Bar chart editor for industrial controller

  • US 5,940,293 A
  • Filed: 10/22/1997
  • Issued: 08/17/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A programming apparatus for an industrial controller which has a processor module that stores and executes a machine language program to control a machine, the machine including at least one axis, each axis including two or more mechanical components wherein one component has freedom to move with respect to another stationary component in a reciprocal manner along a single axis, each separate movement referred to as an axis function, each function being part of a machine cycle, the apparatus used to provide a machine language program for controlling at least one cycle, the apparatus comprising:

  • a generator for creating a behavior profile that depicts desired sequences of axis functions in a cycle as a two dimensional graph with order of axis functions represented along one dimension and progression of axis functions along the other dimension, the generator including a designator for designating functions and function sequences; and

    an editor for communicating with the generator to identify axis functions and function sequences corresponding to the behavior profile and for producing a substantially complete real time machine language program for controlling axis functions according to the behavior profile.

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