With Means Facilitating Connecting Or Disconnecting Supported Tubing Or Rod Sections Patents (Class 166/77.51)
  • Patent number: 9752394
    Abstract: A die holder device includes a die holder that has an axial centre line and is adapted to receive a clamp die. The die holder is included in a clamp arm or slide block. The die holder is restricted from axial movement by at least a first complete or partial conical surface and possibly by a second complete or partial conical surface that directly or indirectly bears against the clamp arm or the slide block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO NORWAY AS
    Inventors: Jonathan Garrick Webb, Hugo Leonardo Rosano, David Allen Hill, Trond Werner Moen
  • Patent number: 9581010
    Abstract: An instrumented shell for sensing drilling parameters of a drilling assembly positionable at a wellsite. The drilling assembly includes a top drive assembly and a downhole tool. The instrumented shell includes a shell body, instruments and an interconnector. The shell body is positionable about the top drive assembly, and has pockets extending therein and a cover positionable about the shell body. The instruments include sensors, and are removably disposable in the pocket and sealable therein with the at least one cover. The interconnector includes a top drive connector removably connectable to the top drive assembly and a shell connector removably connectable to the shell body with a cable therebetween to pass signals therebetween whereby drilling parameters of the downhole tool may be directly collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason Richard Anderson, James Edgar Standefer, James Brent Welch, James M. Burks
  • Patent number: 9458382
    Abstract: A top drive mechanism for a drill rod for cutting of delayed coking units in the petroleum refining industry includes a gooseneck connector, a washpipe assembly, an output shaft, and a power mechanism for driving the output shaft to rotate. The output shaft has an integral structure formed by a shaft body and a flange; a step I is disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the output shaft; a support ring is disposed on an end face of the step I; the output shaft mates with the support ring through a key I; a lock nut fixes the support ring onto the end face of the step I; a lower portion of the support ring is provided with a self-aligning thrust roller bearing. The structure has high stability such that the service life of the top drive device is extended and installation and disassembly are easy and fast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: LUOYANG JIANGUANG SPECIAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zhiping Liu, Dongfeng Yang, Wenming Yang
  • Patent number: 9416601
    Abstract: A casing running tool is connected to a top drive with a clutch that operates with set down weight against a spring resistive force. Setting down weight with rotation in a first direction raises an actuation member that pushes the slips out radially. The weight of the string then keeps the slips in position so that the string can be picked up and the rig floor slips removed followed by lowering the string while circulating and rotating. With slips set inside the joint and the string hanging free, rotating the top drive rotates the string as the string is lowered. With slips again supporting the string on the rig floor the top drive can be rotated in an opposed direction with weight set down to back off the slips and to remove it from the top joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: DrawWorks LLP
    Inventors: Albert Augustus Mullins, Matthew J. Hickl
  • Patent number: 9359835
    Abstract: A pipe drive system includes a gripping device configured to couple with a pipe element. A housing of the gripping device is configured to extend over and at least partially around a distal end of the pipe element. Torsional clamp devices are configured to engage an outer circumferential surface of the pipe element with frictional engagement features that extend radially inward from the housing. A sealing mechanism is configured to shift a pipe seal relative to the housing and into engagement with the distal end of the pipe element and to facilitate fluid flow through the gripping device into the pipe element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Everett Leman, Ryan Thomas Bowley, Edgar Fernando Yajure, Doug Greening
  • Patent number: 9260928
    Abstract: A drill rig 10 has a drill tower 12, rotation head 14 and drill table 16. The rotation head 14 is supported on and linearly traversable along drill tower 12. A drill rig traverse system 20 provides pull back and pull down force to the rotation head 14 enabling the rotation head 14 to traverse along drill tower 12 and controlling contact force between a drill bit and toe of a hole being drilled. The system 20 is formed as a combination of a hydraulic ram traverse system 22 providing both pull back and pull down force; and a winch pull back system 24 providing pull back only. Both hydraulic ram traverse system 22 and winch pull back system 24 can traverse the rotation head for the full length of the tower 12 when simultaneously applying pull back to the rotation head 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Strada Design Limited
