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How Pipe Protection and Other Factors Keep Water Safe

With nearly 13 million U.S. households relying on private wells for their drinking water, many more wells are drilled annually. And one of the biggest concerns with water wells is avoiding contamination. Fortunately, if a well is constructed correctly, and drilling equipment has proper pipe protection, contamination is easy to avoid. Below, are a few factors that operators should consider when designing and constructing wells in order to prevent contamination.

Pick Your Well Location Wisely

Firstly, companies must choose their well location carefully. They should base those choices on where the well would be in relation to groundwater flow and also surface drainage. Site engineers will ideally choose locations that are uphill from potential contamination sources, like industrial plants, landfills, and even farms. This is always the first step to preventing well-water contamination.

Have a Well-Thought-Out Well Design & Construction Plan

Certain design features, like pump chamber casings, screens, seals, and filter packs, also play a crucial role in preventing contamination. For example, a poor well-design can cause groundwater contamination all too easily. Yet, when the well construction is designed correctly, drillers can easily and safely conduct water filtration. Poor construction can ultimately lead to contamination. When drillers utilize the wrong kinds of pipe, for instance, or when they don’t properly seal cracks, water can become contaminated.

Invest in Quality Casing and Pipe Protection

The actual tubing and casing that operators use in the construction of the well can prevent contamination as well. In fact, casing lines the well and keeps it from caving in, which, in turn, prevents contaminants from entering the water. Pipe protection products can also play a major role in ensuring sufficient well construction and in preventing water contamination. Well-water operations need pipe protection in two major areas:

1. Protection for the drill pipe threads and pipe connections

2. And protection for the pipelines

In order for operators to best utilize drill pipe, they need drill pipe protectors to maintain the integrity of the threads. At the same time, when they use tubular connections, each end should be able to fit perfectly to ensure proper drilling.

All of these factors play a key role in helping to prevent water contamination in wells. At Essentra, we understand your company concerns and are ready to provide quality solutions when it comes to pipe protection. Let us help you deliver in your industry. For orders and more information, call us toll-free at 1-877-276-9208.

3 Ways Pipe Protection Can Be Beneficial

For O&G exploration, production, and supply companies around the globe, high-quality steel products are necessary. These operations know how vital these assets are to company’s overall production and to obtaining safe and successful outcomes. Manufacturers like Essentra take the protection of these assets seriously and have developed an extensive product range to protect your investments. Pipe protection products are key factors for ensuring that your operations run efficiently and safely, without losing time or money.

Below are 3 ways in which pipe protection products can help your operation:

Protection During OCTG Transport

In order for companies to obtain their operating equipment, it must be properly transported. Those operating on offshore rigs must obtain their equipment from heavy freight ships that transport to the rigs. Companies operating on land need their equipment shipped through heavy-duty trucking transports. Whether by truck or ship, transporting pipe requires protective products like thread protectors, bumper rings, and pipe chocks. When companies utilize bumper rings and pipe chocks, they safeguard their tubulars against metal-to-metal contact. Rings and chocks do wonders for keeping tubulars evenly spaced and separated during transit. Pipe chocks, in particular, also ensure that your tubular piping remains stable.

Thread protectors also prevent thread damage during transit and ultimately assist in prolonging pipe performance. Protectors range in many design options with varying levels of protection against certain factors. Companies usually need protectors with safeguarding features against impact and elements. Likewise, manufacturers that offer features like optimized thread engagement, help assure companies that their protectors won’t back-off during transit.

Pipe Protection During Equipment Storage

Thread protectors are equally important for maintaining the integrity of a pipe’s threaded connection. Pipe thread can particularly susceptible to damage during storage prior to operations. Manufacturers, like Essentra, specialize in manufacturing high-performance protectors, including our fully API-compliant lines like MaxX®, Ultra®, and Mega®. Fortunately, there is pipe protection for every type of storage need. As such, companies should choose protectors that are appropriate to storage climate and environmental needs.

Companies will consider top storage factors like if there are extremely high and/or low-temperature ranges in the storing location. Also, they will look at various risk factors such as storage methods, conditions, and end-user processes. For example, take into consideration how a joint of pipe moves from storage to the rig floor, in how many phases, and by what method. When your company asks these questions they help you determine the level of thread protection storage need within your operation.

