GROVETOWN, Georgia – GIW Industries, the leader in the design, manufacture, and application of heavy duty, centrifugal slurry pumps, is proud to announce success at a South American copper mine. The GIW solution quadrupled pump wear life and created dramatic savings for the mine’s tailings pumping operations.
The South American company had struggled for years to reduce maintenance downtime in its tailings operations. The tails were wearing out pumps more quickly than other equipment in the line, increasing the frequency of downtime.
Ronnie Willis, senior product manager of new materials at GIW, says, “They were having such severe wear that they were repairing the tailings pumps every 400 to 450 hours.”
The copper mine desperately needed a solution for more efficient operations.
GIW offered the answer. An LAS centrifugal slurry pumps was installed in a tailings booster application where GIW’s exclusive Enduraclad™ material was applied to the new suction liner.
“With the application of this new material,” Willis says, “they’ve been able to extend wear life up to 2,000 hours and also improved wear life of other related pump parts.”
This success comes from years of hard work. When Enduraclad made its debut in 2009, its uses were limited. It was only applied to suction liners and increased wear life up to three times. But since then, its capabilities have expanded to allow coating on other essential parts and enables it to provide even greater longevity for GIW pumps.
GIW is constantly looking at new materials and processes that can improve pump wear life for customers like the South American copper mine. GIW metallurgical experts are already testing new cladding materials that will last even longer than the current ones, and there may be even greater improvements in the future with enhanced Enduraclad material.
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