Power supply and wireless communication unit for process field devices

FIELD: radio engineering, communication.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to technological process control systems. A communication system comprises a wireless power supply and communication unit (100, 200, 300, 350, 360, 400) configured to be connected to a field device (14) and to provide operating power and wireless digital communication between the unit (100, 200, 300, 350, 360, 400) and the field device (14). An electronic high-frequency device (366) in the unit (100, 200, 300, 350, 360, 400) is configured for radio-frequency communication. In one version, a power source (365) in the unit includes one or more solar cells (116) which convert solar energy to electrical energy for powering both the unit 100, 200, 300, 350, 360, 400) and the field device (14). The unit (100, 200, 300, 350, 360, 400) interacts with the field device (14) according to a standard industrial communication protocol. The unit (100, 200, 300, 350, 360, 400) is wirelessly connected to an external device, e.g., a control station (12), based on interaction with the field device (14).

EFFECT: broader capabilities of monitoring a technological process.

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The invention relates to systems process control or monitoring systems. More specifically, the present invention relates to a system that adds wireless capabilities for field devices of these systems.

Control systems in process plants are used for control and monitoring of production resources used in manufacturing and chemical processes, and for other similar purposes. Usually the management system does this by using the field devices distributed in key points of the process and associated with the control circuit control by means of a closed loop process control. The term "field device" refers to any device operating in a distributed control or monitoring system of the technological process, including all devices used to measure, control and monitoring of technological processes.

Some field devices include the Converter. The Converter should be understood as a device that produces an output signal of the input signal of a physical parameter, or as a device that produces an output signal of a physical parameter based on the input signal. Typically, the Converter converts the input signal to output the Noi signal different species. Types of transformers include various analytical devices pressure sensors, thermistors, thermocouples, strain gages, flow sensors, position sensors, motors, solenoids, indicator lights, and others.

Typically, each field device also includes an electronic communication scheme used for communication with the point process control, or other structure in a closed loop process control. In some installations, closed loop process control is also used to feed in the field device controlled current and/or voltage for the power supply. A closed loop is used to transmit data in analog or digital format.

Analog field devices traditionally connected with the control two-wire current closed loop control process, and each device connects to the control of his two-wire control loop. Typically, the voltage difference between two wires supported within 12-45 In analog mode and 9 of 50 In digital mode. Some analog field devices transmit a signal to the control when the modulation current, the current in the closed circuit, a current proportional registered technological parameter. Others who many analog field device is able to function under the control of the control point change in the value of the current through the circuit. In addition or as an alternative to this closed loop process control can transmit digital signals used to communicate with field devices. Digital communication more efficient for the transmission of information in comparison with analog. The field device can respond and share digital information selectively by the control unit and/or other field devices. In addition, such devices can provide additional signal information, such as diagnostic and/or emergency.

In some installations, wireless technologies are already being used for communication with field devices. Work in wireless version facilitates wired cabling and configuration of field devices. Currently used wireless systems, which made the field device includes an internal battery may charge a solar cell or other way to generate electricity without any wired connection. The problem when using the internal battery occurs when the needs of the energy consumption of wireless devices greatly depend on many factors, such as speed data, items, devices, etc. External to the field device system power supply and the connection for the wireless exchange of information represents a significant improvement in this area.

The invention

Wireless power and communications to field devices configured for connection with the field device and for providing a working power supply and wired, preferably digital connection between this unit and the field device. Electronic RF device is configured to provide radio frequency communications. In one implementation, the power source in the above-mentioned block includes one or more solar cells that convert solar energy into electrical energy to power and the said block, and a field device. Wireless power supply and connection provides power to the field device and communicates with the field device according to the standard Protocol industrial relations. The unit communicates wirelessly with an external device, such as a control point on the basis of interaction with the field device.

Brief description of drawings

Fig.1 depicts a schematic view of an exemplary field device, which is particularly useful application of wireless power and communications in accordance with the present invention.

Fig.2 is a block diagram of a field device shown in Fig.1.

Fig.3 is a block diagram of a field device that includes a wireless communication scheme for implementation with the connection with the remote device, for example, a display, or portable device.

Fig.4 is a front view of the wireless power and communications in accordance with a variant implementation of the present invention, mounted on a field device.

Fig.5 is a front view of the wireless power and communications in accordance with another variant of realization of the present invention.

Fig.6 and 7 are schematic views of a wireless power supply and communications, working with many field devices in accordance with the variants of implementation of the present invention.

Fig.8 is a block diagram of the wireless power and communications in accordance with the variants of implementation of the present invention.

Fig.9 is a rear view of the wireless power and communications in accordance with a variant implementation of the present invention.

Detailed description

The present invention includes a wireless power supply and communication that allows field devices developed for wired communication, to work in wireless mode. Although to date there is some development of devices with the addition of wireless connectivity to wired devices, these developments do not function, to release the wired field devices from their control loops, since they are wired, and the power is in their control loops.

