Technology at Work: New drill pipe tongs reduce trip time ///

In drilling operations, time is crucial. Hawk Industries, based in Long Beach, California, has a new, proprietary drill-pipe tong system. From stabbing to final torque, the new drill-pipe tongs, which torque to 100,000 ft-lb, will make-up drill pipe in 10 sec. or less, with a break and spin-out time of only 12 sec. Called the Hawkjaw, the new tongs are compact, requiring minimum rig-floor space with an overall 58-in. depth and 50-in. width. The company also makes a smaller version with 65,000 ft-lb of torque, 34-in. depth and a 40-in. width.

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