As well complexities, temperatures, pressures and lateral lengths increase, so do the demands placed on service companies to provide capable rigs and technologies that operate in an efficient and safe manner. With many service companies taking a measured approach to increasing operating costs, oftentimes new pressure pumping equipment is not in the budget. New pumps are an expensive investment, causing many service companies to make existing equipment work. However, money is being invested in consumables (packing, pistons, valves, plungers, etc.), allowing older pumps to continue running even in today’s harsh conditions.