Category: 2019 News Stories

BiSN sees a significant increase in field deployments in Q1

May 28th, 2019 by

BiSN, the global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions, is celebrating a successful start to 2019, deploying more than three times as many tools against the same period last year.

Working with new clients, in new locations, BiSN has moved beyond the R&D phase of their Wel-lok M2M technology, deploying tools in Angola, Australia and the North Sea in the first quarter this year. With further deployments scheduled in the US, Africa, the North Sea and Australia in Q2, BiSN is looking forward to a record-breaking year.

These achievements follow an already successful year that saw the company working with new clients globally and deploying the world’s largest bismuth plug in the Norwegian North Sea, before testing an even larger tool in early 2019.

Paul Carragher, CEO said:

“2018 was an incredibly exciting year of growth for BiSN, with multiple award wins, new clients and record-breaking deployments for the company, but in the background, we were working hard to continue building on that success, setting ourselves up for a fantastic 2019.”

“So far this year, alongside developing and deploying innovative downhole application and tools, we’ve conducted more than 30 presentations to potential clients, taken part in global technical conferences and visited clients across 5 continents. We’ve seen a lot of interest in our technology, and we believe it is our commitment to developing the right solutions for our clients that is supporting our global growth.”

Meet the Team David Ford

May 21st, 2019 by

Our employees are the core of BiSN, and it is their passion and drive that makes our mission possible. Because the people are what make our company what it is, we wanted to introduce our employees through a ‘Meet the BiSN Team’ series which will profile many of our talented workforce and give a bit of an insight to what they do for us on a day-to-day basis.

We recently spoke to David Ford, our Asset Manager.

1. How long have you worked at BiSN?
2 years and 6 months

2. What does your role entail?
Staying engaged in asset and inventory management, order procurement, and logistics. I work hard to keep things in motion, striving for accuracy and meeting our internal and external customer’s needs.

3. What is the best thing about working at BiSN?
Being part of an innovative company that is growing and working with incredible employees who are dedicated in making our company succeed.

4. What is the most exciting part about your job?
I love working with intelligent engineers, skilled technicians, awesome machinist and my team of materials handlers who collaborate to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. I enjoy doing business with our vendors who supply the materials necessary for our projects. I like meeting the customers who visit our facility to witness testing and product evaluation.

5. Are there any key lessons that you’ve learned from your time with BiSN?
I would have to say that purchasing has been a key lesson due to the everchanging customer needs and wants. Adapting to a facility that where tools are tested and manufactured to adapt to customer requirements vs a standard production facility has had its fair share of lessons learned. Or keeping enough material on hand to meet tight deadlines without purchasing too much and swelling the inventory value. There’s been many lessons within the purchasing area of my role.

6. What challenges have you faced within your role?
Every day brings a new challenge when working at a company developing innovative technology – it keeps me involved with learning the materials used in our tools and working with our engineers and technicians to accomplish project completion.

7. What does your working day look like?
I prioritize my responsibilities as necessary in order to accomplish many tasks daily. This can involve; following up on overdue purchase orders, checking the status of saw works to the machine shop, allocating materials to project work orders, purchasing project related needs and shop consumables and preparing commercial documentation to accompany international shipments around the world. My role involves an element of reporting, including reporting inventory levels by implementing monthly and quarterly cycle counts. I’m responsible for keeping track of company assets including office equipment, plant and machinery. I’m always on hand to over help to anyone in need.

Meet the Team Billy Clark

March 28th, 2019 by

Our employees are the core of BiSN, and it is their passion and drive that makes our mission possible. Because the people are what make our company what it is, we wanted to introduce our employees through a ‘Meet the BiSN Team’ series which will profile many of our talented workforce and give a bit of an insight to what they do for us on a day-to-day basis.

We recently spoke to Billy Clark, our Thermite Manager.

1. How long have you worked at BiSN?
2 years

2. What does your role entail?
I’m responsible for the qualification and production of all of the thermite we use in our test tools that we fire in the shop and the commercial tools that we send down hole. In addition to that, we are responsible for running the development and qualification of any new or prototype thermite mixes that we are going to be using to enhance tool capability.

3. What is the best thing about working at BiSN?
The people that we work with and the challenges we get to solve on a day to day basis.

4. What is the most exciting part about your job?
I get to fire literally tonnes of thermite.

5. Are there any key lessons that you’ve learned from your time with BiSN?
You must be open to any possibility – we have had several projects come in where we have thought there was going to be no way they would work, but we found a way. We found a solution and got a commercial tool out, got it downhole and it worked. I’ve definitely learned to never dismiss anything right away and to always have a look at a problem a second time, or maybe even a third time.

6. What challenges have you faced within your role?
Of course, there are always challenges or something that comes up. We are constantly learning and there are always new things and unexpected outcomes that you have to work from. We are often having to modify our approach if things don’t work the first time and learning how to keep moving forward with different projects.

7. What does your working day look like?
I do a little bit of office work and a lot of work in the shop, whether it’s chasing how tests are going or making sure we have all the things we need for testing. I also check on those manufacturing the thermite, so I spend a lot of time in the shop seeing how things are going and helping them out.

Meet the Team Ben Camarata

February 25th, 2019 by

Our employees are the core of BiSN, and it is their passion and drive that makes our mission possible. Because the people are what make our company what it is, we wanted to introduce our employees through a ‘Meet the BiSN Team’ series which will profile many of our talented workforce and give a bit of an insight to what they do for us on a day-to-day basis.

We recently spoke to Ben Camarata, our Alloy Team Lead.

1. How long have you worked at BiSN?
15 months

2. What does your role entail?
I work in our Alloy department as the Alloy Team Lead, so my role involves supervising the alloy department by managing the work flow to meet the expected completion dates and making improvements to the casting processes. Bismuth alloy is a huge part of our business, so it’s important that our department is turning out high quality work.

3. What is the best thing about working at BiSN?
At BiSN your thoughts are always heard, and the company is forward thinking. They are always open to new suggestions and we are afforded the resources to experiment with making improvements.

4. What is the most exciting part about your job?
I love working in a research and development (R&D) environment; there’s no monotony, every single day is different.

5. Are there any key lessons that you’ve learned from your time with BiSN?
I’ve learned the value in taking a step back and brainstorming improvements with the alloy technicians. They all have wonderful ideas.

6. What challenges have you faced within your role?
Learning how polish and analyse soft alloys, like bismuth, and learning how to improve the casting process while still maintaining its tolerances, have been big challenge for me. I also faced the task of producing shot made from our “hi-temp” alloy, which was a definite learning curve for me.

7. What does your working day look like?
My day involves a lot of planning, reviewing work orders and ensuring that we have all of the components required. I’m constantly looking at and thinking about new ways to improve efficiency of the alloy department operations. On occasion, I’ll suit up and help the technicians complete work orders, which is a nice change of pace. I often spend time analysing microstructures and to help provide the principal engineers with data.