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Ulterra’s Leduc Manufacturing Facility Achieved 365 Days with No Recordables

In its mission statement, Ulterra states that it strives to be the most trusted employer and supplier of drill bits.  That trust given to Ulterra by its employees is not taken lightly, and one of the ways Ulterra shows its commitment is through their dedication to safety.  This can be seen through recent press releases regarding safety milestones within its Fort Worth manufacturing facility. [Read full story here]

With these continued safety initiatives, Ulterra is proud to announce yet another extraordinary safety milestone within Ulterra’s Leduc Manufacturing Plant, by achieving 365 days without a recordable incident as of April 30th, 2016. This is the second time the Leduc Manufacturing Plant has achieved this goal.

This milestone would not be possible without its plant employees making safety a priority in their daily routine and for their dedication in creating an extremely safety-conscious workplace. While Ulterra’s safety performance has continued to make us a viable company in difficult industry times, the ultimate goal is that all employees go home at the end of the day to their family and friends. This achievement could not have been accomplished had we not had total commitment from all employees on the floor, machinists, plant management, and office personnel. Daily safety meetings have been essential to ensure that all employees have a clear understanding of the potential hazards that accompany their jobs and how to resolve such hazards. With 100% dedication to our safety program, Ulterra looks forward to setting more safety goals.

With safety being a cornerstone in Ulterra’s foundation, it proves to the industry that Ulterra takes pride in every detail of its company.  The Leduc facility is evolving daily to continue this streak and move forward to its next milestone of two years.


American Oil & Gas Reporter April 2016

As seen in the American Oil & Gas Reporter in the April 2016 issue, Ulterra discusses recent success when partnering with rotary steerable companies to match our bits to their tools. Adding CounterForce® to customized bit designs reduced drilling vibrations and increased ROP on both PowerDrive and AutoTrak™ systems.

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Ulterra Celebrates Recent Success with Rotary Steerable Systems in the Wolfbone Area

By: Josh Criswell, West Texas Sales Engineer

In the past six months, operators drilling in the Wolfbone area of the Delaware Basin have been looking more to rotary steerable systems (RSS) to reduce the time spent drilling lateral wells. RSS have become a more affordable option due to their reduced cost in the down market.

Ulterra was challenged to create a bit design that was capable of finishing extended laterals in one run while encountering shales with varying carbonate content. This new design must rotate exceptionally well, be able to produce accurate corrections on a motorized push-the-bit system, and withstand the higher RPM capabilities of new rotary steerable systems.

This resulted in Ulterra’s 8.5” U616S built to dominate these intervals. The U616S features Ulterra’s CounterForce® technology which provides smooth torque responses providing longer life for expensive rotary steerable components. CounterForce also redirects vibrations back into the formation, creating a much more efficient cutting structure that produces higher ROP. The U616S also features an extended gauge pad to help the bit track in long laterals and reduce corrective actions. This new CounterForce design features a steel construction that increases the junk slot area by nearly 12% from its matrix counterpart and allows lower cuttings evacuation times producing higher ROP.

After its first two runs, Ulterra’s 8.5” U616S CounterForce completed both intervals successfully in one run producing an average ROP 15% higher than competitor designs. The ability to complete the interval in one run while producing higher ROP allowed Ulterra to save the operator an average of $7.24/ft for a total of $67,049 in a lateral well.


Oilfield Technology June 2014

Featured in Oilfield Technology: Aron Deen and Casey Kitagawa, Ulterra Drilling Technologies, Barry Schneider and Gary G. King, Shell, explain how new advances in PDC bit construction and design are helping to cut drilling costs in the Marcellus Shale. One of the key contributors to the improved performance and the primary differentiator of the FastBack™ steel body PDC bit design is the specialized geometry, which is designed to enhance the delivery of mechanic specific energy (MSE) into the rock. The new blade top geometry allowed Ulterra to simultaneously increase both potential top-end ROP and durability.