Wire, Rod, And Tube Cleaners Patents (Class 15/88)
  • Patent number: 10864546
    Abstract: A system for coating a heat transfer tube for a condenser is disclosed. The system simplifies a process of coating the heat transfer tube, and is able to uniformly coat a plurality of heat transfer tubes. In addition, the system is economically feasible in that coating solution can be reused by collecting and circulating it. Due to super-hydrophobic coating, the size of a droplet condensed on the surfaces of the heat transfer tubes coated by the system can be reduced, and a condensation heat transfer coefficient can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jin Bum Kim, Hyun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10780469
    Abstract: A laser cleaning system for laser treating a pipe surface includes a frame mountable to an outer circumference of a cylindrical pipe, a plurality of circumferential guide supports mounted to the frame and engageable with the outer circumference of the pipe, and a laser mounted to the frame to generate a laser beam directed toward an exterior surface of the pipe. The frame is movable about the outer circumference of the pipe on the plurality of circumferential guide supports to scan the laser beam circumferentially across the exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Brian McRaney, Gregory McRaney
  • Patent number: 10603763
    Abstract: A wheel shape follow-up burr brushing device can brush burrs from a front, a back cavity and a spoke root groove of the wheel. The heights of brushes are adjusted, so that the brushes follow up the shape of the front, the back cavity and the spoke root groove of the wheel. The wheel is put onto a positioning roller bed by a manipulator, a positioning clamping cylinder drives four clamping wheels to clamp the wheel, four clamping wheel drive motors drive the wheel to be in a low-speed rotating state; two second cylinders drive a second rotating table to be fed downwards, two first cylinders drive a first rotating table to be fed upwards, and the rotating wheel is matched with the rotating brushes to brush burrs from the front, the back cavity and the spoke root groove of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huiying Liu, Yongwang Zhao, Lijie Hu
  • Patent number: 10549922
    Abstract: A device for maintaining a pneumatic conveyance line can include a body having one or more wings. In some examples, the body is configured to be positioned between opposing rails of a pneumatic conveyance track with the one or more wings positioned on a respective opposing rail of the track. The wings can carry one or more agents for at least one of cleaning and lubricating the track. As the device is pushed along the track, the device can clean and/or lubricate the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Albert Bilski, Chad Aaron Thompson, Jill Kristen Hodowanic, Pablo Segovia, Brian Joseph Doffing
  • Patent number: 9889473
    Abstract: An apparatus that cleans end surfaces of a substrate includes: a guide unit including a guide portion that has a channel, through which an end surface of a substrate passes, formed in a front surface thereof; and a brush with a front end whose position is controlled by a rear surface of the guide portion. The channel includes an opening that extends through the guide portion and the front end of the brush contacts an end surface of a substrate passing through the channel via the opening. The guide unit includes a concave portion in which at least the front end of the brush is housed and a suction hole that sucks dust from the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nagaoka Seisakucho Corp.
