Patents by Inventor Theodore Henry Schnaare

Theodore Henry Schnaare 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: 20230098203
    Abstract: A wireless process variable transmitter for use in an industrial process includes a process variable sensor configured to sense a process variable of the industrial process and provide a process variable sensor output. A battery power source includes a plurality of battery power banks each having a primary cell battery, a low voltage cut-off circuit electrically connected to the primary cell battery which provides an electrical connection to the primary cell battery while a voltage of the primary cell battery is above a threshold, and an ideal diode having an input electrically connected to the primary cell battery through the low voltage cut-off and providing a power bank output. A power sharing node has an input connected to the battery power bank output of each of the plurality of battery power banks and having a shared power output which provides power to circuitry of the wireless process variable transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Inventors: Brian Lee Westfield, Theodore Henry Schnaare, Cory Michael Robinson, Nicholas Aaron Wienhold
  • Publication number: 20220399912
    Abstract: A wireless field device for use in an industrial process includes input/output terminals to couple to a process interface element and a discrete input/output channel configured to receive a discrete input signal from the process interface element through the input/output terminals when configured as a discrete input channel, the discrete input/output channel further configured to provide a discrete output to the process interface element through the input/output terminals when configured as discrete output channel. Wireless communication circuitry transmits and receives information. A controller transmits information through the communication circuitry based upon a sensed process variable, provides a discrete output signal when the discrete input/output channel is configured as a discrete output channel and receives a discrete input signal when configured as a discrete input channel. An external power supply input is couples to an external power supply and a battery power supply input couples a battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Publication date: December 15, 2022
    Inventors: Brian Lee Westfield, Theodore Henry Schnaare, James Alan Johnson, Greg Edward Gindele, Ryan Thomas Lindsey, Jared Neuharth, Robert Weinberger
  • Patent number: 11137361
    Abstract: An industrial process vessel insulation monitoring system for monitoring an insulated section of a process vessel containing a process material includes one or more condition sensors and a controller. The condition sensors are configured to sense at least one environmental condition, such as temperature, humidity, moisture level, and/or chemical composition, and generate condition outputs that are indicative of the corresponding sensed condition. The controller is configured to detect at least one section condition relating to the insulated section based on the condition output, and generate condition information relating to the at least one detected section condition. Examples of the section conditions include a thermal resistance of an insulation of the insulated section, damage or degradation to an insulation of the insulated section, corrosion of the process vessel at the insulated section, conditions that promote corrosion of the process vessel, and moisture intrusion to the insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Karschnia, Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Publication number: 20210148763
    Abstract: An industrial process monitor for monitoring an industrial process includes a controller configured to control operation of the industrial process monitor. An ambient environment sensor is configured to sense an ambient environment of the industrial process proximate the device and responsively provide a sensor output signal. Output circuitry is configured to provide an output based upon the sensor output signal. The controller causes the ambient environment sensor to enter a high power mode upon detection of an anomaly and/or probable anomaly in the sensor output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventor: Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Patent number: 10914635
    Abstract: An industrial process monitor for monitoring an industrial process includes a controller configured to control operation of the industrial process monitor. An ambient environment sensor is configured to sense an ambient environment of the industrial process proximate the device and responsively provide a sensor output signal. Output circuitry is configured to provide an output based upon the sensor output signal. The controller causes the ambient environment sensor to enter a high power mode upon detection of an anomaly and/or probable anomaly in the sensor output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT INC.
