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Clogged Slurry Pipeline? Learn How to Prevent Sanding

Are you experiencing issues with your slurry pipeline? Your system may be delivering insufficient tonnage, or your flow rates may be lower than you’d like. A range of factors could be responsible for these pipeline troubles, but a significant one to watch for is slurry..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Top 6 Causes of Slurry Pump Problems

If you’re a slurry pump operator, problems like leakage, overheating, and system inefficiencies may keep you up at night. Such pumping system issues are often more complex and expensive than you might realize. In fact, over 80% of all pumping problems have to do with the..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Do I Prevent Slurry Pump Abrasion and Corrosion?

In the long run, nothing is as crucial to slurry pump design as wear life. On any given day, countless particles and chemicals within slurry can wear down pump parts and negatively affect performance. The two phenomena most responsible for everyday wear impact on pump part..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Slurry Pumps vs. Water Pumps: Why Do I Need A Slurry Pump?

When it comes to slurry transportation, familiarity with pumps and their parts is par for the course. However, it’s also important to understand what goes into each element of slurry transport. That understanding starts with a few basic questions: “What’s the difference..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What’s in a Pump? Centrifugal Slurry Pump Designs and Parts

Are you dealing with an underperforming pump? Are you trying to decide which centrifugal slurry pump will best meet your growing facility’s needs? When it’s time to replace parts or select a new pump, operation managers have many choices — and they go far beyond the basic..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How to Match Pump Part Life with Maintenance Cycles

High-performing centrifugal slurry pumps are vital to your operation’s success. The parts you supply those pumps with are even more important since they ensure your pumps operate at optimal efficiency. Without quality parts, pumps can suffer and require increased maintenance..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Can I Read or Correct a Water Curve for My Specific Slurry Properties?

Pump performance curves help slurry pump owners and operators select their pumps and operate them optimally. How can pump owners calculate their slurry performance curves, and should they be able to read water curves manually?

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Why Can’t I Remove My Impeller from My Pump Shaft?

Since impellers are high-wearing slurry pump components, owners and operators need to maintain and remove impellers from their pump shafts when shaft sleeves or the impellers themselves require repairs or replacement. In fact, maintenance is of special importance as the..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Which Type of Slurry Pump Is Best for My Application?

What’s in your slurry? When it comes to choosing the right slurry pump for your application, you have a few options to choose from. Learn more about slurry pump types, what materials suit each pump best, and how to find the right type.

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Topics: Tech Tips, GIW, Oil Sands

What Slurry Pump Maintenance Can I Perform — and When Should I Call the Experts?

Like so many other machines, slurry pumps require regular maintenance to function optimally and reliably. Without proper care, pumps can suffer catastrophic failures, which can result in unscheduled repairs, potential injury, and facility downtime. Even if they don’t fail,..

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Topics: Tech Tips, GIW, Oil Sands

What Are Lifting Devices and Why Do I Need One?

Choosing the proper GIW Industries Inc. pump based on your needs is only the first step toward achieving enhanced operational efficiency. Finding and incorporating equipment necessary for installation and maintenance come next. Lifting devices are high on that list, necessary..

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Topics: Mining, GIW

Best Method for Pump Shaft Sleeve Removal

GIW Industries Inc. pumps are integral to mining operations and proper pump maintenance is always a top priority. The key to maintaining any complex machinery is being proactive rather than reactive. That’s why shaft sleeves and their maintenance are so essential to slurry..

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Topics: Mining, GIW

How Do I Tighten Mechanical Seals in My Pumps?

While many centrifugal slurry pump owners choose expellers or stuffing boxes over mechanical seals, mechanical seals can offer significant savings if maintained correctly. They eliminate the need for gland water that stuffing boxes require, minimizing water consumption and..

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Topics: Tech Tips, GIW, Oil Sands

6 Steps to Properly Pack Your Stuffing Box for Prolonged Pump Life

Equipment retention is a critical aspect in maintaining any piece of machinery. But knowing the right steps and the right tools you need to keep your equipment functioning properly can get tricky. When it comes to centrifugal slurry pump maintenance, a stuffing box is the..

