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Using cloud-based data for virtualization of an industrial machine environment

A cloud-based virtualization generation service collects industrial-automation-system-related data from multiple industrial automation systems of multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. A virtualization management component analyzes the data and generates a virtualized industrial automation system of the industrial automation system based on the analysis results. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Dynamic sustainability search engine

The innovation relates to systems and/or methodologies for facilitating dynamic sustainability searches. A sustainability search component executes a query, and returns one or more results that satisfy a set of search criteria and a set of sustainability factors. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Safety controller using hardware memory protection

Hardware memory management units are used in an integrated safety/non-safety industrial computer to allow shared memory architecture processors to implement safety and non-safety reduced risk of memory corruption. Testing of the memory management unit of the non-safety processor may provide a periodic writing to protected memory to invoke a protection fault providing a report to the safety processor.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Systems and methods for broadcasting data and data tags associated with an industrial automation system

An industrial control system may receive data associated with at least one component within an industrial automation system. The industrial control system may then determine whether the data is associated with at least one of a plurality of data tags, such that the at least one of the plurality of data tags describes at least one characteristic of the data. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Techniques for improving industrial control systems

Systems are provided for a “loadable module” architecture for industrial controllers in which new control program modules which provide updated functions or features may be loaded to extend or modify the underlying operating system and/or other services without updating the firmware and without disrupting or otherwise compromising the ability of the industrial controller to maintain continuous control over the controlled process. Control program modules and libraries may be delivered to the industrial controller in object code format and an embedded linker in the industrial controller may be used to efficiently create fully linked and executable files locally. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Curvilinear encoder system for position determination

A curvilinear encoder is provided in which an incremental or absolute position for a cart can be detected on a track by applying one or more excitation signals and receiving one or more pick up signals. Analogous to a transformer arrangement, an encoder mover can be placed on the cart moving along the track, and an encoder stator can be placed on the track separated by a gap. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Hybrid encoder system for position determination

A linear and curvilinear encoder is provided in which absolute mechanical position and high resolution position determination can be obtained using a cart having a mover with “hybrid” teeth, configured in a curvilinear profile or shape, moving along a curvilinear track with a stator having teeth. The absolute mechanical position and high resolution position determination can be detected on the track by applying an excitation signal to a coil surrounding particular teeth of the stator to produce an electromagnetic (em) field which can be influenced by the profile or shape of the teeth of the mover. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Industrial data analytics in a cloud platform

Cloud-aware industrial devices feed robust sets of data to a cloud-based data analyzer that executes as a service in a cloud platform. In addition to industrial data generated or collected by the industrial devices, the devices can provide device profile information to the cloud-based analyzer that identifies the device and relevant configuration information. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Cloud based drive monitoring solution

A cloud-based remote monitoring system and method monitor one or more industrial devices of an industrial facility, including a local data historian located to monitor one or more parameters from the industrial devices, and store parameters in a local storage associated with the data historian, as well as a cloud agent located at the industrial facility to collect data indicative of a past and/or a present state of the industrial devices from the data historian local storage according a manifest specific to the industrial facility. The cloud agent sends the collected data to a cloud platform according to the manifest, and dynamically reconfigures the cloud agent without interrupting the collecting and the sending.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Transparency augmented industrial automation display

An industrial automation display is provided. The industrial automation display in one example includes a transparent display panel affixable to a movable panel and comprising a light-control layer. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Method of managing event generation for an industrial controller

An improved system for handling events in an industrial control system is disclosed. A module in an industrial controller is configured to generate an event responsive to a predefined signal or combination of signals occurring. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Power conversion system with conditioner capacitor discharge apparatus

Power conversion systems, discharge circuits and methods are disclosed for discharging a dc bus conditioner capacitor connected between a neutral node and a first reference node in a dc bus circuit of a power conversion system, in which a dc bus voltage of the power conversion system is monitored, and a discharge control dc power supply is activated in response to the dc bus voltage transitioning below a first threshold voltage to activate a switching circuit to connect a discharge resistor between the first reference node and a dc bus terminal of the dc bus circuit to at least partially discharge the conditioner capacitor through the discharge resistor.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Motor drive with multi-function high speed communications interface

Control circuitry of a motor drive provides commands for operation of power structure circuitry in cooperation with peripheral circuits and devices, such as converters, inverters, feedback precharge circuits, feedback devices, interfaces, and so forth. The communications with the devices is handled by power stage circuitry configured for the caliber system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

Motor drive with dynamic interval communication

Control circuitry of a motor drive provides commands for operation of power circuitry in cooperation with peripheral circuits and devices, such as converters, inverters, feedback precharge circuits, feedback devices, interfaces, and so forth. The communications with the devices is handled by fiber optic communications circuitry that implements a flexible scheme of dynamic interval communication depending upon the capabilities and design of the peripheral circuit or device. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175768

Motor drive with independent physical backplane communication

Control circuitry of a motor drive provides commands for operation of power circuitry based at least in part on signals exchanged with functional circuits, such as for system data and control data, such as feedback of motor or system parameters. The functional circuits may operate at different data rates, with different interrupt intervals, depending upon their capabilities. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/21/18 / #20180174749

Bobbin construction and coil winding method

A bobbin for holding inductive coils includes features that yield a smaller overall size and prevent irregular and asymmetric coil windings. The bobbin comprises a central hub and a single flange that extends from a middle circumference of the hub. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167494

Self-describing diagnostic data for presentation on mobile devices

Industrial devices are configured to provide their associated industrial data to client-side user interface applications in a self-describing manner that instructs the interface applications how the data is to be rendered. In response to a request for a data item from a user interface application, the industrial device sends the requested data item together with presentation metadata that identifies a widget or graphical objects to be used by the interface application to render the data item on a user interface. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166964

Controlled motion system having end teeth to facilitate the formation of a magnetic flux bridge joining linear motor sections

A linear controlled motion system include a track formed from one or more track sections and having at least one mover mounted to the track and effective for receiving articles at one location and transporting the articles to another location. The system includes at least one magnetic linear motion motor for providing a magnetic field effective for moving each mover in a controlled motion along the track and a magnetic flux bridge for reducing changes in the magnetic flux that reduces the efficiency or interferes with the operation of the controlled motion system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/14/18 / #20180164790

Control environment change communication

An automation control system is provided that includes a distributed automation component that receives and processes delta scripts describing state changes to one or more objects of a persistent object model.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/14/18 / #20180164763

