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Ulterra Proudly Sponsors with Saving True Pairs to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer

Ulterra Drilling Technologies, a Fort Worth based PDC Bit Company, is committed to spreading awareness about breast cancer by using pink drill bits as a reminder to get that lifesaving mammogram. “Here at Ulterra we truly believe that early diagnosis is the best prevention for breast cancer which is one reason why we feel the need to help spread awareness” says Bill Stark, Ulterra’s VP of Sales & Marketing.

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World Oil October 2016

Featured in the October issue of World Oil magazine, Ulterra discusses PDC bits for RSS applications.

To extract the full potential of different RSS types, operators have sought out drill bit manufacturers, to provide designs tailored to specific parameters and BHAs. Ulterra has utilized its proprietary technology to develop CounterForce™ PDC bits, designed specifically to reduce lateral vibrations, a leading cause of downhole tool failure.

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Ulterra has Achieved 1 Year with No Recordable Incidents

With continued initiatives Ulterra, once again, is excited to announce another safety milestone! September 19th, 2016 marked one year since our last OSHA recordable.

This milestone was made possible by all of our employees making safety a priority in their everyday routine. John Clunan, CEO, states that “This would not and could not have been achieved without everyone’s ownership in the culture of safety that we have been working on over the years, as well as the drive to make Ulterra the safest place to work.”

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Collaborating for Directional Performance

Ulterra’s Aron Deen proudly presented with Concho’s, Terrell Hansen, at the Permian Basin Tech Forum on Collaborating for Directional Performance. When this opportunity came up, AADE asked Ulterra to discuss what we’ve done with bit design to improve performance in the curve. After pulling several people in to think about it, we determined that there was no silver bullet. No single technology or sales gimmick. The only silver bullet, if you can call it that, has been collaboration; committing to work together, service company and operator, to solve whatever the next problem is together.

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Counterforce Oil Drill Bit

Ulterra Continues to Expand the Application for CounterForce®

Ulterra Drilling Technologies continues to expand the application for its groundbreaking CounterForce® cutting structure technology.  CounterForce uses the cutting structure to reduce vibrations at the bit, which increases efficiency and reduces bit damage.  Reducing vibration is particularly important on wells which utilize Rotary Steerable Systems (RSS), which are becoming more popular as well planners are pushing the limits on directional difficulty and lateral lengths. 

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Hart’s E&P June 2016: RSS-Tailored Bit Designs Improve Drilling Performance

Nearly all new technologies struggle in their infancy to gain adoption due to high cost, problematic reliability, lack of understanding, and marginal value proposition.  Over years of learning, development and refinement these hurdles reduce, and with each step new opportunities open up.  This has been the case for rotary steerable systems (RSS), which is finding new value in this historic downturn.

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