Internal Communication Processes for API Q1 & ISO 9001

There are four requirements given by Q1[1] regarding internal communications. We’ll address them one at a time.   Requirement 1:  Management shall ensure that appropriate communication processes are established within the organization.   How to address: Internal communication applies to the following:   Quality procedures (rotary slips, safety clamps, drill collar slips, K-Tongs, Inserts, and […]

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Verification Versus Validation

Verification and Validation These two words sound the same, and seem like they could mean the same thing, but they have different meanings.  API Q1, Specification for Quality Management System Requirements for Manufacturing Organizations for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry, has sections and definitions on both validation and verification.  API 7K also talks about […]

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Tripping the String with Tubing Spiders

Moving and adjusting the drill string may be a routine procedure for extraction operations, but it’s also a risky process that exposes both workers and equipment to potential risk. Strings not only support expensive and delicate equipment, but they can also exert a massive amount of pressure on handling tools due to their sheer size […]

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Makeup and Breakout: Everything You Need to Know about Tubing Tongs

Tubing tongs may have a simple design compared to other types of drilling equipment, but don’t let that fool you—they are powerful and essential tools that provide critical support to drilling operations on a daily basis. important Essentially, tubing tongs provide stability and allow workers to better handle tubular components. All drilling operations should be equipped […]

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Torque vs. Energy

Torque vs Energy

For many of us working in the energy industry, the fundamentals of physics have practical and essential applications in our day-to-day operations. There are dozens of different terms and measurements applied during extraction, refinement, and transportation operations, and while some of these are the result of advanced calculations, all of them are based on simple […]

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