Barbco Inc. has been granted a new patent for its FlexBor tooling and technology. The East Canton, Ohio-based manufacturer was granted U.S. Patent No. 10,900,286 B2 on Jan. 26.
This is a proud moment in Barbco’s 32-year history of driving the trenchless technology, horizontal boring and underground manufacturing industries forward with world class capital equipment and cutting-edge technology, according to a Feb. 23 company statement.
Barbco previously received a patent for its FlexBor tooling and technology in November 2019. FlexBor is a cost-effective, environmentally safe trenchless method. It is designed to virtually eliminate “frac-outs” and “inadvertent returns” that are often associated with horizontal directional drilling and the use of bentonite as a slip agent lubricant.
The patent abstract reads: “An apparatus and method for drilling an underground borehole is presented, wherein pressurized air may be used to discharge out of the borehole cuttings created by a cutter head. A casing may be secured t the cutter head such that the cutter head and casing may be rotatable together as a unit. The casing may have a larger and smaller diameter sections. An auger may be disposed adjacent the front of the casing.”