With Magazine For Successively Moving Unconnected, Oriented Tool Or Shaft Sections To Use Position Patents (Class 175/52)
  • Patent number: 9759020
    Abstract: A rod and rod cup alignment apparatus for a drilling machine has a receptacle for receiving a drill rod of the type having at least one rod flat, where the drill rod has a leading corner and a trailing corner relative to the direction of its rotation. The receptacle has at least one cup flat disposed on the inner surface of the receptacle and the cup flat further has a first top surface and a second top surface. The second top surface has a slope downward toward the bottom of the rod cup, so that, as the drill rod is lowered into the rod cup while the drill rod is rotating, the leading corner of the drill rod is caused to move downward along the second top surface, whereupon the trailing corner of the drill rod contacts the first top surface, thereby aligning the drill rod flat with the rod cup flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Donald W Smith, Luke Bender
  • Patent number: 9739098
    Abstract: A method that includes providing an assembled drilling rig on a first supportive surface at a first drill site, the assembled drilling rig having a walking system associated therewith, the walking system being configured to translate and rotate relative to the assembled drilling rig to displace the assembled drilling rig; actuating the walking system to lift the assembled drilling rig to a clearance height, relative to the first supportive surface; positioning a trailer under the assembled drilling rig; wherein the trailer includes a platform located above a plurality of wheels; supporting the assembled drilling rig on the trailer platform; and relocating the assembled drilling rig from the first drill site to a second drill site by rolling the wheels across the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Richmond Todd Fox
  • Patent number: 9644436
    Abstract: A drilling tool changer apparatus for a drilling rig includes a drill tower pivotable between a drilling orientation and a change-out orientation, the drill tower supporting a drill string comprising a drill pipe coupled to a drilling tool. The drilling tool changer apparatus also includes a drilling tool storage device pivotally movable about a hinge axis between a stowed position and a deployed position. The drilling tool storage device includes a drilling tool storage cassette including a replacement drilling tool. The drilling tool storage device and the drill tower are pivotally alignable in a substantially co-planar manner when the drilling tool storage device is in the deployed position and the drill tower is in the change-out orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventors: Ross L. Hoult, Samuel C. Taylor, Andrew Wright, Jason P. O'Brien, Mark R. Lawler, Kayne D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9500048
    Abstract: A drilling machine, particularly for use in non-rocky terrain, includes a machine body with a mast equipped with one or more rotary operating heads having chucks coupled thereto for the downward rotation of drill stem modules and/or shroud tube modules, and a carousel loader of the drill stem modules. Each of the drill stem modules is inserted in a shroud tube module and is carried on a sliding platform. The drilling machine further includes a loader having a plurality of rods, forks, sockets, or seats, suitable for inducing a forward transfer of the shroud tube modules and corresponding drill stem modules in a substantially vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: COMACCHIO INTERNATIONAL S.A.
    Inventors: Pasqualino Comacchio, Patrizio Comacchio, Renzo Comacchio
  • Patent number: 9452523
    Abstract: A rack is disclosed, adapted to facilitate efficient transport, use and storage of augers, including foundation augers. The rack comprises a frame and a plurality of upwardly rising tower assemblies which grip or lock the helical flighting on earth augers. In various embodiments, components of the rack are adjustable to accommodate differing diameters of the auger, differing angles of incline of flighting, and differing heights of augers and their flighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Craig Richard Hokanson
  • Patent number: 9428970
    Abstract: A handling device for handling drill string components (8, 8?,8?) in a rock drilling rig (1), wherein the handling device includes a gripper unit (11) for gripping drill string components (8, 8?,8?) to be put into and be brought out from the rock drilling rig, and wherein the gripper unit (11) includes grippers (12,13,14) operational for gripping components positioned in a gripping position, which defines a grip position axis (G). The gripper unit (11) is supported swingable between: a) a first position, wherein the gripper unit is positioned for engagement with an end portion of a first drill string component (8?) and an end portion of a second drill string component (8?) in and aligned with said active drill string position (A), and b) a second position, wherein a gripper unit (11) is positioned for engagement with an end portion of a drill string component in a delivering position for drill string components that are to be brought into respectively taken away from said active drill string position (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Craelius AB
    Inventors: Anders Gustafsson, Olof Göransson, Lars Gellerhed
  • Patent number: 9394751
