Patents by Inventor John Staron

John Staron 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: 8818757
    Abstract: An object can be used in an industrial control configuration in relation to performing a function or task. Matching can occur such that an object with operational requirements can bind with a host that has capabilities that meet those operational requirements—matching can occur automatically as well as through user operation. Once matched, different functionality can be presented to a user pertaining to the object. To assist the user, the object can include external references, logic, local or private data, as well as others in addition to resources. To facilitate operation, capabilities and resources can be published in a directory that can be accessed by different entities—sometimes with security constraints in order to protect configuration integrity. Likewise, a subscription system can be employed such that when a change to a related entity is made, a notice can transfer to related entities and operation can alter based upon the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Plache, Daniel Baliey Seger, Raymond John Staron, Taryl Jon Jasper, James Harry Jarrett, Russell William Brandes, Ronald Eric Bliss, Michael Dan Kalan, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Henry Hall, Douglas James Reichard, Robert John Kretschmann
  • Patent number: 8265775
    Abstract: An object can be used in an industrial control configuration in relation to performing a function or task. Matching can occur such that an object with operational requirements can bind with a host that has capabilities that meet those operational requirements—matching can occur automatically as well as through user operation. Once matched, different functionality can be presented to a user pertaining to the object. To assist the user, the object can include external references, logic, local or private data, as well as others in addition to resources. To facilitate operation, capabilities and resources can be published in a directory that can be accessed by different entities—sometimes with security constraints in order to protect configuration integrity. Likewise, a subscription system can be employed such that when a change to a related entity is made, a notice can transfer to related entities and operation can alter based upon the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Plache, Daniel Baliey Seger, Raymond John Staron, Taryl Jon Jasper, James Harry Jarrett, Russell William Brandes, Ronald Eric Bliss, Michael Dan Kalan, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Henry Hall, Douglas James Reichard, Robert John Kretschmann
  • Patent number: 8041435
    Abstract: An object can be used in an industrial control configuration in relation to performing a function or task. Matching can occur such that an object with operational requirements can bind with a host that has capabilities that meet those operational requirements—matching can occur automatically as well as through user operation. Once matched, different functionality can be presented to a user pertaining to the object. To assist the user, the object can include external references, logic, local or private data, as well as others in addition to resources. To facilitate operation, capabilities and resources can be published in a directory that can be accessed by different entities—sometimes with security constraints in order to protect configuration integrity. Likewise, a subscription system can be employed such that when a change to a related entity is made, a notice can transfer to related entities and operation can alter based upon the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Plache, Daniel Baliey Seger, Raymond John Staron, Taryl Jon Jasper, James Harry Jarrett, Russell William Brandes, Ronald Eric Bliss, Michael Dan Kalan, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Henry Hall, Douglas James Reichard, Robert John Kretschmann
  • Publication number: 20110004589
    Abstract: Providing diagnostic functions for a distributed directory employed in an industrial control environment is described herein. By way of example, status of directory entries can be monitored, updated based on activity within the control environment, and propagated to entities coupled with the environment by way of distributed directory nodes. Directory entries can be validated over time and optionally flagged as valid or deleted if invalid. In some aspects, validation can occur via direct communication with entities coupled to the control environment. Changes to directory entries can be tracked, and can be propagated through the distributed directory. Further, automatic reconfiguration of control entities can be implemented based on the changes, resulting in a dynamic and self-adapting control environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Martin Rischar, Raymond John Staron, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood H. Hall, David A. Vasko
  • Patent number: 7778714
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or method that facilitates programming in an industrial environment. An online controller can execute with a real-time operating system such that the online controller can include two or more controller engine instances executing as processes on the online controller, wherein at least one controller engine instance can employ a portion of code to utilize a device within the industrial environment. An edit component can dynamically implement a portion of disparate code with at least one controller engine instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Grgic, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Henry Hall, Robert J. Kretschmann, Charles Martin Rischar, Raymond John Staron, David A. Vasko
  • Publication number: 20100082130
    Abstract: An object can be used in an industrial control configuration in relation to performing a function or task. Matching can occur such that an object with operational requirements can bind with a host that has capabilities that meet those operational requirements—matching can occur automatically as well as through user operation. Once matched, different functionality can be presented to a user pertaining to the object. To assist the user, the object can include external references, logic, local or private data, as well as others in addition to resources. To facilitate operation, capabilities and resources can be published in a directory that can be accessed by different entities—sometimes with security constraints in order to protect configuration integrity. Likewise, a subscription system can be employed such that when a change to a related entity is made, a notice can transfer to related entities and operation can alter based upon the change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Plache, Daniel Baliey Seger, Raymond John Staron, Taryl Jon Jasper, James Harry Jarrett, Russell William Brandes, Ronald Eric Bliss, Michael Dan Kalan, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Henry Hall, Douglas James Reichard, Robert John Kretschmann
