Driven Flexible Member Causes Advance Patents (Class 173/147)
  • Patent number: 11644015
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for generating power in the vicinity of a drilling rig are disclosed. During a drilling operation, heat generated by drilling fluid flowing from a borehole, exhaust from an engine, and/or fluid from an engine's water (or other fluid) jacket, for example, may be utilized by corresponding heat exchangers to facilitate heat transfer to a working fluid. The heated working fluid may cause an ORC unit to generate electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: ICE Thermal Harvesting, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Benjamin Bodishbaugh, Carrie Jeanne Murtland
  • Patent number: 11493029
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for generating power in the vicinity of a drilling rig are disclosed. During a drilling operation, heat generated by drilling fluid flowing from a borehole, exhaust from an engine, and/or fluid from an engine's water (or other fluid) jacket, for example, may be utilized by corresponding heat exchangers to facilitate heat transfer to a working fluid. The heated working fluid may cause an ORC unit to generate electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ICE Thermal Harvesting, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Benjamin Bodishbaugh, Carrie Jeanne Murtland
  • Patent number: 11453577
    Abstract: A vehicle crane system includes a vehicle crane having a detachable attachment part, in particular a main jib, and an attachment part transporting unit which is designed to receive the attachment part when the latter is detached from the vehicle crane and comprises a mobile transporting device for transporting the attachment part. To remove and mount the attachment part of the vehicle crane and to transport it, the transporting device is equipped with at least one loading arm, the free supporting end of which is provided for at least indirect temporary coupling to an attachment part which is to be received or is already received. The loading arm is mounted pivotably on the transporting device such that an attachment part to be loaded or unloaded can be moved down onto the transporting device or from the transporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Tadano Demag GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Meissner, Matthias Roth, Klaus Königstein
  • Patent number: 11434706
    Abstract: A system for handling drill pipe on the exit side of the borehole in horizontal directional drilling operations. The system pulls the drill string out of the borehole and uses a top drive and pipe wrench to disconnect the individual segments of drill pipe from the drill string. Pipe gripping arms lift the disconnected drill pipe segment away from the rest of the drill string and release it into a nearby pipe rack. The components of the system are collapsible and can nest in one another during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Robbie S. Fontaine, Daniel R. Page, Gustaaf M. Rus
  • Patent number: 11433869
    Abstract: A drive torque of an electric motor for driving a driveline included in a driveline assembly of a motor vehicle can be controlled as a function of the vehicle speed in such a way that, when the vehicle speed is below a predetermined threshold value, the electric motor is controlled in a high torque mode and, when the vehicle speed is above the threshold value, the electric motor is controlled in a low torque mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Peter Obergünner, Harwin Niessen, Michael Höck, Theodor Gassmann
  • Patent number: 11060361
    Abstract: A retractable top drive for use with a drilling rig and process for operating a drilling rig. The retractable top drive comprises a dolly having a pair of mast rails in translatable relation to a mast, such as sliding. A yoke pivotally connects a torque tube to the dolly and the top drive is connected to the torque tube, so that a substantial portion of the top drive is positioned lower than a substantial portion of the dolly. An extendable actuator is connected between the dolly and the yoke to translate the top drive to/from the dolly. Torque is transferred from the top drive through the torque tube, yoke and dolly into the mast of the drill rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz, Melvin Alan Orr
  • Patent number: 10895111
    Abstract: A guide for a top drive unit includes a lower track member connected to a lower mast section and an upper track member connected to an upper mast section and telescoped with the lower track section. A slider is slidably positioned about the upper track member so the slider is movable along the upper track member. The slider has a lateral cross-sectional profile substantially the same size and shape as a lateral cross-sectional profile of the lower track member. The skate is slidably positioned about the lower track member to be movable along the lower track member and onto the slider. The skate travels along the upper track member via the slider. The skate is connectable to a top drive unit so the top drive unit is movable along the lower track member and the upper track member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Gordon Bros. Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Gordon, Ronald K. Gillespie, David L. Williams, James T. Grammer, Bobby D. Fisk, Charles W. Harjo
