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Pump Fundamentals Blog

Which Pipe Design Should I Avoid for My Slurry Pipeline?

Which of the following pipes should be avoided in a settling slurry pipeline?

  1. Horizontal pipes
  2. Vertical pipes
  3. Inclined pipes

The answer is . . . C!

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Not Pumping So Hot? Did you consider NPSH?

Centrifugal pumps are fairly robust pieces of equipment and generally deliver the intended results when sized and installed properly. But sometimes, if all factors aren’t considered, one might find themselves with a misbehaving pump (i.e., one that vibrates excessively, fails..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

KSB Group: Safe & Sustainable Mining Operations

KSB Group is serious about environmental sustainability and safety standards. Our suppliers and business partners are required to comply with international standards for human rights and environmental impact. We ensure environmental and social responsibility, occupational..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

When It’s Time for Preventive Maintenance (PM), Do You Know Where — and How — Your Cartridge Bearing Assemblies Are?

You count on cartridge bearing assemblies (CBAs) to keep your pumps running smoothly, and if you treat them well, they’ll do just that. CBAs on GIW® pumps don’t require much maintenance in short- or long-term storage. Just a few key steps will keep them in good working order..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Desmond Wilson Raises the Bar for Pump Repair Services

Account Manager Desmond Wilson is well known in the oil sands for his slurry pump expertise. With his rare passion for slurry transport, Mr. Wilson is a gold mine of experience, knowledge, and added value for KSB customers.

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

KSB Around the World: Mining Expertise in Chile

Chile is the number one producer of copper in the world, yielding more than 5.7 million tonnes of copper in 2020 — according to NS Energy — with an estimated 200 million more tonnes of reserves. KSB has been serving the Chilean mining industry for more than 20 years. With..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

GIW’s Metallurgical Lab Forges Ahead with R&D

Recently, GIW commissioned a brand-new research and development (R&D) foundry to stay on the cutting edge of alloy innovation. Our world-class facility is led by KSB’s Director of Metallurgy and Materials R&D, Dr. Harry Tian. Dr. Tian is a well-respected researcher with..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Why Even Larger Pumps Are on the Horizon

Mining and dredging operators are seeing an increase in production due to socioeconomic trends and increased demand for mined goods. While this increase is a good thing for the industry, it means that operators need to consider the costs of pump maintenance and replacement as..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Meet the Professors — Interview with Václav Matoušek

Václav Matoušek is a respected professor who has been researching the topic of slurry transport for 30 years. He has written two theses on the topic and shares his knowledge of slurry pumping as one of the professors of the GIW course “Transportation of Solids Using..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

4 Tips for Selecting a Pump Supplier

For 150 years, KSB has been creating, installing, repairing, and maintaining pumps and valves. We’ve been at the forefront of the mining industry in some of the toughest conditions, and we apply that toughness to our service standards. Here are four reasons why you should..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands