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An operator interface within a process plant includes an execution engine that implements process flow modules made up of interconnected smart process objects that are aware of devices and other entities within the plant and that can perform methods to detect conditions within the plant, especially on a system-level basis. The smart process objects include a display element to be displayed to the operator, data storage for storing data pertaining to and/or received from an associated entity within a plant, inputs and outputs for communicating with other smart process objects and methods that may be executed on the stored and received data to detect plant conditions, including system-level conditions, such as leaks, errors and other conditions. Process flow modules, which may be made up of numerous interconnected smart process objects, may also include flow algorithms associated therewith to calculate mass balances, flows, etc. for the process elements within the process flow modules.

Title
Smart process modules and objects in process plants
Application Number
10/278469
Publication Number
7146231 (B2)
Application Date
October 22, 2002
Publication Date
December 5, 2006
Inventor
Michael Lucas
Leicester
GB
Mark Nixon
Round Rock
TX, US
Ram Ramachandran
Austin
TX, US
Duncan Schleiss
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Marshall Gerstein & Borun
Assignee
Fisher Rosemount Systems
TX, US
IPC
G06F 19/00
G05B 11/01
G05B 13/02
G05B 15/00
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