    Inventor: Soichi Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 9638670
    Abstract: A pipe scanning apparatus includes a scanner collar fitted around the outside of a pipe with tools for inspecting or modifying the pipe, a tubular fabric pipe sheath fitted around the outside of the pipe and connected at an end to the scanner collar, and a powered winch or manually operable reel configured to draw in the tubular fabric pipe sheath so as to scan the scanner collar connected to the end of the tubular fabric pipe sheath over the pipe. The tubular fabric pipe sheath may include inelastic warp fibers running parallel with the pipe and elastic weft fibers running around the pipe. The pipe sheath may include at least one longitudinal slit with a slit fastener, and may include two such slits on opposite sides so that the pipe sheath is separable into two sheath halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BWXT Intech, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin D Fisher
  • Patent number: 9586278
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a bolt having a threaded portion with a longitudinal axis of rotation. The apparatus includes a bolt receiving portion and a cleaning member. The bolt receiving portion has a throughway configured to receive the threaded portion of the bolt when the threaded portion is rotating about the longitudinal axis of rotation. The cleaning member is coupled to the bolt receiving portion and has a plurality of cleaning projections positioned to contact and clean the threaded portion of the bolt as the rotating threaded portion of the bolt passes through the throughway. The projections may be bristles or pins. Optionally, the bolt receiving portion may include a plurality of throughways each configured to receive a threaded portion having a different outer diameter. Optionally, the apparatus may include a handle portion that may be selectively couplable to the bolt receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Gary Howard Taylor
  • Patent number: 9005393
    Abstract: A method of operating an evaporator is described. In evaporator feed water, a Taylor bubble is developed which has an outer surface including a thin film in contact with an inner surface of an outer wall of an evaporator tube. The Taylor bubble is heated as it rises within the evaporator tube so that liquid in the thin film transitions into vapor within the bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Kingston Owens
  • Patent number: 8935823
    Abstract: A device for processing cores with a view to restoring same for reuse as good as new and unused cores a number of times for handling and carrying of different types of material webs, includes a number of processing units being arranged to act on the core for removal of material residues and possible other residues in the form of adhesive. The processing surface of the processing units is adapted and/or arranged to adapt itself to the surface of the core on at least the processing thereof under the exercise of a compression pressure between the core and the processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Core Link AB
    Inventors: Jan Karlsson, Nils Strandh
  • Patent number: 8898846
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning a coagulator has a housing defining an interior chamber with a prong extending along a central axis to receive a coagulator bore. An insertion guide with an opening along the central axis guides insertion of the tip of the coagulator onto the prong. Pliable wipers extend inward from the sidewalls of the chamber toward the prong, so that the wipers deform by contact to wipe against the coagulator in operation. The wipers can be formed as part of a pliable tubular member that is inserted into the chamber in the housing and held in place by an end cap that incorporates the insertion guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joel A. Ernster
  • Publication number: 20140189968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pipe cleaning robot. The pipe cleaning robot can be folded to easily enter a narrow-mouthed pipe at the initial stage, can flexibly increase or decrease in size corresponding to various diameters of pipes, and can adhere first and second transfer cars closely to the inner wall of the pipe during the transfer to prevent a rollover due to impact and vibration generated during the cleaning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: GAUS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Won KIM, Eui Yeon KIM, Byong Taek JANG, Sung Yul JEONG
  • Patent number: 8689386
    Abstract: The invention described herein is directed to a skid for cleaning subsea conduits, such as strakes and fairings, and a method of cleaning subsea conduits. This invention may be utilized for the removal of marine growth from subsea conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikunj Patel, Noah Teichmiller, Kinton Lawler
  • Publication number: 20130206169
    Abstract: Device for scrubbing a metal wire, including means for feeding and running the wire (F), at least two pairs of rotary brushes (21, 22) having a radius r, the axes of which are substantially mutually parallel and perpendicular to the direction in which the wire runs, application means, suitable for contacting the brushes with the wire via the circumferences thereof in order to exert a given pressure on the wire (F) while the device is operating, and means (31, 32) of adjusting the tension of the wire are provided directly upstream and downstream of the assembly of brushes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Marc Calvet, Marc Chavarot
  • Patent number: 8495782
