Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Browning Bushman
  • Patent number: 8087316
    Abstract: A Scotch yoke actuator is disclosed with a dual yoke and a diagonally symmetric design. A pair of shafts and pushing devices apply equal, opposing forces to the yoke, causing end loading forces applied to a rotatable shaft attached to the center of the yoke to be cancelled. In embodiments, the weight of the pushing devices is balanced about the yoke, each shaft extends in only one direction from the yoke, and/or the shafts are supported only by the yoke and the pushing devices. In embodiments that use yoke pins, the yoke pins include rollers or bearings to reduce friction, and/or two pair of yoke pin slots support protruding ends of the yoke pins. The yoke pin slots can extend to edges of a yoke housing face, allowing easy shaft removal and reinstallation, and each shaft can include a split end with extensions on opposing sides of the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Edward George Holtgraver
  • Patent number: 8074710
    Abstract: A system for conducting earth borehole operations comprising a CT carrier, a reel of CT rotatably mounted on the CT carrier, a mast carrier, separate from the CT carrier, a mast mounted on the mast carrier and movable between a lowered position for transport and a position transverse to the horizontal, a top drive carried by the mast, the top drive being longitudinally movable along the mast and a CT injector on the mast carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wood, Richard Havinga
  • Patent number: 8066201
    Abstract: Apparatus for supplying a fluid comprising a pipe having at least one aperture through a wall of the pipe, each of the at least one apertures comprising a first portion in an inner surface of the wall, a second portion in an outer surface of the wall, the first portion intersecting the second portion to form an opening, the first portion having a first cross-sectional area at the inner surface that is greater than a second cross-sectional area of the opening; wherein the first cross-sectional area and the second cross-sectional area have a first ratio within a first predetermined range so as to enable fluid flowing through the pipe at a predetermined flow rate to exert a predetermined pressure to spray fluid from the at least one aperture to atmosphere and also to flush the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Kim Lui So
  • Patent number: 8066078
    Abstract: An overshot tool is provided for interconnecting and sealing between a lower tubular (C) in a well and an upper tubular (30). A tubular expander sleeve (36) and an overshot sleeve (26) are supported in a well on an upper tubular. The tool housing (60) encloses a plurality of axially stacked pistons (58, 68, 74), which generate an axial force to move the expander sleeve downward and radially expand a portion of a lower tubular to seal between an outer diameter of the lower tubular and an inner diameter of the overshot sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: TIW Corporation
    Inventor: Britt O. Braddick
  • Patent number: 8067851
    Abstract: An electrical generator (10) powered by fluid pressure in a flow line includes a turbine housing (23) and control valve (11). The turbine housing houses a rotor (29) and a plurality of turbine blades (33) which are rotated by fluid passing from the flow line through the turbine housing. A bearing (22) within the turbine housing guides rotation of the rotor, and supports a plurality of magnets (28). Cap member (23) is sealed to the turbine housing, and a stator (40) external of the cap member generates electricity in response to a plurality of rotating magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: PGI International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Spencer M. Nimberger
  • Patent number: 8066114
    Abstract: A differential impulse conveyor (10) includes a tray (12) laterally moveable in a forward direction at a first speed and in a backward direction at a second speed greater than the first speed, thereby moving goods along the tray. A plurality of legs (18, 20) support the tray during lateral movement, and a motor (30) powers a drive pulley (30). A driven pulley (36) is powered by the drive pulley, and a flexible member (34) interconnects the driven pulley and the drive pulley. At least the driven pulley has an eccentric pulley axis, thereby imparting lateral movement to the tray. A tension mechanism (38, 40) is provided to take up slack in the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Svejkovsky, Blake Svejkovsky
  • Patent number: 8056633
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing a subsea structure wherein a housing defining a subsea structure receiving space and having a jetting system attached at or near the bottom of the housing is used to form an excavation around the subsea structure to the desired depth and a frame attached to or mounted in the housing carries a cutter assembly which is movable from a first position on the frame to a second position on the frame, the first position being on one side of the subsea structure, the second position being on the opposite side of the subsea structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventors: Marc T. Barra, James L. Parker, III, Adam C. Alborado, Robert M. Champagne, III
  • Patent number: 8052006
    Abstract: A closure 10 is provided for retaining fluid pressure within a vessel, and comprises a hub 12 having an access opening to the vessel, with the hub having a circumferential stop 17 and one or more recesses 50 each extending radially outward from an adjacent inner surface 26 of the hub. A door 22 is positioned between the stop surface and the vessel, and a latch member 30 brings the door into sealing engagement with the stop member. One or more lugs 24 each extend radially outward from an exterior surface of the door, such that a respective lug engages the hub about a respective recess to seal the door to the hub, while the door may be moved to pass through the one or more recesses and out of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Robbins & Myers Energy Systems L.P.
