*Electrifying Fracturing Fleets: A Case Study in OEM Innovation*
In the heart of Houston, Texas, a renowned oil and gas electric fleet builder was about
to embark on an audacious journey. With a legacy of manufacturing heavy equipment
and e-house solutions, they saw an opportunity to steer their fracturing fleets away from
diesel and towards electric power. The president of this innovative original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) recognized the immense potential in this endeavor and sought out
the expertise of Wesco to turn this vision into reality.
The challenge was monumental. As a traditional OEM deeply rooted in the oil and gas
industry, transitioning their fracturing fleets from diesel to electric power required a
complete overhaul of their manufacturing processes and a profound shift in their product
line. Not only did they need to develop entirely new equipment, but they also had to
ensure that these innovations met the stringent technical and regulatory standards of
the industry. The challenge extended beyond technology, reaching into supply chain
management and customer service. To rise to this challenge, they needed a partner
who could offer not just products, but a comprehensive solution that integrated
seamlessly into their ambitious vision.
Recognizing the enormity of the task at hand, the manufacturer approached Wesco, a
global leader in electrical, communications and utility products, solutions and services.
What set Wesco apart was their Technology and Support Services (TSS) team – a
dedicated group of experts offering technical insight and expertise. This team played a
pivotal role in this transformation, right from the design stage.
One of the early challenges was engineering the low- and medium-voltage control
systems. Wesco's TSS team, with their deep understanding of electrical systems, was
instrumental in selecting the ideal cabling to exceed the rigorous technical and
regulatory specifications. By doing so, they managed to minimize the need for bespoke
products and standardized parts, which, in turn, helped eliminate engineering change
orders and long lead time parts. The use of standardized products coupled with a
vendor-managed inventory program ensured a cost-effective and resilient supply chain.
But it didn't stop at products and supply chain solutions. The TSS team went beyond,
offering a preventive maintenance solution that leveraged cutting-edge sensors and
software. This ingenious approach was designed to deliver a truly differentiated service
level to the customers. It ensured not only the reliability and longevity of the electric
fracturing fleets but also allowed for proactive maintenance, thus preventing downtime
and maintaining peak operational efficiency.
The partnership between the OEM and Wesco bore fruit, and the results spoke for
themselves. In the first two years since the implementation of the project, the customer
successfully electrified their fracturing fleets, aligning with their end user's carbon
reduction initiatives. This transition marked a significant stride towards a greener and
more sustainable approach in the oil and gas industry.
The collaboration didn't just lead to the adaptation of new technologies; it enabled the
successful launch of an entirely new product line. This revolutionary move broadened
the company's horizons, positioning them as a leader in electrified fracturing fleets. The
integration of electric power not only met the industry's changing demands but also
showcased a deep commitment to environmental responsibility.
This transformation wasn't solely about technology; it was about partnerships, trust and
innovation. It was about recognizing a challenge and turning it into an opportunity. The
oil and gas electric fleet builder's transition from diesel to electric was a testament to
their vision, the dedication of their team and the strategic support they received from
In this ever-evolving world, it's not just about keeping pace with change; it's about
leading the charge. And for those who dare to envision a greener, more sustainable
future, the journey is not just electrifying – it's electrified.
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