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Industry Firsts

Frank’s culture of innovation has yielded more than a dozen record-breaking string weights or reductions in run time. Over the decades, we have pioneered singular technologies for casing, completions and tubulars, including:

  • First to introduce high-capacity casing handling equipment for deepwater and ultra-deepwater
  • First to introduce a tong capable of handling 300,000 foot pounds
  • The only Fluid Grip® technology and Collar Load Support (CLS™) system that eliminates die penetration marks to mitigate corrosion concerns and prolong well stability
  • The first landing string elevators and spiders rated to 1250 tons, followed by the first landing string equipment for 1500 tons
  • Premium Xtreme3™ connectors that withstand the extreme tension, extreme compression and extreme bending common in deepwater and ultra-deepwater
  • Our Drill String Torque Reducer (DSTR™) tool that prevents damaging casing wear and frictional torque losses from drill pipe rotating in the casing and wellbore
  • The industry’s first Top Tension Risers (TTR) fabricated by a tubular service company
  • The first to develop 42-in. and 48-in. premium threaded connectors and associated handling equipment for large OD pipe

Looking ahead to future needs

As oil and gas reaches new frontiers, Frank’s experts and reliable equipment are there to meet our customers’ evolving needs – even in extreme depths, HPHT environments and other challenging conditions.

Frank’s is developing a portfolio of never-before-seen technologies aimed at the Rig of the Future and the Well of the Future. We are listening to customers to create solutions they need to improve efficiency and reliability, reduce costs and lower total cost of ownership –delivered with the same high quality and safety standards they already get from Frank’s.

Examples of current topics and technologies under development include:

  • Intelligent automation of systems and processes for gains in efficiency, reliability, and safety
  • Advanced structural and functional materials to enable more efficient and capable designs and processes
  • Technologies that improve well integrity while improving overall safety and reliability
  • Advanced visualization and data analysis to enable smart rig floor technologies and improved safety
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