With Orienting Or Racking Means For Unconnected Tools Or Sections Of Shaft Or Casing Patents (Class 175/85)
  • Patent number: 11020840
    Abstract: A gripping system for securing a work piece includes a clamp device, a rotary actuator, and a control circuit. The clamp device includes a ball screw mechanism and a jaw portion that has multiple grip fingers. The ball screw mechanism includes a shaft and a holder assembly. The shaft extends through the holder assembly and is configured for displacement along a central axis of the jaw portion. A distal tip of the shaft engages the grip fingers. The control circuit controls the rotary actuator to drive rotation of the shaft relative to the holder assembly, causing displacement of the shaft along the central axis. The displacement of the shaft causes the distal tip of the shaft to force the grip fingers to move in a radial direction away from the central axis to provide a clamp force on the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ashley Susan Combs, Daniel Thomas
  • Patent number: 10995550
    Abstract: A wellbore rig top drive is disclosed. The wellbore rig top drive can include a main bearing housing. The wellbore rig top drive can also include a main bearing supported by the main bearing housing. The main bearing can be configured to support a weight of a wellbore string and facilitate rotation of the wellbore string about an axis. The wellbore rig top drive can further include a quill supported by the main bearing and configured to rotate about the axis. The quill can be coupleable to the wellbore string. In addition, the wellbore rig top drive can include a drive motor disposed below the main bearing and supported by the main bearing housing. The drive motor can be coupled to the quill to provide torque to rotate the quill about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Faisal Yousef, Ernesto Rivera, Tommy Vu, Randy Pyrch
  • Patent number: 10988994
    Abstract: For wellbore operations, a pipe handler moves pipe up to a rig floor. A pipe loader moves pipe from a presented position into alignment with well center. The pipe handler moves pipe up to a slanted presented position. The slanted presented position can be adjusted by manipulating the drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Prostar Energy Technologies (USA) LLC
    Inventors: Jason Peter Clarke, Douglas Andrew Hunter, Daniel Harvard Kusler, Mark Charles Taggart
  • Patent number: 10975635
    Abstract: An automated drilling rig system includes a drilling rig and a catwalk system. The drilling rig includes a rig floor, a substructure, a mast, a top drive, and a pipe handling apparatus. The pipe handling apparatus includes a column coupled to the rig floor at a position offset from the well centerline. The catwalk system includes a pipe tub, a catwalk lift frame, and a catwalk assembly. The pipe tub is configured to store one or more tubular members for use with the drilling rig. The catwalk assembly includes a base and a catwalk slide. The catwalk lift frame is coupled to the base of the catwalk assembly and extends substantially vertically to the rig floor. The catwalk slide is coupled to the catwalk lift frame at a first end and pivotably coupled to the base at a second end via a leveling strut. The catwalk slide includes a skate adapted to slide along the length of the catwalk slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES USA, INC.
    Inventors: Ashish Gupta, Derek Patterson, Padira Reddy
  • Patent number: 10890039
    Abstract: A deck bushing system for a drilling machine having a mast deck including a deck hole is disclosed. The deck bushing system may include a deck bushing sized to be received in the deck hole. The deck bushing may include a tubular member having a generally square shaped flange. Additionally, the deck bushing system may include a deck bushing housing fixedly secured to the mast deck. The deck bushing housing may form a generally V-shape opening toward the deck hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Fernando Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10890040
    Abstract: A rotary head guide system for a mobile drilling machine is disclosed. The rotary head guide system may include a drilling mast including a mast frame having an opening along substantially an entire length of the mast frame. The mast frame may include edges forming flanges on each side of the opening. The flanges may extend along the length of the mast frame. Additionally, the rotary head guide system may include a rotary head movably coupled to the drilling mast by a support structure including at least two guide assemblies engaging the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Charles Taylor Hudson
  • Patent number: 10822893
    Abstract: A tong includes a frame having jaws configured to engage a tubular and a tong control assembly disposed on the frame. The tong control assembly includes a housing connected to the frame, a shutoff switch, and a toggle lever located at a suitable position on the housing, whereby the toggle lever is configured to be operated while the shutoff switch is depressed, and wherein the toggle lever is configured to control at least one of: a rotational speed of the jaws and a rotational direction of the jaws. A method of operating a tong includes clamping a first tubular using first jaws of a tong, clamping a second tubular using second jaws of the tong, rotating the first tubular relative to the second tubular, and controlling a rotational speed of the first tubular using a toggle lever disposed on a frame of the tong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Georg Zimbelmann, Ditmar Clasen, Bjoern Thiemann
  • Patent number: 10815735
    Abstract: A swivel stand apparatus includes a swivel tower and a swivel mounting frame to which the swivel tower preferably removably attaches using locking members. Non-wheeled friction reducing sliders preferably form an interface between the swivel mounting frame and the frame. The flanged beams are part of a basket which can receive and connect to either a jack base or a flange base. The basket can have legs of different lengths to allow connection of the basket to the bases in only one orientation to prevent incorrect connection of the basket to the base. The basket preferably includes specially configured pipe racks for holding vertically positioned pipe or pipe joints. The jack base preferably includes multiple legs to connect to legs of the basket, and two legs to contact and support the basket without necessarily being mechanically interlocked thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SWIVEL RENTAL & SUPPLY, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Douglas C. Burns
