Patent Number: 7,089,530

Title: Process control configuration system with connection validation and configuration

Abstract: Connection objects or other such data structures facilitate establishing and configuring connections between objects that model components in a process control system. A first set of data structures (e.g. the object connection type structures) identify valid types for component-to-component pairings and the respective roles of each component in the pairing (e.g., parent or child, source or sink). A second set of data structures (e.g., the parameter connection type structures) supply similar information for parameter-to-parameter connections. Together, these data structures can be used, for example, to validate component-to-component connections suggested by the user and to automatically configure parameter-to-parameter connections. Actual connections, both at the component or parameter level, are reflected using parameter overrides within the parameterized object model--with which the connection objects are constructed.

Inventors: Dardinski; Steven (Westford, MA), Eldridge; Keith (North Easton, MA), Hall; Robert (South Easton, MA), Johnson; Mark (North Attleboro, MA), McKay; Brian (Coppell, TX), Meskonis; Paul (Norwood, MA), Volk; Scott (North Easton, MA)

Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 9/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018