Technology Developments to Watch

New materials, a better understanding of rock mechanics and hydraulics, extreme drilling environments, improvements in BHAs, high activity levels and unique applications have all driven ongoing drilling bit innovation. Across the board, involved companies are leveraging internal resources to meet the new performance requirements. Some of the latest achievements not already covered are noted.Security DBS (Halliburton)• This manufacturer has introduced the concept of energy balanced bits that recognize the amount of formation removed by each cutter on a bit is different. Forces acting on each cutter differ so they need to be balanced to avoid overloading individual cutters and blades...

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