Patents by Inventor Martin Liess

Martin Liess 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: 10697256
    Abstract: An electronic control system comprises a first tubular handling tool, a sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to control actuation of the first tubular handling tool in response to an electronic signal received from the sensor that corresponds to an operational characteristic of the first tubular handling tool. The electronic control system functions as an electronic interlock system to prevent mishandling of a tubular. A method of controlling a tubular handling tool comprises measuring an operational characteristic of the tubular handling tool, communicating the operational characteristic to a controller in the form of an electronic signal, and using the controller to control actuation of the tubular handling tool in response to the measured operational characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Wiedecke, Bjoern Thiemann, Karsten Heidecke, Martin Liess, Martin Helms, John D. Hooker, II
  • Patent number: 10648255
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for tubular stabbing guides are presented. One example tubular stabbing guide includes a frame, a clamping assembly mounted to the frame, the clamping assembly including a plurality of guide members configured to receive a tubular and movable between an open position and a closed position, and a support plate configured to support a weight of the tubular, the support plate movable between an extended position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Bjoern Thiemann, Martin Liess, Karsten Heidecke, Martin Helms
  • Patent number: 10626683
    Abstract: A modular top drive system for construction of a wellbore includes an identification reader for automatically identifying tools during operation for rig up and tool exchange. The identification reader may be disposed in one of a tool storage unit, a tool change unit or a top drive unit. Drilling tools, cementing tools and casing tools with one or more identification devices may be used with the modular top drive system. The one or more identification devices may be radio frequency identification devices, barcodes, text tags, micro-controllers, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Christina Karin Hebebrand, Bjoern Thiemann, Martin Liess, Frank Wern, Aicam Zouhair, John Fielding Ownby
  • Patent number: 10590744
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a modular connection system for a top drive. The modular connection system may include two tubular components, each having a bore, a seal profile, and two or more load transfer features. The first tubular component may be inserted to the second tubular component to make a connection to transfer fluid, axial loads, and torsional loads. Each of the two tubular components may also include a coupler configured to transfer pressured fluid, data, or other signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Liess
  • Patent number: 10577892
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to an apparatus for positioning a tool at a well site. The positioning tool includes a retractable arm assembly having a tool adaptor and a leveling assembly. The leveling assembly includes a rigid leveling link pivotably coupled to a tool adaptor. The leveling assembly is coupled to the last two arms in the retractably assembly and uses the relative movement of the last two arms to level and stabilize the tool adaptor and the tool attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Liess
  • Patent number: 10527104
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a coupler system for coupling a top drive and a tool, including a drive member of the top drive configured to transfer torque. The drive member having a housing with a bore therethrough and a window formed substantially laterally through the housing. An adapter of the tool is configured to be inserted through the window of the housing. In another embodiment, a method for coupling a top drive to a tool includes moving, the tool adjacent to the top drive, the tool including an adapter and the top drive including a housing having a window formed therethrough. The method also includes aligning the adapter with the window and inserting the adapter substantially laterally into the window of the housing, thereby longitudinally and torsionally coupling the top drive and the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Liess
  • Publication number: 20190368283
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide combined multi-coupler assembly for quickly connecting a top drive to a tool. The combined multi-coupler assembly includes a drive stem and a tool dock that may be coupled to each other. When the drive stem and the tool dock are connected, axial loads, torsional loads, and hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, optical, or other types of communications may be transferred between the drive stem and the tool dock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Martin LIESS, Winfried MOLLIN, Graham RUARK, Mark CHANDLER, Lizabeth J. LY
  • Patent number: 10465457
    Abstract: A modular top drive system for construction of a wellbore includes an alignment assembly configured to align a tool with a top drive unit to facilitate automatic tool installation during rig up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Christina Karin Hebebrand, Bjoern Thiemann, Martin Liess, Frank Wern, Aicam Zouhair, John Fielding Ownby
  • Patent number: 10443326
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide combined multi-coupler assembly for quickly connecting a top drive to a tool. The combined multi-coupler assembly includes a drive stem and a tool dock that may be coupled to each other. When the drive stem and the tool dock are connected, axial loads, torsional loads, and hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, optical, or other types of communications may be transferred between the drive stem and the tool dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Liess
  • Patent number: 10428602
    Abstract: A top drive system for use with a tool for handling tubulars on a drilling rig includes a motor unit; a coupling unit that transfers torque to the tool; a torque measurement device (TMD) coupled to at least one of the motor unit, the tool, or the coupling unit, wherein the TMD includes a sensing member coupled to an evaluation unit, wherein the sensing member is configured to measure a magnetostrictive effect and the evaluation unit is configured to calculate a magnitude of the torque reaction force based on the magnetostrictive effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Wern, Bjoern Thiemann, Aicam Zouhair, Martin Liess, Christina Karin Hebebrand
  • Publication number: 20190277100
