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20090198349SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHIELDING OPEN PROCESS CONTROL CLIENT APPLICATIONS FROM BAD QUALITY INITIAL DATA08-06-2009
20080300693Process Control System and Method - An automated process control system (12-04-2008
20090192632METHOD AND SYSTEM OF MONITORING MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT - A method and system is provided for monitoring manufacturing equipment and, more particularly, for monitoring manufacturing equipment in a semiconductor fabrication facility using existing tool elements. The method includes operating a tool working at an operating mode such that at least one of its control parameters is outside of a normal operating range, and measuring the at least on of the control parameters of the tool working at the operating mode outside of the normal operating range. The method further includes detecting a change to a condition of the tool based on the measuring of the at least one control parameter.07-30-2009
20110202146METHOD FOR TRIGGERING ACTIONS OF A MACHINE USING SECURE INPUT ELEMENTS - A controller (08-18-2011
20120245710CONTROL SYSTEM WITH STATE CAPTURE AND RESTORATION - A method is provided for saving the state of a real-time controller. The method includes receiving a command to save a state of a controller coupled to an industrial system, wherein the controller comprises a processor and a non-volatile memory, capturing the state of the controller during control and monitoring of the industrial system, and writing the captured state to the non-volatile memory of the controller.09-27-2012
20100100200DISCOVERY OF CONNECTIONS UTILIZING A CONTROL BUS - Discovery of connections utilizing a control bus. An embodiment of a method includes detecting a transition of a control bus from a high state to a low state by a source device, the source device being configured to be coupled with a sink device via an interface, the interface including the control bus, the source device including a pullup device and the sink device including a pulldown device;pulsing the control bus to a high state at the source device; and upon detecting by the source device that the control bus remains in the high state ceasing the pulsing of the control bus to the high state, and transitioning the source device from a disconnected state to a connected state.04-22-2010
20090157198INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND HOME NETWORK SYSTEM - There is provided an information processing device capable of dynamically generating and presenting to the user a user interface for remotely controlling at least one other device connected via a network and performing conjunctive operations between the information processing device and the other device, the interface being generated in accordance with the type of the other device. Remote control commands are shared between the networked information processing devices, including commands for controlling devices controlled by different protocols, combinations of commands available for the conjunctive operations are extracted from the remote control commands, and when requested by a terminal device to present remote operations, the type of the terminal device is determined to present the remote operations.06-18-2009
20120185063Electronic control unit data recorder and code readable thereby - Disclosed is electronic control unit data recorder readable code which is configured for storage in memory of an electronic control unit data recorder, such as a vehicle data recorder. The code is configured to provide that the electronic control unit data recorder has access to a plurality of configurations, receives data from at least one electronic control unit and uses at least a portion of the data to determine which configuration to use during data collection and processing. The configuration which the electronic control unit data recorder uses dictates what additional data is received from at least one electronic control unit by the electronic control unit data recorder, as well as what data regarding the electronic control unit is stored and/or transmitted by the electronic control unit data recorder.07-19-2012
20130060350NORMALIZED CONTROL OF AN IHS COMPONENT - A component control system includes a component. At least one component element is included in the component. A component controller is included in the component, coupled to the at least one component element, and operable to couple to an Information Handling System (IHS) controller. The component controller is operable to receive a normalized component performance (NCP) value from the IHS controller. The NCP value is associated with at least one component output range. The component controller is also operable to provide a control signal that is associated with the NCP value to the at least one component element. In response to receiving the control signal, the at least one component element operates such that the component produces at least one component output, and each component output produced by the component is within a corresponding component output range.03-07-2013
20120226366METHOD AND SYSTEM OF BINDING SENSORS AND ACTUATORS AUTOMATICALLY - The method for binding a sensor and an actuator can be categorized into three types: manual binding, automatic binding and semi-automatic binding. Manual binding methods increase users' operational burden when a great number of sensors and actuators are to be bound. The current hard-coded automatic binding method suffers from lack of versatility. The template-based semi-automatic binding method still requires users to input some information manually. The disclosure provides an automatic binding method, which can automatically and reasonably bind the functions of a sensor and an actuator without user input, in a sensor network comprising a plurality of sensors and actuators.09-06-2012
20130066442METHOD AND SYSTEM OF PROGRAMMING AT LEAST ONE APPLIANCE TO CHANGE STATE UPON THE OCCURRENCE OF A TRIGGER EVENT - An automation system for programming appliances having programmable controllers, programmable devices and trigger devices that communicate over a communication link. The user programs the programmable devices by placing the programmable controller in its training mode, activating the trigger device to generate a trigger signed and places select programmable devices in their programmed state. After all of the desired programmable devices have been put in then programmed states, the user takes the programmable controller out of its training mode. When the programmable controller is out of its training mode, it monitors the communication link for the trigger event. Upon detecting the trigger event, the programmable controller sends messages to the selected programmable devices instructing them to go to their programmed state.03-14-2013
20110022188DEVICE, PARTICULARLY PROTECTIVE SENSOR SYSTEM, FOR A MACHINE TOOL - The invention relates to a device, particularly a machine tool device, having at least one computer (01-27-2011
20120116544ACTIVITY ADAPTED AUTOMATION OF LIGHTING - An automation system for providing activity-adapted automation in an environment, comprising at least one controllable appliance (05-10-2012
20110125292STARTING DEVICE OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCT AND METHOD THEREOF - In a starting device of an electronic product and a method thereof, the starting device includes a detecting unit for detecting a motion state of an external device and generating a detecting signal by a motion state, a keyboard unit for generating a key signal, a memory unit for storing parameters, and a processing unit. While the detecting signal and the key signal correspond to a starting signal, the processing unit starts to output the corresponding starting signal which can enable the electronic product to execute a function action according to the parameters. Thereby, a function action command can be executed by a combination of the detecting signal and the key signal, and it is capable of simplifying the operation procedure and improving the work efficiency.05-26-2011
