Patents by Inventor Scott M. Packer

Scott M. Packer 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: 20190308494
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a folding load bearing hard tonneau cover, wherein each folding section is constructed using friction stir welds for strength, stiffness and visual appeal, wherein edge extrusions may include an integral attachment track which is capable of sustaining high tie down loads, wherein a spring loaded latching system has the strength to react the moments generated by heavy loads on top of the tonneau cover, wherein installation does not require modification to the bed but instead uses a 2 bolt attachment system, and wherein the tonneau cover may carry heavy loads on top that are easy to secure, and wherein a custom carrying frame is easily attachable to the tonneau cover to enable large and heavy loads, even some that are longer than the pick-up bed, to be carried on the tonneau cover while enabling use of the pick-up bed for other cargo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Jennifer Aubrey, David Rosal, Scott M. Packer, Patrick Richard Sessions
  • Patent number: 10328778
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a folding load bearing hard tonneau cover, wherein each folding section is constructed using friction stir welds for strength, stiffness and visual appeal, wherein edge extrusions may include an integral attachment track which is capable of sustaining high tie down loads, wherein a spring loaded latching system has the strength to react the moments generated by heavy loads on top of the tonneau cover, wherein installation does not require modification to the bed but instead uses a 2 bolt attachment system, and wherein the tonneau cover may carry heavy loads on top that are easy to secure, and wherein a custom carrying frame is easily attachable to the tonneau cover to enable large and heavy loads, even some that are longer than the pick-up bed, to be carried on the tonneau cover while enabling use of the pick-up bed for other cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED METAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer Aubrey, David Rosal, Scott M. Packer, Patrick Richard Sessions
  • Publication number: 20190151982
    Abstract: A friction stir processing (FSP) tool includes a pin having a pin body and a rotational axis. The pin is configured to rotate about the rotational axis in a rotational direction. The pin has a radial protrusion protruding radially from the pin body, and the radial protrusion has a working surface oriented in the rotational direction with a depth in a radial direction relative to the rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: David Rosal, Scott M. Packer, Rodney Dale Fleck, Russell J. Steel
  • Publication number: 20180099349
    Abstract: A tool includes a friction stir welding (FSW) tool, a first body, a second body, and a plurality of biasing elements. The FSW tool has a rotational axis. The first body is rotationally fixed relative to the FSW tool and the second body is rotational fixed relative to the FSW tool. The plurality of biasing elements is positioned longitudinally between at least a portion of the first body and at least a portion of the second body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Scott M. Packer, Rodney Dale Fleck, Russell J. Steel
  • Publication number: 20180093555
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a folding load bearing hard tonneau cover, wherein each folding section is constructed using friction stir welds for strength, stiffness and visual appeal, wherein edge extrusions may include an integral attachment track which is capable of sustaining high tie down loads, wherein a spring loaded latching system has the strength to react the moments generated by heavy loads on top of the tonneau cover, wherein installation does not require modification to the bed but instead uses a 2 bolt attachment system, and wherein the tonneau cover may carry heavy loads on top that are easy to secure, and wherein a custom carrying frame is easily attachable to the tonneau cover to enable large and heavy loads, even some that are longer than the pick-up bed, to be carried on the tonneau cover while enabling use of the pick-up bed for other cargo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Jennifer Aubrey, David Rosal, Scott M. Packer, Patrick Richard Sessions
  • Patent number: 9925853
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a folding load bearing hard tonneau cover which includes a hinge/connection element using a novel friction stir welding method to weatherproof the bed contents, wherein each folding section is constructed using friction stir welds for strength, stiffness and visual appeal, wherein the system does not rely on attached bed rails to support and lock the cover because loads are reacted on the bed caps, wherein a spring loaded latching system has the strength to react the moments generated by heavy loads on top of the cover, wherein installation does not require modification to the bed, and wherein the tonneau cover may carry heavy loads on top that are easy to secure, while still allowing a cover that folds open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Jennifer Aubrey, David Rosal, Russell Kingston, John Hall, Patrick Sessions, Kent Kingston, Scott M. Packer
  • Publication number: 20170197274
