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.Read More
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The type of hands-free system to use, depends on the drilling application. Read more about the relevant types of systems.Read More
While hands-free rod handling systems are becoming increasingly prevalent, they are not without some issues.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
A simple V-trough system that can be adapted to many different top drive drill rigs.Read More
Have a look at this short reference sheet for the proper use of wrenches, from Rigid.Read More
Probably due to a large number of hand injuries whilst tripping drill rods, mining companies are increasingly requesting hands free rod handling systems. In the case of rotary percussion or reverse circulation drill pipe this makes great sense and we have seen many different designs of hands free systems.
In the case of diamond drill rod, this is not so easy because of the relative frailty of wireline drill rod thread compared to API or modified API threads. As a consequence many systems accelerate thread wear and so possibly introduce more risk than is perceived.
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We were recently made aware of a fatality involving the use of a pipe wrench. Have a look at this article, which analyses the use of wrenches in drilling operations.Read More
This article examines some of the ways that wrenches are frequently misused.Read More
Diligent inspection of wire ropes is an essential part of a pre-start and daily inspection system.Read More
Wire rope will develop defects during use through several different mechanisms each of which will affect the strength of the rope and therefore limit the working life of the rope.Read More
It is not possible to look at a wire rope and determine its strength. We therefore need to have strict standards to determine when a wire rope should be discarded.Read More
This article discusses the requirements for the regularity of inspections and /or examinations that must be done on lifting equipment and lifting tackle.Read More
Wire ropes are sometimes poorly understood and so in this article we explore wire rope design and construction.Read More
An intriguing look into how industrial wire rope is made.Read More
Wire rope selection is closely related to the properties of the rope. In this article we discuss the most important properties of a wire rope.Read More
Wire ropes are designed to run through sheaves but sheave wheel diameter has a significant impact on the strength efficiency of the rope.Read More
What impact does a termination have on the safe working load of the wire rope?Read More
Every major mining company has identified lifting operations as a fatal risk and so a very clear understanding of the legal requirements applicable to lifting operations is of critical importance. This article analyses the relevant legislation and considers whether our drill rigs meet the legal requirements.Read More