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Patent Application Titled "Analysis System, Information Processing Device and Program" Published Online

May 27, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors URATANI, Katsumi (Kyoto, JP); MISOGI, Tsutomu (Kyoto, JP), filed on November 8, 2013, was made available online on May 15, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is HORIBA, Ltd.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An analysis system for an internal combustion engine of this type is composed of one or more analysis devices and an information processing device for managing these analysis devices. And multi-pieces of analysis-associated data such as measurement data and setting data are given and received between each of the analysis devices and the information processing device.

"Unit systems for use in these multi-pieces of analysis-associated data are different according to users. For example, there may be some cases of using unit systems compliant with standards defined in countries or regions, or there may be also a case of using an originally own unit system.

"Therefore, conventionally, there has been performed, for example, a work such that a unit system of analysis-associated data for use in an analysis system is previously set to be one used in a shipping destination user. Also, for example, in the case where certification tests in various countries are performed using this analysis system, there may be a case that the unit system of the analysis-associated data is changed by a user side every certification test in different countries.

"However, even the analysis-associated data pertaining to one analysis device may be up to multi-pieces, and there may be a case where various types of analysis devices are used in one laboratory. In such a case, there is a problem that it takes much time and effort to set the unit system."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Technical Problem

"Therefore, the present invention has been made in consideration of such a problem and its essential object is intended to be able to perform a unit setting of values over miscellaneous and multi-pieces of analysis-associated data easily and systematically every analysis device.

"Solution to Problem

"That is, an analysis system pertaining to the present invention is provided with at least one analysis device adapted to analyze intake gas or exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine and an information processing device that is communicatively connected to the analysis device.

"Herein, the information processing device includes: a unit series data storage part adapted to store multi-pieces of unit series data composed by specifying units to be respectively used for values of multi-pieces of analysis-associated data given and received between the analysis device and the information processing device; a selection input receiving part adapted to receive a selection input of any of the multi-pieces of the unit series data stored in the unit series data storage part; and a data output part adapted to output each of the values of the analysis-associated data in the unit specified to the selected unit series data.

"With this configuration, since each unit of the values of a series of analysis-associated data used in a certain analysis device can be collectively set and changed by simply selecting any of the unit series data associated with the analysis device, it is possible to greatly reduce the effort of the unit setting.

"Moreover, since the collective unit setting and change can be performed every analysis device, it is easy to use the analysis system and a setting error can be prevented as much as possible.

"As an embodiment aspect of rendering the effect of the present invention to be more remarkable, it can be exemplified that a plurality of the analysis devices are provided and the unit series data storage part stores multi-pieces of the unit series data while being classified with tie association in each of the analysis devices.

"In order to increase the degree of freedom in setting, it is preferable that the information processing device is further provided with a unit series data editing part for editing contents of the unit series data storage part.

"As a specific embodiment, it can be exemplified that the unit series data includes: an analysis-associated data name for identifying each of the analysis-associated data; a physical phenomenon type name indicating a physical phenomenon type such as a weight, length, volume and temperature associated with the analysis-associated data name; a unit name indicating the unit; and a number of output digits.

"In order to facilitate the editing of the unit series data, it is preferable that the information processing device further includes an available unit storage part storing one or more unit names each of which is available for each of the physical phenomenon type names, and upon edition of the unit series data by the unit series data editing part, a unit name available for the physical phenomenon type set in the analysis-associated data is selected from among the unit names stored in the available unit storage part.

"In order to increase the degree of freedom in setting the unit, it is preferable that the information processing device further includes a unit editing part for editing the available unit storage part.

"In order to allow management of systematic analysis devices, it is preferable that the information processing device further includes an analysis device management part recognizing a plurality of analysis devices as one analysis device together in management.

"Advantageous Effects of Invention

"According to the present invention configured as described above, since each unit of the values of a series of analysis-associated data used in a certain analysis device can be collectively set and changed by simply selecting any of the unit series data associated with the analysis device, it is possible to greatly reduce the effort of the unit setting.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is an overall configuration diagram of an analysis system in one embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is a data constitution diagram showing contents of a unit series data storage part in the same embodiment;

"FIG. 3 is a data constitution diagram showing contents of unit series data in the same embodiment;

"FIG. 4 is a data constitution diagram showing contents of an available unit storage part in the same embodiment;

"FIG. 5 is a screen configuration diagram showing one example of an editing screen in the same embodiment;

"FIG. 6 is a screen configuration diagram showing one example of an editing screen in the same embodiment; and

"FIG. 7 is a screen configuration diagram showing one example of an editing screen in the same embodiment."

For more information, see this patent application: URATANI, Katsumi; MISOGI, Tsutomu. Analysis System, Information Processing Device and Program. Filed November 8, 2013 and posted May 15, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1067&p=22&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140508.PD.&OS=PD/20140508&RS=PD/20140508

Keywords for this news article include: HORIBA Ltd., Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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