“An essential aspect of every job, particularly during the current economic climate, is tooling products. They have to perform, they need to be ready to go and they need to be budget-friendly.”
Kevin Reimer, Viking West
The Problem with Tooling Products
A team is only as strong as its smallest player, just like every drilling or manufacturing project runs only as well as its tiniest component. Every drilling company has a story about an interrupted job because a bit broke or another piece of tooling wore out. Once that happens, there’s not much the driller can do except wait for new tooling to arrive.
And those expenses add up.
Tooling is a consumable that eventually has to be thrown away.
Tooling needs to be:
- Cost-friendly because it won’t last forever
- Durable with high-wear properties so it lasts as long as possible
- Readily available because the job must go on!
Tooling Products Designed by User & Manufacturer
“Viking got into tooling because of relationships we have with local drilling contractors frustrated with long lead times and costs,” says Kevin. “They asked us to study different pieces of tooling and if we could come up with something better than what they had, we’d have a deal. So we did, and we were able to provide them with savings and a quality product.”
Relationships between manufacturer and the end user are evolving. Both sides of the table want to save costs, says Kevin.
Large volume manufacturers can’t always adapt quickly or efficiently to specific circumstances that make unique tooling necessary for a specific project. Sometimes slowing down and taking the time to listen to the customer and customize a product simply isn’t worth their time or energy.
Viking West’s goal is to add value wherever possible. Whether it’s designing high-performing carbide patterns or selecting wear resistant materials, the mission is to fit the customer’s requirements, specifications and budget.
“Working face to face also allows us to save costs and pass those costs on to our customers,” says Kevin.
Save Time, Money & Energy with Custom Tooling Products
Your equipment needs to work. It’s crucial to avoid costly mistakes in the future.
And for Kevin Reimer and the team at Viking West, that’s part of the rewards of their work.
“We recently completed an order for a drilling company that was working with a tooling supplier, and the bits they were buying weren’t performing as long as they wanted them to, and they were expensive,” says Kevin. “And the lead time was long just to get their tooling. So they came to us and we designed a custom bit that has more tungsten carbides in it, provides more wear resistance and it’s a lower price.”
The future of the drilling industry in Canada as well as North America and the international stage will depend on smart decisions and savvy investments.
Tooling products might seem like a relatively small piece of the puzzle, but they’re actually critical pieces that will make a huge impact.