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What you need to know about Drill Protectors

12 Nov 2015

Sun bursting through an off shore oil rig

Drill protectors are hardened devices usually installed around drill pipe ends to prevent steel-to-steel pipe contact, thereby reducing wear and tear. These protectors come in handy when transporting or installing steel piping. With this in mind, they are widely used in the gas drilling, oil drilling, water drilling, and construction industries.

Features
In most cases, these protectors are made of hardened plastics or heavy-duty rubber materials. You may also come across protectors made of steel reinforced rubber. In addition, they are made to withstand temperatures of more than 150°C regularly encountered when lowering and installing pipes deep underground for drilling operations. They also come in different sizes ranging from 2-3/8″ to 7-5/8″, although sizes vary from one manufacturer to the next. Nevertheless, it is possible to order custom protectors if you cannot find protectors that can wrap around the threaded ends of custom-made pipes.

It is also worth noting that such protectors must comply with industry standards such 2007 ISO 13624/API RP 16Q. In general, it is advisable to purchase protectors that are ISO/API compliant and are available in various configurations. In fact, you should make sure that any protector you are eyeing complies with all API spec 7 requirements.

Application
The main aim of installing such protectors is to prevent point-to-point contact and environmental corrosion that could damage drill pipe products while in transit, storage, or during installation. These protectors are widely used in the energy production industry. For instance, some drill pipe protectors are designed to reduce torque and drag in drill strings especially during pipe movement when frictional load between surfaces tends to be high. Ultimately, having them will drastically cut down on time; as well as cut down, if not eliminate, the expenses incurred from damaged pipes and major accidents.

CONCLUSION
Drill protectors are specialized devices designed to reduce wear, tear, corrosion, and damage of drill pipes during installation or movement from one point to another. When buying any of these products, make sure they comply with API specifications and ISO standards.