Industry Article: PDC Bits Optimized for Shale Development

PDC Bits Optimized for Shale Development
Publication: E&P
Publication Date: 02/01/2011

With the rapid increase in drilling activity in North America’s unconventional shale plays, there has been a significant push to develop application-specific technologies to increase economic feasibility.

As Smith Bits design engineers and material specialists re-examined steel-body PDC bits, it became apparent that the steel body would allow designers to successfully address application challenges and provide a cost-effective shale PDC bit solution.

Smith Bits’ new shale PDC bit body design and material improve cuttings evacuation and reduce shale packing during connections and overall short makeup length to achieve desired dogleg severity.

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