Patents Examined by Michael A. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10273803
    Abstract: An implement system for a machine includes a boom housing a drive mechanism for a cutting implement, and having a plurality of oil outlet ports formed therein. A control mechanism is configured to receive data indicative of an expected change in location of the outlet ports relative to an oil fill line within the boom, and vary a pattern of incoming oil flow to limit entrainment of air in the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Carl Moberg, Brent Duppong, Frank Kühnemund, Oliver Kortmann, Carsten Butz, Matthew Palmer
  • Patent number: 10267146
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-propelled construction machine, in particular a road milling machine, a recycler or a surface miner, comprising a machine frame 1 supported by a chassis 2 which comprises front and rear running gear 3, 4. A working device 5 is arranged on the machine frame 1 and comprises a working roller 17 for working the ground. Lifting devices 15, 16 are associated with the individual running gears 3, 4 and can each be retracted or extended for raising or lowering the running gears with respect to the machine frame. In addition, the construction machine comprises a control unit 20 for actuating the lifting devices 15, 16, which control unit comprises a lifting position measuring device 22 for detecting the lifting position of the lifting devices and a tilt detection device 23 for detecting the tilt of the machine frame 1 transversely to the working direction A of the construction machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: René Müller, Sebastian Winkels, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 10260341
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pick, in particular, a round shaft pick, having a pick head and a pick shaft, having a support element which has a centring lug on the underside thereof, wherein the centring lug has a centring surface which extends inclined with respect to the central longitudinal axis of the pick and merges into a seat surface. To this end circumferential channel according to the present invention is disposed in the transition region from the centring surface to the seat surface and the depth of the channel relative to the seat surface is greater than or equal to 0.3 mm. The pick has an optimised rotatability and thus a low wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Betek GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karl Kammerer, Heiko Friederichs
  • Patent number: 10240457
    Abstract: A mine management system includes a carrying machine that is loaded with ore and travels from a mining area to an earth removal area in underground of a mine, a loading machine that mines ore in the mining area and loads the ore onto the carrying machine, and a management device that sets a work mode in the underground based on an input signal, and changes a work parameter of the carrying machine and a work parameter of the loading machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunari Kawai, Shinichi Terada, Taito Fujita, Yuichi Kodama, Masaaki Uetake
  • Patent number: 10240416
    Abstract: A wireline cable includes an electrically conductive cable core for transmitting electrical power, an inner armor layer disposed around the cable core, and an outer armor layer disposed around the inner armor layer, wherein a torque on the cable is balanced by providing the outer armor layer with a predetermined amount of coverage less than an entire circumference of the inner armor layer, or by providing the outer armor layer and the inner armor layer with a substantially zero lay angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joseph Varkey
  • Patent number: 10233754
    Abstract: A rock fragmentation device and method is provided which includes a shaft and a plurality of expandable members positioned along a length thereof. The shaft has a hollow length therethrough for the passage of a pressurized fluid, and a plurality of feed apertures for delivery of the pressurized fluid to the expandable members. The shaft further includes a feed inlet for receiving the pressurized fluid from a hydraulic system. The plurality of expandable members each have an inner diameter dimensioned to receive the shaft in a tightly engaging connection, and are positioned on the shaft in fluid tight engagement effective for receiving pressurized fluid via the feed apertures without leaking fluid. The expandable members are expandable, upon filling with the pressurized fluid, to sufficient dimensions to break apart rock when fitted inside a cavity formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: 2516139 ONTARIO INC.
