With Orienting Or Racking Means For Unconnected Tools Or Sections Of Shaft Or Casing Patents (Class 175/85)
  • Patent number: 9790752
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ATLAS COPCO CRAELIUS AB
    Inventor: Rickard Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 9752395
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention relates to a wellbore drilling system comprising a drilling tower and a tubular racking device having at least a lower first tubular racker assembly and at least a second tubular racker assembly operable at a greater height than the first tubular racker assembly. The system further comprises one or more well center tools, each adapted for operation above the well center of the drill floor, e.g. an iron roughneck tool for making up and breaking out of threaded tubular joints. According to the present invention, the tubular racking device comprises a third tubular racker assembly which is vertically mobile and which is operable for tubular transfer between the firing line and the drilling tubulars storage rack in combination with the second tubular racker assembly, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Diederick Bernardus Wijning, Hendrik Hessels
  • Patent number: 9677345
    Abstract: A well intervention apparatus including a base frame assembly, a deck attached to an upper end of the base frame assembly. The deck includes a passage and a hatch adjacent to the passage. A track is disposed within the passage, and a movable plate is slidingly attached to the track for movement within the passage. A reception plate is attached over a first aperture of the moveable plate and a tower is mounted over a second aperture of the moveable plate. A primary hoist assembly is connected to an upper end of the tower. The reception plate is configured to secure a first well intervention tool, and the primary hoist assembly is configured to suspend a second well intervention tool from the tower. In a first position of the moveable plate, the reception plate is disposed over the well. In a second position, the tower is disposed over the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Hayden Miller, Jr., Justin Dallas Broussard
  • Patent number: 9650849
    Abstract: A drill rod handling apparatus is configured to feed rods to and from a drill string created by a drill rig. The apparatus includes a gripper unit configured to contact and hold a rod to be transported to the drill rig and an alignment tool mounted at the gripper unit to provide correct mating of the rod ends during coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventors: Johan Jelgert, Lars-Erik Larsson, Per Vilen, Kent Evermark
  • Patent number: 9631443
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: COAX Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Folk
  • Patent number: 9611707
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a tong system which includes a tong assembly and at least one string gripping device. The tong assembly is configured to engage a rod or tubular string at the junction between a first rod or tubular and a second rod or tubular of a rod or tubular string and unthread the first rod or tubular from the second rod or tubular. The tong assembly can also thread the first rod or tubular onto the rod or tubular string. The string gripping device is configured to hold a tubular string for at least a portion of the time. The tong system further holds the rod or tubular string against torque applied onto the first rod or tubular by the tong assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Key Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: Derrek Yorga, Derrick Jackson, Paul Knapp, Dave Richard, Minhao Yin, Harold James Miller
  • Patent number: 9605498
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a racking system for receiving, storing, and/or delivering rods and tubulars. The racking system includes a rack having a plurality of beams configured to support a plurality of rods, a plurality of tubulars, or both. each of the plurality of beams includes a proximal end and a distal end. The racking system further includes a plurality of indexers aligned with or proximal to the proximal ends of the plurality of base beams, wherein each of the plurality of indexers includes a series of rotating holders configured to transport the plurality of rods, tubulars, or both to and from the rack. Additionally, the racking system further includes a jack coupled to the distal end each of the plurality of base beams, wherein the jack raises and lowers the distal end of the base beam in relation to the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Key Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: Derrek Yorga, Derrick Jackson, Paul Knapp, Dave Richard, Minhao Yin, Harold James Miller
  • Patent number: 9593543
    Abstract: A drill head assembly for receiving a drill rod in an operative position. The drill head assembly has a chuck and cradle configured for movement between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the longitudinal axis of the chuck is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of a drill mast. In the second position, the longitudinal axis of the chuck is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the drill mast. From the first position, the cradle is configured for sequential axial and then pivotal movement relative to the transverse axis to reach the second position, with pivotal movement being restricted until axial movement is completed. Drill rod handling systems having such drill head assemblies, and methods of using such drill head assemblies, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: BLY IP INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Allen Wright, Anthony Charles William Markham
