With Means To Feed Drive Patents (Class 175/122)
  • Patent number: 9677340
    Abstract: A guide device and associated methods for forming a hole in the ground using compression or other means. In one example, the guide device includes a compression hammer having a hammer tip; a guide frame member for guiding the compression hammer into one or more positions along the guide frame member; and a movement control assembly securing the compression hammer to the guide frame, the movement control assembly selectively moving said compression hammer along said guide frame, so that said compression hammer forms the hole in the ground. By compressing soil materials, which has the effect of increasing soil density around the hole, a more rigid and accurate hole (i.e., within higher dimensional tolerances) is created when compared with holes created by drilling/boring/excavation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Bernard J. Gochis
  • Patent number: 9388641
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an automatic drill floor to substructure latching system that adds to the safety of drilling operations. In particular, the present invention is applicable for rapid and safe locked connection of a drilling rig side box to the drilling rig base box such that weight imbalances incurred when raising of the drilling rig mast will not result in unsecured and unsafe separation of the side box and base box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: T&T Engineering Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Metz, Mark W. Trevithick
  • Patent number: 9273524
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a drilling rig carriage is adapted to move along a drilling mast, and includes a body structure, electric motors coupled to the body structure, and pinions operably coupled to the electric motors, respectively. The pinions are adapted to engage racks, respectively. According to another aspect, a drilling mast includes a longitudinally-extending frame having a first side portion and a second side portion spaced therefrom. Racks are coupled to the frame at the first side portion thereof. According to yet another aspect, an apparatus includes a drilling mast or tower extending longitudinally along an axis, the tower including racks spaced in a parallel relation. A top drive is movable along the axis and relative to the tower. Electric motors are coupled to the top drive and movable therewith. Pinions are operably coupled to the electric motors, respectively, and engage the racks, respectively, to move the top drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling International Limited
    Inventors: Padira Reddy, Ashish Gupta, Sean M. Bailey, Richmond Todd Fox, Scott G. Boone, Beat Kuttel
  • Patent number: 9061743
    Abstract: A pipe-laying vessel for S-laying a pipeline is provided, the vessel defining a pipe-laying path extending along the vessel. The vessel includes one or more track tensioners disposed along the pipe-laying path, and a travelling clamp assembly, including a clamp mounted for movement along a length of the pipe-laying path. The vessel may also include a fixed clamp assembly located on the pipe-laying path for clamping the pipeline in a fixed position on the pipe-laying path. At least one of the clamp assemblies may include a load bearing structure and a clamp wherein a downstream-facing portion of the clamp is in an abutting relationship with an upstream-facing portion of the load bearing structure such that a downstream force exerted, in use, by the pipeline on the clamp is transmitted to the load bearing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Kimon Tullio Ardavanis, Teresio Signaroldi
  • Publication number: 20150083501
    Abstract: A slide valve for a hydraulic percussion device. The slide valve includes a transition surface that is arranged to alternately be subjected to a working pressure and a tank pressure to carry out a reciprocating movement when the percussion device is in use. The slide valve includes at least one channel that is open at one end of the slide valve, and at least one displaceable pin that is arranged inside the at least one channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: CONSTRUCTION TOOLS PC AB
    Inventor: Anders Lundgren
  • Publication number: 20150060147
    Abstract: A portable modular horizontal earth boring machine includes three main components: a digging mechanism, a discharge mechanism and a driving mechanism. The digging mechanism includes an auger and a rigid sleeve positioned around the auger. The driving mechanism and the discharge mechanism are positioned within an outer housing. The driving mechanism spins the drive shaft and the auger, and the discharge mechanism includes discharge paddles that rotate, causing dirt and debris that is generated during a boring operation to be expelled from the discharge mechanism through a discharge port. The auger and sleeve are removably connected to the machine, so that it may be disassembled for transport and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Robert M. McGinn, JR., Robert W. Cummins, JR., Darrell G. Payne, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150027784
    Abstract: A rock drill machine with a feed leg. The feed leg is attached to the rock drill machine with one end and rests on a support with another end. The feed leg is configured to feed the rock drill machine in a drilling direction and to interrupt feeding of the rock drill machine in the drilling direction. A control regulates the feed leg and a starter activates the rock drill machine. The control is provided on a rear handle in close proximity to the starter such that the control and the starter can be reached at the same time with one hand. Hereby, it is possible, with one hand, to activate and interrupt activation of the rock drill machine respectively, and simultaneously regulate the feed leg to feed the rock drill machine in the drilling direction and interrupt the feeding of the rock drill machine in the drilling direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: CONSTRUCTION TOOLS PC AB
