Patent Number: 6,305,720

Title: Remote articulated connector

Abstract: An articulating connector system including an active connector coupled to a first line and a hub assembly coupled to a second line. The active connector includes a swivel coupling element intermediate a grip and a ball nose to allow rotational and articulating motion. A seal is coupled to the ball nose and is protected and guided by an alignment lip into mating engagement with a sealing surface defined by the hub. A clamp closes about the swivel coupling element and hub to draw together the seal and sealing surface into sealing contact to connect the first line to the second line.

Inventors: Spiering; Michael W. (Kingwood, TX), Ahlgrim; Richard L. (Houston, TX), Morris; Bruce E. (Houston, TX)

Assignee: Big Inch Marine Systems

International Classification: E21B 43/01 (20060101); E21B 43/00 (20060101); F16L 27/073 (20060101); F16L 37/62 (20060101); F16L 27/02 (20060101); F16L 37/00 (20060101); F16L 035/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018