Hoisting Tool Inspection,

Repair, and Recertification

Howard Service Centers offers a menu of services to safely and efficiently keep your equipment in compliance with API 8B and your employee's safe.

What do we do in a COMPLETE service? Watch our video and find out now

Have it your way

Get the work you need done to your equipment.


We will keep you working....

Bring it in and we will get it rebuilt AND certified.

As received - oil & grease everywhere, may not be functional, and not in compliance with API RP 8B

As returned - mag tested, pull tested, function tested, rebuilt per traceable work procedures, fully documented and certified. 



Oilfield lifting equipment (hoisting tools) are used to wrap around the tool joint of drip pipe or casing, and to facilitate the lifting and lowering of the pipe or the drill string.


Of all the components on a rig, elevators are one of the most stressed, and require regular inspection.  Many companies push the limits on equipment by delaying or often not even inspecting the equipment.   But this is a lose-lose proposition for the rig — faulty and potentially risky hoisting tools can stop operations, cost companies millions and can cause a fatality.


That’s why you need to ensure that all your equipment is recertified. Recertification is not only a good idea for daily operations, but it also gives your company an easy way out via insurance in the event of an accident.


In current climate, certifications are typically required to be in compliance prior to a rig beginning work on site.



API is the globally recognized “Industry Standard” Certification Body.

One surefire way to guarantee recertification is by only buying certified equipment in the first place. The American Petroleum Institute (API) licenses “Drilling and Production Hoisting Equipment” manufacturers under API Spec 8C, which covers elevator links, tubing and rill pipe elevators, sucker rod elevators, spiders (if capable of being used as elevators) and various other types of hoisting equipment. 


In addition API has published Recommended Practice 8B which details recommended practice and procedures for certifying safe use oilfield hoisting equipment.

What is the difference between API Category 1-4 inspections?

Category 1 (Ongoing observation)
Observe during operation for inadequate performance.

Category 2 
Category 1 plus: inspect for corrosion, deformation, loose or missing components, deterioration, proper lubrication, visible cracks, adjustment. Category 2 can call for some disassembly.

Both category 1 and 2 recommended daily.

Typically completed by end user

Category 3 - LITE SERVICE
Category  2 plus: Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of critical areas. Could call for some disassembly. Critical areas must be free of foreign material.

Recommended every 6 months. HSC provides this service to our customers.

Category  3 plus: disassembly to the extent necessary for NDT of all primary-load-carrying components. Inspect for excessive wear, cracks, flaws, and deformation. Repairs shall meet manufacturer's recommendations and allowable wear tolerances. All foreign material must be removed. Many manufacturers recommend load testing at category 4 inspections.

Recommended yearly. HSC provides this service to our customers as a part of our Complete Hoisting Tool Repair and Certification Services.

CUSTOM SERVICE - Can be a mix of any of our individual service components.