    Inventor: Magnus Karlsson
  • Publication number: 20140305706
    Abstract: A drilling tool for laying a tube (3) around a buried elongated element (1), comprising a drilling head (2) guided by the buried element (1), moving under the action of a pressurized fluid, from a first free end (14) of the buried element towards a second end (13) of the buried element (1), and pulling the tube (3), characterized in that the drilling tool comprises pressurization means (4) attached to the first end (14) of the buried element (1), able to slide into the tube (3) pulled by the drilling head (2) and able to create a pushing force on the drilling head (2) by the pressurization with said pressurized fluid of a pressure chamber (42) arranged between the drilling head (2) and the pressurization means (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicants: EHTP ENTREPRISE HYDRAULIQUE ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS, PLUMETTAZ HOLDING SA
    Inventor: Andrzej Wacinski
  • Publication number: 20140305707
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a fuel-operated down-the-hole drill including a drill bit, is provided. A largest rotation diameter of the fuel tank is provided at or in connection with drilling equipment and is sufficiently small in order to be able to insert the fuel tank into a drill hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION OY
    Inventors: Jarmo Leppanen, Markku Keskiniva, Juha Hedlund
  • Publication number: 20140284111
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a drilling machine configuration and related method that avoids drilling mud from contaminating hydraulic fluid that flows through the drive system of the machine. The disclosed system and method provides a drilling mud anti-contamination system that requires infrequent service and a system wherein the service can be quickly and easily performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: VERMEER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Zee, Clint M. Recker
  • Publication number: 20140262512
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed toward a drilling system that includes a conduit configured to route a pressurized gas to a top drive of a drilling rig. The drilling system also includes one or more cables disposed in the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TESCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alan Ross Kingsley
  • Patent number: 8834079
    Abstract: The present invention is a coring unit adapted to be engaged to an articulated arm, to reduce the labor necessary for on-site coring of sewage and water pipes. The coring unit includes a frame containing the components of the unit, which include a coring bit, a coring bit motor, a traverse mechanism, and a stabilizer for allowing ready orientation of the coring unit with respect to an object being cored. The unit may also be provided with a traverse motor for driving the coring bit into an object being cored, and for withdrawing the coring bit once a core has been formed. The coring unit may additionally be adapted to allow for remote operation of the coring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Exco, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Ebert, Peter Ebert, Frederick Engel, Jr., Edward Lounsberry
  • Publication number: 20140131113
    Abstract: A horizontal directional drilling system with a removable operator station having a frame, a carriage, a base, and a removable cab. The carriage is moveable relative to the frame to provide thrust and rotation to a drill string. The base is located on the frame and has an attachment point and a fitting. The removable cab has a control system for controlling functions of the carriage and the frame and a bracket moveable between a first position and a second position. The bracket is connectable to the attachment point. The cab is moveable relative to the base when the bracket is disconnected from the attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: American Augers, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Ebersole, Forrest D. Walker
  • Publication number: 20140034387
    Abstract: A rotation unit, rock drilling unit and method for rock drilling. The rotation unit includes a main shaft that is rotated around its longitudinal axis by means of a rotating motor. The main shaft is supported on a body of the rotation device slidingly in the axial direction. This slide property is utilized when connection threads of drilling equipment and drilling components comprised by it are connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION OY
    Inventors: Tapio Ukonjarvi, Pauli Lemmetty, Juha Hedlund, Jorma Maki
  • Publication number: 20130341124
    Abstract: A vehicle-attached lifting device and tool support is provided. The device comprises a dual-rail frame supported in an upright configuration by the vehicle tow hitch, wherein an internal subassembly support frame is positioned between the rails for the purposes of supporting different lifting and tool support subassemblies. Along the sides of the upright frame is a pair of ground support members that extend downward towards the ground to support the frame during operation, preventing the load from compressing the vehicle suspension or damaging the same. A winch controls the vertical positioning of the support frame within the dual-rail frame, which controls the position of a lifting or tool support subassembly. Many subassemblies are contemplated for use with the present invention for the purposes of assisting a user without requiring manual input therefrom. The device can also adjust with relation to the vehicle using different trailer hitch attachments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: James Allen Robinson, Jeremy James Robinson
