Abstract: A drilling bit for penetrating an iceberg a predetermined distance to establish an anchor point for towing the iceberg to a predetermined location. The drilling bit has three sections for achieving its goal. It has a cutting head, a torque transmission body and a driving end for coupling to a power-twisting device which energizes the bit. The bit has separate passageways therein to permit the bit to remove water and ice produced by the cutting head during a drilling operation. The drill has a passageway for circulating liquid nitrogen therein to cause the water remaining in the hole to freeze to the drill bit solidly into the iceberg. The drill bit is also provided with a heating coil resistor to melt the area where the bit is held captive by the frozen ice.
Abstract: A hollow cooling box for a steel mill to be used to cool a hot steel work piece as it passes through the cooling box; the box having an interior plenum formed by the members forming the cooling box. The plenum is supplied with coolant under pressure, and the coolant is allowed to pass through curved wedge shaped slots in one of the members which faces the work piece as it passes through the cooling box. The wedge shaped slots are oriented so that the widest part of said slot is on the upstream side of the passage of the work piece.
Abstract: An alignment device for aligning guiding apparatus with the main axis of a rolling mill comprising a camera and a video display communicating with the camera. The camera is mounted in the steel mill at the position of the guiding apparatus and the camera is moved until it is on the axis of the mill. The camera is then removed to a bench which duplicates the physical characteristics of the mill. The guiding apparatus is mounted on the bench adjacent the camera. The guiding apparatus is physically moved until it is located on the camera axis, which is the mill axis. The guiding apparatus is then remounted in the mill.
Abstract: A fish hook setting device is described in which a hook setting device is attached to a fishing line in such a manner that it may be actuated by a fish attempting to remove bait from the hook on a fishing line. The device allows the fishing line to slacken a little before snapping into the fish hook setting operation so that the chances of getting the fish hook “set” in the fish's mouth are good.
Abstract: A sound producing rock having a matching body and a cap such that the cap is supported above the body in a spaced relationship to give the illusion that the cap and body are a monolithic structure. The cap and body are produced by sawing the cap from the body. A cavity is formed in the body by drilling a borehole in the body which extends downwardly from the flat body surface. A speaker is mounted in the cavity to project sound upwardly against the flat surface of the cap so that sound is projected outwardly from the space formed between the cap and body.
Abstract: This application reveals a gate latch assembly in which a pivoting bolt permits substantial misalignment occur between the bolt and latch members and yet permit successful latching of the assembly.
Abstract: A pinion for mounting rolls thereupon for reducing rod or wire in a rolling mill wherein said pinion has a pair of hydraulic pressure chambers formed therein which cause a threaded plug in a cavity in said pinion to undergo lateral movement to expand the pinion to engage a roll mounted on said pinion, and thence to cause a clamp to laterally clamp a roll against an abutment formed on the pinion to clamp the roll on the pinion once the plug has undergo lateral movement.
Abstract: An expanding hub assembly for a capstan drive for a steel mill comprising a modified spline having a large cylindrical surface area for mating with an installed mill roll. The cylindrical surface is interspersed with a series of evenly spaced shallow axial troughs formed therein for mating with a series of shallow projecting splines on a mounted mill roll. The hub is hollow and an expansion device is present in the hollow hub for expanding the mating surface of the hub.
Abstract: A primary support for a tunnel roof comprising elongated lagging members which are “extruded” from tubes forming a shield for a tunnel boring machine. The lagging is inserted into the tubes at different times so as to avoid having the ends of adjacent lagging members coincide. As the tunneling machine progresses in the direction of boring, the lagging members emerge from the shield tubes to form a primary tunnel roof lining. Ring beams or arc beams may be installed as required by rock bolts or other fastening devices.
January 28, 2000
Date of Patent:
October 22, 2002
C & M McNally Engineering Corp.
Michael P. McNally, Christopher McNally
Abstract: A golfing aid for golfers who are unable to stoop which allows a golfer to insert a golf ball and tee into the aid in a contacting relationship so that the tee protrudes from the base of the aid a preset distance. The aid has an elongated handle to allow the ball and tee to be pushed into position so that the tee penetrates the ground while the ball is captively held in contact with the tee. The handle is next released and contact with the ball ceases so that the aid may be removed from the ball and tee without dislodging the ball from the tee.
