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Why Is Slurry Coming Out of My Stuffing Box?

One pump operator recently came to GIW Industries, Inc., with a startling but not unique problem: Slurry was leaking from the back of his stuffing box. We reached out to Technical Services Manager Kenny Meyer about stuffing box malfunctions, some potential consequences, and..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Do I Stop Airlock from Happening?

 

When it comes to extracting materials from a slurry, the method of extraction can have as many consequences as it does advantages. In some processes, air is injected into the slurry, which separates the desired materials (such as ore) from the discardable liquid. Froth..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What’s the Difference Between Settling and Non-Settling Slurries?

 

When it comes to efficient slurry pumping, understanding how the solids within a slurry behave is very important. Depending on the particle size, distribution, concentration, and character of solids, the slurry can be either “settling” or “non-settling.” Non-settling..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Why Do Slurry Pumps Experience High Wear at Low Flow Rates?

 

If you’re an experienced slurry pump operator, you’re aware of some of the reasons for high rates of pump wear — which can negatively affect pump performance over time. Although slurry characteristics such as particle size and concentration may first come to mind, an..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Can I Determine if My Bearing Assembly Requires Breathers?

 

If you own or have ever seen an older pump’s bearing assembly, you’re probably familiar with the old oil breather. If this is the case, you may be surprised or confused when you see a GIW® Minerals pump that doesn’t have one.

That’s because GIW bearing assemblies no longer..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What Do I Do with My White Iron Scraps?

 

It may be comforting to know that if your slurry pump breaks down, GIW Industries has your back. Our team of service techs can help you repair or replace your equipment. But what happens to the scrap that gets left behind?

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Does Slurry Cause Friction Losses?

 

On a day-to-day basis, slurry pump operators need to consider a range of critical factors, from particle size and flow rate to concentration and part wear. Among these is the phenomenon of pipe friction loss due to solids, which if not accounted for can affect the..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Are All Our Pumps Related?

 

With so many product lines and acronyms, it can seem as though all of the pumps produced by GIW Industries Inc. are a bit random. However, our products are more related than you may realize. Each pump is a unique part of a giant family tree and, like any family, we have all..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

5 Slurry Pump Hacks You Need to Know

It seems like a hack exists for everything these days. From a quicker way to wash your car to unusual ways to remove wood scuffs, there’s a shortcut for doing just about all your everyday chores better, faster, or cheaper. What about at work, though? If you’re pumping slurry,..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What Happens When You Combine Slurry Pumps and Baby Powder?

It may sound like an odd pairing, but baby powder and your slurry pumps actually have a lot in common.

Talcum powder acts as a dry lubricant and can absorb moisture, oils, and odors. These properties make it an important ingredient in baby powders, foot powders, first-aid..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

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