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1. US5576946 - Icon based process design and control system

Office United States of America
Application Number 08554871
Application Date 07.11.1995
Publication Number 5576946
Publication Date 19.11.1996
Grant Number 5576946
Grant Date 19.11.1996
Publication Kind A
IPC
G06F 17/50
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
17Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
50Computer-aided design
G06F 17/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
17Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
G05B 19/418
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
19Programme-control systems
02electric
418Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
CPC
G05B 19/41865
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
19Programme-control systems
02electric
418Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control [DNC], flexible manufacturing systems [FMS], integrated manufacturing systems [IMS], computer integrated manufacturing [CIM]
41865characterised by job scheduling, process planning, material flow
G05B 2219/31342
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
2219Program-control systems
30Nc systems
31From computer integrated manufacturing till monitoring
31342Design of process control system
G05B 2219/31472
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
2219Program-control systems
30Nc systems
31From computer integrated manufacturing till monitoring
31472Graphical display of process
G05B 2219/35488
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
2219Program-control systems
30Nc systems
35Nc in input of data, input till input file format
35488Graphical user interface, labview
G05B 2219/36025
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
2219Program-control systems
30Nc systems
36Nc in input of data, input key till input tape
36025Link, connect icons together to form program
G05B 2219/37078
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
2219Program-control systems
30Nc systems
37Measurements
37078Display machining, processing parameters with curves, pictograms
Applicants Fluid Air, Inc.
Inventors Bender Martin P.
McAndrew James P.
Agents Bullwinkel Partners. Ltd.
Priority Data 08129656 30.09.1993 US
Title
(EN) Icon based process design and control system
Abstract
(EN)

A control system for creating, modifying, initiating and controlling a manufacturing process is provided using computer on-screen icons as metaphors for actual process steps. The icons are selected on-screen from a library of icons, and are selectively inserted in, appended to, edited or deleted from the manufacturing process. Each icon represents a discrete process step including associated default-value physical parameters, which may be modified (edited) within predetermined boundary limits. Using the icons, the physical manufacturing process is symbolically assembled on-screen and saved to a storage medium from which it is accessed for use. During actual operation, the manufacturing process is displayed on-screen in an animated graphic representation, with real-time presentation of instantaneous parameter values. The control system also selectively provides on-screen trend graphs showing in strip-chart form the recent history of selected process variables. Other features provide on-screen execution and control of start-up, operation, alternative operation, suspended operation (park), shut-down, and servicing functions.