Patents Assigned to Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10440620
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for bidirectional network geography delivery are disclosed. The methods include receiving a reference subnet network geography from a main network device, storing the received reference subnet network geography, retrieving an actual subnet network geography of a subnet network, comparing the reference subnet network geography to the actual subnet network geography and determining if they are compatible, and commissioning the subnet network based on the received reference subnet network geography when the received reference subnet network geography is compatible with the actual subnet network geography of the subnet network. The methods also include retrieving an actual subnet network geography of a subnet and sending it a main network device, causing it to become a new reference subnet network geography and sending the new reference subnet network geography to a main network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John P Caspers, Patrick D Telljohann
  • Patent number: 10436953
    Abstract: An arched, cylindrical Fresnel lens is designed to collimate an optical beam in one plane while allowing the beam to propagate in the orthogonal plane with minimal reflection and efficient transmission. The lens comprises a thin lens body that arches about a vertical axis to yield a hollow cylindrical shape. The lens can comprise refractive areas on one or both of its outward-facing surface or inward-facing surface, the refractive areas comprising a series of parallel angled grooves etched into the lens' substrate. The lens can also be realized by a gradient change of the refractive index in the bulk of the lens material, or can comprise diffractive gratings comprising parallel binary structures. The lens may also comprise a holographic imprint on one of its surface or its bulk, thereby attributing diffractive optical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Tilleman
  • Patent number: 10432117
    Abstract: An improved system and method for monitoring operation of movers in an independent cart system reduces the required communication bandwidth for monitoring operation of movers in a system where control is distributed among multiple controllers spaced along the track. As the mover is travelling along the track segment, each distributed controller monitors at least one operating characteristic of the mover. As a mover travels along the track, each distributed controller transmits the operating characteristic to a successive distributed controller, such the monitored operating characteristic is transmitted along the track as the mover travels along the track. At a reduced rate or upon request from a central controller, each distributed controller may transmit the status of a mover present on the corresponding track segment controlled by that distributed controller to the central controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhong Huang, Oliver C. Haya, Neil R. Bentley, Robert H. Schmidt, Eric J. Wildi
  • Patent number: 10422821
    Abstract: A system to verify the identity of modules within a stack light is disclosed. A sensor is mounted to a circuit board inserted within a housing of the module, and a target is mounted to or integrally formed in the housing. The sensor detects and generates a signal corresponding to the detected target. Different targets or locations for the target are provided for each housing. The module, a base for the stack light, or a remote controller in communication with the stack light identifies the housing in which the circuit board is mounted based on the feedback signal generated by detecting the target. At power-up, a routine may initiate a verification routine by which each module in the stack light determines the type of housing in which the circuit board for that module is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Will J. Preischel, John P. Caspers, Patrick K. Duffy
  • Patent number: 10423407
    Abstract: A software workstation and method configured to employ appended metadata in an industrial automation software of an industrial automation environment are provided. The software workstation in one example includes an interface configured to interact with a user and communicate with an industrial automation system including the industrial automation software and a processing system coupled to the interface, with the processing system configured to obtain a metadata information, generate at least one metadata instance from the metadata information, associate the at least one metadata instance with one or more predetermined objects in the industrial automation software, and store the at least one metadata instance and the association as part of the industrial automation software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrie E. Sauvain
  • Patent number: 10423755
    Abstract: Motor control centers are designed and configured by a series of interface screens that are served to a configuration computer. The system configuration may be based on a default configuration, and customization is made based upon user selection or input of data via the interface screens. The particular screens presented and the type and detail of data presented may be adapted so that more or less is available based upon a security access model. The system may be fully integrated with various other systems, such as enterprise resource planning tools. The system may be online, such that the interface, data, offerings, options and so forth may be easily adapted and updated, and design and configuration may be made by different parties at different locations with a minimum of specialized configuration computer programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Dean Cleasby, Elizabeth Walmsley Schrock, Steven Louis Fischer, Ken Sriri Rangsy, Donald Dennis Skarda
  • Patent number: 10423141
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing an icon for display by a user interface from an automation device that the icon depicts. Specifically, present embodiments are directed to methods and systems capable of detecting, with processing circuitry of an automation device, a shell program on a workstation via an automation control network. Further, embodiments are capable of providing icon configuration data to the shell program from the automation device, wherein the configuration data controls characteristics of an icon representative of the automation device for display in a visualization of the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne R. Davis
