Patents Assigned to Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11327473
    Abstract: A scalable industrial asset management system dynamically negotiates allocation of mobile industrial assets to industrial operation sites. The asset management system tracks and models the capabilities and availabilities of a pool of mobile industrial assets (e.g., truck-mounted assets or other such assets). Based on a defined demand of a scheduled industrial operation requiring mobile industrial assets (e.g., a fracking operation, a mining operation, etc.) the system selects a subset of the mobile industrial assets that are both available during the scheduled operation and are collectively capable of satisfying the demands of the industrial operation. Moreover, based on the asset models for the subset of mobile industrial assets, the system configures an on-premise cloud agent device to collect telemetry data from the mobile assets during the operation and to migrate the collected data to a cloud-based collection and analytics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bijan Sayyarrodsari, Francisco P. Maturana
  • Patent number: 11328548
    Abstract: A system for sensing a position of a locking bolt of an industrial locking switch includes an inductive circuit, a converter, and a master controller. The inductive circuit includes an inductive coil and a capacitor electrically connected in parallel. The inductive coil is positioned to receive a locking bolt of an industrial locking switch when the locking bolt is transitioned to a lock position. The converter is configured to convert a frequency of a current signal on the inductive circuit to a digital frequency value. The master controller is configured to generate a bolt detection signal in response to determining that the digital frequency value changes by an amount equal to or substantially equal to a defined frequency shift corresponding to a frequency shift induced by the inductive coil in response to presence of the locking bolt within the inductive coil's magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Wolfe, Yongyao Cai
  • Patent number: 11329510
    Abstract: A system and method for providing power to independent movers traveling along a track in a motion control system without requiring a fixed connection between the mover and a power source external to the mover. In one embodiment, a sliding transformer transfers power between the track and each mover. In another embodiment, an optical transmitter transfers power between the track and an optical receiver mounted on each mover. In yet another embodiment, a generator includes a drive wheel engaging the track as each mover travels along the track. A power converter on the mover receives the power generated on and/or transmitted to the mover to control an actuator or a sensor mounted on the mover or to activate drive coils mounted on the mover to interact with magnets mounted along the track and, thereby, control motion of each mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Floresta, Peter Bruder, Xikai Sun, Peter M. Smit, Oliver C. Haya, Mark R. Cooper, Nanwei Yao
  • Patent number: 11327472
    Abstract: An industrial controller executes a control program held in non-transitory medium to: (a) open connections for the communication of data on the industrial control network, the connection subject to a timeout; (b) operate in a synchronized state with the second industrial controller to execute a same control program to communicate same control data; (c) operate in an unsynchronized state providing no-operation data to the industrial control network, the no-operation data preventing timeout of the open connections on which it is communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Stay, Kyle Neet
  • Patent number: 11322867
    Abstract: A connector for receiving a ribbon cable is provided. The connector includes a housing with an open top, and a cable organizer configured to be positioned within an interior of the housing and the open top and to receive the ribbon cable. The cable organizer includes a surface with a first cable grab hook adjacent a first end thereof, configured to receive a first portion of the ribbon cable via a snap-fit engagement. The connector also includes cover configured to selectively cover the open top of the housing to enclose the cable organizer within the interior of the housing. The cover includes a notch extending therethrough, sized to receive an upper detent of the cable organizer so that the upper detent extends through the notch and remains viewable when the cover encloses the cable organizer within the interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Davidsz, David D. Brandt, Yutao Wang
  • Patent number: 11318616
    Abstract: An industrial control design and testing system allows vendor-specific digital twins of industrial robots to be imported into a vendor-agnostic simulation platform so that coordinated operation of the robots within the context of a larger automation system can be simulated and observed. Rather than requiring a designer to re-write the robot program in a format understandable by the simulation system, the design and testing system can link to instances of the vendor-specific robot simulation platforms to facilitate execution of the actual robot programs that will be installed and executed on the corresponding physical robots. This accurately simulates operation of the robots in a manner that requires less development work on the part of the designer and allows the robot's surrounding environment to be modeled and simulated more accurately than would be the case using a simulation platform specific to a particular robot vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Mcgregor, Adam Davidson, David Dawkins
  • Patent number: 11320806
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems, methods and devices for facilitating object-based industrial automation control. An automation control library comprised of a plurality of objects may be maintained in association with one or more industrial automation applications. Code defining the execution of an industrial automation process may be received. A plurality of objects in the object library for implementing the industrial automation control process may be identified. The plurality of identified objects may be matched to one or more hardware components based on one or more operational requirements included in the code, and available hardware resources for performing the automation control process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Stump, Srdjan Josipovic, Matthew R. Ericsson, Michael D. Kalan, Anthony Carrara, Christopher W. Como, Sharon M. Billi-Duran