  • Patent number: 9523249
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipe store for supplying and discharging pipe bodies, in particular drill rods, casing pipes, and/or drill-string parts, such as drill collars, drilling motors or the like, to and from a drilling rig for creating deep wells, having a basic structure, having at least one framework which is provided in the form of a transporting and storage framework for pipe bodies and in which a plurality of pipe bodies are arranged to form a load, and having a removal apparatus for removing the pipe bodies from the framework and supplying the pipe bodies into the framework, characterized in that the basic structure has at least two accommodating portions for accommodating the framework in an essentially horizontal arrangement, in that, following insertion into the accommodating portion, the framework is fastened in a rotatable manner therein, and can be transferred from a horizontal orientation into a vertical orientation by means of a lifting element, in that each of the pipe bodies can be individ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: HERRENKNECHT VERTICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Jürgen Binder, Andrej Nadan
  • Patent number: 9493996
    Abstract: An attachment is described that is configured for attachment to an arm of a piece of heavy construction equipment. The attachment is configured to rotate a section of pipe during break out (i.e. disconnection or disassembly) from another section of pipe and/or make up (i.e. connection or assembly) with another section of pipe. The attachment is configured to break the joint or torque the joint to a predetermined torque value, unthread or thread pipe, and lift the pipe under the power of the heavy construction equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: LAVALLEY INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lavalley, Daniel L. Larson, Roger Lavalley, Marvin N. Larson, Rodney Wurgler, Christopher G. Kay, Matthew J. Michel, Jesse J. Kilde
  • Patent number: 9428971
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION OY
    Inventor: Ilmo Pyörny
  • Patent number: 9382768
    Abstract: A modular system and process for connecting a first and second tubular. The system may comprise a skid, a tong assembly operatively associated with the skid, a hydraulic power unit, operatively positioned on said skid, a spring assembly that includes spring stands, a frame containing the tong assembly, springs, rods disposed within the spring, and lanyards attached to the rods on a first end and attached to the base on a second end so that vibratory and displacement forces created during torqueing of the first tubular onto the second tubular are absorbed. The system may also include a sensor, operatively positioned on the skid, for sensing an applied torque to the first and second tubular, and generating a sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Offshore Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Russell Garber, Kevin Michael Guidry, Dennis Penisson
  • Patent number: 9347265
    Abstract: A gear system has a gear housing and a lower planetary carrier disposed in the gear housing, the lower planetary carrier being adapted to rotate relative to the gear housing. A top drive system is operatively coupled to the gear system, the top drive system having a top drive shaft that is adapted to be driven by the gear system. A single bearing that is adapted to facilitate rotation of the lower planetary carrier is positioned between the gear housing and the lower planetary carrier. A motor apparatus is operatively coupled to and adapted to drive the gear system by rotating the lower planetary carrier relative to the gear housing, wherein a rotational axis of the single bearing is adapted to move in a lateral translational direction with respect to the gear housing while the motor apparatus is rotating the lower planetary carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Bastiaan De Jong, Arthur William Braman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9303471
    Abstract: A rod magazine for accommodating rod linkages for a drilling device having a frame including elongated bars connected so as to define a quadrangular space. First and second end plates are attached to respective ends of the frame. A first head is releasably attached to the first end plate and includes a plurality of separating elements. A second head is releasably attached to the second end plate and comprises a plurality of separating elements. Each of the plurality of separating elements of the first and second heads are variably positioned relative to an adjacent one so as to define a plurality of separating rows, wherein each separating row is configured to receive one or more ends of rod linkages within the interior of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TRACTO-TECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Walter Schad
  • Patent number: 9267328
    Abstract: A completion system and method adapted for use in wells having long lateral boreholes includes a mast assembly, a pipe handling mechanism, a pipe arm, a pipe tub, a pump/pit combination skid, a rig carrier, and a control system. The control system can be used to automate operations of the completion system to facilitate rapid and safe make-up and breaking of tubular connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Superior Energy Services-North America Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Flusche
