HOUSTON – Blackhawk Specialty Tools has developed the Hawkeye, a wireless top drive cement head that enhances speed, efficiency, and safety in cementing operations.
The Hawkeye operates on a fully wireless automation system, which eradicates the need of a hydraulic umbilical line and operating console. The company says the Quik-Lock connections allow for the fastest plug, dart, and ball reloads in the industry, which lowers the amount of rig floor downtime.
With an interchangeable cage design (6.625 maximum ID) the cement head also prevents the deformation of dart fins, alleviating fluid bypass and displacement volume discrepancies.
The new cement head has a maximum hook load of 2.25 million lbs, a maximum pump rate of 35 bpm through the top drive and a maximum operating distance of 650 ft (198 m). A radio signal filtering also blocks Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interference for increased reliability. The company says a manual backup on all remote-operated features is also available.