CAM, intranet technologies shorten manufacturing cycle time

PDC bit technology-ConclusionComputer-assisted manufacturing (CAM), aided by a versatile workforce, information technologies, and efficient queue management, has reduced polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bit production times by more than 50% over the last 5 years.As a result, oil and gas operators can now expect a shorter lead time in the manufacturing process, allowing them to redesign bits well after well while taking advantage of just-in-time delivery.This conclusion of a two-part series (OGJ, Oct. 25, 1999, p. 57) provides exclusive details of the PDC manufacturing process along with insights into how a company-wide intranet has improved scheduling and production processes both lo...

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