What’s an Artificial Lift?

Artificial Lift

An artificial lift is a device used in the oil and gas industry when there is insufficient pressure necessary to lift fluids from a oils well to the surface in already-drilled wells or in new wells, to increase the flow rate above what would flow out naturally.  You can see what an artificial lift looks like in the picture to the right.

Hydraulic cylinders are used in the valve systems of artificial lift systems to move fluids in and out of the process. An explosion-proof transducer is the perfect choice for mounting inside the cylinders for valve control, as it is a Class 1, Division 1 Certified unit that can be used in these potentially explosive environments (pictured at bottom).

 Artificial Lifts are replacing on shore “Horse Head” pumps (a.k.a. nodding donkey, thirsty bird, pump jack or grasshopper pump), and is the overhead drive for a reciprocating piston pump that is used to move liquid out of a well if there is not enough pressure to move it out naturally to the surface.  Approximately 5 to 40 liters of liquid is moved with each stroke of the horse head pump (different sized pumps will move different volumes of fluid).
 
For more information on explosion-proof transducers, click here.
 

Balluff TA12 Explosion-Proof Transducer

About Dave Bird

I spent the early part of my career in the medical industry, the last 18 in a variety of interesting roles in Balluff, Inc.all involving stop, start, measuring and positioning in the automation.
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