Developments and Discoveries from across the Industry.

  • Accountability Requires Traceability

    December 1st, 2017

    API 20E has raised the bolting standard industry-wide, bringing bolt integrity into the 21st century to confront the newest challenges that face drilling and refining operations. It does this through a thorough audit of fastener companies’ production and tes... READ MORE >>

  • The Cost of Bolt Failure

    December 1st, 2017

    “On December 18, 2012, while the Transocean Discoverer India was performing drilling operations at the Keathley Canyon lease block in the Gulf of Mexico, the rig’s lower marine riser package separated from the blowout preventer stack resulting in the relea... READ MORE >>

  • Proceedings of a Workshop

    November 9th, 2017

    THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING published the proceedings of a workshop.  It is a good idea to adopt #API20E and #ASTMB994,  but the following quote summarizes what we all should do to prevent accidents.   We can all learn something from this group o... READ MORE >>

  • Bolting Specification Levels for API 20E

    November 1st, 2017

    Bolting Specification Levels for API 20E API 20E was drafted to provide fasteners that are dependable and safe. From the simplest job to the most critical bolting need, API 20E makes sure that a company stays accountable and  takes specific, defined steps to... READ MORE >>

  • API 20E: Industry Rating System

    November 1st, 2017

    API 20E: The Industry Rating System That Makes Bolting Better The rise of the Information Age has changed the way we interact with goods and services. From restaurants and cab rides to consumer products and shipping solutions, we are armed with the tools to... READ MORE >>

  • Failure: The Origin of API 20E

    October 27th, 2017

    The Origin of API 20E In the past decade, the industry has suffered a series of failures that were traced back to critical bolting operations. While investigating these bolt failures, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) discovered that f... READ MORE >>

  • How To Order ASTM B994 Fasteners

    October 23rd, 2017

    So you’ve read ASTM B994. You’ve seen the level of testing it requires. You want your facility to be API 20E compliant, and you want to know when your fasteners will seize. You have a critical bolting need, and you want the solution that will go the distan... READ MORE >>

  • Fast Facts About ASTM B994

    September 28th, 2017

    With the industry in search of better methods to protect fasteners from failure, ASTM B994 offers a novel solution to resisting corrosion in critical offshore bolting operations. The standard is designed to improve a manufacturer’s control of the production ... READ MORE >>

  • Consistency in k-factor with ASTM B994

    September 28th, 2017

    Many operations professionals are familiar with the torque equation: T = K * db * Fp. This one equation tells a maintenance team how much torque to apply to a fastener to achieve proper installation. T represents torque value; Fp represents Force, or bolt te... READ MORE >>

  • The Dangers of Hot Bolting

    July 11th, 2017

    The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to people who are novice or ignorant to things they do not know but believe they are expert... READ MORE >>

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  • The Dangers of Hot Bolting

    David Dunning is a Cornell University professor who is perhaps most famous for a paper he co-wrote about ignorance and over-confidence.

    The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to people who are novice or ignorant to things they do not know but believe they are expert

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