Horizontal casings/liners can be cemented with success equal to that of vertical ones

Cementing horizontal wellbore casings and liners with success equal to that experienced in installated vertical prod-ucts has been achieved in North Sea wells. Cementing practices and proce-dures have been developed on a number of BP Amoco Wytch Farm wells. Since BP Amoco’s extended reach drilling work started at Wytch Farm in 1993, the firm has continually increased the boundaries of horizontal drilling, most recently completing well number 1M-18-SP (SPE 62893). The longest well drilled from M-Site was 1M-16-SP. An outline of the wellbore follows: It is accepted throughout the industry that increased displacement and circulation rates offer direct improvements in mud removal, allowing better bonding to pipe and formation and improved zonal isolation. All the liner cement jobs in the Wytch Farm development have used large volumes of spacers and pre-flushes. At the start of the extended reach drilling work, liner wellbores were prepared for cementing. A base oil pre-flush followed by a weighted water based spacer, at about halfway between the mud and cement densities, was used. This system had repeatedly provided the cement slurry with a substantial base for good bonding to...

Martinsville Speedway adding LED lighting system for 2017

Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR’s oldest track, will mark its 70th anniversary next season with the installation of an LED lighting system, becoming the first major racing facility in North America to do so. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR’s oldest track, will be North America’s first major racing facility with LED lights.(Photo: Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports) Martinsville Speedway will mark its 70th anniversary next season with the installation of an LED lighting system, which will make it the first major racing facility in North America to have LED lights. The track announced the enhancements Wednesday as part of a $5 million capital investment project, the largest in its history. “I think it’s great for the racetrack and it certainly opens up a ton of possibilities for the future of the track itself,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was on hand for the announcement. “Adding lights can only add to its legacy and add to the specialness this place has held for so long. … I think it’s awesome and it’s been a long time coming.” Despite the addition of...

Aerospace Shop Finds New Productivity in Brass Parts

Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. Three partners contributed their diverse manufacturing and machining experience—and their last initials—to found SPR Machine in Hamilton, Ohio in 2002. The machine shop has grown from a shop floor with 2,500 ft2 (232 m2) to one with 78,000 ft2 (7,246 m2) filled with 14 mills, lathes, and welding and inspection equipment. SPR produces high-quality work from 60″ (1.5 m) down to 0.0005″ (0.013 mm) for customers predominantly in the aerospace and medical industries. All that talent, experience and entrepreneurial energy make SPR Machine an open-minded shop that approaches new growth challenges with enthusiasm. One of those challenges presented itself in the form of a part-material switch from steel to brass. SPR Machine jumped at the opportunity to see how much cycle time could be saved through high-speed machining. It wound up leading the shop to new equipment, insights, personnel qualifications and a renewed respect for the versatility and machining performance of brass. The opportunity arose when co-founder and company vice president Scott Pa...

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy. Considering you’re probably going to be wearing one every day for the rest of the season, you can never have too many beanies. We picked six of our favorite styles to keep you warm and stylish through the winter months. An understated beanie can go with nearly any outfit. This one from Upstate Stock is made from acrylic and mohair and sewn here in the United States. It’s light and warm, and you can rock it cuffed or uncuffed, depending on your mood. Coal partnered with Protect Our Winters for a beanie that’s produced using 76 percent less energy, 85 percent less water, and 76 percent less waste than your standard acrylic beanie. The secret ingredient is a Polylana yarn, which is made from new and recycled polyester.  If your style is more colorful, you’re going to love the Herschel beanie. Choose from wild patterns like ducks, raccoons, or narwhals. Whatever design you choose, the build is a simple but effective acrylic with an outgoing pom. The Emilime is hand knit from soft alpaca wool for ultimate ...