  • Patent number: 10416660
    Abstract: A hybrid data collection and analysis infrastructure combines edge-level and cloud-level computing to perform high-level monitoring and control of industrial systems and processes. Edge devices located on-premise at one or more plant facilities can collect data from multiple industrial devices on the plant floor and perform local edge-level analytics on the collected data. In addition, the edge devices maintain a communication channel to a cloud platform executing cloud-level data collection and analytic services. As necessary, the edge devices can pass selected sets of data to the cloud platform, where the cloud-level analytic services perform higher level analytics on the industrial data. The hybrid architecture operates in a bi-directional manner, allowing the cloud-level and edge-level analytics to send control instructions to industrial devices based on results of the edge-level and cloud-level analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Francisco P. Maturana
  • Patent number: 10418308
    Abstract: A system includes a heat sink, a semiconductor device, a layer of thermal interface material (TIM) disposed between the heat sink and the semiconductor device, and a fastener system that couples the semiconductor device, the layer of TIM, and the heat sink together. The TIM may facilitate dissipation of heat generated by the semiconductor device via the heat sink during operation of the semiconductor device. The fastener system includes a first Belleville-type washer configured to cooperate with the TIM, which flows when heated beyond a threshold temperature, to maintain a substantially constant coupling force between the semiconductor device and the heat sink during operation of the semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Jerome Grosskreuz, Rui Zhou, Kelly James Bronk, Jeremiah John Kopiness
  • Patent number: 10410493
    Abstract: An alarm configuration system simplifies alarm management in industrial control systems by improving scalability and capacity of alarms. A control system device allows alarms to be configured by associating the alarm conditions with controller tags or other components of a control system. Properties of these alarm conditions can be referenced by external systems as well as programmatically as extensions of the associated controller tag or component. The alarm conditions are evaluated independently of the control program executed by the control device. A development system allows association of reusable user-defined alarm conditions with selected data types, such that the alarm conditions are automatically applied to controller tags of the selected data type. Selected alarm conditions can also be grouped into alarm sets, allowing operations to be performed collectively on the set of alarms. The system can also generate collective alarm statistics for the alarm conditions included in an alarm set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Martin Rischar, Daniel Cernohorsky, Petr Pitrinec, Stephen C. Briant, Douglas Brian Sumerauer, Ho Lan Sabrina Chen
  • Patent number: 10409242
    Abstract: An electronic operator interface based controller and device automatic downloads are provided. An electronic operator interface can determine if control logic or content used by an industrial controller has been updated, changed, or otherwise modified. If the content has been modified, then the electronic operator interface can automatically obtain the content and store a back-up copy in memory. Additionally or alternatively, the electronic operator interface can periodically update a backup copy of the content. Furthermore, the electronic operator interface can determine if the controller has lost its content, and restore the content from the most recent version saved in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Bliss, Brian R. Oulton
  • Patent number: 10410767
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention provide an improved cable having a reduced cross section while continuing to provide high voltage (noisy) power signals alongside low voltage (noise-susceptible) data signals. The improved cable can be used for power delivery and communications between a motor and a drive in an industrial control system. The reduced cross section advantageously improves handling. By providing separate groups between a group delivering the power signals and a group providing the data signals, thereby enforcing a physical separation, and by twisting together individual conductors of the group delivering the power signals with the group providing the data signals and the groups providing the separation, the reduced cross section can be achieved while continuing to minimize noise and interference onto the data signals due to the power signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy P. Sidlyarevich
  • Patent number: 10412041
    Abstract: A system is provided in which a position for each device (relative to other devices) in a topology, and a corresponding device ID for each device, may be predetermined. Then, the predetermined position and corresponding device ID for each device may be compared to actual devices in a topology having preprogrammed device ID's and pre-assigned IP addresses. If the comparison produces a match, the pre-assigned IP addresses in the actual devices may be utilized. However, if the comparison does not produce a match, the condition may be reported for further action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dayin Xu, Brian Batke, Yi Yu, David Brandt, Clifford J. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 10412042
