Weir Oil & Gas has unveiled the new SPM 2.0 valve & seat for well stimulation pumps used in shale plays globally, following two years of research and more than $1m investment in advanced engineering and comprehensive testing.

Designed and manufactured from premium-grade materials and processes, the SPM 2.0 valve & seat encompasses a one-piece, patents-pending design, proprietary polymers, and innovative geometry – all of which work together to create one of the industry’s longest-lasting expendables.

Weir Oil & Gas pioneered the manufacture of the original inertia welded uni-body valve design for the oilfield service industry in the early 1980s, which quickly became the industry standard. The SPM 2.0 represents the company’s latest generation valve & seat technology, demonstrating the pinnacle of valve design and delivering a reduction in total cost of ownership.

"The real goal of creating new valve & seat technologies that perform better and longer is to minimize total cost of ownership," said Chris Buckley, vice president of pressure pumping at Weir Oil & Gas. "The new SPM 2.0 is not just another valve & seat. It is a vital component in helping our customers decrease costs in an economically challenging and continuously evolving industry."

Validated through extensive testing to perform two times longer, the SPM 2.0 valve & seat is a vital component in helping oil and gas companies maximize their return on investment by delivering longer operational service life and increasing pumping hours.

Benefits include:

Bonded valves and improved performance;

Increased resistance to abrasion, extrusion and flow erosion; and,

Eliminates molding movement, leakage and separation from valve.

The SPM 2.0 valve & seat is designed and manufactured in-house to sustain rigid quality control standards.

"We continuously innovate so that our customers can stay competitive," said Paul Lightfoot, pressure pumping product manager at Weir Oil & Gas. "The new SPM 2.0 is our latest fully validated valve & seat technology, offering two times longer life, increasing uptime, and ultimately maximizing return on investment."