The Importance of Wireline and Wireline Tools

Wireline is a cable used to transport downhole tools and sensors. The benefit of using wireline is that it almost always delivers results on the spot and allows for electricity and data to be transferred between the surface and the equipment in the well. Western Pressure Controls manufactures tools to use with wireline, including fishing, shifting, and pulling tools.


It’s important to keep your equipment clean, especially when you’re using it to fish out objects that don’t belong in the well. Wireline is used for a myriad of tests, so by using the proper cleaning procedures before, during, and after use, you will prolong its life and durability.

Residual fluids, mud, and sediment will affect the wireline whether it’s been used in a dry well or a wet one. It should be greased and protected from the weather with Densyl tape when the wireline is in use, particularly on a winch.

Storing wireline in a dry and safe place does not ensure its good condition. It can deteriorate, so it must be thoroughly checked on a regular basis, which includes unspooling it. If consistent checks are not performed, you could end up losing a costly purchase since wireline is made from a high alloy geared for its specialized tasks.

Stuffing box packing, a tool that contains well pressure, helps clean off well fluids from the wireline as it passes through the stuff box packing. It is still necessary, however, to clean off the wireline again and to grease it if you are still using it.

The Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry, a global powerhouse that produces billions of dollars, is broken into three areas: upstream, midstream, and downstream. Wireline tools are only used for the industry’s upstream area (also known as the exploration and production sector of the petroleum chain) to drill in old wells or to create new ones. Wireline tools assist workers in recovering oil and gas.

Wireline tools and equipment endure some of these types of tasks:

  • Perforating to facilitate circulation to the annulus
  • Recovering unwanted objects or broken pipes
  • Locating free space when pipes are stuck
  • Evaluating pressure formation present in the well

Top-Quality Wireline Tools

The tools manufactured by Western Pressure Controls are essential in creating wells for access to gas and oil.     While we offer specialty tools for your wireline needs, we also perform other services, such as custom machining. For over 45 years in Edmonton, we’ve been working on improving industry standards. If you want more information about our wireline tools, see our products page, or contact our sales team for a quote.