Filling Head Shiftably Or Separably Connected To Supply Patents (Class 141/387)
  • Patent number: 10240438
    Abstract: A horizontal connection arrangement for subsea connection of a first hub arranged on a first subsea module to a second hub arranged on a second subsea module. The first hub is fixed to a first holding unit and the second hub is fixed to a second holding unit. A sliding unit is slidably mounted to the first holding unit so as to be horizontally moveable in relation to the first holding unit. A connector for connecting and securing the first hub to the second hub is mounted to the sliding unit and horizontally moveable together with the sliding unit between a retracted position, in which an outer end of the first hub projects beyond a front side of the connector, and an advanced position, in which the outer end of the first hub is received inside the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Scandinavia AS
    Inventors: Steinar Lindemann Hestetun, Staale Svindland
  • Patent number: 9650110
    Abstract: A disconnectable rigid mooring system for attaching a ship to a tower structure includes a yoke releasably connected to a yoke head. The yoke head is pivotally attached to the tower structure and the yoke is arranged and designed to attach to the ship. The yoke and the yoke head each have a mating connector portion arranged and designed to connect the yoke to the yoke head. When the connector portions are engaged and locked, the yoke is securely attached to the yoke head, allowing a rigid interconnection between the ship and the tower structure. During normal operations and in normal sea states, the yoke remains connected to the yoke head pivotally attached to the tower structure. In the event of predicted abnormally high sea states, the yoke may be disconnected from the yoke head by the ship and be secured to the ship and removed prior to the abnormally high sea state event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SOFEC, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Lindblade
  • Patent number: 9598150
    Abstract: A buoy includes a turret coupled to a buoyant body using a bearing assembly; a deckhouse disposed on the buoyant body; and a bearing retainer configured to retain the bearing assembly and to releasably attach to the turret. The buoy may also include a locking mechanism having an inner opening in the turret, an outer opening in the buoyant body, and a locking member configured for insertion through the inner and outer openings. In one embodiment, the inner opening is out of alignment with the outer opening during operation of the buoy. The buoy may further include a detachable cover on the deckhouse, wherein the cover is configured to attach to the bearing retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Orwell Offshore Limited
    Inventor: Hendricus Hogewoning
  • Patent number: 9403669
    Abstract: The invention provides a balanced arm (201) for transferring a fluid product, having a transfer compass comprising an inner transfer member (208) and an outer transfer member (221), articulated together, and a counterweight system (203) for balancing the transfer compass, characterized in that the compass is installed on a turntable (215) rotatable about a vertical axis, to rotationally drive the transfer compass about that axis, and the balancing system comprises at least one counterweight (207; 207?) mounted so as to be able to turn about an axis (206) of horizontal general orientation, on a support (251) fixed to the turntable and functionally linked to the inner transfer member to provide the balancing of the transfer compass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FMC Technologies SA
    Inventor: Joël Fusy
  • Patent number: 9365407
    Abstract: A device that efficiently transfers a beverage from a dispenser to a container with minimal loss of the beverage, and in the case of a gaseous beverage, with minimal formation of a foam “head” at the top of the beverage. A tubular element is designed to be retrofit to an existing beverage dispensing outlet, such as a spigot. The tubular element has a length selected to introduce the beverage directly out the bottom of the element and into the bottom of the container being filled with the beverage. The container fills with the beverage, such that the fill line of the beverage moves from the bottom of the glass, horizontal with the opening at the bottom of the element, then upward around the tubular element toward the rim of the container, thus minimizing the amount of beverage that may splash against the sides and outside of the container, and minimizing the amount of head forming at the top of a carbonated beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Grunewald
  • Patent number: 9321621
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aseptic filling system which is disposed in an aseptic environment and with which preforming, bottle formation, and filling of bottles with a beverage are performed in an aseptic state. The aseptic filling system includes a preform molding machine, a blowing machine for forming bottles by blowing up the preforms molded by the preform molding machine, and a filling machine for filling the bottles formed by the blowing machine with the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: OTSUKA PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kitano, Takashi Harashima, Haruhiko Kondo, Yoshihiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9062465
