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Pump Fundamentals Blog

What Makes a Good Impeller?

If you’ve spent enough time around slurry pumps, you have probably learned how an impeller vane works, what it does, and when it should be retired from service. But what makes a particular impeller vane the right one for a given application?

The simple answer is there is no..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Much Seal Water Do I Need for My Pump’s Stuffing Box?

The standard seal arrangement for GIW Minerals LSA pumps is the stuffing box. The water supply for this seal cools and lubricates the packing. The seal water enters the stuffing box through two inlet ports and is distributed around the shaft sleeve by the lantern ring. The..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How Does the LCV Help Phosphate Miners?

A few years ago, engineers at a phosphate mine in Idaho faced a challenge that many others know all too well: premature failure of their pumps. The five pumps on site, all designed by a GIW competitor, lasted only a fraction of their advertised life. Also, the frequent..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What’s the Best Way to Store Pumps in Cold Weather?

If you work in the Oil Sands, you’re no stranger to tough, remote conditions — and neither is your equipment. However, our harsh winters can be especially hard on slurry systems, particularly if you haven’t properly winterized your pumps.

With so much moisture present during..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

5 Ways to Convince Your Boss to Send You to GIW’s Slurry Course

Training is essential to the continuous development of employees, helping them improve their skills and confidence on the job, which they can use to further their careers. Even one employee that undergoes further training can help their company move forward as a whole. That’s..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Celebrating Jon “Buz” Keith: 24 Years of Service

At GIW, we like to celebrate our employees, especially those who are retiring after decades of service. This year, we say a bittersweet goodbye to Product Manager Jon “Buz” Keith, who is retiring after almost 25 years at GIW. Buz is professional, even-keeled, and kind. He..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What Are KSB’s Reverse Engineering Services?

Today, downtime in any industry can mean a significant loss in production and revenue. Some original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts have long lead-times and they are not always be engineered to perform optimally for a specific application. Even more challenging, some OEM..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

What Makes the LSA Pump Great?

For nearly 130 years, GIW has produced and delivered the world’s best pumps to customers across a variety of industries and applications. Our oldest and most versatile pump is the LSA: the grandfather of all other pumps we offer. While our customers are more than familiar..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

Is Your Seal Flush Port in the Right Direction?

If you need to introduce less water into your shaft seal — or you’re using non-potable water in your shaft seal water supply system — you’re likely relying on a SpiralTrac™ seal instead of a lantern ring in your stuffing box.

“Most customers don’t have potable water, so what..

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Topics: Mining, GIW, Oil Sands

How can GIW serve you?

At GIW, we are lucky to have some of the smartest, most dedicated employees in the industry. From the engineers who design our pumps to the technicians who support our customers, each team member at our company plays a vital role in our success. One group of everyday heroes..

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Topics: Team Spotlight