Drilling is a complex process that requires the use of heavy equipment that trained experts can operate. While drilling equipment is used to carry out the actual processes involved in drilling, several instruments are also used for numerous other reasons.
Drilling companies use these instruments to detect problems before they occur, improve operational efficiency, and monitor the parameters to ensure smooth operation.
All in all, drilling instruments are crucial to the smoothness of the drilling operation and the safety as well. In fact, defects in equipment and instruments are among the leading causes of disasters on drilling rigs.
Now that we’ve established the importance of drilling instruments let’s take a look at the most crucial drilling instruments that need to be on your checklist!
Mud pressure gauges are used to monitor the pump pressure for the numerous pumps that are operational in the drilling process. It helps drillers ensure that they’re getting the most out of their drilling fluids.
A variety of mud pressure gauges are available depending on the specific end-use. You can learn more about the types of mud pressure gauges available here.
You can rightfully imagine that a drilling operation would have a lot to do with torque, so drilling operations need torque gauges and systems to accurately measure all the twisting movements. Like pressure gauges, the torque gauges convert the torsional movement into an electric signal that the technicians then read.
Typically, a Tong Torque system is used by drilling companies, which features a torque gauge, tension or compression load cell, a high-pressure hose, and a pump. These systems can be used on manual tongs and power tongs to ensure proper torque is maintained during drilling operations.
As the name suggests, weight indicator systems are used to provide accurate weight, compression, and tension readings. However, weight indicator systems are also used for a variety of applications, including intervention, tool protection, well work, and floor block applications.
Due to the diverse set of applications, a large variety of weight indicators are available, depending on the end-use. Some commonly used types are midget weight indicator, bulk tank weight indicator, deflection weight indicator, pad type weight indicator, and electronic coil tubing weight indicator. You can learn more about the features of a weight indicator system.
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