January 2020 Vol. 75 No. 1

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Barbco’s Revolutionary FlexBor Receives Patent

Barbco Inc. Co-Owner and CEO, Anthony R. Barbera was granted U.S. Patent #10465460 for the FlexBor tooling and technology. This is another milestone in the East Canton, Ohio, manufacturer’s 30-year history of driving underground equipment manufacturing. 

FlexBor is a cost-effective, environmentally safe trenchless method that is designed to virtually eliminate “frac-outs”/ “inadvertent returns” that are associated with horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and the use of bentonite.

The Patent abstract reads: “A cutting assembly and method for drilling an underground borehole. The cutting assembly includes front and rear cutting heads of different diameters mounted on a shaft. An air passage defined through the cutting assembly may be placed in fluid communication with a pressurized remote air source and with a bore of a casing extending rearwardly from the cutting assembly. Pressurized air flows through the air passage and entrains cuttings produced by the front and rear cutting heads. A housing extends rearwardly from the larger diameter rear cutting head and an auger provided within the housing aids in directing cuttings into the casing. The auger rotates independently of the rest of the cutting assembly and may be configured to further reduce the size of the cuttings.”

Related story: Barbco Adds Another Patent to Growing List


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