Pipe Protection During Tubular Handling

It should come as no surprise that bundling your pipe is an efficient way to ensure that it moves as safely as possible from point A to point B. Products like pipe packaging frames and tubular handling systems can guarantee that tubulars do not come into contact with one another. These equipment packages keep pipe equally spaced within a bundle, and secured by tightening mechanisms.

Rhino® Tubular Handling Systems offered by Essentra is especially known for its ability to handle high-performance lifting. In fact, our handling systems have a lifting capacity of 12t, and pad eyes pull tested and approved to 46t. In addition to more convenient handling, systems like these also ensure that your storage area stays organized. Overall, this leads to a much safer and efficient operation.

Get to know Essentra and learn how we can help you deliver your pipe safely, all day, every day. Call our headquarters location today at 1-877-276-9208.

Essentra Discusses Eco-Friendly Industry Exploration

Making Unconventional Natural Gas Exploration Greener and Safer

The oil and gas industry continues to successfully move towards ensuring that alternative natural gas production goes green. However, companies like Essentra are aware that various US communities and interest groups may wonder what that will look like. For one, natural gas explorers are working tirelessly towards introducing new technologies capable of cutting down emissions. Their efforts are also aimed at reducing the amount of water and derived chemical outcomes during the production process.

Critics of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) lament over producers utilizing water during this unconventional process for extracting oil and natural gas. Fracking can turn utilized water into liquid waste, and this can further attribute to the greenhouse gas emissions problem. What critics and environmentalists may not realize is that companies are also very much aware of these same issues. Through their shared concerns, they’re making efforts to maintain environmental safety, preserve natural landscapes, and keep air and water clean.

Read more from Essentra about how the government, industry regulators, and many leading producers are determined to make fracking more eco-friendly.

Focusing on Three Key Areas

Every energy entity and regulations organization involved in the oil and gas industry continues to make greener efforts. The following focuses on 3 major areas which include and are not limited to

1. Reducing Methane Gas Emissions – Producers are developing advanced sealing and filtering mechanisms to reduce emissions of methane gas associated with drilling activities. Their goal is to capture emissions as much as possible and utilize methane as a natural heating resource.

2. Recycling and/or Reusing Water – Various companies are also looking at developing effective ways to decontaminate brine and wastewater. By doing so, they can reuse or recycle the water for future operations. Their efforts are also aimed at identifying advanced recycling methods. In fact, there are some companies currently exploring water-free options.

3. Increasing Operations Regulations – One of the top priorities of the government is to ensure that every company remains in compliance with current regulations. Our government and industry enforcement organizations aim to ensure that fracking explorations maintain responsible and proper practices when using these unconventional methods to develop natural gas.

Plugging Methane Leaks

When oil and gas companies take necessary precautions to properly plug gas leaks, this prevents emissions and also increases output. Fortunately, top oil and gas engineers have developed infrared cameras and operational equipment that can detect leaks. These innovations provide great investment opportunities for producers looking to maintain safe and effective operations.

Other companies are working towards replacing traditional pressure-monitoring pneumatic controllers that are known to emit gas into the atmosphere. This innovative move is intended to bring in lower-bleed designs that can minimize emissions by up to 35 billion cubic feet/year. As such, operators will replace chemical injection pumps with solar-powered units that are more eco-friendly.

Water-free Fracking and Other Innovative Measures

Various companies are now turning to GasFrac’s fracking system. GasFrac Energy is located in Canada, and they’ve started utilizing a system which helps eliminate the need for water. Instead, this technology takes advantage of a gelled fluid containing propane that allows drilling operations to achieve the desired results with one-eighth the liquid.

In another instance, some drilling operators are now using recycled gray-water or brine thanks to a mechanism that refines friction-reducing additives. This solution can produce a viscous fluid from the water. As a result, operators don’t have to turn to fresh water every time they drill, which overall conserves our water.

There are many other oil and gas operations across the US who are striving to make hydraulic fracturing safer and greener. A Houston-based company has reportedly switched to powering fracking equipment with natural gas instead of diesel fuel. This type of eco-friendly practice eliminates the need to use diesel-powered equipment, which increases the number of environmental pollutants.

