A Different Kind of Two-Step

A Different Kind of Two-Step

By Todd Campau
August 4, 2015
Every procedure has a set order of steps. Take changing your engine oil for instance. You might start by purchasing the correct oil grade and filter. Next, go to the garage. Then pull out your equipment, pop the hood and get to work. The same holds true for the step-by-step procedures in our Tolteq product manuals.

TKB-ScreenTolteq LLC (Tolteq) has maintenance manuals for each tool in our product lines. Access them from the Tolteq Knowledge Base (TKB). The best way to ensure maintenance goes smoothly is to use the appropriate manual to guide you through disassembly and re-assembly. It’s easy to miss or forget small but essential steps, especially when performing lengthy, complex procedures. You’ll never go wrong with the manual. Don’t have access to the TKB? Contact your account manager to get set up.

Before you even start disassembling the equipment, Tolteq has a few Best Practices for you.

  • Post assembly procedures and reference drawings in your work shop. Visually seeing the process will help reinforce the sequence.
  • Be able to access maintenance manuals at each station and follow them when working on the tool, no matter how small or insignificant the repair might seem.
  • Keep a checklist for each tool string component at your work station.
  • Store spare parts in a well-organized, labeled area.

Now that you’re ready to start work, here are some helpful tips:

  • The most secure way to take your tool string apart is to use a vise. Carefully place your wrenches around the tool and un-torque each section separately, if possible. This way you should avoid damaging the threads or internal components.
  • Only conduct the recommended maintenance. If the manual doesn’t mention cleaning or disassembling a portion of the tool, it should not be disassembled. The solenoid is a good example, routine maintenance shouldn’t involve opening and cleaning the solenoid. If your solenoid needs to be examined, return it to Tolteq’s repair and maintenance shop. We’ll take care of it for you.
  • Throughout your maintenance process it’s a good idea to protect the string at every step. Even though the subsea connector is very durable, the pins can be damaged if the end is dropped or hit. You can prevent damage by using a protective cap on the subsea connector end during disassembly and/or transport.
  • Tolteq recommends specific tests to verify equipment functionality. Review the maintenance manual if you’re unsure of a procedure. Non-Tolteq recommended tests and test equipment might produce inaccurate results and/or damage your equipment and therefore should be avoided.
  • The days of “tweaking” to get the most out of your tool string are over. Tolteq systems are efficient and have many advanced features already built in. Modifications historically done on legacy-type tools are more likely to cause compatibility issues than improve performance.

Tolteq’s specialized product lines allow you to focus on your core business of providing excellent service. Familiarize yourself with the recommended step-by-step maintenance procedures to keep your specialized tools in good working order. We put a lot of time and resources into making best-in-class maintenance procedures and documentation. And if you have a recommendation for improvement, please contact our Field Application Engineers.

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