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Block Control System (BCS)

Maximize safety and operations through precise closed-loop control of block speed and position.

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Description

NOV engineers combined our proven M/D Totco™ instrumentation and sensor technologies with the powerful Baylor 2025B eddy brake controller to create a closed-loop block control system (BCS) that overcomes the inherent deficiencies of traditional crown/rig floor savers and kinetic energy devices. The closed-loop control technology allows our system to constantly calculate when to apply the eddy current brake while continuously measuring the effect of the brake’s application and adjusting the force accordingly. The result is smooth, proportional control of traveling block movement.

With our BCS, absolute control of the brake is always available to the driller. The eddy current brake will instantly respond to the greater braking command—either from the driller’s control or the BCS. In the event of an auxiliary braking failure, the system actuates the manual band or disc brake as soon as insufficient braking is detected. This occurs long before the desired operating limits are exceeded.

The system is constantly monitoring the hookload and block velocity to calculate the optimum level of braking necessary to bring the block to a smooth stop as driller-programmed limits for floor, crown, and monkeyboard are approached. Necessary friction braking is applied long before eddy current braking can become inadequate. For block positioning, the system can easily be preset by the driller to stop the block smoothly at any position along its range of travel.

Features/Benefits

  • Closed-loop control and passive operation
    • Provides block control over the entire range of travel
    • Operates in the background, only providing the driller with control when necessary
  • Crown/rig floor saver—driller establishes upper and lower limits
    • Helps eliminate unplanned incidents and costly consequences
  • Monkeyboard protection
    • Avoids collisions by stopping the blocks with link tilt extended when approaching the monkeyboard
  • Block positioning and speed control
    • Enables faster trips and connections
    • Maximizes operational efficiency and protects against swab and surge effects
Resources
  • Block Control System Flyer
Block Control System render showing Block Speed Control with Crown Saver, Monkeyboard Protection Upgrade, and Floor Saver

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