Competitive quality, cost, service, and delivery have always been key requirements for our customers. It is a fundamental premise of Probe’s manufacturing strategy that high-quality end products cannot be built cost effectively from low-quality components.
We have invested in a considerable stock of quality raw material which is held exclusively for the use of Probe Oil Tools Ltd. We stock AISI 4130 alloy steel, heat treated and tested to exceed the requirements of API-6A, with minimum 75k yield and extra impact tests to qualify it for the most severe services. Our stock of round bar ranges from 70mm to 1,200mm diameter suitable to manufacture the largest API-6A Flange in current use, and square bar from 9″ to 18″ square, covering most of the size requirements for API studded blocks. The stock held is generally more than 1000 tonnes and we can therefore meet urgent delivery times from this holding.
Because of the purchasing power created by such large stocks, we can also take advantage of favourable delivery times from our suppliers for other grades of steel that we do not stock. All our material is also fully traceable, with certificates issued by the original steel mill together with heat treatment and mechanical testing reports.
Our stocks are also all subject to receiving full inspections and we have state of the art in-house facilities to perform a variety of non-destructive testing including ultrasonic examination, magnetic particle inspection, liquid penetrant inspection and Brinell hardness testing.
Following our recent move to our new all purpose-built facilities we have also made a significant investment in machine capacity by purchasing some of the latest C.N.C. machine tools in the world, as well as conventional machines, to manufacture quality equipment in the shortest possible time. This adds to our existing machine portfolio and full range of inspection equipment and tools. Our plant capability enables us to machine items from the smallest to the largest equipment in use in the drilling and production industry today.
This full-service offering has enabled us to drive consistency in both what Probe offers and how we deliver it. And due to this our customers have been extremely loyal as they have confidence in our products and services.