Aegis Armor Cladding | Schlumberger


Armor cladding

Exponential protection
for cutters and cutting elements
Extended bit life
for improved bit performance
Increased ROP
for faster TD

Aegis armor cladding comprises individual strips applied to the blade face of steel-bodied bits, replacing traditional hardfacing and providing a shield against erosion caused by drilling fluid jetted from nozzles in the bit.

Advanced manufacturing for superior results

Aegis cladding extends the life of our steel-bodied bit designs because each strip is laser forged using electron beam melting. Constituent materials are heated to yield an alloy that provides an advanced armor cladding 400% more erosion resistant than traditional hardfacing and 40% stronger than matrix bit materials.

Aegis cladding is laser forged to yield a material 400% more erosion resistant than hardfacing and 40% stronger than matrix bit materials.

example of traditional cladding example of Aegis armor cladding
Comparison between bits with traditional hardfacing and Aegis armor cladding after multiple runs.

Superior blade face and cutting element protection delivers not only more strength for aggressive bit designs—which improves overall bit performance on its own—also better erosion resistance. This enables angling the bit nozzles toward the blades and cutting elements for more efficient cuttings evacuation enforced by drilling fluid flow. And that means faster ROP, more footage, and increased bit durability for longer runs.

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