Patents by Inventor Keith Eldridge

Keith Eldridge 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: 8368640
    Abstract: Connection objects or other such data structures facilitate establishing and configuring connections between objects that model components in a process control system. A first set of data structures (e.g., the object connection type structures) identify valid types for component-to-component pairings and the respective roles of each component in the pairing (e.g., parent or child, source or sink). A second set of data structures (e.g., the parameter connection type structures) supply similar information for parameter-to-parameter connections. Together, these data structures can be used, for example, to validate component-to-component connections suggested by the user and to automatically configure parameter-to-parameter connections. Actual connections, both at the component or parameter level, are reflected using parameter overrides within the parameterized object model—with which the connection objects are constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Dardinski, Keith Eldridge, Robert Hall, Mark Johnson, Brian Mackay, Paul Meskonis, Scott Volk
  • Patent number: 8229579
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 8225271
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 8060222
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 8060862
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 8056056
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 8028275
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 8028272
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 7984420
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 7890927
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20100222902
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20100223593
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20090132996
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20090125129
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian Mackay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20090125131
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian Mackay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20090125128
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20090125130
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20090118845
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20090118846
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Kenneth A. Burke, Scott Volk, Mark Johnson, Brian MacKay, Steven Dardinski
  • Publication number: 20070240080
    Abstract: Enhancements to a strategy object editor for creating and modifying control strategies for process control systems (both distributed and discrete) is described. The improvements include: supporting a set of graphical depictions for individual control object (modified by an appearance object editor), drag and drop connections for declarations that connect control strategies to other control strategies, GUI-based designation of object execution order, automatically applied line styles based upon connection data type, and automatic modification of elements within an appearance object to accommodate a moved attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Applicant: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, James Hemenway, Franciscus Middeldorp