Frank’s International was declared the winner of the 2017 Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement (BMEA) Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Petroleum Division for the Combination Drillpipe/Casing Spider & Elevator (Mega Spider/Elevator) at an awards reception held on Monday, May 1, 2017. Frank’s was selected from four finalist entries for the Woelfel BMEA Award, which is presented annually during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).

Members of the Frank’s International team following acceptance of the Woelfel BMEA Award on May 1, 2017. From left to right: Robbie Thibodeaux; Logan Smith; Burney J. Latiolais, Jr.; Jeremy Angelle; James Fontenot; David Helmick; Toby Pitre (Frank’s International photo)

According to the ASME website, the Woelfel BMEA Award “recognizes a product, device, or system displayed at the OTC Conference, which best reflects innovation and/or practical use of mechanical engineering in solving problems, improving design or maximizing performance.”

The Combination Drillpipe/Casing Spider & Elevator boasts design and functionality features that reduce rig time and enhance safety.

“At Frank’s International, we continue to innovate solutions to meet the challenges of the most complex well construction. This award is a tribute to our success in engineering tools that provide technology-forward, practical answers to customer needs, while boosting efficiency and safety on the rig,” said Jeremy Angelle, Senior Vice President of Technology and Engineering for Frank’s.

Frank’s was previously a finalist for the Woelfel BMEA Award in 2011, for the EXTENDED RANGE™ line of completions tools.