    Abstract: The invention relates to a distributing boom (14) for stationary or mobile concrete pumps. The distributing boom (14) consists substantially of a rotary head (22), which can be rotated about an axis of rotation (18) in the form of a vertical axis, and of an arm assembly (24), which is made up of a plurality of boom arms which can be telescoped or pivoted relative to one another. The arm assembly (24) has the one end of its first boom arm (1) articulated on the rotary head (22) and, by means of a first cylinder/piston unit (32), which has its ends articulated at points of articulation (28, 30) of the rotary head (22) and of the first boom arm (1), can be pivoted, about a horizontal axis of inflection (A), between a substantially horizontally oriented retracted position and an operating position. It is an aim of the invention to provide measures which make it possible for the cylinder/piston unit (32), which acts on the first boom arm (1), to be reduced in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Putzmeister Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Neubert, Matthias Braun
  • Patent number: 9004103
    Abstract: Disclosed are various apparatus and method for transferring a hydrocarbon fluid between two bodies. An offloading system for facilitating hydrocarbon fluid transfer between two bodies includes a transfer skid and a lifting system. The transfer skid is movable from a first body to a second body to be installed thereupon to facilitate hydrocarbon fluid transfer to and from the first and the second bodies. The lifting system may be provided on the first body, and includes an extendable lifting arm; a spreader frame attachment which includes at least a first and a second lifting device to support the transfer skid, wherein the spreader frame attachment is rotatably coupled to the extendable lifting arm to allow angular or rotatable adjustment of the transfer skid in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Kok Seng Foo, Alex Kah Keong Tan
  • Patent number: 9004104
    Abstract: A manifold trailer comprises at least one main line having a plurality of discharge connectors and a plurality of articulating arm assemblies which are each connected to a corresponding discharge connector. Each arm assembly comprises a connector member which includes an inlet port, an outlet port and a third port which is located generally opposite the outlet port and is closed by a removable plug member. Each arm assembly also includes an articulating conduit assembly which comprises a first end that is connected to the inlet port and a riser swivel which is connected to the outlet port. During deployment of the arm assembly, a second end of the conduit assembly is connectable to a pumping unit to thereby fluidly connect the pumping unit to the main line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tep Ungchusri, William H. Garner, Paul A. Crawford, James R. Soltau
  • Patent number: 9004102
    Abstract: Disclosed are various apparatus and method for transferring a hydrocarbon fluid between two bodies. To this purpose, a transfer skid and transfer hoses are moved from a first body to a second body to be installed thereupon to provide fluid communication between the two bodies. Offloading of hydrocarbon fluid may then take place between the two bodies. Emergency release operation may be triggered during the offloading, where the transfer hoses are disconnected from the transfer skid, and are returned to the first body. Various features of the transfer skid and associated apparatus allow the transfer skid to be installed on the second body with improved mating connections, transfer hoses to be returned to the first body after offloading operation without hydrocarbon fluid leakage, and transfer hoses to disconnect with speed and safety during emergency release operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Kok Seng Foo, Asbjørn Mortensen, Alex Kah Keong Tan, Toh Tung Wong, Wen Sin Chong, Teng Kiat Lim
  • Patent number: 8991442
    Abstract: A rotary filling machine includes a magnetic funnel attachment that can be easily installed, removed, and reinstalled into the machine for cleaning, changing the size of the funnel, inspecting, or replacing a damaged funnel. The magnetic funnel attachment includes a fill plate segment for receiving one or more funnels, and a funnel for attachment to the fill plate. The fill plate and funnel have mating alignment mechanisms to assist in the correct positioning of the funnel on the fill plate segment, and magnets to assist in the coupling of the funnel to the fill plate segment. This is especially helpful in creating a quick and easy method for funnel installation and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: David Navin, Mark D. Green
  • Patent number: 8991447
