Patents Examined by Michael A. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9976418
    Abstract: An improved diamond coated tip on a bit/holder for road milling operations has a broadened base that provides cutting overlap with adjacent bit/holders resulting in a micro milling type surface when utilizing a regular ? inch center-to-center drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: The Sollami Company
    Inventor: Phillip Sollami
  • Patent number: 9970266
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for improved drilling operations through the use of real-time drilling data to predict bit wear, lithology, pore pressure, a rotating friction coefficient, permeability, and cost in real-time and to adjust drilling parameters in real-time based on the predictions. The real-time lithology prediction is made by processing the real-time drilling data through a multilayer neural network. The real-time bit wear prediction is made by using the real-time drilling data to predict a bit efficiency factor and to detect changes in the bit efficiency factor over time. These predictions may be used to adjust drilling parameters in the drilling operation in real-time, subject to override by the operator. The methods and systems may also include determining various downhole hydraulics parameters and a rotary friction factor. Historical data may be used in combination with real-time data to provide expert system assistance and to identify safety concerns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Trent Marx, Gary William Reid, Henry Leung, Xiaoxiang Liu
  • Patent number: 9951617
    Abstract: A boring machine comprises a forward section, a rear section, an articulation point, a parallel link mechanism, an input component, an articulation point position computer, and a jack controller. The parallel link mechanism includes a plurality of thrust jacks that change the position of the forward section with respect to the rear section. The articulation point position computer computes the position of the articulation point on the basis of the control inputs received by the input component, and the positions of the center line and center point of the rear section and the center point of the forward section. The jack controller controls the stroke amounts of the thrust jacks to produce movement corresponding to a curve generated from the positions of the center point of the rear section, the articulation point, and the center point of the forward section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Toyoshi Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 9951484
    Abstract: A milling machine includes a frame, a housing, a milling drum mounted on the frame within the housing and a drive assembly. A positioning assembly is provided for moving the drive assembly between a first position which is laterally outside the periphery of the machine housing and a second position which is laterally inside the periphery of the machine housing, and for locking the drive assembly in at least the first and second positions without requiring the operator to manually manipulate a locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Roadtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Musil, James H. Bevill
  • Patent number: 9951570
    Abstract: A pipe handler for assembling and deploying a string of threaded tubulars into a wellbore includes a pair of compensating bails and an elevator pivotally connected to the compensating bails. Each compensating bail includes: a first bail segment; a second bail segment; and a compensator connecting the respective first and second bail segments. Each compensator includes a load cylinder connected to the respective first bail segment and a linear actuator disposed in the respective load cylinder and operable to retract the respective second bail segment from a hoisting position to a ready position. Each second bail segment is engaged with the respective load cylinder in the hoisting position. The compensating bails are capable of supporting string weight in the hoisting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Brittan S. Pratt, Karsten Heidecke
  • Patent number: 9938674
    Abstract: A control system for a cold planer having a milling is disclosed. The control system may include a depth sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a milling depth below a work surface, a speed sensor configured to generate a second signal indicative of a ground speed of the cold planer, and a profile detection device mountable to the cold planer at a location forward of the milling drum. The profile detection device may be configured to generate a third signal indicative of a width profile of the surface. The control system may further include a controller in communication with the profile detection device, the depth sensor, and the speed sensor. The controller may be configured to determine a volume of a milled material based on the first, second, and third signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Engelmann, Conwell K. Rife, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9938783
    Abstract: For use with a top drive power unit supported for connection with a well string in a well bore to selectively impart longitudinal and/or rotational movement to the well string, a feeder for supplying a pumpable substance such as cement and the like from an external supply source to the interior of the well string in the well bore without first discharging it through the top drive power unit including a mandrel extending through a sleeve which is sealably and rotatably supported thereon for relative rotation between the sleeve and mandrel. The mandrel and sleeve have flow passages for communicating the pumpable substance from an external source to discharge through the sleeve and mandrel and into the interior of the well string below the top drive power unit. The unit can include a packing injection system and novel seal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Mako Rentals, Inc.
