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Our state-of-the-art labs in Calgary and Obed ensure that our products are all the best quality and can reach top performance.

We not only use our lab to test quality of proppants leaving our facilities but also the sand and proppants of our clients so that we can understand their needs and issues down to the finest grain of sand.

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Our commitment to testing and analysis sets Wayfinder apart. We test for five key reasons:

  1. QUALITY

    QUALITY CONTROL

    We throughly monitor the quality of the sand and resin coated proppants that move through our facilities. All our products meet API/ISO standards.

    ENSURING CORRECT SPECIFICATIONS

    We ensure our resin coated sand facility is manufactured to our exact specifications through quality control, analysis, and testing.

    QUARANTINE OUTLIERS

    We catch, remove, and quarantine any products that do not meet specifications, adhering to the highest product quality for our clients.

  2. PERFORMANCE

    FLOWBACK analysis & MONITORING

    As we analyze initial frac flowback to verify performance of resin coated proppants, we also analyze and monitor production flowback return samples to confirm the performance of our sand separators.

    The key items we analyze are:
    • Amount of solids flowing back

    • Size of solids flowing back

    • Composition of the solids

    • If flowback particles are crushed

    • Size of solids separators are catching

    FRAC DESIGN

    We analyze and monitor performance so that our experts can offer insights towards our clients’ frac designs. We believe in continuous improvement throughout the full life-cycle of proppant.

  3. RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

    • Constantly improving Wayfinder current resin coatings.

    • Continuous development of new, value-add coatings for resin coated sand.

    • Staying at the forefront of new technology and industry requirements to provide utmost value through Wayfinder’s product offerings.

  4. EDUCATION

    CLIENT NEEDS

    It is important for our clients to understand how Wayfinder’s products and approach is different from our peers. Through testing and analysis, we can provide our clients with relevant and exact specifications of our products with data that we can standby. We offer a comprehensive training program for our clients to aid in the understanding of proppants.

    COMPARISONS

    API/ISO standard testing allows us to compare and ensure the same procedure is followed for a sound ‘apples to apples’ comparison of all proppants and sand that come through our facilities. We can ensure specification consistency through testing, including: size and shape, conductivity and permeability, crush resistance, and turbidity.

  5. EXPLORATION

    NEW DISCOVERIES

    Through testing and analysis our lab assists our exploration team as they look for new sand deposits. Our lab can test mineralogy and a number of other factors to ensure discoveries are of the best quality.


Lab Test Capabilities:

  • Particle size distribution

  • Sphericity, roundness

  • Crush resistance

  • Apparent, absolute, bulk density

  • Optical microscopy

  • Turbidity

  • Chemical composition, mineralogy (XRD, EDS, ICP)

  • Unconfined compressive strength (UCS)

  • Loss on ignition (LOI)

  • Stick point

  • pH measurement

  • Chemical resistance

  • Surface energy