    Inventor: Warren Strange
  • Patent number: 9175526
    Abstract: A system includes a top drive system equipped with a mounted winch configured to draw tubular or well equipment into alignment with a quill of the top drive system. The winch comprises a spool and a flexible line that extends from the spool and through channels in the top drive system, exiting through the quill. An attachment feature at the distal end of the flexible line couples the flexible line with the tubular or drilling equipment. Once this coupling has been established, the winch may rotate such that the flexible line retracts through the quill of the top drive system, drawing the tubular or well equipment into alignment with the quill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: TESCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonathan Brian O'Blenes
  • Patent number: 9038733
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon drilling tubulars storage and handling system, said system comprising: —first and second rotary storage racks, each rotary storage rack being rotatable about a vertical axis and having storage slots for storage of multiple tubulars in each rotary storage rack in vertical orientation, the first and second rotary storage rack each including a drive to rotate the storage rack about its vertical axis, —a tubulars racking device positioned between the first and second rotary storage racks, said racking device including a rotary structure that is rotatable about a vertical axis and a drive to rotate the rotary column structure about said vertical axis, the rotary structure supporting at a first side thereof a first tubular racker assembly and at a second side thereof a second tubular racker assembly, each tubular racker assembly including one or more one gripping members adapted to grip a tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Diederick Bernardus Wijning, Joop Roodenburg
  • Publication number: 20150136420
    Abstract: A device for handling drill string components in respect of a drill rig. A gripper is configured to grip a first drill string component to be threaded on to or off from a second drill string component being partly drilled into a rock formation. A support is configured to fasten the device onto the drill rig. A handling unit is movably connected to the support. The handling unit includes the gripper and is movable between a drill string position and a loading position. The handling unit includes an auxiliary engagement unit configured to engage the second drill string component in the drill string position and an angle variation unit configured to vary an angle of the gripper and thereby the gripped first drill string component in order to allow the alignment in the drill string position. Also a method and a drill rig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Per Tengliden, Johan Lindberg
  • Publication number: 20150114620
    Abstract: A slip design has segments that move relatively axially before moving in tandem up a ramp for radial extension. Due to the fact of the relative movement the segments interlock due to their geometric configuration or their surface treatment such that at the conclusion of such relative movement the load carrying thickness is effectively increased. The extended position minimizes radial extension of the slips for a smaller tool drift dimension while still allowing the needed radial extension and actually extending the radial reach of the slip assembly. The segment can have triangular or trapezoidal tapered interfaces that provide bearing areas between slip segments and adjacent spacer segment. Alternatively, the slips segments can have opposing wickers so that after riding up an underlying support member can interact with that member for load transfer. The supporting members can also be secured to an underlying mandrel for further load transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Eric Halfmann
  • Publication number: 20150114668
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly includes a tubular wellhead housing having a bore and an annular gallery slot. The annular gallery slot is defined by an enlarged inner diameter of the bore. A tubular hanger is selectively landed in the bore of the wellhead housing, defining an annular cavity between the bore and an outer diameter of the tubular hanger. The tubular hanger is supported by the wellhead housing with a hanger support located in the annular cavity. A flow-by passage is in fluid communication with the annular cavity at locations above and below the hanger support. The flow-by passage intersects with the gallery slot and intersects an outer radial surface of the tubular hanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Mayur Mansukh, Aniruddha D. Gadre, Daniel Caleb Benson, David Lawrence Ford
  • Publication number: 20150114619