How Supply Companies Are Also Going Green

At Essentra, we provide tubular pipe protection products that maintain the integrity of tubular goods. Likewise, we offer protection for products used in downhole exploration. As leaders in the pipe protection industry since 1980, Essentra specializes in keeping threads 100% in-tact and ready for use without hassle. Essentra’s protective products ultimately ensure that chemicals and/or resources stay contained in tubular pipes as they should. This only happens when operators are able to properly connect tubing with threads that are in-tact and leaks are prevented. As a result, companies can rest assured that their equipment is damage-free and will maintain clean and effective operations.

For your next order of high-quality pipe protection products to make operations even more eco-friendly, contact Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies. Call us at 1-877-276-9208. You may also contact Essentra online, or request a free quote at your convenience. We’re here to help you deliver all day, every day.

What Can You Expect From Custom Thread Protection?

How do you know when your operation requires custom thread protection? You need it when your procedures involve irregular thread connections that you cannot find with API (American Petroleum Institute) standards. And with that, you’ll need customizations to meet your critical operational objectives. Custom thread protection can come in all sizes and connections, and manufacturers can tailor them specifically to your threads and objectives.

Oil and gas professionals understand how crucial it is that tubulars and downhole equipment maintain their integrity. And, only high-quality pipe protectors can ensure impeccable protection and storage for all your oilfield equipment. With custom protection, companies are always assured that their investments are safe. Custom thread protection can drastically reduce and/or eliminate the odds of tubular damage. And, companies that require uniquely-sized thread protection can always look to Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies for custom-designed products.

Here’s what you can expect when you choose custom protection:

1. Expertly Determined Materials For Best Product Performance

Today, there are many different types of materials that manufacturers use to create pipe protection products, including steel and plastics. Your company can work with a manufacturer to select the right mix of materials needed for custom thread protection. However, it is important that you rely on the industry knowledge of an experienced manufacturer. In doing so, you can expect their product design skills to extend even to their choice of materials used to develop products.

The design/engineer teams typically know what materials they can process to yield the best tolerances for performance. Ultimately, this ensures that your protectors and other special products are exceptionally durable and reliable for delivering outstanding performance. Essentra always offers optimal recommendations to help companies obtain the most appropriate custom thread protection available for safeguarding their equipment.

2. Getting the Perfect, Custom Fit

While manufacturers provide a full range of standard protector options, a customer’s use of custom threads requires custom protectors. For unique threaded applications, standard sizes and connections that are common to most API thread protectors may not be available. Therefore, they also may not properly meet your protective requirements. As a leading manufacturer, Essentra will determine the actual size and connection of the threads, along with their performance requirements.

We also take into consideration various account factors like engagement, impact protection, moisture prevention, and ease of installation. Simply put, when you ensure that your threaded surfaces are covered, that isn’t always enough. You’ll also need to factor in your protection objectives and/or storage needs.

3. Custom Designs Made Right and When You Need Them

Oil and gas explorations continue to move forward in the area of advancing technology and operations. Shouldn’t your thread protector manufacturer be capable of the same? It’s always best that you select a manufacturer with decades of experience and authority in the industry. As a result, you typically have access to the advancing technology that is used to make superior protectors.

Whether you use robotic automation or coordinate measuring, it’s important that your operation has access to the best in plastic manufacturing. Essentra’s Quality Assurance testing lab is stocked with the best in testing equipment. We do this because we believe in doing all things right the first time. Therefore, we test everything from the raw materials we use to the performance of the product. Furthermore, your company is always assured that you’re receiving the best level of protection.

Lastly, our design and engineering teams work with your product prints and specifications to create a protective device. We ensure that your products meet all of your critical needs. Custom options always work best if you must choose between non-threaded cap/plugs or devices specifically tailored to your application.

Speak with one of our Essentra customer service experts today at 1-877-276-9208. You may also freely browse our extensive range of standard pipe protection products for more information.

Protection for OCTG During Harsh Canadian Winters

Whether a company is actively using tubulars, transporting them, or storing them, they must always handle these assets carefully. This is especially the case during harsh weather. The below-freezing temperatures that characterize US Northern states and Canadian winters can pose various threats to oilfield equipment. Particularly when companies do not properly store and protect their OCTG when the temperatures drastically decrease.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies offers a number of high-quality products specially designed to help protect OCTG during the winter. In turn, operating companies can remain assured that their equipment is in good condition and ready to use anytime.

