Patents by Inventor Joe Noel WELLS

Joe Noel WELLS 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).

  • Publication number: 20240229596
    Abstract: A system for plugging a wellbore includes a plug including an annular sealing element, a setting tool configured to couple with the plug and including an energetic element, the setting tool configured to shift the plug from an initial configuration to a set configuration in response to ignition of the energetic element, and a setting tool initiator including an addressable igniter switch and an igniter, wherein the igniter is configured to ignite the energetic element of the setting tool in response to the igniter switch receiving a firing signal addressed to the igniter switch, and wherein the setting tool initiator is configured to shift the igniter switch from an operational state to an inoperable state in response to the ignition of the igniter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2024
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing, LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, Charles Levine, Joe Noel Wells, Timmothy Alain Lee, Ryan Ward, William Caruana
  • Publication number: 20240141742
    Abstract: A method for redressing a setting tool for actuating a plug in a subterranean wellbore includes recovering the setting tool from the wellbore, the setting tool including a housing with a throughbore therein, a piston arranged for axial movement within the throughbore, a combustible element, and an exhaust diffuser configured to redirect a flow of combustion products generated in response to ignition of the combustible element, removing the piston from the throughbore of the housing, removing the exhaust diffuser from the housing, cleaning the piston and the housing, and reinstalling the piston into the housing of the setting tool with at least one of the exhaust diffuser and a replacement exhaust diffuser for subsequent use of the setting tool in a wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2024
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Steven Zakharia, Ryan Ward, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Joe Noel Wells
  • Patent number: 11965393
    Abstract: A setting tool includes a housing having an initiator compartment to receive an initiator for initiating combustion of a combustible element, a combustion compartment to receive the combustible element, and a switch compartment to at least partially receive a switch circuit for activating the initiator, a piston configured to impart a setting force against the plug in response to combustion of the combustible element, and an interrupt flowpath configured to connect at least one of the combustion compartment and the initiator compartment with the switch compartment whereby combustion products that may be created in the initiator compartment or combustion compartment would be circulated from the at least one of the combustion compartment and the initiator compartment to the switch compartment to disconnect the switch circuit in response to the activation of the initiator charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, Charles Levine, Joe Noel Wells, Timmothy Alain Lee, Ryan Ward, William Caruana
  • Publication number: 20240076966
    Abstract: A tool string includes a perforating gun, a first electrical connector defining a receptacle and includes a first electrical contact positioned in the receptacle, and a sub including a sub housing including first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a central passage extending between the first end and the second end, and a bulkhead connector positionable in the central passage to form a pressure barrier along the central passage, the bulkhead connector including an outer housing defining a radially outer periphery of the bulkhead connector, and a second electrical contact positioned along the outer periphery of the bulkhead connector and configured to establish radially directed electrical contact with the first electrical contact of the first electrical connector irrespective of the angular orientation of the second electrical contact relative to the first electrical contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, James Edward Kash, Joe Noel Wells
  • Publication number: 20240068787
    Abstract: A method for producing a tandem sub for a perforating gun system includes positioning an electrically conductive signal bar in a central passage of a tubular housing of the tandem sub, and injecting a mold material into an annulus formed between an outer surface of the signal bar and an inner surface of the tubular housing that sealably adheres to both the signal bar and the tubular housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: James Edward Kash, Ryan Ward, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Joe Noel Wells, Brian Auer, Timmothy Lee, Steven Zakharia, Charles Levine
  • Patent number: 11905776
    Abstract: A setting tool for actuating a downhole plug in a wellbore includes a housing, a piston positioned at least partially within the housing wherein the piston defines an internal firing chamber that is in fluid communication with an exhaust port, an expansion chamber positioned between an outer surface of the piston and an inner surface of the housing wherein the exhaust port is configured to convey combustion products along a combustion flowpath extending from the firing chamber and into the expansion chamber, and an exhaust diffuser distinct from the piston and the housing and including an exhaust passage and at least one baffle face, the baffle face configured to redirect the flow of combustion products along the combustion flowpath and channel the flow of combustion products into the exhaust passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Steven Zakharia, Ryan Ward, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Joe Noel Wells
  • Publication number: 20240026760
    Abstract: A perforating gun system includes a cylindrical outer housing, a charge carrier assembly receivable in the outer housing, wherein the charge carrier assembly includes a charge carrier configured to receive one or more shaped charges, a first endplate coupled to a first end of the charge carrier, and a second endplate coupled to a second end of the charge carrier, and a detonator holder incorporated into the first endplate of the charge carrier assembly and including a pair of opposed longitudinal ends, a first passage extending along a first axis and configured to receive a detonating cord, and a second passage extending parallel to, but laterally offset from, the first passage, wherein the second passage is configured to receive a detonator configured to detonate the one or more shaped charged in response to receiving a signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Joe Noel Wells, Eduardo Moniet, Benjamin Vascal Knight
