SPOC Automation Blog

SPOC leads the way—and lights the way—with LED monitoring technology

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Miller Coop

At SPOC Automation, we’re constantly seeking new ways to optimize your operations – to make your business more productive, more compliant, more cost effective and more rewarding. That’s why we listen to customers and develop solutions to solve their pressing problems. And often that means finding innovative ways to perform traditional tasks.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, OIlfield, Automation

SPOC Boxes Set the Standard for Drive Enclosures

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Miller Coop

Maybe the world can be divided into two kinds of people: those who patch problems and those who create solutions. If that’s the case, the people at SPOC Automation fall squarely in the second category.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, SPOC, Oil and Gas Industry

Never Lose Equipment Drawings Again

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Miller Coop

Imagine driving to the field with the task of servicing your VFD. You make it to the pump, open the drive’s door and start searching for the drawings—nowhere to be found. You scan the enclosure, hoping that the last person didn’t accidentally carry them away.

And then if you’re lucky, you find them -- wet, muddy and torn, in the bottom of the pan.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Oil and Gas Industry

SPOC Saves Producer $17 Million on Oilfield Project

Posted on August 18, 2016 by SPOC Automation

In today’s cost-sensitive environment, it is more important than ever to improve your field’s efficiency and look at the overall economics.  By using SPOC drives, a project originally budgeted at $25 million comes in around $8 million. Is saving $17 million on a project possible by using SPOC drives? Watch the video and see how the results speak for themselves. 

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Rod Pump, Automation, Clean Power | Harmonics, Video

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

Can Drives Take Single-Phase Power and Operate Three-Phase Motors?

Posted on February 18, 2016 by SPOC Automation

Oilmen go where the oil is. Often that means remote, rugged or rural areas—sometimes all three. It should not be surprising, then, that power services may be limited or lacking altogether.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Rod Pump

Save Thousands by Including Your PLC in Your Injection Pump Drive System

Posted on December 02, 2015 by SPOC Automation


Two of the critical pieces of equipment for controlling injection pumps are the variable frequency drive and the PLC.

  • VFD – controls the pump motor
  • PLC – controls the logic, which defines what is happening at what rate and when

These two components must inter-communicate and operate together as a system. If they are not already connected before they arrive on site, installation and configuration is required for each device and between them.

Integrated Injection Pump Drive System

In an integrated system, the PLC and VFD come pre-configured and pre-integrated. While this system may cost slightly more than a traditional drive, it eliminates the need for a separate PLC and its integration. Eliminating the separate PLC saves $1,500 to $10,000 for the equipment, another $1,000 in integration and typical startup configuration costs of $2,000.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Injection Pump

Nine Key Benefits of Automation for ESPs

Posted on November 04, 2015 by SPOC Automation

Electric Submersible pumps (ESPs) are gaining in popularity in resource plays for their ability to lift high volumes of liquids at a variety of depths. By combining these pumps with a variable frequency drive (VFD), operators can gain significant benefit.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Electric Submersible Pumps

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

Does Color Really Make a Difference in Drive Data Display?

Posted on June 24, 2015 by SPOC Automation

For younger workers it may seem unbelievable that any display exist without color. But does color really make a difference in drive data display? The answer is an emphatic Yes!

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Topics: WiseGuy Interface, Production Efficiency


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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