OmniTRAX affiliate patents dry-bulk shipping container

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New, patented, jumbo bins carry up to 25 tons of frac sand and other materials, according to OmniTRAX officials.
DENVER — A new truck and rail system for hauling bulk commodities such as frac sand has been awarded a patent, OmniTRAX officials say.

Arrows Up LLC, developer of the now patented Jumbo Bin, is the most recent addition to OmniTRAX, one of the continent's largest railroad and transportation-management companies. Patents are pending for other features of the system.

"The Arrows Up Jumbo Bin holds up to 25 tons of frac sand or other material, and replaces significant storage and transportation infrastructure in the oil and gas and industrial supply chains," officials say in a news release. "It also creates trucking and rail efficiencies, eliminates the need for dust suppression equipment, decreases product shrinkage by reducing the number of product transfers and can be moved by standard transportation equipment enabling customers to control costs."

While the bins may look like little more than cubes, slightly larger than the width and height of a standard shipping container, a special feature hides behind skirting around the bottom. With a related lift frame, three bins can be raised and gravity-fed chutes deployed to direct the contents.

The companies say in the case of frac sand for developing oil and gas wells the system delivers the contents directly to wellhead blenders 90-percent faster than pneumatic systems while virtually eliminating exposure to silica dust.

In addition to operating railroads that originate and terminate energy-related commodities, OmniTRAX Energy Solutions manages frac-sand terminals and transload facilities across the country.

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