  • Patent number: 10774589
    Abstract: A mast assembly that includes a mast and a hydraulic circuit for moving the mast. The hydraulic circuit includes a primary hydraulic cylinder coupled to the mast to rotate the mast about a pivot axis and a secondary hydraulic cylinder extending from a rod end to a cap end that is fluidly coupled to the primary hydraulic cylinder. A directional valve is fluidly coupled between the primary hydraulic cylinder and secondary hydraulic cylinder to keep a pressure on the cap end of the secondary hydraulic cylinder greater than the pressure on the rod end of the secondary hydraulic cylinder during all operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich K. Diecke
  • Patent number: 10697243
    Abstract: A coiled tubing rig includes a skid, a mast, and a drill floor. The mast may be pivotably coupled to the skid and may be moved between a horizontal position and a vertical position by a hydraulic cylinder. The drill floor may be pivotably coupled to the mast. The drill floor may be moved from a retracted to a deployed position by a hydraulic cylinder. The skid may include a BOP cradle and BOP controls. The coiled tubing rig may include a jib which may telescopically or pivotably extend from the mast. The coiled tubing rig may include a coiled tubing injector which is slidably positionable between a retracted and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Denver Lee, Donovan Korach, Ashish Gupta
  • Patent number: 10683753
    Abstract: A boom for supporting a drilling and bolting tool includes a first portion including a first end and a second end, a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end; a second portion including a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end supported for translational movement relative to the first portion in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis, the distal end configured to support the drilling and bolting tool; an actuator for moving the second portion relative to the first portion parallel to the longitudinal axis; and a fluid passage for conveying pressurized fluid between the first end of the first portion and the drilling and bolting tool adjacent the distal end of the second portion, the fluid passage positioned within the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Peter Hanna, Callum Tyler, Brad Neilson
  • Patent number: 10570677
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in subsurface drilling permits coupling and uncoupling of drill string sections while continuously moving the drill string. Tripping times can be reduced while maintaining low speeds of the drill string. In one embodiment coupling units operable to make or break couplings between drill string sections are arranged to circulate around a closed path. Each of the coupling units includes an elevator. Drill string sections may be passed off to a pipe handling system on a back side of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Warrior Rig Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Allan Stewart Richardson, Peter Ernest James Root
  • Patent number: 10501992
    Abstract: A tensioning device for a chain transmission for movement transfer between a driver device and a slide to be driven by a drive chain along a linear guide of a rock drill rig. A first fastening member fastens a first end of the drive chain on the slide. A second fastening member fastens a second end of the drive chain on a tensioning head, which is arranged displaceable in a tension direction of the drive chain on the slide. A spring device is arranged between the tensioning head and the slide for spring loading the tensioning head in the tension direction. At least one of the first and second fastening members includes an adjuster for adjusting tension in the drive chain. Also a method, a handling device and a rock drill rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Rune Lindberg
  • Patent number: 10273708
    Abstract: A transportable unit has a skid with a pivot connector to pivotally attach to a first mast leg of a drill rig mast. The skid also has a support connector to attach to a second mast leg support of the drill rig mast and a substructure connector to attach to a substructure of a drill rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Katherine J. Holst, Michael F. Jones, Tyson Andrew Springer, Kristopher Landon Murray Butler, Bradley James Schroeder, Christopher Medland
  • Patent number: 10227834
    Abstract: A drive of a slide which can move back and forth of an earth drilling device to move a drill string, wherein a rod, which can move relative to a cylinder, and tension transmitting means are provided in a frame and act on the slide, wherein the rod is connected to the frame, and deflection rollers are provided for the tension transmitting means on the frame and on the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TRACTO-TECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Fischer, Gerhard Völkel, Christian Löher
  • Patent number: 10184297
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for drilling a horizontally-oriented well having a sigmoid-shaped wellbore including an upper sigmoid portion having a downward curving wellbore trajectory and a lower sigmoid portion having an upward curving wellbore trajectory. The upper sigmoid portion having a first trajectory having a generally horizontal gradient at an entry point of the wellbore and that increases in downward gradient to a vertical gradient at an inflection point. The lower sigmoid portion having a second trajectory that includes the vertical gradient at the inflection point and that decreases in downward gradient to a generally horizontal gradient at a horizontal transition point of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Mohamed N. Noui-Mehidi
