Patents by Inventor William J. Thomas

William J. Thomas 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: 20210269511
    Abstract: Antibodies that specifically bind to toxins of C. difficile, antigen binding portions thereof, and methods of making and using the antibodies and antigen binding portions thereof are provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Donna M. AMBROSINO, Gregory J. BABCOCK, Teresa BROERING, Robert GRAZIANO, Hector Javier HERNANDEZ, Israel LOWY, Robert MANDELL, Deborah MOLRINE, William D. THOMAS, Jr., Hui-Fen ZHANG
  • Patent number: 10683714
    Abstract: A mud screen manifold in which a saver sub chamber, a screen chamber and a mud inlet chamber are formed in a body. A hollow saver sub is provided, suitable for insertion into the saver sub chamber after connection to a screen cage. When a shaped flange on the saver sub is received into a correspondingly shaped recess formed in the saver sub chamber, a mud flow inlet is in fluid flow communication with a cutout in the saver sub via the mud inlet chamber, and the saver sub is in fluid flow communication with the screen chamber via fluid flow through the screen cage. Contact seals prevent fluid flow from leaking around the screen cage. The mud inlet chamber, the saver sub and the saver sub cutout preferably cooperate to form a smooth-walled passageway for fluid flow communication between the mud inlet chamber and the screen cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Resource Rental Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Grant E. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, William C. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200003031
    Abstract: A mud screen manifold in which a saver sub chamber, a screen chamber and a mud inlet chamber are formed in a body. A hollow saver sub is provided, suitable for insertion into the saver sub chamber after connection to a screen cage. When a shaped flange on the saver sub is received into a correspondingly shaped recess formed in the saver sub chamber, a mud flow inlet is in fluid flow communication with a cutout in the saver sub via the mud inlet chamber, and the saver sub is in fluid flow communication with the screen chamber via fluid flow through the screen cage. Contact seals prevent fluid flow from leaking around the screen cage. The mud inlet chamber, the saver sub and the saver sub cutout preferably cooperate to form a smooth-walled passageway for fluid flow communication between the mud inlet chamber and the screen cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Grant E. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, William C. Thomas, P.E.
  • Patent number: 10415352
    Abstract: A mud screen manifold in which a saver sub chamber, a screen chamber and a mud inlet chamber are formed in a body. A hollow saver sub is provided, suitable for insertion into the saver sub chamber after connection to a screen cage. When a shaped flange on the saver sub is received into a correspondingly shaped recess formed in the saver sub chamber, a mud flow inlet is in fluid flow communication with a cutout in the saver sub via the mud inlet chamber, and the saver sub is in fluid flow communication with the screen chamber via fluid flow through the screen cage. Contact seals prevent fluid flow from leaking around the screen cage. The mud inlet chamber, the saver sub and the saver sub cutout preferably cooperate to form a smooth-walled passageway for fluid flow communication between the mud inlet chamber and the screen cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Resource Rental Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Grant E. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, William C. Thomas, P.E.
  • Publication number: 20190085663
    Abstract: A mud screen manifold in which a saver sub chamber, a screen chamber and a mud inlet chamber are formed in a body. A hollow saver sub is provided, suitable for insertion into the saver sub chamber after connection to a screen cage. When a shaped flange on the saver sub is received into a correspondingly shaped recess formed in the saver sub chamber, a mud flow inlet is in fluid flow communication with a cutout in the saver sub via the mud inlet chamber, and the saver sub is in fluid flow communication with the screen chamber via fluid flow through the screen cage. Contact seals prevent fluid flow from leaking around the screen cage. The mud inlet chamber, the saver sub and the saver sub cutout preferably cooperate to form a smooth-walled passageway for fluid flow communication between the mud inlet chamber and the screen cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Grant E. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, William C. Thomas, P.E.