    Abstract: IP addresses may be allocated to devices in an industrial control system by applying starting address information in combination with each device's relative position in a local network. The starting address information, which may include an IP subnet address, gateway address, subnet mask, subnet size, and/or local network group identifier, may be provided to a first positioned, or “initiator,” device in a local network. The initiator device may determine its IP address by applying the starting address information and knowledge of being the first positioned device. The initiator device may send the position information and at least a portion of the starting address information to a next device, which may determine its relative position based on the received position information, and which may apply its relative position with the portion of the starting address information to determine its IP address. This process may continue sequentially for each device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dayin Xu, Brian Batke, Yi Yu, David Brandt, Clifford J. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 10401839
    Abstract: An industrial workflow tracking and identification system captures optimal employee workflows for addressing maintenance issues or operating industrial systems, and renders these workflows at appropriate times in order to guide operators and maintenance personnel through optimal sequences for carrying out operations or addressing maintenance issues. The system monitors and indexes both plant-wide system data as well as employee behaviors, and identifies correlations between operational outcomes and user workflows. In this way, the system tracks and captures optimal employee workflows for addressing particular maintenance issues, performing certain procedures, or achieving preferred production outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon M. Billi-Duran, Christopher W. Como, Edward A. Gray, Kyle K. Reissner, Jonathan D. Walter, Mohit Singhai, Douglas J. Reichard, Scott N. Sandler, Ronald E. Bliss, Michael J. Pantaleano, Ryan Cahalane, Jessica L. Korpela, Bruce T. McCleave, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10393809
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a tangible, non-transitory, computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by a processor in a control circuitry. The instructions include instructions to receive an instruction to make a switching device; determine, using the control circuitry, a voltage waveform of a power source; determine, using the control circuitry, a desired time to make the switching device based at least in part on the source voltage waveform; determine, using the control circuitry, an expected make time of the switching device; and determine, using the control circuitry, when to apply a pull-in current to make the switching device at the desired time based at least in part on the expected make time and the desired time to make.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 10393908
    Abstract: A bobbin for holding inductive coils includes features that yield a smaller overall size and prevent irregular and asymmetric coil windings. The bobbin comprises a central hub and a single flange that extends from a middle circumference of the hub. The bobbin includes no end flanges at the ends of the central hub, reducing the height of the bobbin. The interface between the flange and the hub is a sharp corner with little or no radius, facilitating regular and symmetrical coil geometries. Coil assemblies can be attached to the respective two sides of the flange concentrically with the hub. Each coil assembly can be formed by winding a transmitter coil, then winding a receiver coil concentrically over the transmitter coil. Conductive pins that extend from the outer edge of the flange interface the coil lead wires to a printed circuit board of an inductive sensor or other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto S. Santos, Yongyao Cai, Boeun Uy
  • Patent number: 10394227
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a multi-purpose sensor may couple to a machine operating in an industrial environment and include numerous sensors disposed within the multi-purpose sensor to acquire sets of data associated with the machine or an environment surrounding the machine. A first portion of the sets of data may include historical sensor measurements over time for each of the sensors, and a second portion of the sets of data may include sensor measurements subsequent to when the first portion is acquired for each of the sensors. A processor of the multi-purpose sensor may determine a baseline collective signature based on the first portion, determine a subsequent collective signature based on the second portion, determine whether the collective signatures vary, and generate signals when a variance exists. The signals may cause a computing device, a cloud-based computing system, and/or a control/monitoring device to perform various actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimi R. Michalscheck, Kelly A. Michalscheck, Jessica L. Korpela, Kyle K. Reissner, David A. Vasko, Matthew W. Fordenwalt, John J. Jauquet, Matthew R. Ericsson, Andrew Wilber
  • Patent number: 10396689
    Abstract: A PCB motor controller comprises relays mounted on a PCB and interconnected to power traces in or on the PCB to receive incoming three-phase power and to output three-phase power to a motor. Control power traces in or on the PCB connect the relays to control circuitry, also mounted on the PCB. A power supply is mounted on the PCB and connected to the control circuitry to provide power for its operation and for switching of the relays. The relays are switched in accordance with a point-on-wave (POW) switching scheme, allowing for the use or relays and the PCB, which may not otherwise be suitable for motor control applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Jaap, Michael Lee Gasperi
  • Patent number: 10395857
    Abstract: A PCB motor controller comprises relays mounted on a PCB and interconnected to power traces in or on the PCB to receive incoming three-phase power and to output three-phase power to a motor. Control power traces in or on the PCB connect the relays to control circuitry, also mounted on the PCB. A power supply is mounted on the PCB and connected to the control circuitry to provide power for its operation and for switching of the relays. The relays are switched in accordance with a point-on-wave (POW) switching scheme, allowing for the use or relays and the PCB, which may not otherwise be suitable for motor control applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lee Gasperi, Andrew John Jaap