Fig.1 and 2 depict schematic view and a block diagram of an exemplary field device, which is particularly useful application of wireless power and communications in accordance with the present invention. System process control or monitoring system 10 includes a control or system control 12, which is associated with one or more field devices 14 via a two-wire process loop 16 management. Examples of the process circuit 16 controls include analog 4-20 mA communication, hybrid protocols, which includes analog and digital communication, for example, standard Highway Addressable Remote Transducer (HART®), as well as all other digital protocols, such as standard FOUNDATIONTMFieldbus. Typically, the protocols of process control loops can provide power to a field device, and transfer data between the field device and other devices.

In this example, the field device 14 includes a circuit 18 associated with the actuator/transducer 20 and processing circuit 16 control via the terminal block 21 in the housing 23. The field device 14 is shown as a generator of technological parameter (TP), whereby it is connected with the technology and responds to the indication, for example, temperature, pressure, pH, flow, and other technologies the parameters, and provides the indication. Other examples of field devices include valves, actuators, controllers and display unit.

Typically, field devices are evaluated for their suitability to work in a field where they may be exposed to the environment, such as temperature, humidity and pressure. In addition to the environmental field devices often must withstand corrosive, hazardous and/or even explosive atmosphere. In addition, such devices must operate in the presence of vibrations and/or in terms of electromagnetic interference. Field devices of this type, as shown in Fig.1 represents a broad class of traditional devices, designed to work exclusively in a wired version.

Fig.3 depicts a block diagram of a wireless field device in accordance with the prior art. The field device 34 includes internal module 38 of the power source, the controller 35, a wireless communication module 32, and the actuator/transducer 20. Module 38 of the power supply typically includes a battery powering the field device 34 as long as the battery will require replacement. Some field devices include built-in solar cell. The power source 38 feeds the controller 35 for mutual the action actuator/transducer 20 and the wireless communication module 32. The wireless communication module 32, in turn, communicates with other devices via the antenna 26, as indicated by the number 24. The disadvantage in obtaining wireless capabilities within the device 34 is that if a battery, solar cell, or the wireless communication module is damaged, then the field the entire device must be repaired or replaced. Another disadvantage of using the internal battery is that some users of wireless devices require much more energy than others. For example, if the field device is activated once per minute instead of once per hour, the energy consumption increases. Energy use also varies greatly depending on, whether the device is configured with a minimum number of system elements, or it is filled with all the elements. Thus, the internal power source is not promising in the sense that the different energy demands of different users are poorly linked to each other.

Fig.4. depicts a front view of the wireless unit 100 power and communications, fixed on a field device 14, shown here in probation. Block 100 is preferably attached to the device 14 through the standard pipeline 102 for field devices. When the career of suitable pipe connections include Seba/2-14 NPT, M20 x 1.5, G1/2, and 3/8-18 NPT. The unit 100 may include a joint that allows rotation 104 around the axis 106 and the rotation 108 about the axis 110. In addition, the region 112 of the attachment unit 100 is preferably hollow for insertion of wires connecting block 100 with the device 14. In those implementations that do not require adjustment of the position of the body, the area 112 attachment may simply be a conductive part.

The unit 100 includes a housing 114, mounted on a region 112 of the attachment. The housing 114 contains the schema (discussed in connection with Fig.8) in order to provide the power supply unit 100 and to allow him to communicate with the device 14 in accordance with the standardised production Protocol, such as 4-20 mA HART®, FOUNDATIONTMFieldbus, Profibus PA, Modbus, CAN, or. Preferably the Protocol organizes digital communication to increase the level of interaction between the block 100 and the device 14.

In Fig.4 shows one or more photovoltaic cells 116, mounted directly on the upper surface 118 of the housing 114. In one embodiment, the implementation of the photovoltaic cell(s) 116 form part of the sealed cover to the housing 114. In these embodiments of the cell(s) 116 is preferably covered with a transparent protective shell for protection from external influences. Cell 116 preferably have the t slope of 30 degrees and are used for converting incident light into an electrical voltage for power supply unit 100 and the device 14. Because the block 100 is located outside of the device 14, it can be many variants of block 100 with the photovoltaic cells of different configurations and/or sizes, depending on the specific power requirements of the field device, is attached to the block. It is preferable that the block 100 includes a wireless communication scheme (not shown in Fig.4)associated with the antenna 120. The presence of the external antenna 120 facilitates wireless communication compared with internal antennas, since many coating field devices made of metal and absorb the wireless signal. However, there may be options for implementation with an internal antenna located near radiotransparent section of the housing 114 or cell(-EC) 116. Options for implementation with external antenna yet more practical, because in this case, the block 100 is externally insulated from the environment, which actually developed the field device.

In accordance with one feature of the invention, the unit 100 includes a local user interface. Accordingly, the block 100 may include a display device, such as LCD display 122, which can be mounted directly near one of the cells 116. To receive local user information unit 100 may include one or n is how many local inputs, such as a command button 124. The local user interface is important, because if the joint system block/field device works completely wirelessly, for experts it is more convenient to have a local user interface, instead of challenging the wireless access device via a portable computer device or something like that. The local interface can be used to access the unit, and to access a field device or to both together. In this case, the term "local user interface" means the presence or the local custom entry tool(s) (e.g., command button), the local user output(s) (e.g., LCD), or combining both. In Fig.4 shows that the LCD can be combined with the cell(s) 116.

