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WBM Series – Ep. 5 | Shale Inhibitors
May 15 ,2024

WBM Series – Ep. 5 | Shale Inhibitors

Water and clays aren’t always the best combination. What are the water-based mud products that inhibit shale interaction? Tune into this episode of The #Flowline – WBM Series as Matt and Justin discuss shale inhibitors!

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WBM Series – Ep. 4 | Alkalinity
May 08 ,2024

WBM Series – Ep. 4 | Alkalinity

Depending on the drilling conditions, alkalinity and pH need to be a fine-tuned science. In this episode of the WBM Series, Alkalinity, Matt and Justin discuss the sources of alkaline, how they work, and where they fit into the whole picture!

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WBM Series – Ep. 3 | Filtration Control
May 01 ,2024

WBM Series – Ep. 3 | Filtration Control

Tune into this Water-Based Mud Series episode as Justin and Matt sits down to discuss why filtration control agents are used, incompatibility with cationic and anionic products, and much more!

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WBM Series – Ep. 2 | Viscosifiers
Apr 24 ,2024

WBM Series – Ep. 2 | Viscosifiers

Water-based muds require viscosifiers compatible with the base fluid. Several kinds of viscosifiers provide quality hole cleaning and solid-suspension characteristics. Tune into this episode of the WBM Series as Matt and Justin discuss why viscosifiers are needed, the different kinds of viscosifiers, and much more!

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WBM Series – Ep. 1 | Base Fluid
Apr 17 ,2024

WBM Series – Ep. 1 | Base Fluid

In this new series of The #Flowline, Matt and Justin go in-depth into water-based mud. Each episode will break down different components and key functions of WBM. Tune into this episode of the #WBM Series, as our hosts talk about all things base fluid in water-based mud.

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Episode 249 | Do We Really Have Sag?
Apr 10 ,2024

Episode 249 | Do We Really Have Sag?

Too often, we assume there is a sag and cause the ensuing panic. But, do we really have sag? Tune into this episode of the Flowline, as Matt and Justin dive into the conditions that induce sag, evidence-based questions to diagnose sag, and much more!

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Episode 248 | Culture
Apr 03 ,2024

Episode 248 | Culture

In this episode of The #Flowline, we answer a listener’s request. What is “AES Culture” and what makes us unique? Tune into this exciting episode as Matt and Justin share their perspective on our company’s culture.

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Perception vs. Perspective
Apr 02 ,2024

Perception vs. Perspective

Short introduction about myself before I get into things. My name’s Nick Reiter and I’m a field supervisor in the Northeast. I have 10 years under my belt as a Mud Engineer and got my start with another major mud company but have worked the bulk of my career with AES. As a member of […]

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Episode 247 | XRD
Mar 27 ,2024

Episode 247 | XRD

One of our lab’s most requested tests is XRD (X-ray diffraction). So, why has it become such a buzzword? Tune into this episode of The Flowline as Justin and Matt break down what it is, why it’s useful, and its added value.

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Efficiency and Learning in Corporate Marketing
Jan 16 ,2024

Efficiency and Learning in Corporate Marketing

As a Marketing Intern at AES Drilling Fluids, my experience has been nothing short ofeducational.One of the highlights of my internship was creating a new system for organization of allvirtual marketing documents and media, streamlining our processes for optimal efficiency. I alsorecorded the marketing merchandise inventory, providing me with valuable insights into thecompany’s promotional materials […]

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Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a father.
Jan 05 ,2024

Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a father.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a father.” As we approach Father’s Day this year, I would like to spotlight the fantastic fathers that trailblaze the path for us. They are the protectors and providers for our families, who will take care of any problems that arise in their children’s lives. My […]

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Episode 226 | Desander and Desilter
Oct 25 ,2023

Episode 226 | Desander and Desilter

Desanders and desilters move around with rigs, but they seem to be rarely used. So, what are the benefits of these machines and why aren’t they being used? Tune in to this episode of The Flowline as Matt and Justin explore the topic of desander and desilter in solids control.

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Episode 225 | Chrome and Chlorides
Oct 18 ,2023

Episode 225 | Chrome and Chlorides

Chrome and chlorides have beef with each other, and Matt is here to explain why. Tune in to this episode of The Flowline as Matt and Justin talk about the corroding relationship between chrome-coated rotors and chlorides.

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Episode 224 | Challenges & Leadership
Oct 11 ,2023

Episode 224 | Challenges & Leadership

In this week’s episode of The Flowline, Matt and Justin answer a listener’s question: How can a leader overcome challenges in the field, office, labs, and plants? What are some of the lessons learned to avoid repeating the same mistakes? If you have a question of your own, please leave a comment or send us […]

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Episode 223 | Polysaccharides
Oct 04 ,2023

Episode 223 | Polysaccharides

Did you know that many things we use in the oil field are also in your kitchen? Polysaccharide, which is a carbohydrate (e.g. starch and cellulose), is one example of this! Tune in to this episode of The Flowline as Matt and Justin explain the chemistry behind polysaccharides in water-based muds!

