Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10409253
    Abstract: A modular control system includes a modular controller that implements control logic of the modular control system, where the controller is built natively on a platform of a distributed control system, equipment configured to perform a physical function in a process plant according to the control logic, and a configuration database storing configuration parameters of the modular control system. In a first mode of operation, the modular control system operates as a standalone module, and in a second mode of operation, the modular control system operates natively as one or several nodes of a distributed control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Julian K. Naidoo, Michael G. Ott, Aaron C. Jones, Deborah R. Colclazier, Karen Johnson, Robert G. Halgren, III
  • Patent number: 10410145
    Abstract: A maintenance system for a process plant collects and uses historical data about maintenance orders. The data identifies the maintenance items for completing an order, such as the labor, materials, and maintenance tasks required. The data is historical data developed from actual completed maintenance orders. The system uses archived historical data and estimates various maintenance information, such as estimated cost for completing the maintenance order, and estimated start and completion times. The estimated data may be based on averaged data as a result. This estimated data along with the other maintenance order information may be sent to a scheduler for identifying a priority to the maintenance order and scheduling it accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Dillon, Scott N. Hokeness
  • Patent number: 10401836
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to setup single-use equipment/processes. An example disclosed herein includes configuring a control interface via an object-oriented programming interface, the object-oriented programming interface including an object class representative of a single-use component in the single-use process. The example method also includes activating a single-use object in the control interface by detecting all ports associated with the single-use component are connected, and verifying the single-use component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Zuwei Jin, Stephen George Murray
  • Patent number: 10394973
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for using analytical/statistical modeling to perform continued process verification (CPV) are described. Example methods include determining distribution characteristics for a plurality of parameters based on a first historical batch dataset measured while manufacturing a first batch at a first time, and generating a model batch based on the distribution characteristics of the plurality of parameters. Example methods also include generating a first set of simulated batch datasets corresponding to a first set of simulated batches by, for each one of the first set of simulated batches: generating values for the plurality of parameters based on the model batch, and determining a quality prediction based on the generated values. The example methods also include generating a model based on the first set of simulated batch datasets and the first historical batch dataset. The model is to be implemented to monitor a subsequent manufacture of a second batch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Zuwei Jin
  • Patent number: 10386824
    Abstract: During commissioning activities of a process plant, a device placeholder object that stores an I/O-abstracted configuration of a particular field device within the plant is created and stored in a device in the back-end environment of the plant and a further configuration file is stored in or for the particular field device in the field equipment environment of the plant. The device placeholder object, which will eventually be associated with the particular field device, and the field device configuration file are used to perform separate commissioning activities in each of these plant environments before the field devices are configured to communicate with a process controller via a particular I/O network within the plant. Thereafter, a binding application performs a discovery process to detect the I/O communication path through which each field device is connected to the back-end environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry O. Jundt, Gary K. Law, Cristopher Ian S. Uy, Deborah R. Colclazier, Sergio Diaz, Julian K. Naidoo, Neil J. Peterson, Kent A. Burr, Daniel R. Strinden
  • Patent number: 10386827
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and analyzing data in a distributed process control system is provided. The system includes a user interface having a set of user controls for selecting and configuring data blocks to create a data diagram representing a data model. The data blocks are associated with data operations, such as data analytics functions, and may be configured by the user for particular instances of general blocks. The data blocks are interconnected by wires conveying outputs or inputs of the blocks, which may also connect data sources to the data blocks. The data sources may include on-line data (i.e., data streams) or off-line data (i.e., stored data) from the process control system. Additional user controls may be used to evaluate the data diagram or convert the data diagram from an off-line to an on-line version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alper Turhan Enver, Mark John Nixon, Noel Howard Bell, Joshua Brian Kidd, Paul R. Muston
  • Patent number: 10386825
