Saipem has filed a patent for a manipulator device designed to apply modules around a pipeline during assembly. The device features two movable jaws and an articulated mechanism with multiple degrees of freedom for precise positioning. The patent claims have been canceled. GlobalData’s report on Saipem gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Saipem, H2 powered aircraft propulsion was a key innovation area identified from patents. Saipem's grant share as of January 2024 was 67%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Pipeline assembly manipulator device with articulated mechanism for module application

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Saipem SpA

A manipulator device for use in assembling pipelines is described in a recently filed patent. The device includes two moveable jaws that can house portions of a module designed to enclose a section of the pipeline during assembly. An articulated mechanism with multiple degrees of freedom allows the jaws to be positioned for loading and alignment with the pipeline. The mechanism includes a base body, an arm hinged to the base body, and a slide that moves the jaws in a specific direction. Additionally, an adjusting device can change the inclination of the jaws when near the pipeline, ensuring precise assembly.

Furthermore, the patent also details a laying vessel equipped with a manipulator device for pipeline assembly. The vessel features a laying tower with a clamping assembly to advance the pipeline section and a manipulator device to apply the module portions around the pipeline. A lifting frame and crane are included to support and adjust the module portions for placement in the jaws of the manipulator device. The patent also outlines a method for operating the laying vessel, involving steps such as placing the jaws in a loading position, aligning them with the pipeline, closing them around the pipeline section, and using an automatic screwdriver for assembly. These innovations aim to streamline the pipeline assembly process in marine environments.

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