20110301720SAFETY CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN AUTOMATED INSTALLATION - A safety controller for controlling an automated installation which has a plurality of sensors and a plurality of actuators, comprises a control unit to which a plurality of control input signals are supplied by the sensors. The control unit produces a plurality of control output signals in an automatic mode on the basis of the control input signals in accordance with a user program running in said control unit. The plurality of control output signals is used to actuate the plurality of actuators. The safety controller also has a diagnosis evaluation unit to which a number of diagnoses input signals are supplied. The diagnosis evaluation unit takes the diagnosis input signals as a basis for ascertaining which of a plurality of operating states is present at a defined instant of time. The diagnosis evaluation unit produces an operating state data record which represents an ascertained operating state. The safety controller also has an interface for a display unit in order to display diagnosis reports. The operating state data record includes a plurality of diagnosis data and a Boolean status indicator. The control unit actuates at least one actuator on the basis of the Boolean status indicator contained in the operating state data record.12-08-2011
20110288658LIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HAVING NETWORKED INTELLIGENT LUMINAIRE MANAGERS - A network operation center for a light management system having networked intelligent luminaire managers. A plurality of networked luminaire managers, each collocated with a respective luminaire, monitor the status of their respective luminaires. The luminaire managers include transmitters for transmitting status information about their respective luminaires and third-party devices to a network server. The luminaire managers communicate with each other, whereby they form a network.11-24-2011
20110295387METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATED DEVICE CONTROL CONSIDERING THE FUNCTIONS AND STATES OF DEVICES - Device integrated-control according to user's needs. A device information providing method for a device integrated-control includes receiving device capability and status information from one or more devices, determining a device-based usage goal example capable of achieving the predetermined aim by using the received device capability and status information, and planning the at least one actions, which have to be executed to attain the device-based usage goal example, for the respective devices, providing information about at least one capability of a device necessary for attaining a usage goal example, which is capable of satisfying user's needs, from the device to a device integrated-controller and providing information about statuses of at least one of the device and content for executing the at least one capabilities from the predetermined device to the device integrated-controller.12-01-2011
20100010642METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SAFETY MONITORED TERMINAL BLOCK - A method, apparatus, and system for controlling a process are provided. The control device apparatus includes an input section configured to receive input signals from a controlled process, a first output section communicatively coupled to the input section wherein the first output section is configured to transmit the received input signals to a controller, and a second output section communicatively coupled to the controller, the second output section is configured to transmit control signals from the controller to the controlled process. The apparatus further includes a safety logic block communicatively coupled to the input section in parallel with the received input signals that are transmitted to the controller, the safety logic block is configured to generate a safety output signal using the received input signals, the safety logic block is further configured to transmit the safety output signal to the controlled process independent of the control signals.01-14-2010
20120109338METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONICALLY TUNABLE STRUCTURE, AND ELECTRONICALLY TUNABLE STRUCTURE - A method for implementing an electronically tunable structure including: a plurality of elementary cells interacting with the same electromagnetic field; a control unit and a plurality of electronic control devices, each of which is connected to the control unit and to a respective elementary cell. The control unit provide each electronic control device with a corresponding control signal. Each electronic control device is controllable to vary a state of the corresponding elementary cell. The control unit provides control signals such to define a group of identical patterned cells formed by a respective number of adjacent elementary cells. The states of the cells define a predetermined state configuration, so that the states of the group define a periodical sequence of states.05-03-2012
20100100199CONTROL OF AN OPERATION OF A COORDINATE MEASURING DEVICE - In a method for controlling an operation of a coordinate measuring device, at least one operational parameter is determined. One value of the operational parameter is allocated to a plurality of components. A sequence for determining the operational parameter is provided for the majority of the components. The method for determining the operational parameter in the predetermined sequence for each component is now described. It starts with the component that is first in the sequence: i) if the value of the operational parameter is allocated to the component, the value is adopted as a value of the operational parameter that is available for the operation, ii) if no value of the operational parameter is allocated to the components, one available value of the operational parameter that was available until then still remains available, iii) if another component is provided in the sequence, the method is carried out with the component.04-22-2010
20100125345Apparatus for Fault Tolerant Analog Inputs - An input termination board for use with an industrial controller in a safety system is disclosed herein. The industrial controller may be populated with standard analog input modules according to the requirements of the application. The termination board may selectively receive a single analog input signal from a remote device and transmit the signal to corresponding channels on two analog input modules or, alternately, receive two analog input signals and transmit each signal to one of the two corresponding channels. In addition, a program executing on the controller of the safety module monitors and tests each of the analog input channels on the input modules, verifying proper operation of the modules. If the program detects a fault in either input module, the safety system may alternately shut down according to a fail-safe procedure or continue operating under a fault-tolerant mode of operation.05-20-2010
20110270419METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE WORKING STATUS OF AN ELECTRIC DEVICE - The invention provides a method and a corresponding system (11-03-2011
20110270418STATE MACHINE FUNCTION BLOCK WITH A USER MODIFIABLE STATE TRANSITION CONFIGURATION DATABASE - A control system, a safety system, etc., within a process plant may each use one or more state machine function blocks that can be easily integrated into a function block diagram programming environment. Such a state machine function block may include one or more inputs, which may cause astute machine implemented by the state machine function block to change states. The state machine function block may determine a next state to which it is to transition based, at least in part, on data indicative of the next state to which to transition, if any. The configuration data may be retrieved from a database based on the current state of the state machine and at least one of the inputs. The state machine function block may also include one or more outputs that are generated based on the state of the state machine.11-03-2011
20090062933System for preserving and displaying process control data associated with an abnormal situation - A system for preserving process variable data relating to the operation of a process is provided. The system is adapted to preserve process variable data obtained before, during, and after the occurrence of an abnormal situation or event. The preserved process variable data maybe communicated from smart field devices or other intelligent equipment relating to the control of the process to a process controller or other higher level control device. The process controller or other higher level control device may then cause the preserved data to be displayed for an operator or other maintenance personnel. The preserved data may also be provided to other process control modules or abnormal situation prevention systems for further analysis to develop methods for preventing the abnormal situation from recurring in the future, or for taking additional steps based on the abnormal situation data to minimize or prevent a further deterioration of the process operation.03-05-2009
