Patents by Inventor Keith Lutgring

Keith Lutgring 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: 20200300047
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing torque in a drill string includes a clamp assembly having a first clamp segment and a second clamp segment, the first and second clamp segments each including two circumferential ends, the two circumferential ends of the first clamp segment being configured to be connected to the two circumferential ends of the second clamp segment so as to secure the clamp assembly around an oilfield tubular and prevent the clamp assembly from rotating relative to the oilfield tubular. An outer diameter surface of each of the first and second clamp segments is generally continuous in an axial direction. The apparatus also includes an outer sleeve positioned around the clamp assembly, wherein the clamp assembly is configured to rotate with the oilfield tubular and with respect to the outer sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Logan Smith, Jarret Daigle, Keith Lutgring, Matthew Weber, Luk Servaes, Todd Simar, Dustin Pitre
  • Patent number: 10724308
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for reducing torque in a drill string, in which the apparatus includes a first clamp assembly including a plurality of arcuate clamp segments that are pivotally connected together, the plurality of arcuate clamp segments being configured to be positioned around and secured to an oilfield tubular so as to be rotationally fixed to the oilfield tubular, and an outer sleeve positioned around the first clamp assembly. The outer sleeve includes at least two sleeve segments assembled together to form a generally cylindrical sleeve around the first clamp assembly, and the first clamp assembly is configured to rotate with the oilfield tubular and with respect to the outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Logan Smith, Jarret Daigle, Keith Lutgring, Matthew Weber
  • Patent number: 10577899
    Abstract: A system and method for installing a tubular in a wellbore, of which the method includes coupling a fluid connector tool to a lifting assembly, coupling a casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly to the fluid connector tool, and coupling two segments of casing together to form a casing string. At least one of the segments of casing is fluidically coupled to the casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly. The method also includes running the casing string into a wellbore, pumping a first fluid from the lifting assembly, through the fluid connector tool and the casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly, and into the casing string as the casing string is run into the wellbore, de-coupling the casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly from the fluid connector tool, and coupling a drill-pipe seal assembly to the fluid connector tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Weber, Keith Lutgring, Logan Smith
  • Publication number: 20190360285
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a tubular string includes a rig drilling bail, a joint bail extender, and a device. The joint bail extender is rigidly coupled to the rig drilling bail. The device is coupled to the first joint bail extender and configured to engage a tubular segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Keith Lutgring, Logan Smith, Nicholas Guidry
  • Patent number: 10415328
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a tubular string includes a rig drilling bail, a joint bail extender, and a device. The joint bail extender is rigidly coupled to the rig drilling bail. The device is coupled to the first joint bail extender and configured to engage a tubular segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Lutgring, Logan Smith, Nicholas Guidry
  • Publication number: 20190040693
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for reducing torque in a drill string, in which the apparatus includes a first clamp assembly including a plurality of arcuate clamp segments that are pivotally connected together, the plurality of arcuate clamp segments being configured to be positioned around and secured to an oilfield tubular so as to be rotationally fixed to the oilfield tubular, and an outer sleeve positioned around the first clamp assembly. The outer sleeve includes at least two sleeve segments assembled together to form a generally cylindrical sleeve around the first clamp assembly, and the first clamp assembly is configured to rotate with the oilfield tubular and with respect to the outer sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Logan Smith, Jarret Daigle, Keith Lutgring, Matthew Weber
  • Patent number: 10087690
    Abstract: Apparatus for reducing torque on a drill string includes a first bearing assembly, a second bearing assembly, and a bearing sleeve. The first and second bearing assemblies are disposed on and clamped onto a tubular portion of a drill pipe of the drill string, and each include a first and second section. The bearing sleeve is disposed on the drill pipe such that the bearing sleeve is maintained in an axial position relative to the drill pipe by the first bearing assembly and the second bearing assembly. Each of the first and second bearing assemblies have a first diameter portion and a second diameter portion that is smaller than the first diameter portion. The second diameter portion of the first bearing assembly and the second diameter portion of the second bearing assembly are disposed adjacent to each other and the bearing sleeve is disposed around the adjacent second diameter portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Lutgring, Matthew Weber, Burney Latiolais, Ira Hining, Jean Buytaert
