Patents Assigned to Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10847012
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software are disclosed herein for generating one or more personalized alarm notifications in an industrial environment. In an implementation, including a storage device and a processing system coupled together, with a mobile application stored on the storage device and having program instructions that, when executed by the processing system, direct the processing system render a configuration module through which to receive user input specifying notification criteria related to alarms in an industrial process environment, upload the notification criteria to an alarm service that receives the alarms from the industrial process environment, receive a notification from the alarm service associated with one or more of the alarms that satisfy the notification criteria, display the notification in a notification module, and in response to a user selection of the notification, download the one or more alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Anand, Kenneth S. Plache, Kyle K. Reissner, Michael J. Ohlsen, Kevin W. Peters
  • Patent number: 10845787
    Abstract: An industrial controller within an industrial automation environment is provided. The industrial controller includes a plurality of control devices, and an update controller which is configured to identify control devices that are on a linear topology, identify control devices on the linear topology that require a reset after updating, and identify a hierarchy of the control devices. The update controller is also configured to update control devices within a first level of the hierarchy, and reset the control devices within the first level of the hierarchy after all of the control devices within the first level of the hierarchy have completed updating. The update controller is further configured to concurrently update control devices within a second level of the hierarchy, and concurrently reset the control devices within the second level of the hierarchy after all of the control devices within the second level of the hierarchy have completed updating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Malaspina, James A. Bizily, Elvis Chunhui Zhu, Fiona Yuan Wei, Jeff Jingfeng Chen
  • Patent number: 10846492
    Abstract: For determining a tag based location, a display presents the image. A processor identifies a given equipment tag within the image at a user focus determined at the augmented reality display. The processor further determines a device location based on the given equipment tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thong T. Nguyen, Kevin E. Colloton, Alex L. Nicoll, Paul D. Schmirler
  • Patent number: 10848075
    Abstract: An active rectifier with a controller including a feedforward component, a modulator and a modulation index controller. The modulator generates switching control signals according to a reference to convert AC input power from the AC input to control the DC bus voltage at the DC output. The feedforward component computes the reference according to an estimated total inductance of the AC input, a grid voltage of the AC input, a modulation index reference, and a reactive power offset signal, and the modulation index controller computes the reactive power offset signal according to an error between the modulation index reference and a feedback modulation index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed S. Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, Ehsan Al-Nabi, Zhendong Zhang, Sang Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10840647
    Abstract: A shielded connector includes a body with a socket adapted to receive a cable termination plug. Connector contacts in the socket mate with contacts of the cable plug. Connector pins project from the body and are operably coupled to the connector contacts in the socket. An electrically conductive shield covers part of the body and includes (i) a first shield part; and (ii) a second shield part physically disconnected from the first shield part and electrically isolated from the first shield part such that an open space separates the first shield part from the second shield part. The first shield part includes a cable shield contact located adjacent the socket that electrically mates with the EMI shield termination contact of the plug. The first and second shield parts further include respective first and second shield connector pins to physically and electrically connect the shield with an associated printed circuit board for dissipation of electrical charges from the first and second shield parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Figie
  • Patent number: 10838386
    Abstract: An input/output (I/O) device for a distributed modular I/O system includes a base adapted to be connected to an associated support structure. A terminal block is connected to the base and includes a plurality of wiring connections adapted to be connected to field wiring of an associated controlled system. The I/O device further includes first and second I/O modules each including a plurality of removable single-channel I/O submodules that are each releasably connected to the base and each configured for a select I/O operation for input and output of data relative to the associated controlled system. One or more pairs of the single-channel I/O submodules can be configured to be redundant within or between the first and second I/O modules. Each of the single-channel I/O submodules is operatively connected to wiring connections of the terminal block through the base. The I/O device further includes first and second network switches connected to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam M. Wrobel, Douglas A. Lostoski, Daniel E. Killian
  • Patent number: 10837207
