RigLock®: The Industry’s First and Only Hands-Free Wellhead Connection℠
Renegade Services: Pioneer of RigLock®
With 45 units (as of June 2018) passing through the hands of their trained operators, Renegade Services, the largest independently owned wireline company in the USA and the leading service company for RigLock®, has seen the groundbreaking impact of this true innovation first hand and is currently running them for their own major competitors. The VP of Operations, Randy Cassady played an integral role in the creation and especially the implementation of this system.
The people behind the machine
When you work with Renegade’s trained technicians, you will get first-class customer service from the industry-leading team that helped bring it to market. Renegade ensures that your well site experiences the full safety and efficiency benefits. Check out the video below for more information about the Renegade difference.
The Creation of RigLock®
RigLock® was developed as a collaborative effort between Renegade’s VP of Operations and founding partner, Randy Cassady, and pressure control equipment manufacturer FHE, USA.
The eureka moment came in a Shell safety meeting where they asked all in attendance to think out of the box about safety and to come up with innovations in safety or to minimally begin to incorporate forward thinking about how to improve safety. Randy immediately recalled two of the worst incidents he had seen. Both incidents involved a man in an aerial lift. The problems turned into ideas, the ideas into conversations, and the conversations into prototypes. For this, Randy called on the quality-driven team at Frank Henry Equipment (FHE) in Fruita, Colorado, longtime friends of Randy. Through collaboration between Randy and FHE, the RigLock® was born.
After releasing it to the market in the middle of 2016, we were amazed at the industry acceptance for this safety tool.
HOW IT WORKS
Contains pressure and keeps foreign material out of the frac tree between stages.
Oversized highly visible entry guide.
This allows the crane operator to quickly spot the sub going into RigLock® from distances of over hundred feet, ensuring proper equipment placement. RigLock® speeds up all well work with quickly connecting and disconnecting.
Mechanical Locking Ring secures the cams.
The locking ring goes over top the cams giving us a secondary lock and thus ensuring the integrity of the connection even during possible loss of hydraulic power.
Cam locks secures equipment connection.
The patented design uses a series of 6 cams to both seat the sub, secure a good connection, and to allow the locking ring to come over the top of it, thus sealing RigLock® to the wellhead.
Manifold to test integrity of connection.
The quick test sub portion of the RigLock® body enables you to test the connection from the control unit on the ground before well pressure is introduced to RigLock®.
Accessible Hydraulic Hook-ups.
Hydraulic quickly connects to RigLock® so that we can quickly make the connections to function the cams the locking rings and the quick test sub. Remote hydraulic actuation keeps technicians away from possible collision or crushing injuries.
Integrated 2 inch 1502 pump-in sub.
This allows for equalization and to pump into the lubricator from below RigLock®.
Flange connection to the wellhead.
These flanges come in different orientations and sizes so that you can easily install RigLock® on any well head.
Well Pressure Monitoring System
System Power/Pressure Console
Solar Panel for On Board Power Storage
Retractable Hose Reels
Perkins Diesel-Hydraulic Power Unit with Air Compressor
The Future of RigLock® Innovation
RigLock® changed the oil and gas industry significantly, much like the combustion engine changed the industry of transportation. As we continue to deploy more systems every month, we continue to pioneer new products to expand its efficiency and safety.
Today there are several enhancements to the RigLock® that were not available when the product initially launched. These enhancements to the product make it both safer and more efficient.
Eventually, we believe we will see this package on every well head around the world. We anticipate the RigLock® will fundamentally transform the way completions activities are done on oil or gas well sites.
FHE’s Preferred Relationship with Renegade Services
FHE is an innovative company who produces pressure control equipment, primarily servicing the wireline industry. The greatest strength of FHE is their relationship with their customers, and one of their strongest relationships is with RWS. FHE works with Renegade to improve products that are existing in the market and to design and invent new products to make their job safer and more efficient.
“We greatly value our relationship with Renegade Services. They provide a quality experience to their customer with a unique and innovative approach.”
—Nick Snoke, president of FHE USA
A RigLock® is Ready for You
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
—Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft
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