  • Patent number: 9249626
    Abstract: A method for deploying a mobile rig system to a well site includes transporting a control van to the well site. A rig carrier is utilized to transport the mast assembly and position the mast adjacent a wellhead. A skid mounted pipe moving member is transported to the well site and positioned on an opposite end of the wellhead from the mast assembly. The skid is interconnected to the rig carrier for maintaining a fixed distance between the mast assembly and the pipe moving member. A carrier support member is fastened at the interconnection point and extends outward to stabilize the mast assembly. Hydraulic actuators are utilized to level the mast assembly with a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES-NORTH AMERICA SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Flusche
  • Patent number: 9194191
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system, and a method to secure a link in a drilling rig. The apparatus includes a carrier configured to removably secure at least a portion of the link therein, in which the carrier is configured to have a first end of the link accessible outside of the carrier. Further, the system includes a tool having a link ear and suspended within the drilling rig, the link ear configured to attach a first end of the link thereupon, and a carrier configured to removably secure at least a portion of the link, in which the first end of the link is accessible to attach to the link ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Logan Essex Smith, Jeremy Richard Angelle, Robert Thibodeaux, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9121235
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rapid rig-up and rig-down pipe stand building and racking system that is capable of being retrofit to an existing drilling rig. In particular, the invention relates to a horizontal to vertical pipe delivery machine that is mountable to a drilling rig. The horizontal to vertical machine delivers sections of pipe to a pair of drilling rig mounted elevators. The elevators receive and vertically translate the sections of pipe. A power tong may be used to make connections between the sections of pipe to form a pipe stand, and may also break the connections of the pipe stand. A drill floor mounted pipe racking system receives the connected drill pipe from the elevators. A pipe racking system that may be used in conjunction with the stand building system is capable of controlled, rapid, and precise movement of multiple connected sections of pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: T&T Engineering Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith J. Orgeron
  • Patent number: 9121236
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Longyear TM, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Matlewski, Dan Garland
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8955620
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention include a drill rod guide configured to align a first drill rod and a second drill rod. The drill rod guide includes a cylindrical section and a tapered or frusta-conical section. The cylindrical section is sized and configured to concentrically surround a first drill rod. The tapered or frusta-conical section is sized and configured to guide a second drill rod into the cylindrical section and into alignment with the first drill rod. The drill rod guide may include first and second guide members that form symmetrical halves of the drill rod guide. The first and second guide members may be connected to first and second jaws of the clamp. The guide may include a window configured to allow a user to visually confirm that the first and second drill rods are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Longyear TM, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith William Littlely, Andrew Frank Hay, Mathew C. Everett
  • Publication number: 20150021095
    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 22, 2015
    Inventors: Diederick Bernardus Wijning, Joop Roodenburg
  • 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: 20140294512
    Abstract: A system for pushing and pulling rod strings through the ground or an underground pipe. The apparatus has a downhole tool attached to the distal end of the rod string. The push/pull machine has a stationary frame that is placed against the ground to provide a reaction surface. The stationary frame has an opening for the rod string to pass through. A rod gripping assembly is supported on the machine frame and moveable relative to the stationary frame. The rod gripping assembly has a slip bowl, jaws, a thrust member and an actuator. The actuator powers movement of the jaws into the slop bowl to cause a powered gripping of the rod string by the machine. With the rod string gripped a cylinder assembly is activated to push the rod gripping assembly toward the stationary frame thereby pushing the rod string into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Earth Tool Company LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Wentworth, Robert F. Crane, Mark D. Randa
  • Patent number: 8839881