  • Patent number: 10226851
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for performing operations such as cleaning, inspection or data acquisition on an external surface of a hollow cylindrical tubular. Preferred embodiments include providing a fluid dispenser and an abrasion assembly on a buggy that travels up and down the length of the tubular as the tubular rotates. The fluid dispenser includes nozzles that dispense cleaning fluids onto the tubular's external surface. The abrasion assembly includes a swivel brush and a brush train providing different styles of abrasion cleaning of the tubular's external surface. Preferred embodiments include robotically monitoring abrader contact against the external surface of the tubular, and, in response, dynamically adjusting the distance between the external surface of the tubular and the abrasion assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr., Jeffrey R. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9939389
    Abstract: A data acquisition system for determining the state of a tubular while the tubular rotates about its cylindrical axis. The tubular remains otherwise substantially stationary. Sensors travel up and down the length of the rotating tubular, interrogating the inside and outside of the tubular for data regarding the tubular's state. Sensors may take samples which may be associated with rotational reference information tying the sample to its absolute position on the internal or external surface of the tubular. A data processor processes the samples and other sensor data to produce a wide array of output, including data signatures of the tubular, maps of contour data regarding the internal or external surface of the tubular, and dimensional data regarding the tubular. Data acquisition is advantageously done in real time, and may further be done concurrently with internal or external cleaning operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr., Jeffrey R. Wheeler, Stuart J. Ford
  • Publication number: 20170297162
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for performing operations such as cleaning, inspection or data acquisition on an external surface of a hollow cylindrical tubular. Preferred embodiments include providing a fluid dispenser and an abrasion assembly on a buggy that travels up and down the length of the tubular as the tubular rotates. The fluid dispenser includes nozzles that dispense cleaning fluids onto the tubular's external surface. The abrasion assembly includes a swivel brush and a brush train providing different styles of abrasion cleaning of the tubular's external surface. Preferred embodiments include robotically monitoring abrader contact against the external surface of the tubular, and, in response, dynamically adjusting the distance between the external surface of the tubular and the abrasion assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, JR., Jeffrey R. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9724737
    Abstract: A multi-lance reel assembly comprising a plurality of reel assemblies received onto and disposed to rotate about an axle. Each reel assembly rotates independently of the others. Each reel assembly further comprises a plurality of spokes separating a rim from a hub. Each hub provides a hub groove on each internal hub surface, and a hub aperture connecting each external hub surface with the hub groove. When the reel assemblies are received onto the axle, axle grooves on the axle align with the hub grooves to form a continuous ring aperture for each reel assembly. Separate axle apertures connect either one of the end faces of the axle with each axle groove, providing a separate passageway from each external hub surface to an axle end face. Hoses, electrical conduits, conductors or other similar carrier hardware deployed within hollow lances spooled on each reel assembly may connect to the hub apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr., Kevin Jude Gerard Bollich
  • Patent number: 9725250
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for handling cylindrical tubulars in a process that, in preferred embodiments, also performs cleaning, inspection and other operations on the tubular. The tubular is held stationary while it is rotated. During rotation of the tubular, internal and external cleaning systems, and data acquisition systems, pass up and down the length of the rotating tubular. In preferred embodiments, a first tubular is loaded onto the handling machine, whereupon it is indexed and then rotated. Cleaning, inspection and other operations may be performed during rotation. Once operations are complete, the handling system ejects the first tubular while queuing up a second tubular to be loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9669509
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for performing operations such as cleaning, inspection or data acquisition on an external surface of a hollow cylindrical tubular. Preferred embodiments include providing a fluid dispenser and an abrasion assembly on a buggy that travels up and down the length of the tubular as the tubular rotates. The fluid dispenser includes nozzles that dispense cleaning fluids onto the tubular's external surface. The abrasion assembly includes a swivel brush and a brush train providing different styles of abrasion cleaning of the tubular's external surface. Preferred embodiments of the buggy also carry a range finding laser generating samples of the distance from the laser to a sampled point on the tubular's external surface. The laser samples are processed in real time into surface contour data. Cleaning and inspection variables such as tubular rotational speed, or buggy speed, may be adjusted responsive to measured surface contour data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr., Jeffrey R. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9511395
    Abstract: A knuckle-jointed lance (KJL) segment with an exterior protective system (EPS), comprising an elongated hollow body and at least one protective rod. The body has a generally trapezoidal profile, when viewed in elevation, and is open at both ends. At least one elongate recess is provided in the exterior surface of the body. Each recess follows a predetermined pathway within the exterior surface. At least one consumable protective rod is received into each elongate recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III
  • Patent number: 9375764
