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Boring or penetrating the earth

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09/04/2014 > 21 patent applications in 13 patent subcategories.
08/28/2014 > 12 patent applications in 8 patent subcategories.

20140238742 - Device for supplying lubricant to a lubrication point in a machine: A device for supplying lubricant to a lubrication point in a machine, a tunnel boring machine, for example, includes a lubrication pump unit and a control unit. The lubrication pump unit is configured to supply a quantity of the lubricant to the lubrication point, and the control unit is configured... Agent: Skf Lubrication Systems Germany Ag

20140238743 - Core sample orientation: A core orientation device (10) for a core drill (12). The device (10) includes an arrangement (14) for providing signals (16) associated with a physical orientation (18) of the core orientation device (10). Processing means (22) are provided for processing the signals (16) so as to provide processed data (23)... Agent: Australian Mud Company Ltd.

20140238744 - Apparatus and method for separating and weighing cuttings received from a wellbore while drilling: In one aspect, an apparatus for use during drilling of a wellbore is provided, that in one embodiment may include: a receiving device that receives cuttings from the separator; a sensor for providing information relating to weight of the cuttings received by the receiving device for determining the weight of... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140238745 - Pipe handler: A pipe handler trailer assists with the handling of very large and heavy pipes that are regularly raised to and lowered from an elevated surfaces. A height adjustment assembly sets the maximum height that a skidway will reach when a lift cylinder is fully extended and lift arms are thereby... Agent: Liberty Holdings, LLC

20140238746 - Actuation mechanisms for downhole assemblies and related downhole assemblies and methods: Actuation mechanisms for downhole assemblies in earth-boring applications may comprise a housing comprising an internal bore defining a flow path through the housing. An actuation member may be supported within the housing. A movable sleeve may be located within the internal bore and may be movable between a first position... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140238747 - Auger stand for a utility truck and method of using same: An auger stand is provided for a utility truck with a boom, motor and auger to install telephone poles. The stand securely holds the nine foot, 350 pound auger in an upright position to facilitate its detachment from and reattachment to a drive shaft of the motor. Without laying the... Agent:

20140238749 - Drilling tool and method for earth drilling:

20140238748 - Slotted liner drilling: Drilling assemblies, systems and methods enable a wellbore to be drilled and lined with a slotted liner. A drilling system includes a liner assembly with a drill string in a bore thereof. The drill string and the liner assembly can be selectively coupled together to restrict relative motion between the... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140238750 - Tubular drill stem component and method for tensioning a communication tube mounted in said component: A tubular component for a drill stem, for drilling a hole, the component including a first end section including a first threading, a second end section including a second threading, and a substantially tubular central section, a hole being provided in at least one of the first and second end... Agent: Vallourec Drilling Products France

20140238751 - Auxiliary equipment for use with drilling apparatus: An auxiliary working apparatus configured for use with a drilling apparatus including a platform which is supported above ground and a drill pipe which extends through a hole in the platform to be displaced into the ground for drilling a hole in the ground. The drill pipe is of a... Agent:

20140238752 - Methods for pre-sharpening impregnated cutting structures for bits, resulting cutting structures and drill bits so equipped: Processes for pre-sharpening cutting structures comprising particles of superabrasive material such as diamond grit, dispersed in a metal matrix material such as cemented tungsten carbide. Matrix material may be removed from a surface of a cutting structure to a desired depth to expose superabrasive particles within the matrix material adjacent... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140238753 - Cutting elements including non-planar interfaces, earth-boring tools including such cutting elements, and methods of forming cutting elements: Cutting elements for earth-boring tools may comprise a substrate, a polycrystalline table comprising superhard material secured to the substrate at an end of the substrate, and a non-planar interface defined between the polycrystalline table and the substrate. The non-planar interface may comprise a cross-shaped groove extending into one of the... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

08/21/2014 > 16 patent applications in 12 patent subcategories.