  • Publication number: 20130216312
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for installing a pipe (313) when drilling a first hole with the aid of a rock drilling apparatus (100), wherein a tool (309) which can be connected to a drilling machine (306) via one or more drill rods (308) is used in said drilling, which method comprises—drilling a first part of said first hole,—installing a pipe (313) in at least a part or said first drilled part of said first hole, wherein the method further comprises:—installing said pipe (313) in said first hole while drilling of said first part of said first hole is in progress.—pulling said drill rod (308) out of said first hole before finishing drilling of said first hole to the desired, compared with said first part, deeper depth. The invention also relates to a system and to a rock drilling apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Patrik Ericsson, Dan Jonsson, Magnus Olsson
  • Publication number: 20130140091
    Abstract: A drilling unit, with a carrier vehicle, a mast rotatably mounted on the carrier vehicle about a pivot axis, which mast can be pivoted between an erect operating position and an inclined transport position, and at least one erection cylinder for pivoting the mast between the operating position and the transport position. For pivoting the mast in addition to the at least one erection cylinder an erection cable is provided which is guided via a cable deflection pulley arranged on the mast, on the carrier vehicle or on a carriage which can be moved along the mast, and in that in order to apply a pulling force to the erection cable via the cable deflection pulley an erection force can be transferred to the mast in the direction of its operating position. The invention further relates to a method for erecting a mast of a construction work unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: BAUER MASCHINEN GMBH
    Inventors: Martin LANZL, Manfred ANGERMEIER, Josef HAAS, Christoph WITTMANN, Christian MIEHLING
  • Patent number: 8443916
    Abstract: A rock drill system may include a support arrangement including a feed channel, a rock drill assembly movably associated with the feed channel, and a fluid conductor having a first end connected to the rock drill assembly and a second end associated with the support arrangement. The system may further include a tensioning arm pivotally coupled to the support arrangement, wherein the tensioning arm is engageable with the fluid conductor to tension the fluid conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Stuart A. Connell
  • Patent number: 8418783
    Abstract: A boom arrangement (7) for a rock drill rig (5) including a feed beam unit (8) for displaceable reception of at least one rock drilling machine (10, 10?), a support unit (13) for connection to and support of a rotator unit (12), a boom unit (11) between the rotator unit (12) and the feed beam unit (8) for displacement of the feed beam unit in planes essentially at right angle to a main plane (P) for the support unit (13), wherein the rotator unit (12) is arranged for rotating the feed beam unit (8) around an axis (A), which is essentially-perpendicular to said main plane (P), wherein the support unit (13) is connectable to a vehicle unit being part of the rock drill rig (5), and being arranged for displacing the rock drill rig. The support unit (13) has joint connecting elements (14) being sidewardly connectable for connection to a sidewardly directed carrier device (15, 17) which is attachable to the vehicle unit, and a lower abutment side (16) for lying supporting against an outer substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Saf, Martin Ekefalk, Sven-Olov Nyström
  • Patent number: 8371397
    Abstract: A cartridge feed screw nut includes a body having a tubular threaded opening defined therein and having side portions. The side portions include a plurality of lateral surfaces and a plurality of end surfaces. The lateral surfaces and the end surfaces form a profile shaped to prevent rotation of the cartridge feed screw nut relative to a front washer cylinder through engagement between at least one of the lateral surfaces or the end surfaces with the front washer cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Longyear TM, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil James Roberts
  • Publication number: 20130008718
    Abstract: A tunneling apparatus is disclosed. The tunneling apparatus includes a drill string formed by a plurality of drill string sections. The drill string has a proximal end and a distal end. The tunneling apparatus also includes a drill head mounted at the distal end of the drill string, the drill head including a cutting unit, a rotational driver that provides torque for rotating the cutting unit, and a thrust driver for applying thrust to the drill string. The tunneling apparatus further includes a vacuum system for withdrawing spoils generated by the cutting unit during operation of the tunneling apparatus and a drilling fluid system for providing drilling fluid to adjacent the cutting unit during operation of the tunneling apparatus. The tunneling apparatus includes a control system that allows an operator to select between a drilling mode and a break-out mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Melvin Nguyen, John Wesley Philbrook, Andis Salins, Stuart Harrison, Louis C. Hartke, Matthew Stephen Vos, Robert Hoch Shuman, V, Hans Kelpe, Douglas Eugene See, JR., Jeffrey Scieszinski