  • Patent number: 11320799
    Abstract: For equipment tutorial review audit, a processor synchronizes a plurality of equipment tutorials to a mobile device. Each equipment tutorial corresponds to an equipment instance of a plurality of equipment instances of specific equipment and each equipment instance corresponds to an equipment reference code. The processor receives a first equipment reference code for a first equipment instance at the mobile device. The processor retrieves a first equipment tutorial of the plurality of equipment tutorials that is indexed to the first equipment reference code at the mobile device. The processor displays the first equipment tutorial on the mobile device. In addition, the processor records a review of the first equipment tutorial by an operator to an audit report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimi Michalscheck, Kelly Michalscheck
  • Patent number: 11312574
    Abstract: An improved method and system increases throughput in an independent cart system. The independent cart system includes multiple movers, controlled by a first controller, travelling along a track. At least one station is defined, where a device external to the track interacts with the movers on the track. A process controller controls operation of the external device and receives a communication from the first controller to begin execution of a task that the external device must complete prior to interaction with the mover. The first controller determines a time to destination for each mover to reach the station and transmits the signal or data packet to the process controller to initiate execution of the preparation task with sufficient time for the process controller to begin or complete the preparation task prior to the mover arriving at the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuhong Huang
  • Patent number: 11314493
    Abstract: An industrial integrated development environment (IDE) provides a development framework for designing, programming, and configuring multiple aspects of an industrial automation system using a common design environment and data model. Projects creating using embodiments of the IDE system can be built on an object-based model rather than, or in addition to, a tag-based architecture. To this end, the IDE system can support the use of automation objects that serve as building blocks for this object-based development structure. To ensure consistency within and between projects, as well as to ensure that a given industrial project is dynamically updated to reflect changes to an industrial asset's attributes (e.g., control code, visualization definitions, testing scripts, analytic code, etc.), embodiments of the IDE system can use automation object inheritance features to propagate changes made to an automation object definition to all instances of the automation object used throughout a control project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R Stump, Anthony Carrara, Eashwer Srinivasan, Srdjan Josipovic, Lorenzo P Majewski, Christopher Wayne Como, Christopher E Stanek, Matthew R Ericsson
  • Patent number: 11309737
    Abstract: A system and method for providing power to independent movers traveling along a track in a motion control system without requiring a fixed connection between the mover and a power source external to the mover. In one embodiment, a sliding transformer transfers power between the track and each mover. In another embodiment, an optical transmitter transfers power between the track and an optical receiver mounted on each mover. In yet another embodiment, a generator includes a drive wheel engaging the track as each mover travels along the track. A power converter on the mover receives the power generated on and/or transmitted to the mover to control an actuator or a sensor mounted on the mover or to activate drive coils mounted on the mover to interact with magnets mounted along the track and, thereby, control motion of each mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Floresta, Peter Bruder, Xikai Sun, Peter M. Smit, Oliver C. Haya, Mark R. Cooper, Nanwei Yao
  • Patent number: 11308447
    Abstract: An industrial integrated development environment (IDE) supports collaborative tools that allow multiple designers and programmers to remotely submit design input to the same automation system project in parallel while maintaining project consistency. These collaborative features can include, for example, brokering between different sets of design input directed to the same portion of the system project, generating notifications to remote designers when a portion of the system project is modified, sharing of development interfaces or environments, facilitating involvement of outside technical support experts to assist with design issues, and other collaborative features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R Stump, Anthony Carrara, Eashwer Srinivasan, Christopher W Como, Sharon M Billi-Duran, Matthew R Ericsson, Ryan P Dunn
  • Patent number: 11307067
    Abstract: A system automatically calibrates gains and/or offsets for each position feedback signal in order to reduce variations between position feedback signals for each sensor in a linear drive system. As a mover travels along a track segment, the segment controller records the position feedback signal output from each position sensor corresponding to a magnet on the mover passing the position sensor. The segment controller periodically monitors the position feedback values generated by one mover as it travels along the track segment and automatically updates the sensor gains as a function of a ratio of a target peak value to a measured peak value of the position feedback signal. The segment controller also records the position feedback signal from each sensor when no mover is traveling past the sensor. The segment controller periodically monitors the position feedback values received when no mover is present and automatically updates sensor offset values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhong Huang, Brian M. Perreault, Eric J. Wildi
  • Publication number: 20220117113
