Developments and Discoveries from across the Industry.

  • We’re In: Why the Major Oil & Gas Companies are Adding New Bolting Vendors for the First Time in 20 Years

    April 12th, 2018

    In the past 20 years, no major companies in the oil & gas industry have added new bolting specifications to their Approved Manufacturer Listings (AML). Companies like Shell, Chevron, MRC Global, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, BASF, and Chemours have installed and rep... READ MORE >>


    April 3rd, 2018

    Doxsteel Fasteners Corrosion Specialist Leading the Way at OTC 2018 with Breakthrough Research on Hydrogen Embrittlement in Offshore Bolting HOUSTON, TX — Doxsteel Fasteners Senior Corrosion Specialist Dr. Omar Rosas has been invited to the 2018 Offshore ... READ MORE >>

  • Why ASTM B994 is the World’s Best Bolting Solution

    March 6th, 2018

    With the industry in search of better methods to protect fasteners from failure, ASTM B994 offers a novel solution to corrosion resistance in bolting operations. Suggesting a Nickel-Cobalt alloy as the new practice for fastener electroplating, ASTM B994 is des... READ MORE >>

  • The Journey of a Fastener

    March 6th, 2018

    Many of the problems that challenge bolt reliability in the industry today come from a lack of knowledge and communication. Steel is formed by one company, purchased by another, sent to yet another for coating by uncontrolled processes, then shipped to sites i... READ MORE >>

  • Installation Recommendations for Optimum Performance

    March 6th, 2018

    Fasteners seize because oxide (red rust corrosion) accumulates in the thread engagement between the stud and the nut. When this occurs, removing the fastener from assembly usually requires cutting, torching, or grinding. In addition to ballooning a facilit... READ MORE >>

  • Case Study: ASTM B994 Nickel-Cobalt vs. Legacy PTFE Blue Bolts

    March 6th, 2018

    We recently received a report from one of our customers on the performance of our ASTM B994 Nickel-Cobalt bolting that perfectly illustrates both the toughness of our coating and the benefit of painting the exposed sections of the bolting after assembly. This ... READ MORE >>

  • How API 20E Protects Facilities from Catastrophic Bolting Failure

    February 9th, 2018

    In the past decade, the industry has suffered a series of failures that were traced back to critical bolting operations. While investigating these bolt failures, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) discovered that fasteners were being man... READ MORE >>

  • The Third Party Audit

    December 1st, 2017

    As a procurement specialist, it’s your job to make sure that nothing enters your facility until you have had it vetted top to bottom. From well heads to BOPs, each piece of equipment has to work as advertised and with as predictable results as possible befor... READ MORE >>

  • Accountability Requires Traceability

    December 1st, 2017

    API 20E has raised the bolting standard industry-wide, bringing bolt integrity into the 21st century to confront the newest challenges that face drilling and refining operations. It does this through a thorough audit of fastener companies’ production and tes... READ MORE >>

  • The Cost of Bolt Failure

    December 1st, 2017

    “On December 18, 2012, while the Transocean Discoverer India was performing drilling operations at the Keathley Canyon lease block in the Gulf of Mexico, the rig’s lower marine riser package separated from the blowout preventer stack resulting in the relea... READ MORE >>

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  • The Dangers of Hot Bolting

    David Dunning is a Cornell University professor who is perhaps most famous for a paper he co-wrote about ignorance and over-confidence.

    The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to people who are novice or ignorant to things they do not know but believe they are expert

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