  • Patent number: 10083851
    Abstract: A seal belt includes inner and outer belt sections. The inner belt section revolves according to the movable member movement. The outer belt section includes, between the inner belt section and an opening, a first portion in which a first end is retained at a movable member inside section portion, the portion being closer to the opening lower end, and the remaining portion extends along the opening and is retained at a third space position, and a second portion in which a first end is retained at an inside section portion, the portion being closer to the lower end, and the remaining portion extends to a fourth space position along the opening and is retained at the fourth space position. The first portion and second portions lengths are changed in a complementary manner according to the movable member movement. The drive mechanism is surrounded by the inner belt section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Takahiro Inada, Hirohiko Goto, Masayuki Saito, Takeshi Shibata, Takayuki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10053930
    Abstract: A drilling drive system is provided. The drilling drive system has a mast having a longitudinal axis and a surface extending along the longitudinal axis. A bar is fixed to the surface of the mast and extends along the longitudinal axis. A plurality of rungs is disposed along the length of the bar, and a floating chain is disposed around the mast. A drive sprocket has a plurality of teeth that engage the plurality of rungs and the floating chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Griffith Marsh, Gabriel John Ellicott, Michael H. Noble
  • Patent number: 9995091
    Abstract: A rock drill telescopic arm is provided having a fixed arm which is sleeved on a movable arm; a telescopic oil cylinder; a plurality of adjusting blocks in the fixed arm along a circumferential direction thereof; a plurality of adjusting screw rods for respectively adjusting the position of each of the adjusting blocks on the fixed arm; a wear-resistant sliding block between at least part of the adjusting blocks and the movable arm; and a retainer at an opening end of the fixed arm for preventing the wear-resistant sliding block from moving along a telescoping direction of the movable arm, wherein the movable arm can be driven by the telescopic oil cylinder to slide along the wear-resistant sliding block. A rock drill equipped with the rock drill telescopic arm provides for convenient adjustment of a gap between the fixed arm and the movable arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Dongliang Bu, Jianming Shi, Per Elven, Mats Hedenborg, Zhongxi Zhou, Yucang Zheng
  • Patent number: 9856733
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for installation of a rock bolt (124) in a first drill hole by means of a rock bolting rig (100), wherein said rock bolting rig (100) comprises a carrier (101), a boom unit (102) fastened to said carrier (101), and a bolt unit (103) fastened to said boom unit (102) via first joint means (106), wherein said bolt unit (103) comprises a feeder unit (104) including means for displaceable carrying of a drilling machine (105), wherein said bolt unit comprises a first (103A) end and holding means (123, 125) for holding said rock bolt (124).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
    Inventors: Jan Olsson, Rene Deutsch
  • Patent number: 9797199
    Abstract: A guide device and associated methods for forming a hole in the ground using compression or other means. In one example, the guide device includes a compression hammer having a hammer tip; a guide frame member for guiding the compression hammer into one or more positions along the guide frame member; and a movement control assembly securing the compression hammer to the guide frame, the movement control assembly selectively moving said compression hammer along said guide frame, so that said compression hammer forms the hole in the ground. By compressing soil materials, which has the effect of increasing soil density around the hole, a more rigid and accurate hole (i.e., within higher dimensional tolerances) is created when compared with holes created by drilling/boring/excavation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Bernard J. Gochis
  • Patent number: 9580966
    Abstract: An all-electric powered mobile jumbo drill machine configured to use provided AC electric power and on board battery provided electric power and operated in a mining environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lake Shore Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen A. Rudinec
  • Publication number: 20150041165
    Abstract: An apparatus for accessing longitudinal bores which includes: a length of resilient tube configured to be extendible along at least a portion of its length; wherein one end of the resilient tube includes a utility head thereon; and wherein the other end of the tube is configured to directly or indirectly connect to, and receive a force from, a physical energy source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Campbell Alan Booth, Gary Alan Gibson, Patrick David Maguire
