Driver Jolene Kraehbiel [on left] gets some help in cutting a hose from Rose Slaugh, Glenbench shop manager.
Keith Muir, Vernal shop manager, discussed vehicle maintenance issues with newly hired drivers during their orientation. Drivers are an important part of the RNI preventive maintenance effort.
Dragon Products Ltd has become the primary supplier of vacuum trailers to the RNI fleet. The non-code carbon steel tanks have a 130-barrel capacity. Single-point spring suspensions are preferred because they do a better job of handling the rough roads in the gas fields.
Vacuum transports unload production water for processing at the collection pit next to the Glenbench maintenance shop. RNI operates six collection pits throughout its operating area.
Stainless and carbon steel truck-mounted vacuum tanks typically have an 80-barrel capacity. Most of the stainless tanks were built by Acro, and the newest carbon steel tanks are from Independent Tank Truck.
Rough operating conditions in the Uinta Basin eat up tires. While the gas fields were booming last summer, the Glenbench shop was getting 120 new tires each week just for the 100 trucks assigned to that facility.
ProTech supplies many of the truck- and trailer-mounted toolboxes that are used to store fittings and other equipment.
RNI specifies National Vacuum Equipment and Masport vacuum pumps on its vacuum trucks and tractors.
Most of the trucks and tractors in the RNI fleet have been outfitted with Qualcomm's satellite tracking and communication system.
Tire chains are needed virtually year round in the harsh operating environment of Utah's Uinta Basin.
Behind these RNI vacuum transports are a series of frac tanks used in the process of drilling natural gas wells. RNI owns several hundred frac tanks that it leases to the drilling companies.
A convoy of RN Industries vacuum transports arrives at a natural gas rig site in Utah's Uinta Basin. RNI's 200-vacuum-truck fleet hauls fresh water to the drilling rigs and removes production water for processing at designated, licensed facilities.
Nancy Mieure is one of several women mechanics working in the RNI maintenance program. Assigned to the Vernal UT shop, she is the mechanic working under the tractor in the cover photograph.
RNI's Glenbench UT shop is one of the busiest in the system because it is positioned in the heart of the Uinta Basin gas fields served by the fleet.
Roger Chapman built RN Industries into one of the largest vacuum fleets serving the companies drilling for natural gas in the Unita basin.
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