    Abstract: A system and method for securely joining a high melting temperature material and a backing substrate using a mechanical connection includes a backing substrate integrally formed with a material positioned inside a dovetail recess in the high melting temperature material, mechanically fixing the backing substrate to the high melting temperature material without fusion or bonding of the microstructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Russell J. Steel, Rodney Dale Fleck, Christopher Arthur Tucker, Scott M. Packer, David Rosal, John T. Canavan, Michael D. Klinginsmith
  • Publication number: 20160288691
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a folding load bearing hard tonneau cover which includes a hinge/connection element using a novel friction stir welding method to weatherproof the bed contents, wherein each folding section is constructed using friction stir welds for strength, stiffness and visual appeal, wherein the system does not rely on attached bed rails to support and lock the cover because loads are reacted on the bed caps, wherein a spring loaded latching system has the strength to react the moments generated by heavy loads on top of the cover, wherein installation does not require modification to the bed, and wherein the tonneau cover may carry heavy loads on top that are easy to secure, while still allowing a cover that folds open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Jennifer Aubrey, David Rosal, Russell Kingston, John Hall, Patrick Sessions, Kent Kingston, Scott M. Packer
  • Patent number: 9352425
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying a work piece surface of high melting temperature materials such as Advanced High Strength Steels, wherein a friction stir welding tool may include cutting elements located on the outside diameter of a collar assembly, wherein the collar assembly may be retrofitted for existing friction stir welding tools, or may be designed as a custom attachment for a new hybrid friction stir welding tool, wherein the surface of the work piece may be modified by removing detrimental flash and burr created during operation of the friction stir welding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MegaStir Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David Rosal, Paul T. Higgins, Russell J. Steel, Scott M. Packer, Jeremy Peterson, Steve W. Larsen, Samuel C. Sanderson, Jonathan A. Babb
  • Patent number: 9242308
    Abstract: A system and method for friction stir welding of small diameter tubing, wherein the small diameter tubing is held in a correct position with a grasp sufficient to perform FSW when the tubing is comprised of high melting temperature materials, wherein the small diameter tubing can be rotated by the positioning and holding system while a FSW tool is held stationary, or vice versa, wherein internal mandrels are also described which can fit inside the smaller dimensions of the small diameter tubing and expand to provide a counter force to prevent deformation of the tubing when forces are applied by the FSW tool, wherein new FSW tool geometries are also described which enable the FSW tool to direct more heat on a tool/workpiece interface to counteract a lack of contact between the FSW shoulder and the workpiece because of tube curvature, and wherein the FSW tool is positioned on a small diameter tube by trailing the joint to provide desirable heating at the joint/workpiece interface and surface finishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: MEGASTIR TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Peterson, John Hall, Russell J Steel, Jonathan Babb, Matt Collier, Scott M. Packer
  • Publication number: 20150258628
    Abstract: A method of processing a downhole tool includes friction stirring at least a portion of a steel surface of the downhole tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Richard A. Flak, Scott M. Packer, Russell J. Steel, Monte E. Russell, Brian Taylor
  • Patent number: 9061371
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a mandrel that can be used to react the loads that are created by a friction stir joining tool as it performs friction stir joining of tubulars, the mandrel selected from a disposable mandrel, a partially disposable mandrel, a reusable mandrel, and a mandrel that is partially disposable and partially reusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: MEGASTIR TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Paul T. Higgins, Barry Wayne Struthers, Rod W. Shampine, Jeremy Peterson, Rodney Dale Fleck, Russell J. Steel, Scott M. Packer
  • Patent number: 9061370
    Abstract: A probe for friction stir welding MMCs, ferrous alloys, non-ferrous alloys, and superalloys, as well as non-ferrous alloys, the probe including a shank, a shoulder, and a pin disposed through the shoulder and into the shank, wherein the pin and the shoulder at least include a coating comprised of a superabrasive material, the pin and shoulder being designed to reduce stress risers, disposing a collar around a portion of the shoulder and the shank to thereby prevent movement of the shoulder relative to the shank, and incorporating thermal management by providing a thermal flow barrier between the shoulder and the shank, and between the collar and the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, MEGASTIR TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Tracy W. Nelson, Carl D. Sorenson, Scott M. Packer, Paul Allen Felter
  • Publication number: 20150097020
