Pipe handling device, method and system

  • US 20050098352A1
  • Filed: 11/10/2003
  • Published: 05/12/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/10/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A pipe handling device for mounting to move with a top drive, the pipe handling device comprising:

  • a link arm having a first end and an outboard end, the first end being mounted to a support surface, moveable with the top drive, by a pivotal connection such that the link arm is rotatable in a plane about the pivotal connection at least between a lower position and a raised position and is substantially stabilized against lateral movement out of the plane when in the lower position and the outboard end of the link arm being connectable to a pipe elevator segment and positioned to grip a pipe and to present the pipe to be engaged for movement with the top drive and a drive system to drive the link arm about its pivotal connection.

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