The Latest Innovations in Sucker Rod Protectors


Sucker rods remain an essential component of efficient and productive well operations. As a key part of the mechanical extraction process, rods must operate reliably and consistently to ensure a continued yield. Pumpers, for instance, should maintain and service sucker rods. However, a faulty section in the rod string could penetrate the tubing if separation occurs. The additional risk from having to fish out a separated sucker rod from the well could also compromise the entire well’s integrity. This means that teams should strive to prevent any damage or defects at all cost. Consequently, sucker rod protectors can play a vital role in maintaining rod integrity.

Sucker Rod Applications in Oilfield Operations

Designed for wells up to 11,500 feet, sucker rods assist with lower producing wells at shallow to moderate depths to continue production using a pump system. The sections combine to form a rod string, which transfers kinetic energy from a prime mover to the displacement pump situated down in the well. The rods are solid, high-grade steel component that runs inside the tubing string.

The benefits of sucker rods include:

    • Low initial costs for yield in moderate to low extraction depths
    • Flexible enough to manage variances in production volume
    • Utilize a simple tubing string as well as venting natural gas via the annulus

Sucker rods are still the most popular mechanical lift mechanism used in modern production wells. As the technology is fairly old, sucker rods remain the most understood forms of oil production technology.

Modern Sucker Rod Protectors

Sucker rods need protection just like any other pipe or OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods), as a failure in the rod string could shut down production and lead to costly repairs. Manufacturers design the rods to operate under extreme pressure, with kinetic energy transferred from the surface to the bottom of the well via the string. During operation, rods can stretch and require servicing at regular intervals.

Protecting the threaded part of the sucker rod is vitally essential to ensure reliable operation after running the string down the well. MSI Pipe Protection Technologies provides the most reliable sucker rod protectors.

MSI’s sucker rod caps and plugs ensure:

    • Exceptional durability from the use of HDPE (high-density polyethylene)
    • Complete coverage of the threaded areas
    • Enhanced impact protection and crack prevention
    • Prevention of debris and corrosion on critical couplings and threaded connections

Top Quality Manufacturing

MSI Pipe Protection Technologies uses the highest quality of manufacturing for all pipe protection equipment. Why do we do this? Because we know that thread integrity is paramount in the oil and gas extraction industry. And a failure at any point in the well’s infrastructure could further cause costly downtimes and reduce production.

To ensure your sucker and pony rods remain adequately protected during storage, transport, and handling, contact one of our online agents today. Also, give us a call toll-free at 1-877-276-9208.

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