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A field device management system includes an interface which provides communication between a software application implemented on the system and a set of smart field devices coupled to the system. The interface accesses information from and/or writes information to the smart field devices, a database and device descriptions associated with the smart field devices to provide a consistent communication connection with such devices, database and device descriptions, irrespective of the types of smart field devices connected to the system. The interface is based on a predefined hierarchy of categories of information defining the device data associated with the smart field devices, and is implemented using an OLE object for each of the predefined categories of information. In particular, each OLE object stores device data associated with one of the predefined categories of information and includes instructions for communicating with one of the smart field devices, one of the device descriptions and/or the database to effect a command related to the stored device data.

Title
Integrated communication network for use in a field device management system
Application Number
599371
Publication Number
5960214
Application Date
December 4, 1996
Publication Date
September 28, 1999
Inventor
Jon D Westbrock
Richfield
MN, US
Craig R Tielens
Minneapolis
MN, US
Richard R Sharpe Jr
Lakeville
MN, US
Agent
Marshall O Toole Gerstein Murray & Borun
Assignee
Fisher Rosemount Systems
TX, US
IPC
G05B 19/042
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