Patents Represented by Attorney Robert A. Felsman
  • Patent number: 5716071
    Abstract: A rotary prime mover, preferably an electric motor, is remotely operable from the cab of the vehicle. A linkage couples the rotary prime mover to the pins of the slider assembly, wherein rotation of the rotary prime mover selectively moves the pin in and out registry with holes in a pair of rails on the trailer to prevent and permit relative movement between the rear tandem axle assembly and the trailer. A pin sensor is coupled to the linkage to detect whether the pins are in or out of registry with the holes in the rails and a counter is coupled between the rear tandem axle assembly and the trailer to determine with which of the holes in the rails the pins are aligned. A visual display is provided in the cab and coupled to the pin sensor and counter to communicate to the operator the registry of the pins and with which of the holes the pins are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Patrick L. Stanley
    Inventors: Patrick L. Stanley, Alan C. Lesesky, Bobby Weant
  • Patent number: 5716686
    Abstract: A quantity of fluid resin material is rendered into a flowable state without the use of solvents. The fabric then is beaded with at least one elongate bead of the flowable resin, wherein at least a portion of bead remains on the surface of the fabric to tackify the fabric and facilitate lay-up of the beaded fabric in the composite molding process. The fabric then is laid-up into a molding apparatus, wherein the bead adheres to surfaces in the molding apparatus and assists in positioning of the fabric therein. A further quantity of resin is disposed or injected under pressure into the molding apparatus and into contact with the fabric and contours of the mold. The resin then is cured to form the composite body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin D. Black
  • Patent number: 5713701
    Abstract: A metallic piling sleeve member filled with solidified or cured cementitious material and a hollow, cylindrical outer sleeve member having a diameter larger than that of the metallic piling sleeve member are provided. The outer sleeve member is placed generally concentrically around the piling sleeve member and the piling and outer sleeve members are vertically driven into the soil. Further metallic piling sleeve and outer sleeve members are successively vertically driven into the soil until the piling is complete and the metallic piling sleeve and outer sleeve members abut one another in vertical relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Frederick S. Marshall
  • Patent number: 5697462
    Abstract: A bit body has at least one cantilevered bearing shaft depending inwardly and downwardly from the bit body. A cutter is mounted for rotation on the bearing shaft and includes a plurality of cutting elements arranged in generally circumferential rows on the cutter, the rows including a heel row. The cutting elements in the heel row include at least one chisel-shaped cutting element having a crest oriented transversely to the axis of rotation of the cutter. The remainder of the cutting elements in the heel row have a configuration different from the chisel-shaped elements. All of the cutting elements have approximately the same projection from the surface of the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Grimes, Rudolf Carl Otto Pessier, Christopher J. Rohmer
  • Patent number: 5695018
    Abstract: An earth-boring bit has a bit body and at least one cantilevered bearing shaft depending inwardly and downwardly from the bit body. A cutter is mounted for rotation on the bearing shaft and includes a gage surface and an adjacent cutter backface. The cutter has negative offset with respect to the axis and direction of rotation of the bit. A plurality of cutting elements are arranged on the cutter including a plurality of gage cutting elements on the gage surface of the cutter. At least one of the gage cutting elements projects beyond the gage surface and defines a cutting surface facing the backface of the cutter for engaging the sidewall of the borehole being drilled as the gage cutting element moves up the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Rudolf Carl Otto Pessier, Matthew Ray Isbell
  • Patent number: 5663512
    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: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Schader, Ronald L. Jones, James L. Overstreet, Danny E. Scott, Mou-Chih Lu, Alan J. Massey
  • Patent number: 5655612
    Abstract: An earth-boring bit is provided with hard gage inserts that protrude from the gage surface of the cutter to engage the side of the borehole for holding gage. The cutting end of the gage insert has a cutting end defining at least one sharp cutting edge and at least one cutting surface that define a negative rake angle with respect to the sidewall of the borehole that is being sheared by the gage insert. The cutting end, cutting edge, and cutting surface of the gage insert are formed of a super-hard and abrasion-resistant material such as polycrystalline diamond or cubic boron nitride. The body of the insert is formed of a hard, fracture-tough material such as cemented tungsten carbide. The improved gage inserts provide an actively cutting gage surface that engages the sidewall of the borehole to promote shearing removal of the sidewall material. Such an improved gage insert provides an earth-boring bit with improved gage-holding ability, and improved steerability in directional drilling operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Earl Grimes, Danny Eugene Scott, Rudolf Carl Otto Pessier
  • Patent number: 5655611
    Abstract: An earth-boring bit has a bit body and at least one bearing shaft depending inwardly and downwardly from the bit body. The bearing shaft has a base and a generally cylindrical bearing surface and at least one cutter is mounted for rotation on the bearing shaft. A bearing seal recess is formed generally at the base of the bearing shaft and defines a cylindrical seal face radially recessed from the journal bearing surface. A cutter seal recess is formed in the cutter generally opposite the bearing seal recess and defines a bearing cylindrical seal face. The cutter and bearing seal recesses define a seal gland including a pair of opposed radial seal surfaces. A resilient seal ring is disposed in the seal gland and compressed between the cylindrical seal faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Dolezal, Thomas M. Harris
  • Patent number: 5655043
    Abstract: An imaging arrangement has a first lens array with a focal surface and a tapered optical fiber bundle arranged with one end face coincident with the focal surface of the lens array. Another end of the bundle is coincident an optical device. The optical device may be a second lens array, an image capture device, a photographic plate, or an electronic image capture device such as a CCD array. The fiber bundle may comprise a single graded index fiber connecting the first and second lens arrays. An integral transmission screen may be provided to project a spatially inverted integral image onto the first lens array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: De Montfort University
    Inventors: Neil Davies, Malcolm McCormick
  • Patent number: 5626802
