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Numeric Edit Control with Integrated Validation Functionality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000193428D
Published in the IP.com Journal: Volume 10 Issue 3A (2010-03-11)
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Mar-11
Document File: 1 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

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Abstract

Software for managing and controlling Power Transmission and Power Distribution Networks, such as Spectrum PowerCC from Siemens, display customer's networks in large Network Diagrams. The Network Diagrams are displayed in realtime and allow a permanent supervision of the entire network. Particularly, Network Diagrams allow a remote configuration of setpoint values and threshold values for any kind of equipment. A setpoint represents in general a numeric value, which provides optimum working condition and best efficiency factor of a hardware device, as well as less risk of malfunction; for example, the maximum allowed pressure within a specified gas tank, the threshold power flow for specified electrical devices, the maximum temperature within a chemical tank, etc. Operators use standard software controls built in the Network Diagrams like buttons, text boxes, and sliders in order to configure the setpoint values. Setting and controlling such setpoint values, thresholds and maximum values is a critical issue. Wrong configuration can cause serious damage to persons and equipment.

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Numeric Edit Control with Integrated Validation Functionality

Idea: Bernd Steiner, DE-Nuremberg

Software for managing and controlling Power Transmission and Power Distribution Networks, such as Spectrum PowerCC from Siemens, display customer's networks in large Network Diagrams. The Network Diagrams are displayed in realtime and allow a permanent supervision of the entire network. Particularly, Network Diagrams allow a remote configuration of setpoint values and threshold values for any kind of equipment. A setpoint represents in general a numeric value, which provides optimum working condition and best efficiency factor of a hardware device, as well as less risk of malfunction; for example, the maximum allowed pressure within a specified gas tank, the threshold power flow for specified electrical devices, the maximum temperature within a chemical tank, etc. Operators use standard software controls built in the Network Diagrams like buttons, text boxes, and sliders in order to configure the setpoint values. Setting and controlling such setpoint values, thresholds and maximum values is a critical issue. Wrong configuration can cause serious damage to persons and equipment.

At present, the user enters the required setpoint value in one of the Edit Controls and clicks the Apply button afterwards. Usually, the user input is validated with algorithms provided by the client applications. The disadvantage is that the validation code for numeric values is error-prone because many conditions have to be logically combined and the correct conclusion has to be done. Also, different software development companies have different implementation of error checking and warning mechanisms.

In the following, a novel so-called Numeric E...