Patents by Inventor Andrew Clayson

Andrew Clayson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10569838
    Abstract: A device for connecting a chain or line, such as a portion of a chain or line, to a structure, the device comprising a first portion comprising a first axis, the first portion being configured to connect or be connectable to a structure so as to be movable relative to the structure; a first guide element, the first guide element being arranged on or relative to the first portion to be movable around or about the first axis of the first portion; and a second guide element, the second guide element being configured to align at least a portion of a chain relative to the first guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Flintstone Technology Limited
    Inventors: Richard Taylor, Andrew Clayson, David Smith
  • Patent number: 10377448
    Abstract: A connector or connector assembly (10, 210), such as a subsea or underwater connector or assembly including a first member (18, 218) movably connected or connectable to a second member (36, 236) and a first inductive element (24, 224a) provided on the first member (18, 218), the first inductive element (24, 224a) being arranged for inductive transmission and/or reception with a second inductive element (42, 242a) of the second member (36, 236). The first member (18, 218) may rotatably or pivotably connected or connectable to the second member (36, 236). The first inductive element (24, 224a) may be arranged on the first member (18, 218) to maintain inductive transmission with the second inductive element (42, 242a) of the second member (36, 236) throughout movement of the first member (18, 218) relative to a second member (36, 236).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Flintstone Technology Limited
    Inventors: David Smith, Andrew Clayson, Richard Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190047664
    Abstract: A device for connecting a chain or line, such as a portion of a chain or line, to a structure, the device comprising a first portion comprising a first axis, the first portion being configured to connect or be connectable to a structure so as to be movable relative to the structure; a first guide element, the first guide element being arranged on or relative to the first portion to be movable around or about the first axis of the first portion; and a second guide element, the second guide element being configured to align at least a portion of a chain relative to the first guide element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Taylor, Andrew Clayson, David Smith
  • Patent number: 10005522
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector, such as a subsea connector (100), for connecting a line or lines such as mooring lines (140), to a subsea structure (145), such as a submerged turret loading or a submerged turret production buoy. The invention also relates to associated apparatus, structures and methods. The subsea connector (100) comprises a first portion (105) and a second portion (110) and means (115) for connecting the first (105) and second portions (110). The means (115) for connecting comprise at least part of a through-passage (120) in the second portion (110). The first portion may comprise means (125) for connection to one or more lines (140), such as mooring lines, allowing rotational movement around or about a transverse axis of the first portion (105) with respect to the line (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Flintstone Technology Limited
    Inventors: Richard Taylor, Andrew Clayson
  • Publication number: 20170225749
    Abstract: A connector or connector assembly (10, 210), such as a subsea or underwater connector or assembly including a first member (18, 218) movably connected or connectable to a second member (36, 236) and a first inductive element (24, 224a) provided on the first member (18, 218), the first inductive element (24, 224a) being arranged for inductive transmission and/or reception with a second inductive element (42, 242a) of the second member (36, 236). The first member (18, 218) may rotatably or pivotably connected or connectable to the second member (36, 236). The first inductive element (24, 224a) may be arranged on the first member (18, 218) to maintain inductive transmission with the second inductive element (42, 242a) of the second member (36, 236) throughout movement of the first member (18, 218) relative to a second member (36, 236).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: David Smith, Andrew Clayson, Richard Taylor
  • Publication number: 20170211998
    Abstract: A sensing device or apparatus (110) for inserting into a hole, cavity or receptacle (120), such as a hole, cavity or receptacle in a shaft, locking device or load pin (20) for a connector (5), the sensing device or apparatus (110) having an elongate member (125) such as a beam or rod; one or more sensing elements (180a, 180b, 180c, 180d, 180b?, 180c?, 180d?) for sensing load, strain, deformation or force in or on the elongate member (125); wherein the elongate member (125) is provided with at least one engaging portion (130) for engaging an inner wall of the hole, cavity or the receptacle (120). A corresponding shaft, load pin or locking device, connector and methods of using, measuring and assembling are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: David Smith, Andrew Clayson, Richard Taylor
  • Publication number: 20160052604
