Patents by Inventor Michael Duane Metcalf

Michael Duane Metcalf 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: 20090020934
    Abstract: An equipment handling apparatus includes a base and a mast coupled to the base, the mast aligned along a first axis; an equipment head coupled to and translatable along the mast and including a rotatable head shaft defining a second axis non-parallel to the first axis; and an equipment cradle including a support coupled to a flange end of the head shaft and at least one arm extending from the support parallel to the second axis. The head shaft is movable to adjust an elevation of the arm(s) relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: W.P.R.W.M.D.M., L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael Duane Metcalf, William Paul Rudisill Walker
  • Publication number: 20090014700
    Abstract: A method of handling a work piece includes providing an equipment head that is coupled to and translatable along a mast defining a first axis, the equipment head including a head shaft defining a second axis non-parallel to the first axis, and providing a second shaft that is rotatable about a third axis non-parallel to the second axis. The method includes attaching a drive assembly to the second shaft, where the drive assembly is offset from and substantially parallel to the head shaft. The method includes moving the work piece with the drive assembly relative to at least one of the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: W.P.R.W.M.D.M., L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael Duane Metcalf, William Paul Rudisill Walker
  • Patent number: 7429035
    Abstract: An equipment handling apparatus is described. The equipment handling apparatus includes a base and a mast coupled to the base, an equipment head coupled to and translatable along the mast, and a mounting device rotatably coupled to the equipment head. In this regard, the mast is aligned along a first axis, and the equipment head includes a rotatable head shaft defining a second axis that is non-parallel to the first axis. The mounting device includes a second shaft independently rotatable about a third axis non-parallel to the second axis. The equipment handling apparatus provides for translating the equipment head, rotating the head shaft, and for rotating the second shaft independent of the head shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: WPRWMDM, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael Duane Metcalf, William Paul Rudisill Walker