  • Patent number: 8784015
    Abstract: A portable power drill includes a housing, a drilling implement carrying drive spindle, and a drive motor for rotating and axially feeding the drive spindle. The drive spindle is rotatively and axially displaceable relative to the housing and connected to the drive motor via angle gears, a feed mechanism and two bevel gears supported on the drive spindle. The drive motor is drivingly connected to the drive spindle via a belt drive transmission, a feed shaft, and an angle gear including an axially locked but rotative nut piece. The feed shaft is located in parallel with and coupled to the drive motor via a transmission and drivingly connected to said nut piece. The drive motor is an electric motor controlled and monitored by a programmable control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Industrial Technique Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Karl Johan Lars Elsmark, Lars Peter Johan Kjellqvist
  • Patent number: 8646546
    Abstract: A handling system (1?) is for drilling equipment (200) of the ground, in which the drilling equipment (200) slides along a support tower (101, 501) fixed or movable with respect to the ground. The handling system (1?) includes at least one linear actuator (3, 3a, 3b) for handling the digging equipment. The linear actuator (3, 3a, 3b) being temporarily movable and releasable with respect to the tower (101, 501).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Soilmec S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ezio Biserna
  • Patent number: 8567519
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ground working device comprising a carrier implement, a mast that forms a mast sequence and has a lower mast part, which is linked to the carrier implement, an upper mast part and at least one mast extension piece, whereby for the purpose of increasing the mast length the mast extension piece is removably inserted into the mast sequence between lower mast part and upper mast part and removed from the mast sequence, and, with the mast extension piece removed, the upper mast part can be fixed directly on the lower mast part, a work sledge which is guided in a displaceable manner along the mast, and at least one feed rope for displacing the work sledge, which runs at least in some areas longitudinally of the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Rudolf Poeckl
  • Patent number: 8424616
    Abstract: A track guiding system includes a track comprising a linear beam and a linear plate operatively coupled to the linear beam. The linear plate has opposing first and second surfaces separated by a first distance and opposing first and second edges separated by a second distance. A first compound edge roller and a second compound edge roller are disposed adjacent to the first and second edges of the linear plate, respectively, for travel along the first and second edges of the linear plate. Each of the first and second compound edge rollers include a first roller element adjacent to the first surface of the linear plate and a second roller element adjacent to the second surface of the linear plate. A carriage is coupled to the first and second compound edge rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Adrian Marica, Ionescu Mihai
  • Publication number: 20110297408
    Abstract: A drive for a machine element having an elongated shape including an elongated, flexible traction element (2; 29) helically guided around the machine element (1) in several turns (3), the traction element (2; 29) being drivable in both directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Georg Bründermann
  • Patent number: 7896099
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to provide a drilling device which is compact and has good sliding properties. The object is achieved by an upper beam for use with a lower beam in a telescopic feeder for a drilling device for rock drilling. The upper beam extends along a longitudinal axis and has a generally U-shaped cross section comprising a bottom wall and a first and a second side wall. Each side wall has an inward surface and an outward surface. The upper beam comprises a cooperating member intended for sliding cooperation with the lower beam. The cooperating member comprises an attachment structure extending outwardly from each outward surface of each side wall. Each attachment structure is intended for fixed mounting of a crank block bracket, which crank block bracket faces the outward surface of each side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Saf
  • Patent number: 7735576
    Abstract: In a device for guiding and tensioning supply lines for working tools movable along a straight guide, e.g. supply lines of a hydraulic hammer drill on an advance mounting, the advance of the working tool is implemented by means of a revolving transport chain driven by a sprocket wheel, and the supply line(s) are guided between the connections on the fixed guide and the connections on the working tool by a tension roller which causes a deflection about 180° and is movable in advance direction downstream the working tool conjointly therewith in the same direction but at half the advance speed, wherein the tension roller is slidably guided on the guide for the working tool transversely to its rotation axis, and wherein a pinion engages the transport chain for driving the movement of the tension roller and interacts with a fixed chain on the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Alois Wimmer
