Story of Development:
We are trying to paint an image which is unique to the development of this product. The story is that we have a deep understanding of the pain points which operators are experiencing on location, and this is understood by none other than consultants on location running these types of products and have years of operational experience.
Finally, the voices are being heard from the individuals like yourself who have a tremendous amount of experience, and they get to share that experience with a veteran engineering team to a produce a product which will greatly benefit the end user. It’s a product being developed by the field and for the field. Years of operational experience went into initiating this project which has grabbed the attention of the development team, universities, material and manufacturing experts. All of which teamed up to fully understand the process of what operations is calling for and how that all fits together in the development process.
This process includes fully understanding operations concerns and considerations with current composite FracPlug technology, and where this technology has room for improvement. This launched a study with the premier composite companies in North America where the material was studied through a university, NAIT’s own Productivity and Innovation Center located in Edmonton, AB, Canada. The study was geared towards assessing various types of composite material in order to get a better understanding of performance factors in an array of different loading scenarios as per the application.
The study was spear headed by a company which specializes in R&D dedicated to downhole tool design. Furthermore, the study was done in conjunction with Canada’s National Research Council and several premier composite vendors.
The study was implemented to gain understanding of characteristics of composite material and how they relate to FracPlug design. This criterion was, performance capabilities, machinability, quality control measures, drill out time and debris size.
This was all done in close collaboration with expert operational personnel to ensure the testing aligned with operational parameters.
This information was inputted into criteria that was deemed to be the most important factors of the design:
1.Performance.
2.Cost.
3.Quality Control and Management.

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