Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Felsman, Bradley, Vaden, Gunter & Dillon, L.L.P.
  • Patent number: 6291605
    Abstract: A process for producing a substantially dry polymer particle powder. A mixture of polymerization reagents is formed from a mixture of at least one monomer source and a solvent selected from the group consisting essentially of water and organic solvents and an initiator source. The mixture of polymerization reagents is sprayed into a heated, controlled atmosphere, forming droplets of the mixture which are allowed to fall through the heated, controlled atmosphere for a sufficient period of time to obtain a desired degree of polymerization. The solvent is continuously evacuated from the atmosphere during the polymerization process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventors: Clarence S. Freeman, Matthew Max Freeman, Jon Joseph Freeman
  • Patent number: 6263523
    Abstract: A shower enclosure system includes an elongate arcuate rod having first and second spaced end portions, a pair of swivels, with one swivel at each of the end portions, and a pair of swivel-receiving wall mounts for mounting on opposing walls of a shower enclosure, with each of the swivels to receive one of the swivels. The system includes a shower curtain rod which is shaped so that the bathroom is protected by draping the shower curtain in such a way that splashed water does not escape from the bath tub. The shape of the curtain rod provides added space outside the perimeter of the tub footprint, for the comfort of the user within the shower enclosure. However, the added space within the shower enclosure does not compromise the integrity of the water capturing function of the shower curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Sean A. Moore
  • Patent number: 6237733
    Abstract: A cushioning device for a railcar coupling that operates at a very high impedance when subjected to low level forces to thereby reduce the effect of slack between railcars while still providing an effective cushion for absorbing high levels of shock between the railcars. The cushioning device includes a cylinder containing a fluid of liquid and a gas under pressure for absorbing shock due to buff and draft movement and a piston carried in the cylinder. The gas pressure urges the piston toward the draft end of the cylinder while restoring from a buff shock. An internal positioning spring stops further restoring movement of the piston toward the draft end of the cylinder at a selected neutral position spaced from the draft end of the cylinder. The internal positioning spring allows the piston to move from the neutral position toward the draft end of the cylinder if a draft shock occurs of sufficient magnitude while the piston is in the neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: FM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry B. Kalina, Charles T. Bomgardner, Richard N. Hodges
  • Patent number: 6230899
    Abstract: A classification system utilizing a cone which is rotated at a specified speed is provided. A stream including a solvent is introduced into the classification, and the stream impacts against the cone and flows along the inside face of the cone. The side of the cone is sufficiently long that the conic face filters the introduced flow, thereby removing substantial portions of the solvent and leaving the heavier or classified parts. The discharge from the cone is thus segregated liquids and solids, and the solid stream is a flow of classified particles and a portion of the solvent. The solvent portion is sufficient in volume to conduct the classified particles as a heavy or thick slurry out of the system. There is an interplay between the length of the cone, i.e. the length along which the introduced slurry must flow, also, the cone angle, and the pores through the cone wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Hutchison-Hayes International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Hensley
  • Patent number: 6220302
    Abstract: A device method for repairing leaks in pressurized lines, particularly refrigeration lines, without having to drain the fluid from the line, thereby reducing the possibility of refrigerant contamination and/or loss, and providing protection to the environment. The device of this invention is installed over a leak in the line and remains in service for the life of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Jim B. Nolley
  • Patent number: 6216788
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing sand, which has been separated from well fluids, from a well bore. A separator is provided to separate sand from well fluids before the well fluids enter an electrical submersible pump (ESP). A bypass tube is connected from a flow conduit above the pump to a location below the ESP where the sand is collected. The ESP is turned off and the fluid levels within the flow conduit are allowed to equalize. The flow conduit is then pressurized at the surface to cause a downward flow of well fluid in the flow conduit below an equilibrium point for the well fluid. After lowering the level of fluid within the flow conduit, the pressure within the flow conduit is then relieved, which causes the well fluid to flow upwards through the bypass tube to the flow conduit. As a result, sand is drawn up the bypass tube into the flow conduit above the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Brown Lyle Wilson
  • Patent number: 6217489
    Abstract: The invention described in the specification relates to a heavy bag for use in training a boxer and to a method for filling the bag. The bag has a substantially cylindrical outer shell made from a fabric-like material, the shell having closed ends. A shredded rubber material fills the bag and provides the bag with sufficient weight for punching and sparring training activities. Use of the shredded rubber material to fill the bag not only permits significant improvement in the bag filling operation but also provides increased durability, improved impact absorbing characteristics and less permanent deformation of the bag during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Bollinger Industries, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Steven Nicholson
