Patents by Inventor Robert F. Lloyd

Robert F. Lloyd 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: 10558184
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an industrial automation device having a visual component is provided that includes a user viewable screen displaying a visual representation of a first object, wherein the first object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text associated with the object, second object, wherein the second object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text, and wherein the output from the first object is coupled to the second object via a connection, wherein the output of the first object is converted from a first type to a second type. A method is also provided that includes receiving a signal into a first object, outputting data from the first object, wherein the data has a first type, converting the data into a second type, and receiving the data into a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20190049908
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an industrial automation device having a visual component is provided that includes a user viewable screen displaying a visual representation of a first object, wherein the first object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text associated with the object, second object, wherein the second object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text, and wherein the output from the first object is coupled to the second object via a connection, wherein the output of the first object is converted from a first type to a second type. A method is also provided that includes receiving a signal into a first object, outputting data from the first object, wherein the data has a first type, converting the data into a second type, and receiving the data into a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10108158
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an industrial automation device having a visual component is provided that includes a user viewable screen displaying a visual representation of a first object, wherein the first object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text associated with the object, second object, wherein the second object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text, and wherein the output from the first object is coupled to the second object via a connection, wherein the output of the first object is converted from a first type to a second type. A method is also provided that includes receiving a signal into a first object, outputting data from the first object, wherein the data has a first type, converting the data into a second type, and receiving the data into a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 9927792
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for facilitating editing of editable code in an interface device or similar apparatus. Properties of device elements are enumerated by a general purpose engine resident on the interface device. The general purpose engine enumerates the properties in response to a query in a design-time environment. The device element includes a specific property type and editable code consistent with the property type. A server module on the device serves the editable code and an editing environment from the interface device to a configuration station. The code can be edited on the configuration station in the editing environment and restored to the interface device. The technique alleviates the need for separate editing software or storage of the editable code in any location other than on the interface device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Mann, Clinton Duane Britt, Steven Mark Cisler, Robert F. Lloyd, Krista K. Mann
  • Patent number: 9740194
    Abstract: A machine can be accessed and controlled with the help of an interface device. The customizable interface device contains device elements that define features relating to the external representation and internal functionality of the interface device, as linked to one or more machines. An operator can use a configuration station to implement single or reoccurring queries that interact with the interface device and corresponding machines. In particular, the queries target the configuration of device elements in the interface device. The process can include temporarily unloading unused features from active memory and mirroring property changes initialized by a source. An emulator can assist in the configuration process by providing a preliminary software representation of the interface device hardware. A user can develop, test, and reconfigure functions on the emulator before loading the finalized platform to the interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Krista Kummerfeldt Mann, Robert F. Lloyd, Steven Mark Cisler, Clinton D. Britt, Joseph Francis Mann
  • Patent number: 9599972
    Abstract: An event execution system comprises an ordering component that receives multiple events and dynamically organizes the multiple events based at least in part upon a predefined organization of devices affected by the multiple events. The system can additionally include an execution component that executes the multiple events with respect to the devices according to the organization of the multiple events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 9195224
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or method that facilitates utilizing a human machine interface (HMI). An interface component can facilitate receipt of data. A human machine interface (HMI) component communicatively coupled to the interface component can include a device with a pre-programmed primitive the device employs a user-defined functionality via the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20150193106
    Abstract: A technique is provided for configuring an interface device. Individual device elements are stored on the interface device and each element includes a functionality and a visual representation. A general purpose engine resident on the interface device enumerates properties of the device elements in response to a query in a design-time environment. Design-time environment may be served to a general purpose computer working as a configuration station. The general purpose engine is independent of the device elements enumerated. A user viewable screen is then generated for viewing in the design-time environment, with the potential for altering properties of the enumerated device elements. The viewable screen and design-time environment may be displayed in a general purpose viewer or browser by collecting the visual representations associated with the device elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Mann, Steven Mark Cisler, Robert F. Lloyd, Krista Mann, Clinton Duane Britt
  • Publication number: 20150160637
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an industrial automation device having a visual component is provided that includes a user viewable screen displaying a visual representation of a first object, wherein the first object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text associated with the object, second object, wherein the second object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text, and wherein the output from the first object is coupled to the second object via a connection, wherein the output of the first object is converted from a first type to a second type. A method is also provided that includes receiving a signal into a first object, outputting data from the first object, wherein the data has a first type, converting the data into a second type, and receiving the data into a second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8984423
