Patents by Inventor Douglas Reichard

Douglas Reichard has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200166904
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate identification of industrial equipment using micro-location services in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, an identification signal is detected transmitted from a wireless transceiver associated with an asset of the industrial automation environment. The identification signal is processed to determine an identity of the asset. A level of proximity of the portable computing system to the wireless transceiver is detected. Information associated with the asset is retrieved based on the identity of the asset. The information associated with the asset is displayed on a display system of a computing system based on the level of proximity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel S. DeYoung, Matthew R. Ericsson, Douglas Reichard, Michael Ohlsen, Kenneth S. Plache
  • Patent number: 10551809
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate identification of industrial equipment using micro-location services in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, an identification signal is detected transmitted from a wireless transceiver associated with an asset of the industrial automation environment. The identification signal is processed to determine an identity of the asset. A level of proximity of the portable computing system to the wireless transceiver is detected. Information associated with the asset is retrieved based on the identity of the asset. The information associated with the asset is displayed on a display system of a computing system based on the level of proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel S. DeYoung, Matthew R. Ericsson, Douglas Reichard, Michael Ohlsen, Kenneth S. Plache
  • Patent number: 9891608
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software to facilitate management of industrial operations are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, a portable HMI device is connected to a display system via a video interface, wherein the video interface provides interchangeability between a plurality of different display systems. A plurality of applications is stored in the portable HMI device. A remote navigation interface of the portable HMI device receives a selection transmitted from a remote navigation device, wherein the selection is associated with an industrial operation application of the applications displayed on the display system. The portable HMI device processes the selection of the industrial operation application and responsively executes the industrial operation application to communicate with an application server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Reichard, Subbian Govindaraj
  • Publication number: 20170277920
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate identification of industrial equipment using micro-location services in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, an identification signal is detected transmitted from a wireless transceiver associated with an asset of the industrial automation environment. The identification signal is processed to determine an identity of the asset. A level of proximity of the portable computing system to the wireless transceiver is detected. Information associated with the asset is retrieved based on the identity of the asset. The information associated with the asset is displayed on a display system of a computing system based on the level of proximity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel S. DeYoung, Matthew R. Ericsson, Douglas Reichard, Michael Ohlsen, Kenneth S. Plache
  • Publication number: 20170108851
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate pinning information in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, a pinboard associated with an asset of the industrial automation environment is displayed on a display system of a computing system, wherein the pinboard includes a plurality of entries comprising content associated with the asset. A user request is received to add a new entry to the pinboard comprising additional content associated with the asset. The user request is transferred to an application server, wherein the application server processes the user request to add the new entry to the pinboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Marek Krokiewicz, Ashish Anand, Matthew R. Ericsson, Douglas Reichard, Michael J. Anthony, Mohit Singhai, Ryan Cahalane, Kyle Reissner
  • Publication number: 20170103239
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate identification of industrial equipment using micro-location services in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, an identification signal is detected transmitted from a wireless transceiver associated with an asset of the industrial automation environment. The identification signal is processed to determine an identity of the asset. Information associated with the asset is retrieved based on the identity of the asset. The information associated with the asset is displayed on a display system of a computing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel S. DeYoung, Matthew R. Ericsson, Douglas Reichard, Michael Ohlsen, Mohit Singhai, Kenneth S. Plache
  • Publication number: 20160299496
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software to facilitate management of industrial operations are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, a portable HMI device is connected to a display system via a video interface, wherein the video interface provides interchangeability between a plurality of different display systems. A plurality of applications is stored in the portable HMI device. A remote navigation interface of the portable HMI device receives a selection transmitted from a remote navigation device, wherein the selection is associated with an industrial operation application of the applications displayed on the display system. The portable HMI device processes the selection of the industrial operation application and responsively executes the industrial operation application to communicate with an application server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Reichard, Subbian Govindaraj
  • Patent number: 9177083
