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"Method in a Computer System for Generating a Graphical Representation of an Anticipated Product Manufactured by a Machine" in Patent Application...

June 12, 2014



"Method in a Computer System for Generating a Graphical Representation of an Anticipated Product Manufactured by a Machine" in Patent Application Approval Process

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor RUSSELL, Matthew Alan (Monroe, OH), filed on January 24, 2014, was made available online on May 29, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to The Procter & Gamble Company.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Machines and systems used to fabricate products, such as consumer goods products, for example, often use programmable logic controllers to control the various actuators of the machine. Programmable logic controllers are programmed with programmable logic controller code to generate drive signals for the various actuators in accordance with a desired sequence to fabricate the products.

"A designer or operator of the machine may be required to make modifications to the programmable logic controller code for many reasons. For example, there may be a change to the specifications to the product that necessitates a change to the programmable logic controller code. A new product may require changes to the programmable logic controller code. Additionally, changes to the machine used to fabricate the product may require updating the programmable logic controller code.

"Modifying the programmable logic controller code may be time consuming for the designer or operator. In many cases, changes are made to the programmable logic controller code is accomplished by trial and error. Changes are made and then observation of the machine with the code changes is performed. However, such an iterative process may be time consuming and create down-time for the machine.

"Accordingly, alternative systems and methods for emulation a machine, and predicting product values of a product manufactured by a machine as well as predicting a process of a machine are desired."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "An exemplary embodiment provides a method in a computer system for generating a graphical representation of an anticipated product manufactured by a machine having a plurality of actuators and a plurality of mechanical elements, the machine being controlled by programmable logic control code, includes presenting a plurality of machine input fields requesting a plurality of parameters associated with the plurality of actuators and the plurality of mechanical elements, and presenting a plurality of product input fields requesting a plurality of desired product properties of the product. The method further includes receiving one or more parameters from the plurality of machine input fields, receiving one or more desired product properties from the plurality of product input fields, and calculating output response data by an emulation of a mechanical operation of the machine using one or more parameters and the one or more desired product properties, wherein the emulation simulates the programmable logic control code. At least a portion of the output response data is provided to a product model that calculates one or more predicted product values based at least in part on the output response data provided to the product model. The method further includes presenting the one or more predicted product values and displaying the graphical representation of the anticipated product based upon the one or more predicted product values.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 schematically depicts a computer system for emulating a machine according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 2 schematically depicts a human machine interface of a machine according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 3 schematically depicts internal components of the computer system depicted in FIG. 1 or the human machine interface depicted in FIG. 2 according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 4 schematically depicts a graphical user interface of an emulator computer program product for emulating a machine according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 5 schematically depicts a geometry settings form of a graphical user interface according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 6 depicts graphs and tables corresponding to output response data generated by a computer emulation of a machine according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIGS. 7A and 7B depict a screen shot of a machine animation resulting from output response data according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 8 depicts a flowchart of the process for generating an animation file of a machine animation according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 9 schematically depicts an emulator linked to a programmable logic controller of a machine according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIGS. 10A and 10B schematically depict a graphical user interface of an emulator computer program product for presenting training scenarios to a user according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein; and

"FIG. 11 schematically depicts a machine emulator computer program product linked to a product model and a process model according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein;

"FIG. 12 schematically depicts a diagram illustrating a machine emulator linked to a product model according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein; and

"FIG. 13 schematically depicts a diagram illustrating a machine emulator linked to a process model according to one or more embodiments illustrated and described herein."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: RUSSELL, Matthew Alan. Method in a Computer System for Generating a Graphical Representation of an Anticipated Product Manufactured by a Machine. Filed January 24, 2014 and posted May 29, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1023&p=21&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140522.PD.&OS=PD/20140522&RS=PD/20140522

Keywords for this news article include: The Procter & Gamble Company.

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