The Oil and Gas industry is constantly faced with a shortage of sufficiently experienced personnel and incidents seem to be on the rise. Several such incidents involve ram type preventers and or stripping rams. Snubco is able to virtually prevent all of these incidents with the SnubSmart system.
Inexperienced and/or inattentive personnel were able to pull pipe directly into these rams even though they were in the closed position. This had caused pipe to part and in some cases tragic events occurred. Snubco’s commitment to our employees’ safety and the safety of the other service lines we work with meant that a solution needed to be found.
While some companies focused on hydraulic sensors to detect ram position Snubco went to wireless proximity switches. Hydraulic sensors were easy to trick but our wireless proximity sensors need to have the rams 100% in the open position before the green light was given for personnel to move pipe.
Snubco used this point in time to design the system to be free of wires and 100% intrinsically safe. The wireless communication eliminates the need for inconvenient rig up of hoses or wires that would otherwise clutter the work area or wellhead. Once we began incorporating these wireless capabilities into our rigs the potential for expansion into other systems was endless.
In conjunction with the ram transducers an early goal was to limit the throttle output of a unit if the rams were closed. Communication between wireless ram transducers and a wireless throttle transducer allowed for this with ease.
This system became known as SnubSmart.