  • Patent number: 6211590
    Abstract: A braking system has a shaft which rotates with a wheel on a vehicle. A rotor rotates with the shaft within a housing. The housing also contains an electromagnetic coil and two armatures. The rearward armature is in contact with the coil while the forward armature is adjacent to the rotor. The rearward armature does not touch the rotor and is more strongly attracted to the coil than the forward armature. Each armature has springs which independently urge it toward the rotor. An electric circuit causes the current supplied to the coil to gradually decay rather than abruptly stop. When the vehicle is parked and subjected to static braking, the coil is de-energized so that the armatures are forced toward the rotor by their springs. In this state, the rearward armature applies force to the forward armature to increase the pressure against the rotor. When the system is disengaged, the coil is energized to attract the armatures and allow the rotor to freely rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignees: Stromag, Inc., Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Albrecht, Ming Liang Fe
  • Patent number: 6211964
    Abstract: A structure for incorporating fiber optic acoustic sensor in a seismic array includes means for supporting the sensor in a spiral around a central strength member in a manner to isolate shear waves from the sensor. In another aspect, an axially oriented sensor in a seismic array comprises a pressure sensitive optical fiber wound in a spiral around the axis, the fiber having a plurality of optical Bragg gratings and a plurality of channels. The preferred structure may include four tubes spiraling around the strength member. One of the tubes encloses an optical fiber sensor which is maintained in an extended orientation by fluid flow through the tube. Another of the tubes serves as a return path for fluid through the sensor tube. The other tubes enclose high speed and low speed data conductors, respectively. The sensor fiber may also be wound in a spiral around a compliant core in a manner to satisfy Poisson's Ratio such that strain on the compliant core does not alter the tension of the sensor fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: GeoSensor Corporation
    Inventors: John Luscombe, John L. Maida, Jr., Malcolm Paul Varnham, Erhard Lothar Edgar Kluth, Sam Bull
  • Patent number: 6209668
    Abstract: An earth-boring bit has a bit body and at least one cutter rotatably secured to the bit body. The cutter has a cutter shell surface including a gage surface and a heel surface. A plurality of cutting elements inserts are arranged in generally circumferential rows on the cutter. At least one scraper cutting element is secured at least partially to the heel surface of the cutter. The scraper cutting element includes an outermost surface, generally aligned with the gage surface of the cutter, that defines a plow edge or point for shearing engagement with the sidewall of the borehole while redirecting cuttings up the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Rudolf Carl Otto Pessier, Don Quy Nguyen, Scott R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6202698
    Abstract: This disclosure sets forth a diaphragm valve operative with N ports deployed in an upper head. The ports all connect to a diaphragm having a bead defining a flow path around the diaphragm connecting all the ports. In the cylinder below the upper head, there are upper and lower pistons which are forced apart to define a fluid receiving chamber. The fluid receiving chamber is enlarged on the introduction of fluid above a certain pressure thereby raising half of the piston rods bearing against the diaphragm and reduction of fluid pressure in the chamber lowers those push rods and raises an alternate set of push rods to accomplish diaphragm switching by deformation of the resilient material defining the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Valco Instruments Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank A. Stearns
  • Patent number: 6193474
    Abstract: A well pump assembly has an electric motor that is secured to a lower end of a string of production tubing. The motor is powered by a power cable that extends alongside the tubing to the surface. The motor has an upper end with a drive shaft coupling. The pump for the motor is lowered through the production tubing on a wireline, wire rope or coiled tubing. The pump has a lower end which has a driven shaft coupling that makes up in stabbing engagement with the drive shaft coupling when the pump reaches the motor. The driven shaft coupling includes a guide which slides into a coupling housing. Orientating keys orient the guide and lock it from rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven K. Tetzlaff
  • Patent number: 6193213
    Abstract: A variable load mechanism for use in a valve seals the flow of a switched fluid. The flow passes through the mechanism in a region which includes shear seal surfaces. The lives of the components of the valve are extended by limiting the range of excursion in response to valve seat forces. The valve element is provided with a first force from a stack of Bellville washers, for example. A second force acts on the valve element through the spring and is determined by fluid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Valco Instruments Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley D. Stearns, Ales Plistil
  • Patent number: 6192117
