Patents by Inventor Todd M. Toepke

Todd M. Toepke 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: 10375162
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, James R. Logerquist, Joseph D. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10374873
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Joseph D. Fisher, James R. Logerquist, Alan R. Dewey, Stephen Armstrong, Laura Briggs, Ronald Hempel
  • Patent number: 10270853
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Joseph D. Fisher, James R. Logerquist, Alan R. Dewey, Alden C. Russell, III, Laura Briggs, Ronald Hempel
  • Patent number: 10268180
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool includes a training mode. The handheld field maintenance tool has a process communication module operably coupleable to a field device, a user interface, and a controller coupled to the process communication module and the user interface. The controller is configured to interact with a user through the user interface, and is configured to provide a simulation function where at least one characteristic of the field device, indicated through the user interface, is generated by the controller instead of the field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brad N. Mathiowetz, Christopher P. Kantzes, Todd M. Toepke, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Patent number: 10270215
    Abstract: A connector assembly for a portable field device testing includes a two-wire communication line to provide communication between a handheld maintenance tool and a field device, a first two-prong plug to provide power and communication signals to the field device and a shunt plug to provide power to the field device using the two-wire communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Roger Dewey, Alden C. Russell, III, Roger Benson, Anthony Ferguson, Todd M. Toepke
  • Publication number: 20180024534
    Abstract: A portable field maintenance tool system for performing a plurality of different functional tasks on one or more equipment assets in a plant includes a handheld base and a plurality of functional modules for attachment to the handheld base. Each functional module, when operatively attached to the handheld base, interacts with computer circuits on the handheld base to perform a pre-defined one or more of the functional tasks. A portable handheld field maintenance tool for performing one or more pre-selected ones of the functional tasks on an equipment asset in a plant is formed by operatively mounting any one of the functional modules to the handheld base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Alden C. Russell, III, Alan R. Dewey, Brad Mathiowetz, Todd M. Toepke, Stephen Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20180027071
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Joseph D. Fisher, James R. Logerquist, Alan R. Dewey, Alden C. Russell, III, Laura Briggs, Ronald Hempel
  • Publication number: 20180026954
    Abstract: Techniques for performing two-factor authentication in a process plant include receiving, at a user interface device, a first type of identification information for a user from an identification device or a physical trait of the user. The user interface device also receives a second type of identification information for the user from knowledge-based information provided by the user. The user interface device then determines that each type of identification information corresponds to the same authorized user within the process plant. When both types of identification information are for the same authorized user, the user is granted access to the user interface device. Accordingly, the user may execute functions on the user interface device to perform operations on a plant asset which is connected to the user interface device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: TODD M. TOEPKE, JOSEPH D. FISHER, CHRISTOPHER P. KANTZES, NEIL J. PETERSON
  • Publication number: 20180027054
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, James R. Logerquist, Joseph D. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20180024582
    Abstract: Multi-functional field maintenance (FM) tools that connect to process control devices, such as FOUNDATION Fieldbus and Highway Addressable Remote Transducer devices, can automatically detect and simultaneously identify communications, troubleshoot connections, and supply power in a process control plant. Simplifying the troubleshooting process, by guiding a user of a multi-functional FM tool through recommended troubleshooting steps, while simultaneously detecting and correcting issues reduces the number of tools required to maintain process control devices, reduces the risk of damage, and improves efficiency by minimizing production downtime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Christian R. Butikofer, Anthony Ferguson, Christopher P. Kantzes, Jon Westbrock, Thinh D. Le, Alden C. Russell, III, Alan R. Dewey, Mehul Rajeshbhai Dalal, Todd M. Toepke
  • Publication number: 20180026840
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Joseph D. Fisher, James R. Logerquist, Alan R. Dewey, Stephen Armstrong, Laura Briggs, Ronald Hempel
  • Publication number: 20180025304
