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Pump Fundamentals Blog

What is the Right Torque for My Assembly Fasteners?

The process of assembling a pump system comes with many steps and plenty of room for error. That’s why operators must understand the requirements for pump assembly related to fastener torque, which is often considered the most important part of assembly. Here is what you..

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Topics: Mining, GIW

Do You Have Pump Smarts?

Every pump operator — from engineers with years of experience to those just starting their careers — understands the importance of continued learning. Although many engineers consider themselves slurry pump experts, even the most seasoned professionals occasionally make..

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Topics: Mining, GIW

Why Are There 2 Notches in GIW Shaft Sleeve Gaskets?

A gasket is just a gasket, right? It’s just a ring that sits next to the impeller.

So why do GIW Industries Inc. gaskets have notches in them?

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Topics: Mining, GIW

Why Do We Need Warning Plates on Our Pumps?

After a recent training course, one of our participants sent us a compelling question. He noted that the training had emphasized the importance of the warning plates GIW Industries, Inc. affixes to our slurry pumps. He said some of the plates were missing from his older..

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Topics: Mining, GIW

What Are the Symptoms of Airlock in Froth Applications?

Every pumping operation comes with a unique set of challenges. Some of these challenges emerge as a result of the techniques or tools used to extract the product. For example, some operators add chemical agents to their slurry that froth and separate the desired ore from the..

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Topics: Mining, GIW

Who Builds the Slurry Course Demos?

GIW would not be the company it is today, consistently meeting the needs of our customers without the dedication of our talented employees. The GIW family is proud to have passionate team members located around the world. We are grateful for each employee’s contributions...

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Topics: Mining, GIW

Can a Slurry Pump Really “Snore?”

Pump “snoring” or “snore state” refers to a pump’s continuous operation despite the absence of liquid. Many pumping operations have collection tanks designed to capture runoff or wash-down liquid and solids. A pump is used to remove that slurry before it overflows into the..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Understanding the Practice of Pumping Through

In general, the practice of “pumping through” an idle pump should be avoided. Energy is wasted and the wetted parts of the pump will still wear out, in some cases faster than a normally operating pump, due to the undesirable flow patterns caused by pumping through. In cases..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

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