    Inventors: Kip M. Robichaux, Terry P. Robichaux, Kenneth G. Caillouet
  • Patent number: 9938774
    Abstract: A non-rotational drill bit for a down-the-hole drill hammer is provided that includes a head and a shank extending from the head. The head includes a plurality of axisymmetric cutting members about its working face. The drill bit also includes a porting system that includes a central through hole, an air inlet port, an exhaust outlet port and a central exhaust port for exhausting air from an interior of the drill hammer and for clearing drilling debris from the face of the drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CENTER ROCK INC.
    Inventor: Leland H. Lyon
  • Patent number: 9915148
    Abstract: A pick for mineral winning includes an elongate shank configured to be positioned into a cavity of a holder. A profile is defined on an outside surface of the shaft which includes a first surface formed into the profile and disposed to receive a leveraging device to enable a first forced translational movement of the shaft relative to the holder, and a second surface formed into the profile and disposed to receive the leveraging device to enable a second forced translational movement of the shaft relative to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ESCO Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Alexander Cheyne, Jack Charles Rickey
  • Patent number: 9915041
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled construction machine, in particular a road milling machine, which possesses an undercarriage which has front and rear—in the working direction—wheels or travelling gears, a machine frame which is borne by the undercarriage, and a working means. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for controlling a self-propelled construction machine, in particular a road milling machine. The invention is based on the detection of objects O situated in the ground at a time at which the objects O can be readily detected. The construction machine according to the invention possesses a means for generating predictive object signals which are characteristic of the position of objects which lie in a portion of the ground which lies in the working direction A in front of the working region of the working means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Martin Lenz, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 9915043
    Abstract: In an automotive milling machine, with a height-adjustable machine frame, with a controller for the travelling and milling operation, with a working drum, with a slewable transport conveyor device arranged in front of or behind the working drum as seen in the direction of travel of the milling machine, where the last or single transport conveyor of the transport conveyor device as seen in the direction of transport is slewable sideways, relative to the machine frame, about an essentially vertical axis under a slewing angle, and about an axis orthogonal to the axis under an elevation angle, and where the transport conveyor discharges the milled material at a specified conveying speed onto a point of impingement on a loading surface of a transport vehicle, it is provided for the following features to be achieved: the controller comprises a detection and control system which continuously locates the alterable position of the loading surface of the transport vehicle and of the transport conveyor relative to the m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Dirk Franzmann, Armin Montermann, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 9909417
    Abstract: A degradation pick of the type used in such fields as road milling, mining, and trenching to engage and degrade tough materials such as asphalt, concrete, and rock may comprise a body attached at one end to a substantially cylindrical shaft. A hardened tip may also be attached to the body opposite the shaft. The hardened tip may comprise an axis offset from a central axis of the shaft. Such a degradation pick may be secured to an exterior of a rotatable drum or continuous chain so as to be repeatedly brought into contact with a surface of a material to be degraded. The body may comprise a protruding spine adjacent the hardened tip and opposite a direction of travel of the hardened tip when transported by a rotating drum or continuous chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NOVATEK IP, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Ronald B. Crockett, Dwain Norris, Gary Condon, Gary Peterson, Jeffrey Crockett
  • Patent number: 9903202
    Abstract: A mining machine includes a chassis, a boom, a cutting head, and a shield supported for movement relative to the chassis. The chassis includes a first end and a second end, and defines a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end. The boom includes a first end and a second end, and the boom is supported for movement relative to the chassis. The boom translates in a first direction and is pivotable relative to the chassis between first and second positions. The cutting head is coupled to the second end of the boom and is supported for rotation relative to the boom. The cutting head is rotatable about a cutting head axis. The shield is supported for movement relative to the chassis and positioned proximate the cutting head. In some embodiments, the shield is coupled to a sumping frame supported for movement relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventor: John Willison
