Updated: Jul 23, 2018
In my time at Summit Sales & Equipment so far, I've learned quite a bit about the oil and gas industry generally, and what we do specifically. I'm no mechanical engineer, to be sure, but I can at least listen to other people talk without feeling like a total idiot, and I know where to look up the things I don't understand, for the most part.
So one day not too long ago, I was sitting in a meeting at a point where I was also trying to come up with topics for a post on this here blog. Enter the seat puller kit. My introduction to it went something like this:
Important person at the company: "Kyle, talk about seat puller kits."
Kyle: "Great. What's a seat puller kit?"
That led into a whole thing where I cried for a little bit for not being as smart as I thought I was, but then I started trying to figure it out. The good news is that it's not that complicated. Pumps have valves which, of course, regulate flow in and out of the pump. When a valve is closed, it rests on what's called a seat. The vast majority of you know all of this stuff far better than I do, but here's a for-dummies level video with MS Paint (RIP) animation about the basic mechanics of a pump. You'll have to imagine the seats, sorry.
Now, the crucial part: during pump maintenance, those seats often need to come out, and they're really stuck in there (I mean it's a pump, right, things have to be tight at certain points) and hard to reach down the cylinder hole.
The seat puller kit is quite a genius little invention for this very specific problem. And luckily there exists a video showing the general concept of one that doesn't have a competitor's branding splashed all over it. Jackpot.
It doesn't quite go far enough to show the actual operation, but you can see that little hose there going off to the right. That connects to a hydraulic pump, which activates the pancake jack (the big red thing the hose is hooked into). The jack then lifts the threaded rod, which is connected to the head at the bottom (green in this case, with the opening jaws so that it can pass through when setting everything up, then open up later), which then pops the thing out.
Simple, yet brilliant, much like the pump itself. Oh hey, we also have a bunch of this simple brilliance just sitting in our warehouse, waiting for someone who needs their seats pulled. You know where to find us: (330) 264-1153, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's to a well-functioning pump and all of the unsung heroes needed to get it there.