The oil and gas industry has long been the epitome of the entrepreneurial persona, paving the way for further development and improvement of an already innovative industry. Although technology has provided alternative paths that increase profit, improve safety measures and simplify processes, some entities in the industry are constantly studying trends and market events to determine and create a stronghold where they can improve equipment and processes to further leverage solutions in partnership with its customers.
Known for a wide range of valves and flow control products, Gilmore’s reputation in the oil and gas industry is as strong as the selection of products it offers. Everyone who works in the world of blowout prevention control systems has touched, handled, ordered, or requested a Gilmore valve.
Gilmore offers multiple solutions across the various sectors of the oil and gas industry. The company’s hydraulic control valves provide confidence in their reliability when used in extreme drilling conditions. The company also offers production solutions for surface and subsea applications. Gilmore even serves downhole operations with flow control packages that manage higher pressures and temperatures in clean and corrosive fluids.
The commitment to improving the reliability of the core infrastructure in the legacy markets the company has served for more than 50 years continues with product launches in the GEN2 and Mark IV valve designs. These products exceed the requirements of the offshore industry with an increased life cycle to meet the demand for a five-year service life under normal operating conditions.
Gilmore is now taking this service-critical subsea technology that OEMs, drilling contractors and operators have relied on for decades and adapting it for the unconventional market with projects aimed at improving efficiency, reducing labor and dramatically increasing maintenance intervals .
Ryan Bludau, Gilmore’s Chief Technology Officer, joined Gilmore in November 2019, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the oil, gas and aerospace markets. Prior to joining Gilmore, he led global organizations, new product and technology development, and supply chain improvements. He now leads Gilmore’s technology organization with a focus on driving further product expansion within legacy markets as well as leveraging Gilmore’s unique technologies in new product offerings, applications and markets.
“Gilmore’s goal has always been to transform the industry and drive efficiency,” says Bludau.
Gilmore Technology Ethos
When discussing the future of the oil and gas industry in relation to Gilmore’s research and development projects, Bludau is unwavering in his belief that the company will forever change and improve any service market. Critical technology already provided is being retooled to meet the demands of more non-traditional practices to increase its clients’ operational efficiency and portfolio revenue.
“We have existing technologies that are the building blocks for new applications to serve customers within our current markets and those [in which] we’re looking for an introduction,” Bludau says. “Gilmore is devoting more funds and time to research and development projects in our traditional as well as the broader energy market.”
Gilmore’s technology solutions are based on successful flow control design for the following applications: heavy and critical service, safety systems, high flow, high shock, erosion and slurry flow.
“In partnership with our customers, Gilmore works to maximize system uptime while reducing operational costs. By leveraging innovation through collaboration, we provide energy markets with the most reliable flow control solutions in even the harshest environments,” Bludau explains.
Power in personalization
The oil and gas industry has thrived over the years with the ability of its pioneers to adapt and meet the challenges and needs that arise. In line with this view, Gilmore launched a new product line called AgilitiTM, which is designed for use in a variety of applications within the unconventional pressure pump market. With such a versatile offering, this new line is sure to deliver similar results for the next 50 years.
Gilmore’s embrace of research and development is not isolated to a limited set of parameters. Although its products meet and exceed the requirements of in-service systems, the company welcomes the opportunity to participate in the development of new products from the beginning to the end of their full operational life.
Entering the Non-Traditional Market
Gilmore is uniquely positioned to help drive the well for the unconventional market with problem-solving solutions that meet the demand for operational efficiency with extended life. The company’s reputation and enduring presence in the oil and gas industry make it a significant contributor to operational improvement.
Gilmore introduced AgilitiTM product line that includes a relief valve, AgilitiTM check valve and Gilmore Agiliti SAFEGUARDTM. These products are designed to keep operations running for longer intervals between maintenance cycles, reducing downtime, labor and costs.
“Our intention is to completely transform every market we participate in by creating value for our customers using technology and good engineering practices. We strive to be recognized as the partner of choice for solving the flow control challenges our customers face,” says Bludau.
With a dual focus on the offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration and production markets, Gilmore will use the technologies that have built its strong reputation, combined with a high level of customer service, to accelerate its shares on both sides of the the market.
By developing successful products that deliver impressive results, Gilmore can benefit from meeting customer needs and providing solutions that increase revenue and efficiency. In addition, the company can formulate and manufacture the necessary technology by identifying customer needs and exercising in-house engineering.
Bludau says, “We will continue to leverage the company’s name and reputation, push technology to the outer limits, expand our market focus and disrupt the industry to deliver the highest value to our customers.”
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Nick Vaccaro is a freelance writer and photographer. In addition to providing technical writing services, he is an HSE consultant in the oil and gas industry with eight years of experience. Vaccaro also contributes to SHALE Oil and Gas Business Magazine, Louisiana Sportsman Magazine, and follows and photographs American Kennel Club field trials and trials. He has a BA in Photojournalism from Loyola University and lives in the New Orleans area. Vaccaro can be reached at 985-966-0957 or [email protected]
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