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Title:
CLEANING ASSEMBLY FOR MAGNET ASSEMBLIES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/203656
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Separate cleaning assembly (100) for magnet assemblies (10) formed by at least one magnet rod (11), wiper assembly (20) and magnet handle device (14), the cleaning assembly (100) comprising a base (110) and vertically extending main body (120), wherein the cleaning assembly (100) comprises retaining means (130a-b) for retaining the magnet assembly (10) to the main body (110) and receiving means (140) for receiving and accommodating the wiper assembly (20), wherein the receiving means (140) for the wiper assembly (20) is arranged to moving means (150) arranged for moving the wiper assembly (20) in longitudinal direction of the magnet rods (11).

Inventors:
AANESBUG, Geir Olav (Kvamsveien 76, 7336 Meldal, 7336, NO)
PALLIN, Jan Egil (Skyttervegen 31, 7088 Heimdal, 7088, NO)
Application Number:
NO2019/050071
Publication Date:
October 24, 2019
Filing Date:
April 08, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
JAGTECH AS (Industriveien 5, 7072 HEIMDAL, 7072, NO)
International Classes:
B03C1/28
Foreign References:
GB2518162A2015-03-18
DE3218791A11983-03-31
US5066390A1991-11-19
US20100065504A12010-03-18
US20110203976A12011-08-25
US20030173264A12003-09-18
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CURO AS (Vestre Rosten 81, 7075 Tiller, 7075, NO)
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Claims:
Claims

1. Separate cleaning assembly (100) for magnet assemblies (10) formed by at least one magnet rod (11), wiper assembly (20) and magnet handle device (14), the cleaning assembly (100) comprising a base (110) and vertically extending main body (120), characterized in that the cleaning assembly (100) comprises retaining means (130a-b) for retaining the magnet assembly (10) to the main body (110) and receiving means (140) for receiving and accommodating the wiper assembly (20), wherein the receiving means (140) for the wiper assembly (20) is arranged to moving means (150) arranged for moving the wiper assembly (20) in longitudinal direction of the magnet rods (11).

2. Separate cleaning assembly (100) according to claim 1, characterized in that moving means (150) for moving the wiper assembly (20) in longitudinal direction of the magnet rods (11) comprises a driving unit arranged movable to a vertically extending column (160), integrated or arranged to the main body (110).

3. Separate cleaning assembly (100) according to claims 1-2, characterized in that the vertically extending column (160) is provided with a longitudinally extending guide track (161) at a longitudinal side thereof, the driving unit (150) is extending through the longitudinally extending track (161) and is arranged movably to a vertically extending shaft (170) arranged in the vertically extending column (160).

4. Separate cleaning assembly (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the retaining means (130a-b) for retaining the magnet assembly (10) is formed by two mirror doors (131a-b) pivotably arranged to the main body (120) and base (110), the mirror doors (131a- b) provided with upper end plates ( 134a-b), respectively, provided with corresponding recesses (136a-b) in contact surfaces (137a-b) thereof arranged such that when the mirror doors (131a-b) connect each other the recesses (136a-b) are adapted to receive, accommodate and retain the magnet handle device (14) of the magnet assembly (10) and thus retain the magnet assembly (10).

5. Separate cleaning assembly (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the cleaning assembly (100) is provided with weighing means (300) for weighing removed material from the magnet assembly (10) collected in a container or box (310).

6. Separate cleaning assembly (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the cleaning assembly (100) is arranged to a manipulator system (600) for insertion and removal of magnet assemblies (10) to/from the cleaning assembly (100).

Description:
Cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies

The present invention is related to a cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies, according to the preamble of claim 1.

The present invention is especially related to a cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies used for capturing and removing magnetic material in a flow of material.

Background

Magnetized bars are used to remove magnetic/metal material, such as metal cuttings, metal shavings, metal parts, and the like, in a flow of material, such as in a fluid stream of oil well drilling mud or flow of raw material. Removal of the metal cuttings, metal shavings, metal parts captured by the magnetized bars can be performed by the use of a non-magnetic wiper assembly arranged slidable upon the magnetized bar between the ends thereof for removal of the captured metal from the magnetized bar.

