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1. WO2020113125 - METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUS FOR USE IN MAIN PIPES CONNECTED TO BRANCH CONDUITS

Publication Number WO/2020/113125
Publication Date 04.06.2020
International Application No. PCT/US2019/063782
International Filing Date 27.11.2019
IPC
F16L 55/26 2006.01
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
55Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
26Pigs or moles, i.e. devices movable in a pipe or conduit with or without self-contained propulsion means
F16L 55/12 2006.01
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
55Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
10Means for stopping flow in pipes or hoses
12by introducing into the pipe a member expandable in situ
F16L 55/13 2006.01
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
55Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
10Means for stopping flow in pipes or hoses
12by introducing into the pipe a member expandable in situ
128introduced axially into the pipe or hose
13the closure device being a plug fixed by plastic deformation
F16L 55/136 2006.01
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
55Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
10Means for stopping flow in pipes or hoses
12by introducing into the pipe a member expandable in situ
128introduced axially into the pipe or hose
136the closure device being a plug fixed by radially expanding or deforming a split ring, hooks or the like
F16L 55/1645 2006.01
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
55Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
16Devices for covering leaks in pipes or hoses, e.g. hose-menders
162from inside the pipe
1645a sealing material being introduced inside the pipe by means of a tool moving in the pipe
F16L 55/28 2006.01
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
55Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
26Pigs or moles, i.e. devices movable in a pipe or conduit with or without self-contained propulsion means
28Constructional aspects
CPC
B08B 9/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
08CLEANING
BCLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL
9Cleaning hollow articles by methods or apparatus specially adapted thereto
E03F 7/00
EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
FSEWERS; CESSPOOLS
7Other installations or implements for operating sewer systems, e.g. for preventing or indicating stoppage; Emptying cesspools
F16L 2101/10
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
2101Uses or applications of pigs or moles
10Treating the inside of pipes
F16L 2101/30
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
2101Uses or applications of pigs or moles
30Inspecting, measuring or testing
F16L 2101/60
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
2101Uses or applications of pigs or moles
60Stopping leaks
F16L 41/00
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
41Branching pipes; Joining pipes to walls
Applicants
  • INA ACQUSITION CORP. [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • BAXTER, Rick
  • KODADEK, Robert
  • HERRLICH, Hermann
  • MCKEEFREY, Steven
  • WEBSTER, John
  • BONTUS, George
  • GOLDBAND, Ryan
  • JAYNE, John
  • HAUSER, Michael
  • LYNN, Brian
Agents
  • POLLMANN, Jonathan G.
  • BAIN, Robert M.
  • BOETTLER, Jeannie M.
  • CONWAY, Jason H.
  • EMNETT, Christine M.
  • EVERDING, William R.
  • FLEISCHUT, Paul I.
  • GRAY, Colleen N.
  • HENDRICKSON, Janet S.
  • JAMES, Kurt F.
  • JOHNSON, Morgan L.
  • JORDAN, Jamaal R.
  • KAZMIERSKI, Steven T.
  • KEIL, Vincent M.
  • KIM, David S.
  • LEVITT, Steven N.
  • MEHTA, Samir R.
  • MILLARD, Elizabeth E.
  • PETRILLO, Kathleen M.
  • TIETZ, Paul D.
  • WEGMAN, Andrew C.
Priority Data
62/773,84430.11.2018US
62/798,84130.01.2019US
62/816,66011.03.2019US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUS FOR USE IN MAIN PIPES CONNECTED TO BRANCH CONDUITS
(FR) PROCÉDÉS, SYSTÈMES ET APPAREIL DESTINÉS À ÊTRE UTILISÉS DANS DES TUYAUX PRINCIPAUX RACCORDÉS À DES CONDUITS DE RAMIFICATION
Abstract
(EN)
A pipe rehabilitation system and/or robot can be used inside a pipe to measure characteristics of branch conduits, install plugs into branch conduits before the pipe is lined with a liner, remove portions of plugs and liners after lining to restore fluid communication between the pipe and branch conduits, and/or install fittings into the branch conduits to connect the liner to the branch conduits. A probe can measure characteristics of a branch conduit. A tool can install plugs and/or fittings into the branch conduits. A linkage can connect a tool to a robotic tractor so that the connected elements can navigate through a main pipe. A visualization system can aid in aligning a robot with a branch conduit. Height-adjustable braces can support robotic tools in a pipe. A plug can include integrated locating features and/or movable parts that enable expanding the plug to seal with the branch conduit.
(FR)
L'invention concerne un système et/ou un robot de remise en état de tuyau qui peuvent être utilisés à l'intérieur d'un tuyau pour mesurer des caractéristiques de conduits de ramification, installer des bouchons dans des conduits de ramification avant que le tuyau soit revêtu d'un revêtement, retirer des parties de bouchons et de revêtements après le revêtement pour restaurer la communication fluidique entre le tuyau et les conduits de ramification, et/ou installer des raccords dans les conduits de ramification pour relier le revêtement aux conduits de ramification. Une sonde peut mesurer les caractéristiques d'un conduit de ramification. Un outil peut installer des bouchons et/ou des garnitures dans les conduits de ramification. Une liaison peut raccorder un outil à un tracteur robotisé de telle sorte que les éléments raccordés puissent naviguer à travers un tuyau principal. Un système de visualisation peut aider à aligner un robot avec un conduit de ramification. Des entretoises réglables en hauteur peuvent supporter des outils robotiques dans un tuyau. Un bouchon peut comprendre des éléments de localisation et/ou des parties mobiles intégrés qui permettent l'expansion du bouchon pour assurer l'étanchéité avec la conduite de ramification.
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