    Abstract: An industrial service device fleet management system implements an organized and easy to use methodology to manage the digital content stored on each of a plurality of portable or stationary devices used in a plant, such as portable maintenance devices, to assure that each of the portable devices receives or implements only the content that it is supposed to have and is upgraded at the appropriate time to include new content, features, etc. The fleet management system includes a memory for storing information related to the fleet of portable or stationary devices including device identifications, device descriptions, end user names and privileges, the current content of each of the portable devices, and templates defining configuration parameters for the portable or stationary devices. The system also includes a content downloader that obtains, stores, and downloads content (such as software and firmware upgrades, additional features, applications, drivers, knowledge articles, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph D. Fisher, Todd M. Toepke, Nicholas T. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20180024538
    Abstract: A portable field maintenance tool may perform one or more tasks, such as communicating with a field device, powering a field device, diagnosing a field device, or diagnosing a communication link in a plant environment to which a field device is connected. The portable field maintenance tool may interact with field devices configured according to a number of different communication protocols, such as the HART protocol and the Fieldbus protocol. The portable field maintenance tool may be energy limited and fault tolerant, and may operate in compliance with Intrinsic Safety standards, enabling use of the portable field maintenance tool in hazardous areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Roger Benson, Anthony D. Ferguson, Todd M. Toepke
  • Publication number: 20180026809
    Abstract: A portable field maintenance tool may perform one or more tasks, such as communicating with a field device, powering a field device, diagnosing a field device, or diagnosing a communication link in a plant environment to which a field device is connected. The portable field maintenance tool may interact with field devices configured according to a number of different communication protocols, such as the HART protocol and the Fieldbus protocol. The portable field maintenance tool may be energy limited and fault tolerant, and may operate in compliance with Intrinsic Safety standards, enabling use of the portable field maintenance tool in hazardous areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Benson, Mehul Rajeshbhai Dalal, Anthony Ferguson, Todd M. Toepke
  • Patent number: 9864357
    Abstract: An intrinsically-safe handheld field maintenance tool is provided. The tool includes a process communication module configured to communicate with a field device in accordance with a process industry communication protocol. A controller is coupled to the process communication module and is configured to provide at least one function related to maintenance of the field device. Program instructions embodied on a computer readable medium coupled to the controller, the program instructions causing the controller, when executed by the controller, to provide operator rounds functionality, CMMS/EAM functionality and/or ERP functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad N. Mathiowetz, Christopher P. Kantzes, Todd M. Toepke, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Publication number: 20170331240
    Abstract: A connector assembly for a portable field device testing includes a two-wire communication line to provide communication between a handheld maintenance tool and a field device, a first two-prong plug to provide power and communication signals to the field device and a shunt plug to provide power to the field device using the two-wire communication line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Alan Roger Dewey, Alden C. Russell, III, Roger Benson, Anthony Ferguson, Todd M. Toepke
  • Patent number: 9805528
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling plant assets in a process plant include assigning permissions to users and user interface devices within the process plant, where the permissions specify a level of access to a plant asset. The permissions are then provided to the user interface devices. When a user connects a user interface device to a plant asset, the user interface device determines which operations the user may perform on the connected plant asset based on the permissions granted to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Joseph D. Fisher, Christopher P. Kantzes, Nicholas T. Meyer
  • Patent number: 9709973
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool with improved diagnostic functions is provided. The tool includes a process communication module configured to interact with a field device. A controller is coupled to the process communication module. The controller is configured to execute a number of improved diagnostic functions relative to the field device. The controller may obtain contextual information relative to a current field maintenance operation and preload at least one resource relative to a next field operation step. The controller may obtain process alarm information through a wireless communication module, and field device alert information through the process communication module and provide an indication on a display relative to both process alarm information and field device alert information. The controller may execute a sequence of field device maintenance operations on the field device in response to a signal from a user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Christopher P. Kantzes, Brad N. Mathiowetz, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Patent number: D818857
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan R. Dewey, Todd M. Toepke, Tom Johnson
  • Patent number: D856831
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan R. Dewey, Todd M. Toepke, Tom Johnson