US Synthetic’s cutter technology assists Weatherford underreamer in demanding work


Jerry Lee reports on the development of Weatherford’s latest advancement in underreamer technology, the RipTide RFID.

The premium cutter blocks on the RipTide drilling reamer are designed as a single set to evenly distribute the work, ensuring a smooth, concentric underreamed hole. Photo from Weatherford. While drillbits have evolved to keep up with the demands of drilling challenging wells, most underreamer technology used to enlarge the well has not. A new version of Weatherford’s RipTide RFID (radio-frequency identification) drilling reamer aims to narrow the gap.

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