Most service providers and exploration and production companies understand that effectively removing solids from drilling fluid is fundamental to job site performance and enhanced efficiency. Drilling fluids are a key aspect of the drilling process because they lubricate and cool the drill bit and take drill cuttings from the borehole. Solids control has a wide range of benefits including, but not limited to:

1. Increased drilling penetration
2. Reduced mud costs
3. Decreased disposal costs
4. Increased bit life

ssentially, increased solids removal means lower drilling costs for the operator. Shale shakers are the first line of defense in a properly designed solids control system. Shale shakers work by removing solids from drilling fluid as the mud passes over the surface of a vibrating screen.

shaker screens

More advanced and efficient designs have been developed including shaker screen technology. A screen on a shaker acts as an acceptability gauge. Either a particle is small enough to pass through the screen, or it is not. Most screening surfaces used in current solids control equipment are made of multilayered woven wire screen cloth.

Generally, multilayered, mesh screens with tensioned stainless steel wire mesh that meet American Petroleum Institute (API) specifications are the most effective. With today’s innovations, a wider range of screen technologies is available that can optimize solids control systems.

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