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Rockwell Automation is a global provider of industrial automation, power, control and information solutions. Brands in industrial automation include Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation is one of the largest industrial automation companies in the world, employing about 21,000 people in more than 80 countries. It is a Fortune 500 company, ranked number 466 on the list. Wikipedia.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2015-10-20

An arc resistant system includes an enclosure that houses electrical equipment and includes an intake isolation assembly configured to deform in response to an arc fault pressure wave to substantially block an intake ventilation opening of the enclosure. The enclosure also includes a first pressure relief assembly configured to open in response to the arc fault pressure wave to allow arc products to exit the enclosure and to enter a ventilation box. The ventilation box is coupled to the enclosure and includes an exhaust isolation assembly configured to deform in response to the arc fault pressure wave to substantially block an exhaust ventilation opening of the ventilation box. The ventilation box also includes a second pressure relief assembly configured to open in response to the arc fault pressure wave to allow the arc products to exit the ventilation box.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2015-08-27

An architecture for application of digital rights management to industrial automation devices including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), I/O devices, and communication adapters is provided. Digital rights management involves a set of technologies for controlling and managing access to device objects and/or programs such as ladder logic programs. Access to automation device objects and/or programs can be managed by downloading rules of use that define user privileges with respect to automation devices and utilizing digital certificates, among other things, to verify the identity of a user desiring to interact with device programs, for example. The architecture can provide for secure transmission of messages to and amongst automation devices utilizing public key cryptography associated with digital certificates.


Present embodiments include an adaptable automation control component that includes a base capable of communicatively coupling with a system bus and with a functional module that includes communication and control circuitry. The adaptable automation control component also includes a device power bus including electrical contacts that are capable of communicatively coupling the adaptable automation control component with a separate automation control component, and an activation mechanism including circuitry capable of continuing the device power bus when the activation mechanism is engaged, and capable of discontinuing the device power bus when the activation mechanism is disengaged. The adaptable automation control component facilitates functionality of the adaptable automation control component as an input/output module or a power distribution module depending on whether the activation mechanism is engaged or disengaged.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-01-08

A system may be provided in which an industrial control network may be discovered and characterized such that useful networking data may be presented to a user and/or monitored for events. By configuring an interrogator device to send a generic message to ranges of network locations, presences of devices at particular locations may be determined. The generic message may direct any of numerous devices types to provide a response including multiple parameters. The interrogator may store such parameters in data records, and may advantageously send periodic collections of data records, or data sets, to a processing manager. The processing manager, in turn, may communicate with one or more data structures to format, enrich and/or monitor the networking data to more conveniently and reliably capture and maintain networks and connected devices.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2015-03-31

Control architecture for use with transport systems, such as linear drive systems, rotary drive systems, or a combination thereof, comprising a computer system having a controller for operating control system software for receiving input commands and protocols for creating a motion profile for each transport element, and a gateway for receiving the motion profile from the control system software and for operating gateway drive software that functions to select the appropriate drives to move each transport element along one or more tracks in accordance with their motion profiles.

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