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly including a tubing hanger adapted to be connected to a tubing string and landed in a wellhead, and defining a tubing annulus between the tubing string and casing in a well. The wellhead assembly also includes a tubing annulus upper access bore extending downward from an upper end of the tubing hanger, and a tubing annulus lower access bore extending upward from a lower end of the tubing hanger and misaligned with the upper access bore, the lower access bore adapted to communicated with the tubing annulus. A communication cavity connects the upper and lower access bores within the tubing hanger. A remotely actuated valve is in the communication cavity for selectively opening and closing communication between the lower access bore and the upper access bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney Mark Fenwick
  • Publication number: 20150114667
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly includes a wellhead housing having a bore and a locking profile including a gallery slot, and an annular notch. An inner wellhead assembly is selectively landed in the bore of the wellhead housing, the inner wellhead assembly having a lock ring with a lock ring profile that engages the locking profile. The engaging surface is a sloped downward facing surface at an axially upper end of the gallery slot. The annular notch has a notch engaging profile with a downward facing notch upper shoulder and an upward facing notch lower shoulder. The locking profile includes an inlay, the inlay being located on the notch upper shoulder and the engaging surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Mayur Mansukh, Aniruddha D. Gadre, David Lawrence Ford
  • Publication number: 20150107853
    Abstract: A stabilizer to suppress unwanted pivotal movement in pipe handling equipment suspended from bails. The stabilizer can contain either or both adjustable contacting members and non-adjustable contacting members which are rigidly connected to a portion of the pipe handling equipment. The adjustable contacting members contact the bails on one or both sides of the bail(s) to suppress motion of the elevator relative to the bail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Angelle, Donald E. Mosing, Oren M. Bowden
  • Patent number: 9010445
    Abstract: A casing running tool is provided having a central mandrel with spiral wedge grooves, an outer cage having generally horizontal slots corresponding to the spiral wedge grooves, and grabber balls disposed between the spiral wedge grooves and the horizontal slots. Each of the spiral wedge grooves has a deeper end and a shallower end, between which the respective grabber balls roll. When a grabber ball is disposed in the shallower end of the respective spiral wedge groove, the grabber ball exerts a radial force against an inner wall of a casing or liner being supported. In addition, the running tool facilitates the application of torque from the running tool to the casing or liner being supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Tesco Corporation
    Inventor: Edgar Fernando Yajure
  • Publication number: 20150101826
    Abstract: An automated roughneck may include a backup tong and a makeup tong. The makeup tong and backup tong may be selectively movable relative to one another. The makeup tong and backup tong may include spinner and gripper assemblies respectively adapted to make up and break out threaded connections. The automated roughneck may be configurable to be removable from the drill string in a lateral direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Ashish Gupta, Vladimir Scekic, Padira Reddy, Brian Ellis, Faisal Yousef, Chris Magnuson, Larry Heighington
  • Publication number: 20150083391
    Abstract: A device is taught for gripping casing joints comprising one or more first cylinders and one or more second cylinders actuated by a singular hydraulic system. A second device is taught comprising a gripping system, said gripping system comprising one or more slips cammed against one or more inclined recesses when the gripping system is rotated to maintain gripping engagement of the casing. A third device is taught comprising a gripping system, said gripping system comprising one or more slips received into one or more inclined recesses. A fourth device is taught comprising one or more dies supported on one or more said slips by means of mating load transfer profiles. A fifth device is taught comprising a tubular guide means. A sixth device is taught comprising an integral fluid compensator chamber. A seventh device is taught comprising a hydraulic swivel comprising one or more sealing means having predictable seal fluid leak rates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel S. Bangert, Vetsouvanh Malathong, Jonathan Ancelet
  • Patent number: 8985225
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed to a device for a top drive drilling system. The device includes a movable sleeve configured to be disposed around at least a portion of a sub. The movable sleeve is configured to be selectively disposed around a tubular by sliding axially along the sub. The device also includes a plurality of engagement features extending inwardly from an inner circumference of the movable sleeve. When the movable sleeve is disposed around the tubular, the plurality of engagement features are configured to engage the tubular when the movable sleeve is rotated in a first direction and to not engage the tubular when the movable sleeve is rotated in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tesco Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin James Nikiforuk