    Abstract: For latching an equipment unit door of an equipment unit in a control center, an apparatus includes a latch pin, the unit socket, and a structure socket. The latch pin includes a latch shaft with a latch interface disposed on a pin proximal end and a latch wing disposed on a pin distal end. The latch pin rotates to one of an open position, a unit latch position, and a structure latch position. The unit socket passes the latch wing in the open position and obstructs the latch wing from moving in a proximal direction in the unit latch position. The structure socket passes the latch wing in the unit latch position and obstructs the latch wing from moving in the proximal direction in the structure latch position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Lorek, Troy M. Bellows
  • Patent number: 10829317
    Abstract: A linear drive transport system includes a plurality of fixed tracks and a junction track disposed on a conveyor configured to align the junction track with each of the plurality of fixed tracks. The plurality of fixed tracks and the junction track include one of electromagnetic coils or permanent magnets arranged in series along the respective plurality of fixed tracks and the junction track. In addition, the linear drive transport system includes a plurality of movers configured to move along the fixed tracks and configured to transition between each of the plurality of fixed tracks and the junction track when aligned, wherein the movers comprise the other of the electromagnetic coils or the permanent magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen C. Wernersbach, Keith G. Jacobs, Dean L. Higgins, James A. Craver, Peter T. Boyle
  • Patent number: 10832354
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for calculating energy effectiveness in an industrial automation system. In one implementation, a computing system is directed to at least acquire production energy information indicating the amount of energy used by a machine during a processing period to process one or more parts and acquire process energy information indicating the sum of energy used by the machine during the processing period to process the one or more parts and to not process any parts. The computing system also acquires a total number of parts expected to be processed during the processing period and a total number of good parts processed during the processing period. An overall equipment energy effectiveness is calculated based on a ratio of the production energy information to the process energy information and based on a ratio of the total number of good parts to the total number of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Noel Henderson, David C. Mazur, Scott D. Day, Rob A. Entzminger, Le Roy G. Howe, Jeffrey Schmelebeck, Bruce K. Venne
  • Patent number: 10832548
    Abstract: An industrial visualization system defines and enforces a virtual safety shield comprising a three-dimensional space surrounding a wearer of a client device. The dimensions of the virtual safety shield are defined by a specified safe distance surrounding the user that allows sufficient reaction time in response to notification that the wearer is at risk of interacting with a safety zone, hazardous machinery, or vehicles within the plant. If a boundary of a safety zone or hazardous equipment falls within the three-dimensional space defined by the virtual safety shield, the system sends a notification to the user's client device, or places the hazardous equipment in a safe operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thong T. Nguyen, Paul D. Schmirler, Kyle Crum, David A. Vasko
  • Patent number: 10821837
    Abstract: The invention provides in some aspects a transport system comprising a guideway having a plurality of regions in which one or more vehicles are propelled, where each such vehicle includes a magnet. Disposed along each region are a plurality of propulsion coils, each comprising one or more turns that are disposed about a common axis, such that the respective common axes of the plurality of coils in that region are (i) substantially aligned with one another, and (ii) orthogonal to a direction in which the vehicles are to be propelled in that region. The plurality of coils of at least one such region are disposed on opposing sides of the magnets of vehicles being propelled along that region so as to exert a propulsive force of substance on those magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy M. Clark, Todd S. Webber, Michael Bottasso, Robert Mosher, Nathan King
  • Patent number: 10816960
    Abstract: A cloud-based virtualization generation service collects industrial-automation-system-related data from multiple industrial automation systems of multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. A virtualization management component analyzes the data and generates a virtualized industrial automation system of the industrial automation system based on the analysis results. The virtualization management component updates the virtualized industrial automation system based on operation of, and user interactions with, the industrial automation system. The virtualization management component receives user interactions with the virtualized industrial automation system to facilitate remotely interacting with and/or controlling the industrial automation system and/or generates corresponding control signals that it sends to the industrial automation system to facilitate controlling operation of the industrial automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Asenjo, John Strohmenger, Stephen Nawalaniec, Bradford H. Hegrat, Joseph A. Harkulich, Jessica Lin Korpela, Jenifer Rydberg Wright, Rainer Hessmer, John Dyck, Edward Alan Hill, Sal Conti
  • Patent number: 10819260
    Abstract: An apparatus for an alpha trim adjustment includes a phase delay circuit that creates a phase delay for a gate signal for a switching cycle. The gate signal is for a phase of a three-phase, phase shifted alternating current (“AC”) input of a multi-pulse motor drive powering a direct current (“DC”) motor. The apparatus includes an alpha trim circuit that modifies the phase delay with an alpha trim adjustment to create an adjusted phase delay for the switching cycle, a delay application circuit that applies the adjusted phase delay to the gate signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Joseph V. Kreinbrink, James Huang, Joseph S. Klak, Mark S. Ruetty