    Abstract: A fueling system including a ship or air deployable automated fueling station and one or more sea surface water vessels. The fueling station including a ballast arrangement to maintain an optimal freeboard for fueling the one or more water vessels, the fueling station and the one or more water vessels including a communication arrangement for communications between the fueling station and the one or more water vessels. The fueling station including a plurality of nozzles for simultaneously fueling a plurality of water vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Scott M. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8967174
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a tug and barge arrangement is provided that is configured with an articulated conduit system for transferring a fuel gas (e.g., natural gas) between the tug and barge. In some embodiments, an articulated conduit system is provided that comprises a plurality of conduits fluidically interconnected by rotatable joints configured to permit positional alterations of the fluid conduits that result from differential movement between a tug and barge, such as relative vertical displacement between the tug and barge and/or relative rotation between the tug and barge about a forward-aft axis of the tug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Moran Towing Corporation
    Inventors: Sean Reiley Perreault, Curtis Leffers, Matthew William Roddy, Matthew Jacob Wichgers, Jeremy Paul Rice
  • Patent number: 8915271
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and a method for loading/unloading cryogenic fluids between a ship and storage tanks The system comprises a shaft extended upwards to above the sea level, a transfer pipeline extended from the storage tanks to the shaft with a free end free to expand/contract axially inside the shaft, a header fluidly connected to the free end, at least one downward pipe branch from the header, at least one hose coupler attached to the shaft, at least one internal hose freely hung inside the shaft between the downward pipe branch and the hose coupler, and at least one loading arm fluidly connected to the hose coupler and having an end flange for connection with ship manifolds for fluid transfer. The system further comprises at least one vertical support to support the header in the vertical direction, wherein the header is free to move along with the free end of the transfer pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Xuejie Liu
  • Patent number: 8864420
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for limiting structural damage to an affected offshore platform and preventing damage spread from the affected offshore platform to another platform during an accident or an emergency condition. An offshore platform arrangement includes a mobile offshore production unit (MOPU), a mobile storage platform and a mobile offloading platform which are disposed at a clearance distance from one another. The platforms are fluidly connected by pipes to allow hydrocarbon fluid transfer therebetween. The pipes are adapted to cease fluid communication of hydrocarbon fluid between platforms for preventing damage spread therebetween. Also disclosed is an offloading system for hydrocarbon fluid transfer which includes a lifting system having an extendable lifting arm and a spreader frame platform rotatably coupled to the lifting arm. The spreader frame platform is operable to support a transfer skid and allow angular adjustment of the transfer skid in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Kok Seng Foo, Wen Sin Chong, Alex Kah Keong Tan, Xiao Xia Sheng, Asbjørn Mortensen
  • Patent number: 8800607
    Abstract: A process and system for directly exporting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from an offshore location is disclosed. The process comprises (a) obtaining a mixture comprising oil and natural gas from a subsea well; (b) separating LPG from the mixture comprising oil and natural gas at a floating or fixed offshore processing facility; (c) offloading the LPG directly from the floating or fixed offshore processing facility via subsea offloading risers and at least one subsea offloading flowline connecting the processing facility to a floating or fixed offshore transfer station; and (d) transferring the LPG to an export tanker at the transfer station. The system comprises a floating or fixed offshore processing facility, a floating or fixed offshore transfer station, and a set of subsea offloading transfer lines connecting the processing facility and the transfer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed F. Omar, Rick Marshall, Arif Shipchandler, Miguel Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20140150707
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for transferring a fluid, in particular combustion fuel, to the tank (T) of a vessel, having a flange (4) that is firmly dedicated to said tank (T), a filler neck (2) for receiving an external fuel hose element, and a pipe (3) connecting the flange (4) and the filler neck (2), with said filler neck (2) being pivotable about a bearing (7) that is stationary in relation to the tank (T). The pipe (3) features a plurality of pipe elements (13, 14, 15, 16) that are, at least in part, rotatably coupled to one another and to the flange and formed such that the filler neck (2) is pivotable about at least two, preferably exactly two, predetermined pivot axes (X7, X5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Fr. Lurssen Verft GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Eberhard Hecht
