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Converting API 11B Specification for Sucker Rods to ISO 10428

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A$stract %istor& API 11B Specification for Sucker Rods


The existing specification is currently in its 27th revision due to be re-affirmed in the future as an API document waiting for the IS process to unfold! API specifications are different from API "P #recommended practice$ documents pertaining primarily to the level of detail! %%& document came into existence to meet industry demand for interchangeability of product and a means for 'uality control!

Co!!ittee 'e!$ers and (unction


(ommittee members are acting in a capacity of an IS group wor)ing independently from API! *embership consists of approximately six to ten people directly involved at any time! (ommittee members are charged to convert the %%& document to IS format without loosing the technical specifications+ interchangeability and function of the manufactured product!

ISO (ast Track


Several years ago IS and API started wor)ing together to eliminate redundancy and confusion of overlapping standards! IS adopted several API documents ,as is- and applied IS nomenclature to the existing API documents! .xamples such as %%& and %%. Specification for Pumping /nits! 0ow the time has come to ta)e these documents and put them in IS format!

ISO Process
IS documents go through five levels of process approvals ta)ing several years to complete! 1hile awaiting review and input from people all over the world!

C anges in t e e)isting docu!ent


Proposed changes in the existing document are designed to accommodate new technologies pertaining to better grades of steel and machining methods+ resulting in a better product for end users with longer service life!

ISO for!at * structure


The finished IS document will loo) totally different from existing API standards! The scope of the document will be intact with several additions allowing for variations to enhance products and incorporate new technologies!

Existing Issues and challenges


Issues such as transverse and longitudinal discontinuities still exist with no proper resolution at this time. The primary challenges will be to maintain our interchangeability and technical tolerances converting from US units to metric units, in an effort to monetary savings to end users.