Portable human-machine interface device

Systems, methods, and software to facilitate management of industrial operations are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, a portable hmi device is connected to a display system via a video interface, wherein the video interface provides interchangeability between a plurality of different display systems. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/07/18 / #20180159392

Electric motor with asymmetric design for improved operation

An electric motor in which at least one of the rotor and the stator has, an asymmetric design is disclosed. The electric motor is divided into a number of segments, where each segment has an equal number of windings and an equal number of poles. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/31/18 / #20180151271

Combined power and communications cable

Aspects of the present invention provide an improved cable having a reduced cross section while continuing to provide high voltage (noisy) power signals alongside low voltage (noise-susceptible) data signals. The improved cable can be used for power delivery and communications between a motor and a drive in an industrial control system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150917

Energy key performance indicators for the industrial marketplace

Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for calculating energy effectiveness in an industrial automation system. In one implementation, a computing system is directed to at least acquire production energy information indicating the amount of energy used by a machine during a processing period to process one or more parts and acquire process energy information indicating the sum of energy used by the machine during the processing period to process the one or more parts and to not process any parts. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/24/18 / #20180145602

Motor drive with silicon carbide mosfet switches

Motor drive power conversion systems, including a filter circuit with a single inductor and a capacitor for each input phase, an active rectifier with silicon carbide rectifier switching devices and no precharge circuitry, a dc bus circuit with a film dc bus capacitor, an inverter to drive a load, and a controller to operate the rectifier switching devices at a pwm rectifier switching frequency of 10 khz or more.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/24/18 / #20180145578

Method and apparatus for bypassing cascaded h-bridge (chb) power cells and power sub cell for multilevel inverter

Multilevel power converters, power cells and methods are presented for selectively bypassing a power stage of a multilevel inverter circuit, in which a single relay or contactor includes first and second normally closed output control contacts coupled between a given power cell switching circuit and the given power cell output, along with a normally open bypass contact coupled across the power stage output, with a local or central controller energizing the coil of the relay or contactor of a given cell to bypass that cell.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/17/18 / #20180138849

Current control of motor drives with output sinewave filter

Disclosed examples include power conversion systems, methods and computer readable mediums to operate an inverter to drive a motor load through an output filter, in which a control output value is computed according to a current reference value and a current feedback value using a proportional-integral (pi) current regulator, the control output value is filtered using a lag compensator filter to compute an inverter output command value, and the inverter is controlled according to the inverter output command value.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/17/18 / #20180136682

Energy storage method and system to power functional safety diagnostic subsystem

Disclosed is an industrial automation control system, method and apparatus and method of operation including a diagnostic domain subsystem powered by an energy storage subsystem. According to an exemplary embodiment, a diagnostic domain subsystem is configured to perform diagnostics of one or more conditions associated with a functional domain subsystem, where the energy storage subsystem powers the diagnostic subsystem during a normal mode of operation and the energy storage subsystem powers the diagnostic domain and functional domain during a power failure mode and/or power cycling mode.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132846

Method and apparatus for increasing current capacity of a distributed drive system

An improved system for connecting a dc bus cable and a remote motor drive includes a capacitance module and an extension module that may each be mounted adjacent to the remote motor drive. The capacitance module includes a first dc bus connector and a second dc bus connector. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180132382

Controller with fan monitoring and control

An industrial automation controller includes a housing with a forced convection chamber. First and second fans are releasably connected to the housing and are adapted to induce airflow through the forced convection chamber. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180132380

Controller with enhanced thermal properties

An electronics module includes a housing with: (i) a forced convection chamber including an internal forced convection space; and, (ii) a passive chamber including an internal passive space that is separated from the forced convection space. At least one fan is connected to the housing and adapted to induce forced convection airflow in the forced convection space. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131907

Virtual reality and augmented reality for industrial automation

An industrial visualization system generates and delivers virtual reality (vr) and augmented reality (ar) presentations of industrial facilities to wearable appliances to facilitate remote or enhanced interaction with automation systems within the facility. Vr presentations can comprise three-dimensional (3d) holographic views of a plant facility or a location within a plant facility. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180130260

Virtual reality and augmented reality for industrial automation

An industrial visualization system generates and delivers virtual reality (vr) and augmented reality (ar) presentations of industrial facilities to wearable appliances to facilitate remote or enhanced interaction with automation systems within the facility. Vr presentations can comprise three-dimensional (3d) holographic views of a plant facility or a location within a plant facility. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129838

Tag based location

For tag based location, a camera captures an image. A display presents the image. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129837

Emphasizing equipment based on an equipment tag

For emphasizing equipment based on an equipment tag, a processor receives a given equipment reference code for a given equipment instance. The processor further identifies one or more equipment tags in the image. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129793

Precompile and encrypt industrial intellectual property

An industrial precompile and encrypt system facilitates secure distribution of a digital industrial asset to a target device in an industrial automation environment while permitting common, expected user workflows such as interfacing with the asset; replacing failed target devices; verifying and validating the asset and its usage; securely troubleshooting the asset, editing the asset, or replacing the asset in a running system.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129276

Methods, systems, apparatuses, and techniques for employing augmented reality and virtual reality

Techniques for employing augmented reality or virtual reality information are presented. An information management component (imc) of an augmented reality device (ard) can monitor and detect user activities and conditions in area in proximity to ard. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129191

Industrial automation system machine analytics for a connected enterprise

Systems, methods, and software are disclosed herein for generating one or more machine dashboards. In an implementation, a computing system is directed to receive a set of machine data from a gateway device, the machine data comprising operation data of an industrial automation machine controlled by a controller of an industrial automation environment. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/03/18 / #20180123471

Filter circuit for eliminating inrush current, dc coil control circuit, and electromagnetic contactor

The present invention relates to a filter circuit for eliminating capacitive inrush current occurring in electromagnetic coil control circuits controlling the actuator coil of electromagnetic contactors or relays. The filter circuit comprises input terminals to be connected with a direct current voltage, a first output terminal to be connected with a first terminal of the inductive load and a second output terminal to be connected to a second terminal of the inductive load, a first diode, wherein the cathode of the first diode is connected to said first output terminal and to said first input terminal, a second diode, wherein the anode of the second diode is connected to said second output terminal, and a filter capacitor which is connected between said second input terminal and to a node which interconnects the anode of said first diode and the cathode of said second diode.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/03/18 / #20180123327

Method and apparatus for translating coupling features of a plug-in unit

Embodiments of a plug-in unit for an electrical enclosure are disclosed. The plug-in unit includes at least one stab configured to engage a bus, a stab shaft coupled with a base of the at least one stab, and a stab translation mechanism configured to translate the stab shaft such that the at least one stab translates from a retracted position to an extended position.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/03/18 / #20180122592

