15/06/2020 - VAMVallourec’s new VAM® SPRINT-SF, the first in a series of semi-premium high torque connections for onshore drilling is a technological breakthrough for the industry. The team’s innovative behind-the-scenes collaboration expedited its journey from concept to market.
And don’t forget it needs to be cost-effective, too. With all that in mind, and knowing we had a short window of opportunity, we put together a team that could tackle this need from all angles and get the job done in less than a year.Darren Santeler Senior Technical Sales Manager, Vallourec USA
Unique team collaborates from the start to roll out VAM® SPRINT-SF in record timeDesign usually starts with a company’s R&D department before others are involved. From the get-go, though, VAM® brought in the best minds on its manufacturing side to help R&D from a cost standpoint. Technical Sales came on board, as well, to provide customer voice and Product Engineering for applications.
We took a proactive approach from the beginning. We started with the market specification and established teams for R&D and industrialization. This is a break from the past, where R&D finalized the design, and then we all rushed to get it to market.David Marmolejo VAM USA Product Applications Engineer and the VAM® SPRINT-SF team’s project manager
“Fit for Shale” testing sets new standardThe team went above and beyond on testing requirements with its “Fit for Shale” protocol that simulates in-service conditions, enabling Vallourec to continue to set the standard in quality and reliability.
Manufacturing collaboration from day one speeds up project developmentThroughout the design and testing phases, VAM USA’s manufacturing teams were on hand to anticipate any potential challenges further down the line.
We had a lot of back and forth, a lot of positive collaboration between what we were doing in the lab and what the manufacturing team was telling us was feasible from a "real world" perspective in the plants.Wesley Ott R&D’s Chief Design Engineer on the project
Problem-solving made simple“When you put so many smart people in a room, you can get a lot of opinions!” Darren jokes. “But we discovered that was a good thing. There is more than one way to solve a problem. A perfect example is torque applications. We hit our torque requirement and were nearly there on our cost target, but Wesley had another solution where a slight increase in manufacturing time equated to a large gain in torque.