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods include a racker device and a catwalk structurally arranged to move a tubular or stand about a drilling rig site. A sensing arrangement is cooperatively associated with at least one of the racker device and the catwalk and is configured to sense an aspect of a tubular while the tubular is being handled at the drilling rig and output a signal representative of the aspect of the tubular. A tubular validation system is configured to receive the sensed aspect of the tubular obtained by the sensing arrangement and determine a specification characteristic of the tubular based on the sensed aspect. This may be compared to specification standards to determine whether the tubular or stand should be discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Nabors Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Magnuson
  • Patent number: 9341029
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vessel including a drilling installation for drilling a well, which installation comprises: —a drill floor surrounding a firing line; —a first drilling tower arranged on a deck of the vessel, comprising a frame with two elongated hollow casings, which extend parallel to a longitudinal axis of the frame, are rigidly connected to each other by connection elements, wherein the frame is positioned at a side of the drill floor, such that the longitudinal axis of the frame extends parallel to the firing line, and such that the longitudinal axis and the firing line are substantially aligned with each other in a width direction of the frame; —an additional tower support arranged between the deck of the vessel and an elevated position at the first drilling tower; —two storage devices for vertically storing drilling tubulars; —two pipe rackers, each pipe racker being associated with one of the two storage devices, and each pipe racker being configured to move drilling tubulars between the ass
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Diederick Bernardus Wijning
  • Patent number: 9228398
    Abstract: A riser transport system includes telescoping vertical riser racks to facilitate vertical riser transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Premier Coil Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall D. Behrens
  • Patent number: 9207226
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for analyzing drilled submarine sediment on a ship. The apparatus includes: a core temperature measuring unit measuring temperatures of each portion of the drilled core positioned on a ship; a gas content analyzing unit analyzing a kind and a content of gases included in a submarine sediment sample collected from the drilled core in a state in which it is positioned on the ship; and a salinity measuring unit measuring salinity of the submarine sediment sample collected from the drilled core in a state in which it is positioned on the ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
    Inventors: Jong Hwa Chun, Jang Jun Bahk, Byong Jae Ryu
  • Patent number: 9181765
    Abstract: Parking and automatic handling equipment of drilling rods (10) includes a carousel (20) of containers (30) of drilling rods (40); and a rod handling system (100), positioned on a drilling machine. A handling arm (101) transfers the drilling rods (40) out of the carousel (20). The carousel (20) defines a closed path around which are arranged the containers (30) of drilling rods (40); the carousel (20) includes an internal structure (22) for supporting the containers (30) movable on a closed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: DRILLMEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Ferrari
  • Patent number: 9091034
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for removing and treating contaminated materials on a bottom of a body of water and introducing growth packets to revitalize the treated bottom of the body of water. The structure may comprise a vessel with an open face. The vessel may be lowered down to the bottom of the body of water with the face facing down. As a result, the vessel and the bottom form an isolated space. The structure may comprise at least one agitating device(s) for stirring up the materials inside the vessel so as to form a mixture containing the sediment materials which in turn contain the contaminants. Multiple at least one pipe(s) may be coupled to the vessel for transporting the mixture out of the vessel for processing (filtering, treating with chemicals, etc.) so as to neutralize or eliminate the contaminants in the mixture. Then, the treated mixture can be returned to the inside of the vessel via the at least one pipe(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Environmental Lunch Box Technology LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Kryzak
  • Patent number: 9045948
    Abstract: A drilling installation for drilling a well, for example an oil, a gas, or a thermal well, includes a tower structure, a first hoisting device adapted to manipulate a first object in a first firing line in the longitudinal direction of the tower structure, a second hoisting device adapted to manipulate a second object in a second firing line in the longitudinal direction of the tower structure, a storage device for vertically storing tubular elements, such as joined tubulars, and a first pipe racker for moving tubular elements between the storage device and the first firing line. The first and second firing line are located outside the tower structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Diederick Bernardus Wijning
  • Publication number: 20150144402