Fig.5 depicts a front view of the wireless power and communications in accordance with another variant of realization of the present invention. Wireless unit 200 power and communication has a lot to do with the wireless unit 100 power and communications, and similar components are labeled similarly. The main difference between the wireless unit 200 power and communications and wireless unit 100 power and communication is the location of the device display the local users who ski interface. Namely, the unit 200 includes a display located in close proximity to the photovoltaic cell(-EC) 116 or combined with it(mi). Instead, the display 202 is combined with region 112 of the attachment. Preferably, the display 202 is executed independently rotating around the axis 106 of approximately 270°.

The placement of the display of the user interface directly near the region of 112 attachment increases the ability of the modular block 200. Namely, the housing 114 and all of the components can be made similar, thus achieving space saving. In those installations in which the desired user's local display, it can simply be added in the form of a module between the housing 114 and the junction region 204 112 attachment. This modular design is also useful in those implementations in which a single block 200 is used for work and communicate with many field devices, as will be described in more detail in connection with Fig.6 and 7. Thus, if the installation location is hard-coded, then the power supply system, comprising a solar cell and antenna can be mounted remotely using the adapter with cable seal that is connected to the upper part 206 LCD display 202. The base of the adapter is then used for mounting the housing 14, and the tabulation of the connecting cable through the cable seal. This allows you to position the housing 114 in the optimum operating position in the situation when the local user interface is located directly near each field device.

Fig.6 depicts a schematic view of the wireless unit 300 of the power and communications in accordance with a variant implementation of the present invention. Wireless unit 300 of the power and connection adapted for mounting remote from one or more field devices 14. The unit 300 includes an appropriate power production and the possibility of accumulation to power field devices 14 - simultaneous, sequential or asynchronous. It is evident from Fig.6 shows that each field device 14 is connected separately with unit 300 through the field of 112 attachment, schematically shown in Fig.6. As noted above in connection with Fig.5, the region 112 of the attachment preferably includes a local user interface, such as a command button 124 and/or the display 202. Because each field device 14 connects to the block 300 separately, with each field device 14 individually can be implemented in analog or digital communication. Although it is preferable that the user interfaces were included in the field of 112 attachment, as shown for the embodiments of Fig.6, in some embodiments, the delivery of the AI can be more, or an alternative user interface, implemented in block 300.

Fig.7 depicts a schematic view of the wireless unit 350 in accordance with another variant of realization of the present invention. Block 350 is shown with a single connection 352 to multiple field devices 14. Specialists in the art it should be clear that shown in Fig.7 configuration greatly simplifies the installation of cabling and connection of the field devices 14, block 350. For communication with the individual field devices 14 in block 350 preferably used digital communication or Protocol hybrid or fully digital standardized production Protocol. In addition, this Protocol is used to power all of the field devices 14 simultaneously, sequentially or asynchronously depending on the need. In Fig.7 also schematically shows the connection of the field devices 14 in the network using the area 112 of the fastening. Thus, each of the field devices 14 may have a local user interface that contains a local user input and/or a local user output, for example an LCD display.

Fig.8 depicts a block diagram of a wireless power and communications in accordance with the variants is realizatsii of the present invention. Block 360 includes a controller 362, the device 364 energy storage (shown as batteries), Converter 365 energy contour Communicator module 368 and 366 of the wireless interface.

The controller 362 preferably includes a low-power microprocessor and the corresponding charging circuit for supplying the necessary amount of energy from the element(s) 116 and/or from the device 364 savings for power supply 360 and all field devices connected to the region 112 of the attachment. In addition, the controller 362 also directs excess energy from the element(s) 116 on the device 364 accumulation. The controller 362 may also be associated with an additional circuit for measuring temperature so that the controller 362 can reduce the charging current through the device 364 accumulation, if it begins to overheat. Diagram of the temperature measurement may contain the corresponding sensing element, for example associated with the device 364 accumulation of thermocouple. Analog-to-digital Converter can convert the signal from thermocouple to a digital representation and to apply the digital signal to the controller 362.

The controller 362 can be configured in either hardware or software, or and so and so, for the active power distribution and for himself, and on the attached field device. Thus, the controller 32 is able to transfer himself, and any necessary field devices in eco standby mode. Standby mode is a working mode with reduced power consumption. For field devices, the standby mode may occur as a result of the team on establishing their operational current at the lowest permissible level. Events that can cause the machine enters energy saver mode, may include: after the active period, the input signal from one or more funds local user input, communicating with one or more attached field devices or wireless transmission. Such events can also be used for the output unit 360 and/or any attached field devices from standby mode. In addition, the controller 362 can selectively convert the attached field device in the standby mode for any logic or rules, as reflected in software teams within the controller 362 and/or the wireless information received through the module 366 wireless. Preferably the local input, such as a command button 124, configured by the user. Thus, the only command button can be used to output the field device from the standby mode to the user-selected period of time and at a corresponding configuration the radio again translate the field device in the standby mode. In one embodiment, the implementation of configurable local command button uses a jumper or switch to specify the following:

Command button Reduces the Active Time - selects either of 1, 1.5, 2, or 3 seconds. The field device ignores the button press duration, less specified.

