Patents Assigned to Fisher Rosemount Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10809690
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a configuration of a process control system for a process plant, the process control system implemented as a set of function blocks, includes, for each of the set of function blocks, determining a configuration of the function block based on: (i) a set of outputs of the function block, (ii) logic of the function block, and (iii) a set of inputs of the function block. The system and method further includes generating, based on the set of configurations of the set of function blocks, a test cause and effect matrix (CEM) having a set of test causes and a set of test effects. The system and method further includes accessing a requirement-defining CEM having a set of causes and a set of effects. The system and method may also include comparing the test CEM to the requirement-defining CEM to determine whether a set of discrepancies exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Godfrey R. Sherriff
  • Patent number: 10809702
    Abstract: A tangible, non-transitory computer readable medium stores machine readable instructions optimized for a microprocessor on a mobile computing device. When executed by the microprocessor, the instructions cause the microprocessor to display a graphical user interface (GUI). The instructions also cause the microprocessor to receive, via the GUI, a selection of one or more items to view. Each of the one or more items is related to a process control system. The instructions cause the microprocessor to transmit to a mobile server, via either the Internet or a mobile telephony data connection, the selection of the one or more items. Thereafter, the instructions cause the microprocessor to receive from the mobile server, via either the Internet or the mobile telephony data connection, a plurality of real-time values corresponding to the selected one or more items, and to display the plurality of real-time values on the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    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: 10809689
    Abstract: A system and method for managing function blocks within a process control system for a process plant includes accessing an initial cause and effect matrix (CEM) having a set of causes and a set of effects. The system and method may then define a set of related groups within the initial CEM including: (i) accessing a set of rules associated with the set of related groups, (ii) identifying a portion of the set of causes that are related to a portion of the set of effects according to the set of rules and based on at least a portion of the corresponding cause-effect pairs, and (iii) rearranging the portion of the set of causes and the portion of the set of effects such that the portion of the corresponding cause-effect pairs are rearranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Sergio Diaz, Godfrey R. Sherriff
  • Patent number: 10810289
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods of the present disclosure may provide access security in a process control system. For example, current biometric data representative of a user may be acquired and compared to stored biometric data representative of previously identified users. Access to the process control system may be authorized when the current biometric data matches stored biometric data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron C. Jones, Andrew E. Cutchin
  • Patent number: 10802456
    Abstract: A system and method for defining a cause and effect matrix (CEM) within a process control system for a process plant, including accessing a cause and effect matrix (CEM) having a set of causes and a set of effects, wherein each of the set of causes represents a condition within the process plant and each of the set of effects represents an effect to be performed within the process plant. The system and method further includes, for each of the set of effects: (i) identifying a subset of the set of causes according to a corresponding set of the cause-effect pairs corresponding to the effect of the set of effects, (ii) defining the subset of the set of causes as a single-dimension matrix, and (iii) automatically calculating a numerical representation for the single-dimension matrix. The system and method further includes configuring a set of function blocks for the process control system according to the set of numerical representations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Godfrey R. Sherriff
  • Patent number: 10803636
    Abstract: A process control monitoring system for a process control plant uses graphic trend symbols to assist in detecting and monitoring trends of process variables within the process control plant. A graphic display application within the process control monitoring system may implement and display each graphic trend symbol to graphically indicate or encapsulate current trend and value information of a process variable within the process control plant. The graphic display application may display the graphic trend symbol in a spatially realistic location within a graphical representation of the process control plant while maintaining the hierarchical structure or each hierarchical level of the process plant. The graphic display application may also include a navigation pane and a zoom feature that enable a user to quickly drill down through tend data to obtain more information and to support problem identification and diagnosis tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Noel Bell, Harvey S. Smallman, Cory A. Rieth
  • Patent number: 10796487
    Abstract: In a method of mapping a real-world process control environment, a mobile device is registered at a reference location, and 3D positions and orientations of the mobile device are tracked using an inertial measurement unit. A user input indicating that a new node is to be added to a 3D map of the process control environment is detected, and a 3D position of a real-world object relative to the reference location is determined, or caused to be determined, based on a tracked 3D position and orientation of the mobile device. A node database is caused to add the new node to the 3D map of the process control environment, at least by causing the 3D position of the real-world object to be stored in association with the new node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: James Aaron Crews, Trevor Duncan Schleiss, Benjamin Michael Bishop
