ApplicationNo. 07/099771 filed on 09/22/1987
US Classes:175/85, WITH ORIENTING OR RACKING MEANS FOR UNCONNECTED TOOLS OR SECTIONS OF SHAFT OR CASING166/66.5, Magnetic166/77.52, With elevator detail175/202, ABOVE-GROUND MEANS FOR RELATIVELY MOVING BELOW-GROUND TOOL ELEMENTS175/203, WITH ABOVE-GROUND MEANS TO ADVANCE OR RETRACT BORING MEANS414/22.52With slope change
ExaminersPrimary: Novosad, Stephen J.
Assistant: Letchford, John F.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesE21B 19/00 (20060101)
E21B 19/16 (20060101)
E21B 19/14 (20060101)
E21B 3/00 (20060101)
E21B 19/02 (20060101)
E21B 3/02 (20060101)
AbstractAn elevator bail with elongated slots, an elevator tilting assembly and indexing apparatus, and a top drive drilling unit in combination with such devices that are connected to the upper end of a drill string and movable upwardly and downwardly with the drill string along a guide apparatus and that can be provided with a pipe handling mechanism for lifting and positioning the drill string which can can be swung about a vertical axis to a more advantageous attitude for loading or unloading drill pipe. Movement about the vertical axis can be achieved through the use of an air or hydraulic cylinder. Fitted about the top drive central shaft can be a rotable air conducting sealing gland and about its perimeter an annular ring containing a target material that is sensitive to a proximity switching device. The annular ring is rotable through an infinite angular travel and is able to be secured against unwanted rotation. In conjunction with the rotable annular ring is a hydro-electric circuit which will through a natural sequence of action, direct fluid under pressure to a top drive motor which will then rotate an elevator link/drill pipe elevator combination to a predetermined and desired angular displacement relative to a fixed work stand, from which drill pipe is loaded and unloaded from the elevator by a person or persons standing upon the work stand.