The American Petroleum Institute (API) has released its Publications Programs and Services catalog for 2016. The catalog is a comprehensive resource for all API standards and practices, technical documents, and equipment specifications. The catalog also includes reports and studies regarding the safety, efficiency, and responsibilities of the petroleum industry. The latest catalog also features updated API Spec 8C standards.
The publication is available to purchase. It can be downloaded to your device or shipped to you as a hard copy for $140. Also, you can read the entire publication for free, here.
2016 API 8C Standards
Specification 8C applies to drilling and production hoisting equipment. These specifications dictate industry standards for the design, material, and testing process for drilling and production hoisting equipment. The standards in this section apply to the following pieces of equipment:
- Elevator Links
- Tubing and Drill Pipe Elevators
- Casing Elevators
- Square Shoulder Type A Elevators
- Spiders (if they can be used as elevators)
- Kelly Spinners (if they can be used as hoisting equipment)
- Sucker Rod Elevators
- Hoisting Sheaves
- Traveling Blocks and Hook Blocks
- Connectors and Link Adapters
- Rotary and Power Swivels
- Drill-string Motion Compensators
- Wire-Line Anchors
- Drilling Hooks
- Power Subs
- Pressure Vessels and Piping (if mounted on hoisting equipment)
- Safety Clamps (if used as hoisting equipment)
- Guide Dollies for Traveling Equipment
The 2016 standard establishes two product specification level (PSL) requirements, PSL 1 and PSL 2. These PSL designations serve to define separate levels of technical requirements for parts. All requirements set forth are applicable only to PSL 1 unless they are identified as being PSL 2. Requirements for PSL 2 include all standards for PSL 1 as well as additional practices outlined for PSL 2. Additional and supplementary requirements are only required where specifically stated.
These standards ensure industry-wide uniformity and adherence to best safety practices. When it’s time to re-certify your elevator, an inspector will require that all applicable components are in compliance with the current 8C standards. The easiest way to ensure that your drillpipe elevator will make the grade is to buy exclusively from API-licensed manufacturers.
Keystone Energy Tools can help you understand industry specifications and ensure that your equipment meets or exceeds those standards. Knowledgeable staff work to get you the parts you need on time and for a good value. Keystone only works with products that are API compliant and of the highest quality. For a quick quote or answers to your questions, contact Keystone any time.
All Keystone Handling Tools are manufactured according to API 8C & 7K Standards.
You can contact the API with questions about their standards, publications, and other issues using this form on their website or by calling 202-682-8471.