20140231136 - Apparatus and method for rotary steering: A method and system for steering a rotary steerable tool in a borehole. A method includes rotating a deflection sleeve about a steerable shaft. A deflection ramp is aligned to deflect the shaft in a predetermined direction by the rotating. The deflection sleeve is axially displaced along the steerable shaft.... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140231137 - Drilling apparatus with drill guide: An apparatus for use in connection using a drill having a drilling element for forming a borehole in a face of a mine passage includes a drill guide for engaging the drilling element while permitting the drilling element to move toward the face for forming the borehole. The drill guide... Agent: J.h. Fletcher & Co

20140231138 - Remote controlled drilling rig: A remote controlled drilling rig that is fully functional includes a drilling rig, an electrical assembly, and a remote. The drilling rig includes a truck for towing a semi-trailer on which is positioned a derrick and a drilling assembly. The electrical assembly is positioned within the drilling rig and includes... Agent:

20140231139 - Drilling system having a super-capacitor amplifier and a method for transmitting signals: A method and a drilling system that may include a drilling element for drilling a hole in a geological formation; a sensor module arranged to collect information about the drilling; a transmitter that is arranged to receive the information from the sensor module, amplify the information by a super-capacitor amplifier... Agent:

20140231140 - Well tool actuator and isolation valve for use in drilling operations: A well tool actuator can include a series of chambers which, when opened in succession, cause the well tool to be alternately actuated. A method of operating a well tool actuator can include manipulating an object in a wellbore; a sensor of the actuator detecting the object manipulation; and the... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140231141 - Systems and methods for automatic weight on bit sensor calibration and regulating buckling of a drillstring: Disclosed are systems and methods for automatic weight on bit sensor calibration and regulating buckling of a drillstring. One method includes taking a first survey recording at a first depth within a borehole, the first survey recording providing inclination and azimuth of a drillstring at the first depth, measuring a... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140231142 - Drill bit systems with temperature sensors and applications using temperature sensor measurements: A drill bit includes a plurality of blades. The blades provide a plurality of cutting elements or teeth arranged on a leading face of the blade. At least one temperature sensor is provided adjacent at least one of the teeth of at least one blade to sense a local temperature... Agent: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

20140231144 - Downhole rotational lock mechanism: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes a downhole rotational lock mechanism including a tubular housing having a longitudinal bore with an internal wall. A driving gear is disposed in the longitudinal bore of the tubular housing and has a... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140231143 - Pressure compensation system for a motor bearing assembly: In an oil-sealed bearing assembly in the bearing section of a mud motor, in which a mandrel is rotatably disposed within a cylindrical housing, a cylindrical sleeve is disposed coaxially within the mandrel with the sleeve being non-rotatably mounted to an inner surface of the mandrel, thereby forming an annular... Agent: National Oilwell Varco, L.p.

20140231145 - Inorganic fullerene-like particles and inorganic tubular-like particles in fluids and lubricants and applications to subterranean drilling: A drilling fluid including a drilling fluid medium selected from the group consisting of water, air and water, air and foaming agent, a water based mud, an oil based mud, a synthetic based fluid, and a composition thereof. The drilling fluid also includes at least one intercalation compound of a... Agent: Nanotech Industrial Solutions, Inc.

20140231146 - Method of enhancing drilling fluid performance: The present invention relates to methods of drilling a wellbore wherein a drill-in fluid is foamed at the drill tool. A method in accordance with the present invention comprises providing a drill-in fluid comprising an aqueous fluid, a foaming agent, a foam stabilizer, a gas generating chemical and an encapsulated... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140231147 - Apparatus and system to drill a bore using a laser: A system to extend a lateral bore section using laser light comprises a first umbilical connected to a deflection member having a drive gear, a lateral exit port and at least one deployable seal intermediate a proximal end and the lateral exit port, and a second umbilical having an exterior... Agent: Sld Enhanced Recovery, Inc.

20140231148 - Composite materials including inorganic fullerene-like particles and inorganic tubular-like particles in a polymer matrix: A composite including a dispersed phase of an inorganic material of a metal chalcogenide composition with a fullerene-like or tubular-like geometry that is present in a polymeric matrix, wherein the inorganic material of the metal chalcogenide has a molecular formula MX2, where M is a metallic element selected from the... Agent: Nanotech Industrial Solutions, Inc.

20140231149 - Fiber-containing diamond-impregnated cutting tools and methods of forming and using same: Fibers for diamond-impregnated cutting tools and their associated methods for manufacture and use are described. A matrix is formed that contains fibers made from carbon, glass, ceramic, polymer, and the like. The matrix is then sintered to form a cutting portion of a drill bit. The type and concentration of... Agent: Longyear Tm, Inc.

