The Terra Sonic International Automatic Pipe Handling System (APHS) is a patent-pending, hands-free solution for pipe handling in the field.

Safety First!

The APHS was designed by TSi Sonic experts with safety in mind. It offers the following safety features and benefits:

  • Remote controlled, hands-free delivery and takeaway of all sizes of TSi Tooling  (3.5” -12” O.D.)
  • The pipe is not touched by operators when it is being threaded or unthreaded
  • The Pipe Positioner never lifts the pipe overhead
  • The pipe racks are designed to prevent operators from frequently bending over (Forklift Portable Design)
  • Remote controlled telescopic stiff boom crane provides totally hands-free operation (Trailer-Mounted and Crawler-Mounted Designs)
  • “E-Stop” feature on the remote control enables immediate shutdown of all functions

Three Designs

The TSi Automatic Pipe Handling System is available in the following three designs:

  • Forklift Portable
  • Trailer-Mounted
  • Crawler-Mounted

Forklift Portable

  • Drillers manually move pipe between the racks and the Pipe Positioner
  • Both rod/casing racks feature side saddles
  • The rod rack stages three rows of rods (up to 330’ of 3.5” O.D. rods) at waist level to prevent the operators from frequently bending over

The APHS Forklift Portable Design operates via a remote control that offers multiple functions, including:

  • Raising the pipe into position
  • Clamping the pipe before threading/unthreading
  • Unclamping the pipe
  • Lowering the pipe back to the horizontal position
  • E-Stop

Trailer Mounted

  • Provides totally hands-free operation
  • The remote-controlled Pipe Positioner provides hands-free delivery and take-away of all sizes of TSi Tooling
  • The remote-controlled telescopic stiff boom crane moves pipe between the Pipe Positioner and the racks
  • The pipe racks are removable
  • Jacklegs provide leveling and stabilization of the trailer at the drill site
  • A slide-base with hydraulic cylinders enables the Pipe Positioner to be laterally adjusted
  • Hydraulic power for the Pipe Positioner, crane, jacklegs and slide-base is provided by plugging hoses into an auxiliary on the Sonic Rig, or from an optional hydraulic power-pack mounted on the trailer
  • A highway trailer is provided for towing with the support pick-up truck

The APHS Trailer-Mounted Design operates via a remote control that offers multiple functions, including:

  • All the functions of the remote for the Forklift Portable APHS PLUS
  • Telescopic stiff boom crane operation
  • Slide-base operation

Crawler Mounted

  • Provides totally hands-free operation
  • The remote-controlled telescopic stiff boom crane moves pipe between the Pipe Positioner and the racks
  • The remote-controlled Pipe Positioner provides hands-free delivery and take-away of all sizes of TSi Tooling
  • The remote-controlled telescopic stiff boom crane moves pipe between the Pipe Positioner and the racks
  • The pipe racks are removable
  • Jacklegs provide leveling and stabilization of the crawler at the drill site
  • A slide-base with hydraulic cylinders enables the Pipe Positioner to be laterally adjusted
  • Hydraulic power to drive the crawler and operate the Pipe Positioner, crane, jacklegs and slide-base is provided by the deck-mounted diesel engine

The APHS Crawler-Mounted Design operates via a remote control that offers multiple functions, including:

  • All of the functions of the remote for the Trailer-Mounted APHS PLUS
  • Crawler tracking operation

Uneven Terrain? No Problem!

Secondary to safety, one of the best features of the APHS is that it can work on uneven terrain. The APHS does NOT have to be perfectly positioned when it is initially set on the ground or pulled into position on its trailer.

The Pipe Positioner on the Forklift Portable Design can easily be aligned with hand-wheel adjustments for both lateral and elevation changes on the front and the rear of the base. The Pipe Positioner on the Trailer-Mounted Design is easily aligned using the remote control functions for the slide-base and jacklegs.

The Crawler-Mounted Design has remote-controlled tracking in addition to the slide-base and jacklegs, which provides maximum alignment flexibility.

The APHS and the TSi 150CC

The Automatic Pipe Handling System works particularly well with the TSi 150CC Compact Crawler. Visit the TSi 150CC page to learn more about this “small but mighty” Sonic Drill Rig. The APHS can also be incorporated into the Support Truck for the TSi 150T and the Support Crawler for the Tsi 150C for applications requiring totally hands-free operation. Contact us to learn more.