Patents by Inventor Francisco P. Maturana

Francisco P. Maturana 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).

  • 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: 10334048
    Abstract: A cloud agent facilitates collection of industrial data from one or more data sources on the plant floor and migration of the collected data to a cloud platform for storage and processing. Collection services associated with the cloud agent perform on-premise data collection of historical, live, and/or alarm data directly from industrial devices networked to the agent or from intermediate data concentrators that gather the data from the devices. Queue processing services executed by the cloud agent package the data into a data packet comprising header information that identifies a customer associated with the industrial enterprise, processing priority information, and other information that informs data processing services on the cloud platform how to process and/or direct the incoming data. The cloud agent then establishes a communication channel to the cloud platform and sends the data via the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Publication number: 20190064787
    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: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventor: Francisco P. Maturana
  • Publication number: 20190050414
    Abstract: A manifest generation system generates a system model for a cloud computing architecture. The system generates the system model in the form of system, data, and metrics manifests that act as an information concentrator for configuring various aspects of data ingestion and data management. The manifest generation system leverages both information extracted from industrial devices, applications, and programs that make up physical industrial automation systems, as well as user selections identifying which data tags are to be collected, specifying data collection preferences, etc. In this way, manifest data for configuring cloud-level data monitoring and collection is mapped to the automation and control system configurations via information extracted from the system-level topology. This approach can automate and simplify aspects of the cloud-based data collection configuration process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Alexander B. Cherpakov
  • Publication number: 20190018394
    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: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Bijan Sayyarrodsari, Francisco P. Maturana
  • Patent number: 10135705
    Abstract: A cloud-based analytics system streams industrial data from customer facilities to a cloud platform as torrential data streams, and performs analytics on the data contained in the data streams based on a selected set of rules. The rules can be designed to diagnose current or potential issues, to monitor for alarm conditions, or to perform other types of analytics. One or more data pipelines migrate data from plant facilities to a data lake residing on the cloud platform. Data streams can be segregated according to customer, and can further be segregated according to plant facility, production area, or any other suitable classification. Each data stream has an associated manifest that identifies the set of rules to be used to process data in each data stream, allowing selected rules to be applied to each data stream in an ad hoc manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan L. Asenjo, Francisco P. Maturana
  • Publication number: 20180300665
    Abstract: A cloud-based global alarm annunciation broker assist in locating and contacting suitable technical support personnel in response to detected alarm events at a plant facility. The system comprises a cloud-based framework that dynamically matches on-site alarm events to domain experts capable of addressing the alarm events. The framework uses an agent-based architecture to gather industrial data from data sources within the industrial environment, including time-series alarm data. The data is received at a cloud platform, where broker services perform a global search for suitable technical support resources in response to alarm events identified by the collected data. The brokering system can automatically generate service tickets and send notifications to both end users and system managers/supervisors, and can notify application-level experts about events and anomalies that emerge from the on-premise processes being monitored by the cloud-based broker system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo, Salvatore T. Conti
  • Patent number: 10095202
    Abstract: A configuration management interface system is provided for standardizing communication between an external application and one or more hardware or emulated industrial controllers. The interface system reads one or more industrial control programs and presents available data tags defined by the control programs to a user via an interface screen. The user can select a subset of the available data tags that are to be exposed to the external application for data communication. Based on the selected data tags, controller configuration information read from the control programs, and additional configuration information provided by the user, the interface system generates a control unit file that acts as a communication bridge between the external application and the selected data tags residing on the industrial controllers. The control unit file can be used to interface the application (e.g., an industrial simulation or another type of application) with either hardware controllers or emulated controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Patent number: 10037443
    Abstract: A simulation environment is provided for running a process simulation used to validate an industrial control program. The simulation environment exposes the I/O module configurations defined in the control program and retrieves module configuration information therefrom. This I/O module configuration information is combined with generic, module-specific I/O module profiles to create a pool of available controller I/O points, which can be selectively associated with I/O points in the simulation to create an I/O point mapping. During control program validation, simulated I/O data is exchanged between the process simulation and the I/O module instances in the controller in accordance with the I/O point mapping. A variation of these techniques for use with cloud-based emulations is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Raymond J. Staron, Danny L. Carnahan, Kenwood H. Hall
  • Patent number: 9990596
    Abstract: A cloud-based global alarm annunciation broker assist in locating and contacting suitable technical support personnel in response to detected alarm events at a plant facility. The system comprises a cloud-based framework that dynamically matches on-site alarm events to domain experts capable of addressing the alarm events. The framework uses an agent-based architecture to gather industrial data from data sources within the industrial environment, including time-series alarm data. The data is received at a cloud platform, where broker services perform a global search for suitable technical support resources in response to alarm events identified by the collected data. The brokering system can automatically generate service tickets and send notifications to both end users and system managers/supervisors, and can notify application-level experts about events and anomalies that emerge from the on-premise processes being monitored by the cloud-based broker system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo, Salvatore T. Conti
  • Patent number: 9971317
    Abstract: A control loop tuning system executing on a cloud platform facilitate remote control system analysis and generation of suitable controller gains for a given closed-loop control application. The system leverages cloud-side analytics and a gain correlation model generated based on historical data collected from the industrial control system and maintained on cloud storage. The gain correlation model creates a virtual association between controller gains and process variables based on operational and configuration data collected from the industrial control system. The system then applies iterative analytics to the model to converge on a set of controller gains determined to satisfy an optimization criterion. The recommended controller gains are then provided to a client device for review and implementation in the real system controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Patent number: 9971914
