One of the most important considerations on any drilling rig is safety, followed closely by ensuring operating costs are tightly managed.
When a rig is running, every second counts, and every little detail matters. When you use quality tools and equipment, your process will be more efficient and your equipment less prone to failure. If even the simplest or smallest component fails, the results can be disastrous. Using generic dies and inserts might cost less, a savings that is clearly not worth the price you’ll pay if they break during drilling.
When tubing tongs are used to adjust tool joints during the removal or running in of tubular at oil rigs, dies are necessary to help the tongs grip those joints without causing damage. This kind of die is sometimes called a “die insert” or even just an insert, though not to be confused with the bit inserts to be discussed in just a moment. Besides differences in size and tolerance levels, different dies must be used depending on whether power tongs or manual tongs are being used. It is critical to understand the best die to use with your extraction equipment.
Bit inserts are also called “slip inserts.” There are numerous types of inserts, each shaped to fit inside particular bit styles, stabilizer blades, or reamer cutters. These insert bits are typically made of very strong materials, often tungsten carbide, to resist wear and breakage even under intense pressure. They are also specially treated to combat corrosion. Quality inserts should be designed to maximize your drill’s rate of penetration and should offer a long service life.
Only Purchase Quality Dies and Inserts
Down to the smallest tool and accessory, it’s important to buy only high quality, well-made products that stand up to the grueling demands of the industry. In a rigging operation no part is inconsequential, because downtime is expensive. Insist on rig tools and accessories that are precisely machined to stringent tolerances, heat treated to resist wear, and have undergone rigorous quality testing to ensure absolute consistency. Keystone Energy Tools has a very large inventory of dies and inserts in several sizes, tolerances, and types.
Experts at Keystone Energy Tools can get you set up with the perfect components to complete your rig work safely and efficiently.