    Abstract: A method for the computer aided design of human machine interface animated graphical elements is provided. The method includes receiving through a user interface a selection of a graphic comprising a plurality of components in a design format. The method also includes receiving through the user interface an indication that a first component of the plurality of components is static, and an indication that a second component of the plurality of components is dynamic. The method also includes converting the first component from the design format to a static format, and converting the second component from the design format to a dynamic format. The method then exports the graphic with the first component in the static format and the second component in the dynamic format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies
    Inventors: Joseph Balistrieri, David Thomas, Steven Kowal, Kevin Krueger, Kevin Smith, Douglas Reichard, Matthew Delisle
  • Publication number: 20130311914
    Abstract: One or more non-transitory computer-readable media having stored thereon program instructions to facilitate the computer aided design of human machine interface animated graphical elements is provided. The program instructions, when executed by a computing system, direct the computing system to at least display a graphical element having dimensions associated with a characteristic of an industrial element within an industrial automation environment. The program instructions further direct the computing system to at least identify a change in the characteristic of the industrial element, and to modify a dimension of the graphical element to visually represent the change in the characteristic of the industrial element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Daily, David Thomas, Steven Kowal, Kevin Krueger, Kevin Smith, Douglas Reichard, Matthew Delisle, Joseph Balistrieri, Matthew Bumgardner, David Ridenour
  • Publication number: 20070078536
    Abstract: A human-machine interface generation system comprises a reception component that receives a request to generate a human-machine interface relating to at least one of an industrial system, device, process, and sub-process and parameters associated with an initiator of the request. A view generation component generates the human-machine interface based at least in part upon the request and the parameters. For example, the system can further comprise a query generation component that creates a query based at least in part upon the request and the parameters and utilizes the query to extract data from a server within an industrial automation environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gordon, Clifton Bromley, Eric Dorgelo, Douglas Reichard, Marc Semkow, Shafin Virji
  • Publication number: 20070078535
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that enable various interface applications that more efficiently communicate data to users in an industrial control system. In one aspect, an industrial automation system is provided. The system includes a base presentation component to display one or more elements of an industrial control environment. Various display items can be dynamically superimposed on the base presentation component to provide industrial control information to a user. In another aspect of the industrial automation system, a location component is provided to identify a physical or a virtual location for a user in an industrial control environment. This can include a context component to determine at least one attribute for the user in view of the physical or virtual location. A presentation component then provides information to the user based in part on the physical or virtual location and the determined attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Bromley, Kevin Gordon, Eric Dorgelo, Shafin Virji, Marc Semkow, Douglas Reichard
  • Publication number: 20070075995
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system for representing a production environment comprises a modeling module that creates a three-dimensional model of at least a portion of a production environment. The system also includes a view module that renders a graphical depiction of at least a portion of the three-dimensional model from a reference point that is based at least in part upon a location. Methods of using the system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Reichard, Kevin Gordon, Clifton Bromley, Eric Dorgelo, Shafin Virji, Marc Semkow
  • Publication number: 20070078809
    Abstract: Architecture that provides high availability (quick, robust, redundant) data to users by the use of peer-to-peer technology, where the decentralized storage and multi-access paths provide the complete data set without dependence on a specific or pre-defined data source or access paths, including sourcing data from other users of the data applying the large file transfer techniques of file sharing. When a client requests a file the system automatically calculates all the locations of that file, and which is the quickest source to retrieve the file. The client then stores a copy of the file for instant retrieval later and to serve that file out to other clients that request it. A versioning scheme ensures that the only the newest version of files are shared on the network. A machine learning and reasoning component is provided that employs a probabilistic and/or statistical-based analysis to prognose or infer an action that a user desires to be automatically performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Semkow, Clifton Bromley, Eric Dorgelo, Kevin Gordon, Douglas Reichard, Shafin Virji
  • Publication number: 20070078658
    Abstract: A human-machine interface generation system comprises a voice recognition component that receives voice commands relating to generation of a human-machine interface within an industrial automation environment. The voice recognition component further translates the voice commands into machine code, such as into a query that conforms to a database query language. A view generation component communicatively coupled to the voice recognition component generates a human-machine interface based at least in part upon the received voice commands. For example, the view generation component can access a data store that includes graphical depictions of portions of a plant relating to the received voice commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shafin Virji, Clifton Bromley, Eric Dorgelo, Kevin Gordon, Douglas Reichard, Marc Semkow
  • Publication number: 20070078555