Handle assembly with defeater and related methods

A handle assembly and related methods for actuating a mechanism such as a disconnect switch.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/03/18 / #20180118535

Electronic module removal and insertion cart

A cart is provided four extracting modular components from enclosures, and for inserting such components into enclosures. The cart may be specifically adapted for components of certain sizes and configurations. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101150

Systems and methods for balancing loads in an industrial automation system

An industrial control system may receive processing information from at least two control systems associated with at least two components within an industrial automation system. The processing information may include a processing load value for each of the at least two control systems. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

04/05/18 / #20180095485

Methods and systems for using a tapped transformer to generate voltage sags

A device includes a three phase supply input including a first phase input, a second phase input, and a third phase input. The device further includes a three phase supply output including a first phase output, a second phase output, and a third phase output. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091072

Permanent magnet motor with absolute rotor position detection

A device includes a first silicon-controlled rectifier (scr), a second scr connected in anti-parallel with the first scr, and a commutation module. The commutation module is configured to apply a reverse bias voltage to the first scr or the second scr to turn off the first scr or the second scr. An ipm motor in which the absolute position of the rotor may be determined is disclosed. The ipm motor includes asymmetries in both the rotor and the stator. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091058

Multiphase multilevel power converter, control apparatus and methods to control harmonics during bypass operation

Power conversion systems, control apparatus, methods and computer readable mediums to operate a multiphase multilevel inverter that includes m inverter phase leg circuits that individually include n inverter stages with corresponding stage outputs connected in series between a reference node and a corresponding inverter phase output node, m being greater than 2, n being greater than 2, in which the stage outputs of a selected set of m of the inverter stages are bypassed, where the selected set includes a single inverter stage from each of the inverter phase leg circuits, and the selected set of inverter stages are connected to secondaries of a phase shift transformer at m different phase relationships to control harmonic distortion in a current of the transformer primary in response to a suspected inverter stage fault.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090254

Method and apparatus for interleaved switching of track segments in a motion control system

A power converter for a linear drive system having improved control of the switching devices to reduce the effects of localized heating within the power converter is disclosed. The linear drive system controls multiple movers along a track. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089870

Augmented reality presentation of an industrial environment

A industrial visualization system generates augmented reality presentations for rendering on a user's wearable computer as the user traverses an industrial facility. The system can leverage data indexed in a federated data model that unifies plant-wide data from multiple diverse sources under a common namespace. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088783

System and method for previewing a dashboard display on various form factors

Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for previewing a dashboard report comprising displaying a graphical object on a dashboard design canvas of a design graphical user interface (gui), receiving a user input to display a preview gui of the dashboard design canvas, and displaying a preview of the dashboard design canvas on the preview gui according to a preview mode. The preview mode is user-selectable and includes a monitor device preview mode that causes the preview gui to display the preview of the dashboard design canvas as the dashboard design canvas would appear when viewed on a monitor device having a screen resolution greater than a monitor threshold and an alternate device preview mode causes the preview gui to display the preview of the dashboard design canvas as the dashboard design canvas would appear when viewed on a preview device having a screen resolution less than the monitor threshold.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088567

State-based hierarchy energy modeling

An energy monitoring system includes a memory storing instructions to execute an energy modeling technique and processing circuitry for executing the instructions to operate the energy modeling technique. The energy modeling technique includes receiving energy data from a plurality of segments representative of one or more logical subgroups. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088566

Selective online and offline access to searchable industrial automation data

An industrial data indexing system facilitates discovery and indexing of plant-wide data residing on multiple different data platforms. The indexing system automatically inventories industrial devices and other data sources located throughout a plant, and identifies available data items on each data source. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088564

Workflow tracking and identification using an industrial monitoring system

An industrial workflow tracking and identification system captures optimal employee workflows for addressing maintenance issues or operating industrial systems, and renders these workflows at appropriate times in order to guide operators and maintenance personnel through optimal sequences for carrying out operations or addressing maintenance issues. The system monitors and indexes both plant-wide system data as well as employee behaviors, and identifies correlations between operational outcomes and user workflows. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/29/18 / #20180086565

Multi-rail/roller compliance system for independent mover products

A mover system that provides spatially separated rails of the track interacting with pairs of closely spaced opposed wheels of the mover constraining movement of the mover on the track is provided. Each pair of wheels includes standard cylindrical or crowned wheels contacting the opposed parallel sides of standard rectangular rails, retaining the movers on the track in both horizontal and vertical directions normal to a transport direction along the track. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083982

Secure command execution from a cloud monitoring system to a remote cloud agent

An industrial control system that includes a cloud platform facilitates secure execution of command data for an industrial device in communication with the cloud platform. The system includes an interface component, a validation component and an execution component. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083917

Topology based internet protocol (ip) addressing

Ip addresses may be allocated to devices in an industrial control system by applying starting address information in combination with each device's relative position in a local network. The starting address information, which may include an ip subnet address, gateway address, subnet mask, subnet size, and/or local network group identifier, may be provided to a first positioned, or “initiator,” device in a local network. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083916

Internet protocol (ip) addressing using an industrial control program

A system is provided in which a position for each device (relative to other devices) in a topology, and a corresponding device id for each device, may be predetermined. Then, the predetermined position and corresponding device id for each device may be compared to actual devices in a topology having preprogrammed device id's and pre-assigned ip addresses. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083514

Apparatus for reduced voltage stress on ac motors and cables

The disclosed apparatus provides a simple and low cost solution of reducing voltage stress on ac motors and cables in vfd fed motor systems without connecting apparatus to live circuits. Disclosed examples include apparatus to couple a motor drive to a motor, including a cable with a first end coupled with an output of a motor drive, a second end coupled with a motor, a plurality of conductors to convey an output signal of the motor drive between the first and second ends to drive the motor, and a plurality of shields, with a conductive junction to couple tap points of at least two of the shields together. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081962

Data exchange in a collaborative environment

An apparatus, system, method, and program product are disclosed for data exchange in a collaborative environment. A data module receives first data from a first application that corresponds to second data of a second application. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081747

Industrial control program sequence monitoring

The present inventors have recognized that highly reliable operation may be further achieved in industrial control systems by monitoring execution of programs in real time. Such monitoring may include detecting defective program sequences which may be caused by executing a wrong sequence, executing a sequence at a wrong time, and/or a faulty clock. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075995