    Abstract: An I/O-abstracted configuration is defined for a field device that has not yet been assigned or allocated to communicate via a particular I/O device, and the field device (and optionally portions of the process control loop of which the field device is a part) is commissioned based on contents of its I/O-abstracted configuration. The field device's I/O-abstracted configuration is stored in an instance of a device placeholder object, which may be common to multiple types of devices and multiple types of I/O. A property of the device placeholder object may be exposed based on the value entered for another property, and the device placeholder object may store abstracted values as well as explicit or discrete values that are descriptive of the field device and its behavior. Upon I/O-assignment or allocation, values held in the device's I/O-abstracted configuration may be transferred to or otherwise synchronized with the device's as-built configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry O. Jundt, Cristopher Ian S. Uy, Deborah R. Colclazier, Sergio Diaz, Gary K. Law, Julian K. Naidoo, Daniel R. Strinden, Kent A. Burr, Neil J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10382312
    Abstract: A handheld maintenance tool operates to detect the existence of a fault in a communication line or bus, including detecting short circuit or other low impedance faults, open circuit or other high impedance faults, etc. Additionally, the handheld maintenance tool may operate to detect an approximate location of a fault within the communication line with respect to the handheld device, to thereby enable an operator or maintenance person to more easily find and repair a detected fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Mehul Rajeshbhai Dalal
  • Patent number: 10379527
    Abstract: Techniques for automatically testing an entire process control loop, such as after components and portions of the loop have been commissioned separately, or after run-time operation begins, enable the process control loop to be tested without an operator in a back-end environment of a process plant coordinating with an operator in a field environment of the process plant to supply inputs and/or generate various conditions at the loop. Instead, a single operator performs a single operation to initiate an automatic loop test, or in some implementations, no user input is needed to initiate and/or perform the automatic loop test. Automatic loop testing includes automatically causing a field device to operate in a plurality of test states and determining whether resultant loop behaviors are expected behaviors. Multiple loops may be tested concurrently or distinct in time. An automatic loop test result is generated and may be presented via a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry O. Jundt, Sergio Diaz, Julian K. Naidoo, Daniel R. Strinden, Cristopher Ian S. Uy, Gary K. Law, Neil J. Peterson, Kent A. Burr, Deborah R. Colclazier
  • Patent number: 10374873
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Joseph D. Fisher, James R. Logerquist, Alan R. Dewey, Stephen Armstrong, Laura Briggs, Ronald Hempel
  • Patent number: 10375162
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, James R. Logerquist, Joseph D. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10365641
    Abstract: Techniques for synchronizing configuration changes in a process plant allow for intelligent and efficient updates to objects and related dependent objects. Additionally, techniques for synchronizing minor configuration changes in a process plant enable real-time updates to objects during run-time. Such techniques reduce the amount of downtime for online operation of the process plant and reduce the amount of information transmitted over the process control network. Each object may correspond to a process entity and dependent objects may be referenced by or may reference the object. In some cases, when an engineer modifies an object, dependent objects with respect to the modified object that have pending modifications are identified and displayed to the engineer. The engineer then selects the dependent objects to sync with the modified object and the dependent objects and modified object are synced and executed by a corresponding device in the run-time system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Julian K Naidoo, Cristopher Ian Sarmiento Uy, Daniel R. Strinden, Prashant Joshi
  • Patent number: 10359911
    Abstract: A method and system configures a Device Description Language (DDL) interface on a DDL-based host system in a process plant. Using a device description identification, the system and method updates the host system with the device description for a selected process control device. The device description includes menus for the selected process control device. The method and system expose the DDL menu constructs from the device description to the host system, such that the host system is able to present the DDL constructs as user-selectable elements in a configuration interface, where DDL constructs may be added, deleted and/or modified to create a DDL interface independent of the menu for the process control device as provided in the device description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Christian James Kulus, Walter Hendrik Sigtermans, Thanh Ngan Truong, Katie Grams Frost
  • Patent number: 10338549
