Hybrid drill bit technology from Baker Hughes combines roller cones and polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) fixed cutters into a single, patented design to reduce drilling time and trips in the most complex applications. With the rock-crushing strength and stability of roller cones and the cutting superiority and continuous shearing action of diamond bits, this technology increases ROP, improves cuttings removal, and survives highly interbedded formations with performance consistency and excellent toolface control. Globally, our hybrid drill bits have been used in 47 countries and have drilled more than 1 million ft (304,800 m).
Higher ROP potential than roller cone drill bits
Compared to roller cone bits, hybrid drill bits can increase ROP, requiring less weight on the bit and minimizing bit bounce.
Optimized drilling dynamics compared with PDC
Compared with PDCs, hybrid bits are significantly more durable when drilling through interbedded formations. They reduce stick-slip and simplify drilling torque management while making it more consistent, enabling smoother transitions through varied formations. Improved stability and directional control enable better vertical control as well as higher build-up rates in curve sections.
Baker Hughes is developing the next generation of hybrid drill bit technology with a series of new products addressing curve, vertical, vertical-curve, and lateral sections on both rotary steerable systems and conventional motor applications worldwide. This new technology is a proven replacement for conventional drill bit approaches, delivering faster and more durable drill bit performance.