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the partial removal of coating from pipes, in particular from metal pipes, having a base body, an accommodation area for a pipe formed on the base body, at least two supporting means for supporting the pipe arranged on a first side of the accommodation area, and a scraper head arranged on an opposite side of the accommodation area, wherein the scraper head has two prismatic scraper edges. The invention furthermore relates to the use of a device according to the invention for the at least partial removal of coating from pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Viega GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Franke, Bernd Koschig
  • Publication number: 20120285485
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus (10) comprises a drive arrangement (16). A discrete holding means (12) is mountable on the drive arrangement. The holding means comprises a flexible elongate cleaning member (14) and a housing (18) for housing at least a portion of the elongate cleaning member. The cleaning apparatus further includes a transmission arrangement (20) for transmitting drive from the drive arrangement to the elongate cleaning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Ali Waqar Majeed
  • Patent number: 8112838
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a friction stir welding tool cleaning method and apparatus for fixed and retractable pin tools. The method and apparatus use a heating component, a temperature indicator component, a controller component, and a rotatable tool cleaner component for cleaning fixed pin tools. An additional bore cleaner component is used for cleaning retractable pin tools. Heat is applied to a friction stir welding tool having a surface with weld process residue material until the process residue material is sufficiently plasticized, and then the tool cleaner component is applied to the heated tool to remove the plasticized residue on the pin and shoulder surfaces of the tool, and for retractable pin tools, the bore cleaner component is applied to the heated tool to remove the plasticized residue in the tool bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Matlack, Kurt A. Burton
  • Patent number: 8092610
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cleaning device for cleaning a driver used in a disk drive manufacturing process. The cleaning device includes: a body; a replaceable cleaning pad mounted in the body; and a cover mounted to the body over the cleaning pad, in which, the cover includes an opening to receive the driver and to expose a portion of the cleaning pad to receive and clean the driver. The cleaning device further includes a cleaning pad rotation mechanism mounted in the body that connects to the cleaning pad and rotates the cleaning pad. The cleaning pad rotation mechanism is configured to rotate the cleaning pad such that an unused portion of the cleaning pad is exposed to the opening for receipt of the driver and the cleaning pad rotation mechanism may be activated to rotate the cleaning pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean Albert Tarrant
  • Patent number: 8069521
    Abstract: A hand-held electrical conductor cleaning apparatus including a frame having a handle section and a tube section; an abrasive member movably mounted in the tube section; a motor adapted to move the abrasive member inside the tube section; a battery connected to the motor; and a user control for actuating the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan D. Beck, John D. Lefavour
  • Publication number: 20110209726
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention, a gutter-cleaning device comprises a housing containing an impeller drive facility, the housing configured to fit into a gutter, an impeller, disposed at an end of the housing and driven by the impeller drive facility, and a transport facility for transporting the housing along the gutter
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas C. Dayton, Sung Park, Karl Eaton Abele, Jason Robinson
  • Patent number: 7971306
    Abstract: The invention described herein relates to a cleaning tool for cleaning subsea conduits, such as tendons, risers or strakes. This invention comprises a flotation collar and brush member which may be attached to a subsea conduit and which may travel up a subsea conduit as a result of buoyancy forces and be retracted using one or more winches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kinton Lawler, John Davis
  • Patent number: 7941888
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for cleaning a woodwind instrument including a housing and a motor mounted within the housing, the motor having a rotatable drive shaft extending outwardly from the housing. An elongated cleaning tool is coupled to the drive shaft and insertable into the tube portion of a woodwind instrument for cleaning the inner wall of the tube. The apparatus further includes an instrument support attached to the housing adjacent the cleaning tool. The instrument support defines a length aligned substantially parallel with the length of the cleaning tool for supporting the instrument during a cleaning process. The cleaning tool being rotatable via the drive shaft for cleaning the interior of an instrument positioned over the cleaning tool and supported by the instrument support. A strap is provided to secure the instrument to the instrument support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Bridget Bertoldi
  • Patent number: 7784135
