Configurable user displays in a process control system

  • US 10,444,949 B2
  • Filed: 10/08/2013
  • Issued: 10/15/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/08/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A user display configuration system for a process plant, comprising:

  • a tangible non-transitory computer readable medium that stores;

    a first library that includes one or more executable graphical elements, each of the one or more executable graphical elements including (i) informational indicia, and (ii) one or more links to data related to the informational indicia within a process control system such that the informational indicia is displayed with respectively linked data in accordance with the one or more links; and

    a second library that includes one or more executable user interface display forms, at least one of the executable user interface display forms defining a display region for a user display device, the display region comprising one or more non-modifiable regions and one or more modifiable sub-regions, the one or more modifiable sub-regions operable to receive the one or more executable graphical elements of the first library; and

    one or more processors configured to execute a display application that;

    receives user input to configure the one or more executable user interface display forms and the one of the executable graphical elements by (i) specifying a location of at least one of the modifiable sub-regions within the display region of the one of the executable user interface display forms, and (ii) specifying the one or more links to data within the process control system used by the one of the executable graphical elements, andcreates a link between the one of the executable graphical elements and the one of the modifiable sub-regions of the one of the executable user interface display forms upon a user specifying the link by dragging and dropping an indication of the one of the executable graphical display elements to a region on a user display associated with the one of the modifiable sub-regions of the one of the executable user interface display forms,wherein, upon configuring the one of the executable user interface display forms in accordance with an initial configuration, at least one of the one or more modifiable sub-regions is selectively associated with a first executable graphical element that is used to present information within the display region,wherein each of the one or more executable user interface display forms includes a link between each of the one or more of the modifiable sub-regions of a respective executable user interface form and an executable graphical element, andwherein, during runtime execution of the one of the executable user interface display forms via the display application and in response to a user selection, the initial configuration of the one of the executable user interface display forms is modified such that the at least one of the one or more modifiable sub-regions is then (i) occupied by a second executable graphical element that is different than the first executable graphical element, or (ii) no longer occupied by an executable graphical element.

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