  • Patent number: 10648250
    Abstract: An elevator device for drilling systems consisting substantially of a lifting device (2) cooperating with a loading device (3) applied to a drilling machine (4); said lifting device (2) taking a rod (100) or a casing (101) from a horizontal position to successively engage said rod or casing in a driving head (5) of a drilling machine (4), said device being directly mounted on the driving head and being driven by said driving head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: WELL EQUIPMENTS INTERNATIONAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Luigi Peveri
  • Patent number: 10597948
    Abstract: A boom system for transporting and deployment of utility service lines (such as cables, wires, hoses, pipes, etc.) from sources of the services to a drilling rig. The mobile boom system includes a mobile skid with posts located at opposite ends of the skid, and one or more articulating booms pivotally attached to each skid post. One or more articulating booms attached to a post at the first end of the skid can support and carry the service lines connected to the sources and one or more articulating booms attached to a post at the second end of the skid can support and carry the service lines connected to a drilling rig, or to an articulating boom extending from a drilling rig. The mobile articulating boom system can include means for moving and selectively positioning the mobile articulating boom system at a drilling site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Ferland, Bernard Cook, DeWayne Speer, Robert Lee Stauder, Anthony James Evans, Gary Don Davis, Patrick L. Gustafson, Victor Arthur Garcia
  • Patent number: 10557320
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a skate configured to engage a tubular while moving along a catwalk trough is provided. The skate comprises a frame having a drive system configured to move the tubular along the catwalk trough, a grip device coupled to the frame and configured to grip a pin end of the tubular, and a controller in communication with the drive system that controls movement of the frame based on movement of a box end of the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Juan Arbelaez, Joshua Brandon Meuth, Aaron Bryant
  • Patent number: 10526854
    Abstract: A method for handling pipe includes orienting a pipe having first and second ends so that the second end of the pipe is positioned vertically above the first end, and while the pipe is oriented with the second end positioned vertically above the first end, gripping onto the pipe proximate the first end with a lift jaw assembly that is coupled to a lift arm assembly. The pipe is vertically misaligned at a substantially non-zero misalignment angle relative to the first end of the pipe while gripping the pipe with the lift jaw assembly, wherein vertically misaligning the pipe includes rotating the lift jaw assembly relative to the lift arm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Keogh, Baldwin Zahn, Christopher Yeldell, Albert Koether
  • Patent number: 10527075
    Abstract: A torque restraint device for connection to a top drive or to a travelling block of a drilling rig. The device is reversibly connectable to a guide track connected to a mast of the drilling rig. The device includes a main body supporting a pair of lockable jaws connected with a hinge body. The jaws are configured to form a closed and locked bracket for engaging the guide track and configured to pivot on the hinge body to provide an open bracket to facilitate disengagement of the device from the guide track. The hinge body forms a connection between at least one of the jaws and the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nelsen Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Blair Nelsen, James Chisholm, Cody Gunderson
  • Patent number: 10358879
    Abstract: A horizontal directional drilling (HDD) machine that includes a rod box that has a large capacity, which allows the HDD machine to operate continuously for longer periods of time. The rod box has an upper end and a lower end and is pivotally connected to a frame of the HDD machine at a pivot axis positioned adjacent the lower end of the rod box. The rod box is pivotally movable between a stowed position and an operational position. The rod box obstructs movement of a drill head of the HDD machine when in the stowed position and is laterally offset from the drill head when in the operational position so as to not interfere with movement of the drill head. The rod box is tapered such that a width is larger adjacent the upper end of the rod box as compared to the lower end of the rod box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Brandon A. Maurer, Ward E. Ryon, Clint Recker
  • Patent number: 10323486
    Abstract: Energy may be stored, converted, and generated during a drilling operation. An example method includes receiving fluid energy from a flow of drilling fluid (115) in a borehole (105). The received fluid energy may be stored as mechanical energy in an energy storage device (205) in the borehole (105). Additionally, electrical energy may be generated from the mechanical energy using a generator mechanically or magnetically coupled to the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cobb, Paul Rodney
  • Patent number: 10260294
    Abstract: Wellbore drilling system comprising: a drilling tower, a drill floor having a well center through which a drill string passes along a firing line, a drilling tubulars storage rack adapted to store multiple drilling tubulars in vertical orientation, 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, each tubular racker assembly comprises a base, a motion arm connected to said base, and a tubular gripper member connected or connectable to the motion arm and adapted to grip a tubular, wherein—with the tubular gripping member connected to the motion arm of the racker assemblies—the tubular racking device is adapted to grip and retain a drilling tubular by the tubular racker assemblies, and wherein the tubular racking device is adapted to place a tubular in and remove a tubular from the drilling tubulars storage rack, and wherein the tubular racking device has a reach