  • Publication number: 20130000988
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling unit with a carrier vehicle with a hydraulic supply, a mast, a carriage which can be moved along the mast and a hydraulic cylinder for moving the carriage which comprises a cylinder housing, in which a piston with a piston rod is mounted so that it can be displaced. The piston rod is fixed to the mast and the cylinder housing to the carriage. The carriage is connected to the hydraulic supply and comprises at least one hydraulic connection. The hydraulic cylinder is connected via the hydraulic connection on the carriage to the hydraulic supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: BAUER MASCHINEN GMBH
    Inventors: Martin LANZL, Manfred ANGERMEIER, Peter FISCHER, Dieter STETTER
  • Patent number: 8336614
    Abstract: A movable well drilling rig for drilling either on-shore or off-shore new in-line arranged oil, gas, mineral and water wells or for servicing in-line non-productive wells with well heads emerging from ground by at least three meters where the rig has a drilling mast supporting a vertically upward and downward movable drilling rotary head, where the drilling mast is operatively associated at least a pipe and drilling bit and stabilizer container, pipe and drilling bit and stabilizer element gripping and loader devices as well as driving motors, and a control operator, cab and auxiliary servicing devices, wherein all the above components are operatively supported either on a ground movable substructure or on a floating platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Walter Bagassi
  • Patent number: 8267202
    Abstract: An automatic tensioning system for a chain drive system of a rock drill assembly is disclosed. A hydraulic cylinder is coupled to one end of the feed channel of a rock drill assembly. When pressurized hydraulic fluid is provided to the hydraulic cylinder, a plunger within the hydraulic cylinder pulls on a tensioner sprocket, which in turn provides tension to the chain of the chain drive system. This allows for a constant tension to be applied to the chain throughout a long duration of operation as opposed to a manually adjusted chain drive system in which the chain tension varies during operation in between manual adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Stuart Austin Connell
  • Patent number: 8167519
    Abstract: The present invention is a coring unit adapted to be engaged to an articulated arm, to reduce the labor necessary for on-site coring of sewage and water pipes. The coring unit includes a frame containing the components of the unit, which include a coring bit, a coring bit motor, a traverse mechanism, and a stabilizer for allowing ready orientation of the coring unit with respect to an object being cored. The unit may also he provided with a traverse motor for driving the coring bit into an object being cored, and for withdrawing the coring bit once a core has been formed. The coring unit may additionally be adapted to allow for remote operation of the coring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: MECO Constructors, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Ebert, Peter Ebert, Frederick Engel, Jr., Edward Lounsberry
  • Patent number: 8146681
    Abstract: A drilling tool includes a hydraulically driven device (21) for advancing a drilling head (2) in a bore (5), and a flow limiter (30) arranged in a hydraulic conduit (25) of the advancing device (21) for adjusting an advancing speed of the drilling head (2) in the bore (5), with the flow limiter (30) having a pressure-actuated adjusting member (38) for adjusting flow of a hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic conduit means (25) in accordance with a flow volume of a rinsing fluid (7) for rinsing the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kay Heemann, Uwe Bohn, Wolfgang Ludwig
  • Publication number: 20120048619
    Abstract: A drilling agitator tool, system and method facilitates axial movement of a drill string in a well. The tool has a valve assembly that provides pulses of fluid pressure in the drill string. A valve control assembly controls a frequency and pressure amplitude of the pulses induced by the valve assembly. The valve control assembly monitors real-time pressure and vibration levels of the drill string. An agitator assembly reciprocates in response to the pulses of fluid pressure to provide axial movement of the drill string in the well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: 1473706 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Seutter, Donald J. Radmanovich
  • Publication number: 20110266064
    Abstract: A drilling machine includes a feed cable system which operatively couples a rotary head to a tower. The feed cable system includes first and second pull up cables and an equalizer bar, wherein the equalizer bar is coupled to the first and second pull up cables. The equalizer bar drives the rotary head to be held in a level position so that it is restricted from tilting. The drilling machine includes a slack take up device which couples the equalizer bar to the tower. The slack take up device is repeatably moveable between extended and retracted conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: ATLAS COPCO DRILLING SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventor: Timothy W. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 8047306