  • Patent number: 8720502
    Abstract: A nozzle includes a nozzle body having a nozzle tip for engaging a fuel hose coupling, the tip extending from the body, and a valve sleeve for opening and closing a fuel path between the tip and the body. The tip is mounted within the body on a flexible shaft, so as to accommodate misalignment between the nozzle and the fuel hose coupling. This eliminates the need for a bearing at the end of the shaft, which causes a pressure drop in the nozzle. The shaft is axially slidable in the mounting in a first portion of the nozzle body. The first and second portions of the body are joined with a weak link, which is frangible in the event of excessive load, to release the abutment and allow the nozzle tip to travel towards the body and close the fuel path. Thus a separate shut-off valve is not required. Also a pressure regulator sleeve moves out of the nozzle body towards the nozzle tip in the event of excessive fuel pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Flight Refuelling Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Mouskis
  • Publication number: 20140090750
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon transfer arrangement for transfer of fluids between an offshore unit and a carrier which are placed in an offloading configuration, includes at least one transfer hose and a gas return hose, wherein the end of the at least one transfer hose is connected to a floating multi-function unit allowing for the transport of the transfer hose between the offshore unit and the carrier, wherein the floating multi-function unit can be lifted out of the water and can be held in a fixed position above water-level and is provided with connection elements for making a fluid connection between the transfer hose end and a manifold of the carrier and with emergency disconnect elements for the at least one transfer hose, placed at a distance from the connection elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Pieter LIEM, Jean-Robert FOURNIER, Jean-Charles RINALDI
  • Patent number: 8646496
    Abstract: A system (1) is for release or movement of a fluid-dispensing head (2) positioned within a dispenser (6) of fluids. The system (1) houses the fluid-dispensing head (2), which has nozzles (3) for the supply of fluids. The system (1) includes a release (7, 10, 20) for release and movement of the fluid-dispensing head (2) configured for enabling movement of the delivery head (2) between a first position of use, in which the nozzles (3) deliver fluids into a container (4), and a cleaning position or second position of use (set facing the operator) or third position of use (facing upwards), distinct from the first position of use, in which they are accessible for being cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Mario Drocco, Luca Drocco
  • Publication number: 20140027008
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon transfer arrangement for transfer of fluids between an offshore unit and a carrier which are placed in an offloading configuration, includes at least one transfer hose and a gas return hose, wherein the end of the at least one transfer hose is connected to a floating multi-function unit allowing for the transport of the transfer hose between the offshore unit and the carrier, wherein the floating multi-function unit can be lifted out of the water and can be held in a fixed position above water-level and is provided with connection elements for making a fluid connection between the transfer hose end and a manifold of the carrier and with emergency disconnect elements for the at least one transfer hose, placed at a distance from the connection elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Pieter LIEM, Jean-Robert FOURNIER, Jean-Charles RINALDI
  • Patent number: 8636030
    Abstract: An arm to distribute concrete comprising a plurality of articulated segments selectively able to be folded back and extended with respect to each other, made of composite material, wherein at least one of said segments comprises at least a first tract and a second tract, each having a constant cross section, wherein the section size of the first tract is different from the section size of the second tract, a connection tract being provided between said first tract and said second tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: CIFA SpA
    Inventors: Paolo Dario Maini, Nicola Pirri
  • Patent number: 8622099
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon transfer arrangement for transfer of fluids between an offshore unit and a carrier which are placed in an offloading configuration, includes at least one transfer hose and a gas return hose, wherein the end of the at least one transfer hose is connected to a floating multi-function unit allowing for the transport of the transfer hose between the offshore unit and the carrier, wherein the floating multi-function unit can be lifted out of the water and can be held in a fixed position above water-level and is provided with connection elements for making a fluid connection between the transfer hose end and a manifold of the carrier and with emergency disconnect elements for the at least one transfer hose, placed at a distance from the connection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings Inc.
