Method and apparatus for fluid propelled borescopes

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

United States of America Patent

SERIAL NO

06854295

Stats

ATTORNEY / AGENT: (SPONSORED)

Importance

Loading Importance Indicators... loading....

Abstract

See full text

A method and apparatus for propelling a borescope being used to inspect inaccessible areas comprises one or more reaction jets attached to the borescope, the reaction jets expelling gas, liquid or other fluids to produce a reaction thrust force on the borescope. In one embodiment, a reaction jet is fastened to the remote head of an articulateable borescope, and the propulsion direction is controlled by an operator who views a desired aim point at the output end of the borescope cable, and articulates the borescope head to point at the desired aim point. In another embodiment, the orientation of the thrust vector of the reaction jets is controllable, permitting an operator to control the direction of travel of a borescope not necessarily possessing an independent articulation capability.

Loading the Abstract Image... loading....

First Claim

See full text

Family

Loading Family data... loading....

Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
EVEREST VISUAL INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.SKANEATELES FALLS, NY5
AVIALL SERVICES, INC.DALLAS, TX0
IDENTECHS, INC.DALLAS, TX0

International Classification(s)

  • [Classification Symbol]
  • [Patents Count]

Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Carlson, III John A Burbank, CA 1 48
Ginsburgh, Irwin Newhall, CA 29 512
Saghatchi, Hamid Burbank, CA 10 292
Taylor, Geoffrey L Valencia, CA 24 711

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
4509507 Endoscope apparatus 34 1984
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

Forward Cite Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (7)
* 5571977 Process and device for inspecting and/or servicing and repairing subsidiary canals branching off from a main drain 16 1995
* RE37283 Apparatus for the remote measurement of physical parameters 17 1998
6530439 Flexible hose with thrusters for horizontal well drilling 12 2001
* 2003/0172,752 Apparatus for the remote measurement of physical parameters 0 2002
* 2006/0287,577 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 6 2006
* 2007/0156,021 Remote imaging apparatus having an adaptive lens 86 2006
* 2007/0118,015 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 7 2007
 
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, LP (2)
8310533 Inspection apparatus for inspecting articles 3 2006
8310604 Visual inspection apparatus having light source bank 7 2007
 
FUJIFILM CORPORATION (2)
* 8945000 Distal end hood for endoscope and endoscope system 0 2011
* 2012/0116,165 DISTAL END HOOD FOR ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM 0 2011
 
ENDOGENE LIMITED (1)
9566415 Method and apparatus for advancing a probe 0 2009
 
STRYKER GI LTD. (4)
6485409 Propulsion of a probe in the colon using a flexible sleeve 126 2000
6988988 Endoscopic inspection using a flexible sleeve 6 2002
* 2003/0105,386 Propulsion of a probe in the colon using a flexible sleeve 16 2002
7264588 Endoscopic inspection using a flexible sleeve 3 2005
 
Hand Held Products, Inc. (2)
9519814 Portable data terminal 0 2009
* 2010/0314,443 Portable Data Terminal 6 2009
 
WELCH ALLYN, INC. (1)
* 4883355 Slotted thrusters for fluid propelled borescopes 5 1987
 
HORIZONTAL EXPANSION TECH, LLC (4)
* 2003/0127,251 Flexible hose with thrusters for horizontal well drilling 4 2003
7357182 Method and apparatus for completing lateral channels from an existing oil or gas well 17 2005
* 2006/0278,393 Method and apparatus for completing lateral channels from an existing oil or gas well 10 2006
8186459 Flexible hose with thrusters and shut-off valve for horizontal well drilling 0 2009
 
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (2)
* 5575751 Device for measuring incident light in a body cavity 1 1994
* 5505687 Device for measuring incident light in a body cavity 2 1995
 
VIT, EVEREST (1)
* 2004/0183,900 Method and system for automatically detecting defects in remote video inspection applications 39 2003
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (1)
* 9715100 Blade inspection system 0 2014
 
SEWER EQUIPMENT COMPANY OF AMERICA (1)
* 2003/0182,754 Sheath for integrating sewer hose and TV cable 2 2003
 