  • Patent number: 9896932
    Abstract: A cutting tool holding device includes a base, a cutting tool holder, a screw element, a fitting positioning element and a pulling element. The base includes an accommodating groove, a receiving hole and a fitting positioning hole. The cutting tool holder includes a holder and a cutting tool receiving component. The holder includes an engaging portion detachably engaged in the accommodating groove, and a concave portion communicated with the fitting positioning hole is formed on the engaging portion. The fitting positioning element is driven by the pulling element to move in the fitting positioning hole for pressing against the concave portion tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: EVERPADS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun-Li Chiang
  • Patent number: 9890636
    Abstract: A cutting element assembly includes a cutting element partially disposed within a support and a retention mechanism disposed between the cutting element and the support, both the axial and radial dimensions of the retention mechanism being deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Francis Leany, John J. Pierce, Youhe Zhang, Yuri Burhan
  • Patent number: 9878850
    Abstract: A foldable conveyor includes a rocker mechanism and actuator coupled to first and second conveyor sections, pivotably connected by a pivotal coupling to pivot the second conveyor section between deployed and stowed positions. The rocker mechanism includes first and second pivotably coupled links pivotably coupled to each other and the first and second conveyor sections, and a mechanical advantage amplifier secured with the first link. The actuator is coupled to the mechanical advantage amplifier such that extension of the actuator moves the second conveyor section to a stowed position below the first conveyor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Lucian M. Husar, Tim J. Lindholm
  • Patent number: 9879516
    Abstract: A method for in situ solution mining of a mineral from an underground evaporite stratum using a set of wells in fluid communication with at least one mineral cavity with some wells operated in solvent injection mode and other wells operated in brine production mode and optionally with some inactive wells, comprising switching the operation mode of one or more wells. The evaporite mineral preferably comprises trona. The at least one cavity may be formed by directionally drilled uncased boreholes or by lithological displacement of the evaporite stratum at a weak interface with an underlying insoluble stratum by application of a lifting hydraulic pressure to create an interfacial gap. The extracted brine can be processed to make valuable products such as soda ash and/or any derivatives thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Solvay SA
    Inventors: Ronald O. Hughes, Matteo Paperini, Herve Cuche, Joseph A. Vendetti, Larry C. Refsdal, Jean-Paul Detournay, David M. Hansen, Todd Brichacek, Justin T. Patterson, John Kolesar, Ryan Schmidt, Beatrice C. Ortego
  • Patent number: 9873142
    Abstract: Cold planer exhaust systems and methods of clearing the same are disclosed. The exhaust systems and methods may include an inlet manifold located proximate a milling drum housing and above a material conveyor. The inlet manifold may further include at least one inlet passage and at least one access door configured to open and allow access to an interior of the exhaust system. The systems and methods may further include a ventilator configured to draw dust and fumes into and through the exhaust system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Bjorge
  • Patent number: 9873993
    Abstract: In an automotive milling machine, with a machine frame with longitudinal axis, with a chassis with wheels or tracked travelling drive units which support the machine frame, with a controller for the travelling, steering and milling operation, with a height-adjustable working drum, with a slewable last or single transport conveyor of specified length arranged in front of or behind the working drum as seen in the direction of travel of the milling machine, where the transport conveyor is, as a minimum, slewable sideways about an essentially vertical first axis under a slewing angle, it is provided for the following features to be achieved: the controller comprises a detection and control system which, as a minimum, detects the steering angle of the steering controller for the chassis or, as a minimum, the steering angle of the steering controller and the distance travelled or the travel speed, and controls the slewing angle of the transport conveyor in accordance with this no less than one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Andreas Vogt, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 9863216
    Abstract: Generally, a system for hydraulic fracturing of a geologic formation. Specifically, a transportable heating apparatus and method for the production of heated water for use in hydraulic fracturing of a geologic formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: H2O Inferno, LLC
    Inventors: Garry R. Lundstedt, Brian R. Lundstedt, Lloyd D. Leflet