The Time interval is selected either 10, 15, 30 seconds, or 5, 15, 30, 60 minutes.

If the command button is pressed twice with a small interval, then the field device remains in the mode for a specified time (for example, 60 minutes), after which it returns to the standby mode.

If the command button is pressed a second time after a specified time interval (for example, 5 seconds), then the field device returns to the standby mode.

The controller 362 preferably may also translate the parts diagram in block 360 or attached field device in standby mode. Module 366 wireless communication may be, for example, commercially available module cellular telephone System General packet radio use (GPRS), which has a normal operating mode, and standby mode. The signal from the controller 362 can transfer module 366 in the standby mode, if not guaranteed the importance of wireless messages.

Converter 365 energy can be any device suitable for conversion potential is through the energy of the environment, directly surrounding block 360, into electrical energy. In preferred embodiments of the inverter 365 is simply one or more photovoltaic elements 116. But the Converter 365 may be any other device known or developed, which is able to convert potential energy near unit 360 into electricity. Thus, the inverter 365 may include a generator with a moving element, for example, using the motion environment, the motion of the waves or wind generating electricity. In addition, for the generation of electricity Converter 365 can be thermobattery device on the temperature difference using the Peltier effect. In addition, for receiving electric power source can be used with the compressed gas or the like. Finally, in those implementations in which the energy storage devices has a relatively large capacity for a given consumer, the inverter 365 may be excluded.

Module 366 wireless connected to the controller 362 and communicates with an external wireless device via the antenna 120 on the basis of commands and/or data from the controller 362. Depending on the application module 366 of wireless devices may be adapted for osushestvleniya in accordance with any suitable Protocol wireless including, without limitation, the following: wireless network technologies (e.g., IEEE 802.11 b wireless access point and wireless network devices, developed by Linksys of Irvine, California), cellular or digital networking technologies (such as Microburst® by Aeris Communications Inc. of San Jose, California), ultra-wideband, optical free space, Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), General Packet Radio Use (GPRS), Multiple Access, Code Division (CDMA), wideband technology, technology, infrared communication System for Transmission of Short Messages (SMS) or any other suitable wireless technology. In addition, a well-known technology prevent data conflict can be used so that many blocks will not interfere with the conditions of their mutual influence. This method of conflict prevention may include the use of multiple radio frequency channels and/or the method of expanding the range.

Module 366 wireless communication may also include transducers for a variety of methods of wireless communication. For example, the primary wireless communication can be carried out using the method regarding long-distance communications, such as GSM or GPRS, and the secondary, or additional, communications can be provided by experts or operators near unit using, for the example, technology IEEE 802.11b or Bluetooth.

Some modules of wireless communication may include a circuit capable of interacting with the Global Positioning System (GPS). The GPS system can be successfully used in block 360 for mobile devices to enable detection of individual unit 360 at its remote location. But can also be used and other methods of determining location.

It is shown in Fig.8, the storage device 370 is separated from the controller 362, but in reality it may be part of controller 362. The storage device 370 may be of any suitable type, including the device's volatile memory (RAM), non-volatile memory device (flash memory, EEPROM memory, and so on), and can also be any combination of them. The storage device 370 may include program commands for the controller 362, and any necessary service data unit 360. The storage device 370 may contain a unique identifier for a block 360, such that the block 360 was able to distinguish intended for him, wireless transmission amongst the wireless transmission. Examples of such identifiers may be a MAC address Access Control (Data), Electronic Serial Number, a global phone number, Internet Protocol (IP) or any other suitable identificator. Moreover, the storage device 370 may include information about the attached field devices, such as their unique identifiers, configuration, and capabilities. Finally, the controller 362 when using the storage device 370 may enable block 360 to provide an output signal of any suitable form. For example, the configuration and interaction with unit 360 and/or one or more attached field devices can be represented in the form of hypertext (HTML) web pages.

The synchronizer 372 is shown associated with the controller 362, but may also be part of the controller 362. The synchronizer 372 allows the controller 362 to work more efficiently. For example, the synchronizer 372 can be used to synchronize the periods indicated above in connection with configurable command button 125. In addition, the controller 362 may store information from one or more attached field devices and correlate information over time in order to identify trends. In addition, the controller 362 can complement the data acquired from one or more field devices, information about the time, before sending it through the module 366 wireless. In addition, the synchronizer 372 can be used to automatically generate periodic commands waiting/act who having increased at block 360 and/or the field device. Another option periodic synchronizer usage 372 is allowing the controller 362 to produce a module 366 pulsating signal for periodically indicating a valid status of the external wireless device.

Contour device 368 is connected with the controller 362 and negotiates the controller 362 with one or more field devices associated with one or more regions 112 attachment. Contour device 368 is a known circuit, which generates the appropriate signals to exchange information according to the above production Protocol. In those implementations in which the block 360 is associated with multiple field devices that communicate according to different protocols, it is possible that many of the contour communicators were used to enable the controller 362 to interact with various field devices. The physical connection(s)made through the region 112 attachment, allows you to block 360 to provide power to field devices and share information with them. In some embodiments of this can be done by applying power through the wires used for communication, such as two-wire circuit. But there are also options of implementing izaberete the Oia, in which power to the field device is supplied separately from the channel of information exchange. To facilitate access specialists unit 360 may include two or more terminals directly near the contour of your device 368 or region 112 attachment that facilitates the connection with the portable configuration device, such as device Model 375 Handheld, available from Rosemount, Inc. of Eden Prairie, Vinnesota.