    Abstract: A tool assembly provides for brushing circumferential welds in a restrictive access area between a cylindrical inner member and a cylindrical outer member such as the shroud and vessel in a nuclear reactor. The tool assembly includes a circumferential plate sized larger than an outside diameter of the inner member and smaller than an inside diameter of the outer member. At least one renew brush is coupled with the circumferential plate, and a motor is coupled with the renew brush that rotates the renew brush. A driving assembly mounted between the inner member and the outer member engages the circumferential plate and circumferentially drives the circumferential plate in the restrictive access area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Frank Ortega
  • Patent number: 7765632
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a tool for cleaning subsea conduits, such as unjacketed risers or risers jacketed with strakes or other vortex induced vibration (“VIV”) suppression devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kinton Lawler, John Davis, Ladell Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20100180915
    Abstract: The invention described herein is directed to a skid for cleaning subsea conduits, such as strakes and fairings, and a method of cleaning subsea conduits. This invention may be utilized for the removal of marine growth from subsea conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikunj Patel, Noah Teichmiller, Kinton Lawler
  • Patent number: 7752699
    Abstract: A tubing preparation machine is an electrically powered mechanical device housed in one convenient housing assembly. A cutoff assembly is provided that virtually eliminates the need for the reaming and deburring of the cut end of tubing and a cleaner assembly is provided that has a tubing alignment guide to accept tubing to the correct depth for cleaning while stabilizing the tubing during the cleaning process. A quick release chuck allows the operator to easily attach the correct size fitting cleaner brush. The tubing preparation machine is portable, lightweight and easily hand carried by use of a handle provided on the housing assembly cover. The tubing preparation machine provides for unparalleled, safe, convenient and efficient preparation of tubing and related fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventors: Francis Paul Fruzzetti, Jr., Robert James Frerking
  • Patent number: 7677290
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cleaning device (5) to be used in a preimpregnated carbon fiber placement machine including at least one guiding roller (47) for guiding a band (21) of tows to an application head (25), comprising two filtering elements (11, 13) arranged such that a band (21) of tows supported by two plates (15, 17) joined with adjustable clamping means (29) for said filtering elements (11, 13) and means of fixing/separating them to/from said machine, circulates between them. The invention also relates to a preimpregnated carbon fiber placement machine with at least one cleaning device (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus Espana, S.L.
    Inventors: José Manuel Santos Gomez, Pablo Lopez Fernandez
  • Patent number: 7665179
    Abstract: An adjustable wire rope cleaning device comprising a first base plate and a second base plate, each having opposite ends and two longitudinal sides. Side bars are at the longitudinal sides of at least one of the first base plate and the second base plate and are aligned along an axis of the first base plate, such that a guide channel is defined and partially enclosed by the side bars. The second base plate is slidably attached to the first base plate and within the guide channel. A lateral bar at one end of the first base plate and between the two side bars, and the lateral bar is transverse to the side bars. An adjustment device positioned between the lateral bar and the second base plate, the adjustment device is operable to move the second base plate relative to the first base plate along the axis defined by the guide channel. A brush is coupled to the second base plate, and the brush is adjusted by movement of the second base plate within the guide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J Connolly
  • Patent number: 7647665
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a control rod drive mechanism in a nuclear reactor is disclosed. The apparatus may include an inlet opening for inserting the control rod drive mechanism, an outlet opening, a first support ring engaged with a drive mechanism, a second support ring, and a plurality of brushes positioned between the first and second support rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Daniel C. Disbrow
  • Publication number: 20090277474
    Abstract: A bore cleaner for a tank that literally crawls through the bore of the tank, and in the process of crawling through the bore, cleans the interior walls of the bore with very little user intervention or monitoring. The bore cleaner extends and retracts as it moves through the bore of the tank, and as it extends and retracts, brushes on the present invention rub against the inside of the bore of the tank and remove debris. When the bore cleaner reaches one end of the bore of the tank, slight user intervention is necessary to reverse the direction of the brushes on the bore cleaner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: Doug Minnear, Scott Boyd Huffman, Mark Huffman
  • Publication number: 20090193597