20140231150 - Particulate mixtures for forming polycrystalline compacts and earth-boring tools including polycrystalline compacts having material disposed in interstitial spaces therein: Polycrystalline compacts include smaller and larger hard grains that are interbonded to fox in a polycrystalline hard material. The larger grains may be at least about 150 times larger than the smaller grains. An interstitial material comprising one or more of a boride, a carbide, a nitride, a metal carbonate,... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140231151 - Optimum powder placement in polycrystalline diamond cutters: A precise and reproducible method of making a cutter element for a cutting tool includes positioning at least a first material layer of powder; a substrate and sintering. Whereby the positioning is performed by a fill to weight system, and comprises depositing the first material at a rate of about... Agent: National Oilwell Varco, L.p.

08/14/2014 > 14 patent applications in 11 patent subcategories.

20140224537 - System and method for damping vibration in a drill string: A system for damping vibration in a drill string can include a valve assembly having a supply of a fluid, a first member, and a second member capable of moving in relation to first member in response to vibration of the drill bit. The first and second members define a... Agent: Aps Technology, Inc.

20140224538 - Borehole surveying tool deployment: An apparatus for use in a downhole survey in conjunction with core sampling comprises a body adapted to receive a downhole surveying instrument, whereby the downhole surveying instrument can be conveyed along a borehole with the apparatus and operated in the borehole.... Agent:

20140224539 - Pdc sensing element fabrication process and tool: A Polycrystalline Diamond Compact (PDC) cutter for a rotary drill bit is provided with an integrated sensor and circuitry for making measurements of a property of a fluid in the borehole and/or an operating condition of the drill bit. A method of manufacture of the PDC cutter and the rotary... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140224540 - Rock drilling unit and method of changing drill rods: 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... Agent: Sandvik Mining And Construction Oy

20140224541 - Box frame spreader beam: A spreader beam includes a first spreader beam section, where the first spreader beam section is pivotably coupled to the first substructure and a second spreader beam section, where the second spreader beam section is pivotably coupled to the second substructure. The first and second spreader beam sections are positioned... Agent: Nabors Drilling Usa

20140224542 - System and method for inhibiting an explosive atmosphere in open riser subsea mud return drilling systems: A method for inhibiting an explosive atmosphere in a wellbore drilling system, including a riser (12) connected to a wellbore above a top thereof wherein the riser has a fluid outlet (17) below a surface of a body of water in which the wellbore is drilled, and wherein the fluid... Agent: Agr Subsea, A.s.

20140224543 - Side saddle substructure: 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,... Agent: Nabors Drilling Usa

20140224544 - Pneumatic down-the-hole drill: A pneumatic down-the-hole (DTH) drill having a frame, and a pneumatic percussion piston that moves in a reciprocating manner as pressurized air is fed into the DTH-drill and strikes a tool in the front end of the frame is mounted movably in the longitudinal direction of the frame. A feed... Agent:

20140224545 - Driveshaft assembly for a downhole motor: A driveshaft for a downhole motor has a longitudinal axis and includes a first end. In addition, the driveshaft includes a second end opposite the first end. The first end has a radially outer surface including a first connection lug. The outer surface also includes a second connection lug uniformly... Agent: National Oilwell Varco, L.p.

20140224546 - Drill stem element and corresponding drill pipe: A drill stem element for drilling a well with flow of a drilling fluid around the element and in a direction extending from a drilling well bottom towards the surface, including a member and a coupling mounted for rotation about the member. The coupling includes at least two abutment zones... Agent: Vallourec Drilling Products France

20140224548 - Rock bit having a flexible metal faced seal: A sealing system includes a first gland in a cone and a second gland in a shaft region. A first ring is mounted in the first gland, a second ring is mounted in the second gland and a third ring is positioned between the first and second rings. The first... Agent: Varel International, Ind., L.p.

20140224549 - Rock bit having a pressure balanced metal faced seal: A sealing system includes a first gland in a cone and a first ring mounted in the first gland. A second ring is mounted to a shaft region. A third ring is positioned between the first and second rings. The first and third rings present a pair of metal seal... Agent: Varel International, Ind., L.p.

20140224547 - Rock bit having a radially self-aligning metal faced seal: A sealing system includes a first gland in a cone and a second gland in a shaft region. A first ring is mounted in the first gland, a second ring is mounted in the second gland and a third ring is positioned between the first and second rings. The first... Agent: Varel International, Ind., L.p.

20140224550 - Cutting elements and tools comprising interbonded grains of diamond and related compositions: Cutting elements include at least one metal diffused into interbonded grains of diamond. Earth-boring tools include at least one such cutting element. Methods of fanning cutting elements may include forming a mixture of the at least one metal salt and a plurality of grains of hard material and sintering the... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

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