Safety switch and associated methods

A cable pull switch includes a polychotomous sensor configured to provide a reading of at least one of a plurality of values, the reading corresponding to a tension on a pull cable or a linear displacement of an end of a pull cable. A processor coupled to the polychotomous cable pull sensor configured to determine a rate of change of the value of the reading from the sensor and determine an occurrence of a cable pull event, the determination based on the determined rate of change of the value, and determine whether the rate of change of the value of an electrical resistance through the polychotomous cable pull sensor is below a threshold rate of change value, and adjust an upper pull threshold value to a new upper pull threshold value that is based on a present reading of the value of the electrical resistance through the strain gauge.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067166

Cleaning and motor heating electromagnetic motor control switching

One embodiment describes a switching device system, which includes a first single pole switching device that selectively connects and disconnects a first phase of electric power to a first winding of a three phase motor; a second single switching device that selectively connects and disconnects a second phase of electric power to a second winding of the three phase motor; in which the first and second single pole switching devices control temperature of the motor by, at a first time, connecting the first phase and the second phase electric power to the motor.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063244

On-premise data collection and ingestion using industrial cloud agents

A cloud agent facilitates collection of industrial data from one or more data sources on the plant floor and migration of the collected data to a cloud platform for storage and processing. Collection services associated with the cloud agent perform on-premise data collection of historical, live, and/or alarm data directly from industrial devices networked to the agent or from intermediate data concentrators that gather the data from the devices. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059653

Systems and methods for virtually tagging and securing industrial equipment

In one embodiment, a non-transitory computer readable medium may include computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a processor, may receive a first set of data associated with a user, receive a second set of data associated with one or more lockout procedures performed by the user, receive a request to actuate a locking mechanism of an electronic lock configured to prevent a machine in an industrial automation application from being operational, and send a signal to the electronic lock to actuate the locking mechanism when the second set of data indicates that the lockout procedures have been performed by the user and the data corresponds to an authorized user.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059245

Absolute distance measurement for time-of-flight sensors

A time-of-flight (tof) sensor device is provided with features for correcting distance measurement offset errors caused by such factors as temperature, dynamic reflectivity ranges of objects in the viewing space, or other factors. In various embodiments, the tof sensor device generates corrected distance values based on comparison of two different distance values measured for an object by two different measurement techniques, including but not limited to phase shift measurement, pulsed tof measurement, distance measurement based on the focal length of the tof sensor's lens, and comparison of distance variations with light intensity variations. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054318

Enhanced security for industrial automation gateways

An industrial automation gateway providing an extended web of trust is provided. The industrial automation gateway includes a cloud communication interface coupled with a cloud automation facility, a hardware memory, and a processor coupled with the cloud communication interface and the hardware memory. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052835

Multimodal search input for an industrial search platform

An industrial search and diagnosis system discovers available data items across heterogeneous data platforms that make up an industrial enterprise and indexes the data items in a unified searchable namespace. The system also indexes non-textual or multimedia input, including image data, video data, and audio data. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052451

Remote industrial automation site operation in a cloud platform

A cloud-based remote industrial automation site operation system leverages a wide array of configuration and operational data generated by industrial assets of an industrial enterprise to facilitate remote control of automation systems from a cloud platform. Status and operational data generated by industrial assets on the plant floor is migrated to the cloud platform where the remote site operation system resides. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047527

Multipole electromechanical switching device

A method and apparatus using electromagnetic switching in a two-step connection process is provided to minimize surge currents and torque oscillations in three-phase motors during starts.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027462

Systems and methods for bidirectional network geography delivery

Systems, methods and apparatus for bidirectional network geography delivery are disclosed. The methods include receiving a reference subnet network geography from a main network device, storing the received reference subnet network geography, retrieving an actual subnet network geography of a subnet network, comparing the reference subnet network geography to the actual subnet network geography and determining if they are compatible, and commissioning the subnet network based on the received reference subnet network geography when the received reference subnet network geography is compatible with the actual subnet network geography of the subnet network. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026978

Systems and methods for adding a non-inherent component to a device key of a networked device

Systems, methods and apparatus for adding a non-inherent component to a device key of a networked device are disclosed. The methods include receiving a device key of the networked device, where the device key comprises one or more device identifying attributes of the networked device in the nodal geographic network, identifying location information of the networked device in the nodal geographic network, and where the location information represents a geographic relationship between the networked device and other network nodes of the nodal geographic network, assigning a position attribute to the networked device according to the identified location information of the networked device in the nodal geographic network, and adding the position attribute to the device key as the non-inherent component for the networked device, and storing the device key independently from the networked device or in the networked device, or both.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026941

Systems, methods and apparatus for supporting multiple network addressing modes

Systems, methods and apparatus for multiple network addressing modes are disclosed. The method includes selecting one of an automap full mode, an automap-by-type full mode, an automap light mode, an automap-by-type light mode and a manual node commissioning mode for determining and assigning the node addresses for the network devices, determining and assigning the node addresses for the network devices based on the automap full mode, determining and assigning the node addresses for the network devices based on the automap-by-type full mode, determining and assigning the node addresses for newly added network devices to an existing network based on the automap light mode, determining and assigning the node addresses for the newly added network devices to the existing network based on the automap-by-type light mode, and determining and assigning the node addresses for the network devices based on the manual node commissioning mode.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026544

Motor drive with silicon carbide mosfet switches

Motor drive power conversion systems are provided including a rectifier and a switching inverter, wherein the switching devices of the rectifier, the inverter and/or of a dc/dc converter are silicon carbide switches, such as silicon carbide mosfets. Driver circuits are provided for providing bipolar gate drive signals to the silicon carbide mosfets, including providing negative gate-source voltage for controlling the off state of enhancement mode low side drivers and positive gate-source voltage for controlling the off state of enhancement mode high side drivers.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024605

Intelligent power tap with zone control and safety zone control

Systems and methods for providing diagnostic information by an intelligent power tap is disclosed. The intelligent power tap includes a circuit board. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024604

Intelligent power tap for providing power and communicating in industrial automation applications

Systems and methods for providing diagnostic information by an intelligent power tap is disclosed. The power tap includes a circuit board and a microcontroller disposed on the circuit board. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024583

Power tap with adjustable configuration

Systems and methods are provided for a power tap with adjustable configuration. The power tap includes a circuit board that acts on the adjustable configuration to define the function of the power tap in the system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020564

Din latch mechanism

An electronics module having a latch assembly including first and second reciprocating latch portions adapted to engage respective first and second opposite edges of a mounting rail. Each of the latch portions includes a locking tab, the locking tabs movable away from each other from a latched position to an unlatched position, the first and second latch portions being coupled together for reciprocating motion, at least one of said latch portions including an actuator portion extending from the housing for manual actuation of the latch assembly between the latch and unlatched positions.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013220