    Inventor: Guy Legris
  • Patent number: 10227739
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining and monitoring the mass of the milled material removed by a ground milling machine, comprising mounting a discharge belt on the ground milling machine via a pivot bearing and a tensile connection in such a manner that it can pivot at least about a horizontal axis, determining a tensile force (Fz) exerted by the discharge belt to the tensile connection, calculating a mass flow (qm) of the milled material removed by the ground milling machine from the measured tensile force (Fz) and the conveying speed of the discharge belt, and calculating the loaded mass of the milled material removed by the ground milling machine from the mass flow (qm) and the loading time (t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Niels Laugwitz, Steffen Wachsmann, Maximilian Philippsen
  • Patent number: 10227871
    Abstract: A mining machine includes a chassis, a cutting assembly coupled to the chassis, and a spray arm coupled to the chassis and positioned proximate the cutting assembly. The chassis includes a first end, a second end, and a chassis axis extending between the first end and the second end. The chassis is movable in a direction parallel to the chassis axis. The cutting assembly includes an arm and a rotatable cutting drum having a plurality of cutting elements. The spray arm includes a first portion, a second portion pivotably coupled to the first portion, and at least one spray nozzle for emitting a fluid spray in a region adjacent the cutting assembly. The first portion is coupled to the chassis and extends away from the chassis along a spray arm axis. The second portion is pivotable relative to the first portion about a wrist axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Dickey, Zane McGill, Joshua Lutz, Matthew Hayes
  • Patent number: 10215023
    Abstract: A system for guiding movement of a chassis of a mining machine along a rack includes a shoe and a fluid line for receiving fluid from a fluid source. The shoe is configured to be coupled to the chassis and slidably engage the rack. The shoe is configured to extend at least partially around the rack. The shoe includes a first end, a second end, an inner surface, and an outer surface. At least a portion of the inner surface is configured to be positioned adjacent the rack. The fluid line includes an outlet positioned proximate the shoe for dispensing the fluid at an interface between the shoe and the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Ryan E. Perry, Troy Amsler
  • Patent number: 10208593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bit holder for an earth working machine, in particular a road milling machine, that comprises a bit receptacle in the region of a working side of a support member and that indirectly or directly carries an insertion projection on an insertion projection side of the support member, the support member comprising two stripping surfaces [first or second stripping surfaces] that form a stripping surface pair and are at an angle to one another. In order to achieve a stable and long-lived configuration with such a bit holder, provision is made according to the present invention that the support member comprises at least one further stripping surface that is at an angle to the two stripping surfaces of the stripping surface pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lehnert, Karsten Buhr, Cyrus Barimani, Günter Hähn, Karl Kammerer, Markus Roth, Bernhard Diessner
  • Patent number: 10208597
    Abstract: A cutter disc for a tunnel boring machine includes a middle disc portion defining a radially outer surface or edge for engaging a surface, a left toothed portion defining a first set of teeth set back from the outer edge, and a right toothed portion defining a second set of teeth set back from the outer edge. In an embodiment, a central bore through the cutter disc is configured to attach the cutter disc to a hub for rotatably mounting the cutter disc on a shaft. In an embodiment, the hub is formed integrally with the cutter disc. The left and right toothed portions provide structural support to the middle portion and facilitate rotation of the cutter disc when boring in soft or mixed conditions, but do not interfere with boring in hard rock conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Robbins Company
    Inventor: Carl E. Lenaburg
  • Patent number: 10202848
    Abstract: The present application relates to a system for supporting a roof of a portion of a mine. The system includes a first plurality of stabilizing members disposed above the roof at a first elevation. The first plurality of stabilizing members originate from a first common location and terminate at a second elevation that is higher than the first elevation. The system further includes a second plurality of stabilizing members disposed above the roof and the first plurality of stabilizing members at a third elevation. The second plurality of stabilizing members originate from a second common location and terminate at a fourth elevation that is higher than the third elevation. The second plurality of stabilizing members are disposed generally perpendicular to the first plurality of stabilizing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Brunner, Jeffrey D. Jorgensen, Jeffrey G. Burton, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Michael J. Hardin, Forrest Paul Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10196784
    Abstract: In an automotive milling machine, comprising a machine frame, comprising a controller for the travelling and milling operation, comprising a working drum, comprising a transport conveyor, where the transport conveyor is slewable, relative to the machine frame, about a first axis extending essentially horizontally under an elevation angle, and sideways about a second axis extending orthogonally to the first axis under a slewing angle, where the transport conveyor discharges the milled material onto a loading surface of a transport vehicle at a specified conveying speed, and where the controller continuously controls positioning of the milled material automatically via, as a minimum, the slewing angle of the transport conveyor, it is provided for the following features to be achieved: the controller specifies and monitors limit values for a maximum permissible slewing angle range for slewing the transport conveyor variable in accordance with the current operating situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Sebastian Winkels, Harald Kroell, Tobias Krista