20080306614Four sensor control - Combinations of four sensors control an object, enabling movement for robots, toys, video games, etc. Activating four sensors independently controls an object in four different directions. Multiple methods of using only four sensors to control the state of an object in a two dimensional environment or a three dimensional environment. Methods of using only four sensors to increase or decrease control of an object. Methods of using only four sensors to control the state of an object. Activating four sensors individually, simultaneously or sequentially controls an object in multiple states. Activating at least one sensor followed by or combined with the activation of at least one sensor controls an object in multiple directions. Simultaneously and sequentially activating combinations of four sensors controls an object in more than four different directions. A method of using four sensors to control cursor movement in four directions. Simultaneous activation of the left and right cursor keys exits a cursor movement mode and enters a first editing mode, wherein the left cursor key backspaces and the right cursor key deletes data, and simultaneous activation of the left and right cursor keys exits the first editing mode and re-enters the cursor movement mode or another mode. Simultaneous activation of the up and down cursor keys exits a cursor movement mode and enters a second editing mode, wherein the up cursor key reverses the last undo and the down cursor key reverses the last change, and simultaneous activation of the up and down cursor keys exits the second editing mode and re-enters the cursor movement mode or another mode. Activation of a fifth sensor exits a first or second editing mode and re-enters a cursor movement mode.12-11-2008
20110144772PROCESS CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUE USING IMMUNOLOGICAL CONCEPTS - An integrated optimization and control technique performs process control and optimization using stochastic optimization similar to the manner in which biological immune systems work, and thus without the use of historical process models that must be created prior to placing the control and optimization routine in operation within a plant. An integrated optimization and control technique collects various indications of process control states during the on-line operation of the process, and attempts to optimize the process operation by developing a series of sets of process control inputs to be provided to the process, wherein the control inputs may be developed from the stored process control states using an objective function that defines a particular optimality criteria to be used in optimizing the operation of the process. The technique responds to a significant change in the current process state by determining anew set of process control inputs to be provided to the process based on one or more of the stored process control states.06-16-2011
20120078384SWITCH SUPERVISION DEVICE, CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD - A control system has an instruction path of which an object section connects a microcomputer, a switch and a switch supervisory device with one another. The switch sets the path in conductive or non-conductive state on the low side of the microcomputer. An instruction signal is sent to the microcomputer through the conductive path to set the microcomputer in an operation state. When the device judges based on the operation state of the microcomputer that the switch has set the path in a conductive state, the device sends a first signal of first voltage, causing the signal to have current strength equal to or higher than predetermined value in the path, to the object section. When the device judges that the switch has set the path in a non-conductive state, the device sends a second signal of second voltage lower than first voltage to the object section.03-29-2012
20100185303METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE OPERATIONAL MODE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN RESPONSE TO SENSED CONDITIONS - A system is disclosed that senses physical characteristics of an electronic device. The system controls the electronic device in response to the sensed physical characteristics. The system includes a control subsystem. The control subsystem includes a time trigger and an anticipation/latency reduction subsystem. The anticipation/latency reduction subsystem includes additional subsystems such as a time trigger, a position trigger and an attitude trigger. In an alternate embodiment, the anticipation/latency reduction subsystem also includes an activation interval trigger, a repetitive action trigger and a repetitive distance trigger. The various triggers can be implemented using processors that execute software. The system also includes sensing devices, such as a position sensing device and an attitude sensing device, to sense physical characteristics of the particular electronic device being controlled. The control subsystem receives signals from the sensing devices. Physical characteristic information obtained from these signals is provided to the various triggers. In response to this physical characteristic information, the various triggers process the physical characteristic information such that the system controls the electronic device.07-22-2010
20100179669METHOD FOR PARAMETERIZING OPERATING MEANS - The invention relates to a method for parameterizing operating means connected to a data transmission medium. In this case, for at least several of the connected operating means, in each case, a device description will be stored in a central facility, each device description containing at least one function and the parameter set belonging thereto. In addition, a list of several predefined device functions will be stored in memory, for which the corresponding parameter set will be assigned each time to the operating means that support the device function. If a device function is selected, then in response to the selected device function, at least one operating means that supports this device function will be parameterized.07-15-2010
20100161080CONTROL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - The present invention provides, as one aspect, a control system having sensor units and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit includes a transmission controlling means which sets a signal line connected to the sensor unit, which is a destination of communication data, to a first state, sets the signal line connected to the sensor unit, which is not the destination, to a second state, and transmits the communication data to the destination via a communication line. The sensor unit includes a reception controlling means which determines a to state of the signal line connecting a sensor to the electronic control unit. When determining that the signal line of the sensor unit is in the first state, the reception controlling means receives the communication data and performs a predetermined process. When determining that the signal line is in the second state, the reception controlling means discards the communication data.06-24-2010
20130190897Asset Data Modules Including an Integral Near Field Communication Interface - The present disclosure relates to various assets utilized within manufacturing and process plants for monitoring and control purposes. The asset data modules of the present disclosure include an integral near field communications (NFC) interface configured to provide access to asset data stored within memory integral to the given asset.07-25-2013
20100161081Field device of automation technology - A field device of automation technology, is fed via a two-wire line or via an energy source of limited energy reserve associated with the field device. The field device includes: a hardwired communication interface having at least one communication channel; and, associated with the communication interface, a functional unit, which is embodied in such a manner, that it performs sending and/or receiving of digital communication signals via the communication interface. The functional unit, for the purpose of energy saving, is turned on only in active, operating phases, while it is switched off in inactive, resting phases; and a detection circuit is provided, which detects a communication signal applied to the communication interface and automatically activates the functional unit.06-24-2010
20100241243Method for the Computer-Assisted Exploration of States of a Technical System - A method for the computer-assisted exploration of states of a technical system is provided. The states of the technical system are run by carrying out an action in a respective state of the technical system, the action leading to a new state. A safety function and a feedback rule are used to ensure that a large volume of data of states and actions is run during exploration and that at the same time no inadmissible actions occur which could lead directly or indirectly to the technical system being damaged or to a defective operating state. The method allows a large number of states and actions relating to the technical system to be collected and may be used for any technical system, especially the exploration of states in a gas turbine. The method may be used both in the real operation and during simulation of the operation of a technical system.09-23-2010