    Inventor: Michael J. Guidry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8051907
    Abstract: The desander (10) for positioning downhole includes a generally tubular desander body (16) and a generally sleeve-shaped vortex body (39, 94). The desander with a seal or packer may be positioned in a well below the casing perforations. The desander with an ESP may be used with gas separator (60), which may include a seal (24) for positioning above the producing formation. The separator (60) may be used independent of the desander for some applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Delwin E. Cobb
  • Patent number: 8038874
    Abstract: A treatment system comprising a holding tank for a source liquid, a pump having a pump inlet for the intake of source liquid and a pump discharge, at least one conduit connected to the pump discharge and a liquid dispenser connected to the one conduit, the dispenser comprising a container for treating liquid, a feed conduit, a dosing chamber for receiving treating liquid via the feed conduit, a vent for breaking an airlock in the dosing chamber, a first valve connected to the dosing chamber for controlling flow of treating liquid through the first valve, a second valve connected to the first valve, the second valve being operative in response to pressure resulting from the pumping of source liquid through the at least one conduit to close the second valve and open the first valve, stopping of the pump resulting in opening of the second valve and introduction of the treating liquid from the dosing chamber and into the source liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry L. McKinney
  • Patent number: 7977259
    Abstract: A roofing membrane suitable for use as an underlayment comprising a flexible, non-woven mat of polymeric fibers which are substantially uniformly dispersed throughout the non-woven mat and thermally bonded together at the points of intersection by the polymeric materials of the fibers, the mat having a top side and a bottom side, a layer of an asphaltic material being disposed on the bottom side of the mat to provide a coated mat and a liquid parting agent applied to the top side of the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventors: Steve A. Ratcliff, Shaik Mohseen
  • Patent number: 7975837
    Abstract: A conveyor (10) includes an elongate tray (12) for supporting goods thereon, and a powered drive (16) to move goods along the tray. In one embodiment, a gate (24) is supported on this tray for closing an opening in the tray or for opening to allow goods to drop through the tray opening. The gate has a first magnet (34) supported thereon. A gate drive (22) moves the gate between the open and closed positions, and has a second magnet (32) which cooperates with the first magnet such that the magnets separate if the gate encounters an obstruction when closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Heat and Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Petri, Anselm Pajuodis, Steven Bullard
  • Patent number: 7963321
    Abstract: A swellable downhole packer (10) is provided for positioning downhole in a well to seal with the interior surface of a borehole or the interior surface of a downhole tubular. The packer includes a swellable elastomeric sleeve-shaped body (14) positioned over a mandrel (12) for swelling, and a rigid end ring (16,18). An elastomeric anti-extrusion member (20) is spaced axially between the sleeve-shaped body and the rigid end ring, and has a radial thickness adjacent the end ring greater than the radial thickness adjacent the sleeve-shaped body. A swellable elastomeric member (32) is spaced radially between the exterior surface of the mandrel and the elastomeric anti-extrusion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Tam International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Kutac
  • Patent number: 7954379
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a new method for estimating and imaging the spatial and temporal mechanical behavior of materials in responses to a mechanical stimulus. This method is designed to work in inherently noisy applications, such as the imaging of the time-dependent mechanical behavior of biological tissues in vivo and using a preferred hand-held configuration of scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Raffaella Righetti, Johathan Ophir
  • Patent number: 7950554
    Abstract: A harness 10 for supporting at least two firearm accessories from a wearer's belt includes a primary support 20, a belt latch 22 for removably connecting the primary support to the belt, and a curvilinear rail 16 secured to the primary support opposite the belt latch for positioning about the thigh of the user. The rail 16 may support a handgun holster 12 and one or more other firearm accessories 14 each spaced along the rail. A strap 30 is provided for removably connecting the rail to the thigh of the wearer. A harness may also support a rail directly from the wearer's belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Hoffner, Thomas M. Morin, Cecil Going
  • Patent number: 7939479
    Abstract: A lightweight, flowable, dry powder plant-based absorbent hand cleaner and method of manufacturing the hand cleaner are disclosed. The composition may include ground corn cobs particles of a selected size, one or more lathering surfactants, and one or more conditioning components. The composition may be mixed into a slurry and dried by a non-spray drying process. The user's hands may be scrubbed together, forming an abrasive agglomeration which removes/absorbs and absorbs the dirt, oil, grease and other foreign material from the hands, then the hands are rinsed with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Barry E. Chandler
  • Patent number: 7926559
    Abstract: A stuffing box (10) is provided for sealing with a rotating rod string (20) extending into a well for powering a pump (22). A sleeve (30) is rotated within the stuffing box housing (24) and receives the sucker rod therein, while one or more bearings (34, 36) guide rotation of the sleeve. A plurality of static seals (50) seal between the sleeve and the sucker rod, while a plurality of dynamic seals (40) seal between the sleeve and the stuffing box housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Robbins & Myers Energy Systems L.P.
    Inventor: Eduardo Salloum
  • Patent number: D643281
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Robbins & Myers Energy Systems L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Clifton Roberts
  • Patent number: D649197
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Philip Gidy Muzar, Jr.
  • Patent number: D649429
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Robert J. Granberry