Many of the metal parts that are collected by the magnetized bars, also known as ditch magnets, are pieces that have been cut or shaved and are thus of irregular shape and can have sharp edges/ points, or the like. Safety is very important and meaningful in such operations including personnel handling equipment like this, especially in the oil and gas industry. Cuttings that are collected by a ditch magnet can include sharp edged debris that could possibly cut the hand of a worker who handles the ditch magnet. In prior art solutions personnel handling such magnetized bars are exposed due to manual handling of wiper assemblies for removing collected metal cuttings, metal shavings or metal parts on the magnet rods.

Cuttings that have been retrieved from a ditch magnet can provide information that is beneficial to oil and gas well operators. These collected cuttings may indicate casing wear during ordinary drilling operations, pipe wear, or any other factor which could be used for economic or maintenance considerations. Prior art fails to provide a solution where one in a simple manner can collect and register the collected cuttings.

This can also be used for detecting irregular operative incidents when it is detected high amount of magnetic material on the magnet assemblies, which is not expected during normal operation. This can indicate damage of used mechanical equipment. There is accordingly a need for a cleaning assembly that can clean with high frequency such that incidents like this can be detected rapidly by reporting from logging equipment.

Such magnet rods/bars are known from e.g. US5043063, US5188239, US8641899, US5190159 and NO20131274, as well as WO2016159779 in the name of the applicant. Some of them describe manual cleaning of the magnet rods, while some of them describe an automated approach for cleaning the magnet rods. A disadvantage with all these solutions, are as mentioned above that the safety of personnel is not ensured. Further, all the solutions which describe an automated approach requires that they are arranged in immediate vicinity of the magnet rods, i.e. as an integrated part of the device holding the magnet rods.

Object

The main object of the present invention is to provide a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies partly or entirely solving the disadvantages of prior art solutions.

It is further an object of the present invention to provide a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies that increases the Environment and Safety (HSE) for personnel.

An object of the present invention is to provide a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies where the removal of cuttings is performed in a safe and separated environment with no exposure for personnel in the vicinity.

It is further an object of the present invention to provide a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies arranged to collect and retain cuttings removed from the magnet assemblies.

An object of the present invention is to provide a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies arranged for automated removal of the cuttings, i.e. without personnel having to be in contact with the cuttings.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies arranged for weighing cuttings removed from the magnet assemblies.

An object of the present invention is to provide a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies which can be arranged to a robot solution retrieving the magnet assemblies from a device for capturing and removing magnetic material in a flow of material, cleaning the magnet assemblies and inserting them back in the device after cleaning. Further objects will appear from the following description, claims and attached drawings.

The invention

A separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies according to the present invention is disclosed in claim 1. Preferable features of the cleaning assembly are disclosed in the remaining claims.

The present invention is related to a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies formed by at least one magnet rod, wiper assembly and magnet handle device, wherein the wiper assembly is movable in longitudinal direction of the at least one magnet rod. According to the present invention, the cleaning assembly comprises a base and a vertically extending main body, extending from the base and upwards. In an alternative embodiment, the main body and base are formed as one piece.

The cleaning assembly further comprises retaining means for retaining the magnet assembly to the main body and receiving means for receiving and accommodating the wiper assembly. The cleaning assembly according to the present invention further comprises moving means, to which moving means the receiving means for the wiper assembly is arranged, wherein the moving means is arranged to move the wiper assembly in longitudinal direction of the magnet rods.

According to one embodiment of the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention the moving means for the wiper assembly comprises a driving unit arranged movable in longitudinal direction of a vertically extending column, integrated or arranged to the main body.

In one embodiment of the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention the vertically extending column is provided with a longitudinally extending guide track, at a longitudinal side thereof, and the driving unit is extending through the longitudinally extending track and is arranged movably to a vertically extending shaft arranged in the vertically extending column. The driving unit is arranged to a driving source/arrangement or provided with a driving source/arrangement for moving the driving unit up and down the vertical shaft.