    Inventor: Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Publication number: 20200088663
    Abstract: An industrial process vessel insulation monitoring system for monitoring an insulated section of a process vessel containing a process material includes one or more condition sensors and a controller. The condition sensors are configured to sense at least one environmental condition, such as temperature, humidity, moisture level, and/or chemical composition, and generate condition outputs that are indicative of the corresponding sensed condition. The controller is configured to detect at least one section condition relating to the insulated section based on the condition output, and generate condition information relating to the at least one detected section condition. Examples of the section conditions include a thermal resistance of an insulation of the insulated section, damage or degradation to an insulation of the insulated section, corrosion of the process vessel at the insulated section, conditions that promote corrosion of the process vessel, and moisture intrusion to the insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Robert J. Karschnia, Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Publication number: 20200092950
    Abstract: A location awareness system including a communication network, and a network operating element coupled to the communication network. At least one anchor network gateway is coupled to the communication network, the at least one anchor network gateway configured to generate a wireless anchor network. A plurality of anchors are configured to couple to one of the at least one anchor network gateway via its respective wireless anchor network. A plurality of tags is each configured to communicate with at least one anchor to provide ranging information for determination of a position of the tag within an area covered by the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Theodore Henry Schnaare, Robert Karschnia, Cory Robinson, John Allan Kielb, Robert Weinberger, Eric Russell Lovegren, Eric Darrell Rotvold, James A. Johnson, Jared Neuharth
  • Patent number: 10228351
    Abstract: An acoustic measurement system for an industrial process asset includes a process measurement device providing a value representative of an acoustic signal near the industrial process asset based in part on a signal from an acoustic sensor positioned near the industrial process asset. A second acoustic sensor provides an acoustic value and a noise reduction component uses the acoustic value from the second acoustic sensor to affect the value provided by the process measurement device so that the value provided by the process measurement device is more representative of an acoustic signal generated by the industrial process asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT INC.
    Inventors: Cory Michael Robinson, Marcos Antonio Vieira Peluso, Theodore Henry Schnaare, Ryan Thomas Lindsey, Lynn LeRoy Faulkner
  • Patent number: 9518852
    Abstract: A wireless field device assembly comprises a process sensor, a housing, a power module, and a processor. The process sensor is configured to monitor a process variable and produce a sensor signal. The housing encloses an interior space of the wireless field device. The power module comprises an energy storage device and a connection to a local power source, and is configured to be housed in the wireless field device. The processor is located within the interior space, and is powered by the power module. The processor produces a fault signal value used to differentiate between energy storage device faults, local power source faults, and no-fault states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Michael McGuire, Kelly Michael Orth, Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Publication number: 20160091370
    Abstract: An industrial process monitor for monitoring an industrial process includes a controller configured to control operation of the industrial process monitor. An ambient environment sensor is configured to sense an ambient environment of the industrial process proximate the device and responsively provide a sensor output signal. Output circuitry is configured to provide an output based upon the sensor output signal. The controller causes the ambient environment sensor to enter a high power mode upon detection of an anomaly and/or probable anomaly in the sensor output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventor: Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Publication number: 20160084801
    Abstract: An acoustic measurement system for an industrial process asset includes a process measurement device providing a value representative of an acoustic signal near the industrial process asset based in part on a signal from an acoustic sensor positioned near the industrial process asset. A second acoustic sensor provides an acoustic value and a noise reduction component uses the acoustic value from the second acoustic sensor to affect the value provided by the process measurement device so that the value provided by the process measurement device is more representative of an acoustic signal generated by the industrial process asset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Cory Michael Robinson, Marcos Antonio Vieira Peluso, Theodore Henry Schnaare, Ryan Thomas Lindsey, Lynn LeRoy Faulkner
  • Patent number: 9291684
    Abstract: A wireless field device assembly comprises a process sensor, a housing, a transmitter, and a power module. The process sensor is configured to monitor a process variable and produce a sensor signal. The housing encloses an interior space of the wireless field device. The transmitter is enclosed within the interior space, and is configured to process the sensor signal. The power module is configured to be housed in the interior space, and comprises an energy storage device, a connection to a local power source, and a processor configured to provide the transmitter with a diagnostic report of the energy storage device and the local power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Rosemount, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Michael McGuire, Kelly Michael Orth, Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Patent number: 9167423
