Blender

ENGINEERED FOR EFFICIENCY

We have engineered our blender to be a complete system that works more efficiently and reliably, provides an added level of safety and enables technology tunability to create complex fracture networks.

The blender is key to operational success.  If it underperforms during a fracturing job, the result can be costly shutdowns, formation damage, and lengthy repairs.  Our team worked to eliminate points of failure, address and re-engineer problematic components and design a system that enables high-rate pumping, improves safety, reduces downtime, and increases well productivity.   


Proven Success

Our first redesigned blender has pumped over 330 million pounds of sand in just over eight months in the Permian basin with zero unplanned downtime. It continues to operate consistently, reducing nonproductive time and increasing operational efficiency for our clients. 

E&P Magazine:  Engineering a New Pumping Approach

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Continuous Uptime to Complete Your Wells Faster

Completions intensity has increased exponentially with a combination of longer lateral lengths, higher flow rates and extended pump times.  The time to complete wells can be improved by enhancing treating rates, increasing stages pumped per day, and reducing nonproductive time.  The average blender is expected to mix over 12 million pounds of sand per well so reliable equipment performance is essential.

To achieve a new level of reliability, the process started with analyzing every component to determine how to get the maximum value and return out of each. Beginning with the manifold, we re-engineered all the parts from tip to tail ̶  from the discharge pumps and radiator to piping, valves, and cab ̶   with the goal of better performance. 

We have implemented integrated, real-time measurement, predictability and failure analysis as well as sensor packages that monitor equipment life.  We track our fleets to improve pumping efficiency, minimize unplanned interruptions and deliver value.  


Higher Capacity to Maintain High-Rate Pumping

Traditionally, two blenders are required during an operation because of the criticality of the equipment to achieve the high-pressure flow rates.  This duplication can create unnecessary operational complexity and increase cost. 

In order to maintain the high rates required, our blender has key features that deliver higher capacity.  The radiator and discharge pump better manage airflow, preventing overheating while the air clutch features a closed loop system to eliminate inhalation, reducing obstruction or loss of performance. In addition, the standard tub was redesigned to make maintenance access more simplified and potentially allow work to be completed on location.


Enclosed Cab to Improve Operator Safety

The redesigned blender has been engineered with specific design enhancements to mitigate potential health and safety risks. The blender features an enclosed, pressurized cab, dust filtration system, and radiator fin that nearly eliminates operator exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust


Tunability to Increase Well Productivity

The ability to adjust fluid properties in real time enables our wellsite delivery and thin fluid technology to work together.  In today’s completions environment, this is a requirement to maximize production.  Our blender enables the tunability of our ThinFrac™ friction reducers while maintaining the high-rate pressure needed to create complex fracture networks.