  • Patent number: 10788972
    Abstract: Techniques for presenting historized process parameter values in a process plant include presenting, via a user interface of an operator application, indications of process control elements in a first display region within a layout of a display view. Each of the process control elements is associated with one or more process parameters. The operator application also presents a trend display view in a second display region within the layout of the display view. The trend display view includes sets of historized process parameter values for process parameters presented in the first display region. For example, the trend display view in the second display region is linked to the display view in the first display region. In this manner, the trend display view presents charts or other graphical depictions of historized process parameter values for process parameters included in the first display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Julian K. Naidoo, Daniel R. Strinden, Cindy A. Scott, Mark J. Nixon, Camilo Fadul, Robert B. Havekost
  • Patent number: 10768613
    Abstract: Systems and methods for streaming non-process event data to computing devices include identifying non-process event data values based on non-process events. A non-process event may refer to an event associated with the process plant but not caused or generated within the process plant. The systems and methods further include generating one or more alarms or alerts corresponding to the non-process event data values. The systems and methods further include displaying the one or more alarms or alerts or the corresponding non-process event data values at an operator device in accordance with a display object governing a manner in which the one or more alarms or alerts or the corresponding non-process event data values are to be displayed on an operator interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Shawn M. Rutherford
  • Patent number: 10768598
    Abstract: A graphical display configuration system of a process control system provides features within the configuration environment so that the runtime appearance and/or runtime behavior of graphical elements and/or graphical display views (or portions thereof) are able to be validated and/or verified in-line with their configuration workflows wholly within the configuration environment, without having to publish, compile, and/or download draft graphical configurations into the operating environment of a process plant supported by the process control system, and/or without requiring specialized scripts to be implemented within the operating environment of the process plant. The validation may be based on data provided from one or more sources external to the draft display view configuration, e.g., from the configuration and/or the operating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Strinden, Julian K. Naidoo, Robert B. Havekost, Stephen G. Hammack, Matthew Joseph Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10764083
    Abstract: A portable field maintenance tool may perform one or more tasks, such as communicating with a field device, powering a field device, diagnosing a field device, or diagnosing a communication link in a plant environment to which a field device is connected. The portable field maintenance tool may interact with field devices configured according to a number of different communication protocols, such as the HART protocol and the Fieldbus protocol. The portable field maintenance tool may be energy limited and fault tolerant, and may operate in compliance with Intrinsic Safety standards, enabling use of the portable field maintenance tool in hazardous areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Benson, Mehul Rajeshbhai Dalal, Anthony Ferguson, Todd M. Toepke
  • Patent number: 10754329
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for automatically distributing device identification amongst components of a process control loop in a process plant while the loop is communicatively disconnected from the plant's back-end environment or control room. A field device's identification is stored in a memory of a component of the loop (which may be the field device or a proxy) and is used for commissioning the field device. While the loop remains disconnected, the field device's identification is distributed to the memory of another component of the loop and used for commissioning a portion of the loop including the field device and the another component. Additional distribution to other components for commissioning other loop portions is possible. Distribution may be triggered by the completion of certain commissioning activities, the establishment of communicative connections between components, and/or other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    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, Prashant Joshi
  • Patent number: 10725464
    Abstract: Techniques for managing alerts associated with devices of a process control system in a process plant are described. According to certain aspects, a set of devices may generate and communicate a set of alerts to an asset management system, which can examine the set of alerts and determine whether a rule(s) is applicable. In embodiments, the rule may specify how the set of alerts should be stored as well as an action(s) to initiate in response to storing the set of alerts. The asset management system may further automatically generate new rules to be applied to alerts of the devices, to further refine the management of the alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Nels Hokeness
  • Patent number: 10725442