    Abstract: A self-organizing mesh network is made up of individual devices configured to use other network devices to pass data from one point to another. The network also includes a secondary operating mode that accommodates handheld and other non-fixed transient network nodes. Each device in the network maintains a configuration link that is used to detect the presence of a handheld device. The handheld device uses the configuration link to identify nearby network devices. A user of the handheld device can then select one of the network devices and establish a small point-to-point subnetwork between the handheld device and the selected network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Publication number: 20150002185
    Abstract: A wireless field device assembly comprises a process sensor, a housing, a transmitter, and a power module. The process sensor is configured to monitor a process variable and produce a sensor signal. The housing encloses an interior space of the wireless field device. The transmitter is enclosed within the interior space, and is configured to process the sensor signal. The power module is configured to be housed in the interior space, and comprises an energy storage device, a connection to a local power source, and a processor configured to provide the transmitter with a diagnostic report of the energy storage device and the local power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Chad Michael McGuire, Kelly Michael Orth, Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Patent number: 8737244
    Abstract: A system for measuring and analyzing radio frequency power proximate and within a wireless field device mesh network. A centralized software module (CSWM) collects and analyzes values from one or more wireless devices of the wireless field device mesh network representing received RF power measurements on an assigned RF channel and values representing corresponding times of the received RF power measurements. Each wireless device measures received RF power on the assigned RF channel at times other than during reception of a signal resulting in transmission by the wireless device of either an acknowledgment signal or a non-acknowledgement signal. Values representing the received RF power measurements and the corresponding times of the received RF power measurements are determined from the stored received RF power measurements and corresponding times and then discarded. These values are stored within the wireless device until successfully reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Darrell Rotvold, Kelly Michael Orth, Daniel Clifford Carlson, Theodore Henry Schnaare, Joseph Citrano, III
  • Publication number: 20140088893
    Abstract: A wireless field device assembly comprises a process sensor, a housing, a power module, and a processor. The process sensor is configured to monitor a process variable and produce a sensor signal. The housing encloses an interior space of the wireless field device. The power module comprises an energy storage device and a connection to a local power source, and is configured to be housed in the wireless field device. The processor is located within the interior space, and is powered by the power module. The processor produces a fault signal value used to differentiate between energy storage device faults, local power source faults, and no-fault states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Michael McGuire, Kelly Michael Orth, Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Publication number: 20120134280
    Abstract: A system for measuring and analyzing radio frequency power proximate and within a wireless field device mesh network. A centralized software module (CSWM) collects and analyzes values from one or more wireless devices of the wireless field device mesh network representing received RF power measurements on an assigned RF channel and values representing corresponding times of the received RF power measurements. Each wireless device measures received RF power on the assigned RF channel at times other than during reception of a signal resulting in transmission by the wireless device of either an acknowledgment signal or a non-acknowledgement signal. Values representing the received RF power measurements and the corresponding times of the received RF power measurements are determined from the stored received RF power measurements and corresponding times and then discarded. These values are stored within the wireless device until successfully reported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Darrell Rotvold, Kelly Michael Orth, Daniel Clifford Carlson, Theodore Henry Schnaare, Joseph Citrano, III
  • Publication number: 20080082698
    Abstract: A self-organizing mesh network is made up of individual devices configured to use other network devices to pass data from one point to another. The network also includes a secondary operating mode that accommodates handheld and other non-fixed transient network nodes. Each device in the network maintains a configuration link that is used to detect the presence of a handheld device. The handheld device uses the configuration link to identify nearby network devices. A user of the handheld device can then select one of the network devices and establish a small point-to-point subnetwork between the handheld device and the selected network device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: Rosemount, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore Henry Schnaare
  • Patent number: 7287432
    Abstract: An overpressure vent in a transmitter housing of a process transmitter. The transmitter is configured for coupling to an industrial process and measuring a process variable. The transmitter includes an enclosure having a cavity formed therein. A process coupling is configured to couple the cavity to the industrial process. The overpressure vent is arranged to vent an overpressure in the cavity to outside of the transmitter enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Henry Schnaare, Chad Michael McGuire