20100211192APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED ANALYSIS OF ALARM DATA TO SUPPORT ALARM RATIONALIZATION - A method includes receiving at least one search parameter, where the at least one search parameter defines one or more restrictions on types of event patterns. The method also includes searching a collection of historical events associated with a process control system. The method further includes identifying one or more groups of alarms each having a pattern that satisfies the one or more restrictions. In addition, the method includes outputting information identifying the one or more groups of alarms. The method could also include receiving a selection of at least one of the one or more identified groups of alarms. The method could further include notifying one or more components in the process control system to begin dynamically suppressing alarms in the at least one selected group of alarms.08-19-2010
20130218301METHODS AND APPARATUS TO APPLY MULTIPLE TRIP LIMITS TO A DEVICE IN A PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM - Methods and apparatus to apply multiple trip limits to a device in a process control system are disclosed. An example method involves monitoring a value of a parameter associated with the operation of the device and receiving an input indicative of an operational state of the device, where a first input indicates a first operational state and a second input indicates a second operational state. If the first input is received, comparing via a function block the value of the parameter to a first trip limit, and if the second input is received, comparing via the function block the value of the parameter to a second trip limit, and implementing a response based on the comparison.08-22-2013
20130131836SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT ENABLED DEVICES - A system for controlling infrared (IR) enabled devices by projecting coded IR pulses from an active illumination depth camera is described. In some embodiments, a gesture recognition system includes an active illumination depth camera such as a depth camera that utilizes time-of-flight (TOF) or structured light techniques for obtaining depth information. The gesture recognition system may detect the performance of a particular gesture associated with a particular electronic device, determine a set of device instructions in response to detecting the particular gesture, and transmit the set of device instructions to the particular electronic device utilizing coded IR pulses. The coded IR pulses may imitate the IR pulses associated with a remote control protocol. In some cases, the coded IR pulses transmitted may also be used by the active illumination depth camera for determining depth information.05-23-2013
20110046750METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIVING OF TEST DEVICE AND ANALYTIC DEVICE FOR PERFORMING THE SAME - A method and apparatus for controlling driving of a test device that analyzes a sample are provided. The method includes identifying a test device, executing a script containing a plurality of operations to be performed to analyze the sample contained in the test device, wherein the script includes a plurality of operation commands, wherein at least one operation command among the plurality of operation commands includes a conditional statement, and wherein at least one operation command among the plurality of operation commands is designated to be executed according to whether the conditional statement is satisfied.02-24-2011
20100249953CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PERFORMING OPERATION CONTROL OF ACTUATORS - In a microcomputer, by virtue of the function of one input signal judgment module in the application layer, with respect to whether the situation is such that operation is to be requested to a controlled object from each of a plurality of applications, judgment processing onto input signals representing status information of controlled objects or detection information from sensors or the like is made common. The object-oriented architecture is introduced into an embedded computer program so that the memory is saved and the apparatus is simplified.09-30-2010
20110082567EXTERNAL REQUEST TYPE FUNCTION CONTROL SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE, EXTERNAL REQUEST TYPE FUNCTION CONTROL METHOD, AND EXTERNAL REQUEST TYPE FUNCTION CONTROL PROGRAM - A function control information transmitter 04-07-2011
20090312847TWO SENSOR CONTROL - This invention relates to methods of using two sensors to control an object. Keyboards use down and up scan codes to produce data. This invention can use either the down or up scan codes to produce functions or shift modes. Using only the down scan codes can be used to edit data, edit changes, change the control of an object, simplify using graphic arts programs or cursor controlled programs, control the state of an object in multiple states or as a method to increase or decrease the state of control of an object. Activating a reprogrammed first sensor produces a secondary first function or the undo function and activating a reprogrammed second sensor produces a secondary second function or the redo function. In another embodiment, activating a first sensor produces a first function and activating a second sensor produces a second function. Activating a first sensor for a duration of time produces a third function and activating a second sensor for a duration of time produces a fourth function. Simultaneously activating a first and second sensor enters a second mode. Activating a first sensor produces a fifth function and activating a second sensor produces a sixth function. Activating a first sensor for a duration of time produces a seventh function and activating a second sensor for a duration of time produces an eighth function. Activating a third sensor or at least one sensor other than a first or second sensor exits a second mode and re-enters a first mode. Simultaneously activating a first and second sensor re-enters a first mode or enters a third mode. While in a third mode, activating a first sensor produces a ninth function and activating a second sensor produces a tenth function. Activating a first sensor for a duration of time produces an eleventh function and activating a second sensor for a duration of time produces a twelfth function. Additionally, a fourth mode, fifth mode, sixth mode, etc. is entered into by simultaneously activating a first and second sensor.12-17-2009
20100070052System and method for providing applications and peripherals to a fixed price component-based computing platform - An apparatus, system and method of open platform computing. The present invention may include at least one microprocessor, a computer case that encases the at least one microprocessor, at least one operating system resident on the at least one microprocessor, wherein the at least one operating system includes an open platform for accepting a plurality of applications and hardware not presented as forming a portion of, and absent the plurality of applications not being operable by, the at least one operating system, at least three ports in the computer case, wherein the ports are communicatively electrically connected to the at least one microprocessor, and wherein at least one of the plurality of applications is applied at least one of the ports for presentation by the at least one microprocessor via the at least one operating system.03-18-2010
20110153032Control of Electronic Components - A central control box utilizes a receiving element configured to receive an input command, a processor configured to receive a first data signal from a first component, receive state information regarding a second component, and process the received input command based on the state information regarding the second component. The central control box further utilizes a transmitter configured to transmit the first data signal, and a storage device connected to the processor. The storage device is configured to store the state information regarding the second component. Other embodiments include a system and a method for routing a first data signal between a first component and a second component.06-23-2011