    Abstract: A low speed alternating current motor having motor shaft speeds of about 300 is provided, and such motor has application in numerous industries and devices, such as, for example, in top drive drilling systems. Because of the low shaft speed, mechanical speed reduction equipment may not be necessary. In addition, the motor shaft may be hollow to facilitate the flow of fluid, such as, for example, drilling mud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: LeTourneau Technologies Drilling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R Williams, Alvie E. Howard, Jr., Daniel F. McNease, Rudy Harris, Richard Bradley
  • Publication number: 20110220420
    Abstract: An automatic tensioning system for a chain drive system of a rock drill assembly is disclosed. A hydraulic cylinder is coupled to one end of the feed channel of a rock drill assembly. When pressurized hydraulic fluid is provided to the hydraulic cylinder, a plunger within the hydraulic cylinder pulls on a tensioner sprocket, which in turn provides tension to the chain of the chain drive system. This allows for a constant tension to be applied to the chain throughout a long duration of operation as opposed to a manually adjusted chain drive system in which the chain tension varies during operation in between manual adjustments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: BUCYRUS MINING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Stuart Austin CONNELL
  • Publication number: 20110147092
    Abstract: A rock drill system may include a support arrangement including a feed channel, a rock drill assembly movably associated with the feed channel, and a fluid conductor having a first end connected to the rock drill assembly and a second end associated with the support arrangement. The system may further include a tensioning arm pivotally coupled to the support arrangement, wherein the tensioning arm is engageable with the fluid conductor to tension the fluid conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: TEREX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stuart A. Connell
  • Patent number: 7905300
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling device and a related drilling method, in which provision is made for a mast, a drilling carriage that is guided along the mast in a displaceable manner and a drive unit for moving the drilling carriage on the mast. In accordance with the invention the drive unit has both a hydraulic cylinder drive and a rope winch drive. The drilling carriage can be coupled with the hydraulic cylinder drive and with the rope winch drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Rieder, Stefan Hackl
  • Publication number: 20100294568
    Abstract: A drawworks device on a drill floor which includes an upper pulley assembly) connected to a heave-compensated or fixed mounting, and a main block connected to a pipe mount which is laterally movable in at least one direction relative to the drilling centre of the drill floor, the pulley assembly pivotal about a horizontal first axis which is perpendicular to the direction of lateral movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Paal Taraldrud
  • Publication number: 20100294570
    Abstract: A boom arrangement (7) for a rock drill rig (5) including a feed beam unit (8) for displaceable reception of at least one rock drilling machine (10, 10?), a support unit (13) for connection to and support of a rotator unit (12), a boom unit (11) between the rotator unit (12) and the feed beam unit (8) for displacement of the feed beam unit in planes essentially at right angle to a main plane (P) for the support unit (13), wherein the rotator unit (12) is arranged for rotating the feed beam unit (8)around an axis (A), which is essentially-perpendicular to said main plane (P), wherein the support unit (13) is connectable to a vehicle unit being part of the rock drill rig (5), and being arranged for displacing the rock drill rig. The support unit (13) has joint connecting elements (14) being sidewardly connectable for connection to a sidewardly directed carrier device (15, 17) which is attachable to the vehicle unit, and a lower abutment side (16) for lying supporting against an outer substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Fredrik Saf, Martin Ekefalk, Sven-Olov Nyström
  • Patent number: 7836972
    Abstract: A mobile soil sampling device is mounted on the side of a vehicle such as an ATV or UTV and includes an upstanding frame member which is vertically movable with respect to the vehicle by means of a parallel arm linkage and actuator. A vertically disposed and rotatable auger is mounted on the frame member and is moved upwardly and downwardly with respect thereto through the use of a motor and pinion gear with the pinion gear engaging a gear rack on the frame member. The auger is rotated so as to dig into the ground to the desired depth with the soil sample being conveyed upwardly into a vacuum collection chamber with the soil sample being conveyed to a vacuum chamber mounted on the vehicle. A sample collection device is mounted beneath the vacuum chamber for receiving the desired soil samples. An auger flute cleaning apparatus is mounted on the device to remove soil from the flutes of the auger as the auger is raised from a soil penetration position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: John L. Pavlik
  • Publication number: 20100243327