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Episode 222 | Esters
Sep 27 ,2023

Episode 222 | Esters

Grab your lab coats and safety goggles for this episode, it’s time for a little chemistry refresher. Join Matt and Justin as they delve into the chemistry behind esters as a lubricant.

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Episode 221 | Interview with Ken Zinger, CEO
Sep 20 ,2023

Episode 221 | Interview with Ken Zinger, CEO

Want to learn how something great starts? In this episode, we sit down with Ken Zinger, CEO of CES Energy Solutions, the parent company of AES Drilling Fluids. Join Matt and Justin as they gain insight into Ken’s career and how he evolved his passion for drilling fluids into a multi-faceted corporation.

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Episode 220 | Customer Mud School
Sep 13 ,2023

Episode 220 | Customer Mud School

It’s back-to-school season for the kids, but school is always in session with us! Mud school has been a way for us to educate our customers on drilling fluids and applications to drive discussions in the industry. Tune in to this episode of The Flowline as Matt and Justin discuss the conversations sparked by these […]

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Episode 219 | High-Temperature Fluids
Sep 06 ,2023

Episode 219 | High-Temperature Fluids

It’s a hot summer in Texas, and it can get even hotter subsurface!☀️ ? So, what type of mud can withstand the heat? Tune in to this episode of The Flowline as Matt and Justin answer this question and more about High-Temp Fluids!

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Episode 218 | U-Turn Wells
Aug 30 ,2023

Episode 218 | U-Turn Wells

U-Turn wells, also known as Horseshoe wells, have been gaining attention lately! Don’t miss out on this episode as Matt and Justin break down the challenges of drilling U-Turn wells.

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Episode 217 | Base Oil Recovery
Aug 23 ,2023

Episode 217 | Base Oil Recovery

As oil prices surge, recovering valuable base oils, such as diesel from oil-based mud, proves essential not only for efficient fluid management but also for capturing significant economic returns.

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Episode 216 | Open vs. Closed Loop System
Aug 16 ,2023

Episode 216 | Open vs. Closed Loop System

Open or closed? The question might be easier when it comes to your office door, but what about Open vs. Closed Loop Systems? Join Matt and Justin as they break down the basics on this week’s episode of The #Flowline

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Episode 215 | Cuttings Transport
Aug 16 ,2023

Episode 215 | Cuttings Transport

What are the factors that go into cuttings transport? Listen in as Matt Offenbacher and Justin Gauthier discuss the intricacies of hole cleaning.

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Episode 214 | Mud Chillers
Aug 02 ,2023

Episode 214 | Mud Chillers

Mud chillers do some important things, but what fluid properties work best with them? Justin and Matt discuss the difference between fluid for best thermal properties and best drilling properties.

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Tech Tips ‘Trial’ Turned Industry Resource
Jul 30 ,2023

Tech Tips ‘Trial’ Turned Industry Resource

Some ten years ago, as I sat in my first day of mud school with a drilling fluid manual 3- inches thick, it quickly dawned on me just how much technical information and knowledge existed in the drilling fluids industry – let alone the drilling process in general. With a green hard hat on (required […]

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Episode 213 | Fluid Properties and ROP
Jul 26 ,2023

Episode 213 | Fluid Properties and ROP

What fluid properties allow you to drill the fastest? Justin and Matt talk about what makes clean mud, among other things, great for fast drilling.

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Episode 212 | The Chloride Titration
Jul 19 ,2023

Episode 212 | The Chloride Titration

What’s the deal with calling the endpoint of your chloride titration? What’s the chemistry behind it and why do we need to get it right?

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Episode 211 |Cross-Linked Fluid Loss Control Pills
Jul 12 ,2023

Episode 211 |Cross-Linked Fluid Loss Control Pills

What are cross-linked fluid loss control pills? Why don’t we see them more often in drilling applications? Matt and Justin discuss how they work and what it takes to deploy them.

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Episode 210 | Lime and OBM/SBM
Jul 05 ,2023

Episode 210 | Lime and OBM/SBM

Why is lime so important for invert emulsion systems? Justin and Matt run through how lime works with emulsifiers and provides alkalinity.

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Episode 209 | Logging
Jun 28 ,2023

Episode 209 | Logging

Spontaneous potential? Join Matt and Justin as they tackle a listener’s request and explore how fluid affects downhole logging operations.

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