Patents Represented by Law Firm Bush, Riddle & Jackson, L.L.P.
  • Patent number: 5941310
    Abstract: A monobore completion/intervention riser system for providing a conduit for communication fluids and wireline tools between a surface vessel and a subsea well having a tubing hanger located therein, the tubing hanger including a production bore and an annulus bore, wherein wireline tools may be lowered through a riser bore 48 to either the tubing hanger production bore 68 or the tubing hanger annulus bore 70 through operation of a bore selector 56, and fluids may be produced from the well to the surface vessel through the production bore 52, 60, 64, 68 and the riser bore 48 by sealing off the annulus bore 66, 70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Cunningham, Bradley D. Beitler
  • Patent number: 5937780
    Abstract: A spread mooring arrangement is provided for use in deep water (greater than 200 meters) when it is advantageous to maximize the clearance between shuttle tankers used for product offloading and the anchor legs associated with a spread mooring of the permanently moored tanker. Mooring insert tubes are provided at the bow and stern of the vessel. Bow mooring lines extend from the sea floor, through an opening of the bottom of the hull of the vessel and via a bow mooring insert tube for securement on a chain pull-up deck. Stern mooring lines extend from the sea floor through an opening in the bottom of the hull of the vessel and via a stern mooring insert tube for securement on a chain pull-up deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Charles O. Etheridge, Martin J. Kraft, Brent A. Salyer
  • Patent number: 5933934
    Abstract: A bidirectional indexing turret mechanism for machine tools having a housing for mounting to a machine tool, with a spline being fixed to the housing. An indexing shaft is mounted for rotation within the housing and has a rotary turret support fixed thereto for supporting a turret having machining tools for machining a workpiece. The rotary turret support is a rotary spline having spline teeth positioned for registry with the teeth of the fixed spline. A locking spline is positioned about the indexing shaft and is movable to a locking position for locking engagement with the fixed and rotary splines and is movable to an unlocked position permitting rotation of said rotary turret support and the indexing shaft. A shaft driver having splined engagement with the indexing shaft is in positioning engagement with the locking spline and is movable linearly and rotatably by a roller driver supporting a plurality of drive rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Enrico R. Giannetti
  • Patent number: 5934626
    Abstract: An adjustable roll and support mechanism for elongate objects having a round cross-sectional configuration has a support base having a pair of parallel upright tubular members having rigid or collapsible support legs. Elevation posts are positioned in movable telescoping relation within respective tubular members and support a roll positioning head having an internal roll positioning mechanism. A pair of roll assemblies are movably supported on the roll positioning head and have driven relation by the roll positioning mechanism and are moved toward one another or away from one another for selective positioning of the roll assemblies for rotatable support of round objects of differing dimension. The roll assemblies are connected to the roll positioning mechanism by quick disconnect mechanisms to permit the roll assemblies to be changed out to accommodate rotatable support of different types of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Sumner Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5927224
    Abstract: An improved vessel mooring system in which a storage vessel (10) weathervanes about a mooring base (16, 27) supported by the vessel for relative rotation. A plurality of flexible tubular dual function mooring lines (20) extend from the mooring base (27) to the sea floor (14) and thence to a subsea production facility (40). The dual function mooring lines (20) have collars (34) thereon which are anchored to the sea floor (14) by anchors (38). Product from a subsea production facility (40) is transported through the dual function mooring lines (20) to storage areas in the vessel (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Charles O. Etheridge, Peter F. Poranski, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5897282
    Abstract: A catalyst loading system for utilizing catalyst from a bulk supply located adjacent but not on the upper tube sheet of a catalytic reactor and for mechanized measuring of multiple identical quantities of catalyst and for mechanized loading of catalyst pellets into the reaction tubes of the reactor to achieve even drop rate, compaction and outage of the reaction tubes. From the bulk supply, multi-compartment catalyst charging hoppers are individually filled in rapid and accurately measured fashion by mechanized filling equipment having a predetermined sequence of operation that ensures accuracy of volumetric catalyst measurement. The charging hoppers are used for delivery of measured volumes of catalyst of a reactor tube loading mechanism which may take the form of a mobile cart framework being selectively positionable relative to the upper tube sheet and reaction tubes of a catalytic reactor to be charged with catalyst pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Mathis P. Comardo
  • Patent number: 5893389