  • Patent number: 8985201
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to methods and apparatus to inhibit rotation within a drilling rig. The apparatus may include a first member connected to a first component of the drilling rig, and a second member connected to the first member and connected to a second component of the drilling rig, the second component configured to move vertically with respect to the first component. The first member is configured to move vertically with respect to the second member and the first member and the second member substantially inhibit rotation between each other. The apparatus may include a rotational adjustment system, in which the rotational adjustment system is used to connect with one of the components of the drilling rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Brian David Begnaud, Charles Michael Webre, Adam Gerard Pelletier, Dougal Hugo Brown, Tom Adrian Banger, Peter John Lovegrove
  • Publication number: 20150075814
    Abstract: A device is taught for positioning drill pipe make up or break out equipment on a rig floor. The device comprises a forward arm connectable at a first end to the drill pipe make up or break out equipment, an upper rearward arm and a lower rearward arm, pivotably connectable between the forward arm and a column, said lower rearward arm further being axially movable along said column. The device further comprises means for maintaining the upper rearward arm in parallel relationship with the lower rearward arm and means for axially moving said lower rearward arm. Axial movement of said lower rearward arm acts to extend or retract said forward arm, while maintaining a constant axial position of the make up or break out equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Murray C. Gerwing, Steven Hargreaves, Bin Ma
  • Publication number: 20150075771
    Abstract: A multi-component tubular coupling is provided for wellhead assemblies. In one embodiment, the multi-component tubular coupling may include a first tubular member, a landing ring, and a second tubular member. The second tubular member may include internal threads, lock screws, or any combination thereof to couple to a wellhead component. In another embodiment, the multi-component tubular coupling may only include the first tubular member and the landing ring. In such an embodiment, a wellhead component may be secured to the coupling via lock screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150068766
    Abstract: A rotational driver for driving a connector through adjacent tubulars is provided. The adjacent tubulars are positionable in a wellbore of a wellsite for passing fluid therethrough. The rotational driver includes a gearbox housing positionable about the connector, a socket carried by the gearbox housing to receivingly engage the connector, and a plurality of gears driven by at least one motor. The gears are operatively connectable to the socket to transfer torque from the motor thereto, and have interlocking teeth defining a plurality of contacts therebetween whereby load on the gears is distributable therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas Aaron Jahnke
  • Patent number: 8967278
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first housing portion comprising a first adjustable gripping system moveable between an engaged position that grips a cylindrical outer surface of a first tubular structure having a first diameter and a disengaged position that permits relative movement of the first housing portion and the first tubular structure. The apparatus also includes a second housing portion fixed relative to the first housing portion so that rotation of the first housing portion results in rotation of the second housing portion. The second housing portion includes a second gripping system to securely grip a cylindrical outer surface of a second tubular structure that is threadably attached to the first tubular structure and has a second diameter different than the first diameter. Methods of breaking tubing hanger connections are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nabors Canada
    Inventor: Daryl Richard Sugden
  • Patent number: 8955602
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a drilling and tripping equipment package and control scheme and methods using two or more systems that operate simultaneously and continuously in a synchronized manner such that the feeding of tubulars into or out of a well bore is achieved with continuous or near continuous movement, without the need for periodic interruptions. The drilling and tripping equipment package and control scheme is also able to rotate the tubulars in the well bore with continuous speed and torque sufficient for both drilling and back-reaming operations. The drilling and tripping equipment package and control scheme is additionally able to circulate drilling fluid into the internal bore of the tubulars with sufficient pressure and flow to facilitate both drilling and back-reaming operations, with minimal interruption to circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: LeTourneau Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Pilgrim
  • Publication number: 20150041152
