A few tons of equipment suspended during a rig up isn’t an ideal situation for worker safety or rig health. This means more danger for people on the ground through the risk of falling objects. In addition, prolonging the mast raise sequence places additional strain on the mast’s structure and hydraulic lifting cylinders. Simply put, the longer it takes to position a rig mast, the higher the chances of injury or rig damage. Thus, a rig up is something you want done quickly, safely, and with as few people as possible.
Improving Rig Up Efficiency and Safety
Consistent and synchronized cylinder control is a solution to help minimize potential risks during a rig up. This integrates the telescoping cylinders’ internal positioning sensors with a human machine interface package. CFI’s Phoenix Mast Raise Automation System optimizes cylinder scaling and performance by improving communication between the lifting cylinders, hydraulic power unit, and control interface. This control package results in more consistent and synchronized control of the mast raise cylinders to <1″ variance between each cylinder. This allows the rig up to be completed quickly by reducing cylinder positioning differentials that can stall the mast raise sequence. The end result is enhanced worker safety and reduced risk of rig damage through an expedited mast raise sequence.
This system improves worker safety by minimizing the amount of people required to complete a rig up. By synchronizing the lifting cylinders and providing a central point of control, the whole mast raising sequence can be controlled by one person. In addition, the human machine interface and respective wireless remotes means that operators can control the overall sequence from a safe location should anything go wrong.
Finding Your Hydraulic Automation Solution
Providing such a system requires a unique combination of expertise in hydraulics and human machine interfaces to design an automated motion control solution. Moreover, no two hydraulic control applications are the same and a solutions provider must work with a customer to provide a solution tailored to a specific application.
Contact us to learn how CFI can help with your hydraulic automation and improve rig performance and safety.