According to one embodiment of the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention the retaining means for retaining the magnet assembly is formed by two mirror doors pivotably arranged to the main body at upper end and the base at lower end. Further, the mirror doors are provided with upper end plates provided with corresponding recesses in contact surfaces thereof, arranged such that when the mirror doors connect each other the recesses are adapted to receive, accommodate and retain the magnet handle device of the magnet assembly and thus retain the magnet assembly to the main body and base. Accordingly, in this embodiment the mirror doors have two functions, wherein the first is to retain the magnet assembly, and the second is to close the cleaning assembly to provide a closed environment wherein cleaning of the magnet assemblies can be performed. The mirror doors can further be arranged to driving means for opening or closing the doors and/or locking means for locking the doors in closed and/or open position.

In an alternative embodiment retaining means can be arranged to the main body, above the receiving means for the wiper assembly.

According to a further embodiment of the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention the cleaning assembly is provided with weighing means, such as a load cell, arranged at lower part of the cleaning assembly, for weighing removed material from the magnet assembly collected in a container or box. There can further be arranged a scale exterior of the separate cleaning assembly for reading the measurements of the load cell.

In a further embodiment of the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention it can further be provided with a communication unit, wireless and/or wired, enabling one-way or two-way communication with the cleaning assembly. This will also enable the measurements of the load cell to be transferred to external systems.

According to a further embodiment of the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention, the separate cleaning assembly is arranged to a manipulator system for insertion and removal of magnet assemblies to/from the separate cleaning assembly.

The separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention will further be provided with a power source, in the form of a chargeable unit, such as batteries, and/or power grid connector, and possibly energy harvester device(s).

The separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention will further be provided with a control device provided with means and/or software for controlling driving source/arrangement for moving the driving unit and/or driving means for the doors, and communication unit.

The separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention can be arranged for manual, semi-automatic and/or automatic cleaning of magnet assemblies. Accordingly, by the present invention is achieved a separate cleaning assembly for magnet assemblies which can does not need to be arranged together with a device for capturing and removing magnetic material in a flow of material containing one or more magnet assemblies. The separate cleaning assembly can be arranged where the user desires and has space for it. It is a well- known fact that space is an issue on rigs and other installations, which does not allow the cleaning assembly to be arranged together with the mentioned device. With the present invention one can thus arranged the cleaning assembly in a suitable location.

The magnet assemblies can thus be removed from the mentioned device and inserted into the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention with the mirror doors in open position where the wiper assembly is received and accommodated in the receiving assembly. The mirror doors is then closed and the recesses in the end plates therein enclose and retain the magnet assembly. The moving means can then be activated whereupon the wiper assembly is moved in longitudinal direction of the at least one magnet rods, cleaning the magnet rod for material collected on exterior surface thereof. The removed material is then collected in the box or container and weighed by the weighing means. After the cleaning process is completed the doors are again opened and the magnet assembly can be removed from the cleaning assembly and re-inserted into the mentioned device.

Further preferable features of the present invention will appear from the following example description, claims and attached drawings.

Example

The present invention will below be described in further detail with references to the attached drawings, where:

Fig. la-b are principle drawings of prior art magnet assemblies for a device for capturing and removing magnetic material in a flow of material,

Fig. 2a-f are principle drawings of an embodiment of a cleaning assembly according to the present invention, and

Fig. 3a-b are principle drawings of the use of manipulator systems with the separate cleaning assembly according to the present invention. Reference is now made to Figures la-b showing principle drawings of magnet assembly 10 according to prior art, as described in WO2016159779 in the name of the applicant, which also describe a device for capturing and removing magnetic material in a flow of material, the content of which is included herein by reference. The magnet assembly 10 according to the example comprises a set of at least two magnet rods 11 in the form of permanent magnets, enclosed in a non-magnetic sleeve 11a or material, and where upper and lower ends 13a, 13b thereof do not contain magnets. Even if permanent magnet rods 11 hereafter will be used as the example, this does not limit the invention as also other magnet rods can be used, such as controllable magnet rods. The permanent magnet rods 11 are at upper end fixed to a magnet handle device 14 formed by a handle 15 and a fixation plate 16 having a mainly elliptic shape. At the lower end the permanent magnet rods 11 are fixed to a magnet guider 17 having a mainly elliptic shape with tapering distal ends 17a-b.

