The problem

Probe’s client is a premium supplier of high pressure production pipework products to major oil companies, and service providers in both the UK and Europe.

Probe has been a trusted supply chain partner of engineering projects for this client for over 20 years. In this time, we have been set challenges that have required the optimization of many of their assets by manufacturing components that ensure productivity and performance is improved.

With all projects, the equipment has required the highest standards of manufacturing innovation to be applied to conform to API specification 6A and related standards.

The solution

Our in-house raw material stock, machines and engineering expertise has allowed us the flexibility to design equipment manufactured to all the specific intellectual property (IP) that has been supplied by the client over the years. Our stock held is generally more than 1,000 tonnes and we therefore have been able to meet urgent delivery times that our client has had from this holding.

Probe have manufactured products for our client such as blind flanges, spool adaptors, hammer unions, hubs, clamps, and also developed pressure test stumps, quick union adaptors, and manifold blocks.

David Brennan, Managing Director, Probe, said, “Manufacturing oilfield equipment is at the core of the Probe offering. We are acutely aware of the demands and deadlines placed on clients; so we are reliably responsive to their ongoing requests to ensure projects are delivered quickly but without compromising quality and safety.

“Supporting our machining capabilities, we are fortunate to have automated welding stations which allows us to provide a range of corrosion resistant claddings. Applying cladding to components, as opposed to producing them in solid alloy, is a popular cost-saving choice for all our clients, which allows them to maximise the life of their assets. We have been delighted to work in collaboration with our client on many innovative projects over the years and look forward to continue this partnership in the future”.

Pre-machined clamps from Probe

The result

All equipment for our client has gone through our rigorous inspection process prior to delivery, carried out by Probe’s highly qualified in-house team. They are equipped with a comprehensive range of inspection devices, including a precision measuring centre and MRP gauges. The inspection department also includes a fully equipped light controlled room for non-destructive testing (NDT). Our products are all supplied with specific certifications which can all be accessed via the Probe online portal.

The Manufacturing service area from Probe has grown significantly over the time we have worked with them. The Probe team are an essential supply chain partner to both our onshore and offshore oilfield operations and the cost reductions and time saving solutions always allow operations to run safely and successfully.


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