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Diederick Bernardus Wijning, Hendrik Hessels
  • Patent number: 10161226
    Abstract: A safety apparatus for personnel on an oil drilling rig includes a cylindrical quick disconnect switch having a receptacle and a plunger. The receptacle has an open circuit pair of electrical wires. The plunger is configured to attach to a derrick man. The plunger and the receptacle are configured to mate when the plunger is inserted into the receptacle and to remain frictionally mated until pulled apart. The mating results in closing the circuit between the pair of electrical wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sapheco, LLC
    Inventor: Perry L. Bagnaro
  • Patent number: 10151157
    Abstract: A tubular handling system has a trough with two exterior channels and an interior channel disposed between the two exterior channels. The two exterior channels and the interior channel are disposed along a longitudinal length of the trough and are configured to support at least one tubular. The tubular handling system also has a set of exterior kickers configured to move the tubular from one of the exterior channels to the interior channel and from one of the exterior channels to a position out of the trough. The tubular handling system has an interior kicker configured to move the tubular from the interior channel to one of the exterior channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventor: Gerardo Guerra
  • Patent number: 10100579
    Abstract: A system for cooling an exhaust system of a construction machine. The system has a compartment within which the exhaust system is contained. A first compartment wall forms an external boundary of the compartment and has a plurality of air inlets proximate the exhaust system. A fan assembly is also within the compartment and separated from the exhaust system by a barrier. A conduit crosses the barrier and has an inlet near the exhaust system and an outlet positioned between the barrier and the fan assembly. Air flows within the compartment along an air flow path that extends from the air inlets, around the exhaust system, through the conduit and into the fan assembly. The air flow path extends from the fan assembly through a plurality of air outlets formed in an external compartment wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip David Campbell, Chester S. McVay, Tyler J. Stanley
  • Patent number: 10053934
    Abstract: A racking arm assembly is adapted to be mounted on a drill floor of a drilling rig and includes a lift arm assembly having a first arm that is movably coupled to a vertical support column, wherein the lift arm assembly is adapted to be raised and lowered along a vertical length of the vertical support column during a pipe handling operation. A lift jaw assembly is pivotably coupled to a second arm of the lift arm assembly and includes a lift jaw assembly having a lift jaw gripping apparatus that is adapted to grip and fixedly hold a drill pipe stand proximate a pin end of the drill pipe stand during the pipe handling operation. The lift jaw gripping apparatus is further adapted to be rotated relative to the lift arm assembly about a substantially horizontal axis while the lift jaw gripping apparatus is fixedly holding the drill pipe stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Keogh, Baldwin Zahn, Christopher Yeldell, Albert Koether
  • Patent number: 10041312
    Abstract: Handling device for a rock drill rig for handling drill string components for a drill string, wherein the handling device includes a linear guide, a slide being displaceable along the linear guide, and, supported by the slide, a gripping device, being displaceable between a drill string position in the rock drill rig and a delivering position outside the rock drill rig. The gripping device is supported by a swing arm which is swing drivable around a first rotational axis. The swing arm is swing drivable in respect of the slide around a second rotation axis. The swing arm support and the swing arm are swing drivable around a third rotational axis for swinging the gripping device to the drill string position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: EPIROC ROCK DRILLS AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Johan Lindberg
  • Patent number: 10024124
    Abstract: A temporary support device for oil well tubes and method of use. The device comprises a holding structure (10) to be applied to the well surface casing (1), a holding base (20) resting on the well's cellar floor (40) and sets of adjustable supporting arms (30) connecting said holding structure (10) and said supporting base (20). The supporting base (20) is assembled and placed on the well's cellar floor (40) and the holding structure (10) is arranged around the upper end of the casing (1), alone or along with the tubular application device (2, 4, 5). Thereby, casing (1) is supported by the device of the invention. This supporting action is temporary until some operation is carried out and/or cementation and setting of the region surrounding tube (1) is produced, causing the tube to be permanently fixed in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Lance N. Pattillo
  • Patent number: 10000979
    Abstract: An earth drilling device includes a frame and a slide which is movable forward in the feed direction and backwards away from the feed direction. The frame includes a tilting device which causes the slide to incline relative to the frame and the feed axis when the slide is moved backward to the feed direction. An additional drill section may be inserted into the slide when it is inclined, then the slide may be moved forward in the feed direction to feed the additional drill section into the soil. A method for moving a drill section includes moving a slide opposite a feed direction in a frame. A tilting device causes the slide to incline relative to the frame and the feed direction, and an additional drill section is introduced into the slide. Then the slide is moved in the feed direction, feeding the additional drill section into the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TRACTO-TECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Löher
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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