AEROSTRUCTURES CORPORATION, THE (1)
* 5311639 System for detecting and removing foreign object debris 17 1993
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (4)
* 2008/0158,348 Inspection apparatus having illumination assembly 13 2006
* 2008/0157,994 IP based voice communication enabled inspection system 3 2006
8836937 Actuatable visual inspection device 1 2012
9621808 Inspection apparatus method and apparatus comprising selective frame output 0 2014
 
GE Inspection Technologies, LP (27)
* 2005/0129,108 Remote video inspection system 54 2004
7422559 Borescope comprising fluid supply system 6 2004
7956888 Remote video inspection system integrating audio communication functionality 8 2006
7819798 Insertion tube storage carousel 1 2006
* 2007/0156,018 Insertion tube storage carousel 12 2006
* 2007/0091,183 Method and apparatus for adapting the operation of a remote viewing device to correct optical misalignment 6 2006
7564626 Stereo-measurement borescope with 3-D viewing 19 2006
* 2007/0165,306 Stereo-measurement borescope with 3-D viewing 17 2006
8810636 Inspection apparatus method and apparatus comprising selective frame output 1 2006
8213676 Inspection apparatus method and apparatus comprising motion responsive control 20 2006
8368749 Article inspection apparatus 13 2006
8118733 Heat protection systems and methods for remote viewing devices 4 2006
* 2007/0225,931 Inspection apparatus for inspecting articles 14 2006
* 2007/0226,258 Article inspection apparatus 20 2006
7679041 Electronic imaging device with photosensor arrays 9 2006
* 2007/0187,574 Electronic imaging device with photosensor arrays 49 2006
8625434 IP based voice communication enabled inspection system 2 2006
8514278 Inspection apparatus having illumination assembly 2 2006
8767060 Inspection apparatus having heat sink assembly 0 2007
8253782 Integrated storage for industrial inspection handset 1 2007
7902990 Battery and power management for industrial inspection handset 37 2007
* 2009/0109,283 INTEGRATED STORAGE FOR INDUSTRIAL INSPECTION HANDSET 11 2007
* 2009/0106,948 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RETAINING ELONGATED FLEXIBLE ARTICLES INCLUDING VISUAL INSPECTION APPARATUS INSPECTION PROBES 3 2007
* 2009/0109,045 BATTERY AND POWER MANAGEMENT FOR INDUSTRIAL INSPECTION HANDSET 13 2007
* 2009/0109,429 INSPECTION APPARATUS HAVING HEAT SINK ASSEMBLY 3 2007
* 2009/0109,431 VISUAL INSPECTION APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT SOURCE BANK 2 2007
* 2008/0116,093 APPARATUS FOR STORING AN INSERTION TUBE 19 2008
 
SIGHTLINE TECHNOLOGIES LTD. (1)
* 2006/0004,254 Endoscopic inspection using a flexible sleeve 3 2005
 
SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD. (1)
* 4826281 Optical cable with bending mechanism 1 1987
 
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (1)
* 2010/0198,876 APPARATUS AND METHOD OF EMBEDDING META-DATA IN A CAPTURED IMAGE 7 2009
 
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC (2)
* 7721435 Method of securing a component in an engine 0 2006
* 2007/0171,406 Method of securing a component in an engine 4 2006
 
FINISAR CORPORATION (1)
* 6599033 Device for sealing a coupling unit for an optoelectronic component against contaminants 9 2000
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (3)
* 4991957 Borescope apparatus 17 1988
* 5096292 Borescope apparatus 15 1989
* 5048956 Borescope apparatus 6 1989
 
The United States of America as represented by Department of Health and Human Service (1)
* 5730700 Method for measuring incident light in a body cavity 10 1996
 
GENDEX CORP. (1)
* 5836762 Portable dental camera system and method 13 1997
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (8)
6517477 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 131 2000
7066880 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 16 2002
* 2003/0060,680 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 5 2002
7172552 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 9 2003
7699771 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 6 2006
8747301 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 0 2007
8602973 Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities 0 2009
* 2010/0210,906 CATHETER INTRODUCER SYSTEM FOR EXPLORATION OF BODY CAVITIES 9 2010
 
EVEREST VIT, INC. (1)
* 2006/0072,903 Method and system for storing calibration data within image files 18 2005
* Cited By Examiner