    Abstract: A device and method for handling a tubular on a drilling rig. The device includes a base, an arm mount coupled to the base, a support arm rotatably connected to the arm mount, and a tubular guide coupled to support arm. The base may include a guide disposed into the base, where the guide contains a circular portion which is concentric to a well center, and the arm mount slidably disposed in the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Baumler
  • Publication number: 20140262519
    Abstract: A method includes attaching a carriage support to a platform, the platform comprising a platform floor having an opening therein, with the carriage support located proximate the opening, attaching a drive carriage to the carriage support, and operably coupling to the drive carriage a first mast section of a mast comprising a plurality of mast sections, and wherein the first mast section is located above the opening. The method also includes arranging a second mast section below the first mast section, lowering, using the drive carriage, the first mast section through the opening, attaching the first mast section to the second mast section, and raising, using the drive carriage, the first mast section and the second mast section through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Nabors Drilling International Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Petrello, Padira Reddy, Ashish Gupta, Sean M. Bailey
  • Publication number: 20140262520
    Abstract: A method comprising attaching a first mast section to a support structure using a first plurality of fasteners located on the support structure, wherein a lower portion of the support structure is connected to and located above an opening in the platform comprising a platform floor, and wherein the first mast section has a line, a hook, and a pulley, with the line operably coupled to the pulley and connected to a hoist attached to the platform. The method also comprises lowering the hook, using the hoist, in a downward direction away from the pulley and through the opening, attaching the hook to a second mast section located below the platform floor, raising the hook and the second mast section, using the hoist, in an upward direction towards the pulley and through the opening, and connecting the first mast section to the second mast section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Nabors Drilling International Limited
    Inventors: Anthony PETRELLO, Padira REDDY, Ashish GUPTA, Sean M. BAILEY
  • Publication number: 20140262518
    Abstract: A method including arranging a plurality of actuators into an operating position, arranging a first upper frame and a second upper frame proximate the actuators, attaching a support to the first upper frame and the second upper frame, wherein the support is located above the actuators, and extending the actuators to engage the support. The method also includes extending the actuators to raise the support, the first upper frame, and the second upper frame to a first position, arranging a first middle frame below the first upper frame and a second middle frame below the second upper frame, retracting the actuators to lower the support, the first upper frame, and the second upper frame to a second position, and attaching the first upper frame to the first middle frame and attaching the second upper frame to the second middle frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Nabors Drilling International Limited
    Inventors: Padira REDDY, Ashish GUPTA, Sean M. BAILEY
  • 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: 20140224543
    Abstract: The drilling rig includes a first substructure and a second substructure. The second substructure is positioned generally parallel to and spaced apart from the first substructure and generally the same height as the first substructure. The drilling rig further includes a drill floor coupled to the first and second substructures, where the drill floor positioned substantially at the top of the first and second substructures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Nabors Drilling USA
    Inventors: Reddy Padira, Ashish Gupta
  • Publication number: 20140202769
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods include an x-direction support structure extending in the same direction as a line extending between a well center and a V-door on a drilling rig and include a y-direction support structure moveable along the x-direction support structure. The y-direction support structure extends on a drilling rig in a direction transverse to the line extending between the well center and the V-door on the drilling rig. A racker device is carried by the y-direction support structure and is configured to connect to and carry a tubular stand used in a well drilling process, the racker device being moveable along the y-direction support structure from a position inline with the line extending between the well center and the V-door on the drilling rig to a position offline from the line to provide space for additional drilling processes along the line extending between the well center and the V-door on the drilling rig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Nabors Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Magnuson
  • Patent number: 8671626