20120303139JOG PUSH BUTTON - Systems and methods are provided to facilitate correct execution of a machine jog operation where a plurality of interfaces can generate a machine jog command, which is received by an industrial controller. One or more machine jog commands can be received and state data is maintained regarding whether a machine jog command has been received. An OR gate logic operation is performed on the state data to determine whether a machine jog operation has been received from any of the plurality of interfaces, and in the event of receiving a machine jog operation, a control command is generated to effect a machine jog operation. The plurality of interfaces enable interaction with the controller, to facilitate control of a machine from a plurality of locations. The system can be expanded to include further interfaces. Also, information regarding a machine jog command can be published to the plurality of interfaces.11-29-2012
20110046749MONITORING AND CONTROL APPARATUS - A plant monitoring and control apparatus having a function to simulate an object to be monitored and controlled for verifying healthiness of a control processing unit is provided with an input separating operation unit and an output separating operation unit which separate DI data and DO data handled by the control processing unit by transforming the DI data and the DO data into a label format differing from a label format of PDI data and PDO data which are related to input and output between the object to be monitored and controlled and the plant monitoring and control apparatus. In test mode, a switching unit switches an input device of the control processing unit and an output device thereof to a simulator unit provided within the plant monitoring and control apparatus.02-24-2011
20110178609SERVICE PANEL WITH MICROPROCESSOR - A service panel for limiting access to authorized persons. A sub-region of the service panel controls at least one electrically-operated (e.g., solenoid-operated) valve that is connected to service utilities (e.g., water or gas) piping so as to control flow through the valve. According to one embodiment, another sub-region (i.e., a utility controller region) contains a PCB and other electrical controls for controlling the valve(s) and communicating with other services such as a remote transmitter, or an auxiliary monitoring system (e.g., a fire alarm system). The service panel facilitates the use of advantageous features including: emergency shutdown by anyone while permitting reset only by authorized personnel; modular construction so as to facilitate installation of the system. Various jumper terminals and connecting wires provide for programming of the system to accommodate a variety of applications.07-21-2011
20100004759METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MANAGE PROCESS PLANT ALARMS - Example methods and apparatus to manage process plant alarms are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes receiving a process plant control system configuration parameter, the process plant control system configuration parameter representing a selected state of a process plant, performing a first query in an alarm definition data structure based on the process plant control system configuration parameter to obtain an alarm configuration parameter for a process plant alarm module of a process plant controller, and configuring a state of the process plant alarm module based on the obtained alarm configuration parameter.01-07-2010
20090240348EDITING LIFECYCLE AND DEPLOYMENT OF OBJECTS IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION ENVIRONMENT - An editor in an industrial automation environment comprises an input component that receives modification data relating to at least one of lifecycle and deployment of an object, the object is associated with a programmable logic controller and configured in accordance with a hierarchically structured data model. An implementation component can implement the modification data with respect to the object. The editor can further comprise a security component that determines that an entity providing the data to the input component is authorized to implement the modification data.09-24-2009
20110054639METHOD FOR ENSURING SAFETY AND LIVENESS RULES IN A STATE BASED DESIGN - A method for controlling one or more physical machines for ensuring safety and liveness rules in a state based design of the physical machines, includes the steps of associating at least one logical state to at least one physical state that the physical machine or assemblage of physical machines may assume, providing state constraints for the logical states, and checking that a physical state assumed by the physical machines is associated to a logical state complying with the state constraints.03-03-2011
20110054638REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM - Providing a remote control technique capable of realizing the achievement of constraints and the certain following of a target value even with a network in which delay, loss, distortion, or the like may occur. In a remote control system, an area setting unit of a client-side control unit sets at least two areas representative of a group of states of an target object, which changes over time by feedback control. A state-evaluation information sending unit sends, to the host-side control unit, state evaluation information obtained by evaluating the state of the target object based on the area set by the area setting unit. A target value setting unit of the host-side control unit sets a target value such that the state of the target object changes in the area set by the area setting units. Moreover, a target value updating unit updates the target value based on the state evaluation information received from the client-side control unit.03-03-2011
20110022189INTELLIGENT DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM - A device for controlling devices in a monitored space. A sensor senses an event in an initial state indicating an occupant may be present in the monitored space. A switch activates the controlled device in response to the sensed event. A processor enables the device to change from the initial state to a first state in response to the sensed event, with the first state indicating that the occupant may be in the monitored space. The device also changes from the first state to a second state while determining whether the occupant continues to be in the monitored space in response to a query challenge. The device next changes from the second state to the initial state in response to the determining indicating that the occupant is not in the monitored space. The switch deactivates the controlled device in the initial state in the monitored space.01-27-2011
20100292809TARGET OBJECT PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A processing system for performing a predetermined process on a target object includes one or more processing apparatuses that process the target object and a controller that controls the processing apparatuses. Here, the controller performs a control to select any one of a shutdown state in which a multiple number of end devices of the processing apparatuses are all stopped and a standby state in which some or all of the end devices are ready to perform a process on the target object, when the controller is shut down.11-18-2010
20090171477LASER GENERATED SYNTHETIC MEGA SCALE APERTURE FOR SOLAR ENERGY CONCENTRATION AND HARNESSING - Systems and methods are described that employ high-intensity lasers to set up a thin plasma sheet, also called a waveguide or “hot shell”, in the atmosphere as a function of beam intensity and geometry. A laser beam can be spread and directed with physical optics (e.g., lenses, mirrors, other optical elements, etc.) to generate a thin inverted cone-shaped hot shell waveguide in the atmosphere. The hot shell of the waveguide has a different index of refraction (n) from that of the surrounding air layers and as such serves to internally reflect portions of the entering solar rays entering an aperture in the hot shell, toward the tip of the cone and a solar energy storage component positioned there, thus providing a virtual solar energy concentration system. In another embodiment, the solar energy storage component shuts down or otherwise rejects incoming solar energy when fully charged, to mitigate damage to system components.07-02-2009
20110218649METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AT LEAST ONE DEVICE CONTROL INSTRUCTION - A method and an apparatus provide a quantitative process simulation model with systematic search and optimization techniques to automatically find and compare improvement strategies and especially provide for inspecting at least one device control instruction. Input parameters are transformed into output parameters, while a performance value is measured and based on said measurement appropriate device control instructions, which are used for transforming the input parameters into output parameters, are output. Application can be found in several scenarios related to process engineering, process optimization and especially optimizing performance values for operating a device.09-08-2011