Protecting Pipe During Storage

During drilling operations, companies require large quantities of tubulars and other oilfield equipment to maintain operations during a set timeframe. Likewise, they have to abide by a standard of storing and protecting the OCTG that they aren’t immediately using. Added to protecting pipe with thread protectors, pipe caps, and/or pipe plugs, operators must also consider protective storage equipment.

Essentra’s pipe chocks, bumper rings, and packaging frames offer supreme levels of pipe protection during storage. Items like these help to keep pipe separated and stable during storage.  When you keep your tubulars spaced properly, you also ensure that moisture stays out, which helps to prevent corrosion. When maintaining the integrity of your tubulars is of utmost importance, environmental protection must be applied.

Thread Protectors

MaxX® thread protectors are an excellent option for protecting pipe threads during the winter months. These protectors feature an all-plastic design compliant with API 5CT, Annex I, 10th edition specs. In addition to the vast amounts of impact scenarios that MaxX protects against, it’s most suitable for Canadian environments. For instance, it can withstand extreme temperatures of -50°F. Therefore, they’re ideal for long-term storage in extremely cold environments.

Sucker Rod Caps and Plugs

Quality manufacturers design sucker rod caps and plugs to protect sucker rod pin ends and coupling ends. Cap and/or plug protection is highly effective for when sucker rods are stored and/or transported. These non-threaded protectors are easy to apply, and feature a hex-head design or pull tab for quick and convenient removal. Both types provide OCTG sucker rod protection from corrosion and are available in various standard sizes suitable to your needs.

Pipe Packaging Frames

Pipe packaging frames make it possible to safely and securely store drill pipe, tubing, and casing. Essentra’s Raptor Pipe Packaging Frames™ are made from high-density polyethylene and will properly fit various OCTG sizes. Companies are able to use four pipe packaging frames to secure each pipe bundle. One of the best investments a company can make is in quality packaging frames because they last for many years. Furthermore, this makes them the perfect economical option for storing pipes throughout the winter months and the entire year.

Essentra Helps You Prepare for Winter Operations

Whether your company is transporting or storing OCTG, the right kind of protection is critical to maintaining their integrity. This is especially the case when extreme weather is a guarantee. Essentra offers a broad range of superior products designed to protect OCTG under every circumstance.

If your company is operating in the US, Canada, or anywhere else in the world, we’re everywhere you are waiting to help you deliver.  If you need to prepare for winter operations, contact Essentra online. Or call us for orders and information at 1-877-276-9208.

The Importance of Recycling Used Thread Protectors

Pipe thread protectors remain essential for the safe operations of oil, gas, and drilling industry explorations across the globe. However, many companies may not know how to properly dispose of these vital pipe protection tools once they’re finished using them. At any given time, a pipe yard could house piles of used protectors. This causes operations to question what the proper course of action is regarding them. However, there is much more to consider. In this article, Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies stresses the importance of recycling used thread protector products. We also explain the risks associated with reusing protectors that have been reconditioned.

Recycling Thread Protectors Offers a Safe Alternative to Landfill Disposal

Thread protectors are generally applied with the use of a threading compound. Because of this, a company’s recycling efforts can be trickier. In other words, they’ll find it difficult to recycle the protectors the way you might other common plastic goods. However, this leaves the question of what to do with used protectors. How should companies handle them in a way that’s environmentally responsible?

Properly recycling pipe protectors gives companies the opportunity to dispose of large piles of waste materials in pipe yards. At the same time, this allows them to freely maintain smooth operations. In an appropriate recycling process, specialized plastic recycling companies will collect the used plastics, clean them, and dispose of them. They will also sort protectors containing usable plastic and grind them into smaller pellets. Recyclers take the reusable pellets and recycle them back into the manufacturing process to make other low-end industrial components. Most companies will ensure that these components are used where mechanical performance isn’t critical. Ultimately, when you recycle durable plastic materials it benefits waste reduction in landfills and is great for the overall environment.

At Essentra, our current role in this process is to simply urge companies to connect with reliable local plastic recyclers. We help connect companies with a recycler who specializes in properly recycling protective thread products and similar oilfield plastics.