    Abstract: An industrial automation controller includes a housing with a forced convection chamber. First and second fans are releasably connected to the housing and are adapted to induce airflow through the forced convection chamber. The first and second fans are each connected to the housing by respective first and second latch systems that each include a primary latch and a secondary latch. The secondary latch imposes a time delay during removal and replacement of a fan to facilitate hot swapping of the fan with a replacement fan. A make-last/break-first contact system is provided for each fan such that the fan is shutdown in a controlled manner prior to removal of the fan from the housing. The controller monitors internal temperature and fan speed. The controller initiates, logs, and reports fault conditions based upon the monitored temperature and/or fan speed. The controller is shut down if the monitored temperature exceeds a select temperature level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Baran, Jason N. Shaw, Gary D. Dotson, Bruce J. Moore, Milan Svoboda, Pavel Jicha, John C. Laur, Keith O. Satula
  • Patent number: 11303242
    Abstract: A system and method for wirelessly providing power to independent movers traveling along a track includes a sliding transformer to transfer power between the track and each mover. The sliding transformer includes a primary winding extending along the track and a secondary winding mounted to each mover. Each of the primary and secondary windings may be formed of a single coil or multiple coils. The primary and secondary windings are generally aligned with each other and extend along the track and along the mover in the direction of travel with an air gap present between the windings. A power converter on the mover may regulate the power supplied to the mover to control an actuator or a sensor mounted on the mover or to activate drive coils mounted on the mover to interact with magnets mounted along the track and, thereby, control motion of each mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xikai Sun, Peter M. Smit, Oliver C. Haya, Mark R. Cooper, Nanwei Yao
  • Patent number: 11303275
    Abstract: A system may include a power source. The power source supplies a first voltage. The system may also include a voltage regulator that receives the first voltage and supply a second voltage. Additionally, the system may include a microcontroller that receives the second voltage and output the second voltage via an output pin. Further, the system may include a switching element that receives the second voltage from the output pin of the controller at a first terminal and receives the first voltage from the power supply at a second terminal. The switching element selectively charges a first capacitor based on a difference between the first voltage and the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Messersmith, William T. Glaser, Michael J. Lemberger
  • Patent number: 11300940
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology generally relate to industrial automation device configurations and programmable logic. More specifically, some embodiments relate to a method of integrating industrial automation device configurations and application logic in industrial environments. To reduce time and errors, an automated method enables industrial enterprises, employers, and other users to obtain a list of devices in an automation process comprising at least one device and a logical representation of the device. In order to configure the device to function optimally in the industrial environment, a system representation of the automation process comprising corresponding input/output configurations for each device in the list may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerald E. Plessing, Philip M. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11300950
    Abstract: A method includes receiving one or more data files that have one or more user-selected input parameters associated with one or more electrical devices in an industrial system, one or more output parameters associated with the electrical devices, one or more input/output parameter tags, a frequency or a condition associated with data transmission for each electrical device, or a combination thereof. The electrical devices may communicate via a first communication network based on the International Electrotechnical Commission 61850 standard, and the controller may communicate via a different communication network. The method also includes automatically programming the controller to control one or more operations of each electrical device based on the data files and transmitting the data files to a gateway device communicatively coupled to the controller along a backplane of a chassis system. The gateway device is automatically configured based on the one or more data files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Elmorris P. Dixon, David C. Mazur, Philip Muren, Douglas Francis McEldowney
  • Patent number: 11295047
    Abstract: A cloud-based simulation generation service collects industrial data from multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. The service employs a simulation generator component that analyzes data to facilitate generating a simulation model that simulates an industrial automation system, including simulating or emulating industrial devices, industrial processes, other industrial assets, or network-related assets or devices, and their respective interrelationships with each other. The simulation generator component also analyzes modification data to facilitate generating a modified simulation model that simulates the industrial automation system based on the modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    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: 11294351
    Abstract: An automation control system is provided that includes one or more components. The components include an embedded execution engine that is configured to execute one or more commands based upon data communicated to the one or more components from another component of the automation control system. The data is representative of a change to an object in the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Reichard, Joseph Bronikowski, Michael D. Kalan, Steven John Kowal, Subbian Govindaraj, Taryl J. Jasper, Kenneth S. Plache, Douglas W. Reid, Charles Rischar