GD Energy Products (GDEP), the total solutions provider for the drilling, well servicing and frac pumps market, has launched SafeLock, a hammerless quarter-turn valve cover lock for drilling modules. SafeLock delivers safer and faster removals, without requiring any tools.
Durable and hammerless, SafeLock eliminates safety hazards and increases operational efficiency by reducing the multiple revolutions needed to remove the valve cover lock to a simple quarter-turn. Corrosion resistant threading and grease zerks keep threads lubricated between service intervals. A robust handle design increases leverage and ergonomics.
Ryan Huseman, lead engineer, GDEP, says, “SafeLock’s mechanical lock design requires no preload and eradicates the need for hydraulic pumps, torque wrenches, drills and impact guns. With SafeLock, we have essentially converted a dangerous multi-minute process to a tool-less and hazard-free 10 seconds.”
Rylan Ardoin, product line director – drilling, GDEP, says, “SafeLock improves safety by virtue of being hammerless. It eliminates the dangerous and time-consuming task of break hammering 65-lbs valve covers every time you need to enter the fluid end. Additionally, it eases maintenance. Our rapid and hammerless quarter-turn valve cover lock requires no tools, and GD Energy Products’ bore seal design requires no preload to effectively seal, allowing removal and installation in seconds.”
SafeLock, which has been field tested by a leading US-based drilling contractor on rigs located in West Texas and Oklahoma, is also backed by the completion of a Highly Accelerated Load Test (HALT), which successfully tested to 2 million cycles at over 12,000 psi. SafeLock will be offered as an optional upgrade on new GDEP drilling pumps and modules and is also applicable for retrofit on GDEP HD, F and Y series drilling pump modules with bore seal technology.