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for implementing a business card having a calling card feature are provided. In conjunction with a long distance switch and a suitable toll measuring computer equipped with an appropriate memory, a number of cards can be given out by a publisher of business cards to a variety of recipients. Each recipient is typically provided with a unique PIN which can be used for calling a toll free number. This number is called, the PIN number is loaded, and then a long distance call is placed at no charge to the recipient. By use of appropriate individual PIN associated data and appropriate seasonal reloads of the time available and still to be used with each PIN, the recipient is encouraged to call time and time again so that the recipient builds into his own memory and retains in that memory the name of the person or business or service provider who has given him this gratuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Anna Stephan
  • Patent number: 6190141
    Abstract: An electrical submersible pump assembly has a diluent fluid injection line to reduce viscosity of well fluid. The electrical submersible pump includes impellers for displacing well fluids, and a base member having an intake port for receiving well fluid. An inducer having a helical flight is mounted below the impellers in the base member. The submersible pump is additionally provided with injection ports, preferably radially spaced around the base member proximate the inducer through which diluent is injected for mixing with the well fluid. The diluent is pumped down to the injection ports by an injection line that runs down from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Joe V. Henry
  • Patent number: 6186237
    Abstract: A subsea well has a tubing hanger which has an annulus bore and a production bore. A check valve is located in the annulus bore. A running tool runs the tubing hanger on a monobore riser such as a drill string while holding the check valve in the open position. After setting and testing, the running tool is lifted and a blowout preventer is closed around the landing string. The operator monitors the choke and kill line of the drilling riser, which will be in communication with the check valve. If the check valve is leaking, an annulus plug may be installed in the annulus bore. The installation of the annulus plug may be handled by using a retrieval tool configured to align the annulus bore with the landing string passage. A wireline tool may be lowered through the landing string and retrieval tool to retrieve the check valve and install the plug. Alternately, the check valve may remain in the tubing hanger and the plug is set in the annulus bore above it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: ABB Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Voss, Jr., Charles D. Bridges
  • Patent number: 6188646
    Abstract: A hydrophone streamer including a central member running substantially the length of the streamer with a strength member and a plurality of conductors has formed therein space adapted to receive a plurality of a spaced apart pairs of collars, a cylindrical chamber wall between each of the pairs of collars defining a chamber, and one or more hydrophones within the chamber. The chamber wall has one or more opening through it for the free passage of sea water into the chamber, thereby shielding the hydrophones from extraneous noise while exposing the hydrophones to a seismic signal conducted by the sea water surrounding the streamer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Syntron, Inc.
    Inventors: John Luscombe, Louis Erath, Jim Spackman, David Lamance, Michael Maples, Gary Craig
  • Patent number: 6186239
    Abstract: A casing annulus remediation system for lowering a flexible hose into an annulus between strings of casing in a petroleum well by pressurizing the hose so that the hose is rigid and may be forced down the annulus. It is necessary to insert the hose through an outlet into the annulus region for well fluid displacement when pressure builds up in the annulus between casing strings due to leaks in the casing. Pressure build-up in the annulus is reduced by pumping a heavy liquid, sealant or other media through the hose into the annular space experiencing the pressure build-up. A tubing nose is affixed to the lower end of the hose. The hose may be inserted hundreds of feet into the well. Therefore, the hose is pressurized to maintain rigidity to keep the hose from winding about the well during deployment. To keep the hose rigid, internal pressure is maintained in the hose. The tubing nose is provided with a check valve that holds the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignees: ABB Vetco Gray Inc., Shell Offshore, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel A. Monjure, Kenneth Sikes, Sr., David D. Comeaux, Francis R. Bobbie, Ralph Lewis Ropp
  • Patent number: 6188939
    Abstract: A central control system that affords intuitive and easy control of numerous subsystems associated with a police car or other emergency vehicle and reduces the cockpit clutter associated with present control systems. An emergency response system is described that rapidly coordinates and controls operation of a plurality of emergency subsystems associated with a predetermined scheme of operation for the devices. In one preferred embodiment, the controller receives a single input command and, in response, provides specific device control commands to several individual controlled devices on a relatively simultaneous basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Joseph Morgan, Johnny R. Hausman, Shawn Chilek, Greg Hubenak, David Kappler, John Witz, George B. Wright
  • Patent number: RE37127
    Abstract: A hardfacing composition comprises at least 60% by weight of hard metal granules including a quantity of sintered carbide pellets and a quantity of cast carbide pellets. The cast and sintered carbides are selected from the group of carbides consisting of chromium, molybdenum, niobium, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, and vanadium carbides and alloys and mixtures thereof. The balance of the hardfacing composition is matrix metal with traces of flux or deoxidizer, and alloying elements. All percentages given are pre-application ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin W. Schader, James L. Overstreet, Alan J. Massey, Ronald L. Jones, Danny E. Scott