The magnet assembly 10 further includes a wiper assembly 20 formed by upper and lower scraper bodies 21a and 21b having a mainly elliptic shape provided with through holes 22a-b for accommodating the permanent magnet rods 11. Between the scraper bodies 21a-b and in connection with the through holes 22a-b are arranged metal wipers 23a-b of non-magnetic material, one for each permanent magnet rod 11, which metal wipers 23a-b having a central opening adapted to outer surface of the permanent magnet rods 11. In this way the metal wipers 23a-b are movably arranged along the permanent magnet rods 11 by means of the scraper bodies 21a-b.

Even though the example above is showing magnet assemblies 10 comprising two magnet rods 11, the present invention is also related to magnet assemblies 10 comprising one magnet rod 11 or more than two magnet rods 11, with a magnet handle device 14 and wiper assembly 20.

Reference is now made to Figures 2a-f which are principle drawings of separate cleaning assembly 100 for magnet assemblies 10. The separate cleaning assembly 100 according to the present invention is formed by a base 110 and main body 120 extending upwards from the base 110, as well as retaining means 130a-b for retaining the magnet assembly 10, receiving means 140 for receiving and accommodating the wiper assembly 20 of the magnet assembly 10.

In the shown embodiment the retaining means 130a-b are formed by two mirror doors 131a-b, arranged pivotable to the main body 120 at upper side and the base 110 at lower side thereof.

The mirror doors 131a-b exhibit in the shown example a mainly triangular elongated shape which at lower end is provided with an exterior extending flange 132a-b provided with a hole 133a-b for connection to the base 110 via a pin or bolt (not shown). At the upper end the mirror doors 131a-b are provided with an end plate 134a-b provided with an extending part with a hole 135a-b (Figures 2d-e) for connection to upper side of the main body 120 via a pin or bolt (not shown). The mirror doors 131a-b can further be arranged to driving means (not shown) for opening or closing the mirror doors 131a-b and/or locking means (not shown) for locking the doors in closed and/or open position.

For retaining the magnet assembly 10 the end plates 134a-b of the mirror doors 131a-b are provided with corresponding recesses 136a-b at contact surfaces 137 thereof, such that when the mirror doors 131a-b are in contact with each other, the recesses 136a-b are adapted to receive, accommodate and retain the magnet handle device 14 of the magnet assembly 10, and thus retain the magnet assembly 10, as shown in Figure 2c. The contact surfaces 137a-b of the mirror doors 131a-b are further provided with recesses adapted the handle 15 of the magnet assembly 10 allowing the mirror doors 131a-b to entirely contact each other with the contact surfaces 137a-b.

The base 110, main body 120 and retaining means 130a-b/mirror doors 131a-b thus form a mainly rectangular housing or container with doors 131a-b that can be opened, as shown in Figure 2a, to receive a magnet assembly 10, and closed, as shown in Figure 2b, to retain the magnet assembly 10.

The receiving means 140 for receiving and accommodating the wiper assembly 20 of the magnet assembly 10 is e.g. formed by a clamp, adapted the shape and size of the wiper assembly 20. According to the present invention the receiving means 140 for the wiper assembly 20 is arranged to a driving unit 150 arranged to move the wiper assembly 20 in longitudinal direction of the magnet rod(s) 11 of the magnet assembly 20. The receiving means 140 can further be provided with locking means for locking the wiper assembly 20 when inserted therein for increased safety during operation.

In shown embodiment the separate cleaning assembly 100 according to the present invention driving unit 150 is arranged movable in longitudinal direction of a vertically extending column 160, integrated or arranged to the main body 120. In the shown embodiment, the vertically extending column 160 is provided with a longitudinally extending guide track 161 (Figure 2c), at a longitudinal side thereof facing the magnet assembly 10/receiving means 140, and the driving unit 140 is extending through the longitudinally extending track 161 and is arranged movably to a vertically extending shaft 170 arranged in the vertically extending column 160, as shown in Figure 2f where several parts have been removed revealing interior details.