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for cleaning a woodwind instrument including a housing and a motor mounted within the housing, the motor having a rotatable drive shaft extending outwardly from the housing. An elongated cleaning tool is coupled to the drive shaft and insertable into the tube portion of a woodwind instrument for cleaning the inner wall of the tube. The apparatus further includes an instrument support attached to the housing adjacent the cleaning tool. The instrument support defines a length aligned substantially parallel with the length of the cleaning tool for supporting the instrument during a cleaning process. The cleaning tool being rotatable via the drive shaft for cleaning the interior of an instrument positioned over the cleaning tool and supported by the instrument support. A strap is provided to secure the instrument to the instrument support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Bridget Bertoldi
  • Publication number: 20090000045
    Abstract: Provided are a system of cleaning the inside of an endoscope channel and a method of cleaning the inside of an endoscope channel, which allows to reduce a burden on an operator with enhanced safety with infection and contamination and a high cleaning effect. A first cleaning element 11 and a second cleaning element 12 are formed in a rotational symmetry with a given axis, provided with an external diameter larger than an inner diameter of a channel 1 of an endoscope and elastic in a direction perpendicular to the axis. The first cleaning element 11 is provided with a magnetic body. The first cleaning element 11 and the second cleaning element 12 are inserted into the inside of a channel 1 of an endoscope to conform the axial direction with a length direction of the channel 1. Cleaning water is injected into the channel 1 to move the first cleaning element 11 and the second cleaning element 12 inside the channel 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: Minoru Kanno
    Inventors: Minoru Kanno, Takehisa Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20080313831
    Abstract: A powered hand held drain cleaning tool and method of operation, including a stick tool member with a brush or teeth on a first end, a hex engagement portion on a second end and an elongate, non-uniform, shaft portion extending between the first and second ends. The tool includes a body portion for housing a power supply, a motor for rotating a drive mechanism engaged with the hex engagement portion of the stick tool member, and a trigger switch mechanism for operation of the tool by a user. The body is also engaged with a face piece with an opening for receiving the stick tool member therethrough, and pin members for mating and locking engagement with locking grooves formed in the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: James A. Kovach, Charles J. Mintz
  • Patent number: 7412745
    Abstract: A brushless wire-rope cleaner having a base plate, two side members arranged on a base plate at a distance from one another, and a cover extending from one side member to the other side member so that the base plate, the side members and the cover form a channel. A cleaning element is slideably arranged in the channel and a tensioning mechanism is arranged to slide the cleaning element through the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Michael J Connolly
  • Publication number: 20080165911
    Abstract: A tool assembly provides for brushing circumferential welds in a restrictive access area between a cylindrical inner member and a cylindrical outer member such as the shroud and vessel in a nuclear reactor. The tool assembly includes a circumferential plate sized larger than an outside diameter of the inner member and smaller than an inside diameter of the outer member. At least one renew brush is coupled with the circumferential plate, and a motor is coupled with the renew brush that rotates the renew brush. A driving assembly mounted between the inner member and the outer member engages the circumferential plate and circumferentially drives the circumferential plate in the restrictive access area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Frank Ortega
  • Patent number: 7356867
    Abstract: A hand-operable brush for cleaning the crevices of vehicle rims includes a handle having adjacent internal compartments and proximal and distal ends. The handle has an outer surface with linear grooves for assisting an operator to maintain a sufficient grip. The distal end is provided with an outlet in fluid communication with the compartments. A variable speed motor is disposed within one of the compartments and includes a drive shaft and a switch connected thereto. The device also includes a cleaning section including a driven shaft operable via the motor and having bristles extending away therefrom. A coupling member is positioned adjacent to the distal end and provided with isolated channels for receiving the drive shaft and the driven shaft. A power supply source including a plurality of batteries is housed within one compartment and is electrically coupled to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: David M. Beiermann
  • Patent number: 7334289
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for cleaning a lubricant for dry-type wire drawing. The apparatus comprises a case provided with a cover and piercing holes at opposite sides of the case such that a steel wire can pass through the case, a plurality of driving motors provided at one side of the exterior of the case, rotating members located at an inside of the case and connected to the driving motors, respectively, by belts serving to rotate them, support plates for supporting the rotating members, and cleaning members coupled to the rotating member and adapted to provide a path through which the steel wire passes. The dry lubricant on the surface of the steel wire can be effectively cleaned by friction between the lubricant on the steel wire and the cleaning members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: LG Cable Ltd.