    Abstract: A technique is provided for configuring an interface device. Individual device elements are stored on the interface device and each element includes a functionality and a visual representation. A general purpose engine resident on the interface device enumerates properties of the device elements in response to a query in a design-time environment. Design-time environment may be served to a general purpose computer working as a configuration station. The general purpose engine is independent of the device elements enumerated. A user viewable screen is then generated for viewing in the design-time environment, with the potential for altering properties of the enumerated device elements. The viewable screen and design-time environment may be displayed in a general purpose viewer or browser by collecting the visual representations associated with the device elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Mann, Steven Mark Cisler, Robert F. Lloyd, Krista Mann, Clinton Duane Britt
  • Patent number: 8959439
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an industrial automation device having a visual component is provided that includes a user viewable screen displaying a visual representation of a first object, wherein the first object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text associated with the object, second object, wherein the second object comprises a plurality of properties, connections, and text, and wherein the output from the first object is coupled to the second object via a connection, wherein the output of the first object is converted from a first type to a second type. A method is also provided that includes receiving a signal into a first object, outputting data from the first object, wherein the data has a first type, converting the data into a second type, and receiving the data into a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20150045918
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for facilitating editing of editable code in an interface device or similar apparatus. Properties of device elements are enumerated by a general purpose engine resident on the interface device. The general purpose engine enumerates the properties in response to a query in a design-time environment. The device element includes a specific property type and editable code consistent with the property type. A server module on the device serves the editable code and an editing environment from the interface device to a configuration station. The code can be edited on the configuration station in the editing environment and restored to the interface device. The technique alleviates the need for separate editing software or storage of the editable code in any location other than on the interface device itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Mann, Clinton Duane Britt, Steven Mark Cisler, Robert F. Lloyd, Krista K. Mann
  • Patent number: 8922563
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for dynamically adjusting dimensions of characters, such as digits, displayed on a configurable display, such as in a human-machine interface. The height of the characters is fixed and the width is altered depending upon the number of characters to be displayed, resulting in changing aspect ratios for the characters. The width may be set to a predetermined maximum character width if all characters to be displayed will fit within the available space, or the width may be reduced to accommodate more characters. The technique may take into account cushion spaces for borders or frames, as well as spaces between characters. The resulting display allows for a change in the number of significant digits in a displayed numeral, while maintaining excellent readability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8875040
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for facilitating editing of editable code in an interface device or similar apparatus. Properties of device elements are enumerated by a general purpose engine resident on the interface device. The general purpose engine enumerates the properties in response to a query in a design-time environment. The device element includes a specific property type and editable code consistent with the property type. A server module on the device serves the editable code and an editing environment from the interface device to a configuration station. The code can be edited on the configuration station in the editing environment and restored to the interface device. The technique alleviates the need for separate editing software or storage of the editable code in any location other than on the interface device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Mann, Clinton Duane Britt, Steven Mark Cisler, Robert F. Lloyd, Krista Mann
  • Publication number: 20140297039
    Abstract: An event execution system comprises an ordering component that receives multiple events and dynamically organizes the multiple events based at least in part upon a predefined organization of devices affected by the multiple events. The system can additionally include an execution component that executes the multiple events with respect to the devices according to the organization of the multiple events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20140236321
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or method that facilitates utilizing a human machine interface (HMI). An interface component can facilitate receipt of data. A human machine interface (HMI) component communicatively coupled to the interface component can include a device with a pre-programmed primitive; the device employs a user-defined functionality via the received data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8789013
    Abstract: An event execution system comprises an ordering component that receives multiple events and dynamically organizes the multiple events based at least in part upon a predefined organization of devices affected by the multiple events. The system can additionally include an execution component that executes the multiple events with respect to the devices according to the organization of the multiple events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8731691
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or method that facilitates utilizing a human machine interface (HMI). An interface component can facilitate receipt of data. A human machine interface (HMI) component communicatively coupled to the interface component can include a device with a pre-programmed primitive; the device employs a user-defined functionality via the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8639491
    Abstract: An emulator is provided for an interface device. The emulator includes all functional software of the physical interface device, including configuration software, operating system, design-time environment, run-time engine, and so forth. Device elements, which may be standard COM elements objects, may be configured via the emulator, as may particular interface screens, applications, and so forth. The emulator may be used to try interface devices before their specification for a particular product. The emulator may also be used to develop software and interface screens that will be downloaded to interface device hardware prior to product introduction, thereby facilitating and improving time-market for new product introductions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Mann, Clinton Duane Britt, Steven Mark Cisler, Robert F. Lloyd, Krista Mann
  • Publication number: 20120209412
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or method that facilitates utilizing a human machine interface (HMI). An interface component can facilitate receipt of data. A human machine interface (HMI) component communicatively coupled to the interface component can include a device with a pre-programmed primitive; the device employs a user-defined functionality via the received data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lloyd