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A new line of PDC bits optimized for steerable motor applications has been introduced by Hughes Christensen, a division of Baker Hughes Inc. Genesis HCM bits offer both longevity and penetration rates comparable to traditional PDC bits, but with the control and precision of a roller cone bit. Using EZSteer depth-of-cut control technology, the bits have bearing surfaces near the center of the bit face that are designed to engage the hole bottom in slide mode, but not in rotate mode. This tempers aggressiveness when steering but preserves ROP while rotating. Other features include optimized CFD hydraulics and enhanced stabilization, enabling the bits to drill a smooth wellbore at high ROP.
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