    Abstract: A single-lance reel assembly comprising a reel assembly received onto and disposed to rotate about an axle at a rotary union. The reel assembly further comprises a plurality of spokes separating a rim from a hub. Hoses, electrical conduits, conductors or other similar carrier hardware deployed within hollow lances spooled on the reel assembly may be supplied via the rotary union and by further hose connection structure deployed on the hub and/or the rim. Embodiments of the reel assembly are powered by either a direct or indirect drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr., Kevin Jude Gerard Bollich
  • Patent number: 9248976
    Abstract: Enhanced methods are disclosed for handling cylindrical tubulars, advantageously in association with cleaning, inspection and other operations on the tubular. The tubular is held stationary while it is rotated. During rotation of the tubular, internal and external cleaning systems, and data acquisition systems, pass up and down the length of the rotating tubular. In preferred embodiments, a first tubular is loaded onto the handling machine, whereupon it is indexed and then rotated. Cleaning, inspection and other operations may be performed during rotation. Once operations are complete, the handling system ejects the first tubular while queuing up a second tubular to be loaded. The handling machine comprises a plurality of user-positional pods. Each pod includes scissor mechanisms, index machines and a roller machine to perform the handling methods. Sensors on drive rollers in the handling machine generate vibrational response data of the tubular while it rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr., Kenny Perry, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160026515
    Abstract: In one example, a device includes at least one processor and one or more storage devices encoded with instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to execute a software program comprising three or more segments. Each of the three or more segments includes one or more modules. Each respective module is a member of only one of the three or more segments and implements an interface that enables direct communication between the respective module and modules that are members of any other of the three or more segments. All modules that are members of a respective segment implement a common interface associated with the respective segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin U. Frey, William J. Thomas, Keith Severy
  • Publication number: 20150360265
    Abstract: A knuckle jointed lance (KJL) segment with an exterior protective system (EPS), comprising an elongated hollow body and at least one protective rod. The body has a generally trapezoidal profile, when viewed in elevation, and is open at both ends. At least one elongate recess is provided in the exterior surface of the body. Each recess follows a predetermined pathway within the exterior surface. At least one consumable protective rod is received into each elongate recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III
  • Patent number: 9200490
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for performing operations such as cleaning, inspection or data acquisition on an internal surface of a hollow cylindrical tubular. Preferred embodiments include providing at least one reel on which a hollow articulated lance is spooled. Tools or sensors, for example, are installed on a distal end of each lance. Hoses, electrical conduits, conductors or other similar carrier hardware inside each hollow lance supply the tools or sensors as required. A stabbing mechanism causes the reel to spool and unspool the lance so that the tools or sensors reciprocate up and down the inside of the rotating tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9156121
    Abstract: Enhanced methods are disclosed for performing operations such as cleaning, inspection or data acquisition on an external surface of a hollow cylindrical tubular. Preferred embodiments include providing a fluid dispenser and an abrasion assembly on a buggy that travels up and down the length of the tubular as the tubular rotates. The fluid dispenser includes nozzles that dispense cleaning fluids onto the tubular's external surface. The abrasion assembly includes a swivel brush and a brush train providing different styles of abrasion cleaning of the tubular's external surface. Preferred embodiments of the buggy also carry a range finding laser and an optical camera generating samples that may be processed in real time into data regarding the surface contours and the diameter variations on the tubular's external surface. Cleaning and inspection variables such as tubular rotational speed, or buggy speed, may be adjusted responsive to measured surface contour data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Solutions & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, Jr., Jeffrey R. Wheeler, Kenny Perry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9059724
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a signal processor is disclosed that is configured to decode a clock-first, change-on-zero differential Manchester encoded data stream. The data stream has no local clock, and both combinatorial and sequential logic is used to decode the stream into a clocked data signal and an optional error signal. Decoding comprises a parser that separates the input data stream into an intermediate data signal, an intermediate clock signal, and a conditioning signal. A data and error generator receives the three signals and outputs a clocked data signal and a clocked error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis F. Lahr, William J. Thomas, William Hooper
  • Publication number: 20150050867
    Abstract: Enhanced methods are disclosed for performing operations such as cleaning, inspection or data acquisition on an external surface of a hollow cylindrical tubular. Preferred embodiments include providing a fluid dispenser and an abrasion assembly on a buggy that travels up and down the length of the tubular as the tubular rotates. The fluid dispenser includes nozzles that dispense cleaning fluids onto the tubular's external surface. The abrasion assembly includes a swivel brush and a brush train providing different styles of abrasion cleaning of the tubular's external surface. Preferred embodiments of the buggy also carry a range finding laser and an optical camera generating samples that may be processed in real time into data regarding the surface contours and the diameter variations on the tubular's external surface. Cleaning and inspection variables such as tubular rotational speed, or buggy speed, may be adjusted responsive to measured surface contour data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, JR., Kenny Perry, JR.