Weatherford introduces Katy, Texas rod pump facility

6/26/2014

Weatherford inaugurates Katy, Texas rod pump facility

PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor

KATY, Texas – In response to growing demand for artificial lift solutions in the North American shale plays, Weatherford has built a 354,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility and world-class training center on a 174-acre site in the suburban area west of Houston.

The new plant is currently producing 120 rod pump units per month, with the capacity to manufacture as many as 800 units per month. The plant employs 135 employees, but the company projects to fill 335 positions by year end.

“We use lean manufacturing techniques and cutting-edge robotics technology to increase operational efficiency, which includes machining, fabrication, painting, and assembly,” explained Karl Sakocius, Sr. Marketing Manager, during a media tour. “Our Katy facility delivers American-made rod pumping units to the market. We are the only original equipment manufacturer to engineer, service, repair, and refurbish pumping units.”

The Weatherford manufacturing facility features banks of advanced numerically controlled machine tools and includes a robotic welding unit. A systematic, single-piece flow process―as opposed to the traditional process of batching and sub-optimizing by department―reduces the amount of inventory in the plant, which reduces the potential for accidents. Emissions within the plant are minimized through the use of trolleys and conveyor systems instead of forklifts.

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