    Abstract: A handling device for handling drill string components with respect to a rock drill rig including a rotator device supported on a feed beam and arranged to rotate and drive a drill string component. A gripper grips drill string components. The gripper is swingably supported around a first swing axis between: a first position aligned with the active drill string position, and a second position aligned with a delivering position for drill string components. A swing arm includes a support configured to support a drill string component and is swingable around a second swing axis. A guiding beam is fastenable at end regions in connection with respective regions of the first and second swing axis. The guiding beam forms mechanical stops for the gripper in the second position and for the swing arm in the delivering position. Also, a rock drill rig and a method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: ATLAS COPCO CRAELIUS AB
    Inventor: Rickard Gustavsson
  • Publication number: 20150047904
    Abstract: A universal pipe dispatch, comprising a self-contained pipe joint dispatch module. The dispatch module includes, all in a unitary mobile structure, (1) a pipe joint queuing mechanism, (2) a pipe joint magazine, (3) a plurality of extendable pipe joint delivery arms and (4) a tilting mechanism. The queuing mechanism unloads and loads up pipe joints via gravity-feed, one-by-one, out of and back into the magazine. The delivery arms selectively pick and release pipe joints as dispensed by, or loaded back up into, the queuing mechanism. Each delivery arm can extend a selected length away from the queuing mechanism so as to deliver and retrieve pipe joints anywhere within reach of the delivery arms. The tilting mechanism is affixed to the underside of the dispatch module and can elevate one end of the dispatch module to a selected height so that the dispatch module rests at a predetermined horizontal angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Forest D. Sharpe, William Malcolm
  • 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: 20150008038
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering drill pipe has a support frame, a catwalk platform, and a slide platform that are pivotally connected together. A drill pipe rack, a chain drive, and a kicker direct the drill pipe to and from the catwalk platform. A hydraulically actuated piston lifts the catwalk platform and slide platform into alignment to create a single inclined delivery platform extending from the ground to the rig floor. A powered means lifts or lowers the drill pipe along the delivery platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Folk
  • Publication number: 20150008039
    Abstract: Modular transfigurable drilling rig system composed of multiple components, which system is transfigurable between a transport mode in which the components of the system are transportable and an operational mode in which the components are assembled to a drilling rig which is adapted to drill into a well centre in the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Bernardus Diederick Wijning, Joop Roodenburg
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8905160
    Abstract: An assembly for handling drill pipes includes a basket for drill pipes arranged in rows and columns, and a support table that has a drill pipe receiver. The support table moves laterally with respect to the drill pipe basket between a plurality of column alignment positions and an external position which locates the drill pipe receiver laterally outside of the basket. The support table also moves between the plurality of column alignment positions and the external position. The drill pipe handling assembly also includes a drill pipe elevator assembly and a loader arm assembly comprising a loader arm having a pipe gripper. The loader arm moves between a table alignment position in which the pipe gripper may grab or release a drill pipe when the support table is in the external position and a drilling alignment position in which the pipe gripper may grab or release a drill pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Astec Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Claudio Verzilli, Justin Wheeler, Tim Smith
  • Publication number: 20140353038
    Abstract: A well drilling tubulars bin system comprises a well drilling tubulars bin and control device. The bin comprises a frame structure, and an elevator mechanism, for holding multiple layers of a plurality of well drilling tubulars. The elevator mechanism comprises a liftable support structure, and a left and right hydraulic cylinder. The support structure is liftable from a lower position to an upper position. The support structure is raised and lowered in a level manner, or with a tilt angle. The elevator mechanism comprises a first left lift arm and a first right lift arm. The first left and right lift arms are at a first end rotatably connected to the support structure, and at a second end opposite from the first end rotatably connected to the frame structure. The left and right hydraulic cylinders are connected to the respective lift arms for rotating the respective lift arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Arthur Alexander De Mul, Diederick Bernardus Wijning, Joop Roodenburg
  • Patent number: 8851202
    Abstract: A method and a device for transporting pipe string sections (2) between a storage unit (1) wherein the longitudinal axes of the pipe string sections are arranged horizontally and a position of use in a drill rig (32) where the longitudinal axes of the pipe string sections (2) are arranged vertically and where the pipe string sections (2) are displaceable by means of a pipe manipulator (40), and where the method comprises:—positioning a transport frame (14) for pipe string sections (2) at the storage unit (1), as the transport frame (14) is rotatable about a rotary axis (16) which in the position of use is parallel to the pipe string sections (2), and wherein the transport frame (14) is provided with a number of fasteners (18) for the pipe string sections (2); and—displacing a pipe string section (2) from the storage unit (1) and placing the pipe string section (2) in the transport frame (14), alternatively disengaging the pipe string section (2) from the transport frame (14) and placing the pipe string sectio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Standlifter Holdings AS