    Abstract: A well tool adapted to be connected with and disconnected from a well tubing using a power tong device having a pair of tongs, a gripping span between the pair of tongs, and a maximum clearance diameter for an object passing through the tongs. The well tool includes a tubular mandrel. The tubular mandrel has a maximum mandrel diameter which is no greater than the maximum clearance diameter. The tubular mandrel includes a first mandrel connector which is adapted for connecting the tubular mandrel with a first well tubing in order to provide a first connection. The tubular mandrel is configured so that when the power tong device grips a tong gripping surface on the tubular mandrel and the first well tubing in order to connect the tubular mandrel and the first well tubing, the first connection is located within the gripping span.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Tracy Earl Klotz, Colin James Nielsen Daigle
  • Publication number: 20150041151
    Abstract: Rotating wellhead hanger assemblies are provided. In one embodiment, a wellhead hanger assembly includes a casing hanger and a casing hanger running tool coupled to the casing hanger. An exterior surface of the casing hanger includes a recess and the casing hanger running tool includes a dog that extends inward from the casing hanger running tool into the recess of the exterior surface of the casing hanger. Engagement of the dog with the recess of the casing hanger facilitates synchronous rotation of the casing hanger and its running tool. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: John J. Cocker, III, Shailesh U. Vaghmashi, Jacob C. Emmett, Randy Gonzalez, Andrew R. Hanson, James D. Cavanagh, Michael F. Levert, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150034335
    Abstract: A spider and method for supporting a tubular within a well bore. Radial dogs, controlled by cylinders that extend and retract simultaneously, are operable to support the tubular by the lower lip of a box connector. When a tubular connector is set down upon the dogs so as to depress one or more triggers located thereon, an interlock in a control system is actuated to prevent movement of the dogs. However, even while the spider is thus loaded, the dogs may nevertheless be retracted via an emergency override mechanism thereby allowing the tubular to be dropped into the wellbore. When the tubular has been lifted off of the triggers, the interlock is deactivated, and the dogs of the spider can be operated once again. The triggers may actuate sensor valves located within the dogs, which in turn actuates an interlock valve isolating the flow path of the cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Trevor S. Brown, Akihito James Fukasawa
  • Publication number: 20150027732
    Abstract: A compensation and fill up assembly comprises a slip assembly for engaging a tubular and a compensation assembly for supporting a weight of the tubular when engaged by the slip assembly. The compensation and fill up assembly further comprises a fluid swivel and a fill up tool coupled to the fluid swivel by a fluid shaft. The fill up tool is insertable into and rotatable with the tubular using the fluid swivel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: WEATHERFORD/LAMB, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin WOOD, Jim HOLLINGSWORTH, Troy F. HILL
  • Publication number: 20150027738
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for installing a wellhead component in a single trip. Generally, a wellhead component may be run into a wellhead using a running tool. The running tool may then be retrieved from the wellhead and replaced with a locking tool, which is also run into the wellhead. Additional tools may be used to over-pull the wellhead component and to cementing the wellhead component in place. The process of retrieving and running tools into the wellhead is both time-consuming and costly. Accordingly, the disclosed embodiments include a one-trip tool configured to run a wellhead component into a wellhead, engage an internal coupling to lock the wellhead component in place, over-pull the wellhead component to ensure the internal coupling was properly engaged, and cement the wellhead component in place within the wellhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8938930
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting tubular goods and wellbore tools that can be used to perform down-hole operations in oil and gas wells. The support apparatus has a minimal footprint and requires minimal surface area. The support apparatus can be used to jack and remove casing and other pipe, as well as other rig-less downhole well operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Larue Bryant, Jr., David J. Ruttley
  • Patent number: 8931568
    Abstract: A well screen assembly has a base pipe and one or more screen sections attached to the outer surface of the base pipe. The assembly also has one or more shunt tubes attached to the base pipe via top and bottom rings. The shunt tubes can be attached to the screen sections via B-rings and may be transport tubes or packing tubes. Connections are used for securing a jumper tube to adjoining shunt tubes of adjoining screen sections of the wellscreen assembly, which may be used in open or cased holes. At a well site, the joints of the wellscreens have timed threads so that the various shunt tubes can be aligned with one another along the assembly as the joints are made up. The connections of the present disclosure allow operators to install a jumper tubes between shunt tubes at the joint without needing to tighten fasteners or assembly components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen McNamee