  • Patent number: 10180065
    Abstract: An improved tool is described that has a generally cylindrical slotted shank with a radially bulbous or extending portion adjacent a distal end of the shank, sized to interfere with a bore in which the shank is to be inserted. The dimension of the extending portion can be sized to change the retention force between the shank and the bore as desired. A top of the tool includes a metal carbide-metal disk-metal carbide diamond coated tip sandwich that is bonded inside a bore in the top of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Sollami Company
    Inventor: Phillip Sollami
  • Patent number: 10161136
    Abstract: An autonomous guided roofing material removal machine is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Mark James Underhill, Tyler Christian Underhill
  • Patent number: 10161248
    Abstract: A method for cooling a refuge chamber (100) with an emergency cooler (10) in an emergency situation includes cooling of a refrigerating agent (22) in a cold accumulator (20) with a cooling device (30) and detecting an emergency situation. Cold being stored in the refrigerating agent (22) of the cold accumulator (20) is released into the refuge chamber (100)—the refrigerating agent (22) of the cold accumulator (20) is exposed for heat transfer with the refuge chamber (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Christian Bode, Sven Neervoort, René Kiewitt
  • Patent number: 10156139
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for soil disturbance at the back of a shield tunnel, wherein: the apparatus is formed by a fitting I and a fitting II connected by means of three bolts that form equal angles; the fitting I is a short circular pipe; an end surface of a fitting end of the fitting I is provided with a water passage; a pipe wall of the pipe is provided with 2-8 water spouts; the fitting II is a long circular pipe whose inner and outer diameters are consistent with those of the fitting I; a fitting end of the fitting II is provided with two O-shaped water stop rings; a pipe wall of the fitting II is provided with three water inlets that form equal angles and are in communication with the water passage of the fitting I.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: POWERCHINA HUADONG ENGINEERING CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Wenhua Chen, Jing Hou, Jie Zhang, Yangchun Dai, Kewei Cui
  • Patent number: 10151190
    Abstract: Systems and methods for extracting minerals from an underground mineralization zone located below the surface at an oil and gas drilling site. The system includes a vertical drilling means for drilling a vertical bore extending from the surface at the oil and gas drilling site into the mineralization zone, a second horizontal drilling means for drilling at least one horizontal production bore into the mineralization zone. The first horizontal drilling means and the second horizontal drilling means are configured to return material from the mineralization zone to the surface where the mineral content of the material is analyzed and a separator separates minerals, waste and drilling mud from the material. The method includes steps of drilling a horizontal assessment bore, analyzing assessment material for a desired mineral, drilling a horizontal production bore, producing production material containing the desired mineral, and separating the desired material from waste and drilling mud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Muriel Cherry
  • Patent number: 10151200
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a set of methods and procedures that may be combined in order to greatly increase the speed of development of an access ramp in a underground hard-rock mine. More particularly, the present invention was designed to target all the bottle-necks comprised by the access operation of a hard-rock mine that employs a RAIL-VEYOR machine. The invention also comprises of an ore production line which consists in the sequential arrangement of a series of mining equipment between the work face and the entrance of a hard-rock mine. The invention also comprises a Hard Rock Mining Access Plan for a hard-rock mine which encompasses two parallel ramps interconnected by cross-cut passageways. Further, invention also comprises a Ground Support Installation method configured to shorten the time required for the installation of ground support inside of a hard-rock mine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: VALE S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel MacIntyre, Peter Golde, Michael Van Der Hooft
  • Patent number: 10153572
    Abstract: A transmission line segment coupler is for coupling together first and second coaxial transmission line segments each including an inner tubular conductor and an outer tubular conductor surrounding the inner tubular conductor and a dielectric therebetween. The coupler apparatus includes an outer tubular bearing body to be positioned within adjacent open ends of the inner tubular conductors of the first and second coaxial transmission line segments, and an inner tubular bearing body configured to slidably move within the outer tubular bearing body to define a linear bearing therewith. The inner tubular bearing body is configured to define a fluid passageway in communication with the adjacent open ends of the inner tubular conductors of the first and second coaxial transmission line segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tim Dittmer, Murray Hann, Raymond Hewit, Brian Wright