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Patent Application Titled "Pipe Modelling System and Method" Published Online

July 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Richter, Michael (Coquitlam, CA); Cornelius, Ben James (Vancouver, CA), filed on December 11, 2012, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Pine Rich Holdings Corp.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Pipe layouts are required in a variety of applications such as exhaust systems, oil and gas industrial work, food processing and construction industries. It's not always practical or possible to bring the application to the site of the fabrication. Previously, piping layouts were configured by using CAD (computer aided design) programs that produced three dimensional views of pipe layouts. CAD programs are well known in the art. These types of programs require substantial knowledge and cost to operate and render accurate views. Furthermore, calculating and recording the appropriate data can be vulnerable to human error rendering incorrect or incomplete calculations for the purpose of manufacturing specific pipes for the desired configuration. The cost in time and money related to incorrect manufacturing of pipes is substantial."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "What is required is a modelling system that is easier to use in designing and accurately configuring designing piping layouts to acquiring accurate data for manufacturing pipe to specific requirements.

"According to the present invention there is provided a pipe modelling system which includes a series of components. Each of the series of components has a body which has an axis, a first end and a second end. Means are provided for detachably coupling one of the series of components to another of the series of components in end to end relation to form a desired pipe layout. Each of the series of components has at least one identifying marker representing at least one measurable feature of the component.

"According to another aspect of the invention, a male member is provided on the first end of the body and a female member is provided on the second end of the body. The male member is dimension to fit within the female member at the first end of an adjacent one body to detachably coupling one component to another in end to end relation.

"According to another aspect of the invention, a slotted channel provided on the first end the body. Slotted channel has an inwardly extending retaining lip on opposed sides. A protrusion is provided on the second end of the body. The protrusion being dimension to fit within the slotted channel at the first end of an adjacent one body and is retained in the slotted channel by the retaining lip for detachably coupling one components to another in end to end relation.

"According to another aspect of the invention, there is also provided a securing member for securing one of the components to an object such as a manifold. The securing member has a body with a first end, and a second end. Means are provided for detachably coupling the second end to one of the series of components. A circumferential flange is provided with spaced apertures for receiving threaded fasteners to fasten the securing member to the object.

"In another aspect of the invention, the identifying marker is colour that is applied to all or a portion of an external surface of the body

"In another aspect of the invention, the identifying marker is an electronically readable identification or a two dimensional code.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, one of the series of components is a rotator component. The rotator component is positioned between two other components to allow for one of the components to be rotated relative to the other to change the angle of the desired pipe layout by measurable degrees.

"In another aspect of the invention, the pipe modelling system includes a web or software application for entering data representing the one identifying marker and processing the data to display a virtual three dimensional representation of the desired piping layout

"According to another aspect of the present invention there is provided a method of pipe modelling which includes the step of providing a series of components. A selected number of the components are then arranged and coupled in end to end relation to form a desired pipe layout. Once the desired layout has been achieved, then one identifying marker representing at least one measurable feature on each of the series of components is read and that data from one or more identifying marker representing at least one measurable feature is recorded.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, the recorded data representing the one identifying marker is entered in to a web application or software application which processes the data to display a virtual three dimensional representation of the desired piping layout.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"These and other features will become more apparent from the following description in which reference is made to the appended drawings, the drawings are for the purpose of illustration only and are not intended to be in any way limiting, wherein:

"FIG. 1 is an exploded view of the pipe modelling system of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is an assembled side elevation view of the pipe modelling system of the pipe modelling system illustrated in FIG. 1.

"FIG. 3 is a front perspective view of one of the components.

"FIG. 4 is a back perspective view of the component illustrated in FIG. 3.

"FIG. 5 is a top view of the component illustrated in FIG. 3.

"FIG. 6 is a side elevation view of the component illustrated in FIG. 3.

"FIG. 7 is a first end elevation view of the component illustrated in FIG. 3.

"FIG. 8 is a second end elevation view of the component illustrated in FIG. 3

"FIG. 9 is a side elevation view of the male member and female member about to engage.

"FIG. 10 is side elevation view in section of the male and female members engaged.

"FIG. 11 through 16 are front perspective views of various securing component.

"FIG. 17 is a front perspective view of the securing component.

"FIG. 18 is a side elevation view of the securing component.

"FIG. 19 is a perspective view of a ball connector component.

"FIG. 20 is a perspective view of a rotator component.

"FIG. 21 is an exploded view of the rotator component.

"FIG. 22 is a side elevation view in section, of the rotator component.

"FIG. 23 is an end view of the male engaging profile.

"FIG. 24 is an end view of the female engaging profile.

"FIG. 25 is a representation of an interface for a web application or software application.

"FIG. 26 is a flow chart illustrating the method of using the pipe modelling system.

"FIG. 27 is a flow chart illustrating an alternative method of using the pipe modelling system featuring software."

For more information, see this patent application: Richter, Michael; Cornelius, Ben James. Pipe Modelling System and Method. Filed December 11, 2012 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1322&p=27&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140612.PD.&OS=PD/20140612&RS=PD/20140612

Keywords for this news article include: Software, Pine Rich Holdings Corp..

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