  • Patent number: 10811990
    Abstract: An active rectifier includes first and second DC nodes, a switching circuit, and a controller configured to compute a voltage reference according to a load signal of the DC output, and a non-linear relationship between a load condition of the DC output and a DC bus voltage at the DC output, and to generate rectifier switching control signals according to the voltage reference to cause the switching circuit to convert AC input power from the AC input to control the DC bus voltage at the DC output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed S. Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, Lixiang Wei, Ehsan Al-Nabi, Nirav Patel, Sang Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10809681
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate assistance to a user of an industrial application associated with an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, a graphical user interface (GUI) associated with the industrial application is displayed on a display system of a computing system. The computing system collect contextual information comprising data associated with the industrial application. A help session is initiated with an assisting entity from within the industrial application, and the contextual information is transferred for delivery to the assisting entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Ericsson, Ashish Anand, Joseph A. Harkulich, Kurt A. Helfrich
  • Patent number: 10809101
    Abstract: A curvilinear encoder is provided in which an incremental or absolute position for a cart can be detected on a track by applying one or more excitation signals and receiving one or more pick up signals. Analogous to a transformer arrangement, an encoder mover can be placed on the cart moving along the track, and an encoder stator can be placed on the track separated by a gap. The one or more excitation signals can be applied to the one or more excitation coils on the mover or the stator to generate one or more magnetic fields, and the one or more pick up signals can be received by one or more pick up coils on the mover or the stator for sensing changes in the magnetic fields produced by motion of the mover on the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xikai Sun, Peter M. Smit, Mark R. Cooper, Oliver C. Haya, Nanwei Yao
  • Patent number: 10811853
    Abstract: A modular enclosure comprises a first enclosure having a first enclosure cavity and a first door, and a second enclosure coupled to the first enclosure, the second enclosure having a second enclosure cavity and a second door. A power handle may be connected to the first enclosure, and can be operable to turn on power to the second enclosure in an “ON” position or turn off power to the second enclosure in an “OFF” position. The modular enclosure may further include a lockout assembly configured to prevent the second door from being opened while the power handle is in the “ON” position, and to prevent the first door from being opened until second door has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan E. Rogers, Ahmad K. Omari
  • Patent number: 10802458
    Abstract: A program environment is configured to allow building an industrial control program by instantiating classes of device types corresponding to industrial control devices in which each device type includes a device profile defining parameter(s) for communicating with the type of device and instruction(s) for causing the type of device to take action(s) in the program. Accordingly, device-specific instructions can be injected into logic of the control program. Such device type classes can correspond to various types of devices, such as variable frequency drives, mass flow meters, HART devices, and the like. A user interface can connect to the program environment to allow such devices to be instantiated from the device type classes and/or displayed to a GUI a diagrammatical arrangement. As a result, the control program can be developed with increased speed and reduced complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10796156
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates generally to industrial automation systems, and, more particularly, to collecting video streams from a variety of video devices in an industrial environment, identifying and analyzing potential problems in the industrial environment using the video streams, and presenting the video streams and data associated with the potential problem to appropriate recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon M. Billi, Christopher Wayne Como, Edward A. Gray, Kyle Reissner, Jonathan D. Walter, Mohit Singhai, Douglas J. Reichard, Scott N. Sandler, Ronald E. Bliss, Michael John Pantaleano, Ryan Cahalane, Jessica L. Korpela, Bruce T. McCleave
  • Patent number: 10795347
    Abstract: An industrial automation system may include an automation device and a control system communicatively coupled to the automation device. The control system may include a first module of a number of modules, such that the first module may receive an indication of a target variable associated with the industrial automation device. The first module may then receive parameters associated with the target variable, identify a portion of data points associated with controlling the target variable with respect to the parameters, generate a model of each data point of the portion over time with respect to the parameters based on the data points, determine functions associated with the model. The functions represent one or more relationships between the each data point of the portion with respect to controlling the target variable. The first module may then adjust one or more operations of the automation device based on the functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bijan SayyarRodsari, Alexander B. Smith, Kadir Liano, Wei Dai, Yash P. Puranik