04835699 is referenced by 55 patents and cites 26 patents.

An interactive real-time, distributed control system for textile weaving machines including real time, interactive bi-directional communications centrally manages the whole range of activities of a weaving room. Microcontrollers at each weaving machine control most of the routine weaving functions and operations, but communicate in real time with a central computer which provides large-scale data storage and analysis. Easy, consistent automatic machine set-ups result from electronically downloading cloth style and dobby control data from the central computer to the weaving machine microcontrollers. Because communications between the microcontrollers and the central computer as well as much of the analysis performed by the central computer occur interactively on a real time basis, correction and optimization of the weaving process at individual machines is possible, resulting in higher productivity and quality. Less of quality product is produced since weaving machines are stopped automatically when out-of-control conditions occur and/or real time adjustments in independent weaving variables (e.g., filling angle of release) are made.

Title
Automated distributed control system for a weaving mill
Application Number
7/28820
Publication Number
4835699
Application Date
March 23, 1987
Publication Date
May 30, 1989
Inventor
Jerry F Mallard
High Point
NC, US
Agent
Nixon & Vanderhye
Assignee
Burlington
NC, US
IPC
G06F 15/46
G05B 19/40
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