RIG AUTOMATION-1 AUTOMATION TO BENEFIT CURRENT, FUTURE RIGS

Will L. McNair Texas Engineering Extension Service College Station, Tex. Old rigs are being modified piecemeal with various technological improvements to increase drilling performance. On the horizon are the completely automated drilling rigs that are promising safety and efficiency to rig floor operations. In this first installment of a two-part series, the benefits of the technology to automate a complete rig and the modules needed to modify existing rigs are analyzed. The second installment

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