Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John D. Jeter
  • Patent number: 7510028
    Abstract: Lower pipe stand racking combs are arranged to fold down from a side of the derrick at selected locations above the rig floor. In each racking comb an array of parallel fingers extend in a spaced array from a pivotable spine. The spine rotates to raise the fingers to a near vertical position to clear the rig floor activity area. A suspended pipe stand can pass laterally from the well center line past the ends of the fingers. The fingers, each, have a retractable extension that, when extended, will prevent the suspended pipe stand from passing the extended finger. The stopped pipe stand can then move transversely into the selected space between two fingers. Each finger extension has independent fluid power supply and control lines, the collection of the lines may extend to a control and power source selectively positioned on the rig floor or derrick. Raising of each comb assembly is, preferably, done by a fluid power cylinder attached to the derrick structure and to each comb assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Walter Thomas Welsh
  • Patent number: 7445059
    Abstract: Manipulation of the rate of drilling fluid flow down a drill string containing the apparatus causes a drilling fluid powered linear motor, preferably a piston, to move an output shaft, hingedly attached to the general body to laterally, and selectively, deflect the longitudinal axis of the apparatus with the effect of bending an associated drill string assembly just above the drill head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7445061
    Abstract: A bearing assembly is situated to conduct axial forces between the general housing and the output shaft by way of an intermediate sleeve that is secured to the output shaft outside the general housing and is axially confined by a bearing assembly secured to the general housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr., Chad M. Daigle
  • Patent number: 7423932
    Abstract: The poppet portion of a signal valve is driven rotationally by a mud motor and the rotation is used, in conjunction with a rotary-to-linear motion converter, to cause the poppet to move axially relative to a cooperating orifice in response to initiating action from the related down hole instrument. The rotation of the poppet is optionally used to power an alternator to provide electric power for use in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: John Jeter
  • Patent number: 7360609
    Abstract: A general housing encloses a drilling motor that can be disabled to permit optimum rotary drilling practice. A mode selector responds to manipulation of the drilling fluid flow rate and permits activation of the drilling motor to drive a drill bit. The general housing is a two part arrangement that is connected by a deflection arrangement that is activated by start-up of the motor. A one-way clutch allows the lower housing to drive the drill bit when the motor is disabled and the clutch, with drill bit rotation resistance, changes the deflection arrangement for straight rotary drilling when the drill string is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7320372
    Abstract: The drill string is fitted for drilling activity in the formation expected, including a jet nozzle equipped drill head, and a near bit kick sub. The drill string is deflected to change the progressing well bore to a preferred direction. After the change in well bore direction is accomplished by jetting, the kick sub is straightened and drilling proceeds along the new well bore center line. Ideally, the kick sub responds to direction from the surface and produces a change in drilling fluid pressure at the surface to indicate which mode, straight or deflected, is being carried out down hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7287607
    Abstract: A drilling motor is housed in the upper portion of a housing, with a drive shaft extending through a lower portion of the housing. The two portions are coupled by bearing that has an axis of rotation that is tilted a small amount relative to the axes of both portions. The lower portion is rotationally coupled to the lower housing until a small amount of drilling fluid flow, or a preselected amount of motor torque, forces a clutch to disengage the motor, rotationally, from the lower housing. The lower portion is allowed limited rotation relative to the upper portion. At one rotational limit, the housing is in the straight configuration. At the other limit, the housing is in the deflected configuration. Conversion to the straight configuration is achieved, while drilling fluid flows, when the drill string is rotated, by formation drag, which rotates the lower portion to the straight configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7287606
    Abstract: A drill string is fitted at the lower end with a drill string deflecting apparatus and a drill bit. The drill string deflecting apparatus is activated to deflect the drill bit from the general center line of the drill string. Drilling proceeds to enlarge a length of larger well bore. The drill bit is lifted to allow the lower end of the drill string to move, by gravity, to the low side of the enlarged well bore. The drill string deflecting apparatus is straightened and drilling bit load is applied to drill ahead along the extended center line of the lower end of the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7165759
    Abstract: The line system on a drilling rig is arranged to place the dead line clamp at the upper end of the derrick. A dead line anchor sheave is preferably located to accept wraps of the dead line to insure reduced load on the dead line clamp. The anchor sheave is preferably lockable to prevent rotation and releasable to rotate the anchor sheave for line feeding from a reserve line reel for maintenance operation. A load sensor is optionally provided to sense dead line load for sensing associated hook loads on the traveling block. An motor is provided, as an option, to rotate the anchor sheave for line feeding maintenance operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Walter Thomas Welsh
  • Patent number: 7145834
    Abstract: The preferred pulser is a mud powered oscillator powered by the pressure variation produced across the signal valve by the unstable action. The signal valve comprises a poppet and cooperating orifice. The pressure drop across the orifice is used to urge the poppet away from the orifice and an opposing spring drives it toward the orifice. The preferred poppet control is a permanent magnet that secures the poppet in at least the signal valve open position. To generate a pulse, the permanent magnet is opposed by a magnetizing coil arranged and powered by the associated MWD instrument to oppose the permanent magnet, to release the poppet to close the signal valve. The pulser is arranged to provide a generally central axially extending bore to accept a conductor extending axially through the pulser. Optional features include an acceleration compensator, and a mud powered electric energy generator. Optional features include hydraulic actuation and control of the poppet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: John D. Jeter
  • Patent number: 6997811
    Abstract: A hermetic seal functions as a closure between opposite ends of the coupling by combining a metal sleeve and an elastomer sleeve extension. The metal sleeve is sealingly attached to the outer surface of one end of the coupling and the elastomer sleeve, sealingly attached to the metal sleeve, is attached at the distal end to the other end of the coupling. As an alternative, the distal end may be bonded to a second metal sleeve sealingly attached to the other end of the coupling. The seal may be convoluted, with multiple convolutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr., Chad M. Daigle
  • Patent number: 6948575
    Abstract: The spider for large pipe has a base that straddles a slip bowl and supports an overarm that extends part way around pipe to be supported. The overarm is pivotally attached to the base and is moved vertically by an air bag or power cylinders to move a slip assembly into and out of the tapered bore of the slip bowl to releasably support a pipe string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Frankā€³s Casing Crews and Rental Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Mosing, David L. Sipos
  • Patent number: 6938316
    Abstract: The tool set is preferably made in three pieces; a main spear that attaches to and extends from the assembly shaft that projects through a mounting wall of the transmission housing, and holds the selected assembled parts together; an alignment spear that engages one bolt hole on the assembly and passes through a hole in the housing intended for a mounting bolt; and a spacer sleeve to engage the spear and extend to part of the assembly. The main spear and spacer sleeve can be one part if preferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: James Vernon Case
  • Patent number: 6920931
    Abstract: When the spider slips are open, the control line can be moved toward the pipe string, can be clamped to the pie string and string and line can be lowered into the well. When the pipe connector approaches the spider, the spider slips need to be set. To move the control line into a safe area, it is thrust radially outward from the pipe string. The slips are closed while the line is retained outward. To keep them safe while work proceeds just above the spider an optional trap is closed to retain the control lines until the spider slips are opened. The lines can be manually pulled outward but it is more easily done with a powered thruster. Optional sequencing controls can start with moving the control line away from the pipe, closing the line trap, and closing the spider slips. Reversing the procedure, the sequencing controls open the spider slips, release the line trap, and moves the line toward the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Frank's Casing Crew and Rental Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Michael Webre, Brian David Begnaud, Scott J. Arceneaux
  • Patent number: 6822930
    Abstract: A timer is enclosed in a pressure tight enclosure which is attached to or is part of the motor rotor. Rotation of the rotor is sensed and the timer is turned on when the rotor is turning and is turned off when the rotor is idle. The version usable in motors of the progressing cavity type can power the timer, and provide timer control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr
  • Patent number: 6820505
    Abstract: A serial element of a load lifting line has a telescoping body held in a short configuration by a linear slip clutch until a selected load on the line is exceeded. The slip clutch then allows the body to extend to a longer configuration in which it is retained as a length unit by abutting surfaces between which an elastomeric shock cushion is positioned. An optional arrangement includes a biasing provision to restore the link to the original condition, for further use, after the load is reduced. By utilizing optional provisions, the link can signal the overload condition by a whistle when the telescoping body extends. Visible signals can, optionally, be provided by members that extend from the body when the body is telescoped to the longer condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Frank's Casing Crew and Rental Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Veverica, Charles Michael Webre, Cory J. Cole
  • Patent number: 6799646
    Abstract: As a serial element of a drill string, the drill string is adjustably bent by rotating one end of the sub relative to the other end. The opposite ends rotate about a tilted center line such that in one rotational position the sub is straight. One half turn of one end relative to the other bends the sub to the maximum angle. Between straight and maximum bend, any angle can be achieved by control of the amount of the relative rotation between the opposite ends of the sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Tomahawk Downhole, LLC
    Inventors: Chad M. Daigle, Toby S. Baudoin, Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6631541
    Abstract: A frame is supported on adjustable jacks for aligning with a pile driver hammer body for removal or installation of the hammer piston. A terminal tube on the frame clamps to the hammer and a powered ram moves the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Frank's Casing Crew and Rental Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Mosing, David L. Sipos
  • Patent number: 6569020
    Abstract: A flexible coupling has two spherical surfaces in rubbing contact to carry thrust, both surfaces having a common center of surface development each surface on an opposed coupling half, each coupling half having jaws extending toward the other half in an interdigitating relationship to conduct torque between the two halves, one half having a rigidly attached sleeve extending to position and support a peripheral seal for fluid tight contact with a peripheral surface on the other half to provide a fluid tight enclosure for the rubbing spherical surfaces and the surfaces of the jaws. A variable volume enclosure is provided as a lubricant reservoir and hydrostatic compensator to feed lubricant to the enclosed spherical surfaces and the surfaces of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6540020
    Abstract: A by-pass valve is part of an apparatus arranged to function as a serial element of a drill string. An arbor is attached to the top end of a tubular motor rotor and extends some distance along the generally central opening of the housing which is attached to the top end of the motor housing. A head on the arbor comprises a normally closed valve which is capable of conducting fluid from inside the housing to the well annulus outside the drill string by way of the bore of the tubular rotor. The valve is opened by downward movement, in excess of a selected amount, of the rotor of the motor. The excessive downward movement of the rotor indicates problems in the motor bearing structure, or disruptive failure elsewhere in the bottom hole assembly. The opening of the by-pass valve reduces standpipe pressure which is a signal detectable at the surface. The signal indicates disruptive failure in the down hole assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Tomahawk Downhole, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr.