Volume 5, Issue 2
Published: March 10, 2017
Large problem, large solution

In 2009, after years of dealing with poorly performing mill pumps requiring a costly mill outage every 800 hours, leaders of a major Chilean copper mine began looking for an alternate supplier that could help them maintain a more reliable shutdown schedule, minimise expenses, and meet a high safety standard. GIW Industries, a heavy-duty centrifugal slurry equipment, pumps, and parts designer and manufacturer, helped the mine achieve what it thought impossible: developing a mill pump that can run at least 4,000 hours continuously without shutdown.

Not only did GIW meet the customer's needs, but its innovative improvements to material developments in the high wear wet end components will save this massive copper mine an estimated $6 million (€5.3m) per mill line. Before GIW engineers were tasked with the project, employees dedicated upfront time to familiarise themselves with the mine's operations while helping its owners overcome issues with cyclone-feed pumps in their concentrator plants.

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