Jerry Lee reports on the development of Weatherford’s latest advancement in underreamer technology, the RipTide RFID.

The premium cutter blocks on the RipTide drilling reamer are designed as a single set to evenly distribute the work, ensuring a smooth, concentric underreamed hole. Photo from Weatherford. While drillbits have evolved to keep up with the demands of drilling challenging wells, most underreamer technology used to enlarge the well has not. A new version of Weatherford’s RipTide RFID (radio-frequency identification) drilling reamer aims to narrow the gap.

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Valuing human life is a strong foundation in business and in life. US Synthetic, a father-son global enterprise, is based on this culture where employees thrive on learning and experience and use it to bless others around the globe.

In 1978, Bill Pope, a former BYU chemical engineering professor, and his son Louis founded the Orem-based company. US Synthetic is known for manufacturing PCDs (polycrystalline diamond cutters) for oil and gas exploration. But really, the business stretches into much more.

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Labratory drill rig for PCD bearing and cutter development

Correlation of accelerated laboratory testing to actual field performance is essential in the successful development of polycrystalline diamond cutters (PDCs) and diamond-bearing elements for down-hole applications. A laboratory-scale drill rig apparatus for the investigation of diamond-bearing and drag bit cutter performance has recently been completed.

Like a diamond


September 2009 US Synthetic Bearings was featured in the Resource Engineering and Maintenance Magazine
US Synthetic Corporation (a provider of polycrystalline diamond cutters(PDCs) for oil and gas exploration) announced the availability of its radial bearing line that’s based on synthetic diamond technology.

Using diamond bearings in your next design


US Synthetic Bearings was featured in The Design World Audio Podcast

Diamonds are not only “a girl’s best friend.” Soon they may be engineers’ best friend too. US Synthetic Bearing takes advantage of its parent company’s expertise with synthetic diamonds and applies that knowledge to radial thrust bearings to create a product that offers long life and low maintenance. Off-highway, oil and gas, and other industries benefit from these rugged bearings.

Polycrystalline diamond thrust bearings for down-hole oil and gas drilling tools


Down-hole tools used for drilling oil and gas wells are subjected to harsh environments where abrasive fluids, high loads and speeds, and high temperatures can cause tool components, including thrust bearings, to quickly fail. This paper discusses the advantages that polycrystalline diamond can provide when used as a bearing material in down-hole tools.