    Inventors: Pieter Liem, Jean-Robert Fournier, Jean-Charles Rinaldi
  • Patent number: 8596308
    Abstract: A method is for handling a sterilized food product and includes securing an aseptic fitment to a filling port of an intermodal container including a rigid shell having an elongate shape with opposed closed ends, and at least one frame assembly supporting the rigid shell. The method also includes sterilizing the intermodal container, and aseptically filling the sterilized intermodal container with the sterilized food product through the aseptic fitment. The method may also include sealing the aseptic fitment after aseptic filling. A related intermodal container and filling station are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Schrader, Manuele Levati, Paul P. Brocker
  • Patent number: 8590556
    Abstract: A plug and pump system for routing pressurized fluid from a fluid source is disclosed. The system includes a platform and a docking station interface mounted on the platform and including multiple points of articulation. A wellhead interface is mounted on the platform and includes multiple points of articulation. The docking station interface and the wellhead interface are configured to route pressurized fluid from a fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: William D. Kendrick
  • Patent number: 8539970
    Abstract: The present disclosure comprises a platform and a manifold, the latter being intended to be connected to a fluid tank. The manifold comprises a length of rigid tube defining a pipe of approximately horizontal axis and a length of connecting tube for connection to a transfer line connected to the length of rigid tube. The length of connecting tube is permanently attached to the length of rigid tube and is hinged to the length of rigid tube to allow movement relative to the length of rigid tube between: —a retracted rest position in which the length of connecting tube extends entirely inside the inner edge; and —a first or filling position, in which the free end of the length of connecting tube projects out from the outer edge of the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventors: Pierre-Armand Thomas, Jean-Pascal Biaggi, Jean-François Patinet
  • Patent number: 8490565
    Abstract: A method for receiving and processing dry gas into liquefied natural gas, offloading the liquefied natural gas, and transporting the liquefied natural gas to another location, wherein the method can include using a connecting device to: attach and hold a transport vessel to a floating liquefaction vessel. The connecting device can have an inner walkway configured to extend and retract from an outer walkway to accommodate for motions. The method can include receiving and cooling dry gas to form liquefied natural gas, and transferring the liquefied natural gas to the transport vessel. The method can include dynamically positioning the transport vessel in proximity to the floating liquefaction vessel using motions measured by motion sensors and the like. The method can include storing the liquefied natural gas on the floating transport vessel, releasing the transport vessel from the connecting device, and transporting the liquefied natural gas to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Magee Shivers, III, William T. Bennett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8490563
    Abstract: A floating liquefaction vessel and connecting device system for receiving a dry gas, forming a liquefied natural gas, and offloading the liquefied natural gas, wherein the system can include a floating liquefaction vessel for receiving the dry gas, cooling the dry gas to form liquefied natural gas, flowing the liquefied natural to a transport vessel, and receiving a hydrocarbon vapor from the transport vessel. A floating liquefaction vessel controller can monitor offloading of the liquefied natural gas. A connecting device can connect the transport vessel to the floating liquefaction vessel. The connecting device can include an inner walkway telescopically contained within an outer walkway and configured to extend and retract from the outer walkway in response to motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Magee Shivers, III, William T. Bennett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8490562
    Abstract: A floating liquefaction vessel and transport system for receiving, storing, and transporting a liquefied natural gas, wherein the system can include a transport vessel for monitoring, receiving, storing, and transporting the liquefied natural gas. A transport vessel controller can dynamically position the transport vessel in proximity to a floating liquefaction vessel using motion sensors, fan beams, and dynamic global positioning systems. The floating liquefaction vessel can include receive a dry gas, and cool the dry gas to form liquefied natural gas for transfer to the transport vessel across a connecting device. The connecting device can connect the transport vessel to the floating liquefaction vessel, and can include: an inner walkway telescopically contained within an outer walkway. The inner walkway can extend and retract from the outer walkway in response to motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Magee Shivers, III, William T. Bennett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8490566
