Mining, Metals, Aggregates
Based in North Dakota, Industrial Equipment Sales & Service (IESS) has been providing high-quality pumps, parts, and services to the oil and gas industry since 1999. IESS was contacted in 2014 by a sand and gravel wash plant that was trying to find a more economical way to recover the sand fines that they had previously been lost in the process of cleaning aggregate. Sand fines, which are essentially granular sedimentary particulate, are typically required for the mixing of a high-grade concrete commonly used in oilfield applications.
The sand and gravel wash plant initially tried using a 2-inch self-priming centrifugal pump from a well-known manufacturer, but due to the high abrasiveness of the process slurry, the 2-inch self-priming centrifugal pump failed after only 245 hours of operation.
BPH Pump & Equipment Inc., an Illinois-based distributor of industrial pumps, has supported a Midwestern manufacturer since 2013 when they opened a mining operation that produces a range of silica proppants. Proppants are solid materials, such as treated sand or ceramic particulate, that are typically used in the hydraulic fracturing process to keep an induced hydraulic fracture open for optimal oil and gas extraction.
When this proppant manufacturer needed pumps for sumps in their facility, they contacted BPH Pump & Equipment Inc. for recommendations. Having initially installed a KZN submersible pump in one of their sumps for a basic dewatering application, the proppant manufacturer contacted BPH again in 2015 to discuss sourcing another KZN pump for a new sump.
Reclaiming Frac Sand in a Closed-Loop Water System
The proppant manufacturer operates the mining facility with a closed-loop water system in an effort to reduce the facility’s water consumption by as much as 73 million gallons of water each year.
Modern metal plating is a process that was developed in the early 1800s. It’s now widely used for coating everything from chrome bathroom fixtures to parts used in the aerospace industry. Metal plating is the process of putting a thin coating of metal over another object (the work), which is also often metal. The coating metal is chosen for its beneficial properties based on the specific application. Sometimes it’s purely decorative, for example gold or silver plating on jewelry. Sometimes a plating material is chosen for a combination of reasons — perhaps because it’s both decorative and protective, as in many chrome applications. And there are many other reasons you might want something to be coated with metal.
AOTCO Metal Finishing, Inc., is a supplier of specification plating and electropolishing services in Billerica, Mass.