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Keys to a smooth running HDD operation

Success in the HDD business is about more than boring a stable hole and completing a successful pullback. It's about running your entire HDD operation like a well-oiled machine. Here are five ways we've seen successful HDD companies make businesses function more smoothly and create lasting success, followed by an example of what to look for in on specific type of tool, the backreamer. 

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Performix Mixer Upgrade Announced

Performix Mixer Upgrade Announced

StraightLine HDD, Inc. announced the implementation of an upgrade to its popular Performix Mud Mix System. At the heart of the Performix System is the centrifugal pump, which generates the best laminar flow in the industry. The performance pump now features an upgraded silicon-carbide shaft seal. Compared to traditional ceramic seals, the new seal represents a considerable advancement in resiliency when subjected to the highly abrasive elements present in mud mixing. In field testing, silicon carbide seals improve service life by a factor of three,over ceramic seals.

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Ditch Witch boosts drill power with JT60 and JT60 all-terrain HDD Tier 4 upgrades

JT60 horizontal directional drill.

Today’s horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operators face plenty of challenges on large installation projects, including difficult terrain and tough soil conditions. To provide operators with the power and performance to conquer any job, Ditch Witch has introduced Tier 4 emission standard upgrades to the JT60 and JT60 All Terrain directional drills.

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Ditch Witch upgrades JT100 and JT100 All Terrain engines for increased performance

The JT100 is the only drill in its class that enables the transfer of drill pipe from one box to another and add or remove the upper pipe box without additional support equipment, so the pipe box is never empty.

For operators who need the power to drill through the toughest conditions, including solid rock, Ditch Witch has upgraded the JT100 and JT100 All Terrain horizontal directional drills (HDD) to Tier 4 emission standards.

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Extend your mud recycler’s lifespan

When moving equipment, John Miller advises to wash the machine thoroughly
to remove all mud and debris.

Equipment maintenance is a topic that no contractor particularly wants to address, but in light of the ever growing need to maximize production and cut down time it is extremely important. Your equipment will only continue to work properly if you take the time to perform simple routine maintenance.

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Locating, Inspection

Cross bore problem in the crosshairs

Cross bore problem in the crosshairs

They are two words no contractor or municipal engineer wants to hear: cross bore. A cross bore is what happens when one underground utility intersects another. Most worrying is when a gas line punches through a sewer main or lateral. Cross bore risk has risen with the use of trenchless technologies like horizontal directional drilling, because the operator can’t physically see what’s in the immediate vicinity of the drill bit.

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Speedy pipeline connection in Australia

With the help of an HDD Rig from Herrenknecht, in Anglesea in Victoria (Australia), a 700-meter-long pipeline was installed under the sea using the sea outfall method. The existing pipeline had previously been destroyed by the collapse of a cliff.

In just three months Australian drilling contractor Dunstans Construction Group installed a 700-meter-long pipeline in Anglesea (Victoria). A 250 tonne HDD Rig from Herrenknecht played a key role in the achievement. Within a very short time the construction crew built a sea outfall with the machine, as well as pulling in the pipeline all the way back to the local water treatment plant.

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