    Abstract: Historical and real-time data access is leveraged to provide unified data access for interacting with manufacturing process entities such as, for example, process overview displays, charting systems, reporting systems, logging systems, and/or recipe systems and the like. The unified data, for example, allows for playback of historical process overviews for a user selected period of time. In one instance, a “VCR like” user interface can be employed to allow ‘rewinding’ and ‘replaying’ of a historical process overview. This facilitates in proper monitoring and/or troubleshooting of manufacturing processes. The unified availability of past and current data also enables reporting systems to provide “living” reports that automatically update with real-time data. This can allow for efficient comparison of current data with historical data for a given manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Dorgelo, Kevin Gordon, Clifton Bromley, Douglas Reichard, Marc Semkow, Shafin Virji
  • Publication number: 20070078655
    Abstract: A text- or data-to-speech architecture that communicates speech to a user based on data and/or input text. In an industrial automation environment, the input text can be generated by the automation system from alarm logs, notification messages, status messages, operational parameters, current alarm conditions, production numbers, work orders to be executed, planned maintenance information, and messages from other people, for example. A system is provided that includes a conversion component that receives text and converts the text into an audible format, and a speech component that receives the audible format and presents (or outputs) the text as recognizable speech. The speech component can include a text-to-speech engine that processes the audible format into recognizable speech signals that are then presented to a recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Semkow, Clifton Bromley, Eric Dorgelo, Kevin Gordon, Douglas Reichard, Shafin Virji
  • Publication number: 20070078628
    Abstract: A system(s) and method(s) that facilitates diagnosing a HMI system and automatically applying a solution to correct and/or update the HMI system. According to a feature is an interactive diagnosis system for an human machine interface (HMI) system. The interactive diagnosis system includes a data capture component that captures HMI system information and a diagnostic component that accepts a user input relating to an HMI system and receives the HMI system information from the data capture component. The user input can be communicated through an interactive voice response system. Also included in the interactive diagnosis system is an engine component that receives the user input and based in part on the captured HMI system information selectively requests diagnostic and solution information from a data source and automatically applies the solution to the HMI system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shafin Virji, Kevin Gordon, Clifton Bromley, Eric Dorgelo, Marc Semkow, Douglas Reichard
  • Publication number: 20070078824
    Abstract: Indexing agents and/or data brokers are leveraged to provide search query results related to manufacturing processes. The indexing agents allow different manufacturing configuration data types to be “sub-indexed,” allowing them to be easily searched. In one instance, the sub-indices can be aggregated together to create an overall index to facilitate in query searches of the configuration data. Separate indexing agents can be utilized for indexing contents of the configuration components for the human-machine interface (HMI) and control system and the like. Data brokers can be employed to facilitate in responding to query searches by indexing/searching real-time process variables (tags) and historical data in persistent storage. A search engine can then be employed to aggregate the search results and present them to a user in a selectable fashion. User selected results are then rendered in the proper format and displayed to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Dorgelo, Kevin Gordon, Clifton Bromley, Douglas Reichard, Marc Semkow, Shafin Virji
  • Publication number: 20070078526
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that enable various interface applications that more efficiently communicate data to users in an industrial control system. In one aspect, an industrial automation system is provided. The system includes a base presentation component to display one or more elements of an industrial control environment. Various display items can be dynamically superimposed on the base presentation component to provide industrial control information to a user. In another aspect of the industrial automation system, a location component is provided to identify a physical or a virtual location for a user in an industrial control environment. This can include a context component to determine at least one attribute for the user in view of the physical or virtual location. A presentation component then provides information to the user based in part on the physical or virtual location and the determined attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Bromley, Kevin Gordon, Eric Dorgelo, Shafin Virji, Marc Semkow, Douglas Reichard
  • Publication number: 20060100719
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to systems and methods that facilitate display, selection, and management of context associated with execution of add-on instructions. The systems and methods track add-on instruction calls provide a user with call and data context, wherein the user can select a particular add-on instruction context from a plurality of contexts in order to observe values and/or edit parameters associated with the add-on instruction. The add-on instruction context can include information such as instances of data for particular lines of execution, the add-on instruction called, a caller of the instruction, a location of the instruction call, references to complex data types and objects, etc. The systems and methods further provide a technique for automatic routine selection based on the add-on instruction state information such that the add-on instruction executed corresponds to a current state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Publication date: May 11, 2006
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jarrett, John Belcher, Russell Brandes, Jeffery Brooks, Bruce Christensen, Keith Hogan, Michael Kalan, Douglas Reichard, Diane Ritchie, Thomas Rodano, Mark Taylor, Rae Varga