About TyCal Ltd.
Our purpose is evident.
Our founder's story led to the birth of TYCAL LTD and the best tool to safely guide casings and pipe, and safely remove thread protectors.
Safety is our only purpose – Using the right tool for the job is part of doing the job safely. It could be the difference between whether you go home today…or go to the emergency room.
We saw a problem.
Current methods of removing thread protectors include using shovels, pipe wrenches, axes, hatchets, hacksaws or equipment like centralizers. Workers rely on ropes to catch and tail casing. These tools are not designed for the purpose of removing thread protectors or controlling casing. They are not the right tools for this job.
These methods damage casing, cause injury to workers, and increase the number of trip hazards which creates greater potential for slips, trips, and falls. Even carved pieces of thread protectors become something that an individual will step upon, causing them to slip and fall.
Imagine for a second, that you are a rig worker walking backwards carrying a heavy object with a fellow employee. You unexpectedly step on a carved piece of thread protector and you slip, not only falling but, causing the heavy object to land on top of you… OUCH!!
We developed a solution.
The TYCAL ExCal-1™ is a 2-fold tool that was designed as the safest and most efficient way of removing thread
protectors and handling pipe when making connections; virtually eliminating the likelihood of injuring workers or damaging the pipe.
Champions on the job.
TYCAL ExCal-1™ helps reduce the risk of injury to workers and potential fatalities on the job, while increasing productivity.
The TYCAL ExCal-1™ is lightweight and easy to use. And, is up to 80% faster and safer than ANY OTHER TOOL WORKERS CAN USE.
TYRONE JONES, INVENTOR
FOUNDER & CEO
Our Founder's Story
Since 2013, when TYCAL CEO, Tyrone Jones, began his career in the oilfield, TYCAL has been steeped in R&D, creating the designs that would become the Patent Pending TYCAL ExCal-1™
Something as simple as hand placement, grabbing the casing on the threads, or standing in the wrong place could easily result in amputation or death.
"I experienced my fair share of non-reported injuries and near misses”, Ty said. There are also a lot of substantiated stories of those that came before him; men whose lives were dramatically altered due to serious, life-changing injuries and even death.
More often than not, on the rig, we used hatchets to remove thread protectors. By this method, I was eventually injured.
Ty took his experience and creativity to invent and patent the safety tool that has come to be known as the “TYCAL ExCal-1™”. Use of the ExCal-1™ continues to receive positive reactions of rig crews and owners.
Ty worked as a casing hand for Premier Casing Crews, Inc., in the Michigan drilling fields. He was hands-on moving casing from the V-Door to making connections. He learned the danger first hand.
Working with crews of 3 to 5 men, they performed the task called “running casing”. When they ran casing, Ty’s job was working the V-Door. His prime responsibility was to “tail in” the casing.
Ty was the worker who held the piece of casing (average 40 feet in length and weighing over 600 pounds), while another crew member removed the “thread protectors” by any means necessary. This meant using a hatchet, axe, shovel blade, sledge hammer, or any available tool to knock the thread protector off. Once removed, Ty would then guide the male pipe end of the casing into the female end of the casing thereby “boxing the joint”. After this process was complete the operator could do his job and torque the pipe allowing the driller to send it down into the hole.
Every rig worker knows that this process is probably one of “the most dangerous aspects of running casing” on a rig. The typical casing process has many opportunities for a worker to be seriously injured or killed.