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Ever Wonder Why Automation Companies Don’t Publish Pricing?

Posted on November 03, 2016 by Bobby Mason

“How much does your drive cost?”  It’s the one question we hear all of the time, on the phone, in the field, during customer presentations and even at trade shows. 

It’s a logical question, of course. With Google, we can ask any question and we’ve come to expect immediate answers. I’m sure you’ve done product searches where the site you visited gave you product information, specifications, features and maybe even video’s explaining all the benefits of their products, but pricing information was strangely absent. It’s a frustration we’ve all felt.

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Topics: SPOC, Automation, Oil and Gas Industry, Pricing

OILFIELD TREND SERIES: Coming Together at the Well

Posted on June 01, 2016 by SPOC Automation

In the previous article we looked at the changing workforce and the impact of Gen Z.

50% of producers will double down on oilfield operations automation according to a recent prediction by International Data Corporation (IDC), a global IT research and consulting firm. IDC further predicts a doubling of productivity as a result. 

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Topics: OIlfield, Trends, Oil and Gas Industry

OILFIELD TREND SERIES: Welcoming Gen Z to the Oilfield

Posted on May 10, 2016 by SPOC Automation

In the previous article we considermega trends in oilfield automation including the great shift change, energy savings and integration.

One of the key trends in the oil patch is the generational change in the workforce. The great shift change will require substantial changes in the mode of operation and the manner of oilfield interactions.

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Topics: OIlfield, Trends, Oil and Gas Industry

OILFIELD TREND SERIES: Mega Trends in Oilfield Automation

Posted on April 21, 2016 by SPOC Automation

In the previous article in this series, we discussed the price of oil and the fortunes of automation, describing what we see happening to projects and how customers achieve a quick ROI.

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Topics: OIlfield, Trends, Oil and Gas Industry

OILFIELD TREND SERIES: The Price of Oil and the Fortunes of Automation

Posted on April 07, 2016 by SPOC Automation

Welcome to the first in a series of articles about automation trends. We encourage your feedback and perspective on the future of automation.

Just about everyone in the industry has been effected by the falling price of oil. For automation, the biggest impact we have seen is the shift from large, high-dollar projects to focused low dollar, high impact projects.

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Topics: OIlfield, Trends, Oil and Gas Industry

OILFIELD TREND SERIES: What to watch for in 2016 and beyond

Posted on March 21, 2016 by SPOC Automation

 The future of oilfield automation is bright. Even in the face of industry downturn, or perhaps particularly because of it, automation is an investment well made. Automation systems make oilfield operations more cost efficient and less tedious—and delivering that value is one of the greatest rewards for those of us who create these systems.

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Topics: OIlfield, Trends, Oil and Gas Industry

The Joy of Automation Engineering

Posted on March 07, 2016 by SPOC Automation



It’s official. Fortune Magazine reports that automation engineering is one of the top 5 jobs that make workers unusually happy. We completely agree.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Automation, Oil and Gas Industry

Soft Starters are Cheaper but They Cost More

Posted on September 15, 2015 by SPOC Automation


Soft Starters have an initial attraction because of their low unit price. For a few thousand dollars, operators can add better start and stop control to their pumping units.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Rod Pump, Oil and Gas Industry

Three Lessons Learned about Artificial Lift Technology

Posted on April 29, 2015 by SPOC Automation

We have worked with artificial lift for many years now and have learned some hard lessons along the way. Given that 95% of all wells need artificial lift, doing it right is really important. The cost of mistakes are high in the oilfield. So are the costs of oversight and routine maintenance. It doesn’t take long for a good drive to deliver real dollar value in an active field.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry

Add a Drive, Subtract Infrastructure Costs

Posted on April 08, 2015 by SPOC Automation

Integrated drive systems cut infrastructure costs substantially. They simplify operations and reduce infrastructure needs.

Check out these 5 infrastructure changes that put money back in your pocket:

  1. Efficient Energy. Drives improve energy infrastructure in several ways. First, they reduce energy consumption by continuously changing pump speed to match what is needed. This can reduce the energy bill by 20%. Second, drives can be outfitted to ‘clean’ the electricity, removing harmful harmonics and improving power factor. Third, remote monitoring of drives in the field can identify voltage spikes and surges that can cause early equipment failure. Alarms can be set and reports generated for use in addressing electrical service issues. Beam pumps can last 8-10 years when connected to well-designed drive systems. Without such a system, burnout can happen in less than one year.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Oil and Gas Industry


Change in the oil and gas industry is as constant as the sun rising in the east. Every year, we learn new techniques for lifting product from the ground more efficiently and for lower cost. At SPOC Automation, we are passionate about sharing our insights, our hard-earned lessons with our channel partners and our customers. Here, we'll discuss new innovations in lifting technology and all of its many applications.

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