  • Publication number: 20100139941
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for employing a drill steel centralizer (6) travelling on a feed beam (1) of a rock drill machine (2). The drill steel centralizer (6) has a pressure fluid-operated actuator for closing a transfer opening intended for a drill rod (4) during drilling, whereby pressure fluid is fed into the actuator during drilling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventor: Juha Piipponen
  • Patent number: 7559377
    Abstract: The invention relates to a construction apparatus comprising a mast, a slide guided in a longitudinally displaceable manner on a front side of the mast, at least one drive chain for the slide arranged longitudinally to the mast and at least one drive pinion supported on the slide in a rotatable and drivable manner, which is engaged with the drive chain. Provision is made for the drive chain and the drive pinion to be arranged in front of the front side of the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Erwin Stoetzer
  • Patent number: 7410008
    Abstract: A ground rod driver that uses an industry standard connecting plate to physically attach the driver to Skid Steer type equipment. The driver has a hydraulic, impact driving hammer connected to an alignment beam that enables vertical movement of the hammer. Operation of the driving hammer, as well as up and down motion of the driving hammer is derived from the accessory hydraulic system and connections of the Skid Steer. Simple operating control valves, flow control valve and hydraulic hoses, and an operating station are mounted directly to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy J. Jahnigen
  • Patent number: 7387173
    Abstract: A pile driver including an apparatus for allowing relative movement between a hammer and a boom of an excavator. The apparatus includes a mounting plate mounted to the boom that interfits with and is slidable with respect to a frame rail mounted to the hammer. In operation, the hammer is placed on top of a pile and, as the pile is driven downwardly, the hammer follows the pile. Owing to the relative movement between the boom of the excavator and the hammer, the hammer follows the pile without requiring continuous downward readjustment of the boom. In one embodiment, the mounting plate assembly does not extend substantially above the hammer frame. In another embodiment, the hammer can rotate with respect to the boom. In one embodiment, the hammer includes a ram, a cylinder for lifting the ram, and rotation-resistant cable connecting the ram and the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Innovative Pile Driving Products, LLC
    Inventors: John Jinnings, Mark Gustin
  • Patent number: 7380611
    Abstract: A rock drilling machine (1) having, on a machine housing (2), a first attachment element on a first attachment side (13) for its fastening to a slide member which is movable back and forth along a feed beam, the attachment element having a contacting surface (17) for co-operation with a contacting element supported by the slide and a fastening element (18, 19) for the engagement with fasteners co-operating with the slide. The machine is distinguished by the rock drilling machine (1) being provided also with a second attachment element on a second attachment side (15), the second attachment element being configured similarly to the first attachment element, having a contacting surface (17) and fastening element (18, 19), to allow the rock drilling machine (1) to be fastened to the slide member also with the second attachment element. A rock drilling system has the rock drilling machine as one of its components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
    Inventor: Thomas Östling
  • Patent number: 7331405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a powered hammer device including: a hammer with at least a first and a second projection; at least one translation dog adapted to engage with said projections, and a drive mechanism capable of moving the translation dog substantially reciprocally between a first and a second opposed directions, characterised in that the translation dog is adapted to engage with the first projection to move the hammer in the first direction, the translation dog then engaging the second projection to move the hammer in the reciprocal second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Rocktec Limited
    Inventor: Angus Peter Robson
  • Patent number: 7198115
    Abstract: A construction equipment attachment for driving an object, such as a timber piles, steel piles, pipe piles, steel sheet piles, h-beam and the like, is provided. In one embodiment, the attachment includes a hammer slidably coupled to a lead, a lead mounting assembly and a hydraulic actuator coupled to the lead and the lead mounting assembly. The hydraulic actuator is adapted to control the orientation of the lead relative to the lead mounting assembly. In another embodiment, the attachment may be for a self-propelled heavy construction machine. In another embodiment, a self-propelled heavy construction machine having a lead positionable along three axes is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Cruz Construction Corp.
