The 40-foot-tall articulated Scorpion arm rotates 360 degrees, reaches out over 40 feet from the radial center, and can quickly maneuver from wellhead to wellhead. The FHE system’s versatility maximizes operation time and increases productivity while removing additional injury hazards common to the industry.
Data Management: Searching for a PDM Alternative
To design and build its innovative FracLock system, FHE chose cloud-based Onshape, PTC’s SaaS product development platform that combines a robust CAD system with built-in data management and real-time collaboration tools.
Before beginning the FracLock design process in 2018, Kibler wanted to find a better data management solution for his growing team to replace their file-based Product Data Management (PDM) system. As head of the engineering team, he was frustrated by the inherent restrictions of PDM that block multiple people from simultaneously accessing and working on the same design file.
“I personally will be up quite frequently at 2 o’ clock in the morning. I’ll wake up and have an idea and want to design something on the CAD system,” says Kibler. “But when somebody else in your department has those files checked out, you can't go in and edit them. The only way is to make copies of them. If you make copies, then you've got to come back the next day and release ownership, overwrite files, release everything. It turns into a nightmare.”