Definition - What does Tubing Tongs mean?
Tubing Tongs are self-locking large-capacity pliers which are used to grip drill string components and apply torque. These tongs are usually used by a plumber in opposing pairs with opposing pipe wrenches. To improve efficiency, a set of tongs is tied off with a chain or a cable to the derrick and another set is pulled actively with mechanical cat heads. Tubing tongs are either hydraulically or pneumatically operated tools.
Petropedia explains Tubing Tongs
Power tongs are capable of spinning the pipe up and at times can apply the final make-up torque. The following are the various types of power tongs that can be used in accordance to their specific use:
- Drill Pipe Tongs: These are used to reduce drill time and lower costs. They are designed for safe and quick make-up and break-out drill pipes and drill collars.
- Casing Tongs: These are used in casing the tubular structure that is placed in the drill hole to maintain the well open. They are also used in the drill process.
- Tubing Tongs: Tubing Tongs provide reliable performance even at a higher torque to break premium connections. These are coupled with two-speed great train that assures reliability and minimal maintenance along with quick operator turn-out.