    Abstract: A poppet check valve (20) in the embodiment of FIG. 1 has a valve body (30) with a fixed unyielding metal seat (38) for engaging in metal-to-metal sealing contact with a sealing surface (48) on poppet valve member (34) at relatively high fluid pressure ranges. The metal seats 38 and 48 may both be frusto-conical in shape or one frusto-conical and the other spherical. A compliant metal sealing member (42) engages sealing surface (48) in metal-to-metal sealing relation at low fluid pressures prior to engagement of sealing surface (48) with fixed metal seat (38) at high fluid pressures. Alternative embodiments are shown in FIGS. 3-7. The embodiment of FIG. 7 shows a poppet check valve with a pair of staged flexible metal sealing members (42D, 43D) which are integral with body (30D) for progressively engaging the sealing surface (48D) of poppet valve member (34D) prior to engagement of fixed metal seat (38D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher E. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 5893334
    Abstract: A system for mooring a floating storage vessel (10) in the open sea for remaining on station at all times without any disconnection of the vessel (10) from the mooring system. The mooring system includes a plurality of anchor legs (26) connected to a turret (20) in the well (18) of the vessel (10) with at least one submerged support buoy (28) for each anchor leg (26). The submerged support buoy (28), by supporting a substantial portion of the weight of the associated anchor leg (26), reduces the vertical loads on the turret bearings (46, 48) and permits the turret (20) to be easily rotated from the torque exerted by the anchor legs (26) without any separate turret drive means. The system includes in FIG. 5 an embodiment in which a plurality of support buoys (28A) are provided for each anchor leg (26A). The system includes in FIG. 6 an embodiment in which the floating storage vessel (10B) is permanently moored to a mooring buoy (25B) secured by a plurality by anchor legs (26B) to the sea bed (16B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Peter F. Poranski, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5890868
    Abstract: A catalyst loading system for utilizing catalyst from a bulk supply located adjacent but not on the upper tube sheet of a catalytic reactor and for mechanized measuring of multiple identical quantities of catalyst and for mechanized loading of catalyst pellets into the reaction tubes of the reactor to achieve even drop rate, compaction and outage of the reaction tubes. A pair of electronic vibrators are mounted to the cart framework and provide for support and vibratory movement of a vibratory tray having a catalyst feed hopper adapted to feed catalyst pellets to a plurality of generally parallel catalyst transfer troughs along which catalyst pellets are moved by vibration of the vibratory tray to a plurality of drop tubes. A compartmented hopper is fixed to the vibratory tray and controllably feeds catalyst pellets into respective catalyst transfer troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Mathis P. Comardo
  • Patent number: 5890508
    Abstract: A pilot operated safety relief valve (14) has a main piston valve member (60) mounted for reciprocal movement between open and closed positions. The lower end of piston valve member (60) has a seat retainer (87) to retain an annular seat (89) therein. An interchangeable plug (93) is removably connected by bolt (97) to seat retainer (87) and piston valve member (60). Plug (93) extends within the inlet (50) to form a restriction within the inlet (50) defining an angular orifice (99) in the open position of the piston value member (60) for controlling discharge fluid flow. Different size plugs (93, 93A, 93B) as shown in FIG. 4 may be utilized in order to provide the desired orifice size for annular orifice 99 as illustrated in FIG. 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Flow-Safe, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter W. Powell
  • Patent number: 5876769
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a soap bar from remnants of used soap bars. A molding base defining an internal molding cavity is provided with a pivotal closure also defining an internal die cavity. A forming die is movably supported by the closure and is movable from a retracted position out of the molding cavity to an extended position within said molding cavity where the forming die applies mechanical pressure to the soap fragments. The forming die is receivable within the die cavity at its retracted position and has a concave die surface of a configuration for forming a portion of the soap bar. A die actuator extends through the closure and may be provided with a spring for retraction of the die or for urging the die in a direction for continuous application of molding force to the forming die for a sufficient period of time for adhering and forming the soap bar fragments so as to define a resulting soap bar for subsequent conventional use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventors: Billy Dowden, Shelly Dowden
  • Patent number: 5873576
    Abstract: A hydrodynamically lubricated squeeze packing type rotary shaft seal suitable for lubricant retention and environmental exclusion which incorporates one or more resilient protuberances which and cooperate with the gland walls to hold the seal straight in its installation groove in unpressurized and low pressure lubricant retention applications thereby preventing skew-induced wear caused by impingement of abrasive contaminants present in the environment, and which also serve as radial bearings to prevent tipping of the seal within its installation gland.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Kalsi Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Lannie Dietle, Manmohan Singh Kalsi
  • Patent number: 5868203
    Abstract: A method and apparatus utilizing a tree running tool (120) for guiding a conventional or horizontal tree (150) for the purpose of connection to a subsea wellhead or wellhead system (110) without the use of guidelines or guide funnels as shown in the embodiment of FIGS. 3 and 4. The horizontal tree (150) has an orientation sleeve (154) projecting downwardly from tree body (150), and the tree running tool (120) has a lower stabbing extension or stinger (100) which extends below the orientation sleeve for guiding and aligning the orientation sleeve (154) into engagement with a high pressure wellhead housing (153) and associated production casing hanger (159) for connection of the tree body (150) to the high pressure wellhead housing (153).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher E. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 5860840