Connector with sliding tap

The disclosed embodiments relate generally to a modular connector for a multi-conductor ribbon cable provided for power and data transmission to a network of devices. The modular connector is coupled to the conductors in the ribbon cable by insulation displacement members. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012510

Using cloud-based data for industrial automation system training

A cloud-based performance enhancement service captures and collects data relating to interactions of users with industrial automation systems of multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. The service employs a performance enhancement component that analyzes the data to facilitate determining correlations between certain user interactions and favorable performance of an industrial automation system, determining user interactions that are less favorable or unsafe, determining alternative actions that a user can take to achieve a same or similar preferred operational result, generating recommendations relating to the alternative actions, determining or designing components or techniques that can automate a preferred user action, determining improved user assignments in connection with the industrial automation system, and/or generating training modules or presentations based on preferred user actions that can be used to train users to more efficiently interact with an industrial automation system to achieve improved system performance.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011454

Inferred energy usage and multiple levels of energy usage

The present disclosure describes system and methods for inferring energy usage at multiple levels of granularity. One embodiment describes an industrial automation system including a first industrial automation component, a first sensor coupled to the first industrial automation component, in which the first sensor measures a first amount of power supplied to the first industrial automation component, a second industrial automation component that couples to the first industrial automation component, and an industrial control system that infers energy usage by the first industrial automation component and the second industrial automation component based at least in part on the first amount of power supplied to the first industrial automation component.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/04/18 / #20180006913

Industrial internet of things data pipeline for a data lake

A cloud-based analytics system streams industrial data from customer facilities to a cloud platform as torrential data streams, and performs analytics on the data contained in the data streams based on a selected set of rules. The rules can be designed to diagnose current or potential issues, to monitor for alarm conditions, or to perform other types of analytics. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

01/04/18 / #20180003807

Waveform reconstruction in a time-of-flight sensor

A time-of-flight (tof) sensor device is configured to perform classification analytics on a waveform signal representing a reflected light pulse, and to classify an object from which the light pulse was received based on characteristic properties of the reflected pulse. The tof sensor device can compare the reflected pulse waveform with stored characteristic waveform profiles indicative of different types of objects or atmospheric particulates, including but not limited to snow, aerosol, water, fog, or mist. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/28/17 / #20170373630

Method and apparatus for detecting ground faults in inverter outputs on a shared dc bus

A system to detect a ground fault at the output of an inverter section prior to powering up a motor drive system is disclosed. A low voltage power supply is connected to the dc bus prior to connecting the input power source to the rectifier section. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366541

Offline access control for an application

Techniques to facilitate offline access control for an application associated with an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, a a user login prompt for the application is displayed on a display system of a computing system, wherein the user login prompt provides an offline access option for a user to request offline access to the application for a period of time. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366275

System and method for pulsed based receiver photo sensor

A photoelectric sensor uses a selective pulse detection technique and associated synchronization techniques to improve the quality of pulse detection, the operating range of the sensor, and the sensor's immunity to noise. These improvements also yield faster sensor response times and reduce the design cycle time. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366110

System and method for simplifying interconnection between panel controls and motor power units

An interface circuit having releasable electrical connectors and as little as a single relay providing a standardized connection between panel controls intended for three-wire, two-wire or combination three-wire/two-wire control and a motor drive or motor controller. In this way, greatly simplified manufacturing of control cabinets may be provided with variations in control strategy being implemented simply by the provision of different panel controls having prewired harnesses and connectors.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366072

Radiation heat transfer of internal motor components by electro-magnetic waves

A motor assembly including a housing with a motor portion having an opening for receiving a motor housing/stator assembly, rotor assembly, front and rear end caps and bearings, an encoder coupled to the motor, and an rear cover for enclosing the opening of the motor portion of the housing, the rear cover at least partially surrounding the encoder. At least one of an interior surface of the rear cover or an exterior surface of the encoder comprise a material having an emissivity greater than 0.9.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/21/17 / #20170361731

Multi-trajectory track and mover system

A linear drive transport system may include a track that includes first, second, third, and fourth track surfaces that define perimeter boundaries of the track and a magnetic drive system. The first, second, third, and fourth track surfaces include first, second, third, and fourth trajectories about the track, respectively, which are each different from one another. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359418

System and method for dynamic multi-objective optimization of machine selection, integration and utilization

The invention provides control systems and methodologies for controlling a process having computer-controlled equipment, which provide for optimized process performance according to one or more performance criteria, such as efficiency, component life expectancy, safety, emissions, noise, vibration, operational cost, or the like. More particularly, the subject invention provides for employing machine diagnostic and/or prognostic information in connection with optimizing an overall business operation over a time horizon.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357250

Scalable analytics architecture for automation control systems

A layered industrial analytics architecture enables the flow of information from intelligent assets into tools and engines that perform analytics and enable decision-making in substantially real-time. The analytics architecture comprises analytic nodes that are distributed across multiple layers of an industrial enterprise, and includes system features that optimize movement of data across this layered architecture. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357249

Scalable analytics architecture for automation control systems

A layered industrial analytics architecture enables the flow of information from intelligent assets into tools and engines that perform analytics and enable decision-making in substantially real-time. The analytics architecture comprises analytic nodes that are distributed across multiple layers of an industrial enterprise, and includes system features that optimize movement of data across this layered architecture. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353138

Motor drive with resonance detection and impedance computation

Disclosed examples include power conversion systems, computer readable mediums and methods for mitigating input filter resonance, in which a controller operates an active front end (afe) rectifier in a first mode to turn a single rectifier switching device on and off and measures a filter voltage or current signal while all of the rectifier switches are off. The controller determines a resonant frequency based on a transient response of the measured voltage or current signal, and selectively adjusts a rectifier control parameter to mitigate filter resonance based on the resonant frequency.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353120

Precharge apparatus for power conversion system

Power conversion systems, methods and precharge systems are disclosed to charge a dc bus capacitor, including thyristors and reverse diodes coupled in ac circuit paths between ac input lines and a rectifier, a precharge resistor coupled in one or more of the ac circuit paths, and a controller to turn all the thyristors off to allow the dc bus capacitor to charge through the precharge resistor, and to turn all the thyristors on when the dc bus voltage reaches a non-zero threshold value.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