    Inventor: Antonio Cardoso
  • Patent number: 7052216
    Abstract: A T-bracket having a pair of spaced apart arms support a housing containing a sprocket wheel and a shaft to turn the sprocket. A handle attached to one end of the shaft turns the sprocket to tighten a chain turning on the sprocket teeth. A flexible wire rod is welded to the T-bracket and is juxtaposed around a rear end of a power drill. The chain is looped around a work piece and attached to a side of the drill opposite from the T-bracket. The handle is turned to tighten the chain and exert force on a drill bit being driven by the power drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Robert M. Fields
  • Patent number: 6725946
    Abstract: An excavation apparatus especially useful when mounted on backhoes and other lighter vehicles used in the construction industry. The excavation apparatus does not require a winch for letting out and retracting its cable nor a reel for storing retracted cable which reduces the weight of the excavation apparatus, lowers its cost while facilitating both operation and servicing. The apparatus has a kelly assembly housing which houses an outer kelly section, and an extendable innermost kelly section adaptable for attachment of a tool. More than one extendable kelly section can be used. A rotary table rotates the kelly sections. A support structure supports the rotary table and the housing. A frame allows the housing to slide relative to the frame in a direction parallel to the axis of the assembly. A downcrowd mechanism, supported by the frame, downcrowds the support structure relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Richard L. Howell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6705407
    Abstract: A rock drill includes a mounting frame to which a hammering apparatus and a rotating apparatus is arranged. The mounting frame is made maneuverable with respect to a feeding beam by means of slide blocks fastened to it, whereby a separate carriage is not needed between the drill and the feeding beam. Owing to the mounting frame, the hammering apparatus and/or the rotating apparatus can be replaceable modules. The invention further relates to a mounting frame which is arranged to transmit the feed and recoil forces directed to the drill to feeding means. The mounting frame comprises a section parallel to the feeding beam, to which slide blocks are fastened, and a transverse axial support thereto, to which the hammering apparatus and the rotating apparatus are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventors: Jarmo Heinonen, Jorma Mäki
  • Patent number: 6481930
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting and removing a flexible first material into a second material (20) includes a moveable carriage (22). An adjustable clamp (24) is connected to the moveable carriage (22), adjustable between an open position and a clamped position on the first flexible material. In a preferred embodiment, a receiver stiffener casing (26) is configured to receive and support the flexible first material as the flexible first material is inserted into and removed from the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Longbore, Inc.
    Inventor: John Forrest
  • Patent number: 6315059
    Abstract: The present invention is a portable drilling rig having a support tower. A drilling engine, mounted within a cradle, and a lift winch are attached to the support tower. A stabilizer bar is attached to the lower end of the support tower to prevent swaying of the support tower. The engine transfers torque to the transmission mounted below the engine, to which a steel swivel, housing a quill, allows passage of air and/or water to a drill steel to provide rotary force to power a drill bit. A pull-down system, preferably a weighted bar, is attached to the lower end of the support tower and to the drilling engine to pull the drilling ending downwardly. Manual transport is provided by means of a main base wheel dolly system for easy one-man mobilization. A counterweight is attached to the lower end of the support tower to prevent the support tower from being lifted as the pull-down system forces the drilling bit into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Allan Geldean
  • Patent number: 6305480
    Abstract: A machine for driving posts, drills, large spikes, and the like work pieces into the ground, pavements, or wall structures. The machine comprises an elongated tower, a carriage, a hammer, a combination of an elongated two-way cylinder and a pulley system, at least one control valve box, a plurality of hydraulic pressurized lines, a plurality of hydraulic conduits, and a plurality of fasteners. The tower has two parallel rails for the hammer to slide upward, and then downward so as to exert a force upon the work piece toward a work surface. The machine may further include two two-way cylinders, a hammer guide, constraining springs and an interchangeable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Steven D. Franklin
  • Patent number: 6293359
    Abstract: Apparatus for blast hole drilling includes a hammer and drill bit driven by a hydraulic drive motor outside the hole through a drill string extending along the drilled hole to the drill bit. The drive motor is carried on a mast with a telescopic hydraulic cylinder driving the motor along the mast in a forward direction for forwarding the drill bit along the hole to the rock face and for applying a feed force on the drill bit at the rock face and in a rearward direction for reducing the feed force and for withdrawing the drill bit from the hole. The cylinder assembly has a pulldown pressure side fed at a constant supply rate and a holdback pressure side controlled to discharge the fluid when moving downwards and to supply the fluid at a constant rate when pulling up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Cubex Limited
