Baker Hughes Introduces New “Adaptive” Drill Bit

TerrAdapt™ adaptive drill bit

Baker Hughes has just officially released a new drill bit that they hope will become the new standard in drill bits–the TerrAdapt “adaptive” drill bit. Baker Hughes says they’ve made “dumb” drill bits “smart” by packing intelligence into them. This drill bit can respond to conditions in real time, automatically, to prevent “stick-slip” issues which cause bits to rapidly speed up or slow down. The bit self-adjusts its depth-of-cut (DOC) control elements to automatically adapt its aggressiveness to changing rock types. Pretty cool stuff. The long and the short of it is that this bit means less problems and more uptime spent drilling/chewing away, meaning it will take less time to get the hole drilled…

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