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Topics: Tech Tips, GIW, Oil Sands

Slurry Pump Lubrication: Choosing the Best Oil for the Job

It’s a common-sense fact: Lubrication plays a vital role in the function and longevity of any pump. However, users often overlook the type of oil used.

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Topics: GIW, Slurry Pump

Reading Slurry Pump Performance Curves Like a Pro

One of the best ways to determine a pump’s capabilities is by looking at a pump performance curve. When read properly, this graph can tell you the exact flow rate and pressure at which your pump should be running for maximum efficiency. Combined with a system curve, which..

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Topics: GIW, Oil Sands

Catastrophic Slurry Pump Cavitation — and How to Avoid It

Are you struggling with your centrifugal slurry pump? Maybe you’re dealing with serious pump damage, ranging from pump housing failure to impeller destruction. Perhaps you’re baffled by excess energy usage. Or, possibly most obvious of all, you could be hearing distinct..

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Topics: GIW, Oil Sands

How to Increase System Efficiencies in Multiple Pump Startup

Whether you’re moving tailings a long distance or working in a demanding mill circuit application, chances are good you’ll be relying on more than one pump to get the job done. Installing a series of slurry pumps can eradicate high flow and high head issues, and it also..

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Topics: GIW, Oil Sands

How Can I Prepare My Pumps for Cold Winter Weather?

Winter is coming; are your pumps ready? Here are the steps you should take to ensure your pumps are primed for even the harshest conditions.

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Topics: GIW, Oil Sands

Is My Pump Operating at Its Optimum Rate?

If you’re struggling with the wear life of your pump’s parts, you may not be operating optimally. Use these tips to boost your efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. 

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Topics: GIW, Oil Sands

You Don't Have to Sacrifice High Efficiency for Reliability

The development engineers at KSB have not only improved the operating reliability of the proven waste water hydraulic systems but also increased the pump’s hydraulic efficiency. KSB introduces the new generation KRT with the new Max impellers.
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Topics: Wastewater

Boiler Feed Water Pump Local Instrumentation - Necessity or Nuisance?

Anyone remember the old cars of the 1950’s and 1960’s? They all pretty much came equipped with an ammeter, an oil pressure gauge, a water temperature gauge as well as a speedometer and a fuel level gauge. Then came the 70’s, 80’s, even the 90’s and turn of the century cars,..
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Topics: Energy

Variable Frequency Drive in Wastewater Treatment Stations

Topics: Wastewater

Part 3 of the Series on Global Wastewater Challenges

Operating a wastewater facility is no easy task in today’s world. There are many challenges that owners / operators face, including sewage composition, water consumption, and an aging infrastructure. In the case of sewage composition, the composition of wastewater can be very..

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Topics: Wastewater

How can you boost the relability of your boiler feed water pump?

With modern combined cycle power/steam generation plants, the Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) is the major connection from the Combustion Turbine Generator (CTG) to the Steam Turbine Generator (STG).

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Topics: Energy

Why Anti-Friction Bearings Are Heating Up

We work with many clients across the continent, and it has become very simple to see a trend in their types of questions and concerns. From these trends, you many times find that an effect of an issue can mask the real problems that are occurring. Rolling element bearings..

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Topics: Tech Tips

The Basics of Anti-Friction Pump Bearings

Topics: Tech Tips

Hard Iron versus Cast Iron Impellers for Non-Clog Sewage Pumps

When specifying the impeller material for a non-clog sewage pump, how do you know whether to select cast iron or hard iron material? Usually, a hard iron material is only required if your non-clog pump utilizes a semi-open impeller. A semi-open impeller does not have a shroud..

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Topics: Wastewater

Chopping or Cutting: what is the best method in handling difficult waste water applications?

Part 2 of 6 Series - Chopping or Cutting: what is the best method in handling difficult waste water applications?

While chopper or cutter pumps are often specified for difficult waste water applications, it is important for end users and engineers to consider the whole..

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Topics: Wastewater

Global Wastewater Challenges Place Pressure on Aging Infrastructure

Part 1 of 6 Series - Complex problems for sewer systems worldwide caused by shifting trends in water use and a changing sewage composition.

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