Owning a drilling company comes with all sorts of responsibilities, and one of the most important ways to keep your operations running smoothly is ensuring your thread protectors meet API specifications. With the United States alone producing over 635 million barrels of crude oil, it is important for every company to think about how to protect their OCTG pipe, worksites, and the environment.
Unfortunately, many companies view thread protectors and other pipe protection products as “commodities”, meaning they’re willing to purchase cheaper products to save on costs. But these companies don’t realize that inferior products that don’t meet these standards put their company and bottom line at risk.
Any unplanned downtime or lost time incidents (LTIs) not only stop production, but the subsequent investigations and safety audits become additional overhead. Keep reading to learn a few ways you can make sure you are only using pipe protection products that meet API specifications to keep your rig’s performance consistent and reliable.
Why API Specifications Matter
Every stage in production, transport, and storage of OCTG pipe presents a risk. Using protection products provide additional efficiencies by ensuring mission-critical equipment, like casing and tubing, continue to function reliably and are protected from corrosion and damage.
And the best way to ensure you’re investing in quality products is to check that your thread protectors meet API specifications. For over 100 years, the American Petroleum Institute has led the way for companies like yours in the gas and oil industry.Currently, there over 800 standards established and regulated to ensure the consistent development and manufacturing of the highest quality and services. These recommended practices aim to improve operational safety, ensure environmental protection, and keep sustainability intact within our industry.
Further, these API standards help to reduce waste, operations and policy confusion, and provide quality assurance. API standards also help policymakers ensure that technical regulation complies with global trade rules. Learn more about the critical ways that API standards benefit your operations.
To keep the industry booming and to stay ahead of the competition, it’s vital to invest in API-standard thread protectors.
How to Ensure Your Thread Protectors Meet API-Specifications
Fortunately, it’s pretty straightforward on how to know that your thread protectors meet industry standards.
1. Buy Equipment From a API Certified Manufacturer
The only way to ensure that your OCTG and pipe protection products comply with API standards is by purchasing them from a certified and reputable manufacturer. Compare different companies during your research and find one that specifically states that they are certified and meet API standards. And while many experienced manufacturers have been in the industry for a long time, it’s always important to double check that their certification is up-to-date.
Here at MSI Pipe Protection Technologies, you can rest assured that the thread protectors you buy from us will meet API specifications. We guarantee that our high-quality products are made to protect your OCTG pipe from the harsh conditions of the environment. And when you purchase compliant pipe protection products, you cam avoid costly complications, loss of time, and operational safety hazards.
2. Buy from a ISO-certified Company
As an extra measure, you can also choose to buy from an ISO-certified company. Both the API and ISO organizations help ensure standardization and quality among energy companies. The difference though is that ISO certification is entirely voluntary.
For industry leaders though, implementing both sets of quality standards demonstrates their commitment to upholding the best practices for quality products and services. Knowing that your thread protectors are also ISO-certified is an additional confidence boost that you’re protecting your OCTG pipe and can keep your operations running smoothly.
Here at MSI, we have been ISO 9001 certified since 1997, and use this stringent quality standard in every process. We have also achieved the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification and OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Certification. These certifications give our customers peace-of-mind that our products are designed to meet all relevant standards, and will help you elevate the level of quality and reliability at your drill sites.
Learn more about MSI’s commitment to the highest quality products and services.
Order From a Company Who Guarantees Excellence
When using high-grade API compliant pipe thread protectors from MSI, you can rest assured that we’ve built them to last. Specifically, we designed our MaxX™ thread protector line to meet the strict guidelines of API 5ct, Annex-I, 10th edition. MAXX is a completely re-invented thread protector that is designed to withstand any conditions, including radically extreme temperatures and severe impact scenarios. This full plastic protection product line is also available in liftable and non-liftable options.
In addition to our MaxX line, our Ultra™ and Mega™ product lines were adapted to meet the same critical requirements. Our Ultra brand premium thread protectors feature CNC machined threads for an exact fit. Our Mega brand offers the highest-quality plastic and steel composite for long-term and reliable protection.
When looking for pipe protection, trusting a company that guarantees quality products and services is usually one that follows API standards and continues to create innovative products that meet the latest requirements. From drill pipes protectors to line pipes protectors, we have various options for everything you need. We even offer custom thread protection options that meet specifications, so we can help you find the best solution for your unique project.
Get in touch with us today for more information about our API compliant products.