Patents Examined by Gregory W. Adams
  • Patent number: 10926981
    Abstract: A method of providing motion compensation of a subsea package with a synthetic rope comprising attaching the synthetic rope to the subsea package, supporting a first gripper with a wire rope from a winch capable of motion compensation control characteristics and gripping the synthetic rope with the first gripper, supporting a second gripper with a second wire rope, and repeating the following sequence: lowering the first gripper, the synthetic rope, and the subsea package a first distance, gripping the synthetic rope with the second gripper, releasing the first gripper from the synthetic rope, raising the first gripper the first distance, gripping the synthetic rope with the first gripper, releasing the second gripper from the synthetic rope, such that when the subsea package is lowered proximate the subsea landing location the winch capable of operating with motion compensation characteristics can operate to compensate for the vessel motion and smoothly lower the subsea package to the subsea landing location
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Reel Power Licensing Corp.
    Inventor: Benton Frederick Baugh
  • Patent number: 10919736
    Abstract: A rod and casing handler according to embodiments of the present disclosure includes a boom mount that is configured to be coupled to a boom. A clamp mounting structure is coupled to the boom mount and has a central portion, a first arm, and a second arm, where each arm extends from the central portion. A first clamp is coupled to the first arm and includes a first set of actuatable tongs and a first removable saddle plate. A second clamp is coupled to the second arm, and it includes a second set of actuatable tongs and a second removable saddle plate. The first removable saddle plate has a first arcuate surface sized and shaped to correspond to a cylindrical body having a first diameter, and the second saddle plate has a second arcuate surface sized and shaped to correspond to a cylindrical body having a second diameter, the first and second arcuate surfaces are disposed to hold the first cylindrical body in coaxial alignment with the second cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TEI Rock Drills, Inc.
    Inventor: William N. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10907423
    Abstract: A handling apparatus moves drilling elements from and to a drill floor of a drilling rig includes a main support structure having a first end and a second end. An extendable ramp is between the first end of the main support structure and the drill floor. A carrier is movable relative to the main support structure and includes a first end close to the ramp and a second end distant from said ramp. A lift arm lifts and positions the carrier and includes a first end and a second end. The carrier moves between: a first position, in which the carrier is arranged above the main support structure; and a second position, in which the carrier is lifted at the level of the drill floor. The lift arm is under the carrier to move and support the second end of the carrier from and to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DRILLMEC S.p.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Ferrari
  • Patent number: 10900299
    Abstract: A pipe handling apparatus and method for using the pipe handling apparatus is described. The pipe handling apparatus can be used by putting a boom of the pipe handling apparatus in a nesting position. The boom of the pipe handling apparatus is pivotally mounted to a base and at least one arm. In the nesting position, a pivot point between the at least one arms and the boom is moved within an elongated slot of the boom and the length of the at least one arm is simultaneously adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Gordon Bros. Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Gordon, Bobby Fisk, Ronald Gillespie, Charles Harjo, David Williams
  • Patent number: 10900300
    Abstract: A system for delivering a tubular pipe segment from a ground level to an elevated drill rig floor. A pipe assembly system based at the ground level includes a bucking unit for connecting a first joint and a second joint to form the tubular pipe segment, a powered first conveyor for moving the first joint into the bucking unit, a first staging pipe rack, a powered second conveyor for moving the second joint into the bucking unit, and reversible for moving the tubular pipe segment out of the bucking unit, a second staging pipe rack for storing a plurality of joints, and a transfer pipe rack for storing a plurality of tubular pipe segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: COAX TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Robert Folk
  • Patent number: 10899563
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for removing a non-conforming comestible from a counter-stacker. One of the methods includes receiving, on an upper conveyor included in a counter-stacker, a first comestible; transferring, by the counter-stacker that includes a stacking frame and a stacking platform and while the first comestible substantially maintains its shape, the first comestible through an aperture defined within the stacking frame and onto the stacking platform; creating, by the counter-stacker, a stack of comestibles that includes the first comestible and has a threshold quantity; receiving, on the upper conveyor, a second comestible; rotating, by one or more actuators included in the counter-stacker that are coupled to the stacking frame, the stacking frame to cause the second comestible to fall onto a lower conveyor; and removing, by the lower conveyor, the second comestible from the counter-stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Lawrence Equipment Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Clay Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10898396