  • Publication number: 20240003200
    Abstract: A self-orienting perforating gun includes an outer housing having a throughbore, a charge carrier positioned in the throughbore of the outer housing, a hub secured directly or indirectly to the outer housing, a bearing secured to each carrier end of the charge carrier wherein the bearing overlies the hub to provide a rotatable relationship between the hub and the charge carrier about a rotational axis within the outer housing, and an eccentric weight coupled to the charge carrier applying an off-axis orienting force to the charge carrier for urging the charge carrier to rotate about the rotational axis toward a predefined orientation relative to the direction of gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2023
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, James Edward Kash, Ryan Ward, Brian Auer, Timmothy Lee, Steven Zakharia, Joe Noel Wells, Adam Green, David Griffin, Christina Matthews
  • Patent number: 11859957
    Abstract: A tandem sub for a perforating gun system includes a tubular housing including a longitudinal first end, a longitudinal second end opposite the first end, a central passage defined by an inner surface, an electrical pass-thru assembly including an electrically conductive signal bar having a longitudinal first end defining a first electrical contact of the tandem sub, and a longitudinal second end opposite the first end and defining a second electrical contact of the tandem sub that is longitudinally opposite and electrically connected to the first electrical contact, wherein the signal bar is rigid along the entire longitudinal length thereof extending from the first end to the second end, and wherein the signal bar is coupled to the housing and a central axis of the central passage of the housing intersects the signal bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: James Edward Kash, Ryan Ward, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Joe Noel Wells, Brian Auer, Timmothy Lee, Steven Zakharia, Charles Levine
  • Patent number: 11851993
    Abstract: A method includes assembling a first tool string to include at least one original perforating gun and an original gun switch in communication with the original perforating charge, and inserting the first tool string into a first wellbore. The method also includes retrieving the first tool string from the first wellbore and recovering the original gun switch from the first tool string, assembling a new tool string to include at least one new perforating gun, wherein the new tool string further includes the recovered original gun switch whereby the original gun switch is in communication with the new perforating charge, and inserting the new tool string into at least one of the first wellbore and a different wellbore, and delivering a signal to the original gun switch to initiate detonation of the second perforating gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, James Edward Kash, Joe Noel Wells
  • Patent number: 11814934
    Abstract: A perforating gun system includes a detonator configured to detonate one or more shaped charge in response to receiving a signal, a detonator holder including a pair of opposed longitudinal ends, a first passage extending along a first axis and configured to receive a detonating cord, and a second passage extending parallel to, but laterally offset from, the first passage, wherein the second passage is configured to receive the detonator, and an interrupter removeably positionable within the detonator holder laterally between the first passage and the second passage to block ballistic communication between the detonator and the detonating cord when the detonating cord is received in the first passage and the detonator is received in the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Joe Noel Wells, Eduardo Moniet, Benjamin Vascal Knight
  • Publication number: 20220397010
    Abstract: A setting tool for actuating a downhole plug in a wellbore includes a housing, a piston positioned at least partially within the housing wherein the piston defines an internal firing chamber that is in fluid communication with an exhaust port, an expansion chamber positioned between an outer surface of the piston and an inner surface of the housing wherein the exhaust port is configured to convey combustion products along a combustion flowpath extending from the firing chamber and into the expansion chamber, and an exhaust diffuser distinct from the piston and the housing and including an exhaust passage and at least one baffle face, the baffle face configured to redirect the flow of combustion products along the combustion flowpath and channel the flow of combustion products into the exhaust passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Publication date: December 15, 2022
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Steven Zakharia, Ryan Ward, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Joe Noel Wells
  • Publication number: 20220364430
    Abstract: A setting tool includes a housing having an initiator compartment to receive an initiator for initiating combustion of a combustible element, a combustion compartment to receive the combustible element, and a switch compartment to at least partially receive a switch circuit for activating the initiator, a piston configured to impart a setting force against the plug in response to combustion of the combustible element, and an interrupt flowpath configured to connect at least one of the combustion compartment and the initiator compartment with the switch compartment whereby combustion products that may be created in the initiator compartment or combustion compartment would be circulated from the at least one of the combustion compartment and the initiator compartment to the switch compartment to disconnect the switch circuit in response to the activation of the initiator charge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing, LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, Charles Levine, Joe Noel Wells, Timmothy Alain Lee, Ryan Ward, William Caruana
  • Publication number: 20220325586
