Azenta had nine patents in future of work during Q4 2023. Azenta Inc’s patents filed in Q4 2023 include a method for controlling a PLC using a PC program that automatically generates the PC program source code from data included in the PLC program’s data section. Another patent is for an automatic teaching system for a substrate processing apparatus, featuring a robot transport with machine vision capabilities for precise positioning and alignment. GlobalData’s report on Azenta gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Azenta grant share with future of work as a theme is 44% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Method for controlling a plc using a pc program (Patent ID: US20230384753A1)

The patent filed by Azenta Inc. describes a method for controlling a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) using a PC program. The PLC program includes a data section indicating services to be exposed by the PLC, which is used to automatically generate a source code for the PC program. This allows for the control of the PLC using the PC program generated from the automatically generated source code.

The claims detail the components and functionalities of the PLC, including the machine interface, personal computer interface, PLC memory storing the source code with a data section, and a PLC register for registering the data as a source code portion of the PC program. The PC program template is a text template, and the services exposed by the PLC include writing and reading data. The PC program can display a graphical user interface, and the services are exposed by a server running on the PLC. Overall, the invention enables efficient control of the PLC through the PC program generated from the PLC program's data section.

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