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to communicatively couple on/off valves to controllers in a process control system are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first interface to receive a command signal from a termination module to be communicatively coupled to a controller in a process control system. The command signal is directed to an on/off valve in the process control system. The first interface transmits a feedback signal to the termination module in response to the command signal. The example apparatus also includes a second interface to receive position information from proximity sensors in a switch box monitoring a state of the on/off valve. The feedback signal is based on the position information. The example apparatus further includes a communication processor to be communicatively coupled to the first and the second interfaces to process the command signal and the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Klaus Erni
  • Patent number: 10719312
    Abstract: Techniques for assessing and managing versions of a configuration file associated with a modular control system of a process plant are described. According to certain aspects, systems and methods device may access data associated with multiple versions of a configuration file, including a computing device version and a control version, as well as a last backup instance of the configuration file. The systems and methods may compare the versions and determine any discrepancies between the versions, including which of the versions is the most recent. The systems and methods may present information associated with the comparison to enable a user to select which of the versions may be need to be updated, resolved, or provided to the controller so that the modular control system may be properly configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron C. Jones, Michael G. Ott, Julian K. Naidoo, Deborah R. Colclazier, Karen Johnson
  • Patent number: 10698375
    Abstract: Example apparatus to communicatively couple three-wire field devices to controllers in a process control system are disclosed. An example terminal block is disclosed that includes a first interface including termination points to couple with a field device, a second interface to couple with a shared bus of a termination panel, wherein the shared bus is to remain coupled to a controller when the terminal block is removed, a third interface to couple with a power bus of the termination panel, and a fuse disposed between the first interface and the third interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Klaus Erni
  • Patent number: 10691281
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating a process plant include multiple user interface devices operable to determine the location of the device in the process plant and to display data related to proximate devices. A processor in a mobile user interface device transmits a first request for data and receives the requested data in response to the request. The processor causes a display to display the received data. The processor receives an indication that the mobile user interface device is in proximity to an external device the processors transmits a second request for data according to the received indication. The processor then receives data in response to the second request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10691311
    Abstract: Flexible graphic element objects in a process plant are configurable both in a run-time operating environment in which a process is being controlled and in a configuration environment. An instantiated flexible graphic element object may be a display view or may be another graphic element included on a display view. A graphic element object may be linked to and/or derived from another graphic element object, and changes to a particular graphic element object may be propagated to its derivations, e.g., according to a distribution policy. Changes to definitions corresponding to a particular graphic element object (e.g., to the definition of a graphic element attribute such as a shape, animation, event handler or property) may be overridden or modified in another object derived from the particular graphic element object. The modified derived object may be renamed and saved separately from the particular graphic element object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen G. Hammack, Stephen C. Gilbert, Matthew J. Sullivan, Larry O. Jundt
  • Patent number: 10680433
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture are disclosed for surge protection of a distributed control system component. An example apparatus includes an I/O module to be electrically coupled to a field device via a terminal block, the terminal block including a surge protector to reduce an input voltage to an operating voltage when the input voltage satisfies a first threshold, and a communication interface to generate a status message when the input voltage satisfies the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brett Geoffrey Wilson, Michael Hayes Truitt
  • Patent number: 10678225
    Abstract: A data analytics service for performing data analytics functions within a distributed process control environment is provided. The service may provide a user interface for creating a first diagram, representing a data model. The first diagram may be configured, compiled, and evaluated using off-line (i.e., historical) data from a distributed process control system, which may include data stored in distributed data engines (DDEs). Following evaluation, the first diagram may be automatically converted into a second diagram that is bound to on-line (i.e., real-time) data sources within the process control environment, which may then be compiled and executed to generate performance or predictive analytics data for the process. The diagrams may comprise a plurality of configurable function blocks or modules, connected logically via wires conveying outputs or inputs of the blocks or modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Brian Kidd, Mark John Nixon, Alper Turhan Enver, Noel Howard Bell, Paul R. Muston