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying a work piece surface of high melting temperature materials such as Advanced High Strength Steels, wherein a friction stir welding tool may include cutting elements located on the outside diameter of a collar assembly, wherein the collar assembly may be retrofitted for existing friction stir welding tools, or may be designed as a custom attachment for a new hybrid friction stir welding tool, wherein the surface of the work piece may be modified by removing detrimental flash and burr created during operation of the friction stir welding tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: David Rosal, Paul T. Higgins, Russell J. Steel, Scott M. Packer, Jeremy Peterson, Steve W. Larsen, Samuel C. Sanderson, Jonathan A. Babb
  • Patent number: 8955734
    Abstract: A roller cone drill bit includes a bit body, at least one leg extending downward from the bit body, a journal on each leg, and a roller cone mounted on each journal. A ball race is configured between each journal and roller cone, and a plurality of retention balls is disposed within each ball race. A ball hole extends from the back face of each leg to the ball race, and a ball hole plug fits within the ball hole. The ball hole plug is secured to the leg by a friction stir weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell J. Steel, Scott M. Packer, Cary A. Roth, Madapusi K. Keshavan
  • Patent number: 8910851
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying a work piece surface of high melting temperature materials such as Advanced High Strength Steels, wherein a friction stir welding tool may include cutting elements located on the outside diameter of a collar assembly, wherein the collar assembly may be retrofitted for existing friction stir welding tools, or may be designed as a custom attachment for a new hybrid friction stir welding tool, wherein the surface of the work piece may be modified by removing detrimental flash and burr created during operation of the friction stir welding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: MegaStir Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David Rosal, Paul T. Higgins, Russell J. Steel, Scott M. Packer, Jeremy Peterson, Steve W. Larsen, Samuel C. Sanderson, Jonathan A. Babb
  • Publication number: 20140263574
    Abstract: A system and method for friction stir welding of small diameter tubing, wherein the small diameter tubing is held in a correct position with a grasp sufficient to perform FSW when the tubing is comprised of high melting temperature materials, wherein the small diameter tubing can be rotated by the positioning and holding system while a FSW tool is held stationary, or vice versa, wherein internal mandrels are also described which can fit inside the smaller dimensions of the small diameter tubing and expand to provide a counter force to prevent deformation of the tubing when forces are applied by the FSW tool, wherein new FSW tool geometries are also described which enable the FSW tool to direct more heat on a tool/workpiece interface to counteract a lack of contact between the FSW shoulder and the workpiece because of tube curvature, and wherein the FSW tool is positioned on a small diameter tube by trailing the joint to provide desirable heating at the joint/workpiece interface and surface finishing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MEGASTIR TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Peterson, John Hall, Russell J. Steel, Jonathan Babb, Matt Collier, Scott M. Packer
  • Publication number: 20140151438
    Abstract: A system and method for repairing and/or joining together multiple lengths of tubulars using friction stir joining, and a system for manipulating the tubular so that friction stir joining may be performed while the tubular is on a reel and/or at a field site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Rodney Dale Fleck, Bonnie Powell, Paul T. Higgins, Rod W. Shampine, Russell J. Steel, Scott M. Packer, Edward K. Leugemors, Timothy M. Lesko
  • Patent number: 8741006
    Abstract: An ultra-hard construction is disclosed that is prepared by a method comprising the steps of treating a material microstructure having a polycrystalline matrix first phase material and a second phase material from at least a partial region of the material microstructure, wherein the second phase material is disposed within interstitial regions of the material microstructure, and wherein removal of the second phase material creates a porous material microstructure characterized by a plurality of empty voids and replacing the removed second phase material with a replacement material having a thermal characteristic that more closely matched polycrystalline matrix first phase that the second phase material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte E. Russell, Scott M. Packer, Russell J. Steel, Ronald K. Eyre
  • Publication number: 20140034394
    Abstract: A roller cone drill bit includes a bit body, at least one leg extending downward from the bit body, a journal on each leg, and a roller cone mounted on each journal. A ball race is configured between each journal and roller cone, and a plurality of retention balls is disposed within each ball race. A ball hole extends from the back face of each leg to the ball race, and a ball hole plug fits within the ball hole. The ball hole plug is secured to the leg by a friction stir weld.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Russell J. Steel, Scott M. Packer, Cary A. Roth, Madapusi K. Keshavan