In Fig.8 also shows an optional block 374 command button operator and an optional block LCD display associated with the controller 362. This drawing is intended to show that all local input signals from the individual field devices, the wireless unit 360 power supply and communication or both of them are connected with the controller 362. In addition, local custom displays for each field device, the wireless unit 360 power supply and communication or on both of them, are also associated with the controller 362. This allows the controller 362 to interact with each local display separately on the basis of input signals from the field device, configurable command button, attached to a field device, one or more buttons or input devices located in the vicinity of the block 360, or wireless data transfer.

Fig.9 depicts a rear view of the wireless power supply and communication with the accordance with the variant of realization of the present invention. The wireless unit 400 is associated with the field device 14 as in the previous implementations. However, the module 366 wireless and/or antenna 120 may be located in a field device 14, and not in the housing 114 of the block 400. Module 366 wireless and/or antenna 120 can be added to the field device 14 as mounted elements. In addition, the module 366 wireless communication can be an integral part of the field device 14. Thus, in some embodiments of the module 366 may be associated with the controller unit 400 through the region 112 of the attachment. In other embodiments of the module 366 may be combined with the field device, and in such embodiments of block 400 can easily provide operating power.

In the wireless power and communications in accordance with the variants of implementation of the present invention can add significant opportunities for process monitoring and control. Wireless output signal of the wireless power supplies and communication may simply be a technological parameter, but can also contain a lot more information. For example, a wireless output signal may also include diagnostic and/or operational information. In addition, the wireless power and communication may also signal the needle wirelessly about one or more field devices or even block out. The unit can send a wireless alarm signal to the same place he usually sends wireless information (e.g., control), or it can send information to an alternative object, such as a pager operator. In addition, in those implementations in which the block is associated with more than one field device, a wireless output signal can display a combination of the process parameters or the output signal of a higher level. In addition, in those implementations in which many field devices include PV generators, and one or more actuators that can change the process parameter, the blocks themselves can provide a closed image of Autonomous technology management, without interaction with the control, but only based on wireless.

Although the present invention considered in connection with the preferred variant implementation, specialists in the art it should be clear that in detail and form changes are possible, however, without deviating from the essence and scope of the invention.

1. The communication system of the technological process, containing:
the parameter generator process, suitable for connection technologiestimates, moreover, the parameter generator process is executed with the possibility of a functional connection with the Converter and has a communication scheme for communication on technological control circuit and receiving electric power from the process control loop to power the generator parameter of the process;
wireless power and communications to provide wireless operation parameter generator process, and the block contains:
case;
dock area, connecting the body with the parameter generator process through the standard pipeline for the field device;
the energy storage devices located inside the housing and configured to power the generator parameter of the process;
contour device connected to the generator parameter of the process through the dock area and performed with digital interaction parameter generator process through the communication scheme;
a controller associated with the energy storage devices and contour your device, and the controller is arranged to interact with the generator parameter of the process using contour of your device and is made with the possibility active in the management power to the wireless power supply and communication and generator parameter of the process;
the wireless communication module associated with the controller and configured to wireless communication based on the interaction with the generator parameter of the process; and
the local user interface.

2. The system under item 1, in which the energy storage devices is a battery.

3. The system under item 1, additionally containing an energy Converter connected to the controller and configured to convert potential energy source in the environment into electrical energy.

4. The system under item 3, in which the energy Converter includes at least one photoelectric element.

5. The system under item 4, in which at least one photovoltaic element covers a part of the building.

6. The system under item 3, in which the controller is configured to recharge the device energy storage electricity from the energy Converter.

7. System on p. 3, additionally containing a temperature sensor functionally connected to the controller and located with the option to record the temperature of the device, energy storage, and in which the controller selectively charging the energy storage devices based on, at least partially, from the signal from the temperature sensor.

8. The system under item 7, in which the temperature of the RNA sensor functionally connected to the controller through an analog-to-digital Converter.

9. The system under item 1, in which the pipeline has a size selected from the group consisting of 3/8-18 NPT (normal pipe thread) connection 1/2-14 NPT connection, M20×1.5 connection, G1/2 connection.

10. The system under item 1, in which the attachment has at least one degree of freedom.

11. The system under item 1, in which the area of attachment allows the housing to rotate around the first axis.

12. System on p. 11, in which the area of attachment allows the housing to rotate about the second axis, which is essentially orthogonal to the first axis.

13. The system under item 1, additionally containing photovoltaic element located near the upper surface of the housing at an angle of approximately 30 degrees relative to the bottom surface of the shell.

