New Products Are Born from New Industries: The Fracking Ramp
Have you ever had an idea for developing a new product? Maybe its something you drew up years ago and never followed up, or it’s someone else’s idea and you’re following up on it. Nevertheless, we have a great story to share with you about the birth of the fracking ramp and a rapidly growing industry – fracking. The information we have to share will not fit into a short story, so instead we’re going to break it up into three sections:
1. How products are born: the fracking ramp
2. How large capacity hoses need a ramp
3. How the fracking ramps can be used by others for other purposes
What is Fracking, and How Is It Used?
Fracking is a hydraulic process that fractures a rock layer using pressurized fluid. The process releases petroleum, natural gas, or other substances for extraction. This type of fracturing comes from a wellbore drilled into reservoir rock formations.
The US supply of natural gas is abundant but located deep down in the earth where it is difficult to extract. The hydraulic fracking process injects fluids, sand, and proppant to crack open and release natural gas.
Why Do We Need a Fracking Ramp?
During the fracking process, companies use specialized hoses, pipes and cable equipment that require specialized monitoring of the flow rates of all the chemicals in the frac slurry. At the same time, vehicles (and people) must be able to access parts of the worksite, requiring a ramp system to be in place. The ramp requires exceptional strength to handle any type of vehicle yet light enough to be maneuvered at any time.
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Designing the Fracking Ramp
Until recently, there was not ramp available on the market designed for fracking on until a major oil corporation contacted us to design this specialized ramp. In the preliminary stages, there were many questions to be answered:
• What dimensions are required for the ramp?
• Approximately what will its weight capacity be?
• Overall weight?
• There is also a question of using the ramp on flat ground versus dirt piles (uneven surfaces).
From Model to Production
After these questions are answered, an engineer at Handi-Ramp creates a computer model of the ramp to test various aspects of the design. Once approved, it moves to the production phase where skilled craftsmen are given detailed information about the build.
Check back for part 2 of our fracking ramp series! How large capacity hoses need a ramp.