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Salunda Limited has released its MudChecker drilling mud analyzer, which provides consistent analysis of mud properties during the drilling and completion of oil and gas wells. The hand-held device is battery-operated, and offers a faster alternative to conventional retort and titration testing. Using sensitive radio-frequency technology, the diagnostic device accurately measures the oil, water, solid and salt content of drilling fluids, allowing early kick detection and the prevention of wellbore collapse and NPT. A sensor probe is used to test samples and provide real-time measurements of mud fluid content in the field. Results are displayed on an integral LCD screen, indicating percentage oil, solid and water volumes, as well as oil/water ratio, oil/brine ratio and water-phase salinity. Additionally, data can be uploaded, using a USB interface, and exported for reporting and archiving. The analysis unit is supplied as a part of a portable test kit, which includes a mains adapter, downloadable software and a variety of spare tubes, probes, syringes and proprietary sample mixtures.

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