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming surface texture on contoured surfaces includes a laminar, dimensionally stable, flexible mold having an impression of the surface texture to be formed on one side thereof. An adhesive material is provided on the side of the mold opposite that having the impression of the surface texture for adhering the mold to a recipient surface. A plurality of backing strips are provided on the adhesive backed side extending transversely to the longitudinal axis of the mold and are individually removable from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Gibbs M. Slaughter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5619903
    Abstract: A braided member has a longitudinal axis and a plurality of braided strands of structural fiber. At least one elongate member having a rigidity greater than that of the strands of structural fiber is intertwined into the braided strands parallel to the longitudinal axis of the braided member. According to the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the structural fibers are selected from the group consisting of aramid, glass, and carbon fibers and the braided member is a triaxially braided tube. According to the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the elongate member is a pultruded rod having compressive strength approaching its tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Rogers, Steven R. Crist
  • Patent number: 5614075
    Abstract: An incremental object or part fabrication method includes the step of determining the dimensional boundaries of the part, the dimensional boundaries including x, y, and z dimensions. A reference surface is provided and a first incremental layer of mold material is formed on the reference surface. The first incremental layer of mold material is selectively interrupted to define at least one dimensional boundary of the part. A first incremental layer of part material is formed upon at least the reference surface, wherein a second reference surface is defined by the first incremental layers of mold and part material. The steps of forming incremental layers of mold and part material are repeated until the object is fully fabricated and all dimensional boundaries are defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Larry E. Andre, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5594988
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a wheel rim comprising the steps of: (i) pressing or rolling flat steel section into an annulus; (ii) welding the ends of the section together; (iii) heating to about 700.degree. C. one end of the annulus to an axially extending depth of about 7.5 cm; (iv) pressing said one end partially or fully to shape; (v) heating to about 700.degree. C. the other end of the annulus to an axially extending depth of about 7.5 cm; (vi) pressing said other end partially or fully to shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventor: Jordan S. Fishman
  • Patent number: 5592995
    Abstract: An earth-boring bit has a bit body and at least one cantilevered bearing shaft depending inwardly and downwardly from the bit body. A cutter is mounted for rotation on the bearing shaft and includes a plurality of cutting elements arranged in generally circumferential rows including an outer or heel row of cutting elements. At least one of the cutting elements in the heel row has an outermost surface at least partially formed of super-hard material that defines a cutting edge for shearing engagement with the sidewall of the borehole as the cutters roll and slide over the bottom of the borehole during drilling operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Danny E. Scott, Rudolf C. O. Pessier, Matthew R. Isbell, Nigel Meany, Alain Besson
  • Patent number: 5588389
    Abstract: A boat hull having a bow lifting surface, a stepped bottom aft of the bow to create an air space between the water and the bottom of the hull and a stern lifting surface extending downwardly from the stepped bottom such that the bow lifting surface and the stern lifting surface angle of attack is fixed at the angle for maximum lift to drag for a given deadrise angle. The effect is to lift the hull vertically the maximum possible, so the wetted hull area and drag are reduced to the minimum. As the deadrise angle changes from 0 degrees to 25 degrees, the angle of attack for best lift to drag changes from approximately 7 degrees to 14 degrees. For a V-shaped hull the angle of attack is in a range of nine through fourteen degrees. A flat bottom hull should have an angle of attack in a range of six through eight degrees, preferably seven degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Jay Carter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5586609
    Abstract: A drillstring terminating in a drill bit is run into a borehole. A reduced solid content drilling fluid is pumped through the drillstring and out the bit, wherein the drilling fluid impinges upon and disintegrates formation material in cooperation with the bit. An annulus fluid having a density greater than that of the drilling fluid is continuously pumped into the annulus between the borehole and drillstring, wherein the annulus fluid extends substantially from the surface to the bottom of the drillstring. Drilling fluid and cuttings resulting from disintegration of formation material are returned to the surface through a substantially unobstructed tubular passage in the drillstring. The annulus fluid is maintained under a selected and controlled pressure in the annulus, wherein an interface is formed at the drill bit at which annulus fluid mixes with the drilling fluid and is returned along with the drilling fluid and cuttings and drilling fluid is substantially prevented from entering the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Telejet Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Schuh
  • Patent number: 5586612
    Abstract: An earth-boring bit has a bit body and at least a pair of cantilevered bearing shafts depending downwardly and inwardly therefrom. A first cutter is mounted for rotation on one of the bearing shafts and has a region of contact with the sidewall of the borehole. A second cutter is mounted for rotation on another of the bearing shafts and has a region of contact with the sidewall of the borehole that is non-opposite that of the first cutter. Stabilization is provided by a stabilizer pad carried on the bit body and arranged to be opposite the contact regions of the first and second cutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew R. Isbell, Rudolf C. O. Pessier
  • Patent number: D381952
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: CarterCopters, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jay W. Carter, Jr.
  • Patent number: D388048
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Sherwood Taylor, Bobby Alton Collins, Timothy Myron Hazen, Walter Charles Joiner
  • Patent number: RE35824
    Abstract: A fluid motor integrally constructed on an elongate body enables periodic fluid sampling. This device affixes to a pipeline by a threaded connection which positions an inlet in the pipeline for sample removal; the sample flows to a sample bite removal valve which is motor operated to obtain periodic simple bits. Pressure step up or down is achieved in a sample pressure isolation system having a check valve function. This enables storage at any pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Welker Engineering Company
    Inventor: Brian H. Welker