  • Publication number: 20100082127
    Abstract: An object can be used in an industrial control configuration in relation to performing a function or task. Matching can occur such that an object with operational requirements can bind with a host that has capabilities that meet those operational requirements—matching can occur automatically as well as through user operation. Once matched, different functionality can be presented to a user pertaining to the object. To assist the user, the object can include external references, logic, local or private data, as well as others in addition to resources. To facilitate operation, capabilities and resources can be published in a directory that can be accessed by different entities—sometimes with security constraints in order to protect configuration integrity. Likewise, a subscription system can be employed such that when a change to a related entity is made, a notice can transfer to related entities and operation can alter based upon the change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Plache, Daniel Bailey Seger, Raymond John Staron, Taryl Jon Jasper, James Harry Jarrett, Russell William Brandes, Ronald Eric Bliss, Michael Dan Kalan, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Henry Hall, Douglas James Reichard, Robert John Kretschmann
  • Publication number: 20100082123
    Abstract: An object can be used in an industrial control configuration in relation to performing a function or task. Matching can occur such that an object with operational requirements can bind with a host that has capabilities that meet those operational requirements—matching can occur automatically as well as through user operation. Once matched, different functionality can be presented to a user pertaining to the object. To assist the user, the object can include external references, logic, local or private data, as well as others in addition to resources. To facilitate operation, capabilities and resources can be published in a directory that can be accessed by different entities—sometimes with security constraints in order to protect configuration integrity. Likewise, a subscription system can be employed such that when a change to a related entity is made, a notice can transfer to related entities and operation can alter based upon the change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Plache, Daniel Baliey Seger, Raymond John Staron, Taryl Jon Jasper, James Harry Jarrett, Russell William Brandes, Ronald Eric Bliss, Michael Dan Kalan, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Henry Hall, Douglas James Reichard, Robert John Kretschmann
  • Publication number: 20100082145
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and/or methodologies for route management. More particularly, the invention relates to an industrial controller (e.g., logic controller) based route management solution. The route management solution can statically and/or dynamically determine, maintain, or otherwise manage a route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: N. Andrew Weatherhead, Raymond John Staron, John R. Parraga, Mark K. Carmount, Philip J. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 7266426
    Abstract: A control system capable of detecting an anomaly in a controlled distribution network, and related method of detecting an anomaly, are disclosed. The control system includes a plurality of autonomous control units associated with elements of a distribution network, which include at least one producer and at least one consumer interconnected by distribution lines and at least one switch. The control units execute a program, are in communication with each other, and are capable of sensing respective parameters of the elements with which they are associated. At least one of the control units is capable of determining an occurrence of an anomaly within the network by comparing sensed parameter values or values based thereupon with one or more thresholds or range limits, and at least one of the control units is capable of identifying a cause of the anomaly by switching the at least one switch and observing the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco Paul Maturana, Kenwood Henry Hall, Raymond John Staron
  • Patent number: 7203575
    Abstract: A control system for a complex distribution network uses autonomous control units that may bid among themselves to reconfigure the distribution network in light of fluctuation demand or failures. The autonomous control units may also be enlisted to detect and isolate as well as reconfigure the network to correct for the damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco Paul Maturana, Kenwood Henry Hall, Raymond John Staron
  • Publication number: 20060044046
    Abstract: A gate drive circuit capable of providing both positive and negative drive from a DC power supply is presented. The circuit includes an isolator stage, a driver stage, an optional tuning stage, an offset stage, a shaping stage, and a switching stage, each electrically coupled in the order described. The isolator stage provides electrical isolation from signal level circuitry. The driver stage boosts the power within the signal from the isolator stage. The tuning stage slows rising and falling edges along the signal from driver. The offset stage shifts the unipolar gate drive signal from the tuning stage into the negative voltage range. The shaping stage modifies the signal from the offset stage so as to ensure squared transitions. The switching stage enables voltage control. The described circuit is applicable to electronics utilizing a variety of voltage controlled switching devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Publication date: March 2, 2006
    Inventors: Ross Bird, William Knoll, John Staron
  • Publication number: 20060044856
    Abstract: A high-frequency switch circuit is presented. The invention includes a pair of switches, a pair of inductors, and a pair of diodes. Inductors are electrically connected in series between the switches which are thereafter electrically coupled to a power source. Switches are electrically connected to gate drivers so as to control and coordinate the cycling of switches between ON and OFF states. Inductors are also electrically connected to an output thereby communicating a voltage waveform thereto. In some embodiments, it may be desired to electrically connect the inductors to an output circuit to further modify the waveform. Diodes are likewise electrically connected about the switches and inductors. The present invention is applicable to a variety of circuits having a totem pole arrangement of switches sequentially cycled ON and OFF, examples including but not limited to half-bridge, full-bridge, and hybrid configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Publication date: March 2, 2006
    Inventors: Ross Bird, William Knoll, John Staron
  • Patent number: 6931289
    Abstract: In an autonomous cooperative control system a job description of job steps is drafted in a scripting language and compared to corresponding machine steps associated with each independently controlled machine also drafted in the same scripting language for simple comparison and generation of sub-bids for further bidding. The machine steps generated for each ACU provides a vocabulary for the job description language which may be further simplified by hiding lower level machine steps in the ACUs to be activated only upon a matching with a job step. The ACUs may select between connected and unconnected messaging based on historical communication patterns to reduce network traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco Paul Maturana, Sivaram Balasubramanian, Raymond John Staron, Pavel Tichy, Petr Slechta
  • Publication number: 20040217654
    Abstract: A control system capable of detecting an anomaly in a controlled distribution network, and related method of detecting an anomaly, are disclosed. The control system includes a plurality of autonomous control units associated with elements of a distribution network, which include at least one producer and at least one consumer interconnected by distribution lines and at least one switch. The control units execute a program, are in communication with each other, and are capable of sensing respective parameters of the elements with which they are associated. At least one of the control units is capable of determining an occurrence of an anomaly within the network by comparing sensed parameter values or values based thereupon with one or more thresholds or range limits, and at least one of the control units is capable of identifying a cause of the anomaly by switching the at least one switch and observing the parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: Francisco Paul Maturana, Kenwood Henry Hall, Raymond John Staron
  • Publication number: 20040204784
    Abstract: A control system for a complex distribution network uses autonomous control units that may bid among themselves to reconfigure the distribution network in light of fluctuation demand or failures. The autonomous control units may also be enlisted to detect and isolate as well as reconfigure the network to correct for the damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Francisco Paul Maturana, Kenwood Henry Hall, Raymond John Staron
  • Patent number: 6785088
    Abstract: A head positioner is described wherein a read/write head is slidably propelled along an arm by an electrically, an acoustically, or an magnetically active material. One embodiment is comprised of a driver arm with a single slidable positioner. The driver arm is composed of a rail with two driver layers. An isolator layer between rail and each driver layer prevents distortion of rail when driver layers are activated. A wear-resistant, low-friction layer prevents damage to driver layer and facilitates sliding motion between positioner and driver arm. Positioner is propelled along driver arm by energizing driver layer composed of either a piezoelectric, piezoceramic, electrostatic, electromagnetic, or electrostatic material. At least one read/write head is attached to the positioner for data communication purposes with a storage element. In an alternate embodiment, two positioners are separately and independently slidable along a single driver arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: QorTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bower, John Staron
  • Publication number: 20030078678
    Abstract: In an autonomous cooperative control system a job description of job steps is drafted in a scripting language and compared to corresponding machine steps associated with each independently controlled machine also drafted in the same scripting language for simple comparison and generation of sub-bids for further bidding. The machine steps generated for each ACU provides a vocabulary for the job description language which may be further simplified by hiding lower level machine steps in the ACUs to be activated only upon a matching with a job step. The ACUs may select between connected and unconnected messaging based on historical communication patterns to reduce network traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Francisco Paul Maturana, Sivaram Balasubramanian, Raymond John Staron, Pavel Tichy, Petr Slechta
  • Publication number: 20020097520
    Abstract: A head positioner is described wherein a read/write head is slidably propelled along an arm by an electrically, an acoustically, or an magnetically active material. One embodiment is comprised of a driver arm with a single slidable positioner. The driver arm is composed of a rail with two driver layers. An isolator layer between rail and each driver layer prevents distortion of rail when driver layers are activated. A wear-resistant, low-friction layer prevents damage to driver layer and facilitates sliding motion between positioner and driver arm. Positioner is propelled along driver arm by energizing driver layer composed of either a piezoelectric, piezoceramic, electrostatic, electromagnetic, or electrostatic material. At least one read/write head is attached to the positioner for data communication purposes with a storage element. In an alternate embodiment, two positioners are separately and independently slidable along a single driver arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventors: Bruce Bower, John Staron