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SpecialReport: Artificial Lift Technology
That was the goal in investing in automation."
The biggest step change at Superod's
manufacturing facility is computer-controlled installation of end fittings, which
had been a labor-intensive manual process.
As Morrow describes it, automated machines apply aerospace-grade adhesive
to the fitting before it is installed onto a
cleaned rod and rotated at a precise increment to seat on the rod end. Then,
heat is applied to the assembled rod to
harden the thixotropic adhesive and create
an integral bond.
"The consistency from one rod to
the next is outstanding," he reports.
"We literally go weeks without having

a bad fitting."
Similar to the design principle that allows tubing slips to grip tighter as weight
increases, Morrow says the end fittings
and adhesive work in concert to provide
compressive strength, so that the harder
a rod is pulled, the stronger the bond becomes between end fitting and rod body.
"A 1-inch fiberglass rod weighs 0.82
pounds per foot compared with 2.9 pounds
per foot for a 1-inch steel rod, yet a fiberglass rod is much stronger and more
stress resistant," he summarizes.
The lighter weight and enhanced
strength mean a 20% smaller motor can
achieve the same production rate using a
fiberglass rod string, which slashes power

costs. That is largely because of the
"stretch" of fiberglass weighted at bottom
with steel rods or sinker bars, which effectively increases downhole pump stroke
by as much as 25%, Morrow explains,
noting that the standard Permian string
design uses 90% fiberglass rods and 10%
sinker bars.
"Unlike a steel string, which typically
has a significantly shorter downhole stroke
than surface stroke, we are taking 2
pounds per foot out of the rod string's
weight, yet moving more fluid per stroke,"
he relates.
The ability to move more fluid than
their steel counterparts is the key to expanding fiberglass rod applications. Citing

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