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HANDS FREE ROD HANDLING SYSTEMS
One of the hot topics at the recent Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum was drill rig automation, in particular, hands-free rod handling systems. This series of articles outlines what was presented and delves a little deeper into the pros and cons of the different systems.
It is essential that the meaning of automation is established, with reference to the drilling industry, before requirements are put in place. This article explores the idea of automation and hands-free rod handling.
The type of hands-free system to use, depends on the drilling application. Read more about the relevant types of systems.
While hands-free rod handling systems are becoming increasingly prevalent, they are not without some issues.
Christensen Rod Handling System (RHS) option is used in surface core drilling applications and is available as an option for both the Christensen 140 and Christensen CT20.
LoadSafe safely handles heavy drill pipe, drill collars and casing. LoadSafe is designed to safely lift tubulars from horizontal position into alignment with the tilting top head of the drill rig.
A simple V-trough system that can be adapted to many different top drive drill rigs.
PEOPLE ASPECTS and INDUSTRY 4.0
This new focus area has been prompted by our rebrand and our belief that one of the most important pieces of the safety puzzle is the people in your organisation. Take a special look at the article written by guest contributor JvR Safety.
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Isidingo Drill Design Challenge
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