    Inventor: Leif Salthaug
  • Publication number: 20140262517
    Abstract: A rig for drilling a borehole from an underground tunnel includes a base assembly, a drilling assembly mounted to the base assembly, an upper frame assembly mounted to the drilling assembly above the base assembly, and a support hood coupled to the drilling assembly and positioned above the upper frame assembly. The support hood is configured to bear against a ceiling of the tunnel during drilling operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Beddoes, Ulric Fournier, Allan Peats, Robert Roulston
  • Publication number: 20140251686
    Abstract: A mousehole apparatus having a main body configured for holding a drill pipe or similar elongate element, includes a carrier connected to a deck structure and having a support region adapted for releasable supportive interaction with an abutment element on the main body. The carrier comprises guiding devices for the main body and movement means operable to move the main body with respect to the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: AKER MH AS
    Inventor: Roy Birkeland
  • Patent number: 8827008
    Abstract: A racking board for retaining tubulars is disclosed having a first finger, a second forger positioned generally parallel to the first finger and with a gap between the fingers serving as a storage area for tubulars. A first inflatable member is supported adjacent to the first finger and a second inflatable member is supported adjacent to the second finger, the inflatable members adapted to expand radially into the gap upon inflation so as to capture and retain the tubular. In some embodiments, a single inflatable member in employed to expand into the gap and retain the tubular. A method of racking tubulars is disclosed using elongate, inflatable restraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: John Benjamin Hankins, Baldwin Zahn
  • Publication number: 20140238745
    Abstract: A pipe handler trailer assists with the handling of very large and heavy pipes that are regularly raised to and lowered from an elevated surfaces. A height adjustment assembly sets the maximum height that a skidway will reach when a lift cylinder is fully extended and lift arms are thereby rotated. Located within lift arms are toothed racks. An adjustment block couples the skidway to lift arms through the racks and also supports locking blocks that have teeth complementary to the teeth on the racks. A lock will vary from firm contact with the inner wall of lift arms to having a gap there between. When the lock engages the inner wall of the lift arm this drives the complementary teeth into secure engagement with the rack teeth, which can then rigidly support heavy load without motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Liberty Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Forrest L. Dahmes, Paul K. Danielson
  • Publication number: 20140224540
    Abstract: A rock drilling unit and a method of changing drill rods in a rock drilling unit is disclosed. The rock drilling unit includes a feed beam, a retainer device, a rock drilling machine and at least one clamp. The clamp is operable without driving force of the drilling unit. The clamp has a space for receiving one single drill rod. The clamp is positioned at a side position, which is parallel to a drilling axis and is at a transfer distance from the drilling axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventor: Ilmo PYÖRNY
  • Patent number: 8776627
    Abstract: A drive assembly for connection to the polish rod of a reciprocating pump includes a support frame fixed in proximity to a wellhead. A linear actuator includes a lower portion fixed to the support frame and an upper portion supporting two pairs of direction altering cable guides thereon. Four lengths of cable each include a first portion substantially anchored to relative to the polish rod by a pump bracket, a second portion substantially anchored to the support frame by an anchor bracket, and an intermediate portion extending through a respective one of the direction altering cable guides on the upper portion of the linear actuator between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Amik Oilfield Equipment and Rentals Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Nickalos Heffner
  • Publication number: 20140182936
    Abstract: Implementations described herein comprise systems, apparatus and methods for drill string component storage, handling and positioning devices. The handling device can comprise a magazine assembly configured for storing and handling elongate members having a magazine assembly and at least one conveyor roller chain operatively associated with the magazine assembly. The magazine assembly can further comprise an internal path having a loading aperture and a dispensing aperture disposed on opposing ends of the internal path. The at least one conveyor roller chain can be configured to controllably urge the at least one drill string component from the loading aperture to the dispensing aperture. The handling device can further comprise an armature assembly operatively associated with the magazine assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: LONGYEAR TM, INC.
