US Patent No: 5,838,563

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System for configuring a process control environment

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A control studio object system is disclosed which allows a process control environment to be easily and quickly configured or modified. The control studio object system includes a stencil portion having stencil items conforming to algorithms and a diagram portion to which the stencil items may be copied via a drag and drop operation. Because the stencil items are objects which contain all of the information required by a diagram portion to create an object that contains all of the information necessary to program the process control environment, the completed diagram portion reflects the actual configuration of the process control environment. Additionally, providing the stencil items as objects allows the diagrammed environment to be installed directly to nodes without requiring the diagram to be compiled or rewritten in a language conforming to the node.

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FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.AUSTIN, TX393

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dove, Andrew P Austin, TX 25 708
Fletcher, J Clint Pflugerville, TX 4 382
Hammock, Stephen G Austin, TX 1 175
Jundt, Larry O Round Rock, TX 42 1752

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FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC. (50)
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7,778,717 Component object model communication method for a control system 10 2003
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7,761,923 Process control methods and apparatus for intrusion detection, protection and network hardening 2 2005
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