    Inventors: Mauro F. Dobran, Georges J. Desrosiers, James Wilfred McIvor
  • Patent number: 6257349
    Abstract: A top head rotary drive and mast assembly for drilling which is adapted to be readily mounted on a derrick of a conventional truck, crawler or other vehicle so as to be movable from a stored position adjacent the derrick to a deployed position spaced from the derrick for drilling. The mast is adapted to be pivotally connected by at least one upper support arm to the derrick of the vehicle. The deployment and retraction of the mast and the top head rotary drive relative to the derrick are accomplished utilizing either a control device for moving a holding plate which is movable along the mast and to which the top head rotary drive is mounted or by separate lifting device. The invention is also directed to a combination top head drive and mast assembly and drilling rig and method for their use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Allen Eugene Bardwell
  • Patent number: 6234719
    Abstract: A method in or relating to piling of e.g. tubular bases which are placed and, possibly, casted within a hole drilled out in earth mass in ground or the like is described. One uses a generally known drilling rig, in which a bit is assigned a drilling hammer, and drills a hold having a depth approximately corresponding to the base pipe. If there exists a need for piling, the drill string is swung aside, away from the hole, after having been pulled up, and one or, possibly, a plurality of piles is/are rammed down with a starting point at the bottom level of the bore hole. In order to drive the pile(s) down, the drilling hammer of the drilling rig is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Njal Underhaug
    Inventor: Tom Toralv Roynestad
  • Patent number: 6227306
    Abstract: A pipe gripping device is taught which is useful for moving pipe into and/or out of a well. The pipe gripping device includes a first set of slips for holding a pipe in a pipe light condition and a second set of slips for holding a pipe in a pipe heavy condition. The second set of slips are actuatable independently from the first set of slips. The pipe gripping device can include a slip moving system which prevents the slip carrier blocks from being driven outwardly against the housing, to thereby prevent the carrier blocks from locking, by being driven against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Tesco Corporation
    Inventors: R. James Downie, Matthew Brown
  • Patent number: 6216797
    Abstract: A thrust system for a horizontal directional drill is provided. The thrust system includes a drill boom having a drive sprocket positioned at the first end thereof and a driven sprocket positioned at the second end thereof. A carriage for supporting the horizontal drill is slidably received on the drill boom. The carriage includes idler sprockets positioned between the drive sprocket and driven sprocket in the drill boom. A serpentine chain extends about the drive sprocket, the driven sprocket and the idler sprockets in order to provide greater thrust and pullback of the drill at given torques. Rotation of the drive sprocket in a first direction draws the carriage towards the first end of the drill boom, and rotation of the drive sprocket in a second direction draws the carriage towards the second end of the drill boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Draney, Willie Lessard
  • Patent number: 6105684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in the operation and construction of roof bolters or roof bolt installation apparatus. The improvements comprise a roof bolter constructed so that the critical moving parts of its timber jack, feed frame, feed carrier and rotational unit are comprised of a rod and sleeve construction. Such construction allowing the protection of surfaces. The construction also includes feature of a spaced apart rod and sleeve construction which allows motive power units to be housed within the confines of the timber jack and feed carrier. The spaced apart arrangement also provides stability to the roof bolter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Cram Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: John Pointer, Brad Nellson, Peter Hanna
  • Patent number: 6105683
    Abstract: The most dangerous task in mechanically driving a post into the ground is initially holding the post in an upright position while it is hammered to start it into the ground. When used with mobile equipment having an hydraulically driven post pounder the post picker not only eliminates the danger in starting a post into the ground, but additionally eliminates the necessity of using more than one man to do the job! A method is disclosed wherein a single hydraulic valve on a piece of mobile equipment may be used to control both the post picker and pounder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Terry Thiessen
  • Patent number: 5988298
    Abstract: A drilling device has a drilling mast and a movable drifter thereon with a drill rod stabilizing device for stabilizing drill rods in position during drilling. The stabilizer travels along the mast along with the drifter, and includes a locking arm that automatically opens and closes the stabilizer to allow passage of drill rods into an out of the drill line from storage, while supporting the drill rods during drilling. In a substantially vertical drilling position, the stabilizer is moved downwardly by gravity, and upwardly by the drifter's drive chain, which is retained in contact with the stabilizer by a pick-up link on the drive chain contacting stop blocks on the stabilizer. In a substantially horizontal drilling position, the stabilizer is moved in a return direction by the pick-up link and stop block combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Eugene Y. T. Cheng, J. George Land, III