20120004740INPUT DEVICE AND INPUT METHOD - An input device is operable in a plurality of control modes for providing signals to at least one controlled device. The input device includes: a sensor unit that detects variation in acceleration of the input device resulting from moving the input device, and that outputs a sensor signal corresponding to the variation in acceleration. A user operable input unit is operable by a user to output an input signal. A control unit switches operation of the input device from one of the control modes to another one of the control modes upon determining that the variation in the acceleration has reached a predetermined threshold. The control unit generates an output signal that corresponds to the input signal and that is in accordance with a current one of the control modes in which the input device operates. A transmission unit transmits the output signal to the controlled device.01-05-2012
20120004741PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING EQUIPMENT MONITORING FUNCTION - HART-I/O units for sending and receiving input/output signals of HART communications-compatible devices that have HART communications functions, and for sending and receiving, on mutually differing lines, 4-20 mA DC signals, which include the input/output signals, and digital signals that are superimposed on the DC signals. A controller for receiving a DC current that is outputted from the HART-I/O units and for controlling processes based on the DC signals; and a device monitoring portion for receiving digital signals sent and received by the HART-I/O units, and for monitoring the status of the HART communications-compatible devices based on the digital signals.01-05-2012
20090319056Method for Operating a Control Unit - A method for operating a control unit, such a control unit, and a computer program and computer program product for implementing the method are provided. In this context, the control unit is able to assume multiple states, a transition state being interposed during the transition from a first state to a second state.12-24-2009
20120016495SAFETY CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN AUTOMATED INSTALLATION - A safety controller for controlling an automated installation in accordance with a user program has a control unit receiving a plurality of control input signals from a plurality of sensors. The control unit produces a plurality of control output signals on the basis of the control input signals in accordance with a user program. The control output signals drive actuators in order to adopt one of a plurality of installation states of the automated installation. An installation diagnosis evaluation unit produces a number of installation state signals representing which one of the plurality of installation states is existent at a defined moment of time. In addition, a system diagnosis evaluation unit produces a number of system state signals, with each system state signal representing one from a plurality of operational system states of the controller system, which is formed by the control unit and its connected sensors and actuators, at the defined moment of time. A diagnosis report unit produces a number of diagnosis signals depending on the installation state signals, depending on the system state signals, and depending on predefined associations between said installation states and said operational system states. The diagnosis signals represent a number of diagnosis reports which are a result of a combination of both the installation states and associated operational system states. A display unit displays the diagnosis reports in response to the diagnosis signals.01-19-2012
20110093094In-Wall Occupancy Sensor with RF Control - An electrical control system including a master device and a slave device wirelessly coupled to the master device. The master device includes an occupancy detection sensor that senses motion within a monitored area. The master device controls operation of the slave device when occupancy is detected within the area. The master device can be coupled to a first load while the slave device can be coupled to a second load. In one exemplary embodiment, the slave device can be controlled to activate the second load when occupancy is detected within the area. In one exemplary embodiment, the slave device can be controlled to deactivate the second load when occupancy is detected within the area. In one exemplary embodiment, the slave device can be controlled to activate the second load when the first load is activated by the master device based upon occupancy is detected within the area.04-21-2011
20110093093SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING MACHINES - A system and method for safely managing a machine is provided. The present disclosure may conduct to determine the work condition of machine when a remote instruction is received via a mobile communication system. The received instruction may be carried out only if the machine is in a safe situation.04-21-2011
20120158156PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER - A PLC includes a single-chip, a DC power module, a relay output module, an I/O module, and a pulse output module. The single chip includes a single-chip timer, a hardware watchdog, a 11.0592M crystal, and an A/D converter module. A system program is burned into an EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) of the single-chip. The system program includes a programming module and a control module. A DC power module includes an anti jamming circuit, a first output port, and a second output port. The first output port and the second output port are respectively connected to the anti-jamming circuit, and the single-chip is connected to the first output port. A relay output module is connected to the second output port. An I/O module receives and sends digital signals.06-21-2012
20120158157PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER - A PLC includes a single-chip, a relay output module, an I/O module, a pulse output module, a relay, and a servo motor. The single chip includes a single-chip timer, a hardware watchdog, a 11.0592M crystal, and an A/D converter module. A system program is burned into an EEPROM of the single-chip. The relay connected to the relay output module. The servo motor is connected to the pulse output module. The system program includes a programming module and a control module. The programming module includes a main function and a function subroutine library, and the main function calls the subroutines of the function subroutine library. The control module scans the input signals from the I/O module during predetermined period, and then generates output signals according to the control commands generated by the programming module, to control output of the relay output module and the pulse output module.06-21-2012
20120123562CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A PROCESS - The invention relates to a control system for controlling a process, comprising a safety module (05-17-2012
20110066257PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND IC CARD - According to one embodiment, a portable electronic apparatus includes a receiving section configured to receive from an external device an instruction for a transition from an active state to a state in which processing is temporarily interrupted, a recognition section configured to recognize a processing method in a state established in the active state based on processing specification information contained in the instruction, and a controller configured to maintain the state established in the active state even in the state for the temporary interruption or restore an initial state before the establishment.03-17-2011
20110066256Process Control System and Method - A process control system includes a set of environments organised hierarchically, a controller having a multiplicity of devices coupled thereto, each device initially assigned to an environment in the set of environments. In its initial state, the controller operates to control the multiplicity of devices in accordance with a first set of processes, control actions and trigger conditions and at least one device of the multiplicity of devices is able to change environment such that, whenever at least one device changes environment, the controller operates to control the multiplicity of devices in accordance with a different set of processes, control actions and trigger conditions if so required.03-17-2011