    Inventors: Seon-tae Kim, Jeong-ho Kim, Tae-jung Lee
  • Patent number: 7294222
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pipe cleaner apparatus that is attached to a pipe fusion machine. The pipe cleaner removes dirt, snow, mud, and other debris from the outer surface of pipe sections prior to the butt fusion process. The pipe cleaner may be a wiper through which the pipe slides, or may be a multi-piece scraper with spring loaded flaps that clean the outside surface of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: P E Fusion, LLC
    Inventor: William James Temple
  • Patent number: 7263737
    Abstract: A tool for simultaneously cleaning inside and outside surfaces surrounding an open end portion of a pipe includes a cleaning arm and a pipe-supporting arm mounted in a head for adjustment of the transverse spacing therebetween. Support portions on the cleaning arm have confronting faces spaced transversely from one another and defining a rearwardly extending, forwardly open slot adapted for the receipt of the wall of a pipe supported on the pipe-supporting arm, and a pipe-cleaning element is disposed on each of the confronting faces of the support portions. Relative rotation of the mounting head and a pipe so positioned will cause the cleaning elements to effect simultaneous cleaning of the surrounding inside and outside surfaces of the pipe end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventors: Richard T. Walsh, Richard T. Walsh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7059945
    Abstract: A pipe joint between welded exposed metal end sections of coated pipe being formed into a pipeline is cleaned before a corrosion resistant film is applied. A cleaning head of a cleaning mechanism is placed with a mounting frame on the pipe in the area of the pipe ends to be cleaned. The cleaning head moves in a succession of longitudinal cleaning passes in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the pipe area being cleaned. The frame also moves the cleaning head rotatably with respect to the pipe joint to positions for the longitudinal cleaning passes. A control mechanism defines the extent of the longitudinal cleaning passes, and also controls movement of the cleaning head to successive cleaning passes until the pipe joint is cleaned. The control is programmed and automatic, and there is no need for contact with the mechanism while it is in operation. The number of cleaning heads and cleaning material supply and exhaust hoses or tubes, as well as the number of crew required, is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Offshore Joint Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald P. Skinner
  • Patent number: 6990707
    Abstract: A cylindrical member maintenance device is comprised of a housing comprised of two hinged halves for being closed around a cylindrical member, such as a stranded steel cable. A rotary helical brush assembly and a rotary longitudinal brush assembly are positioned in the housing and rotatable about an axis of the housing. Each rotary brush assembly is comprised of coaxial split rings with rotary cylindrical wire brushes connected in between and which are independently rotatable about their own axes. Nozzles are positioned on the inside of the housing for applying a cleaning fluid or paint to the cylindrical member. Apertures in the housing are for connecting to a suction device for removing debris, cleaning fluid, and paint to avoid contaminating the environment. Loops on the housing are for attaching to cables for moving the housing along the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventors: Steven A. Heumann, Richard D. Howard
  • Patent number: 6986184
    Abstract: A brush device has a plurality of different size annular brushes encircling a single cylindrical brush. All brushes are mounted on a drive shaft associated with an electric motor which can be powered by a battery pack or by utility power. The cylindrical brush will fit into a water jet, while the annular brushes will clean the outside of the water jet. A brush head encircles the annular brushes and is located and shaped to engage a planar surface adjacent to the water jet being cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventors: Rebecca Chamblee, James T. Chamblee
  • Patent number: 6983508
    Abstract: A bolt cleaning system for removing debris from the threaded portions of anchor bolts. The bolt cleaning system includes a shaft member, an inner member attached to the shaft member having an annular member, a first cleaning unit removably positionable within the inner member, a connector member connectable to the inner member, an outer member connectable to the connector member, and a second cleaning unit removably positioned between the connector member and the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: James M. Saurer
  • Publication number: 20040231079
