The TFS Difference
Nothing is more important. Our valves are maintenance-free during onsite operations, eliminating the need for “frac watch” personnel on site during frac operations. We also eliminate high-pressure grease lines. These lines are normally charged with up to 15,000 psi of grease pressure and run across location, presenting multiple hazards, including: pressure release, ground contamination, slips, trips, and falls.
Our valve technology offers grease retention capabilities, so there is no need for additional grease to be added for the duration of onsite operations. This feature eliminates possible delays related to onsite grease operations, grease covered wireline and tools, activation balls being caught in grease slugs, and cleanup related to ground contamination. Our valves also feature dual gates to seat sealing technology, providing two sets of sealing surface on the gate. So even if one seal is compromised the valve still has the same sealing capability as any standard floating gate designed valve in the market.
Space on site is always at a premium. Our equipment designs and capabilities ensure a reduction in footprint on site. Our expanding spools can be used to move the zipper manifold as close to the well line as needed. Our valves do not require onsite greasing during operations, eliminating the need for grease pumps, drums, containment, remote manifolds, and all the grease lines. Hydraulic control panels run with a remote accumulator, providing a reduction in the overall quantity of hydraulic pressure control units and the space required on the pad.
Reducing impact to the environment is top of mind for all of us. We have multiple points through the valve’s life cycle that reduce environmental impact. At “birth” the valve is designed and forged so that the amount of steel is kept to a minimum. Reduced transportation emissions every time it is moved due to lighter loads enables consolidation. Additional transportation emission gains are realized as there is no longer a need for on-site grease support equipment—which can be at least 2 loads for a 4-well pad. Grease retention eliminates the need for excess grease, which reduces hazardous waste disposal and possible ground contamination.
Our valve cavity design and closed-die forging process offers an API-approved valve that is 50% lighter than the market average. This not only makes for hoisting lighter loads during install, but also reduces the quantity of trucks and associated costs needed to transport to location.
We value transparency and openly communicate that it is still unknown how long and hard the Magnum SP valve can be pushed. It has already lasted 4 times longer than the industry standard—but we continue to push further. API standards for qualifying a valve design to a level of PR-2 requires 200 full differential valve cycles (valve operated while under pressure). We have a valve that has exceeded 18,000 cycles, and both of the gate-to-seal seals are still holding high- and low-pressure tests. This endurance test perpetuates as we continue to push to find failure.