Oilfield Services Company Embeds RFID in Drilling Reamers

By Samuel Greengard

Weatherford's RipTide system gives operators more control, improving processes while saving time and money.

Drilling reamers are specialized tools used by oil and gas companies to bore holes through the earth at extremely high speeds. Conventional reamers offer reliable service, but the mechanical method of activating and deactivating the tool—dropping a steel ball down a drill string, or pipe, until it shears a pin preset at the surface—offers limited control. To reset the tool, a user must pull the reamer out of the hole, which is a time-consuming an...

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