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Insufficient reservoir pressure is the genesis of artificial lift technology, and without such mechanisms to bring hydrocarbons to the surface, the oil remains underground. One of those key tools in artificial lift is the sucker rod system: an assembly that reaches the source rock, and pumps the flow of oil to the surface. Prior to 1970, most oil wells used rods that were strung together, with a coupling system fastening the rods together, piece by piece. These joints are prone to damage from friction and improper makeup of the connections, which leave operators with costly downtime.

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