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for tubular stabbing guides are presented. One example tubular stabbing guide includes a frame, a clamping assembly mounted to the frame, the clamping assembly including a plurality of guide members configured to receive a tubular and movable between an open position and a closed position, and a support plate configured to support a weight of the tubular, the support plate movable between an extended position and a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Bjoern THIEMANN, Martin LIESS, Karsten HEIDECKE, Martin HELMS
  • Patent number: 10337264
    Abstract: A tong assembly includes a power tong, a backup tong, and a carriage assembly operatively connecting the power tong and the backup tong. The carriage assembly includes a movable trolley assembly. The movable trolley assembly is axially located between the power tong and the backup tong. The movable trolley assembly is supported by the power tong. The movable trolley assembly is configured to axially move the power tong and backup tong relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Jan Rothe, Georg Zimbelmann, Bjoern Thiemann, Martin Liess
  • Patent number: 10323484
    Abstract: A combined multi-coupler including a first tubular member having a first axial load profile, a first torque profile, and a first junction member, and a second tubular member having a second axial load profile, a second torque profile, and a second junction member. The engagement of the first tubular member to the second tubular member forms connections between the first and second axial load profiles, the first and second torque profiles, and the first and second junction members. The combined multi-coupler can be used when constructing a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Liess
  • Patent number: 10309166
    Abstract: A system includes an accessory tool selected from a group consisting of a casing unit, a cementing unit, and a drilling unit; and a genset mounted to the accessory tool and comprising: a fluid driven motor having an inlet and an outlet for connection to a control swivel of the system; an electric generator connected to the fluid driven motor; a manifold having an inlet for connection to the control swivel and an outlet connected an accessory tool actuator; and a control unit in communication with the electric generator and the manifold and comprising a wireless data link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Bjoern Thiemann, Frank Wern, John Fielding Ownby, Aicam Zouhair, Martin Liess, Christina Karin Hebebrand
  • Patent number: 10253581
    Abstract: An electronic control system comprises a first tubular handling tool, a sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to control actuation of the first tubular handling tool in response to an electronic signal received from the sensor that corresponds to an operational characteristic of the first tubular handling tool. The electronic control system functions as an electronic interlock system to prevent mishandling of a tubular. A method of controlling a tubular handling tool comprises measuring an operational characteristic of the tubular handling tool, communicating the operational characteristic to a controller in the form of an electronic signal, and using the controller to control actuation of the tubular handling tool in response to the measured operational characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Wiedecke, Bjoern Thiemann, Karsten Heidecke, Martin Liess, Martin Helms, John D. Hooker, II
  • Publication number: 20190063165
    Abstract: An electronic control system comprises a first tubular handling tool, a sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to control actuation of the first tubular handling tool in response to an electronic signal received from the sensor that corresponds to an operational characteristic of the first tubular handling tool. The electronic control system functions as an electronic interlock system to prevent mishandling of a tubular. A method of controlling a tubular handling tool comprises measuring an operational characteristic of the tubular handling tool, communicating the operational characteristic to a controller in the form of an electronic signal, and using the controller to control actuation of the tubular handling tool in response to the measured operational characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Michael WIEDECKE, Bjoern THIEMANN, Karsten HEIDECKE, Martin LIESS, Martin HELMS, John D. HOOKER, II
  • Publication number: 20190040717
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to an apparatus for positioning a tool at a well site. The positioning tool includes a retractable arm assembly having a tool adaptor and a leveling assembly. The levelling assembly includes a rigid leveling link pivotably coupled to a tool adaptor. The levelling assembly is coupled to the last two arms in the retractably assembly and uses the relative movement of the last two arms to level and stabilize the tool adaptor and the tool attached thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventor: Martin LIESS
  • Publication number: 20190040914
    Abstract: A downhole tool coupling system, comprising a drive stem, a sleeve, and a plurality of locking clamps. The sleeve is longitudinally movable relative to the drive stem. The locking clamps are at least partially encompassed by the sleeve. The locking clamps are adjustable between an open position and a locked position. The sleeve is oriented relative to the locking clamps to adjust the locking clamps from the open position to the locked position as the sleeve moves longitudinally from an upper position to a lower position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventor: MARTIN LIESS
  • Publication number: 20190024721
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a coupler system for coupling a top drive and a tool, including a drive member of the top drive configured to transfer torque. The drive member having a housing with a bore therethrough and a window formed substantially laterally through the housing. An adapter of the tool is configured to be inserted through the window of the housing. In another embodiment, a method for coupling a top drive to a tool includes moving, the tool adjacent to the top drive, the tool including an adapter and the top drive including a housing having a window formed therethrough. The method also includes aligning the adapter with the window and inserting the adapter substantially laterally into the window of the housing, thereby longitudinally and torsionally coupling the top drive and the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventor: Martin Liess
  • Publication number: 20190017335
    Abstract: An adapter for supporting a tong includes a leveling frame and a suspension for supporting the tong on the leveling frame. The suspension includes an axially movable member mounted to an upper surface of the leveling frame and a receptacle mounted to the tong for receiving the movable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Federico AMEZAGA, Martin HELMS, Martin LIESS