20090132063RECORDING ELEMENT SETTING METHOD, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND DEVICE - The locality characteristic data supplied from a locality characteristic data setting unit (05-21-2009
20120165960TECHNIQUE AND SYSTEM TO CONTROL A DRIVER STATE - A technique includes executing at least one instruction on a processor to control a driver circuit; and in response to a predetermined trigger condition, asynchronously causing the driver circuit to enter a predetermined state.06-28-2012
20120173003USER TERMINAL APPARATUS AND UI PROVIDING METHOD THEREOF - A user terminal apparatus and a user interface providing method are provided. The user terminal apparatus providing a control mode to control an apparatus to be controlled and an application mode to operate applications includes a display unit which displays a control mode providing screen and an application mode providing screen, a user interface unit which receives an input of a user's order to select one of the control mode and the application mode, a communication interface unit which communicates with the apparatus to be controlled, and a controller which controls, if the control mode is selected, to display a control screen corresponding to the state of the apparatus to be controlled based on state information of the apparatus to be controlled which is received through the communication interface unit.07-05-2012
20120253477Fieldbus system function block enhancements using transducer block - A process control system for a fieldbus network includes field devices having function blocks. Some distributed control systems access the standard parameters of the function blocks but cannot access manufacturers' non-standard parameters. Such parameters are placed in shared transducer blocks in the field devices where they are accessed by an alternate system for configuration and for collecting and monitoring data. This enables use by the function blocks of both standard and manufacturers' specific parameters and enables function blocks with only standard parameters to facilitate non-standard inter-function block communication connections using the shared transducer block parameters.10-04-2012
20120253480CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM AND SYSTEM - A control apparatus is provided, which includes: a determination section that determines a control command according to sensor information, on the basis of a control rule capable of being set by a user for determining the control command controlling a device; and a control section that controls the device in accordance with the control command determined by the determination section.10-04-2012
20120253478SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LARGE TRANSIENT IDENTIFICATION FOR ADVANCED CONTROL WITH MULTIPLE CONTRAINTS - A method and apparatus for providing large transient identification for advanced control with multiple constraints. A request to change a current operating condition of a controlled plant is detected. A value of a control constraint corresponding to the request to change the current operating condition of the controlled plant is determined. A magnitude of a transient error corresponding to the request relative to the value of the control constraint is determined and the current operating condition of the controlled plant is adjusted based on the determined magnitude of the transient error.10-04-2012
20110130849SENSOR ACTUATOR NODE AND METHOD FOR HANDLING CIRCUMSTANTIAL CHANGES IN SENSOR ACTUATOR NETWORK USING SAME - A sensor actuator node includes a sensor unit for generating sensing information on circumstantial changes; a communications unit; a countermeasure information generation unit for generating countermeasure information to the circumstantial changes; and a drive unit for driving one or more actuators. When the sensor actuator node acts as a host node, the sensing information becomes main sensing information, the countermeasure information generation unit generates the countermeasure information based on the main sensing information and selectively transmits the countermeasure information to the adjacent sensor actuator nodes via the communications unit, and the drive unit drives the actuator based on the countermeasure information. When the sensor actuator node acts as a non-host node, the sensing information becomes auxiliary sensing information, and the drive unit drives the actuator based on the countermeasure information selectively transmitted thereto by the host node.06-02-2011
20100234969PROCESS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - It is possible to provide a process management system which can rapidly analyze information obtained by a plurality of devices. The system includes: first acquisition means (a control monitor unit (09-16-2010
20120277885HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE DEVICE AND INTERFACE INTEGRATION METHOD THEREOF - A human machine interface device and an interface integration method thereof are provided. The human machine interface device cooperates with a programmable logic controller. The programmable logic controller comprises a first program unit and a second program unit. The human machine interface device comprises a processor and a memory. The memory comprises a first address storing an operation variable and a second address storing a first common variable. The operation variable corresponds to the first logic operation via the first common variable. When the types and the amounts of the input/output parameters of the first program unit and the second program unit are the same, the processor causes the operation variable to correspond to the second program unit by updating the first common variable into a second common variable.11-01-2012
20100168873STATE MACHINE - A state machine for generating signals configured for generating different signals according to the current state of the machine. The state machine is configured to change state both as a function of an internal timer and as a function of signals representative of events external to the state machine.07-01-2010
20120290103SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE IN IMPROVING OPERATION OF UTILITY EQUIPMENT - Systems and methods for use in operating utility equipment that includes a plurality of controllable components. A computing device determines that a first controllable component of a plurality of controllable components is ineligible for an actuation based at least in part on operating conditions associated with the controllable components. A disregard indicator representing that the first controllable component is ineligible for the actuation is associated with the first controllable component by the computing device. An operation enhancement algorithm is executed by the computing device to determine a desired operation of the controllable components. The first controllable component is excluded from the operation enhancement algorithm based on the disregard indicator.11-15-2012
20100198366CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL SYSTEM - A control device includes a communication unit which has a switch function of switching the control device into an energy saving mode, the communication unit communicating with an upper terminal via a first network; and a mode control unit which controls switching the communication unit into the power saving mode, the control being made using a network control library which is generated by a programming language.08-05-2010
20100198365Safety Photoelectric Switch - A photoelectric switch reduces a cost load of a user while ensuring its protection function inherent to safety equipment without impairing its safety function, and an optical scanning type photoelectric switch is provided with a muting function settable by the user, which is a function of temporarily invalidating sensing of part or the whole of a protection area, and is provided with two output systems, with respect to each of which the muting function is settable and on each output of which an inspection signal is superimposed at a different timing in a time-division manner.08-05-2010
20110160874Control Device and Method for Controlling a Device Connected to an Energy Supply - A control device for an electric device has an interface to an administrative unit and an interface to a switch for the activation and deactivation of the electric device, the control device activating or deactivating the electric device via the switch as a function of information about an energy supply transmitted by the administrative unit.06-30-2011
