Technical Names For Stuff You Use In The Oil Fields Every Day

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When you work in the oil fields, you know your tools. You know the drills, the downhole oil tools, and dozens of other tools that help you and your fellow oil workers do your job. Yet, you probably did not know that a lot of the tools you use have some very technical names. If you were going to order more of this or that for the job, would you know how to order it? Acting as a stand-in for the supply acquisitions employee, you might be a tad lost, since you have other names for things listed on the reorder sheets. Here are just a few of those things with their technical names, and what you probably call them in the field.

Molded Oil Tool Elastomers

Molded what? Okay, so you know what oil tools are. Molded means that the "elastomers" are perfectly made to fit over the tools. Got it. Elastomers is just a really fancy way of saying "rubber."

Oh, so these products are the rubbery grip things you pull over the handles of your tools to keep them from slipping from your grip and into the oil well down below while you work from above. In short, you probably call them "rubber handle grips." Now you just have to decide if you want to tackle putting pre-molded rubber grips on your tools, or have the manufacturer dip your tools for rubbers that cannot be removed. 

Boring Tools

No, they are not boring in the sense of being dull. On the contrary, most boring tools are quite sharp because you use them to create holes. This includes your main well drill, small boring tools to insert bolts and hold oil well components in place, and still more tools to bore down and check for well pressure and the amount of oil present. They go by various names, including borer, reamer, mud motors, and shock subs.

Downhole Stabilization

The drill at the top of the well, a few hours after it has descended and is burrowing into the earth, needs to stop and come up so that each section of the well can be stabilized. Guys drop down and tamp things into place and then brace the walls. This prevents collapse of the walls as the well continues driving downward. The tamping tools and reinforcing components are all known by the names given them by the hole crews, but they will be listed as something else on your list. Your hole crews can tell you what they are when they request replacement tools.

Contact a company, like well seals, for more help.