The Slider automated slide drilling system helps increase drilling efficiency in directional and horizontal drilling operations performed with motors and MWD directional systems. With this system in place, the directional driller can optimize sliding ROP and improve drilling operations efficiency without adding more people on the rig.
During sliding operations, increased friction makes it difficult to keep a constant load on the bit. Thus, sliding ROP can be significantly lower than rotating ROP. The Slider system works by imposing a rocking motion from the top drive using torque as feedback, causing the drillstring to behave as if it were rotating during sliding.