    Inventors: Tomasz Matlewski, Dan Garland
  • Publication number: 20140151124
    Abstract: A tool for making up and breaking out a drill string at an exit side of a bore. The tool includes a fixed vice and a moveable vice for torqueing a pipe joint, a roller assembly for threading and unthreading adjacent sections of pipe, and a retainer assembly to retain a detached pipe section. The components of the tool are mounted on a frame, which is pivotally connected to a hydraulic machine such as an excavator. Thus, the tool may be manipulated to remove and add sections of pipe to a drill string remote from the primary horizontal directional drill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: American Augers, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Randall, Jared Bird, Rich Gentry
  • Publication number: 20140110174
    Abstract: A system and method for building and handling oilfield tubular stands while drilling operations are simultaneously and independently occurring with one drilling deck, one derrick, and one rotary system. An offline guided path horizontal to vertical arm lifts and moves in the same plane tubulars stored horizontally on the catwalk and positions the tubulars vertically directly into a preparation hole for assembling and disassembling tubular stands while online drilling operations are simultaneously being conducted. A stand arm lifts and lowers the tubulars into and out of the adjustable preparation hole, and transports the tubulars for storage to an auxiliary tubular racking station in the upper part of the derrick. A bridge racker crane moves tubular stands from the auxiliary tubular racking station to the top drive or another tubular racking station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicants: Friede Goldman United, Ltd., Atwood Oceanics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Childers, Harvey Mark Rich, Barry M. Smith, Brendan William Larkin
  • Publication number: 20140110173
    Abstract: An apparatus for servicing pipes includes a pipe holder having a frame configured to support the pipe and a movement assembly coupled to the frame and configured to rotate the pipe about a longitudinal axis of the pipe, and a first pipe servicing tool disposed proximate to an end of the pipe holder, where the first pipe servicing tool is configured to operably engage an end of the pipe when the pipe is rotated by the movement assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P.
    Inventor: Jaroslav BELIK
  • Patent number: 8701784
    Abstract: A method for controlling and coordinating the operation of a lifting device and a tongs device in removing and disassembling and/or installing and assembling a series of elongate members disposed within a wellbore involves sequentially sensing the presence of a series of joints and automatically triggering the lifting device and tongs device in response thereto. In some examples, the method senses the location of an upper joint to determine when the lifting device should begin decelerating prior to stopping the ascent of a lower joint at a target elevation. In some examples, the method includes control means for automatically skipping various joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan V. Huseman, Kasia L. Robnett, Frederic M. Newman
  • Publication number: 20140083774
    Abstract: A drilling tool changer apparatus for a drilling rig includes a drill tower pivotable between a drilling orientation and a change-out orientation, the drill tower supporting a drill string comprising a drill pipe coupled to a drilling tool. The drilling tool changer apparatus also includes a drilling tool storage device pivotally movable about a hinge axis between a stowed position and a deployed position. The drilling tool storage device includes a drilling tool storage cassette including a replacement drilling tool. The drilling tool storage device and the drill tower are pivotally alignable in a substantially co-planar manner when the drilling tool storage device is in the deployed position and the drill tower is in the change-out orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventors: Ross L. Hoult, Samuel C. Taylor, Andrew Wright, Jason P. O'Brien, Mark R. Lawler, Kayne D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8651200
    Abstract: A device is for vertical tool guiding for a drill floor. On the drill floor is arranged at least one rig. Each rig is arranged on a rig foundation supported on the drill floor rotatably about a first, vertical axis (A) and arranged to be able to displace a tool in a horizontal working sector (Sa, Sb, Sc) that in a vertical projection at least touches or cuts through the central axis (C) in a through drill floor opening. Each rig is provided with a vertical guide track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: West Drilling Products AS
    Inventors: Helge Krohn, Mads Grinrød, Odd B. Skjaerseth, Ove Kalvatn, Jarle Veshovde
  • Patent number: 8622151
    Abstract: A drilling machine includes a feed cable system which operatively couples a rotary head to a tower. The feed cable system includes first and second pull up cables and an equalizer bar, wherein the equalizer bar is coupled to the first and second pull up cables. The equalizer bar drives the rotary head to be held in a level position so that it is restricted from tilting. The drilling machine includes a slack take up device which couples the equalizer bar to the tower. The slack take up device is repeatably moveable between extended and retracted conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Timothy W. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 8590639
