Allison’s New Frack Rig Transmission
By Mike Brezonick01 June 2021
Allison Transmission, the Indianapolis, Ind.-headquartered designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified propulsion solutions, has announced the launch of a new transmission for hydraulic fracturing applications.
The Allison FracTran is a purpose-built transmission for hydraulic fracturing rigs and the newest member of the company’s Oil Field Series transmission line. Allison said the new unit is engineered to meet the continually evolving demands of the hydraulic fracturing industry and is the result of extensive voice of customer insights as well as an analysis of duty cycle information from decades of Allison products operating in frack applications.
“As hydraulic fracturing fleets and operators move toward higher horsepower, smaller spreads to reduce their environmental footprint, and seek shorter times to reach depth in search of improved sustainability, efficiency and profitability, Allison is innovating with them to remain a desired partner of choice for the energy market,” said John Coll, senior vice president of Global Marketing, Sales, and Service at Allison Transmission. “Allison is committed to our energy customers and has invested significant resources to bring them the product they demanded, FracTran.”
Based on current market demand, Allison said the FracTran transmission will be launched with a rating of 3300 hp and 10,000 lb. ft. of input torque, but the unit is capable of up to 3500 hp with no hardware modifications required. Allison said the FracTran offers a service life up to 25,000 hours and an overhaul that provides a second life without hard parts replacement resulting in low total cost of ownership. It is available with eight ranges and multiple gear ratio options, as well as filter and fluid life prognostics, a transmission-mounted control module, torsional measuring diagnostics and an on-rig telematics gateway.
Allison hosted an event at its global headquarters in Indianapolis to kick off its FracTran road show and over the next several months, the company will visit dozens of cities in North America to showcase FracTran to customers and industry partners. Start of production is scheduled for 2023.