    Abstract: A loading system for loading a wheelchair into a rear loading space of a vehicle includes at least one loading device disposable on the vehicle. The loading system has at least one first coupling unit disposable on a rear side of a backrest of the wheelchair and fixable to the wheelchair. The loading device has at least one second coupling unit capable of being coupled to the first coupling unit, at least one telescopic loading arm which at an end portion is connected to the coupling unit pivotable about a free pivot axis, and at least one pivot bearing fastenable to a front side end portion of the loading space, by which a pivot bearing the loading arm at another end portion is connected pivotable about a locationally-fixed pivot axis that runs parallel with and spaced apart from the free pivot axis transverse to a vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Celis, Berten De Wael, Nico Keyken
  • Patent number: 10894679
    Abstract: A device for reducing rotation of an article during singulation of a stack of articles is disclosed. The device may include a torsion element, a rotatable member configured to rotate about an elongated axis of the torsion element between a first position and a second position, and a revolving member coupled to the rotatable member. An outer surface of the revolving member contacts a drive belt in the first position and an article in the second position. The torsion element exerts torque on the rotatable member when it moves from the first position towards the second position. The torque causes the outer surface of the revolving member to apply a frictional force to the article, thereby minimizing rotation of the article. Systems and methods of singulating articles are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: John W. Brown, Edward F. Houston, Juan A. Roman, Leung M. Shiu, Riley H. Mayhall, Jacob L. Timm, Reza Badri, Thomas A. Hillerich
  • Patent number: 10894686
    Abstract: Features for systems and methods for loading items into a tray are disclosed. The system may have an item conveyor configured to move the items towards a tray conveyor. The tray conveyor may be configured to move trays to receive items from the item conveyor into the tray. One or more sensors may detect the height of the items on the item conveyor and/or in the tray, and/or the position of the trays on the tray conveyor. A controller may receive data related to the one or more detected heights of the items and/or the position of the trays on the tray conveyor and correspondingly control movement of the item and/or tray conveyors for efficient loading of items into the tray and efficient movement of the trays for further processing. Tray conveyor movement sensors may detect movement of the trays or tray conveyors for further control or reliability of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Dongliang Yang, Shao C. Yang, Christopher R. Simpson, James E. Goodbar, III, Marina E. Khazanov, George Coupar
  • Patent number: 10889228
    Abstract: A system for installing and labeling lay flat irrigation pipe in flooded rice and furrow irrigated fields, and a trailer for laying a roll of pipe in an irrigated field. The trailer includes a flexible hitch assembly positioned at a first end of the trailer, wherein the hitch assembly couples the trailer to a vehicle. The trailer also includes a distribution assembly positioned at a second end of the trailer, wherein the distribution assembly includes a spindle and wherein the distribution assembly couples the roll of pipe to the trailer; and a gooseneck frame including a first end coupled to the hitch assembly and a second end coupled to the distribution assembly, with an upper member between the first end and the second end of the gooseneck, wherein the upper member of the gooseneck is elevated relative to the hitch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
    Inventors: Christopher G. Henry, Henry Earl Kline
  • Patent number: 10889357
    Abstract: The buoy and rope launching device comprises a launch structure, a vessel, and a buoy. The launch structure is configured for use with the vessel. The launch structure is configured for use with a buoy. The buoy further comprises a pennant. The pennant is a rope that attaches the buoy to the pot. The launch structure jettisons the buoy and the pennant from the vessel. The use of the launch structure prevents the entanglement of a crewperson in the pennant as the buoy and pennant are jettisoned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Walter Bonalewicz
  • Patent number: 10883281
    Abstract: A device for use in lifting, transporting and installing sheet material has a base, wheels on which the base is supported, a mast that extends upwardly from the base, a carriage that is in engagement with the mast, a supporting head that is mounted to the carriage, and a lifting mechanism to provide support to the carriage in the longitudinal direction of the mast. The wheels include rear wheels that are connected to the rear of the base in a manner that permits steering of the device during movement across a surface, and a front wheel set that is connected to the front of the base. The front wheel set includes a wheel to each side of the device, and the wheels of the front wheel set are rotatable about a common axis. The connection of the mast to the base is such that the mast is rotatable relative to the base about a rotational axis. The device further has an actuator that is operable to change the angular position of the mast relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Quantum Workhealth Programmes Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Ricardo Carlei
  • Patent number: 10865056