Pipe Protectors That Are Sold for Reuse

Many recycling companies will sort thread protectors that appear to be in fair condition and resell them once they’ve reconditioned them. However, operations that choose to purchase reconditioned protectors may be putting themselves at risk. Though they’ll save on upfront costs, the lack of traceability of a protector’s lifespan is common. Moreover, it’s difficult for companies to know the wear and tear, which also makes reusing protectors a bit risky.

By using new thread protectors for each application, you ensure that the protector’s lifespan begins with your first use. You have a guarantee that the protector hasn’t been used, exposed to elements, endured impacts, or any forms of use which may impact its performance. Instead, Essentra encourages customers to purchase new pipe protection products to ensure safe and efficient operations at all times.

A new protector, like Tector® or Tector® PLUS, could be considered as an inexpensive insurance policy for your pipe threads. Companies that reuse protectors could detract from the safety and performance of the pipe threads and therefore, the pipe itself. New pipe protectors are designed to perform properly and protect pipe threads in order to maintain the overall integrity of the pipe’s performance in operation.

Connect with the Leading Pipe Protection Provider

If your company is considering recycling alternatives in your area, contact Essentra today toll-free at 1-877-276-9208. Companies interested in ordering high-quality, durable pipe thread protectors and other pipe protection products can contact an Essentra location online. You may also freely request a quote online. Either way, we’re here to help you deliver your protected pipe; all day, every day.

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Beneficial Features of Quality Pipe Protection Products

Companies should always take care in selecting pipe protection products that safeguard their pipes, while also saving money over time. Before your company invests in products, there are a few features you’ll want to consider. Continue reading to learn 4 beneficial features to look for in quality pipe protection, according to Essentra.

1. Durability Against Impact

When you move pipes from one location to another, regardless of the distance, there’s always a possibility of pipe collision. Whether pipes bump other pipes or objects, pipe protection manufacturers design thread protectors to reduce the effects of the impact. Unfortunately, not all protection products are created equal. If the product is not durable enough to withstand high levels of force, your pipes could still succumb to damage. High-quality durable products, like those from Essentra, can handle any type of impact and protect the integrity of your assets.

2. Ease of Use

Your pipe protection equipment shouldn’t be difficult to install or dismantle. Though thread protectors should be as secure as possible when they’re installed on the pipe, you shouldn’t expect challenges when you need to dismantle them before using your equipment. Properly manufactured thread protection should be both easy to install and equally easy to remove. While some operations do this process by hand, many others simplify the process by using customized installation tools. Check out the video below on Essentra’s installation tools.

3. Highest Quality Materials

Most companies can purchase products for a variety of different applications. As you may know, the most common applications include protecting pipe threads, connecting pipe, pipe transport, and storage. Even if your company needs pipe protectors for a small operation, or over a short period of time, protectors should have quality assurance. Top manufacturers will always ensure that their protectors are made from the highest quality materials and standards. They understand that exceptional protection means their products will be able to withstand various climates, environmental conditions, and various impacts. Quality materials, along with robust processing, help ensure the most effective performance of your thread protectors. At the same time, they provide the most protection for your pipe.

4. Ready for Any Application

When you’re ready to choose a provider for pipe protection products, it’s important to look into product quality as well as availability. At Essentra, we understand that your operations require different products at different times. This is why we design a variety of products to suit various needs and make them available in all standard sizes, and even custom sizes when necessary. We want to ensure that you’re able to find the exact level of protection equipment suitable for the job.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is happy to serve as a leading producer of pipe protection products. We focus on creating cost-effective, high-quality protection products that are ISO certified and include the quality features your company needs. Contact us toll-free at 1-877-276-9208 for orders and information. We’re committed to helping you deliver all day, every day.

Essentra Reflects on World Events’ Impact on Oil & Gas

At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we understand all too well how volatile oil and gas prices can be. Due to world events and economic trading on a global scale, it’s common to see prices up one day and then plummet the next. Undoubtedly, the oil and gas industry has fluctuated for years because of various historical events. Below, Essentra has provided a little information and a brief walk through history on how world events continue to affect the oil and gas industry.