    Abstract: A method for offloading a liquefied natural gas from a floating liquefaction vessel to a transport vessel for storage and transport, wherein the method can include using a connecting device to attach and hold the transport vessel to the floating liquefaction vessel, and using a ram to move a telescoping walkway of the connecting device from a transport position to a deployed position. The method can include connecting the telescoping walkway to a variety of bow configurations of transport vessels by securing an inner walkway to the transport vessel. The inner walkway can extend and retract from an outer walkway to accommodate for motions. The method can include transferring the liquefied natural gas to the transport vessel. The method can include monitoring receipt, storage, and offloading of the liquefied natural gas and dynamically positioning the transport vessel in proximity to the floating liquefaction vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Magee Shivers, III, William T. Bennett, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130174520
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine (1) for filling a plurality of containers (2) that are arranged in a display (3), said machine (1) including a rotatable dispensing member (4) that is designed for transferring a filling substance into the containers (2). Said machine is also characterized in that it includes a means (10) for rotating a display (3) so that the combination of the rotational movements of the dispensing member (4) and the display (3) makes it possible to correlate the dispensing member (4) with each container (2), with a view to filling the latter. The invention also relates to filling machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: Marc Tessier, André Marc Sarwa
  • Patent number: 8439059
    Abstract: The invention concerns a control device for the movement and positioning of a coupling for a marine loading system having at least one fluid transfer line with a first line end fixed to a base and a moveable second line end provided with a coupling adapted for connection to a target duct, the marine loading system further having a plurality of mechanical connections such that the coupling has at least three degrees of freedom relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: FMC Technologies SA
    Inventor: Nicolas Sylard
  • Patent number: 8430429
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hose connection for a fuel dispensing unit. The hose connection comprises a pipe for transporting fuel from a fuel reservoir, a hose for transporting fuel to a motor vehicle, an intermediate member adapted to connect said hose with said pipe, and a locking device fixed to said fuel dispensing unit adapted to interlock said pipe and said intermediate member. The hose connection is secured in relation to said fuel dispensing unit. The invention also relates to a fuel dispensing unit comprising such hose connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventors: Bengt Larsson, Marie Hakansson, Jonas Hansson
  • Patent number: 8402746
    Abstract: An exhaust gas capture system for capturing the exhaust gas emitted by auxiliary engines, auxiliary boilers, and other sources on an Ocean Going Vessel (OGV) while at berth or at anchor so that these gases may be carried to an emissions treatment system for removal of air pollutants and or greenhouse gases. The exhaust gas capture system includes a manifold and a family of parallel-flow flexible ducts for connecting directly to individual OGV exhaust pipes. The exhaust gas capture system further includes apparatus for connecting the parallel-flow flexible ducts to the OGV exhaust pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventors: John Powell, Robert Sharp
  • Patent number: 8403236
    Abstract: A nozzle includes a nozzle connector and nozzle filter engaged together. The nozzle connector is engaged with a tote connector of a tote which contains a paint component. A hose connector can be sealingly engaged with the tote connector if they are matched. The hose connector is restricted from being sealingly engaged with the nozzle connector if they do not match. Matching hose and nozzle connectors have the same color to indicate that they match each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: MicroBlend Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall L. Hughes, Andrew B. Titus, Danny P. Boyle, Michael Mowen
  • Patent number: 8308517
    Abstract: A method for receiving dry gas and forming liquefied natural gas on a floating vessel, and offloading the liquefied natural gas using telescoping mooring arms to a floating transport vessel is disclosed herein. The method can include mooring the floating vessel to a seabed with a mooring spread, using a soft yoke to moor the transport vessel to the floating vessel, receiving a dry gas, cooling the dry gas forming a liquefied nature gas, transferring the liquefied natural gas to the transport vessel, transferring personnel and equipment over a gangway, returning hydrocarbon vapor to the floating vessel, cooling the hydrocarbon vapor, and using the hydrocarbon vapor as a fuel for the floating vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Magee Shivers, III, William T. Bennett, Jr., David Trent
  • Patent number: 8308518
    Abstract: A method for receiving dry natural gas, cryogenically cooling the gas, then forming liquefied natural gas is disclosed herein. The method can include flowing the liquefied natural gas to a moveable floating transport vessel. The method can include using mooring arms that maintain a nominal distance between the station and the vessel while simultaneously forming an enclosed gangway and monitoring offloading and return of hydrocarbon vapor. The method can include providing quick connect/disconnect engagements to the transport vessel and storing the liquefied natural gas on the transport vessel at a cryogenic temperature. The method can include recycling hydrocarbon vapor formed during offloading to the floating station and maintaining a cryogenic temperature using a flow rate substantially the same as the floating station uses fuel. The method can include releasing the transport vessel from the floating station to transport the liquefied natural gas to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Magee Shivers, III, William T. Bennett, Jr., David Trent
