Agitator Technologies

Other friction reduction tools may take our name, but they can't match our industry-leading performance. With a history of more than 100,000 runs to prove our reliability, only NOV Agitator systems consistently enable operators around the world to drill farther and faster.


Explore how our Agitators reduce friction in sticky situations.

99.9% Reliability: Since 2012, the power section stator elastomer in the Agitator systems have demonstrated 99.9% reliability, globally. According to data from our iTrax incident tracking system, only one stator elastomer incident per 1,000 runs has been reported since 2012. This means the elastomer power section in our drilling Agitator systems, is 99.9% reliable.

222% Increase in ROP: In Mexico, the AgitatorPLUS system paired with the FluidHammer achieve 222% increase in ROP, outperforming the previous RSS run.

$597,747 Saved: In Egypt, the Agitator system and MOCS tool save multiple trips, providing 20% faster ROP and 42% lower cost per foot than best offset, equating to huge cost savings to the customer.

50% Reduction in Drilling Time: In West Texas, the Agitator system was run in two wells in a test of drilling performance. In both cases, performance improved. Results: 70% increase in sliding ROP, 50% reduction in drilling time. This equated to $106,000 cost savings potential for the customer.

  • Proven Configuration FluidHammer and Agitator System Technical Summary

  • Agitator Tool and MOCS Save Multiple Trips Case Study

  • Agitator System Improves Sliding ROP by 50% Case Study

  • Substantial ROP Increase Accomplished with NOV Tools Case Study

  • Agitator Placement Software Flyer

Operators rely on our Agitators to optimize drilling efficiencies with 100,000 runs and counting. 

AgitatorZP System

AgitatorZP System is NOV's new zero pressure friction reduction tool. With this system, operators can drill farther faster and maintain maximum flow rates even in the deepest laterals.

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AgitatorHE System

Achieve greater energy efficiency and greater friction reduction with our AgitatorHE system.

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AgitatorHE On-Demand System

Our AgitatorHE system can be activated downhole and on demand based on application needs and customer preference.

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AgitatorHE Surge System

The AgitatorHE Surge tool enables our customers to run the NOV Agitator System in their most demanding flow rate applications.

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AgitatorHE PLUS System

The AgitatorHE PLUS system increases ROP, improves weight transfer, and reduces stick/slip by reducing downhole friction in directional drilling applications with a lower system pressure drop.
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190 Series Shock Tool

The new 190 Series shock tool enhances the efficiency, reliability and friction reduction force the Agitator™HE generates, further improving weight transfer and increasing drilling efficiency. Available on all high torque connections, the new 190 Series has been specifically designed to run with the new Agitator Systems operating at 8–12Hz, and is also compatible with all legacy systems. For more information, see our 190 Shock Tool Spec Sheet.

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Agitator Placement Software

NOV's Agitator Placement Software identifies the most optimal placement for your Agitator System in the string, maximizing drilling performance.  For more information, visit our webpage.

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