  • Publication number: 20140374122
    Abstract: An improved fluid conduit union and method for hammerless attachment apparatus for hammerless coupling the ends of abutting fluid conduits, such as pipe, hoses, or attachment fitting conduits, comprising a ring-shaped conduit receptacle assembly threadedly engaged and fixed on a female fitting at one conduit end and a cylindrical ring-shaped locking assembly positioned around a male fitting at the other conduit end. The ring-shaped locking assembly has a lock ring positionable by a rotatable locking ring nut threadedly engaging the ring-shaped conduit receptacle. Rotation of the locking ring nut translates the lock ring against the male fitting and firmly seats the male fitting at one conduit end to the female fitting at the other conduit end where they are locked in place, all without rotation of either fluid conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas J. Fanguy, Robert P. Fanguy, Jake Ryan Guillory, Jeremy Nathanael Guillory
  • Patent number: 8910719
    Abstract: A device and a method for handling rod-shaped elements on drilling gear are disclosed. The device for handling rod-shaped elements on drilling gear includes a drill rod magazine on which the rod components are deposited between a center of a drill hole and a center of a drilling mast, an elevator with a guide that lifts the drill rods above a drill hole, and a drive for displacing the elevator, a gripper attached to the elevator for picking up the rod component from the drill rod magazine, and a plurality of monitors. The plurality of monitors automatically monitor the movement of the rod-shaped components amongst the magazine, the elevator, and the gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Max Streicher GmbH & Co. KG aA
    Inventors: Rupert Kockeis, Hans-Peter Murr, Tobias Stadler, Andreas Beck, Markus Heckendorf, Werner Gluck, Georg Streicher, Marco Winter
  • Publication number: 20140352943
    Abstract: A gripping tool includes a gripping element and at least one gripping surface formed on the gripping element. The at least one gripping surface includes a plurality of teeth extending from the gripping element an outer layer. A method to surface process a gripping surface of a gripping tool includes providing the gripping surface in an environment comprising a source of additive material and heating the gripping surface at a temperature and a time to diffuse the additive material a depth into the gripping surface to form a diffusion layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Brennan S. Domec, Jeremy Richard Angelle
  • Patent number: 8899319
    Abstract: An automated tubular handling system adapted to make-up or break-out tubulars that includes a rotary drive adapted to operatively grip a tubular to be connected to or disconnected from a tubular string, a controller adapted to receive and process data indicative of a rotation, torque, and minimum time value associated with a make-up or a break-out of the tubular string, and a user interface adapted to convey the received data, the predetermined values, or both, of the tubular make-up or break-out to an operator. The controller compares the rotation, torque, and minimum time values to acceptable predetermined values to determine when the make-up or the break-out is complete. Automated methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: John B. Patterson, Roman K. Nowak, Justin M. Jarski, Stanislaw C. Sulima
  • Patent number: 8894021
    Abstract: A cable support is disclosed. The cable support may comprise a mount, a drive support, a strap, and a drive block. The drive support and the strap may be connected to the mount. The drive block may be connected to the drive support and the strap. A cable support may comprise a body having a through hole, a plurality of compression segments, and a spreader. The plurality of compression segments may be located at least partially within the body and may be sized to receive a wire. The spreader may be located between the plurality of compression segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: Allan W. Daniel, Chad Garrish, David Fuller, Stuart W. Thorn
  • Patent number: 8887801
    Abstract: A stabilizer to suppress unwanted pivotal movement in pipe handling equipment suspended from bails. The stabilizer can contain either or both adjustable contacting members and non-adjustable contacting members which are rigidly connected to a portion of the pipe handling equipment. The adjustable contacting members contact the bails on one or both sides of the bail(s) to suppress motion of the elevator relative to the bail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Angelle, Donald E. Mosing, Oren M. Bowden
  • Publication number: 20140326467