  • Publication number: 20170370165
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a tubular string includes a rig drilling bail, a joint bail extender, and a device. The joint bail extender is rigidly coupled to the rig drilling bail. The device is coupled to the first joint bail extender and configured to engage a tubular segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Keith Lutgring, Logan Smith, Nicholas Guidry
  • Publication number: 20170335666
    Abstract: A system and method for installing a tubular in a wellbore, of which the method includes coupling a fluid connector tool to a lifting assembly, coupling a casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly to the fluid connector tool, and coupling two segments of casing together to form a casing string. At least one of the segments of casing is fluidically coupled to the casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly. The method also includes running the casing string into a wellbore, pumping a first fluid from the lifting assembly, through the fluid connector tool and the casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly, and into the casing string as the casing string is run into the wellbore, de-coupling the casing fill-up and circulation seal assembly from the fluid connector tool, and coupling a drill-pipe seal assembly to the fluid connector tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Weber, Keith Lutgring, Logan Smith
  • Publication number: 20170030151
    Abstract: Apparatus for reducing torque on a drill string includes a first bearing assembly, a second bearing assembly, and a bearing sleeve. The first and second bearing assemblies are disposed on and clamped onto a tubular portion of a drill pipe of the drill string, and each include a first and second section. The bearing sleeve is disposed on the drill pipe such that the bearing sleeve is maintained in an axial position relative to the drill pipe by the first bearing assembly and the second bearing assembly. Each of the first and second bearing assemblies have a first diameter portion and a second diameter portion that is smaller than the first diameter portion. The second diameter portion of the first bearing assembly and the second diameter portion of the second bearing assembly are disposed adjacent to each other and the bearing sleeve is disposed around the adjacent second diameter portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Lutgring, Matthew Weber, Burney Latiolais, Ira Hining, Jean Buytaert
  • Publication number: 20060283594
    Abstract: A multi-functional apparatus and method for drilling fluid and cementing operations to set casing in a wellbore for use on either top drive or rotary type rigs. The apparatus and method includes a fill-up and circulating tool, a cementing head assembly, a wiper plug assembly, and a push plate assembly. The fill-up and circulating tool comprises a mandrel with a sealing element disposed about the outside diameter of the mandrel. The cementing head, push plate, and wiper plug assemblies are useable on any fill-up and circulating tool capable of being inserted into a casing. To fill the casing, the assembly is lowered from the rig such that a portion of the fill-up tools inserted into the casing, the pumps are then actuated to flow fluid into the casing. To circulate fluid, the tool is lowered further such that the sealing element sealingly engages the inside diameter of the casing to allow fluid to flow through the casing, into the wellbore, and back to the fluid pumps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Inventors: Donald Mosing, Samuel Hawkins, David Sipos, Keith Lutgring, Burney Latiolais
  • Publication number: 20050082857
    Abstract: A cylindrical ring sized to slide over the box end of an oilfield tubular having a given external diameter, has a shoulder at one its ends and a sidewall along its length. The sidewall has a circumferential groove about its interior surface housing a band which can be made tight against the exterior surface of the oilfield tubular by a latch, or other latch means accessible through a slot in the sidewall, and which becomes even tighter if the tubular attempts to escape from the band. In a first orientation, the cylindrical ring is used as a load ring. By turning the cylindrical ring upside down, the cylindrical ring is used as a thread protector for the pin end of the tubular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventors: Burney Latiolais, Keith Lutgring, Braxton Moody, John Saichuk, Samuel Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20050081933
    Abstract: A cylindrical ring sized to slide over the box end of an oilfield tubular having a given external diameter, has a shoulder at one its ends and a sidewall along its length. The sidewall has a circumferential groove about its interior surface housing a band which can be made tight against the exterior surface of the oilfield tubular by a latch, or other latch means accessible through a slot in the sidewall, and which becomes even tighter if the tubular attempts to escape from the band. In a first orientation, the cylindrical ring is used as a load ring. By turning the cylindrical ring upside down, the cylindrical ring is used as a thread protector for the pin end of the tubular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventors: Burney Latiolais, Johnny Elkins, Keith Lutgring, John Saichuk, Braxton Moody, Samuel Hawkins