Alcoa Oil & Gas announced that it has retained the services of K&B Machine Works to assemble its aluminum alloy drill pipes. K&B Machine Works will be installing a state-of-the-art machining cell for threading aluminum alloy tube, a dedicated steel tool joint threading unit and a brand new semi-automated Super-Shrink Grip™ assembly unit for steel tool joint installation.
“This equipment investment along with Alcoa’s alloy technology and design expertise will further solidify Alcoa’s position as the leading lightweight alloy drill pipe supplier to the oil and gas market,” said Mary Zappone, president of Alcoa Oil & Gas. “Combine K&B Machine Works’ assembly expertise with our lightweight aluminum alloy drill pipe product, and it’s an unbeatable combination for drillers who want to extend their drilling reach to greater depths.”
K&B Machine Works is known in the industry for its technical capabilities and for providing quality craftsmanship. In addition to the drill pipe assembly, K&B Machine Works provides design and engineering services to Alcoa Oil & Gas that support the company’s product developments.
“We are excited about the opportunity to participate in the manufacturing and assembly process of Alcoa’s aluminum alloy drill pipe,” said Kenny Wood, Jr., president of K&B Machine Works, LLC.