(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2001/0032108 Al
Sieron et al. (43) Pub. Date: Oct. 18,2001
(54) PROCESS AUTOMATION SYSTEM
(76) Inventors: Russell J. Sieron, Livonia, MI (US);
Bruce Morey, Ann Arbor, MI (US);
John Elster, Plymouth, MI (US)
John G. Posa
GIFFORD, KRASS, GROH, SPRINKLE,
PATMORE, ANDERSON & CITKOWSKI, PC.
280 N. Old Woodward Ave., Suite 400
Birmingham, MI 48009 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 09/791,124
(22) Filed: Feb. 22, 2001
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Non-provisional ol provisional application No. 60/184,570, filed on Feb. 24, 2000.
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 17/60
(52) U.S. C I 705 7
A Process Automation System and accompanying method provides for the automated or semi-automated creation ol workflow management procedures having an arbitrary number ol tasks to be performed manually or via computer automation in specified sequences. Workflows are automatically or in a semi-automatic generated by prompting the user with valid choices. Alter creating the workflow, the system then acts as the executive for execution; initiating tasks, tracking status, and managing intermediate and final products. The capability is provided to define new products and tasks for the system via a graphical user interlace.