08127060 is referenced by 45 patents and cites 811 patents.

The invention provides, in some aspects, improved apparatus for configuring a control system. The apparatus includes a model made up of objects representing devices of such a system, including, at least one device that defines and/or controls communications on at least a portion of a network within that system. That device is referred to, here, as a “bus master” and the portion of the network is referred to as a “segment.” The object (or objects) representing the bus master can include information defining timings, port assignments and/or other aspects of the configuration of the segment. A download service transfers configuration information from objects in the model to devices in the control system. This includes transferring to the bus master communications configuration information for the segment. A download service according to this aspect of the invention generates—e.g., for logging by a change tracking system—indicia of the configuration information transferred to the bus master. The download service can likewise generate for logging (by the change tracking system) information transferred from the model to other devices in control system.

Title
Methods and apparatus for control configuration with control objects that are fieldbus protocol-aware
Application Number
12/474942
Publication Number
8127060 (B2)
Application Date
May 29, 2009
Publication Date
February 28, 2012
Inventor
Keith E Eldridge
North Easton
MA, US
Vladimir Kostadinov
Sharon
MA, US
Benno Doll
Fellbach
DE
Agent
Edward Jarmolowicz
Assignee
Invensys Systems
MA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
G06F 13/00
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