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to a tubular handling tool. The tool may include a base and a ring or sleeve member. The tool may further include an actuation member configured to move or rotate the ring or sleeve member relative to the base. Additionally, the tool may include a clamp or dog member attached to the base. The clamp or dog member is configured to move between a radially retracted position and a radially extended position as the ring or sleeve member moves or rotates relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Karsten HEIDECKE, Federico AMEZAGA, Scott MCINTIRE, Bjoern THIEMANN, John Fielding OWNBY
  • Publication number: 20140311732
    Abstract: A combination for making up and breaking out pipe at an oil rig site includes a torque module and at least one pipe clamp apparatus. The torque module includes a pair of hydraulic motors, a torque transmission driven by the motors, a herringbone gear segment driven by the transmission to rotate the torque module, and a pair of clamp cylinders actuated by the transmission. The at least one pipe clamp apparatus is actuated by at least one of the clamp cylinders to apply a uniform gripping load around a pipe that is pipe diameter independent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lee Bertelsen
  • Patent number: 8863846
    Abstract: A jack system may provide subsea or surface operation. The jack system includes a top plate and a base plate with at least two pistons disposed between the base and top plate. The pistons are extendable to increase a separation distance between the base and top plate, and said pistons are retractable to decrease the separation distance between the base and top plate. The jack system also includes a bottom slip bowl assembly, a top slip bowl assembly, and rotary assembly. The top slip bowl and rotary assembly are rotatably coupled to the top plate wherein the rotary assembly and the top slip bowl assembly rotate relative to the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Cudd Pressure Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Curtis Overstreet, Scott Michael Cunningham, J. E. Skip Ward
  • Patent number: 8863371
    Abstract: A system for aligning and connecting components including a support structure and a measuring apparatus coupled to the support structure. The measuring apparatus is arranged to spatially analyze a first tubular component with respect to a second tubular component for determining an adjustment vector therebetween. An alignment apparatus is coupled to the support structure and in data communication with the measuring apparatus. The alignment apparatus includes a plurality of actuators operatively arranged in parallel for moving at least one of the first or second tubular components relative to the other for coaxially arranging the first and second tubular components in accordance with the adjustment vector. A connection apparatus is coupled to the support structure and operatively arranged for connecting the first and second tubular components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Dominik Brouwer, Joerg Lehr, Berend Denkena, Hans-Christian Möhring, Kai Litwinski
  • Publication number: 20140299313
    Abstract: A clamp assembly which includes two spaced apart jaw systems each of which has two sets of spaced apart relatively pivotal grip formations, wherein the jaw systems are relatively pivotally movable to position the four sets of grip formations at spaced apart locations on a circumference of a circle, wherein the size of the circumference is determined at least by the extent of relative pivotal movement of the jaw systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: MONUMENT MACHINE SHOP LTD.
    Inventors: Leonard Messmer, Timothy Pickford, Michael Thomas Patrick Sutherland, Lauren Giang
  • Publication number: 20140302305
    Abstract: A composite includes a porous matrix that includes a molybdenum-silicon-boron (Mo—Si—B) alloy that has a plurality of pores with a lubricant in contact with the Mo—Si—B alloy, a hydrophobic compound in contact with the Mo—Si—B alloy, or a combination thereof. A method for preparing a porous composite includes disposing a porous matrix comprising a Mo—Si—B alloy on a substrate, the Mo—Si—B alloy comprising a plurality of pores; disposing a lubricant on a surface of the porous matrix; and disposing a hydrophobic compound on a surface of the porous matrix to form the porous composite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Somesh Kumar Mukherjee, Vivekanand Sista, John H. Stevens
  • Patent number: 8851164
    Abstract: A tubular member handling apparatus including a tubular member running tool, an elevator, first actuators each extending between the running tool and the elevator, and second actuators each extending between the running tool and a corresponding first actuator. The running tool includes a slotted member having a plurality of elongated slots, a recessed member slidably coupled to the slotted member and having a plurality of recesses, and a plurality of rolling members each retained between one of the recesses and one of the slots. Each rolling member partially extends through an adjacent slot when located in a shallow end of a corresponding recess, and retracts to within an outer perimeter of the slotted member when located in a deep end of the corresponding recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Ellis, Craig Weems
