Baker Hughes introduces Quantec Force PDC bits

Baker Hughes has introduced the Hughes Christensen Quantec Force line of polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits, featuring newly engineered stabilization technology and next-generation cutters.

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HOUSTON -- Baker Hughes has introduced the Hughes Christensen Quantec Force line of polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits, featuring newly engineered stabilization technology and next-generation cutters. According to the company, the new products will deliver appreciably higher penetration rates, increased footage, and reduced costs in a wide range of drilling environments.

Quantec Force employs updated design practices using a proprietary bit dynamics model to optimize the force distribution experienced while the bit is in service. This reduces the occurrence of highly destructive bit whirl, keeping the drilling process efficient, and the cutting structure intact, the company says.

The new PDC bit line also uses newly engineered and highly wear-resistant cutters. It features a variety of cutter choices, depending on the drilling application. One cutter type is specifically geared for abrasive formations, while another is engineered for drilling environments where both abrasion and impact-resistance are required.

Quantec Force bits are designed for all applications, including hard, abrasive formations as well as interbedded shales and sands. The cutters on the bit can be changed out depending on the formation requirements, the company says.

“Quantec Force is the latest result of Baker Hughes’ constant and consistent technology development focus aimed at reducing drilling costs,” says Mark Freeman, Baker Hughes Diamond product manager. “With Quantec Force, operators no longer are required to sacrifice durability for high rate of penetration and vice versa. We see Quantec Force as a definite game changer in PDC bit technology.”

10/07/2009

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