14. The system under item 1, in which the local user interface includes a button.

15. System on p. 14, in which the button can be configured by the user.

16. System on p. 14, in which the button is located directly near the dock area.

17. The system under item 1, in which the user interface includes a display.

18. The system under item 17, in which the display is an LCD (liquid crystal) display.

19. The system under item 17, in which the display is located in close proximity to the upper surface of the body.

20. The system is as under item 19, in which the display is located in the immediate vicinity of the photovoltaic element.

21. The system under item 17, in which the display is mounted in the immediate vicinity of the dock area.

22. System on p. 21, in which the display can rotate around the dock area.

23. The system under item 1, in which the casing is protected from the effects of the field environment.

24. The system under item 1, additionally containing an extension dock area and the extension area of attachment is configured to attach the unit of the wireless power and communication to the additional parameter generator of the process and provides power and connectivity of both generators parameter of the process.

25. System on p. 24, in which the contour of the device made with the possibility of implementing digital communication with both generators parameter of the process.

26. The system under item 1, in which the controller includes a microprocessor.

27. The system under item 1, in which the contour of the device made with the possibility of recognition of current, changing in the range 4-20mA.

28. The system under item 1, in which the contour of the device provides a two-wire connection to the generator parameter of the process, with two-wire connection provides power and possibly the awn communication with the generator parameter of the process.

29. The system under item 1, in which the power management includes the ability to transfer parameter generator process in the standby mode.

30. System on p. 29, in which the controller causes the transfer parameter generator process in the standby mode based on user input.

31. The system under item 1, in which power includes the ability to transfer at least part of the wireless power supply and connection to the standby mode.

32. The system under item 31, in which the controller causes the transfer of a part of the wireless power supply and connection to the standby mode based on user input.

33. The system under item 1, in which the energy storage devices is selected based on the required power level for the parameter generator of the process.



 

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20 cl, 5 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: present group of inventions relates to a process device wireless adapter. The process device wireless adapter includes a wireless communication module configured to communicatively connect to a process device and to a wireless receiver, wherein the wireless communication module is configured to interact with the process device in accordance with the standard technological protocol; a metal housing which surrounds the wireless communication module and has a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is configured to attach to the process device; a metallic shield which is in contact with the second end of the housing such that the metallic shield and the housing form an essentially continuous conducting surface; and an antenna which is communicatively connected to the wireless communication module and separated from the wireless communication module by the metallic shield.

EFFECT: design of a wireless communication adapter of a process device which is provided with electromagnetic interference protection and has a small form factor.

17 cl, 8 dwg

FIELD: information technology.

SUBSTANCE: apparatus with a network server computer and a programmable control unit for controlling a household appliance with several controllers, wherein the network server computer has memory for storing at least one website with at least one input means for actuating the control unit, and the control unit has at least one communication interface for establishing a network connection, through which a website can be accessed, wherein the network server computer is at least partially integrated into the control unit, and the control unit is adapted to launch an automatic installation process, wherein the control unit, through the communication interface, sends a controller list with controllers connected to the control unit to a central server installation computer and requests the website from the central server installation computer.

EFFECT: possibility of an automatic installation process for a household appliance with a plurality of user interfaces adapted under corresponding controllers.

20 cl, 16 dwg

FIELD: food industry.

SUBSTANCE: system for production of multiple types of food products that may be differed from each other in terms of configuration and/or composition; the system contains a container (2) for transportation of multiple moulds (M) placed on it along multiple work places (S1-S16). Each mould (M) is equipped with a corresponding electronic ID device (T) including memory devices (4). Each work place (S1-S16) is equipped with at least one corresponding electronic unit (A-E) including a processor (9) connected to the memory devices (10) and at least one antenna or a similar device (15) and is designed to be able to read information or data and/or to record information or data to the memory devices (4) of the mould (M). The initial input work place (S1) transfers or records to the memory devices (4) information on identification of products (P) moulded in the mould (M) while the electronic unit of each additional work place (S3, S6 …) can selectively modify the execution mode, of at least one operation in accordance with processing information read from the memory devices (4) wherewith each mould (M) passing through the work place is equipped.

EFFECT: according to the invention the system allows to adapt the process of moulded products production in real time in a flexible manner and in a flexible way on the basis of the specified requirements.

20 cl, 5 dwg

FIELD: information technology.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to a data support system (1) for handling processes based on electronic data exchange to obtain information (37, 39) for handling processes (2). Information is obtained (34) through at least one application subsystem (24), which enables to obtain information (37, 39), relating to the present situation (situational information). Information for handling processes (2) is obtained (34) through at least one application subsystem (24).

EFFECT: providing situational data for a process and scheduling, and the user of an information support system is less burdened from the qualified process of obtaining information.

2 dwg

FIELD: information technology.

SUBSTANCE: disclosed is a method for making online programme changes in an automation system, wherein online programme changes are made by loading new programme parts into the CPU of the automation system, where a current application programme is currently running, in order to prepare a new application programme, and where in order to prevent overloading of the CPU, final switching is made to the new application programme only after it is determined, by monitoring the first processing of all the programme cycles of the new application programme, that the CPU has not been overloaded.

EFFECT: high reliability of the automation system owing to monitoring CPU overloading.

3 cl, 2 dwg

FIELD: information technology.