  • Patent number: 8839884
    Abstract: A top drive system with a plurality of top drive modules, which are configured to be quickly exchanged. The top drive modules may include any or all of the following: a main body module, a gearbox module, a drive motor module, a pipe handler module, an upper fluid module, a lower well control valve module, a block interface module, a retract system interface frame module, a cooling system module, a work platform guard module, and a quill saver sub module. Alternatively, the top drive may comprise a first top drive and a second top drive which are configured to be quickly exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Beat Küttel, Randall S. Pyrch, Faisal J. Yousef, Alan S. Richardson, Greg Kostiuk
  • Patent number: 8839852
    Abstract: An excavator is provided, in which the excavator includes a head that is slidably mounted on a leader, and a position fixture assembly slidable along the leader via the head. The position fixture includes a support plate including a groove in it top surface, with a first rod slidable within the groove. The position fixture also including a locking unit that serves to engage a base member, allowing the base member to be elevated when the head is elevated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Suk-Shin In
  • Publication number: 20140262329
    Abstract: A clamping system for making and breaking threaded connections between a first component and a second component includes a first clamp assembly and a second clamp assembly. The first clamp assembly includes a first clamp member and a second clamp member disposed about an opening in the first clamp assembly. The second clamp assembly includes a third clamp member and a fourth clamp member disposed about an opening in the second clamp assembly. The opening in the second clamp assembly being coaxially aligned with the opening in the first clamp assembly. The first clamp member and the second clamp member are configured to engage the first component. The third clamp member and the fourth clamp member are configured to engage the second component. The first clamp member and the second clamp member are configured to rotate the first component relative to the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ulric Fournier, Robert Roulston
  • Patent number: 8833470
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a pipe handling system for use with a tubular joining system. In one aspect, a method of forming a string of pipe using a joining assembly at a wellbore is provided. The joining assembly includes an internal joining tool and an external joining tool. The method includes the step of picking up the pipe joint using an elevator. The method further includes the step of positioning a lower end of the pipe joint adjacent an end of a string of pipe disposed in the external joining tool. The method also includes the step of moving the internal joining tool from a first position to a second position relative to the elevator, wherein the second position is between the pipe joint and the string of pipe. The method further includes the step of forming a connection between the pipe joint and the string of pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Karsten Heidecke, Michael Hayes, Frederick T. Tilton, Doyle F. Boutwell, Jr., Robert Badrak, Joseph Ross Rials, David J. Havens
  • Patent number: 8807230
    Abstract: A well tubing installer includes a base having a tubular connector extending downward for connection to an upper end of a blowout preventer. A support floor having support slips is mounted to hydraulic cylinders at a fixed distance above the base. A traveling slip base containing traveling slips is mounted to upper ends of piston rods of the hydraulic cylinders. A pipe lifting assembly is supported by the base for lifting and positioning an additional joint of tubing to be added to the string of tubing. A pipe make-up mechanism is supported by the base for rotating the additional joint into threaded engagement with the string of tubing. A control line supply source for supplies control line to and alongside the string of tubing at a point between the base and the support floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Tesco Corporation
    Inventor: Errol A. Sonnier
  • Publication number: 20140224509
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed to a circulation system including a circulation management system. A housing of a coupling feature of the circulation management system is configured to extend over a box end of a pipe element. A seal disposed within the housing is configured to engage with a face of the box end. A force-application feature is configured to force the seal against the face of the box end to establish a sealed engagement between the circulation management system and the pipe element. A flow path of the circulation management system extends through the housing and the seal, wherein the flow path facilitates fluid flow into the pipe element from the circulation management system when the sealed engagement is established. A port to the flow path is configured to couple with a fluid flow supply feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Tesco Corporation
    Inventors: Edgar Fernando Yajure, Ryan Thomas Bowley