  • Patent number: 8296914
    Abstract: A system for connecting a connector end fitting of a mobile flexible liquid supply pipe, for liquified natural gas, for example, to a fixed tubing located on a support with a different system, such as the manifold of a liquid transporter ship. The system comprises a guide device for guiding the fitting in the fixed tubing, for establishment of a connection, and including a cone mounted on the pipe for engagement with a trumpet on the fixed tubing during connection, with a tractive effort applied by a cable fixed to the cone. The guide device is fixed to the fitting on the flexible pipe and is coaxial to the flexible pipe. The invention is applicable to the connection of a hose to the manifold of a ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Societe Europeenne d'Ingenierie Mecanique—EURODIM
    Inventors: Bernard Dupont, Luc Boulat, Remi Forget
  • Patent number: 8287513
    Abstract: A female piercing member protection device for connection with a male connection part, and a method for connecting the device to a male connection part. The device includes an outer casing and a connection member at least partly enclosed in the outer casing. The outer casing is moveable between first and second positions. In the first position, the connection member is substantially locked from movement along the longitudinal axis A, and in the second position the connection member is able to move along the longitudinal axis A. The device also has an activated position and an inactivated position. When the outer casing is in the second position, a deformable locking device is prevented from deformation by the outer casing to prevent disengagement of the male connection part. A secure piercing member protection device significantly minimizes the risk for a user to be exposed to contaminants and the piercing member itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Anna Ellstrom, Tobias Rosenquist
  • Patent number: 8286678
    Abstract: A process and apparatus are provided for transferring fluids such as, for example, liquefied natural gas between a source structure such as a floating storage vessel and a receiving structure such as a floating transport vessel utilizing a controllable deployment system to deploy a fluid conduit. The fluid conduit end is supported by a mooring device which is positioned by the controllable deployment system. A transfer vessel is also provided which utilizes the controllable deployment system to position and support a fluid conduit for connection with a manifold on a receiving vessel. The deployment system operates in active mode during positioning and in passive mode during fluid transfer. The fluid transfer system disclosed allows safe, controlled operation and fluid transfer in open sea conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie Dean Adkins, Donald Gregory Danmeier, John S. Hartono
  • Patent number: 8281811
    Abstract: A large manipulator, especially a truck-mounted concrete pump, has a boom base that can be arranged on a frame so as to be pivoted about a substantially vertical axis of rotation. The large manipulator has a pendular element, that hangs down as an articulated boom and a control device for controlling the drive units of the axes of articulation and rotation of the articulated boom. The remote control has at least one inclination sensor which is housed in a housing that is detachably fastened on the pendular element. Two inclination sensors are housed in the housing and are bent at an angle of 90° with respect to each other and with respect to an axis that is parallel to the pendular element axis. The housing has a mark indicating the orientation of at least one of the inclination sensors inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Putzmeister Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Kurt Rau, Ute Else Margarethe Rau, legal representative, Andreas Rau, legal representative, Michael Rau, legal representative, Christine Rau, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20120247616
    Abstract: A nozzle for dispensing fluid including a nozzle body having a fluid path which is configured to receive fluid therein and a vapor path which is configured to receive vapor therein. The nozzle further includes a main fluid valve positioned in the fluid path to control a flow of fluid therethrough, the main fluid valve including a main fluid valve spring configured to bias the main fluid valve to one of its open or closed positions. The nozzle further has a main vapor valve positioned in the vapor path to control a flow of vapor therethrough. The main vapor valve includes a main vapor valve spring configured to bias the main vapor valve to one of its open or closed positions. At least part of the main fluid valve spring or the main vapor valve spring is positioned within the other one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Lauber, James E. Kesterman, Timothy M. Garrison, Harold M. Schubert
  • Publication number: 20120205007
    Abstract: A device for densely loading a divided solid into a chamber, intended to interact with a divided-solid supply device arranged to release the divided solid above an access to the chamber. The loading device contains a shaft rotated about an axis X1 at an adjustable rotational speed, a plurality of deflecting elements rigidly connected in rotation with the shaft, the deflecting elements having an angle, relative to the shaft, which is separately adjustable from the rotational speed of the latter. According to a preferred embodiment, the shaft is hollow in order to define a passage for the divided solid, at least some of the deflecting element having an end arranged at a distance from the axis X1 that is smaller than the distance separating the axis X1 from the hollow shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: TOTAL RAFFINAGE MARKETING