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system includes a first motor, a second motor, a pump operatively associated with the first motor, a first coupling valve operatively associated with the second motor, first parallel valves operatively associated with the second motor, and a first switching valve operatively associated with the first coupling valve and the first parallel valves. The first switching valve is configured to switch the first coupling valve between a first coupling state and a second coupling state opposite the first coupling state and to switch the first parallel valves between a first parallel state and a second parallel state opposite the first parallel state. While the first parallel valves are in the first parallel state a portion of the output of the first motor drives the second motor while the first parallel valves are in the second parallel state, the output of the pump drives the second motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: LONGYEAR TM, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Wrede, Christof Kruse
  • Publication number: 20100218998
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to provide a drilling device which is compact and has good sliding properties. The object is achieved by an upper beam for use with a lower beam in a telescopic feeder for a drilling device for rock drilling. The upper beam extends along a longitudinal axis and has a generally U-shaped cross section comprising a bottom wall and a first and a second side wall. Each side wall has an inward surface and an outward surface. The upper beam comprises a cooperating member intended for sliding cooperation with the lower beam. The cooperating member comprises an attachment means extending outwardly from each outward surface of each side wall. Each attachment means is intended for fixed mounting of a crank block bracket, which crank block bracket faces said outward surface of each side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Fredrik Saf
  • Publication number: 20100141012
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of quarrying dimensional stone and to a line drilling apparatus used therein. The drilling apparatus (8) is frameless and comprises a first boom (11) and a second boom (12), between which is arranged a joint mechanism (13), allowing the booms to be moved relative to each other. Furthermore, in connection with the joint mechanism is arranged a stone support (14) adaptable against the stone once the drilling apparatus is coarse-positioned in the vicinity of a drill hole line (6). Fine positioning of the drilling apparatus in the direction of the drill hole line is performed by joints comprised by the joint mechanism. Positioning at drill holes (7) takes place by turning the second boom (12) along an arched motion path and by turning the drilling unit (15) towards the stone to be drilled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventor: Ilkka Lahdelma
  • Patent number: 7712545
    Abstract: A telescopic feed beam for a rock drill includes a lower beam and an upper beam arranged to move with respect to each other in the longitudinal direction. The cross section of the lower beam is such that there is a groove-like open space at the bottom of the lower beam and a transfer cylinder between the lower beam and the upper beam is mounted in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventors: Janne Voimanen, Juha Piipponen
  • Patent number: 7699125
    Abstract: A drilling or service rig includes a worm drive disposed within and rotatably supported within a mast having one open side. The worm drive defines a helical groove, and a collar is disposed on the worm drive and engages the helical groove. Rotation of the worm drive causes movement of the collar upwards or downwards along the worm drive. The collar may support a block and top drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Victory Rig Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Folk
  • Publication number: 20100065331
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an auger boring machine for boring through the earth. The auger boring machine includes a cutting head for engaging a working face of the earth to cut a bore. The cutting head is rotatable about a drive axis so as to cut the earth at the working face. The auger boring machine further includes an auger that is rotatable about the drive axis for transporting spoil resulting from the operation of the cutting head away from the cutting head. Additionally, the auger boring machine includes a casing housing the auger which is urged to move into the bore behind the cutting head. The cutting head and the auger are movable along the drive axis relative to the casing. Furthermore, the auger boring machine includes a steering member positioned near the cutting head for directing movement of the casing into the bore in a steered direction transverse to the drive axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Stuart Ronald HARRISON
  • Publication number: 20100059281
    Abstract: An external water delivery system includes a water box front head, a collet configured to interface with the water box front head, a polymer sleeve configured to be positioned between the water box front head and the collet, a shank, and at least one seal positioned within the sleeve. The sleeve and seals are configured to provide a water chamber when coupled to the shank. An inner of the sleeve provides a bearing surface for the shank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: LONGYEAR TM, INC.
    Inventor: William James Murray
  • Publication number: 20100059280
    Abstract: A cartridge feed screw nut includes a body having a tubular threaded opening defined therein and having side portions. The side portions include a plurality of lateral surfaces and a plurality of end surfaces. The lateral surfaces and the end surfaces form a profile shaped to prevent rotation of the cartridge feed screw nut relative to a front washer cylinder through engagement between at least one of the lateral surfaces or the end surfaces with the front washer cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: LONGYEAR TM, INC.
