Daily Archives: April 2018


Breakthrough PDC Bit Design Evacuates Cuttings 200% Faster

Ulterra Drilling Technologies (Ulterra.com) introduces its latest advancement in PDC bit engineering. The
patent-pending SplitBlade™ breakthrough design improves cuttings evacuation as much as 200 percent
faster than conventional PDC bits.

Splitblade PDC Bit

In Lavaca County, Texas, an Ulterra SplitBlade demonstrated outstanding face control and speed, in
addition to cuttings evacuation, drilling an 11,652-foot curve and lateral in under 68 hours.
This bit’s ability to rapidly and efficiently evacuate cuttings is based on a combination of design and
hydraulic performance. One factor is the bit’s rotated blade shoulder design. The primary blades
separate past the cone to free more area for the junk slot and prevent cuttings recirculation. SplitBlade’s
second design enhancement is its high-velocity, focused nozzles. The nozzles increase the maximum
hydraulic dispersal rate, and the advanced bit hydraulics improve bit tool face cleaning. The dedicated
hydraulic flow sweeps the junk slot for reliable cuttings evacuation.

SplitBlade is a solution to cuttings clogging the bit and reduced cutter performance. Standard drill bits,
accumulate cuttings around the cutters and junk slot. Tool face cuttings accumulation wastes drilling
energy. By preventing cutting recirculation SplitBlade focuses all energy to making the hole. Operators
can increase ROP by pushing beyond the previous performance limitation.

For more information and SplitBlade images call 1-888- 858-3772.

SplitBlade was featured in E&P News:


Ulterra’s Leduc Manufacturing Facility Has No Recordable Injuries for Three Years

According to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta, the manufacturing, processing, and packaging sector had the highest injury claim rates in 2016. In this sector, the odds of being injured were about every three out of 100 workers. Ulterra’s Leduc Manufacturing Facility has beat those odds, and are proud to announce that their Leduc manufacturing facility has had no recordable injuries for three years.

After completing a successful Health and Safety Management System audit, a certification of recognition (COR) was issued to Ulterra. This COR ensures that Ulterra’s safety standards are in compliance with Alberta’s audit standard for health and safety systems. Ulterra’s health and safety management system is a process that’s in place to eradicate injury and maximize safety. Although their safety standards meet the requirements of their provincial legislation, their desire for a safe workplace is what drives the effort to work incident-free.

The key to their success is the commitment of everyone at every level — from plant managers to their latest new hires. Another effort that has helped ensure safety is monthly inspections. An internal team composed of both plant managers and shop employees conduct these inspections. Manager of HSSE, Bryce Cook, said: “Everyone understands the importance of safety, both for their own welfare and for business operations.”

This is a huge accomplishment for the entire manufacturing team in Leduc, Canada, and for Ulterra as a whole. Ulterra’s Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) team works hard to ensure a safe workplace for all employees. This is all made possible by managing business operations through an HSSE Management System that is consistently improving, as well as the continuous effort of employees to be compliant every day they come to work.

On behalf of the entire Ulterra team, congratulations to all employees at Leduc.