Forum Energy Technologies has designed, manufactured, tested and delivered its 350th rotational torque (RT) torque machine to TAM International, a downhole inflatable packer provider.
The torque machine, or bucking unit as it is commonly referred, was manufactured at the Forum AMC facility in Aberdeen, UK. This represents the sixth unit that TAM has purchased from Forum in three years. The machine will be used to make-up or breakout downhole completion and drilling tools with premium threaded connections.
The machine can work autonomously to achieve a pre-determined amount of rotational torque and provides an auditable report for thread inspectors, drilling contractors or casing crews. After delivery, Forum will provide TAM with maintenance and support from equipment specialists in Aberdeen and Singapore.
“Our equipment has gone through many improvements over the past 27 years, and our 350th machine provides customers with the latest software to meet the increasing demand on make-up inspection criteria,” said James Bement, senior vice president of drilling technologies, Forum. “Among other improvements, our new hydraulic power unit is capable of improved cycle efficiencies of up to 68%, and reduces energy consumption by up to 31%.”
“Having experienced the numerous operational benefits of Forum’s torque machine at TAM International’s Aberdeen facility, we’re pleased to add this new machine to our new Australian base in Roma,” said David Neill, workshop manager, TAM International, after witnessing and signing off on the factory acceptance test for the new unit.
Image: David Neill (left) receives a plaque from George Hendry, business development manager for Forum AMC/Forum Energy Technologies