An Introduction to the Torque Sensors for Industrial Automation Tools

Among automated assembly line processes, quality control and consistency are essential. Depending on how products are assembled, rectifying problems with earlier stages of the manufacturing process is not always easy. This can subsequently lead to costly and time-consuming delays.1 To prevent these problems in automated industrial processes, one strategy is to utilize built-in sensors during manufacture. For several applications, such as those in the automotive assembly, one obvious use of sensors in quality control is the inclusion of torque sensors for fastening tools.2 Tightening nuts and bolts according to the appropriate torque settings guarantees optimal component lifetime and performance. Insufficient torque can cause bolts to vibrate and, in the most serious cases, come loose, leading to component damage and engendering obvious safety hazards. Excessive torque can lead to shearing of the bolt, wasting bolt material and potentially destroying the component’s threading. Even if the bolt withstands the extra force, more profound component fatigue and earlier failure can still occur. The hazards associated with erroneous torque configurations are not limited to the bolts the...

Lawsuit Alleges GM Transmission Problems Known Since 2014

We know, advertisements are annoying and slow down the internet. Unfortunately, this is how we pay the bills and our authors. We would love for you to enjoy our content, we’ve worked hard on providing it. Please whitelist our site in your adblocker, refresh the page, and enjoy! As we’ve covered several times in the past, General Motors is facing several lawsuits over alleged defects in its eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been known to exhibit various drivability issues, including, shaking, jerking, and hard shifts. Now, new information provides an important data point in the GM transmission kerfuffle. Based on court documents seen by GM Authority, GM may have been aware of the issues associated with its 8-speed transmission as far back as September of 2014. The documents cite a number of technical service bulletins (TSB) and other GM communications about issues associated with the 8-speed transmissions in question. Coincidentally, September 2014 was roughly the time that GM launched the eight-speed gearbox. Besides the pending class-action suits, a variety of issues associated with eight-speed GM transmission have been documented through complaints filed with...

Sealed Air to Feature Newly Expanded Portfolio of Automated Systems and Packaging Solutions at Pack Expo

This week Sealed Air (SEE) will feature its latest automated solutions and packaging options at Pack Expo 2019. Many of these innovations are designed to help companies of all sizes eliminate waste and drive more sustainable operations. This is Sealed Air’s first global packaging event since its acquisition of Automated Packaging Systems, Inc. (APS), a leading manufacturer of automated bagging systems. Completed in August, this investment allows Sealed Air to better serve the e-commerce, fulfillment and food packaging markets. APS brings highly complementary and additive capabilities to Sealed Air, including expertise in engineering, automation technology and sustainability. Pack Expo is the world’s largest packaging trade show. It will be held September 23-25 in Las Vegas. Sealed Air will exhibit selections from its portfolio at booth C-2041 and APS will exhibit at booth C-1814. For additional details, visit Sealed Air’s Pack Expo webpage. Autobag 650 from APS is a wide bagging system designed for horizontally packaging large products for e-commerce fulfillment. It’s engineered with an emphasis on ergonomic design for the operator and features an inline thermal transfer printe...

Ride the Bull, the World’s Largest Kayak Fishing Tournament, continues to keep Grand Isle on the

Ride the Bull, the World’s Largest Kayak Fishing Tournament, continues to keep Grand Isle on the map as a premier kayak fishing destination. Despite a terrible weather forecast (of course, not a drop of rain fell) a staggering 698 kayakers descended on the island for the one-day event. Started 11 years ago by Grand Isle charter captains Danny Wray and and his late wife, Kristen, the tournament was passed on to CCA Louisiana in 2016 following Kristen’s death from cancer. This was the 10th Anniversary of the event, with the second year having been cancelled due to fishing closures caused by the BP oil spill. Back on track ever since, the Wray’s dream for Ride the Bull lives on each year. A live-catch, bull redfish format makes the tournament quite unique. Fishing in a specific tournament boundary section of Caminada Pass, the kayak anglers head out via a shotgun start from Bridge Side and neighboring Wake Side Marinas. Nearly two dozen “chase boats” mill about waiting to pick up the anglers’ fish and transport them to the Bridge Side dock. At the dock, the fish is promptly weighed, measured, tagged and released back into the pass. Despite the good weather and sustained tide moveme...

