One of the benefits of Black Mountain Sand’s in-basin Winkler White® is its predictability. When our customers need it, we have it. Our frac sand is produced on property 24/7 and is fed directly from the dryers into our silos for immediate deployment to the wellsite.
Here’s a look at Black Mountain Sand’s load-in system, mine-gate to mine-gate, one truck at a time.
Truck Prep, Check-in & Load Lane Assignment
- The first stop after entering the facility grounds is the safe rack, a catwalk structure that provides access to hatches located on the top of the trailers and/or container systems. These hatches are opened as needed to facilitate sand load-in at the silos.
- Upon the first visit to either Vest or El Dorado, a truck’s identification number, company information, and weight specifications are recorded.
- An RFID badge is then issued to help expedite future entry. Drivers simply scan their card, type in the unique order number, and proceed directly to one of eight load lanes.
- Specially-designed software assigns each truck a load lane and silo position based on existing traffic patterns, load-in progress, and sand inventory.
At the Silo Load Lanes
- The truck proceeds to its load lane. Each frac sand loading lane features two silos, which contain either 40/70 or 100-mesh sand.
- Once the truck is inside the proper silo, a spout is lowered and the trailer/container is filled with sand. It takes approximately 2.5 minutes to load each truck with twenty-three tons of sand.
- As the truck pulls forward, its exit weight is recorded, which helps ensure it has received the proper amount of sand and does not exceed weight limitations.
Exiting the Facility
- The truck follows the exit route back to the safe rack where hatches are closed as needed.
- While the hatch is being closed, the driver scans his card again, which automatically triggers printing a Bill of Lading.