A barrel thread protector is reusable or disposable and is designed to protect threads on drilling equipment and pipes in the oil and gas industries. Threaded pipes must be handled, transported and stored. These heavy materials are subject to thread damage during these processes.
They could possibly be exposed to corrosion or contaminants anywhere along the distribution route or onsite when cleaned and stored. Harsh conditions frequently typify many drilling sites, and a barrel thread protector enables a pipe to withstand environmental or handling mishaps that could cause the seal to fail, since premium threads are susceptible to damage.
Barrel thread protector design includes metal, plastic, resin and composite varieties for various budgets and degrees of protection. Composite protectors of metal and plastic offer the impact strength of steel and corrosion resistance of plastic. These can be tailored to specific pipe requirements and make API or Premium connections. The closed end design makes the protectors liftable. These fittings make excellent all-weather protection, and they also prevent contaminants from entering pipes during transport and storage.
Environmentally friendly options include 100 percent reprocessed resin protectors that are very economical. Customers still enjoy excellent thread protection, and these resinous pipe guards are easy to install and remove. Sizes include liftable and non-liftable designs for closed-end caps. A full line of pipe protectors protects threads on beveled or plain pipes. All products are recyclable, making them eco-friendly.
Plastic affords the finest safeguard for premium pipe and delicate-tolerance situations, and it offers absolute protection in the most extreme weather conditions. Composite resins are formulated to manage thermal contraction and expansion, provide ultraviolet resistance, and generate great impact strength. The fit matches threads precisely to eliminate corrosion, and the lightweight design lowers transportation costs. Sealing capability of composite resin protectors is extraordinary. Recycling requires no separation of metallic and plastic constituent parts. These pipe guards meet or exceed all oil company specifications, and they have been tested in weather extremes of -50 degrees up to 150-degrees Fahrenheit.
Increased oil and gas exploration has fueled the demand for efficient oilfield equipment. Pipes are made of steel or plastic, and barrel thread protectors can be applied by machine or manually. Plastic protectors have lower transport fees, provide easier handling, and are reusable and recyclable, making them the more cost-effective choice in the long run. Metal protectors offer great impact resistance. Composites combine advantages of both materials. Customers can choose the best option for their specific needs.
MSI Oilfield Products is the global market leader in Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) thread protectors as well as other pipe protection products.