Apparatus and method for facilitating handling pipe

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8632111
APP PUB NO 20080136203A1
SERIAL NO

10537638

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An apparatus for handling a pipe having a body, the body defining an open throat that is adapted to receive a pipe, a plurality of jaws hingedly mounted to the body that are adapted to engage a pipe while preventing the pipe from engaging the body, each of the jaws defining a concave portion that is adapted to engage the pipe, the apparatus further including respective over-center mechanisms that are arranged between and operatively coupled to the body and each one of the plurality of jaws, each respective over-center mechanism being adapted to inhibit a respective one of the plurality of jaws from closing when jaws are open and to inhibit a respective one of the plurality of jaws from opening and disengaging from a pipe when the jaws are closed on the pipe.

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VARCO I/P INC2835 HOLMES ROAD HOUSTON TX 77051

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Berry, Joe Cypress, US 8 159
DeKeijzer, Neils Etten-Leur, NL 1 31
Krijnen, Anton Klundert, NL 11 198
Mulder, Rene Etten-Leur, NL 6 126

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