The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, was founded in 1960 by Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Iran. Its goal is to coordinate and unify member countries’ petroleum policies, thereby ensuring the stability and fairness of the market as well as a steady, efficient supply for consumers. Algeria, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, and the UAE joined at the end of 1971, being accompanied by a decrease in oil’s purchasing power. The ability to control the price of gas and oil shifted from the United States to OPEC in March of 1971 when Texan companies’ production limits were lifted.

Yom Kippur War

Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria on October 5, 1973, and thus the Yom Kippur War began. When Israel received support from the US and its allies, some Arab exporters responded with an oil embargo. This caused a net production loss of more than four million barrels per day until March 1974, and during those six months, oil prices rose 400%.

US Price Controls

In response to the oil embargo, the United States enacted price controls on domestic oil and gas, which led consumers to pay 50% above the domestic price for imported oil and led US producers to get less than the world’s market price. Although the price controls softened the recession in the short term, it inhibited US production and exploration.

The Gulf War

In August 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, beginning the Gulf War. The war led to a decrease in oil production and a corresponding increase in the price of crude oil. After the war, oil prices declined steadily, becoming the lowest they’d been since 1973.

OPEC’s Quota Increase and the Asian Economic Crisis

Prices rose yet again in 1994 as the US economy strengthened and the Asia-Pacific region went through a prolonged economic boom. As the world’s oil consumption increased by more than six million barrels per day from 1990-1997, Russia’s production declined by over five million barrels daily. However, prices sank in 1997 as Asia went through an economic crisis and OPEC increased the production quota to 27.5 million barrels daily.

September 11, 2001

OPEC increased production in 2000, but the overshoot led them to cut quotas as a price stabilization method. However, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, caused oil prices to plummet. In November of that year, the spot price of Texas crude was down by 35% over the previous year, and in January 2002, OPEC slashed its quota by almost two million barrels daily. This, along with decreases by other non-OPEC members, caused oil prices to rise to over $25/barrel by March of 2002.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies Remains Committed

As history demonstrates, the United States and most other countries are almost always involved in an unpredictable oil and gas price cycle that’s heavily affected by global events. Thus, the industry will undoubtedly continue to be affected and energy prices will rise and fall.

However, Essentra is committed and dedicated to continuing to provide high-quality pipe protection products for our clients and producing companies no matter what. Our goal is to consistently offer you the quality assurance and service you deserve, and to help you deliver on time, every time. Learn more about our products and services here, or freely contact Essentra directly for immediate assistance.

Always Remember the 11th of September 2001.

Durable Materials Used to Make Thread Protectors

Thread protectors aren’t always on the minds of companies when they’re preparing for drilling operations. With so much equipment assembled and utilized on oilfield drilling sites, it’s simple to overlook small but very necessary components. For instance, high-quality thread protector products offer vital pipe protection when tubular products are transported and stored. In this article, Essentra provides information about some different models, materials, and uses for pipe thread protectors.

All Plastic Thread Protection

High-level manufacturers make protective caps and plugs for tubing, rods, and various pipe casings from polyethylene plastics from high-quality resins. They typically connect by thread engagement to pipe ends during transport and also protect the same assets during storage. They also ensure that no form of debris enters the pipe. Since Essentra designs these devices with high-quality plastic, they provide durability that is also conveniently light-weight compared to composite or steel models. Plastic thread protectors are generally affordable options for protection of such assets. This makes them great options for bulk purchasing and stock, ensuring operators aren’t forced to leave their threaded connections exposed. With plastic protectors, it’s easy to keep drilling operations on schedule and your pipe protected affordably. Here you can explore some all plastic drill pipe protectors.

Of the many advantages to using Essentra’s plastic protectors, here are 3 in particular to consider:

  • Our plastic materials are 100% recyclable making them extremely environmentally friendly protection options.
  • Our plastic protectors are offered in standard sizes for ordering convenience.
  • For companies requiring custom-designed protection, Essentra can create a customized solution.

Learn more about our custom protection options now.

