Weir Oil & Gas, an upstream provider of pressure pumping and pressure control equipment and services, has introduced Weir Edge, its newly-branded aftermarket services programme, at the 2018 Offshore Technology Conference currently ongoing in Houston, Texas.
Weir Edge aims to extend equipment life and reduce total cost of ownership. Weir Edge provides a three-pronged offering: engineers to diagnose the root cause of downtime, specialised field experts to provide repairs and strategically located service centres to offer support, parts, service and customer training.
“Operators need more than limited aftermarket solutions that focus solely on the symptoms while ignoring the source – more than a dispensary of parts and repairs,” said Bill Marshall, vice president and general manager of US Service Centres for Weir Oil & Gas. “Operators need the power of far-reaching expertise and specialised service teams to look further and dig deeper to expand what’s possible and create competitive advantages.”
The firm has also launched its second-generation SPM Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and RFID Mobile App. The new RFID enhancements enable effective iron fleet maintenance in the field, even in remote locations plagued with low Internet or cellular connections.
Maintaining an iron fleet has traditionally been a time-intensive, labour-intensive and error-prone process that relies on manual data collection and physically storing printed certificates. This approach can result in millions of dollars lost due to the inability to produce required certificates for uninterrupted operation.
For a 900-piece fleet of iron, it typically takes three employees three full work days to account for all of the iron in the field. However, Weir’s RFID AMP technology allows 900 pieces of iron to be tagged and accounted for in less than 60 minutes, complete with certificates – which the firm claims is a 90% reduction over outdated inventory efforts.