May 16, 2000
Date of Patent:
October 8, 2002
Bruce Ballett, Osman Tahirovic, Harold Whittaker
Abstract: A face gear manufacturing operation wherein a set of oversized teeth are formed on a face gear or tapered pinion gear by a gear cutting operation. The oversized teeth are of a predetermined profile. The gear bearing the oversize teeth is then subjected to metallurgical surface hardening operation. At the conclusion of the heat treatment surface hardening operation, the face gear or pinion gear is subjected to a continuous grinding operation wherein a grinding wheel having a worm profile of a predetermined shape is rotated to grind the previously cut teeth to produce a finished tooth profile. The operation is CNC controlled. The gear producing apparatus requires only a slight modification to produce a face gear or a tapered pinion gear by the simple interchange of work heads.
December 20, 1999
Date of Patent:
May 21, 2002
Derlan Aerospace Canada
Ken Beel, David Fisher, Adrian Russell, George Folprecht
Abstract: A manhole for a storm sewage system comprising a structure having at least two outwardly extending substantially vertical flat panels projecting outwardly from the exterior surface a predetermined distance on opposite sides of the base portion of the manhole.
Abstract: A cable cutting device having one handle of the cutter placed parallel and closely adjacent to the cable which is to undergo cutting. When a cable is about to be cut, the cable and the handle of the cutter are placed in a side by side relationship and both the cable and handle of the cutter are grasped by the user. The remaining handle is attached to a ratchet mechanism in the cutter and is oscillated to drive the cutter by means of a ratchet device to cut the cable which is still being grasped by the user. Now, the severed cable may be suitably disposed of in a controlled and safe manner. If the user is a utility lineman, the safety associated with the above operation cannot be overemphasized.
Abstract: A guide for a high speed steel rolling mill comprises two rolling members, between which the work product passes mounted for rotation on a base member. Each roller has a frusto-conically shaped bearing recess formed therein and each guide roller is mounted on a mating, frusto-conically shaped projection which protrudes from the base member. Each of the projections has a central oil duct which serves to feed a lubricating oil under pressure into the frusto-conically shaped space between the roller and its mating projection. The lubricating oil serves to form a film between the stationary projection and the rotating guide roller. Because of the conically shaped mating surface, the lubricating oil tends to “lift” the guide roller from the surface of the supporting base. Each rolling member is provided with a vane structure to permit the rolling member to be prespun by the impingement of a cooling fluid on the vane surface thereof.
Abstract: Described herein is a flexible battery pack for powering downhole electronic equipment. The pack includes a plurality of electrochemical cells connected and tied together in a stacked working relationship by a pair of semi cylindraceous encapsulating shells which form a primary containment for the electrochemical cells. The shells are secured at each end to a cylindrical insulating plug which secures the shells together. The shells preferably comprise a glass fiber reinforced plastic material. The primary containment is then sealed in a stainless steel tube which is provided to hold the interior components in place during operation. The encapsulating members are provided with an internal grooved recess which receives and holds any electrical conductors which may be required for operation of the battery pack.
Abstract: A tube cutter designed for cutting a pipe where access is limited to the interior of the tube only. A rotatable cutter head mounted at the end of an elongated drive shaft carries a plurality of cuffing wheels. The tube cutter is inserted into a tube to be cut from one end thereof using the elongated drive shaft to position the cutter head in the tube. When the cutter head is inserted into the predetermined location, a feed drive is energized which rotates a scroll head to cause the cutting wheels to move in a radial direction to advance and engage the interior surface of the tube in a concentric manner undergoing cutting. When the tube has been severed, the feed drive rotation is reversed to retract the cutting wheels into the rotatable head, so as to enable removal of the rotary tube cutter from the tube.
Abstract: An outdoor lighting device composed of suitable natural rock wherein the rock itself provides a suitable housing for a light source, and the rock is also used to function as a reflector-diffuser to provide a “soft” light for illuminating outdoor gardens, etc.
Abstract: An assembly for producing a finished shape for a rod after the last rolling stage of a multi strand steel mill. This apparatus provides an operation for correcting minor surface irregularities and shape distortion of the rod as it exits from the finishing roll stand. The apparatus consists of four rollers mounted in an assembly which resembles a roller entry guide except that the rollers are capable of producing changes in shape of a work product passing therethrough. The orientation of the roller axis is slowly and constantly changed to prevent wear distortion of the rollers which may result when the rollers are required to roll a malformed product from fixed roller axes. The rollers may be driven in some circumstances.