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Keep an Eye on Mexico’s Oil & Gas Sector

by Pete Cook, President, Petroleum Connection   Energy reform in Mexico was all the talk a year ago. Since then, a lot of work has been done in Mexico and in the U.S. to prepare for, evaluate, and begin the bidding rounds. While the first round of bidding was...


Managed Downtime as a Profit Center

by Robert Ober, CEO & Principal, Robert Ober & Associates, LLC   Preventative maintenance and scheduled-managed-downtime, are terms that the Frac Sand industry hasn't necessarily had time to define for itself during the last few years. While such terminology is commonplace in many production/manufacturing settings, the Frac Sand niche,...


New Generation Solutions for Frac Sand Storage

by Ben Fox, President & CEO, Legacy Building Solutions Any operation, fracking included, runs more efficiently when all the necessary materials are in one place – a task complicated by the fact that most fracking occurs in areas with minimal infrastructure. In response, most fracking companies are forced...


10 Tips for Making Your Dust Collector as Safe as Possible

by Camfil APC Team Comments moderated by John Davidson, Mid - South Regional Manager, Camfil APC Installing a dust collector into your factory revolves around the want to keep employees, equipment and work areas safe from dust. Unfortunately, this installation often occurs under a grudge purchase situation. Although the...


Public Regulations and Private Railroads: The battle of weighing safety against cost

by Reed Reimer – Vice President of Business Development, R&R Contracting In a recent Reuters article, the topic of specialized railcar brakes, known as ECP (electronically controlled pneumatic) brakes, was discussed. Specifically, how Senate Republicans considered a proposal that would repeal the brake requirement. Class...


Companies Drill More, Faster

Despite the dramatic drop in oil prices, companies continue to drill more and faster. In a recent Wall Street Journal article it was pointed out that “But now, the easiest way for many producers to make up revenue lost to declining oil prices is to pump more.”...