Milwaukee, WI, United States
Milwaukee, WI, United States

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.


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Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-12-06

A transport system comprising linear motor modules utilized both straight and curved track modules, with movers displaced on the track modules by control of power applied to coils of the modules. Curved track modules have modified spline geometries to provide desired acceleration and jerk characteristics. The modified spline geometries may be defined by more than one generators, such as an equation generator and a spline fit between the equation-generated segment and one or more constrained points or locations. The curved track modules may be divided into 180 degree modules, or may be reduced to 90 degree, 45 degree or other fractional arcs to provide for modular assembly, mirror-image geometries and motion profiles, and the like. The system may be adapted to provide improved motion characteristics based on modification of a conventional spline geometry.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-10-27

An electronics module includes a latch with a first latch portion and a second latch portion. The latch portions move between a latched position and an unlatched position. A spring is located between the first and second latch portions and biases the first and second latch portions in first and second directions. The first latch portion comprises an actuation portion located externally from the housing and that is adapted to be manually engaged and moved linearly in the second direction to move the first latch portion from its latched position toward its unlatched position. The second latch portion includes a resilient tail with a locator tab that seats in either a first receiving location or a second receiving location of the first latch portion and that is selectively deflectable to disengage the locator tab from the second receiving location so that the spring moves the latch to the latched configuration.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-01-12

A modular illumination system is capable of producing a light beam having a wide field of viewe.g., in excess of ninety degreeswhile maintaining a high collection efficiency as well as a high degree of beam homogeneity. The illumination system comprises an elementary unit having a linear array of light sources. Light from the light sources is collimated using a corresponding array of catadioptric lenses, and the collimated light is homogenized in the tangential plane using two cylindrical lens arrays set in tandem to one another. The homogenized light is then collimated in the sagittal plane using a cylindrical lens that is set perpendicular to the lenses of the two cylindrical lens arrays to yield a wide linear beam. To produce an area beam, the linear array of light sources can be replaced with a two-dimensional array, and the cylindrical lenses can be replaced with spherical lenses.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-01-13

A modular compound lens comprises an elementary unit with five powered optical elements capable of imaging a field of view of approximately 100 degrees with an F-number of 1.7. The compound lens exhibits image distortion of no more than 10% and a nearly diffraction limited modulation transfer function (MTF) of up to 100 line-pairs per millimeter. Additional optical components can be added to the compound lens to widen the field of view as desired without changing the F-number and without significant increase in image aberrations.


Systems, methods and apparatus are disclosed for interfacing process controllers in a process automation system with one or more intelligent electrical devices of an electrical automation system to use process and electrical control space information to perform actions and make decisions regarding actions in a connected enterprise system to facilitate energy management goals as well as process control goals in view of electrical control space information and process control space information.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-10-24

A system and method for employing a file system and file system services on the industrial controller. The file system allows industrial control programs to implement many functions previously performed within the industrial control program and stored in the same memory as the industrial control program. An execution engine is provided that interprets instructions included in an industrial control program. The instructions utilize services in the file system for including user defined routine files loaded from local or remote locations, to load and unload recipe files from local and remote locations, to log and retrieve measured data and trend data to files at local or remote locations, to select different operating systems and to select a running program from a plurality of running programs utilizing the file system.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-03-24

Augmentable and manipulable modeling of equipment provides a three dimensional, manipulable base model image of an equipment specimen on a display system using optical base model data obtained using a computing system. Base model data collection can be user-controlled to permit changing spatial aspects of the base model image (size, perspective, orientation). User inputs concerning functions, conditions and the like can be transmitted from a model control unit to the computing system via a two-way communication link, generating augmenting data that is combined with the base model data to render augmented three dimensional models. User inputs also can be received directly by the computing system, for example using a display system touchscreen. Augmenting data received by the computing system and/or display system also can be transmitted via the communication link to the model control unit. Such implementations permit realistic simulation of the effects of a control system on a real world system, equipment, etc.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2016-11-16

An electronics module includes a housing including a wall. A cable clamp chassis projects outwardly from the housing wall. The cable clamp chassis includes first and second cable receiving locations respectively adapted to receive associated first and second cables. A clamp is secured to the cable clamp chassis by a fastener. The clamp is adapted to secure first and second associated cables in the first and second cable receiving locations. The fastener comprises a two-piece structure including a bolt and a head non-rotatably engaged with the bolt. The housing wall is provided as part of a sheet metal wall structure and the cable clamp chassis is cast metal or another monolithic conductive structure. The two-piece fastener comprises a carbon steel or stainless steel bolt and a cast metal or molded polymeric head that is non-rotatably engaged with a bolt head of the bolt.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2017-03-01

Augmentable and manipulable modeling of equipment provides a three dimensional, manipulable base model image of an equipment specimen on a display system using optical base model data obtained using a computing system. Base model data collection can be user-controlled to permit changing spatial aspects of the base model image (size, perspective, orientation). User inputs concerning functions, conditions and the like can be transmitted from a model control unit to the computing system via a two-way communication link, generating augmenting data that is combined with the base model data to render augmented three dimensional models. User inputs also can be received directly by the computing system, for example using a display system touchscreen. Augmenting data received by the computing system and/or display system also can be transmitted via the communication link to the model control unit. Such implementations permit realistic simulation of the effects of a control system on a real world system, equipment, etc.


Patent
Rockwell Automation | Date: 2017-03-08

An automation interface is provided for interacting with industrial controllers. The automation interface provides for programming, editing, monitoring and maintenance of industrial controllers programmatically from a local or remote location. The automation interface component is adapted to communicate with industrial controllers by integrating a computer process interface library into the automation interface component. The computer process interface library exposes the automation interface component to client application processes, so that the client application processes can communicate with the at least one industrial controller programmatically. The automation interface is provided with functionality for downloading, uploading and programming of control programs to the processors of the industrial controllers.

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