    Abstract: A drilling rig assembly having a longitudinal axis and comprising a drilling rig skid and a derrick assembly having a derrick assembly pivot axis and being adapted to move relative to the drilling rig skid. The derrick assembly comprises a pair of derrick masts disposed on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis and comprising a rack, and a carriage assembly being substantially disposed between the pair of derrick masts, being adapted to move along the pair of derrick masts and comprising a pinion. The drilling rig assembly also comprises a means for moving the derrick assembly relative to the drilling rig skid, a pipe loader assembly having a pipe loader assembly pivot axis, and a means for moving the pipe loader assembly relative to the drilling rig skid. The derrick assembly pivot axis and the pipe loader assembly pivot axis are co-axial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Astec Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Marty, Eddie Stuckert, Kalpeshkumar Patel
  • Patent number: 8662203
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for creating a deep borehole, in particular in an emission-sensitive region, and to a device therefor. The invention is based on the object of providing a drilling method and a drilling device allowing deep boreholes to be created even in regions which are sensitive to emissions, such as inner-city buildings or in nature regions to be protected, and at the same time of reducing significant damage to these regions when creating deep boreholes. This object is achieved in that a shaft structure (20) is created, a stationary drilling system (10) is installed into the shaft structure (20), the floor (23) of the shaft structure is prepared as a drilling starting point and the deep borehole is sunk using a suitable drilling method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Herrenknecht Vertical GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Suhm, Jurgen Binder, Martin Ruder, Michael Back
  • Publication number: 20140054089
    Abstract: An auxiliary arm for drilling equipment (1) including a top drive drilling machine (4) which is vertically movable along a drilling centre (10), and in which at least one pipe manipulator (6) is arranged to move pipes (8) between the drilling centre (10) and a pipe magazine (7), and in which, beside the drilling centre (10), at least one at least remote-controllable or automatically operated auxiliary arm (12, 14) for the pipe (8) is arranged, the gripping member (24) of the auxiliary arm (12, 14) being positional at least at the drilling centre (10) or in the working area of the pipe manipulator (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Robotic Drilling Systems AS
    Inventor: Kenneth Sondervik
  • 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: 8631949
    Abstract: A tubulars storage device for storing a plurality of tubulars which has a slot forming a path of displacement for tubulars allowing to place tubulars at respective storage positions distributed along the slot as well as removal of said tubulars from the slot. The device includes a rotary latch members shaft, which is mounted substantially parallel to the slot, and a drive connected to the rotary latch members shaft, said drive being adapted to effect controlled angular rotation of the latch members shaft. A plurality of latch members are mounted on the latch members shaft so as to rotate with the latch members shaft and are arranged at spaced apart locations along the latch members shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Itrec B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Michal Horak, Harmen Kromdijk
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130306378
    Abstract: A rod support system has an upper gripper assembly and a lower gripper assembly. Each gripper assembly has a top plate having a first track. The first track has a first substantially arcuate portion having a first radius of curvature and a second substantially arcuate portion having a second and smaller radius of curvature. A jaw is constrained to move in a path defined by the first track. A bottom plate of the assembly has a second track that is congruent with the first track also engaging the jaw, so that the jaw is constrained to move in a path defined by the first track and the second track in cooperation. The jaws can support a rod when the jaws move from a position along the first arcuate portion of the first and second tracks to a position along the second arcuate portion of the first and second tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: ATLAS COPCO NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Ledbetter, Chad Przano, Andreas Jonsson
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8573329
    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: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Frank's Casing Crew and Rental Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian David Begnaud, Charles Michael Webre, Adam Gerard Pelletier, Dougal Hugo Brown, Tom Adrian Banger, Peter John Lovegrove
  • Publication number: 20130240269
    Abstract: A drilling machine including a chassis and a primary rod box mounted on the chassis, which includes a rod box interface mechanism positioned adjacent a top of the primary rod box for facilitating interfacing the primary rod box with a supplemental rod box is provided. Another aspect of the present disclosure relates to a rod box interface mechanism that automatically secures a rod box to a drilling machine as the rod box is lowered in place on the drilling machine. The rod box interface mechanism can in some embodiments be used to secure a supplemental rod box to a top of a primary rod box that is attached to a chassis of the drilling machine and can be used to secure a rod box directly to the chassis of the drilling machine. A further aspect of the present disclosure relates to self-aligning features intended to guide a rod box into place on a drilling machine as the rod box is lowered onto the drilling machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Russel Novelo, Michael D. Belloma, Ryan P. Roberts, Lucas Laverman, David Langenfeld, Ward Ryon