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector, such as a subsea connecter (100), for connecting a line or lines such as mooring lines (140), to a subsea structure (145), such as a submerged turret loading or a submerged turret production buoy. The invention also relates to associated apparatus, structures and methods. The subsea connector (100) comprises a first portion (105)and a second portion (110) and means (115) for connecting the first (105) and second portions (110). The means (115) for connecting comprise at least part of a through-passage (120) in the second portion (110). The first portion may comprise means (125) for connection to one or more lines (140), such as mooring lines, allowing rotational movement around or about a transverse axis of the first portion (105) with respect to the line (140).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Richard Taylor, Andrew Clayson
  • Publication number: 20150230661
    Abstract: There is disclosed a liquid filter apparatus (10;10?), such as a cooking oil and/or fat filter apparatus comprising a filter means (100;100?) and at least one filter support means (105;105?). In use at least seal (110a;110b) is formed between the filter means (100;100?) and the filter support means (105;105?) by a liquid being filtered. The apparatus (10;10?) also comprises a cup (130;130?;202?,204?) for receiving matter from a liquid being filtered, wherein the filter means (100;100?) and cup (130;130?;202?;204?) are integrally formed in a single cup and filter body (135;135?). In disclosed embodiments the cup and filter body (135;135?) defines a single annular cup (130;130?). In another disclosed embodiment, the cup and filter body defines a plurality of concentrically aligned annular cups (202?;204?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Clayson
  • Publication number: 20130156910
    Abstract: There is disclosed a liquid filter apparatus (10;10?), such as a cooking oil and/or fat filter apparatus comprising a filter means (100;100?) and at least one filter support means (105;105?). In use at least seal (110a;110b) is formed between the filter means (100;100?) and the filter support means (105;105?) by a liquid being filtered. The apparatus (10;10?) also comprises a cup (130;130?;202?,204?) for receiving matter from a liquid being filtered, wherein the filter means (100;100?) and cup (130;130?;202?;204?) are integrally formed in a single cup and filler body (135;135?). In disclosed embodiments the cup and filter body (135;135?) defines a single annular cup (130;130?). In another disclosed embodiment, the cup and filter body defines a plurality of concentrically aligned annular cups (202?;204?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Clayson
  • Publication number: 20100224080
    Abstract: There is disclosed a liquid filter apparatus (10;10?), such as a cooking oil and/or fat filter apparatus comprising a filter means (100;100?) and at least one filter support means (105;105?). In use at least seal (110a;110b) is formed between the filter means (100;100?) and the filter support means (105;105?) by a liquid being filtered. The apparatus (10;10?) also comprises a cup (130;130?;202?,204?) for receiving matter from a liquid being filtered, wherein the filter means (100;100?) and cup (130;130?;202?;204?) are integrally formed in a single cup and filter body (135;135?). In disclosed embodiments the cup and filter body (135;135?) defines a single annular cup (130;130?). In another disclosed embodiment, the cup and filter body defines a plurality of concentrically aligned annular cups (202?;204?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew CLAYSON
  • Publication number: 20070278147
    Abstract: There is disclosed a liquid filter apparatus (10;10?), such as a cooking oil and/or fat filter apparatus comprising a filter means (100;100?) and at least one filter support means (105;105?). In use at least seal (10a;110b) is formed between the filter means (100;100?) and the filter support means (105;105?) by a liquid being filtered. The apparatus (10;10?) also comprises a cup (130;130?;202?,204?) for receiving matter from a liquid being filtered, wherein the filter means (100;100?) and cup (130;130?;202?;204?) are integrally formed in a single cup and filter body (135;135?). In disclosed embodiments the cup and filter body (135;135?) defines a single annular cup (130;130?). In another disclosed embodiment, the cup and filter body defines a plurality of concentrically aligned annular cups (202?;204?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventor: Andrew Clayson
  • Patent number: 5879030
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for leak proof connection of the ends of two lengths of pipe or tubing. One end of a first pipe is coupled to a coupling box which is connected to or integrally formed on the end of a second pipe. The coupling box has threads for engaging a nut for securing the coupling. The coupling box has a bore for receiving the end of the first pipe. The end of the first pipe has an outer tapered surface for engaging an inner tapered surface of the coupling box to form a metal to metal seal between the first pipe and the coupling box. The bore also contains an engager for coupling the nut to the first pipe. The engager includes a split ring which has a longitudinal slot. The split ring has internal circumferential projections or gripping teeth which are aligned with external circumferential projections or gripping teeth on the end of the first pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Wyman-Gordon Company
    Inventors: Andrew Clayson, Robert G. Wilkie
  • Patent number: 4943033
    Abstract: In a high pressure needle valve, a central valve stem extends through a conventional operating sleeve for effecting axial shiftig of a valve head on the inner end of the stem. The outer end of the stem is plain to receive a push-fitted retainer, and a disc or flange spring compressed to approximately 60% is arranged between the retainer and the outer end face of the operating sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Pacson Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Clayson