    Abstract: A simulation environment for running a process simulation used to validate an industrial control program. The simulation environment exposes the I/O module configurations defined in the control program and retrieves module configuration information therefrom. This I/O module configuration information is combined with generic, module-specific I/O module profiles to create a pool of available controller I/O points, which can be selectively associated with I/O points in the simulation to create an I/O point mapping. During control program validation, simulated I/O data is exchanged between the process simulation and the I/O module instances in the controller in accordance with the I/O point mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Raymond J. Staron, Danny L. Carnahan, Kenwood H. Hall
  • Patent number: 9922148
    Abstract: Systems and methods that efficiently simulate controlled systems are presented. A simulation management component (SMC) controls simulation of a controlled system by controlling a desired number of nodes, each comprising a controller (e.g., soft controller) and a simulated component or process, which are part of the controlled system. The simulation can be performed in a step-wise manner, wherein the simulation can comprise a desired number of steps of respectively desired lengths of time. For each step, the SMC dynamically selects a desired clock (e.g., currently identified slowest clock) as a master clock for the next step. The SMC predicts a length of time of the next step to facilitate setting a desired length of time for the next step based in part on the predicted length of time. As part of each step, components can synchronously exchange data via intra-node or inter-node connections to facilitate simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Kenwood H. Hall
  • Publication number: 20180063244
    Abstract: A cloud agent facilitates collection of industrial data from one or more data sources on the plant floor and migration of the collected data to a cloud platform for storage and processing. Collection services associated with the cloud agent perform on-premise data collection of historical, live, and/or alarm data directly from industrial devices networked to the agent or from intermediate data concentrators that gather the data from the devices. Queue processing services executed by the cloud agent package the data into a data packet comprising header information that identifies a customer associated with the industrial enterprise, processing priority information, and other information that informs data processing services on the cloud platform how to process and/or direct the incoming data. The cloud agent then establishes a communication channel to the cloud platform and sends the data via the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Patent number: 9886012
    Abstract: A cloud human-machine interface (HMI) generation system converts an original HMI project to a web-compatible version of the HMI capable of storage and execution on a cloud platform or web server. The cloud HMI generation system parses HMI project files exported from the original HMI to identify graphical objects and their attributes, animations, data tags linked to the HMI, and other characteristics of the HMI. The system then generates scripts or function calls that reproduce the identified graphical objects and their associated animations, yielding a web-based HMI that emulates the original HMI project. The resulting cloud HMI can retrieve copies of the original industrial system data maintained on cloud-based storage, allowing the cloud HMI to display near real-time system data on a client device from any location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Patent number: 9866635
    Abstract: A cloud gateway device facilitates collection of industrial data from one or more data sources on the plant floor and migration of the collected data to a cloud platform for storage and processing. The cloud gateway device collects historical, live, and/or alarm data directly from industrial devices networked to the gateway device, formats and encapsulates the data with customer-specific header information, and sends the resulting data packets to a cloud platform for processing by cloud-level analytics services. To keep local memory requirements low, the cloud gateway device supports store-and-forward functionality in the event of a communication loss to the cloud platform, whereby the collected industrial data is redirected to an external data storage repository until communication to the cloud platform is reestablished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Publication number: 20180006913
    Abstract: A cloud-based analytics system streams industrial data from customer facilities to a cloud platform as torrential data streams, and performs analytics on the data contained in the data streams based on a selected set of rules. The rules can be designed to diagnose current or potential issues, to monitor for alarm conditions, or to perform other types of analytics. One or more data pipelines migrate data from plant facilities to a data lake residing on the cloud platform. Data streams can be segregated according to customer, and can further be segregated according to plant facility, production area, or any other suitable classification. Each data stream has an associated manifest that identifies the set of rules to be used to process data in each data stream, allowing selected rules to be applied to each data stream in an ad hoc manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Juan L. Asenjo, Francisco P. Maturana
  • Patent number: 9843617
    Abstract: Cloud-based data processing services facilitate collection and processing of industrial data in a cloud platform. On-premise data collection agents collect and pre-process industrial data from one or more data sources, including industrial devices, historians, etc. The agents apply a header to the data defining a hierarchical, customer-specific data model that can be leveraged in the cloud platform to suitably process the data. Cloud-side data process services receive the resulting data packets, assign the data to one or more priority queues, and invoke a manifest assembly corresponding to the data model defined by the header. The manifest assembly defines one or more operations to be performed on the received data, including specifying a final storage destination for the data, determining one or more metrics for an industrial system or process based on the received data, or other such operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Patent number: 9838476
    Abstract: A cloud agent facilitates collection of industrial data from one or more data sources on the plant floor and migration of the collected data to a cloud platform for storage and processing. Collection services associated with the cloud agent perform on-premise data collection of historical, live, and/or alarm data directly from industrial devices networked to the agent or from intermediate data concentrators that gather the data from the devices. Queue processing services executed by the cloud agent package the data into a data packet comprising header information that identifies a customer associated with the industrial enterprise, processing priority information, and other information that informs data processing services on the cloud platform how to process and/or direct the incoming data. The cloud agent then establishes a communication channel to the cloud platform and sends the data via the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo
  • Publication number: 20170154298
    Abstract: A cloud-based global alarm annunciation broker assist in locating and contacting suitable technical support personnel in response to detected alarm events at a plant facility. The system comprises a cloud-based framework that dynamically matches on-site alarm events to domain experts capable of addressing the alarm events. The framework uses an agent-based architecture to gather industrial data from data sources within the industrial environment, including time-series alarm data. The data is received at a cloud platform, where broker services perform a global search for suitable technical support resources in response to alarm events identified by the collected data. The brokering system can automatically generate service tickets and send notifications to both end users and system managers/supervisors, and can notify application-level experts about events and anomalies that emerge from the on-premise processes being monitored by the cloud-based broker system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Francisco P. Maturana, Juan L. Asenjo, Salvatore T. Conti