In December, 2001, AnaLog Services, Inc. acquired the remaining
assets of Bell Petroleum Systems (BPS) a/k/a Bell Petroleum Services, formerly known as Worth Well Surveys.
Included in the acquisition is a huge inventory of repair parts, along with completed and partially completed tools.
AnaLog is also now the proud owner of the entire Bell / Worth Well documentation
collection going back over a half century, comprising thousands of sheets of electronic schematics, mechanical parts
drawings, printed circuit board art work, etc (original vellums and films). See our
Bell Downhole Tool Index and our
Bell Surface Electronics Index
for an idea of some of the products Bell produced.
We can repair and/or modify virtually every logging related item ever sold by Bell or Worth Well. Further,
we can build many of the old Bell / Worth Well products, having most of the component parts in stock.
If you run Bell / Worth Well equipment, AnaLog can help.
Bell / Worth Well (WWS) History
Bell was originally known as Worth Well Surveys, Inc. (WWS), established around 1951. Worth Well Surveys
was acquired by Reddig and Associates in the early 1970's. Worth Well then went into the manufacturing
business (it had produced some tools for internal use previously). The line of logging tools and the first
900 series logging truck were shown at the 1976 Offshore Technology Conference. Horis Kading was president
of Worth Well at that time, and Dale Wilson was station manager in Odessa, with additional shops located in Hobbs,
New Mexico, and Sonora, Texas. Loyd Reddig sold his interests in 1977, and the Bell name first appeared about
that time. Bell Petroleum Systems (BPS), a division of Bell Petroleum Services, was established as the
equipment manufacturing arm of Bell. Bell even established a station in the Illinois Basin, later acquired
by Eastern Services. B.F. Stout was responsible for many of the Bell tool designs; he eventually went to Pengo,
explaining why many of the Pengo designs were virtually carbon copies of Bell tools. Prior to the arrival of
B.F. Stout, Chet Green was responsible for many of the tools made by Worth Well including the old temperature tools.
Chet Green also built the "Batmobile" in the early 1960's, a logging truck complete with stylized wings in the then WWS
company colors of yellow and baby blue. After a bankruptcy forced by the 1986 oil price collapse, Bell was
acquired by an oilfield elastomer company wanting only the Bell rubber products subsidiary. But what they
got was a million dollar lawsuit with US EPA over an old chrome plating plant Bell had once owned near
Odessa, Texas. The Bell wireline business was later sold to Warrior Wireline of Alabama (no relation to
the computer folks). Warrior kept the logging station in West Texas, but soon dumped the Fort Worth
manufacturing operation at a scrap yard price. As mentioned above, AnaLog Services, Inc. eventually
acquired the remaining BPS assets in December, 2001. Thanks to
Loyd Reddig, Jr. of TCP for help with the history of Worth Well.
Also see A Brief Opinionated
History of Logging Equipment Manufacturers for more industry history.
Floor Plan of Bell Petroleum Systems Headquarters
5144 SE Loop 820; Fort Worth, Texas (February, 1982)