Once workers extract and process a load of frac sand, it needs to be hauled and transported to its final destination. A shipment of proppants involves trucks, haulers, and drivers coupled with computing and automated logistics for processing, delivery costs, and scheduling. Sand and proppant businesses have this trucking process down to a science.
Frac sand hauling is a booming industry. Since the rise in popularity of natural gas and hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), sand consumers and drilling companies need frac sand more than ever. Frac sand trucks and haulers are the solution.
Operators extract frac sand from mines and natural deposits all around the country—especially in the Midwest and south-central parts of the United States. Heavy machinery, excavators, and dump trucks carry the mined sand to onsite treatment facilities. Workers then clean, separate, dry, and process the sand into specific categories based on quality and grain. Frac sand is stored in silos and storage containers to await transport into frac sand trailers, trucks, and haulers.
Frac sand haulers are large commercial trailers with a unit on the back capable of holding 1,000 cubic feet of sand or tens of thousands of pounds, depending on the model. Truck drivers hitch their cabs to sand haulers and transport them to their final destination.
Engineers designed the storage units to effectively empty their contents with the least amount of dust possible.
Slidable panels underneath the hauler open to drop sand and rock with the help of gravity. A conveyor rests beneath these panels, allowing the sand to be lifted and deposited into silos and storage containers.
Some sand mines can extract and transport a hundred thousand tons of sand a month. That’s
three thousand tons every day a week. Frac sand trucks and automated logistics make such a challenging task possible. However, there are some difficulties transporting frac sand by truck.
Some wellsites are off the beaten path. Frac sand haulers must travel from highways to small, two-lane dirt roads to reach their final destination. Constant traffic of other haulers can make carrying tons of frac sand difficult. That’s why trained truck drivers and logistics are essential for frac sand trucks.
Truckloads of sand need an efficient and consistent process to ensure product quality and timely delivery. Automatic logistics can efficiently process deliveries, calculate sand costs, and loading processes for accurate and timely deliveries.
Once a consumer places an order, the logistic process kicks in. The correct amount and quality of proppant are loaded and prepared to ship to the buyer in a short period. Automated logistics calculate delivery charges, efficient routes, and transportation methods, ensuring maximum accuracy and peace of mind.
Starting in Missouri and now operating in Oklahoma and Texas, Pontotoc is a leading supplier of limestone, sediments, proppants, and Tier 1 frac sand.
Whether operating in the Permian Basin or Texas oil fields and natural gas sources, Pontotoc Sand & Stone can efficiently deliver quality proppants to your wellsite.
When you purchase industrial sand, crushed limestone, or Tier 1 frac sand from us, you purchase quality building materials and oil and gas extraction tools. If you are looking for a reliable source of sand, stone, and sediment that wants to earn your business, give us a call today.
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