    Abstract: An articulated pre-skimmer mount for a pre-skimmer associated with a drill bit feed unit comprises a feed mounting arm mounted to the drill bit feed unit. A first end is configured for attachment to the drill feed unit and a second end includes a cylindrical mounting shaft and an axial positioning plate. An intermediate arm has a first end comprising a cylindrical sleeve mounted thereto. The cylindrical sleeve has an inner cylindrical opening configured for sliding engagement with the cylindrical mounting shaft and a mating plate configured for locking, face-to-face engagement with the axial positioning plate. A second end comprises a pre-skimmer mounting assembly configured for attachment to the pre-skimmer, wherein an axial positioning plate and a mating plate are operable to disengage, for rotation of the intermediate arm about an axis of the feed mounting arm for alignment of the pre-skimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Stuart A. Connell
  • Patent number: 8584774
    Abstract: A drill system for use with a drill rod includes a support member, and a drill assembly movably associated with the support member and configured to be connected to the drill rod. The system further includes a centralizing device movably associated with the support member and configured to receive the drill rod. The centralizing device includes a movable jaw and a latch arm connected to the jaw and configured to move the jaw between an open position and a closed position for retaining the drill rod. Furthermore, the latch arm has a locking feature configured to hold the latch arm in a locked position to thereby hold the jaw in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Stuart A. Connell
  • Patent number: 8584773
    Abstract: A system and method for building and handling oilfield tubular stands while drilling operations are simultaneously and independently occurring with one drilling deck, one derrick, and one rotary system. An offline guided path horizontal to vertical arm lifts and moves in the same plane tubulars stored horizontally on the catwalk and positions the tubulars vertically directly into a preparation hole for assembling and disassembling tubular stands while online drilling operations are simultaneously being conducted. A stand arm lifts and lowers the tubulars into and out of the adjustable preparation hole, and transports the tubulars for storage to an auxiliary tubular racking station in the upper part of the derrick. A bridge racker crane moves tubular stands from the auxiliary tubular racking station to the top drive or another tubular racking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignees: Atwood Oceanics, Inc., Friede Goldman United, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Childers, Brendan William Larkin, Harvey Mark Rich, Barry M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130284450
    Abstract: A dual firing line drilling installation has a drilling tower main structure with four frameworks that are each over a major portion of their height U-shaped in horizontal cross-section. A four-sided central (11) space is present, and along each side of the central space one framework is arranged with its opened vertical side facing the central space. First and second storage devices (25,27) are provided for vertically storing drilling tubulars. The first storage device is housed in a first framework, the second storage device in a second framework. A first hoisting device is supported by a third framework of the drilling tower main structure, to manipulate a string of drilling tubulars in a first firing line (21). A second hoisting device is supported by a fourth framework to manipulate a string of drilling tubulars in a second firing line (23).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Diederick Bernardus Wijning
  • Publication number: 20130213715
    Abstract: Parking and automatic handling equipment of drilling rods (10) includes a carousel (20) of containers (30) of drilling rods (40); and a rod handling system (100), positioned on a drilling machine. A handling arm (101) transfers the drilling rods (40) out of the carousel (20). The carousel (20) defines a closed path around which are arranged the containers (30) of drilling rods (40); the carousel (20) includes an internal structure (22) for supporting the containers (30) movable on a closed path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: DRILLMEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Ferrari
  • Publication number: 20130206478
    Abstract: A system for storing one or more tubulars comprises a drilling deck including a hole offset from a wellbore centerline. In addition, the system comprises a rack unit coupled to the drilling deck and extending downward from the hole in the drilling deck. The rack unit comprises a tubular housing having a longitudinal axis, an upper end, and a lower end opposite the upper end. The rack unit also comprises a first rack disposed within the body, wherein the first rack is moveably coupled to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: National Oilwell Varco Norway AS
    Inventors: Per Andre Selzer, Magnus Johansson, Erik Haavind, Jonathan Garrick Webb, Trond Werner Moen, Bjorn Abrahamsen
  • Patent number: 8490718
    Abstract: A portable pipe storage device (1) for use in a drilling rig (10), the pipe storage device (1) including a frame structure (2) with long sides (4) and end portions (6, 8) and the pipe storage device (1) being arranged to hold two or more pipes (14), pipes (14) stored in the pipe storage device (1) having their longitudinal axes (16) in a standing direction when the pipe storage device (1) is in its position of use in the drilling rig (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Seabed Rig AS
    Inventor: Ola Lunde