12/07/17 / #20170351226

Industrial machine diagnosis and maintenance using a cloud platform

A cloud-based diagnosis and maintenance system facilitates discovery and indexing of plant-wide data residing on various data platforms across multiple industrial facilities. The system includes an indexing system that automatically inventories industrial devices and other data sources located throughout the facilities, and identifies available data items on each data source. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346768

Conversation interface agent for manufacturing operation information

A conversation interface system provides remote access to manufacturing operation information using plain language message exchange. A cloud-based conversation interface service is exposed to an instant messaging application, and receives plain language queries from via the instant messaging application's interface requesting information relating to one or more industrial systems. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345525

Ribbon cable with polarization

The disclosed embodiments relate generally to a multi-conductor ribbon cable provided for power and data transmission to a network of devices. The multi-conductor ribbon cable is keyed for mating with a modular connector. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/30/17 / #20170343996

Industrial automation asset modeling and synchronization

Provided herein are systems, methods, and software to facilitate automatic generation of type-based reporting model and reports associated with an industrial automation environment. In one implementation, one or more computer-readable storage media have program instructions stored thereon, wherein the program instructions, when executed by a computing system, direct the computing system to at least access a source of data containing information related to operation of a system and identify at least one object in the information related to a data property. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/30/17 / #20170343990

Motor drive system data interface system and method

A motor drive system includes a motor drive processor, a motor drive memory component, a server, and a display that displays a machine readable code, wherein the motor drive forms a secure wireless connection with a smart device once the smart device has scanned the machine readable code.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337283

Dynamic search engine for an industrial environment

A multi-platform industrial search system facilitates indexing and searching of plant-wide data residing on multiple different data platforms. The industrial search system automatically inventories industrial devices and other data sources located throughout a plant, and identifies available data items on each data source. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337226

Method to automate historian configuration using controller based tag meta attribute

An industrial control program development system allows a user to set metadata attributes for respective data items in the controller that indicate which of the data tags are to be monitored and collected by a separate industrial data historian system. When the industrial controller is deployed on a plant network, the data historian system reads the metadata attributes for the respective data items (e.g., data tags or data logs) defined in the controller and configures itself to collect and store data associated with the subset of data items that have been flagged for data collection. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336947

System and method to capture and document cross-product compatibility status information for industrial devices

A device compatibility information system captures, processes, and presents cross-product compatibility status information for industrial devices. The system can receive device compatibility information from both device vendors as well as end users of the industrial devices in order to rapidly accumulate device compatibility information for large numbers of industrial device pairs. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336772

System and method for dynamic meta-data in control and visualization

An automation control and monitoring system is provided that includes an automation control component and a data store. The automation control component is configured to store measurement data acquired from a sensing component of the automation control system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331389

Power conversion system with dc bus regulation for abnormal grid condition ride through

Power conversion systems and methods are provided for ride through of abnormal grid conditions or disturbances, in which a system rectifier is operated in a first mode to regulate a dc voltage of an intermediate dc circuit, an inverter is operated in the first mode to convert dc power from the intermediate dc circuit to provide ac output power to drive a load. In response to detecting an abnormal grid condition, the system changes to a second mode in which the rectifier is turned off and the inverter regulates the dc voltage of the intermediate dc circuit using power from the load.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/16/17 / #20170329299

Binding graphic elements to controller data

Graphic element definitions are bound to industrial automation data types in an industrial control system. Moreover, a system provides automatic data searching and filtering of an item based on user interactions with either the graphic element definition or a controller data type. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

11/09/17 / #20170324333

Motor drive filter damping

Disclosed examples include methods, power converters and damping circuits to control damping of an input filter circuit, in which a low-voltage secondary winding is wound around a common core with a primary winding connected between an ac input and a rectifier input of the converter, where the secondary winding is coupled in a series circuit with a damping resistor and a switch, and a controller selectively closes the switch with a controlled on-time at system power up and/or in response to detection of oscillation or transients in the power converter.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308069

Industrial process historian time synchronization of source based timestamp event data

Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for preserving timestamp data in an industrial automation environment. In one implementation, one or more computer-readable storage media having program instructions stored thereon to preserve timestamp data in an industrial automation environment, wherein the program instructions, when executed by a computing system, direct the computing system to at least receive, at a controller, event data of an event from an electronic device, wherein the event data comprises a status of the event and the timestamp of the event. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

10/12/17 / #20170293278

Constant input resistance for redundant input modules employed in high availability systems

A system includes a control device that coordinates within the system to control one or more operations of industrial automation equipment. The system also includes a terminal base that couples to the control device, wherein the terminal base includes a circuit. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277920

Identification of industrial equipment using micro-location services

Techniques to facilitate identification of industrial equipment using micro-location services in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, an identification signal is detected transmitted from a wireless transceiver associated with an asset of the industrial automation environment. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277171

Using cloud-based data for virtualization of an industrial automation environment with information overlays

A cloud-based virtualization generation service collects industrial data from multiple industrial automation systems of multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. A virtualization management component (vmc) generates a virtualized industrial automation system of an industrial automation system based on data analysis results. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272023

Phase loss detection in active front end converters

System, apparatus and methods are provided for identifying a phase loss condition in a motor drive. In one example, a power conversion system includes an active rectifier, a switching inverter, and a controller. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271868

High precision low-voltage output limiter

Overvoltage protector uses a low-power shunt regulator to provide precise overvoltage protection at low voltages. The shunt regulator communicates with the current limiter to the input voltage allowing precise current measurement while protecting the shunt regulator from excessive power consumption.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255723

Using cloud-based data for industrial simulation

A cloud-based simulation generation service collects industrial data from multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. The service employs a simulation generator component that analyzes data to facilitate generating a simulation model that simulates an industrial automation system, including simulating or emulating industrial devices, industrial processes, other industrial assets, or network-related assets or devices, and their respective interrelationships with each other. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

08/31/17 / #20170248481

Safety switch with imbalance test

An apparatus for an imbalance test includes a strain measurement module that measures a strain voltage across terminals of a strain gauge. The strain voltage is representative of an amount of force on the strain gauge. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

08/17/17 / #20170237385

Systems and methods for implementing multiple motor control modes in a motor drive controller

A system may include a motor drive that controls one or more operations of a motor. The motor drive may include a first processor that controls the operations of the motor according to a first control mode application. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230378

Beacon-based industrial automation access authorization

Techniques to implement beacon-based access authorization to industrial assets in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, each industrial asset has one or more beacons that broadcast signals enabling a mobile device to measure its distance from the broadcasting beacon. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223110