    Inventors: Olivier Girard, Romain Vial
  • Patent number: 8236235
    Abstract: A nozzle for introducing pressurized fluids into an industrial vessel is releasably attachable to and detachable from a mounting member securedly attached to an exterior surface of the vessel. The mounting member is attached, via extension piping, to a source of pressurized gas, such as the exhaust valve of an air cannon. Both the nozzle and the mounting member include respective mating collars which engage each other in a twist lock manner. Additional securing members are provided to securely retain the nozzle and mounting member in twist lock engagement. Removal of the nozzle is performed by releasing the securing members, twisting the nozzle from inside of the vessel to unlock it from the mounting member, and uncoupling the nozzle from the mounting member. Installation of a replacement nozzle is performed by performing the foregoing steps in the reverse order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Martin Engineering Company
    Inventors: Travis J. Miller, Bradley E. Pronschinske, Michael J. Masterson, Martin A. Yepsen
  • Patent number: 8186393
    Abstract: A nurse vehicle carries a supply of liquid chemicals or fertilizer for being applied by a sprayer vehicle. A fluid transfer conduit of the nurse vehicle has an end defined by a receptacle that is selectively connected to a complementary dimensioned insert defining an end of a fluid intake conduit of the sprayer vehicle. The receptacle and insert define a coupler assembly that includes an inflatable seal that surrounds the insert and locks the insert and receptacle together when inflated. Flow through the coupler assembly is controlled by first and second poppet valves, which are normally closed preventing flow through valve bodies of the receptacle and insert. Selective inflation of the seal and opening and closing of the poppet valves is automatically controlled in accordance with sequencing logic of an electronic controller so the seal is inflated before the valves are opened and remains inflated until the valves are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Huegerich, Travis Gene Funseth, Tonya Marie O'neal, Richard Allen Humpal
  • Patent number: 8181662
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon transfer system includes a first structure with a length direction and a transverse direction having a frame carrying a vertical arm with at its end a fluid connecting member for connecting to a second structure which is moored alongside the first structure. The connecting member includes a winch and first guiding elements for engaging with second guiding elements on the second structure by connecting a wire to the winch on one end an to the second structure on the other end, and a tension device for moving the vertical arm away from the second structure for tensioning the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Pollack, Philippe Albert Christian Menardo, Eric Barrabino
  • Patent number: 8176938
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon transfer system comprising a first structure with a length direction and a transverse direction having a frame carrying a fluid transfer duct with at its end a fluid connecting member for connecting to a second structure which is moored alongside the first structure and wherein the fluid transfer duct is placed on a movable frame part which is displaceable in the transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Queau, Walter Willy Maurel, Philippe Albert Christian Menardo
  • Publication number: 20120111442
    Abstract: A chemical loading system is used for loading a molten chemical into a tanker. The chemical loading system includes a source supplying a molten chemical and a tanker for receiving the molten chemical. The chemical loading system has a stationary feed line supplying a chemical from the source. An extendable loader has a feed passage that is in fluid communication with the feed line. The extendable loader has a retracted position and an extended position relative to the feed line. The feed passage is adapted to have at least a portion thereof inside the tanker when in the extendable loader is in the extended position. A hoist assembly selectively extends and retracts the extendable loader assembly between the retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Mohammed S. Al-Awadh
  • Publication number: 20120111441
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for filling reusable containers employing a plurality of moveable spigots located in a planar rectangular arrangement inside two frames positioned to move back and forth on X and Y axes to position a selected spigot over the open top of a reusable container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Martin John Burrows
  • Patent number: 8118632
    Abstract: Tanker loading assembly includes a first on-board hose arrangement with first coupling portion and a second submerged buoyant hose arrangement provided with second coupling portion for cooperation with the first coupling portion for obtaining a fluid-tight connection between the first and second hose arrangements. The first coupling portion is positioned in an internal vertical passage of the tanker, wherein a lifting device is provided for engaging the second coupling portion and lifting it towards the position for engaging the first coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bluewater Energy Services, B.V.
    Inventors: Jacob De Baan, Johannes Cornelis Perdijk, Bart Steuten