Automated Layup & Down Machine
The Automated Layup & Down Machine (ALDM) improves efficiency in tubular handling, reducing operating costs and enhancing productivity.
In a single motion, the ADLM moves one or two tubulars from the ground to the drilling floor and then pivots a tubular to a vertical position. Additionally:
- The ALDM lifts up to 10,000 lbs. and automatically grips tubulars from 3 1/2 to 13 3/8 inches (20 inch tubulars can be handled by changing the clamps).
- Is self-unloading from a flatbed trailer and has a 360 degree walking system for easy moving.
- Compatible with any drill floor height up to 25 feet.
- Equipped with a 100 hp hydraulic power unit.
How it Works
The layup & down machine is simple to operate from either the working floor or driller’s cabin. Each movement is programmed and activated by a switch. To move tubulars from the ground to the drilling floor, the ALDM:
- One or both sets of hydraulic clamps on the pivoting arm of the parallelogram-frame grab a tubular, one from each side of machine.
- The parallelgram-frame unfolds upward, lifting the tubular(s) to the working floor.
- The hinged arm pivots upward, positioning a tubular above the working floor.
- The clamps release the tubular after it’s secured to the top drive.
- The arm pivots downward, coming to rest on the parallelogram frame, which then folds to its original position, ready to grab additional tubulars.
Automated Layup & Down Machine – side view
Automated Layup & Down Machine – closeup