All Steel Thread Protection

Many thread protectors are made of steel, which can endure extreme impact and provide superior protection. Because of harsh external environmental factors, thick steel is often seen as more protective than plastic. However, there can be some downsides to steel. First, steel is more susceptible to galling. Galling is a type of wear that can occur with steel products, where one steel product begins to transfer to another. Since this transferring can actually become bonded, the situation is far more extreme than a scratch or gouge. To avoid this occurring with steel protectors, we recommend using a generous amount of tool joint compound for proper lubrication, as well as practicing proper storage and handling techniques for your steel protectors and tool joints. Another potential downside to steel is the cost. Since steel can be costly, especially compared to plastic, steel thread protection is typically the most expensive form of protection. However, even with the higher cost, this form of thread protection is vastly cheaper than repairing pipe damage from a lack of protection. Learn more about Essentra’s drill pipe protectors.

Composite Thread Protection

By definition, composite refers to being made up of various parts or elements. As the definition suggests, composite thread protectors are also made of combined elements: plastic and steel. Composite protectors such as Essentra’s Mega® product line, are plastic threaded protectors complete with an outer steel shell. These shells are adhered to the plastic protector, creating an extreme protection device that utilizes all of the best elements of both styles of protection. These protectors typically meet a lot of standards that all steel protectors meet, yet due to their reduced steel composition, they can be much less expensive. Next to all-steel models, composites are as tough as they come.

Essentra offers an extensive range of thread protector options, all suited to meet your specific operating needs. Regardless of pipe size and thread connection, Essentra has the protection to maintain your pipe integrity. Browse our site to learn about other thread protector lines including Tector, Titan, MaxX, and Ultra.

Count on the Experts at Essentra for the Right Pipe Protection at the Right Time

Ultimately, the pipe that you utilize during drilling operations is only as effective as the threads connecting one joint of pipe to another. Our entire team at Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is dedicated to helping the world’s oil and gas industry find the protective products needed to keep wells operating smoothly and efficiently.

Our goal is to ensure that we’re helping you deliver protected pipe, all day, every day. Connect with us today at 1-877-276-9208, or request a quote online.

Perforating Guns: Using and Protecting Them

There are always times when your operational needs require custom protection for various oil and gas applications. In such times, you can rely on industry providers like Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, to meet your protection needs. For example, the perforating gun industry highlights a large need for such custom thread protection.

In well perforation, like with other oil and gas operations, the success of each phase of well completion has an enormous influence on the future performance of the well. To maintain the integrity of such operations, you first need to maintain the equipment and components used in each phase, including the threaded connections. In this case, the topic is perforating guns, which certainly require custom protection for threaded components.

What Happens During Perforation?

Perforation is the process by which holes are punched in the casing of the well to allow the sought-after resource to enter the well. Most perforations are made with high-energy charges, which are held in perforating gun carriers before use.

Engineers design perforating guns especially to hold shaped charges, which are then lowered into a well using a wired line. When the technician fires the gun electronically, holes are blasted into the casing of the well, allowing the particular natural resource into the well.

Types of Perforating Guns

Depending on the nature of the particular well, some technicians utilize expendable guns which are mostly destroyed when fired. With expendable guns, the debris falls to the bottom of the well. However, the most commonly used perforating gun is a hollow carrier, in which the hollow tube contains most of the charge debris.

Perforating guns come in a range of sizes and thicknesses to suit a variety of oil and gas applications. As such, with custom sizes and various applications comes the need for custom thread protectors. Companies like Essentra specialize in ensuring that the threads for your reusable guns are maintained with durable custom protection and that all components of your guns remain moisture-free, keeping your charge intact.

Gun Components Are Crucial to the Success of a Perforation

Experts understand that the key to perforation success is to optimize the relationship between the perforating gun, the wellbore, and the natural resource reservoir. Their goal is to maximize well productivity by delivering the deepest and cleanest possible perforation at the right place in the wellbore, with proper orientation to the oil or gas reservoir. With strong and durable perforating guns, wells can be modified to bring the highest possible oil and gas flow.

In order for these industry experts to deliver successful perforations, a complete understanding of the reservoir’s rock type is required. They must also be knowledgeable of the fluids that will flow afterward. Different fluids, rock types, and pressure respond to perforating techniques in various ways. However, with the right data, operators can choose the right perforating gun and perforation method.

With Essentra’s high-quality custom protection for your perforating gun threads, your operators are one step closer to successful perforation and good productivity. Connect with us for orders and information by requesting a quote online, or calling us at 1-877-276-9208.