SUBSTANCE: in the automation system, automation processors are connected to the system bus EN which is based on an Ethernet interface in form of an annular structure of series-connected network switches, each of two backed up automation processors is connected to network switches of the bus EN on two channels, on one channel to one switch and on the other channel to the other switch; backed up automation processors are connected to each other on separate serial interfaces and are fitted with means of controlling hot backup; input/output stations are backed up and contain backed up SP modules connected in pairs over signalling lines, fitted with means of controlling hot backup, and on two backed up interface modules connected to each other on separate serial interfaces with means of controlling hot backup; backed up automation processors are connected to interface modules of input/output stations over a backup bus ENL which is based on Industrial Ethernet with a radial communication topology.

EFFECT: high reliability, fast switching to backup equipment, freeing computational resources from the task of controlling backup.

3 dwg

FIELD: information technology.

SUBSTANCE: in the software-hardware system for controlling technological processes, automation processors are connected to an EN system bus which is based on the Industrial Ethernet interface in form of a ring structure of series-connected network switches, over two channels; the automation processors are connected to input/output stations having an interface module and modules for communication with the technological process; the automation processors are connected to the interface modules of the input/output stations over an ENL bus which is based on Industrial Ethernet with a radial connection topology and ensuring the minimum possible data exchange time for the Industrial Ethernet; the interface module of the input/output station is connected to each module for communication with the technological process over a separate serial interface of the input/output bus; automation processors also have channels for connecting to ENS buses based on Industrial Ethernet on a ring connection topology for constructing multiply backed-up systems.

EFFECT: high reliability of the system bus, high rate of collecting technological process data and high fault-tolerance.

5 cl, 5 dwg

FIELD: tire industry.

SUBSTANCE: proposed plant contains great number of working units operating successively. Plant is furnished with central processor made for setting successive execution of great number of operations at working stations. Each working station contains at least one unit of indicated working units according to one or several set sequences of tire types. Plant includes also local processor connected with each working station and made for determining type corresponding to drum found in each of said working units. Local processor provides selection of definite procedure from preset group of procedures for each of said working units designed for type of tire corresponding to drum to be used in operation. Invention reduces to minimum downtimes for changing type of tire to be manufactured and makes it possible to manufacture lots of tires of different types without changing equipment producing tire semifinished products.

EFFECT: provision of automatic manufacturing of different type tires.

9 cl, 3 dwg

FIELD: ferrous metallurgy; nonferrous metallurgy; methods of automated control over ore mining and dressing production.

SUBSTANCE: the invention is pertaining to the field of ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, in particular, to the method of automated control over ore mining and dressing production by means of the branched computer network. The technical result of the invention is an improved quality and effectiveness of the control. The method provides for a measurement within the preset time intervals of an electrical power consumption (PC) by equipment of the technological link (TL) of mining, TL of bucking and TL of iron-ore concentrate production per 1 ton of the product, mains voltage and determination of the correcting coefficient considering the effect of the mains voltage value. On the basis of statistical data for the equipment of the TL of mining, TL of ore bucking and TL of an iron-ore concentrate production considering mechanical and chemical properties of the raw material and the number of units of operating equipment they introduce in the controlling system the boundary parameters (BP) of acceptable values of PC used for production of 1 ton of the products at the fixed main voltage. At the stage of processing by the TL of mining the initial ore is weighted and averaged for bringing of the mechanical and chemical parameters to the preset boundary parameters for processing by the following technological links. At the stage of ore processing by TL of bucking they check the chemical composition and mechanical properties of an intermediate product. At a stage of processing of ore by TL of production of the iron-ore concentrate they determine amount of products of the preset chemical composition produced from 1 ton of the ore, For each link of TL fix the number of the equipment units operating in parallel. Then make a comparison of the power consumed by each TL for production of 1 ton of products with the boundary parameters acceptable PC values per 1 ton of the products for the data of the initial ore composition, parameters of the TL products and a quantity of the units of the equipment in parallel operating in composition of TL. Determine the value of deviations and multiply by the coefficient considering the effect of the mains voltage value. If the measured values of PC exceed at the indicated TLs preset boundary parameters (BP)of acceptable values of PC per 1 ton of the products fix the operating irregularity of the equipment of the particular TL. Analyze the dynamics of the gained deviations rise time and by the obtained results of the analysis determine the sequence and the volume of diagnosing of the particular unit of the TL equipment. After that step-by-step transfer the TL equipment in a diagnostic mode of operation, conduct its diagnosing and issue a command to change the mode of operation of the particular units of the TL equipment or to cease their operation.

EFFECT: the invention ensures an improved quality and effectiveness of the control.

1 dwg

FIELD: automatics and computer science, possible use for developing solutions for tasks for controlling modes of expansive electric energy based systems.

SUBSTANCE: in control system consisting of several sub-systems, connected by means of communication with computer machine, and optimization module connected thereto, computer machine is selected as computer machine of upper level, and each subsystem is provided with computing machine of lower level, herein optimization module and block for calculating functional characteristics of current subsystem are realized, while system is also provided with means for upper level communication and means for lower level communication, computing machines of lower level through communication means of upper level are connected to computing machine of upper level and through communication means of lower level are connected to subsystems.