Cloud gateway for industrial automation information and control systems

A cloud gateway for coupling an industrial system to a cloud platform is provided. The cloud gateway collects data from one or more industrial controllers, meters, sensors, or other devices comprising an industrial automation system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222588

Control of motor drives with output sinewave filter capacitor current compensation using sinewave filter transfer function

Disclosed examples include power conversion systems, methods and computer readable mediums to operate an inverter to drive a motor load through an intervening filter, by computing a speed error value according to a speed reference value and a speed feedback value, computing a torque reference value according to the speed error value, computing a motor current reference value according to the torque reference value, compensating the motor current reference value according to capacitor currents of the output filter using a transfer function representing an output current to input current amplitude vs. Frequency behavior of the output filter and the motor load, and controlling the inverter according to the inverter output current reference value.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222521

System and method for active cooling of on-machine devices

A system and method for cooling an enclosed position feedback device mounted to a motor is disclosed. An active cooling device is mounted between the position feedback device and the housing enclosing the position feedback device. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220015

Redundant watchdog method and system utilizing safety partner controller

This disclosure provides an automation controller method, system and apparatus including a redundant watchdog utilizing a safety partner controller. According to an exemplary controller, the controller includes a first processing unit, a second processing unit, and an integrated circuit configured to receive as inputs fault indicator signals from the first and second processing units, and the integrated circuit configured to disable i/o communications for a fault condition detected by the first or second processing units.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214717

Model-based security policy configuration and enforcement in an industrial automation system

A model-based industrial security policy configuration system implements a plant-wide industrial asset security policy in accordance with security policy definitions provided by a user. The configuration system models the collection of industrial assets for which diverse security policies are to be implemented. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214575

Cloud based drive monitoring solution

A cloud-based remote monitoring system and method monitor one or more industrial devices of an industrial facility, including a local data historian located to monitor one or more parameters from the industrial devices, and store parameters in a local storage associated with the data historian, as well as a cloud agent located at the industrial facility to collect data indicative of a past and/or a present state of the industrial devices from the data historian local storage according a manifest specific to the industrial facility. The cloud agent sends the collected data to a remote cloud platform according to the manifest, and dynamically reconfigures the cloud agent without interrupting the collecting and the sending.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212494

Multi-mover linear motor controller providing shared coordination subsystem

A runtime coordination subsystem allows programmers of multi-mover, linear motion systems to provide simple commands to the movers without concern for the presence of other movers on the track. The runtime coordination subsystem manages proper separation distances to prevent collisions and automatically queue movers in contention situations. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208436

Systems and methods for automated access to relevant information in a mobile computing environment

A system for configuring and providing automated access to content based on the access rights of a mobile computing device, the location of a mobile computing device, and the user operating the mobile computing device. The system uses a centralized database and management system to configure and manage access to content. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/20/17 / #20170207045

Arc chamber assembly and method

The present disclosure describes an apparatus and method for quenching the arc developed during the interruption of a current carrying path by use of an arc quenching apparatus with a contiguous chamber that shapes and directs the gas pressure and other associated arc components through a set of splitter plates located at the ends of the chamber. The contiguous chamber contains the gas pressure and other associated arc components for the duration of the quenching process.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205813

Optimization-based control with open modeling architecture systems and methods

In one embodiment, a model predictive control system for an industrial process includes a processor to execute an optimization module to determine manipulated variables for the process over a control horizon based on simulations performed using an objective function with an optimized process model and to control the process using the manipulated variables, to execute model modules including mathematical representations of a response or parameters of the process. The implementation details of the model modules are hidden from and inaccessible to the optimization module. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205811

Emulated industrial control execution rate scaling

A host system which executes an emulation environment for modelling a logical behavior of an industrial control device may execute a clock management module to scale execution time in the emulation environment to more accurately reflect execution time of the industrial control device. The clock management module may operate to receive repeatable ticks based on a real time clock of the host system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205809

Optimization based controller tuning systems and methods

One embodiment of the present disclosure describes an industrial system, which includes a control system that controls operation of an industrial process by instructing an automation component in the industrial system to implement a manipulated variable setpoint. The control system includes a process model that model operation of the industrial process, control optimization that determines the manipulated variable setpoint based at least in part on the process model, a control objective function, and constraints on the industrial process, in which the control objective function includes a tuning parameter that describes weighting between aspects of the industrial process affected by the manipulated variable setpoint; and tuning optimization circuitry that determines the tuning parameter based at least in part on a tuning objective function, in which the tuning objective function is determined based at least in part on a closed form solution to an augmented version of the control objective function, which includes the constraints as soft constraints.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205792

Presentation of graphical visualizations and control mechanisms in-line with programming logic

Techniques to facilitate programming industrial control systems to operate machinery in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, a user interface is displayed for a control program editor comprising programming logic associated with at least one machine system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205780

Embedded emulation modules in industrial control devices

An emulation module configured to model a logical behavior of an industrial control device may be stored or embedded in the industrial control device for subsequent downloading and emulation by another device. The industrial control device storing the emulation module may execute firmware for its operation, and the stored emulation module may be used to model the logical behavior of the industrial control device executing the firmware. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195827

Wireless communication device linking in an industrial automation environment

Techniques to facilitate linking a control device to a specific industrial asset in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, an initiating link is established between a mobile device and a target device (e.g., the target device being selected from one or more industrial assets discovered within a close-range initiating range of a proximity communication system of the mobile device). ... Rockwell Automation Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195265

Delivery of automated notifications by an industrial asset

An automated industrial notification platform creates a link between a given industrial asset and one or more people or support entities qualified to provide support for the asset. An industrial device or machine stores electronic expert tag information that records and catalogues one or more support people or entities to be notified in response to detection of various types of performance or maintenance issues. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185594

Universal, hierarchical layout of assets in a facility

For creating a hierarchical representation, generating functionality for a given asset, and effectuating the functionality, one or more processors to create a hierarchical representation in a data repository of a plurality of assets communicating on at least one network and employed to perform manufacturing within an industrial environment. The one or more processors analyze an electronic document that corresponds to the given asset and generate a functionality of the given asset from the electronic document. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/29/17 / #20170183170

Linear drive transport system and method

Present embodiments include a linear drive transport system. The system includes a plurality of fixed tracks and a junction track disposed on a conveyor configured to align the junction track with each of the plurality of fixed tracks. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180471

Peer-to-peer exchange of data resources in a control system

System(s) and method(s) are provided for peer-to-peer exchange of data in a control system. Decentralized storage and multi-access paths provide complete sets of data without dependence on a specific or pre-defined data source or access paths. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178849