Build a Solar Water Heater: An Intregal Passive Solar Water Heater

For the do-it-yourselfer searching for an inexpensive, easy-to-build solar water-heating system, the integral passive solar water heater (IPSWH, pronounced ipswah ) is a dream come true. All you need to get going on this down-to-earth water warmer is a discarded electric water heater tank rescued from the local dump, a homemade plywood box to house it in, a can of flat black paint, a sheet or two of used window glass or clear plastic, a few common plumbing fittings and some pipe and insulation. Combine all that with some spare hours of satisfying sawing, hammering and wrench-turning, and you’ll have an ongoing supply of hot water provided virtually free from that friendly furnace in the sky. But before we get into the nitty-gritty of integral passive solar water heaters, let’s run through a quick review of the basics of solar heating for those who may be new recruits to this wonderful world of free energy. We’ll be discussing solar collection systems for heating purposes — not for charging photoelectric cells or for other power applications — and there are only two basic types: active and passive. The essential difference between them is the use of external pow...

Four Seasons hospitality now includes a full service online shopping experience that offers signature Four Seasons

Four Seasons hospitality now includes a full service online shopping experience that offers signature Four Seasons Beds, linens, towels, robes and more for purchase at shop.fourseasons.com. “For many years, Four Seasons Beds have been a favourite among our guests, the pinnacle of the perfect sleep,” says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations. “Now, with just a few clicks, and seamless home delivery, anyone can enjoy the celebrated Four Seasons sleep and bath experience in the comfort of their own home.” The new “Four Seasons at Home” site is designed to ensure that the shopping experience is easy, enjoyable and worry-free – just like being in a Four Seasons hotel or resort. A unique chat option connects site visitors to a product expert to answer questions and provide information in real time, even after the products have been purchased and delivered with exacting Four Seasons standards.  Every detail has been considered, from the premium packaging through to the delivery experience. Based on more than five decades of hosting the world’s most discerning travellers, Four Seasons continues to refine every aspect of the sleep experience in its hotels and resorts. ...

A smartphone that transforms into a tablet by folding out two parts of its display bent

A smartphone that transforms into a tablet by folding out two parts of its display bent behind its back has been unveiled by Xiaomi. The Chinese technology company revealed the prototype in a post to the social media site Weibo. It promised the “double-folding” device was coming and asked the public to help name it. “It is very interesting that Xiaomi has adopted a three-way folding option on its prototype,” said Ben Wood, from the consultancy CCS Insight. “It is hard to judge the relative benefits of this versus a single fold and it will depend considerably on the user interface that Xiaomi chooses to adopt as it opens the ability to have a three-quarter screen option. “However, it certainly means there is an additional point of failing. The fold is typically the area where there are most likely to be problems over time.” Rumours of the device’s existence began to circulate at the start of the month after the journalist Evan Blass posted a separate video of the handset to Twitter. However, he was unable to verify it was real. The company has, however, confirmed to the BBC the latest clip, featuring its co-founder Bin Lin, is auth...

Handbags, clutches, slings and crossbody bags, purses, backpacks, duffle bag, etc. There are so many names

Handbags, clutches, slings and crossbody bags, purses, backpacks, duffle bag, etc. There are so many names for something as simple as a bag. Aside from these names bags have been differentiated on the basis of other factors such as size, style, color, fabric, etc. They all serve the same purpose however, not every bag is made for every occasion. Some bags have a particular job. For example, clutches for girls are especially curated for parties where there is no need to carry a mismatching big bag; clutches are made to compliment your outfits. Sometimes, bags are a necessity, other times they are just accessories. For the 21st century working women, a shoulder bag is an absolute necessity. It is a must-have accessory that is a great companion to any woman. Yes! We all love sling bags and clutches for girls but every bag has its purpose. A clutch bag can be paired up with your outfit for an evening party or social gathering but when you need to carry a lot of important things such as files, laptop, and other work related stuff, this is not the bag for you. The best thing about shoulder bags is that it is multitasking but also hands-free. It lets you navigate without the burden of...

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