    Abstract: A system communicates process data to a remote computing device. The system includes a processor, a communication unit, and a memory storing instructions for modules. The modules include a scanner interfacing with the communication unit to enable communication with a server via a first network. The scanner enables communication by receiving data from the server, identifying polling requests in the data received, and transmitting request lists to the server in response to the polling requests. The modules also include a data stream processor determining a set of process data values in the data received, the set of process data values corresponding to view list data to be communicated to the remote computing device. Another module is an application program interface (API) interfacing with the communication units to enable communication with the remote computing device a second network by transmitting the set of process data values to the remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, David R. Denison, Hoa Van Lai, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel R. Strinden, Mariana Dionisio, Kim Ordean Van Camp, Matt William Poplawski
  • Patent number: 10334458
    Abstract: A method of sequencing a logical transfer of wireless nodes between wireless mesh networks includes iteratively evaluating each wireless node in a first set of wireless nodes to be transferred. Each evaluation includes a predictive analysis of a source wireless mesh network which tests communications between the gateway of the source wireless mesh network and each of the remaining wireless nodes, and a predictive analysis of the wireless node under evaluation in a destination wireless mesh network which tests communications between the gateway of the destination wireless mesh network and the wireless node under evaluation. The wireless node under evaluation is appended to a second set of wireless nodes to be transferred in response to the first predictive analysis of the source mesh network, and the predictive analysis of the wireless node under evaluation. The wireless nodes are structured in the second set in order of priority of transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Wynn Gervacio Diancin
  • Patent number: 10324423
    Abstract: A computer-readable storage medium for controlling a process plant includes instructions operable to determine the location of a device in the process plant and to display data related to proximate devices. The instructions cause a processor to transmit to a server a first request for first data from a data storage area and to receive from the server, in response to the first request, first data from the storage area. The instructions cause the processor to cause the display to display the first data received from the server and to receive an indication that the mobile user interface device is in proximity to an external device. The instructions cause the processor to transmit to the server a second request for second data according to the received indication and to receive second data from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10324434
    Abstract: Techniques for commissioning a process control device in a process plant include obtaining, at a portable computing device, commissioning data for commissioning the respective process control device for operation, such as a device tag. The portable computing device then transfers the commissioning data to a component in the same process control loop as the process control device via a wireless communication link. For example, the component includes a radio-frequency identification (RFID) or near field communication (NFC) unit for receiving RFID/NFC signals. When the portable computing device is within RFID/NFC communication range of the component, the commissioning data is transferred via an RFID/NFC signal to the component. The commissioning data is received while the component is in an unpowered state, where the RFID/NFC signal energizes the RFID/NFC unit at the component for receiving the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry O. Jundt, Gary K. Law
  • Patent number: 10311009
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for communicating data between a controller and a multiplicity of field devices operating in a process plant are provided. The system includes distributed marshaling modules coupled by a head-end unit to I/O cards in communication with the controller. The distributed marshaling modules communicate with the field devices via respective electronic marshaling components converting signals between the field devices and the I/O cards. The distributed marshaling modules are coupled to the head-end unit by a ring communication architecture, such that the distributed marshaling modules may each be located relatively proximate to the field devices to which they are coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Godfrey R. Sherriff, Gary K. Law
  • Patent number: 10310456
    Abstract: A method of controlling and managing a process control system having a plurality of control loops includes implementing a plurality of control routines to control operation of the plurality of control loops, respectively, wherein the control routines may include at least one non-adaptive control routine. The method then collects operating condition data in connection with the operation of each control loop, and identifies a respective process model for each control loop from the respective operating condition data collected for each control loop. The identification of the respective process models may be automatic as a result of a detected process change or may be on-demand as a result of an injected parameter change. The process models are then analyzed to measure or determine the operation of the process control loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John M. Caldwell, Terrence L. Blevins, Peter Wojsznis, Wilhelm K. Wojsznis
  • Patent number: D856831
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan R. Dewey, Todd M. Toepke, Tom Johnson