  • Patent number: 8474549
    Abstract: A method and a rod magazine for handling elongated rods in a rock drilling unit, and a bolting unit. Elongated rods, such as drill rods and rock bolts, are stored into a linear rod magazine—provided with feed members for transferring the rods upward and downward in the magazine. The feed members comprise screw surfaces by which the rods are supported in the magazine. The required feeding movement is produced by rotating the feed members about their rotation axis. In addition, the rod magazine comprises transfer means that allow the rods to be transferred from the magazine to a drilling line or bolting line, i.e. to a center, and vice versa. The transfer means are provided with gripping means for gripping the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventor: Juha Piipponen
  • Publication number: 20130160693
    Abstract: A semi-submersible vessel for offshore operations is suitable to be operated in icy waters and in ice-free waters. The vessel includes an operating deck, at least one lower hull, an essentially vertical connecting structure between the at least one lower hull and the operating deck, and a ballast system. The connecting structure has a water portion and an icebreaking portion arranged on top of each other. The vessel is configured to have an icebreaking draft for icy waters, and a water draft for ice-free waters in which the waterline is substantially level with the water portion. The icebreaking portion has a closed tapered contour. During the water draft, the collective area of the water portion of the connecting structure intersecting the water surface is smaller than the collective area of the icebreaking portion of the connecting structure intersecting the water surface during the icebreaking draft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Marc Louis Brinkman, Alexei Bereznitski
  • Patent number: 8408334
    Abstract: A tubular handling apparatus has a main rotating structural member pivotally movable between a first position and a second position, an arm interconnected to the main rotating structural member, and a gripper mechanism affixed to an end of the arm opposite the main rotating structural member. The gripper mechanism has a stab frame, a first gripper translatably attached to a side of the stab frame, and a second gripper translatably attached to the side of the stab frame below the first gripper. A connection bar is connected to the first and second grippers so as to translate the grippers for a substantially identical distance. A translating mechanism translates the grippers along the side of the stab frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: T&T Engineering Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith J. Orgeron
  • Patent number: 8397837
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system for controlling the movements of objects in an automated or remote operated system, as well as a related method and use of the system comprising independent transporting means for moving a number of objects relative to each other, the system being providing with means for controlling the position and velocity of the objects relative to each other. Each object is related to a defined geometric shape related to the object positions having dimensions corresponding to or exceeding the physical dimensions of the object in all directions, and also defining a critical allowed distance between the defined geometric shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Aker Kvaerner MH AS
    Inventor: Pål Skogerbø
  • Publication number: 20130048310
    Abstract: A tubular handling system includes at least one first storage tub configured to hold one or more tubular singles, at least one second storage tub configured to hold one or more stands of tubulars having two or more tubular singles, and a catwalk operable between the at least one second storage tub and a rig floor, wherein the catwalk is configured to allow the stands of tubulars to be transferred from the catwalk to the rig floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: INTEGRATED DRILLING EQUIPMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Tony Beebe
  • Publication number: 20130025937
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides drilling and tripping equipment packages and control schemes and methods using two or more lifting systems that operate simultaneously and continuously in a synchronized manner such that the feeding of tubular 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 packages and control schemes are also able to rotate the tubular 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 tubular with sufficient pressure and flow to facilitate both drilling and back-reaming operations, with minimal interruption to circulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Cameron Rig Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Tommy Duc Vu, Paul Channon, Erman Citirik
  • Publication number: 20120305261
    Abstract: A drilling installation for drilling a well, for example an oil, a gas, or a thermal well, includes a tower structure, a first hoisting device adapted to manipulate a first object in a first firing line in the longitudinal direction of the tower structure, a second hoisting device adapted to manipulate a second object in a second firing line in the longitudinal direction of the tower structure, a storage device for vertically storing tubular elements, such as joined tubulars, and a first pipe racker for moving tubular elements between the storage device and the first firing line. The first and second firing line are located outside the tower structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Diederick Bernardus Wijning