    Abstract: A system for connecting a perforating gun to at least one other component in a perforating tool string includes a perforating gun that includes a gun housing and a charge carrier received within the gun housing wherein the charge carrier includes a first electrical connector, a tool connected end-to-end with the perforating gun where the tool includes an outer sleeve and a second electrical connector, a solid signal puck arranged with the perforating gun and the tool where the puck forms a pressure resistant barrier between the gun and the tool and wherein the solid signal puck includes a first endface oriented and a second endface and an outer periphery between the endfaces, and wherein the largest outer diameter of the outer periphery is at least 40% of the length between the first endface and the second endface of the puck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: James Edward Kash, Ryan Ward, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Joe Noel Wells, Brian Auer, Timmothy Lee, Steven Zakharia, Charles Levine
  • Publication number: 20220163298
    Abstract: A tandem sub for a perforating gun system includes a tubular housing including a longitudinal first end, a longitudinal second end opposite the first end, a central passage defined by an inner surface, an electrical pass-thru assembly including an electrically conductive signal bar having a longitudinal first end defining a first electrical contact of the tandem sub, and a longitudinal second end opposite the first end and defining a second electrical contact of the tandem sub that is longitudinally opposite and electrically connected to the first electrical contact, wherein the signal bar is rigid along the entire longitudinal length thereof extending from the first end to the second end, and wherein the signal bar is coupled to the housing and a central axis of the central passage of the housing intersects the signal bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: James Edward Kash, Ryan Ward, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Joe Noel Wells, Brian Auer, Timmothy Lee, Steven Zakharia, Charles Levine
  • Publication number: 20220127937
    Abstract: A method includes assembling a first tool string to include at least one original perforating gun and an original gun switch in communication with the original perforating charge, and inserting the first tool string into a first wellbore. The method also includes retrieving the first tool string from the first wellbore and recovering the original gun switch from the first tool string, assembling a new tool string to include at least one new perforating gun, wherein the new tool string further includes the recovered original gun switch whereby the original gun switch is in communication with the new perforating charge, and inserting the new tool string into at least one of the first wellbore and a different wellbore, and delivering a signal to the original gun switch to initiate detonation of the second perforating gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, James Edward Kash, Joe Noel Wells
  • Patent number: 11236591
    Abstract: A method including (a) lowering a first tool string into a first wellbore, the tool string including a first perforating gun and a gun switch configured to detonate the first perforating gun, (b) detonating the first perforating gun in response to transmitting a first gun firing signal from a control system to the gun switch, (c) retrieving the tool string from the first wellbore following (c), (d) lowering a second tool string including the gun switch used in the first tool string and a second perforating gun into at least one of the first wellbore and a second wellbore that is different from the first wellbore following (d), and (e) detonating the second perforating gun of the second tool string in response to transmitting a second gun firing signal from the control system to the gun switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, James Edward Kash, Joe Noel Wells
  • Publication number: 20220018226
    Abstract: A perforating gun system includes a detonator configured to detonate one or more shaped charge in response to receiving a signal, a detonator holder including a pair of opposed longitudinal ends, a first passage extending along a first axis and configured to receive a detonating cord, and a second passage extending parallel to, but laterally offset from, the first passage, wherein the second passage is configured to receive the detonator, and an interrupter removeably positionable within the detonator holder laterally between the first passage and the second passage to block ballistic communication between the detonator and the detonating cord when the detonating cord is received in the first passage and the detonator is received in the second passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Joe Noel Wells, Eduardo Moniet, Benjamin Vascal Knight
  • Patent number: 11047188
    Abstract: A tool string disposable in a wellbore includes a plug configured to seal against an inner surface of a tubular string disposed in the wellbore, and a setting tool coupled to the plug that includes a piston slidably disposed in a setting tool housing of the setting tool and including a central passage, and a combustible assembly disposed in the passage of the piston, wherein the combustible assembly includes a housing and combustible material disposed in the combustible assembly housing, wherein, in response to a pressurization of the central passage of the piston of the setting tool, the setting tool is configured to actuate the plug to seal against the inner surface of the tubular string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing, LP
    Inventors: Joe Noel Wells, Clarence James Harris, Jr., William Ashby Dean
  • Publication number: 20210180434
    Abstract: A method including (a) lowering a first tool string into a first wellbore, the tool string including a first perforating gun and a gun switch configured to detonate the first perforating gun, (b) detonating the first perforating gun in response to transmitting a first gun firing signal from a control system to the gun switch, (c) retrieving the tool string from the first wellbore following (c), (d) lowering a second tool string including the gun switch used in the first tool string and a second perforating gun into at least one of the first wellbore and a second wellbore that is different from the first wellbore following (d), and (e) detonating the second perforating gun of the second tool string in response to transmitting a second gun firing signal from the control system to the gun switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Vascal Knight, James Edward Kash, Joe Noel Wells