    Abstract: The destacker apparatus (1), comprises: a succession of conveyors (10, 11, 12) arranged inclined relative to the horizon, each comprising a mobile surface (S) for receiving and supporting articles (J, K) carried upwards by the conveyors (10, 11, 12); and a device for varying the pressure of a fluid (2). The surface (S) of the conveyors (10, 11, 12) has through holes and the pressure varying device (2) is fluid dynamically connected to this surface (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FIVES INTRALOGISTICS S.P.A. CON SOCIO UNICO
    Inventors: Carmine Filella, Marco Castelli
  • Patent number: 10864142
    Abstract: Pill sorting devices are described herein that include a cavity formed from a bottom, a front, a first side wall, and a second side wall, a channel formed at the intersection of the first side wall and the second side wall, and a delivery channel within the front and first side wall or the within the front and the second side wall, wherein the delivery channel is offset from the channel. The pill sorting, counting, and dispensing device can be useful for people with arthritis or poor sight, or could be used commercially in pharmacies or industrially. Methods of making and using the pill sorting, counting, and dispensing devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Ira Spector
  • Patent number: 10867464
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling stacks of articles, such as cups or containers, includes a selectively extensible conveyor which can be indexed for moving the stacks of articles, and which can moved from an extended position to a retracted position. By movement from the extended position, the conveyor is moved from beneath one or more of the stacks for discharging stacks from the apparatus. The apparatus includes one or more movable stack gates for controlling, guiding, and stabilizing movement and discharge of the stacks, to thereby avoid problems associated with the instability of the stacked articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Martin J. Mueller, Ryan Dye
  • Patent number: 10858076
    Abstract: A surface buoy comprising a resident electrical power supply allows the surface buoy to be an integrated part of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) deployed power buoy system which makes transport and installation more efficient than alternatives. The ROV deployed power system can be operational via built in radio link and kept operational during service, transport, testing, installation, and operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventor: Rune Hansen
  • Patent number: 10851601
    Abstract: A combination tubular handler and power swivel unit having an extendable trough to raise a tubular to a rig floor height without extensions. A raising leg is connected with the trough assembly through an easily installed height adjustment pin which requires no dangerous pinning. A following leg is pivotably coupled with an end of the trough assembly. This handler also moves the power swivel and other miscellaneous tools and equipment to the rig floor without winches or cables. A hydraulic swivel rack allows parking the swivel out of the way in a storage location when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Larry G. Keast
  • Patent number: 10854497
    Abstract: A device for manipulating at least a first row of wafers and a second row of wafers, includes: a first holder configured to hold the first row of wafers, the first holder having a first rod and a second rod, the first rod and the second rod of the first holder defining a space therebetween for accommodating the first row of wafers, wherein a distance between the first rod and the second rod of the first holder is variable; and a second holder configured to hold the second row of wafers, the second holder having a first rod and a second rod, the first rod and the second rod of the second holder defining a space therebetween for accommodating the second row of wafers, wherein a distance between the first rod and the second rod of the second holder is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Lawrence Chung-Lai Lei
  • Patent number: 10850933
    Abstract: A load former includes a loading zone, a stacking zone adjacent to the loading zone, a platform in the stacking zone, a first drive configured to raise and to lower the platform, and a cookie sheet having a first portion and a second portion adjacent to the first portion. The cookie sheet is shiftable from a first position in which the first portion of the cookie sheet forms a floor of the loading zone and the second portion of the cookie sheet is not located in the loading zone or in the stacking zone and a second position in which the first portion of the cookie sheet extends directly above the platform in the stacking zone and the second portion of the cookie sheet forms the floor of the loading zone. A second drive shifts the cookie sheet between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: A.G. STACKER INC.
    Inventors: Clarence C. Allen, Jr., Kennedy Sullivan Larramore, Jerry Blosser, Eric Stempihar, Randall Donn Senger, Joseph Wunder
  • Patent number: 10844674
    Abstract: A high trip rate drilling rig has first handling equipment to transport stands in/out of setback, second handling equipment to deliver stands to/from well center, and a hand-off position to set down stands for exchange between first/second equipment. Second equipment can include a top drive and a delivery arm translatable along the mast past each other, and a clasp on the arm slidable on the stand for constraint below the upper end, which can allow the top drive to engage/disengage the constrained stand above the arm. A high trip rate method transports stands in/out of setback, delivers stands to/from well center, and sets down and hands off stands at hand-off position between the setback transportation and well center delivery. The delivery can include engaging/disengaging the top drive and a stand constrained by the clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz, Melvin Alan Orr, Mark W. Trevithick