Different solutions can be implemented for moving the driving unit 140 up and down along the vertically extending shaft 170 in the vertically extending column 160. E.g. the driving unit 140 can be provided with an electric motor with a shaft with a toothed wheel arranged thereto which is in engagement with a toothed rack arranged in the vertically extending shaft 170. Another example is that the driving unit 140 is provided with an electric motor with a shaft provided with driving wheels with high friction in engagement with the vertically extending shaft 170.

In yet another example the vertically extending shaft 170 is provided with threads (lead screw) and the driving unit 140 is provided with a threaded section/element (e.g. a nut) in engagement with the threads of the vertically extending shaft 170, and the vertical shaft 140 is arranged rotatable in the vertically extending column 160 and driven by an electric motor 180 arranged to the base 110, with transmission means (not shown) between the electric motor and vertically extending shaft arranged in the base 110. In this way, when the vertically extending shaft 170 rotates the driving unit 140 due to the threaded section/element will be moved downwards when the vertically extending shaft 170 is rotated in one direction and upwards when the vertically extending shaft 170 is rotated in the opposite direction.

Accordingly, with the magnet assembly 10 retained by the retaining means 130a-b, movement of the driving unit 140 as described above results in that the wiper assembly 20 is moved downwards or upwards along the magnet rods 11 and perform cleaning.

The driving mechanism of the driving unit 140 can also be realized with a belt drive instead of a lead screw.

Other obvious solutions will be apparent for a skilled person.

Accordingly, a magnet assembly 10 can be inserted into the separate cleaning assembly 100 by opening the doors 131a-b and wherein the magnet assembly 10 is received and held by that the wiper assembly 20, in upper position, is received and held by the receiving means 140. The mirror doors 131a-b are then closed and the recesses 136a-b receive, accommodate and enclose the magnet handle device 14 of the magnet assembly 10 and retain the magnet assembly 10. The driving unit 140 can then be activated and move the wiper assembly 20 downwards and upwards along the magnet rods 11 removing material attached thereto, one or several times until all material are removed from the exterior surface of the magnet rods 11. After the cleaning is completed, the mirror doors 131a-b are again opened and the magnet assembly 10 is ready for use.

According to a further embodiment of the present invention the separate cleaning assembly 100 according to the present invention it is further provided with weighing means 300 for weighing the removed material. For this the separate cleaning assembly 100 can be provided a load cell 300 arranged at lower part of the main body 120 or in the base 110, such that removed material (cuttings) can be registered. The removed material is preferably collected in a box or container 310 arranged on a collar 320 (Figure 2c) arranged to the load cell 300. The results of the measurement of the load cell 300 is preferably shown on a scale 330 arranged exterior of the cleaning assembly 100 or transferred to an exterior unit by means of the cleaning assembly 100 comprising a communication device. Reference is now made to Figures 3a-b showing examples of the use of manipulator systems 600 for insertion and removal of magnet assemblies 10 to and from the separate cleaning assembly 100 according to the present invention. In Figure 3a-b is also show a typical example of area of use of the present invention, i.e. a device 500 comprising a numerous of magnet assemblies 10, as described in WO2016159779, arranged in a material flow, and where the magnet assemblies 10 are to be cleaned when desired. According to the present invention the separate cleaning assembly 100 can be arranged in the vicinity of the device 500, and where manipulator systems 600, e.g. as in Figure 3a in the form of a monorail 610, a traverser carriage 611, and to the traverser carriage 611 arranged a lifting device 612. The lifting device 612 comprises a hook 613 adapted for connection to the magnet handle device 14 for lifting the magnet assembly 10 out of the device 500 and moving it to the separate cleaning assembly 100 by means of the traverser carriage 611 and inserting the magnet assembly 10 into the cleaning assembly 100. The magnet assembly 10 is next cleaned as described above, whereupon the magnet assembly 10 is removed from the cleaning assembly 100 and returned to the device 500 by means of the lifting device 612 and traverser carriage 611. In Figure 3b is shown an alternative solution where the manipulator system 600 is formed by at least two manipulator arms 621-623 and wherein a hook 613 is arranged at a free end of the manipulator arm 623. By the manipulator arms 621-623 the magnet assembly 10 moved and cleaned as described above for the monorail solution.

By arranging the manipulator system 600 to appropriate control means the entire operation can be automated.