Clapper armature with curved pole face

The present disclosure describes an apparatus for increasing the initial closing force and reducing the final closing force in the actuating mechanism of electromechanical switching devices such as relays or contactors.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178782

Compact inductor

For reducing volume requirements and magnetic flux leakage, a compact inductor includes a first planar core with a first core thickness along a first axis orthogonal to a plane of the first planar core. In addition, the inductor includes a second planar core disposed parallel to the first planar core with a second core thickness along the first axis. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176984

Systems and methods to enhance machine designs and production rate schedules for minimized energy cost

In one embodiment, a tangible, non-transitory computer readable medium stores instructions that, when executed by a processor, are configured to cause the processor to receive a first set of inputs including a motion profile of a machine, a mechanical design of the machine, or both, generate a number of axis solutions for one or more actuators, drives, and load transmission components based on a model using the first set of inputs, generate a production rate versus amount of energy consumed per part curve for each of the number of axis solutions, and display the production rate versus amount of energy consumed per part curves for each of the number of axis solutions. One of the curves includes a point on the curve indicative of a lowest amount of energy consumed for a desired production rate range.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/08/17 / #20170163197

Controlled motion system

A controlled motion system having a plurality of movers controlled as they travel along both smart and simple sections of a track. The controlled motion system comprises a control system for controlling the speed of a mover as it travels along a simple section, and permits the pitch or distance between movers to increase or decrease as they travel along a simple section. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161475

Secondary security authority

Techniques to facilitate protecting control programs used in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, control system content provided by a primary entity is received along with a primary security authority provided by the primary entity, wherein the primary security authority defines primary usage rights for the control system content granted to a secondary entity. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/01/17 / #20170154746

Swtiching phase offset for contactor optimization

A system and methods providing for minimizing the arc energy delivered to the pads of a plurality of contactors using a single control coil based on monitoring the electrical sine waves of the three alternating current electrical poles and calculating the instant to energize or deenergize a single control coil. The remainder of the contactors will make or break based on an offset in time from the making or breaking of the control contactor.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/01/17 / #20170154298

Cloud-based global alarm annunciation system for industrial systems

A cloud-based global alarm annunciation broker assist in locating and contacting suitable technical support personnel in response to detected alarm events at a plant facility. The system comprises a cloud-based framework that dynamically matches on-site alarm events to domain experts capable of addressing the alarm events. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

06/01/17 / #20170153632

Routing of enterprise resource planning messages

An enterprise resource planning (erp) gateway is provided for routing of erp messages to manufacturing execution system (mes) applications. The gateway can receive a message from an erp system via a manufacturing services bus specifying a business objective requiring action at a control level of an enterprise. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141712

Feedforward control of motor drives with output sinewave filter

Disclosed examples include power conversion systems and methods to operate an inverter to drive a motor load through an intervening output filter, a transformer and a cable, including a current regulator to compute a command value according to a current reference value and a motor current feedback value, a cross-coupled feedforward component to compensate the command value by an estimated cross-coupled voltage value to compute a control output value, a cross-coupled object component to compute the motor current feedback value according to a voltage value using a plant transfer function representing the output filter, the transformer, the cable and the motor load, and a controller to provide the inverter switching control signals to control the inverter according to the control output value.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141524

Multi-drive common control bus connector system

An electrical bus assembly includes a frame and a plurality of bus bar carriers connected to the frame. The bus bars are supported by the bus bar carriers in parallel spaced-apart relation. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141013

Systems and methods for coupling a semiconductor device of an automation device to a heat sink

A system includes a heat sink, a semiconductor device, a layer of thermal interface material (tim) disposed between the heat sink and the semiconductor device, and a fastener system that couples the semiconductor device, the layer of tim, and the heat sink together. The tim may facilitate dissipation of heat generated by the semiconductor device via the heat sink during operation of the semiconductor device. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/18/17 / #20170140890

Safety switch and associated methods

A cable pull switch includes a polychotomous sensor configured to provide a reading of at least one of a plurality of values, the reading corresponding to a tension on a pull cable or a linear displacement of an end of a pull cable. A processing device is configured to receive the reading, determine whether a value of the reading is outside of a non-tripped value window, a limit edge being a pull threshold value, and responsively generate an output signal indicative of a cable pull event. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139404

User interface widget modeling and placement

Techniques to facilitate visualization of an application associated with an industrial automation environment are disclosed. In at least one implementation, a display composer interface is presented that enables a user to design a customized display layout for the application associated with the industrial automation environment. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139382

Predictive monitoring and diagnostics systems and methods

System and method for improving operation of an industrial automation system, which includes a control system that controls operation of an industrial automation process. The control system includes a feature extraction block that determines extracted features by transforming process data determined during operation of an industrial automation process based at least in part on feature extraction parameters; a feature selection block that determines selected features by selecting a subset of the extracted features based at least in part on feature selection parameters, in which the selected features are expected to be representative of the operation of the industrial automation process; and a clustering block that determines a first expected operational state of the industrial automation system by mapping the selected features into a feature space based at least in part on feature selection parameters.. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/18/17 / #20170138180

Systems and methods for self configuration of remote terminal units

A remote terminal unit (rtu) may control one or more operations a well device associated with a hydrocarbon well. The rtu may include a processor that sends one or more attributes regarding the rtu, the well device, the hydrocarbon well, or any combination thereof to a cloud-based computing system. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/11/17 / #20170135188

Electrostatic charge grounding for human machine interface equipment

Electrostatic charge grounding is achieved by connecting an outer surface touchscreen conductive coating to a grounded conductor in a graphics terminal using an electrostatic charge routing system that provides a path for electrons that accumulate on the conductive coating to pass through one or more non-conductive elements in the graphics terminal. The grounded conductor can be a bezel made of metal or another conductor, a conductive paint layer applied to a bezel or other graphics terminal element, a metal spline pin or a metal screw. ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/11/17 / #20170131341

System and method for ground fault detection

Power conversion systems, disclosed examples include power conversion systems, ground fault detection apparatus and methods to detect and identify ground faults in a power conversion system using ac coupling to sense a system voltage to determine a leakage flux linkage, and to identify a faulted converter phase based on a phase shift angle of the leakage flux linkage.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc

05/11/17 / #20170131340

System and method for ground fault detection

Power conversion systems, disclosed examples include power conversion systems, ground fault detection apparatus and methods to detect and identify ground faults in a power conversion system using ac coupling to sense a system voltage to determine a leakage flux linkage, and to identify a faulted converter phase based on a phase shift angle of the leakage flux linkage.. . ... Rockwell Automation Inc








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