  • Patent number: 8534386
    Abstract: An articulated apparatus for handling a drilling to has a base, a first set of arms pivotally connected at one end to the base and extending outwardly therefrom, a joint member pivotally connected to an opposite end of the first set of arms, a second set of arms pivotally connected at one end of to the joint member and extending outwardly therefrom, and a carrier assembly pivotally connected to an opposite end of the second set of arms. The carrier assembly is suitable for carrying the drilling tool so as to allow the drilling tool to move upwardly and downwardly. A drive system is cooperative with the first and second sets of arms so as to move the drilling tool between a stowed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Yaogen Ge
  • 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: 8393415
    Abstract: A subsoil automatic rotary drilling system for drilling oil, mineral and water wells, characterized in that said system comprises, on a single system substructure, at least a triple-transmission hydraulic arrangement for lowering and raising a plurality of pipe elements to be introduced into and removed from a wellbore, said arrangement including a plurality of operating cables, each said cable having a dead end fixed to a cylinder carriage also supporting a plurality of transmission pulleys to handle together, while providing a triple stroke of pulling and pushing cylinders, two, three, four drilling pipe elements, having each a length of about 9.20 m (range 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Bagassi
  • Publication number: 20130037324
    Abstract: A device for handling drill string components for a drill rig. A slide is arranged displaceable on a longitudinal guide. A grip unit is swingable between a first position for receiving and delivering of drill string components beside the drill rig and a second position for assembling and disassembling of drill string components in the drill rig. The grip unit includes a rotator unit for rotation of a gripped drill string component. A rotational actuator supported by the slide has a rotational axis forming an angle with the length guide. A swing unit includes a first link portion that is connected to the rotational axis. A second link portion is connected to the grip unit and a swing joint portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: ATLAS COPCO CRAELIUS AB
    Inventors: Misel Milivojevic, Ola Sylván, Mats IDOFF, Björn RUNDLÖF, Johan BROSTRÖM, Orjan Säker, Martin AHLSTRÖM
  • Publication number: 20130032405
    Abstract: A fingerboard latch assembly includes a latch configured for operational engagement with a fingerboard for lockingly retaining at least one tubular to the fingerboard. The latch is movable within a range of motion extending from at least a locked position to an unlocked position. A positioner operatively engaged with the latch is communicably couplable to a process control network (PCN), and is sized and shaped for receipt within a latch channel of the fingerboard. The positioner is configured to move the latch within the range of motion in response to signals received from the PCN, to capture position data for the latch, including the position of the latch at a plurality of points within the range of motion, and to communicate the captured position data to the PCN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Braxton
  • Patent number: 8281877
    Abstract: A top drive system includes a top drive, top drive adapter, and a tubular positioning apparatus. In another aspect, the top drive adapter includes a housing operatively connected to the top drive and a plurality of retaining members disposed in the housing for gripping the tubular. In another aspect, the tubular positioning apparatus includes a gripping member for engaging a tubular and a conveying member for positioning the gripping member. A spinner may be provided to rotate the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: David Shahin, Jeff Habetz, David M. Haugen, Gary Thompson, Bernd-Georg Pietras, Jimmy L. Hollingsworth, Bernd Reinholdt
  • Publication number: 20120217066
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to an apparatus, a system, and a method to secure a link in a drilling rig. The apparatus includes a carrier configured to removably secure at least a portion of the link therein, in which the carrier is configured to have a first end of the link accessible outside of the carrier. Further, the system includes a tool having a link ear and suspended within the drilling rig, the link ear configured to attach a first end of the link thereupon, and a carrier configured to removably secure at least a portion of the link, in which the first end of the link is accessible to attach to the link ear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: FRANK'S CASING CREW AND RENTAL TOOLS, INC.
    Inventors: Logan Essex Smith, Jeremy Richard Angelle, Robert Thibodeaux, JR.
  • Patent number: 8251151
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods may be used to prevent an operator from inadvertently dropping a string into a wellbore during assembling and disassembling of tubulars. Additionally, the apparatus and methods may be used for running in casing, wellbore components, or a drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Haugen