    Inventor: Neil James Roberts
  • Patent number: 7654313
    Abstract: A method for converting a kelly rig for handling casing includes the formation of a torque reaction guide with elongate members available at a drill site including for example, any of drill collar stands, casing strings, drill pipe stands and cables held in tension. A method for converting a kelly rig for handling casing may include the step of installing a torque reaction guide in a simple way, such as by securing the track to the monkey board. In one embodiment a torque reaction frame is used for securing between a torque generating device and a torque reaction guide that operates in a float mode to allow for misalignment of the torque reaction guide relative to the well hole center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Tesco Corporation
    Inventor: Per G. Angman
  • Patent number: 7644785
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses associated with a rotary driven well drilling rig. One method includes providing a rig having: an erectable mast; a head drive unit for rotatably driving drill pipes into a surface; a pumping unit to deliver a fluid through a drill pipe secured to the head drive, the fluid being forced out a bottom end of the drill pipe and up to the surface along the outside of the drill pipe during a borehole drilling operation; and a deck unit pivotally mounted on a turret attached to a set of tracks. This method embodiment includes, while the rig is in a first location, performing a first borehole drilling operation to form a first borehole at a second location; and performing a second borehole drilling operation to form a second borehole at a third location while the rig remains in the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph W. Stevens
  • Publication number: 20090183923
    Abstract: A low speed alternating current motor having motor shaft speeds of about 300 is provided, and such motor has application in numerous industries and devices, such as, for example, in top drive drilling systems. Because of the low shaft speed, mechanical speed reduction equipment may not be necessary. In addition, the motor shaft may be hollow to facilitate the flow of fluid, such as, for example, drilling mud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: LETOURNEAU TECHNOLOGIES DRILLING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Williams, Alvie E. Howard, JR., Daniel F. McNease, Rudy Harris, Richard Bradley
  • Patent number: 7537066
    Abstract: An automatic driller for controlling a rotating primary mover. The automatic driller has a manual brake handle. The manual brake handle has a stroke. A first elastic means applies a first tension to the manual brake handle. A swivel bracket is connected to the first elastic means. The first elastic means provides a first tension onto the swivel bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Eagle Rock Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Sammy Kent Flud, Andrew Weddle
  • Patent number: 7500531
    Abstract: A low speed alternating current motor having motor shaft speeds of about 300 is provided, and such motor has application in numerous industries and devices, such as, for example, in top drive drilling systems. Because of the low shaft speed, mechanical speed reduction equipment may not be necessary. In addition, the motor shaft may be hollow to facilitate the flow of fluid, such as, for example, drilling mud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: LaTourneau Technologies Drilling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R Williams, Alvie E. Howard, Jr., Daniel F. McNease, Rudy Harris, Richard Bradley
  • Patent number: 7497274
    Abstract: A hydraulic fluid tank for a drilling machine includes a primary chamber and a secondary chamber. The primary chamber is located entirely below the hydraulic pump of the drilling machine, and the secondary chamber is located above and in fluid communication with the primary chamber. The secondary chamber is adapted to maintain a hydraulic fluid level that is above the pump suction centerline of the drilling machine pump as the hydraulic fluid in the tank reaches its normal operating temperature during operation of the drilling machine. The secondary chamber is also sized and configured to allow for thermal expansion of hydraulic fluid in the amount of at least about 5% of the total tank volume as the hydraulic fluid in the tank reaches its normal operating temperature during operation of the drilling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Astec Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy P. Randall, Neil M. Baker, Christopher L. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 7431105
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses associated with a rotary driven well drilling rig. One method includes providing a rig having: an erectable mast; a head drive unit for rotatably driving drill pipes into a surface; a pumping unit to deliver a fluid through a drill pipe secured to the head drive, the fluid being forced out a bottom end of the drill pipe and up to the surface along the outside of the drill pipe during a borehole drilling operation; and a deck unit pivotally mounted on a turret attached to a set of tracks. This method embodiment includes, while the rig is in a first location, performing a first borehole drilling operation to form a first borehole at a second location; and performing a second borehole drilling operation to form a second borehole at a third location while the rig remains in the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph W. Stevens