Patents by Inventor Richard Wiggins

Richard Wiggins 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: 8051909
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for handling a supported tubular string with a string elevator and a spider on a rig to prevent damaging contact between the string elevator and spider while facilitating further connections of add-on tubular segments. The string elevator and supported tubular string descend toward the spider until reaching a predetermined position. The process of setting the spider into engagement of the tubular string is automatically initiated in response to detecting the predetermined position of the string elevator. With the spider set, the string elevator can be unloaded. Optionally, the method may also automatically terminate the string elevator descent in response to detecting that the spider has been set. A preferred apparatus for detecting the position of the elevator includes a tilt switch secured to a fixed position along the length of the Kelly hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Frank's Casing Crew & Rental Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Angelle, Robert L. Tribodeaux, Jr., Donald E. Mosing, Vernon J. Bouligny, Jr., Hans W. Schmidt, Richard Wiggins
  • Publication number: 20060011350
    Abstract: An operational system and method and improved apparatus for positioning and stabbing well tubulars wherein: the grasping members of the apparatus can be folded and unfolded; the boom assembly can be pivoted to a downward clearance position; a plurality of stabbing apparatuses can be placed and used in a stacked position in the derrick; the grasping members can opened at an angle with respect the boom; the grasping members can be mounted on either lateral side of the boom; a sensor monitors the relative position of the rig top drive with respect to the stabbing apparatus; the grasping members and/or the boom will automatically pivot to a breakaway position if impacted; and/or the system is programmed and configured to prevent the accidental performance of critical operations out of sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Wiggins, Brian Begnaud, Jebb Huval, Stefan Schmidt, Charles Webre
  • Patent number: D542531
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Richard A. Wiggins