    Abstract: A pipe end cleaning tool that attaches to a drill power source and comprise of a housing, a roller system, and an abrasive brush. The roller is designed to maintain continuity unto the brush as it rotates. As the abrasive brush wears down, the roller can be adjusted by either moving it onto new holes located on the housing, a worm driven adjustment on the housing, or spring loaded. The results are, the pipe ends gets cleaner and de-burred faster and the abrasive brush can be used to its maximum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Albert Bierria, Gwendolyn Bierria
  • Patent number: 6813797
    Abstract: The invention is an adjustable wire brush tool for cleaning either the inside or the outside end of a copper pipe or fitting in preparation for soldering the parts together. The tool includes a hollow cylindrical section with a first wire brush on the interior surface of the section. Attached at one end of the cylindrical section is a slightly smaller cylindrical section sized to hold a second cylindrical twisted steel brush having a hexagonal shaft that extends from the smaller section, opposite the larger cylindrical section. The twisted steel brush and attached shaft can be moved to extend the twisted brush beyond the open end of the larger cylindrical section, for insertion into a fitting to clean the fitting interior surface by attaching a power drill to the shaft and rotating the twisted steel brush attached thereto. To clean the outside of a pipe, the twist brush is retracted into the smaller section and secured to that section with an engaging means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Corey D. Kadinger
  • Publication number: 20040182421
    Abstract: System and method for cleaning an electrical delivery system. An embodiment of the self-cleaning electrical delivery system comprises a track having an abrasive surface and a brush operatively associated with the track, the brush moving over the abrasive surface of the track to remove debris from the brush. A tool for producing the abrasive surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Kelly John Reasoner, Gregg S. Schmidtke, Conrad K. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6745426
    Abstract: A copper pipe cleaning assembly has an interior cleaning member and an exterior cleaning member, which are easily joined or separated as required, depending on the area of the pipe to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Patrick B. Knowles
  • Patent number: 6735805
    Abstract: A motor driven and or mounted cleaning attachment manufactured of a rigid material, having no need for adjustment, for the purpose of clearing multiple bolt pitch diameters and lengths. Consist of plates sandwiched and fastened together. Mounting plate manufactured to mount directly to motor housing, or a base being driven by a motor, jack-shaft and pulley or gear driven system. The mounting plate is bored with an indexed pattern of multiple diameter bored through holes. Center working plate is mounted to the mounting plate, and has the same indexed pattern of bored through holes as the mounting plate. Except the index has been partially bored away and exposed to the cleaning wheel bore. The Cleaning wheel rotates within the cleaning wheel bore located in the center working plate. Cover plate is mounted to the center working plate, and has the same indexed pattern of through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Chad Douglas Chapin
  • Publication number: 20040060131
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tool for cleaning an anode in a coating machine. The anode cleaning tool has a rotary brush driven by a driver such as a cordless power drill. The rotary brush and the driver are connected to a support structure and an adapter which allows the tool to be joined to a shaft associated with the coating machine. The tool further includes a light source connected to the support structure for enabling an operator to see an anode as it is being cleaned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventors: Robert J. Moravsky, Stephan G. Vandermyn, Dean N. Marszal
  • Patent number: 6704964
    Abstract: A copper pipe cleaning assembly has an interior cleaning member and an exterior cleaning member, which are easily joined or separated as required, depending on the area of the pipe to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Patrick B. Knowles
  • Publication number: 20040031112
    Abstract: A bolt cleaning system for removing debris from the threaded portions of anchor bolts. The bolt cleaning system includes a shaft member, an inner member attached to the shaft member having an annular member, a first cleaning unit removably positionable within the inner member, a connector member connectable to the inner member, an outer member connectable to the connector member, and a second cleaning unit removably positioned between the connector member and the outer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: James M. Saurer