Schlumberger Introduces AxeBlade Ridged Diamond Element Bit

Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company, announced the release of the AxeBlade* ridged diamond element bit, which incorporates new-geometry Axe* ridged diamond elements across the bit face. AxeBlade bits improve rate of penetration (ROP) in a wide range of formations and steering response in directional applications.

“The drillbit market is performance-driven and seeks polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits that provide differentiated performance in ROP,”

said Murat Aksoy, president, Bits & Drilling Tools, Schlumberger.

“The cutting efficiency delivered by the AxeBlade bit addresses our customers’ needs by helping to reduce the cost of drilling operations.”

schlumberger-axeblade-tnThe latest generation of Smith Bits three-dimensional cutting technologies, Axe elements have a distinctive ridge shape that combines the shearing action of a conventional PDC bit with the crushing action of a roller cone bit.
The unique geometry of the element breaks rock more efficiently, requiring 30% less force.
It also delivers improved control compared with conventional PDC cutters when drilling directionally.
The AxeBlade bit has been successfully field tested in a variety of applications, drilling more than a cumulative total of 200,000 ft [60,960 m]. In a field trial in South Texas, the AxeBlade bit kicked off from vertical to a 90° angle and continued drilling the lateral section for a total of 3,586 ft [1,093 m] with 29% faster ROP compared to offset wells.
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