Cutting technology

Technological advances seem to be occurring at warp speed today, compared with 15-20 years ago. Lasers, for example, have transformed the medical field and are being used in countless other applications.Efforts are under way to develop laser-based applications in the oil and gas industry as well. Lasers are already being used in pipe welding and in a laser-controlled pipe-layer. The US Department of Energy for years has been studying the technology's potential as an alternative to rotary drilling, but a working prototype is not expected until 2009. Laser drilling would transfer energy from lasers on the surface down into a borehole via a fiber optic bundle to a series of lenses that w...

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