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Technical Reference

Common Field Troubleshooting

Getting the Most From Your Cable, Part 2: Service Centers

Camesa's service centers provide useful knowledge and insight, as they have unparalleled first-hand experience trouble-shooting and servicing a variety of cable issues. This technical bulletin offers advice on extending cable life and maintaining the best possible cable performance of  your wireline operations. 

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: October 2015

Getting the Most From Your Cable, Part 1: Cable Seasoning

The most important step in improving cable life is seasoning your cable. Wireline cables are most susceptible to damage during their first few runs into and out of a well. This damage can affect cable performance over the life of the line, so getting the first few runs right is paramount to improving cable life overall. This technical information tells you how.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: July 2015

Packoff Damage to Wireline

In an attempt to inform our customers of operational trends or potential dangers that adversely affect their wireline operations, Camesa has issued the following technical alert to inform customers of a known hazard that has resulted in damaged cables during field operations.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: 08/05/2014

Wireline Cables Forensics 101

A review of how forensics is used to determine the cause of wireline failures.


This article is the first in a series that will outline how engineers at Camesa systematically examine damaged wireline cables and shed light on the telltale clues that help them diagnose how a cable has failed.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: May 2014
Source: Technical Bulletin (3 pages)

Wireline Cables Forensics 101 - Part 2

Forensic Analysis of Wireline Cables – Mechanical Damage


This second part of our series on forensic analysis of wireline failures focuses on looking for mechanical damage mainly on the outer surfaces of the armor protecting the wireline cable. Mechanical damage could be due to factors overlooked during operations or improper handling. This mostly affects the outer or inner armor wires causing reduced strength or wire breakage leading to cable failures.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: July 2014
Source: Technical Bulletin (2 pages)

Adiabatic Heat

This article describes the phenomenon known as Adabiatic Heating and its effect on wireline.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: November 2012
Source: Technical Bulletin (2 pages)

Cable Maintenance

This document outlines recommended best practices for your wireline use throughout its field life as well as an example maintenance schedule.  While this is just a guideline, these tips, if incorporated into your own maintenance procedures, should promote longer wireline life and reduce the risk of cable issues or failures during working conditions.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: February 2012
Source: Technical Bulletin (2 pages)

Drum Crush

Learn more about Cable Crush Failures – also known as “drum crush” – and the factors that contribute to them in this technical bulletin.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: February 2012
Source: Technical Bulletin (2 pages)

Guidelines on Visible Clearance Between Strands

This document outlines the visible clearance between the strands in a new wireline.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: January 2013
Source: Technical Bulletin (1 page)

New Cable – Care & Treatment

This bulletin gives manufacturer’s recommended care & treatment procedures for your new cable.

PDFView DocumentDate of Publication: February 2012
Source: Technical Bulletin (1 page)