High gas prices are often a touchy subject for most people, especially those who drive gas-guzzlers. Can you believe the price to fill up your car these days! A barrel of oil is over $90 this week. The gasoline used to fill up your car comes from thousands of oil rigs and offshore platforms. Primarily, Americans get most of their oil from the Canadian landscape, not from the Middle East as most people believe.
Offshore oil rigs are similar in construction despite being located in different parts of the world. Since access to them is limited, drilling equipment is prone to high productivity loss if maintenance cannot be performed in a timely manner. Significant downtime can impact output, which can, of course, cause oil prices to rise. Thankfully, there are measures that oil rigs can take to avoid, or at least limit, many unnecessary costs.
One of these measures involves the use of ultrasonic cleaning. The functionality of an ultrasonic cleaning machine is endless when it is used to clean components used on an oil rig drilling machine in the middle of the ocean. The two primary causes of productivity loss and machine maintenance are fatigue and corrosion to metals due to high pressures of deep-ocean drilling. Over a million dollars each year is spent on research, evaluation and repairs for damaged drilling parts. In addition, costs are always magnified on an oil rig because everything must be done self-sufficiently on the platform.
Having a portable ultrasonic cleaning unit on board an oil platform can instantly (and significantly) reduce the amount of time, labor, and cost spent on maintenance and repairs. In most cases, in order to fix something, it must be cleaned first. However, cleaning supplies must be limited on off shore platforms, and solvent chemicals are virtually extinct in order to protect the ocean.
That’s way ultrasound is such an attractive option in these types of situations. Ultrasonic cleaning eliminates unnecessary costs associated with chemical cleaning products because it only uses soap and water. In other words…ultrasonic cleaners do all of the work for you! Research has shown that using ultrasonic technology can also extend parts such as oil rig cooling systems by a factor of 6-8 times.
If enough off shore platforms begin to use ultrasonic cleaning technology to lower their costs… who knows, maybe the price to fill up you car won’t be so high next time!