Siemens had 549 patents in future of work during Q1 2024. Siemens AG filed patents for an automated method/system to upgrade automation functions, a circuit breaker with energy transducer, automatic generation of automation system configurations, and a method for operating rail vehicles in traffic networks. Additionally, a patent was filed for an automation controller with Ethernet channels for network interfaces. GlobalData’s report on Siemens gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Siemens grant share with future of work as a theme is 33% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Zero-downtime upgrades of containerized plc automation functions (Patent ID: US20240094698A1)

The patent filed by Siemens AG discloses an automated method and system for upgrading an automation function controlling an actuator via a PLC. The method involves providing containers and sidecar containers containing automation functions, executing pre-activation tests for the new automation function, and handing over control of the actuator from the old to the new function upon successful tests. The system includes computational devices programmed to perform the method, with additional steps for health tests and communication between upgrade units.

The method outlined in the patent claims involves a step-by-step process for upgrading automation functions controlling actuators, ensuring a smooth transition from the old to the new function. The system described includes computational devices configured to execute the method, with provisions for health tests, communication protocols between upgrade units, and specific software libraries for testing and orchestrating the hand-over process. Overall, the patent aims to streamline the upgrading process for automation functions in industrial settings, particularly in scenarios involving actuators like robots, by utilizing containers, sidecar containers, and test units to ensure a successful transition without disruptions in operation.

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