In response to customer requests for new, innovative products and the qualification of existing product lines to new standards or well conditions, VAM USA is expanding its Connection Technology Center in Houston to 90,000 sq ft, doubling its R&D capacity.
VAM completed building construction in July, and all equipment will operational by the end of 2012. The recent building expansion is able to support additional equipment to ultimately triple the current R&D capacity.
At this facility, VAM connections for shale applications or projects for the Gulf of Mexico undergo the harshest full-scale tests: make and break, simulation of combined loads (tension or compression), bending, high temperatures and fatigue life. The center increases VAM’s ability to design, manufacture, inspect and test several premium connections at once.