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Rubberatkins Keeps Drillers on Track

A joint development project between Aberdeen based Rubberatkins Ltd and Pilot Drilling Control Ltd has lead to a prestigious award in recognition of innovation and excellence within the oil and gas industry. The Amec award – part of the IChemE awards programme - was presented to Pilot Drilling Control Ltd on 26 June 2003 at a gala awards dinner in Alexandra Palace in recognition of their Harmonic Isolation Tool which 'decouples' the various modes of vibration between the drill bit and the drill string.  

“We were thrilled to accept this award and especially happy that it was the Harmonic Isolation Tool that was the cause. Our hope is that the wider industry will embrace the tool and realise the benefits to be gained from it” George Swietlik, Managing Director of Pilot Drilling Control Ltd. 

The importance of its shock absorbing properties lay within the design of the tool and the elastomeric material used, a compound material, designed and developed in conjunction with Rubberatkins. The tool was made reliable and possible for downhole deployment by using a unique formulation, giving the material enhanced dynamic strength and tear resistance at elevated temperature whilst immersed in an oil environment.  

Rubberatkins Managing Director, Mr Nick Atkins said: “It is great to have had our efforts recognised by the industry as the rubber component is often overlooked even although it is a crucial part of an engineering application”. 

The material developed has shown outstanding shock absorbing properties providing a unique solution to a long outstanding problem in downhole drilling dynamics, enabling longer bit runs and less damage to MWD tools and drill strings.

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