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Pump Fundamentals Blog

5 Reasons to Attend the GIW Slurry Course

At GIW, we are committed to going the extra mile when it comes to sharing our pumping expertise with customers and industry professionals. That’s why, for more than 40 years, we have hosted training courses on topics in slurry transport and pump maintenance. Our intensive..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Can We Avoid Clogging Our Vertical Pipelines?

This question is surprisingly common. Most people think of pipelines as running horizontally, but many GIW Industries, Inc. customers who pump ore need to move their material from the ground floor up three or four stories to a cyclone or other process operation.

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Do I Properly Change Packing?

Every good pump operator understands the importance of a functional and regularly maintained stuffing box. When working properly, the stuffing box separates rotating and non-rotating parts within the pump shaft and prevents slurry leakage. Less commonly understood, however,..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Why Are We Seeing Cracks in Our Impeller and Suction Liner?

Q: We're seeing the appearance of small cracks in our suction liner and impeller. The wear is unusual and seems premature. What's going on?

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What Does LSA Stand For?

What question does GIW hear most often from customers? Hands down, it’s this one: "What does LSA stand for?"

The LSA acronym's current meaning (and the one many readers might know) is "Low Maintenance, Severe Duty, Abrasion Resistant." The original meaning is a bit more..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What Causes Water Hammer?

Water hammer is just one of many phenomena that can turn a normal day of slurry pumping into a nightmare. Since the consequences of water hammer can be severe, pump operators must understand what it is, how it occurs, and how to avoid it.

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Do I Store My Pump?

At GIW Industries, Inc., we help our customers tackle some of the most complex pumping challenges every day. Although many problems make themselves known during the pumping process, others arise when the pump isn’t running or isn’t even assembled. One customer came to us with..

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Topics: GIW, Slurry Pump

What Are Murphian Particles?

To answer this question, we spoke with Reab Berry, former Head of Global Mining Training and Development for GIW Industries, Inc.

“There’s a particle size that’s well-known in the slurry transport industry as the Murphian particle size,” Mr. Berry says. “In the world of..

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Topics: GIW, Slurry Pump

Do I Have the Correct Lifting Device for my Pump Part?

GIW Industries, Inc. pump parts come in all shapes and sizes. Not knowing how to move them properly can complicate processes such as installation and removal. Improper transport procedures also risk damage to the pump or its operators. To ensure safety and avoid damage, you..

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Topics: GIW, Slurry Pump

What Are Some Common Slurry Pumping Questions?

When it comes to your everyday pumping questions, the answers aren’t always easy to find. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of solutions to some commonly asked questions GIW Industries, Inc. technicians have received over the years.

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Topics: GIW, Slurry Pump

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