EFFECT: decreased total amount of information transferred while controlling modes of electric energy based systems, increased speed of operations.

4 cl, 2 dwg

FIELD: engineering of systems for automatic control over technological processes.

SUBSTANCE: in the method appropriate for invention at least one controlling computing machine is utilized and a certain amount of field devices, while status signals and control signals between at least a portion of field devices and controlling computing machine are transferred using TCP/IP protocol via communication channel, preferably for radio-communication and/or Internet. System for controlling process appropriate for invention has controlling computing machine with Web-server, computing machine of client with Internet browser, and also multiple indicators and positioning devices; system for controlling process is preferably services by means of Internet through personal computer of client.

EFFECT: improved universality of software used for servicing and observing.

2 cl, 3 dwg

FIELD: engineering of controlling and adjusting systems for controlling technological processes.

SUBSTANCE: complex contains workstations and servers based on personal electronic computer machines, connected as a local area Ethernet network, and also controllers and functional modules. Programmable logical integral circuits, built into each functional module, support programming of practically any algorithms for processing signals and control, adequate for tasks, assigned by engineer to current module. Three variants of system engineering are possible on basis of means included in complex: centralized control, local control, distributed control. In all three variants central microprocessor module controlled by software performs primary configuring of functional modules, information exchange, control and diagnostics of software and hardware means.

EFFECT: expanded functional capabilities, increased reliability, improved maintainability.

14 cl, 19 dwg

FIELD: computer systems engineering, welding systems, possible use for providing welding architecture to make possible interactive realization of remote configuration, monitoring, control and business operations in distributed environment, wherein welding processes are performed.

SUBSTANCE: system includes at least one welding device, operatively connected to network server, network interface and network for exchanging data with at least one remote system. Remote system includes at least one remote interface for exchanging data with network architecture. Remote system is made with possible request of at least one HTTP socket for setting up connection to welding device through network, loading at least one application from welding device and communication with at least one welding application socket through at least one application for exchanging information between welding device and remote system. At least one appropriate includes at least one of components: welding configuration component, welding monitoring component and welding control component. Method for provision of distributed welding architecture includes stages, at which: welding device is connected to network interface. For setting up network connection through network interface to remote system, at least one socket is used: HTTP socket or welding application socket, where HTTP socket is used for exchanging data with remote systems. Structure of data, providing welding protocol, includes at least one of following fields: field of options/flags, field of order of messages, message status field, data length field, data field, server commands field, server command identifier field, server command arguments field, machine field, machine address field, field of identifier of method/property and field for arguments of method/property.

EFFECT: decreased time and labor costs related to technical maintenance and adjustment of multiple welding devices and systems.

6 cl, 22 dwg

FIELD: connecting controller may be used in gas transportation systems.

SUBSTANCE: connecting controller contains electric interconnection, which connects a set of input ports to processor and memory. In accordance to invention, marked data may be grouped in time and space by means of central computer using attributes. Processor may utilize aforementioned data to constantly monitor, determine parameters and control the whole gas transportation system.

EFFECT: controller precisely distributes system events in time and space, using marked data for this purpose, resulting in increased efficiency of system, control over repairing of breakdown, capacity for planning of advance technical maintenance and routine maintenance.

5 cl, 6 dwg

FIELD: electrical communication networks, radio technique, computing technique.

SUBSTANCE: apparatus for controlling system of objects includes power conductor connected to autonomous electric power source; adapters connected between power conductor and objects. Adapters forming together with objects control circuits are programmed for setting timing of data receiving. Power conductor serves simultaneously for transmitting data. Adapters are made with possibility of taking noises into account. Adapter connected between power conductor and autonomous electric power source is made with possibility of simultaneous transmission of data between all other adapters while taking into account time moments of noise occurring and with possibility of regulating voltage of electric power source. Adapter for such apparatus is also offered in description of invention.

EFFECT: improved quality of control process.

2 cl, 7 dwg

FIELD: the invention refers to automated control systems.

SUBSTANCE: it may be used for management of industrial-technological processes of an enterprise of gas and oil industry with controlling inputs at the place of their origin. The invention allows to control the industrial-technological process at each management level together with industrial-technological indexes and control the values of evaluations of indexes of effectiveness which so, as the industrial-technological indexes are compared with permissible borders.

EFFECT: increases effectiveness of management due to operative local response at effectiveness reduction on a part of the industrial-technological process of the enterprise.

1 dwg

FIELD: method and system for computerized preparation of parts in elevator engineering.

SUBSTANCE: method includes storing information which is important for logistics in control list of database in form of data about parts required in elevator engineering, parts being prepared are fitted with readable and recordable carrier of information with data memory, these parts are prepared, information which is important for logistics is recorded by means of a computer into memory of information carriers, prepared parts are delivered to the construction site, at the construction site the information important for logistics is read from the memory of information carrier, the information is checked by means of a computer and delivered parts are placed at specified distribution stations using read logistics information. The system contains a database, a reading/recording device, an information carrier with data memory, a processing block.

EFFECT: expanded functional capabilities.

2 cl, 1 dwg

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