20080255681METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MANAGE PROCESS PLANT ALARMS - Methods and apparatus to manage process plant alarms are disclosed. An example disclosed method comprises performing a first data structure query to obtain an alarm state for a process plant alarm based on a process plant operating state, and configuring handling of the process plant alarm based on the obtained alarm state.10-16-2008
20120253479System and Method for Creating a Graphical Control Programming Environment - A system and method for generating modeling software for processing control, such as power plant control, cement plant or other industrial control application, using models such as expert systems, fuzzy logic, genetic optimization algorithms, and neural networks to convert sensor data into actionable data, information and/or diagnostics. The present invention includes a graphical programming environment, graphical programming tools, graphical user interface (GUI), visual feedback, real-time refresh, run-time object swap, logic standby (safety recovery), modeling and optimization to allows a user to create a control system for an industrial process, and that allows the user to change the process without any manual compile, assemble or load steps other than a save and refresh pushbutton.10-04-2012
20130090745METHODS AND APPARATUS EMPLOYING AN ACTION ENGINE FOR MONITORING AND/OR CONTROLLING DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS - A dynamic environment (e.g., an automated industrial process) has multiple conditions in response to which corresponding actions are required, and comprises various equipment, control device(s) to control the equipment, and one or more sensors to generate input signal(s) representing a monitored condition of the environment. A control system for the environment comprises a master processor and one or more co-processors, wherein the master processor configures a given co-processor to evaluate only a first subset of conditions expected to occur in the environment within a specified time period (e.g., less than a response time of the master processor), and to provide first control information representing an action to be taken if a particular condition of the first subset is satisfied. The co-processor receives the input signal(s) representing the monitored condition, processes the input signal(s) so as to determine if the particular condition of the first subset is satisfied, and provides the first control information to the control devices so as to control the equipment. Exemplary applications include dynamic environments in which machine vision techniques and/or equipment are employed.04-11-2013
20130096697METHODS, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING AND/OR CONTROLLING DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS - A dynamic environment (e.g., an automated industrial process) has multiple conditions in response to which corresponding actions are required, and comprises various equipment, control device(s) to control the equipment, and one or more sensors to generate input signal(s) representing a monitored condition of the environment. A control system for the environment comprises a master processor and one or more co-processors, wherein the master processor configures a given co-processor to evaluate only a first subset of conditions expected to occur in the environment within a specified time period (e.g., less than a response time of the master processor), and to provide first control information representing an action to be taken if a particular condition of the first subset is satisfied. The co-processor receives the input signal(s) representing the monitored condition, processes the input signal(s) so as to determine if the particular condition of the first subset is satisfied, and provides the first control information to the control devices so as to control the equipment. Exemplary applications include dynamic environments in which machine vision techniques and/or equipment are employed.04-18-2013
20130131838Data Synchronization in a Cooperative Distributed Control System - A data synchronization method and apparatus are provided for a distributed control system where multiple controllers can control a plurality of actuators or sensors. The actuators or sensors are assigned to logical groups that share a common state. One of the actuators or sensors within a logical group serves as a reference device for a state variable. Before taking a control action, the controllers read the current value of the state variable from the reference device. Data synchronization is maintained by one or more refresh master controllers.05-23-2013
20130131837Prioritized Controller Arbitration - In a distributed control system where multiple controllers can control the same actuator or sensor, each controller is assigned a priority level, and command arbitration is based on the relative priority levels of the controllers. Each actuator or sensor selects a controller to serve as a master controller for one or more of its state variables. Different master controllers may be selected for different state variables. When a command is received by the actuator or sensor, it determines how to treat the command by comparing the priority of the controller from which the command originated to the priority of the master controller.05-23-2013
20080200997Broadcast control of cellular stochastic control systems with applications to actuators - A broadcast feedback method is presented for distributed stochastic control of an actuator system consisting of many cellular units. The method can be implemented for an artificial cellular actuator, consisting of many units of smart actuator material with a random signal generator. The output of the actuator system is an aggregate effect of numerous cellular units, each taking a bi-stable ON-OFF state. A central controller broadcasts the error between the aggregate output and a reference input. The central controller broadcasts the overall error signal to all the cellular units uniformly. In turn, each cellular unit makes a stochastic decision with a state transition probability modulated in relation to the broadcasted error. Even in the absence of deterministic coordination, the ensemble of the cellular units can track a given trajectory stably.08-21-2008
20100318197CONTROL SYSTEM - Provided is a control system capable of reducing cost while securing reliability of original processing of a microcomputer. An engine control device and a meter control device each store a control amount calculating procedure for calculating a control amount regarding a significant control to be performed on the control target of the engine control device. The engine control device compares a control amount regarding the significant control calculated by the engine control device, and a control amount regarding the significant control calculated by the meter control device, to thereby control the control target of the engine control device based on a result of the comparison.12-16-2010
20110320013HOME APPLIANCE CONTROL DEVICE - There is provided a home appliance control device for obtaining various parameters of each active object according to a variation between a plurality of current images acquired by an image sensor or according to a relation of a current image acquired by the image sensor with respect to a reference image or a reference data thereby determining an operation state of a home appliance.12-29-2011
20120029658OPERATION CONTROLLING SYSTEM AND OPERATION CONTROLLING DEVICE AND METHOD - An operation controlling system is provided with an operation controlling device that is installed removably in a facility equipment, and an operating terminal for sending an instruction signal to the operation controlling device. The operation controlling device not only has communicating means for receiving the instruction signal sent from the operating terminal, but also operation controlling means for turning ON/OFF, in accordance with the instruction signal, the facility equipment that is connected locally, and/or output controlling means for controlling, in accordance with the instruction signal, an output value of the facility equipment that is connected locally.02-02-2012
20130204399DETERMINING AN INDICATION OF A BACKGROUND LEVEL OF UTILITY CONSUMPTION - A non-intrusive method of determining, in respect of a group of appliances that are arranged to consume a utility, an indication of a background level of consumption of the utility by the group of appliances, the method comprising: receiving a series of utility values representative of a total level of consumption of the utility by the group of appliances; determining, based on the received utility values, an indication of a background level of consumption of the utility; and outputting the determined indication of the background level of consumption of the utility.08-08-2013

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