    Abstract: A disconnectable vessel mooring system including a storage vessel (10) with a turret (32) mounted therein so that the vessel is free to weathervane about an anchored turret. A spider buoy (44) in a docked position is received within the turret (32) with the upper part of the buoy at a position above the sea water level to permit dry servicing of the buoy (44). Anchor legs (68) in the docked position are secured to the turret (32) by securing means (71). Guide tubes (72) on the outer surface of the buoy (44) receive the anchor legs (68) therein for limited longitudinal travel. Selected anchor legs (68) may be disconnected from the buoy (44) when detached from the turret (32) for lowering onto the sea floor to reduce the weight of anchor legs supported by the buoy (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: L. Terry Boatman, Ron L. Kelm, Brent A. Salyer, Arun S. Duggal
  • Patent number: 5852242
    Abstract: Apparatus for measuring a characteristic of motion and methods for its manufacture are disclosed in which a sensor structure includes a support structure, and a mass suspended from such support structure by a spring connecting arrangement and electrical devices for measuring displacement of the mass which results from a force applied to the support structure. An apparatus is provided where the mechanical spring constant of the connecting arrangement of the sensor structure is provided to be a high value representative of a strong, stiff spring which resists breaking due to high forces applied to it, and where an electric spring constant is provided to yield a small effective sensor spring constant K.sub.eff =K.sub.m -K.sub.e. Methods are also provided to manufacturing the apparatus by specifying the mechanical spring constant and providing an electric spring constant which will yield a desired effective spring constant which produces a desired characteristic of the sensor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: I/O Sensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Burton A. Devolk, Matthew W. Ip, Bing F. Fung, Franklin W. Mayo, Raymond K. Erickson
  • Patent number: 5842501
    Abstract: A pilot operated safety relief valve assembly including a main safety relief valve (14) and a pilot valve (36) connected directly to the relief valve (14) is disclosed. Main safety relief valve (14) has a planar mounting face (76) in contact relation with opposed mating mounting face (78) of the pilot valve (36). Dome ports (72 and 84) in contacting planar faces (76, 78) are in alignment with each other without any tubing therebetween. Exhaust ports (74 and 86) in contacting planar faces (76, 78) are in alignment with each other without any tubing therebetween. Inlet sensing ports (75D, 75E, 65D, 65E) as shown in the embodiments of FIGS. 9 and 10 in contacting planar faces (76D, 76E, 78D, 78E) are in alignment with each other without any tubing therebetween. A fluid pressure pickup fitting (48) has a port (118) which communicates with the fluid passage (50) to the pressure vessel. A test connection (120) is connected to the fluid pressure pickup fitting (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Flow Safe, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter W. Powell, Michael L. Cognevich
  • Patent number: 5842816
    Abstract: A pig delivery and transport system shown schematically in FIG. 1 has a looped line generally indicated at (10) divided into three sections (10A), (10B) and (10C). Line section (10A) is a low pressure non-product line section extending from a product receiving facility (PF) or host to an upstream shut-off valve (20). Line section (10B) is a high pressure product line section extending from downstream shut-off valve (22) to host facility (PF) and receives product from wells (W1) and (W2). Intermediate line section (10C) is a connecting line section between shut-off valves (20) and (22) to connect the non-product line section (10A) to the product line section (10B). A pig inserted at host (PF) is transported along low pressure non-product line section (10A) into connecting line section (10C) while upstream shut-off valve (20) is open and vent valve (28) is open in vent line 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher E. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 5839090
    Abstract: A method for incorporating high quality geologic interpretations onto computer generated contours. The method starts with a trend form grid on which characteristics of geological formations are superimposed. Contours of such characteristics with respect to the trend form grid are generated using a distance transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Zoraster
  • Patent number: 5835289
    Abstract: An auxiliary lens attachment (22) for an optical device (10) is removably positioned between an eyepiece (12) and an objective lens (19). The auxiliary attachment (22) includes a cylindrical prescription lens (30) which corrects an astigmatism in the eye of the user. The auxiliary lens attachment (22) is rotated with the eyepiece (12) relative to the objective lens (19) for positioning the auxiliary attachment (22) at a precise rotational position relative to objection lens (19) for correction of the astigmatism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: James M. Berry
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    Patent number: D400692
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Kati Sportcap, Inc.
    Inventor: Allan K. Bell