How Stabbing Guides Work on the Oilfield

On the oilfield, stabbing guides help workers align pieces of tubing, casing, and drill pipe for female and/or male connections. These guides can be used when laying new pipelines and when connecting replacement pieces, and they are an important part of pipe protection. With these guides, users can retain control and achieve safety when connecting separate sections of pipe, and the process can be completed efficiently and correctly.

Proper Connections are Crucial

“Adequate” isn’t enough where pipeline connections are concerned. A poorly connected and inadequately aligned pipe section can create several procedural and safety risks within a system, and it can increase the chances of damage to pipe threads and other important surfaces. When pipe is incorrectly aligned or paired, downtime can increase, and there’s always the chance of a complete failure. To facilitate compliance with safety and environmental standards and to get the right performance from oilfield equipment, a stabbing guide should be used to make connections.

How a Stabbing Guide Works

Every stabbing guide consists of a shell and a collar. The guide’s shell is designed to minimize metal-to-metal shock, which can cause severe damage to pin and box threads and seal surfaces. The best guides have polyurethane shells because the material is low-maintenance and durable. Collars are typically simple spring-loaded torsion spring mechanisms that allow users to place, open, and remove guides manually. For seaside applications, stainless steel collars are recommended for their corrosion resistance. These collars are adjustable for use with a variety of connections and casing sizes.

The Highest Quality Guides

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is known for its drill pipe protectors and tubing thread protectors, and the company also carries a full stabbing guide selection. These guides are very heavy duty and are ideal for use on drill pipe because they are made from aluminum, which reduces weight without sacrificing durability and corrosion resistance. Guides have adjustable latches and are available in a range of sizes to suit various applications.

The best way to prevent damage to threads and pipe while minimizing the risk of connection failure, is to use the correct guides. They can ensure the security and alignment of pipe sections, and are vital components on any oilfield. With industry experience, Essentra experts can provide users with the right energy equipment and tools for the most sensitive operations. Call Essentra today at 281-890-3535.