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Single Phasing in Electric Motors

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Causes and Solutions to Protect your Motor I once had a customer ask me for some advice to help them come up with some ideas as to why their pump would trip as soon as it was lowered into slurry.I asked questions such as: Have you checked for proper rotation? Did you check for pluggage in the discharge line? After … Read More

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Slurry Pumps: The Ultimate Preventive Maintenance Guide

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Are your slurry pumps in good condition? I travel to customer sites on a weekly basis and I see a full range of good and bad when it comes to pump maintenance. I decided to write a blog on the most common preventive maintenance tips concerning the Hevvy/Toyo line of pumps so it’s available even when I’m not. This list … Read More

6 Pipeline Flow Issues and How to Avoid Them

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One of a pump operator’s worst fears is a plugged pipeline. Some believe this to only be a concern when dealing with extremely heavy slurries but this is far from the truth. Today we will discuss several causes of plugged lines and how to avoid these highly expensive and time-consuming problems. 1. “Sanded in” Is the most common form of … Read More

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Ghost in the Pump

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Pumping Industry Solutions I received a call from a customer that one of our new pumps was acting up. The pump would quit pumping and then all of a sudden start again. They pulled the trouble pump out of service, replaced it with a spare, and asked me to come on site to perform an inspection. I arrived onsite and with the help of customer’s … Read More

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No Flow Meter, No Problem

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The Open Pipe Flow Measurement Method Over the years our team has been involved in countless pump start ups, many of which were field applications where instrumentation was non existent.  There is always an expectation of a specific flow rate or at least a minimum flow rate. Without a flow meter, how do you know if your pump is performing with … Read More

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Grease the Bearings

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Put Bearing Misconceptions to Rest One of the most common failures that I encounter in my travels is customers often times do not grease the bearings in our vertical series of pumps. Because of this, most of our pump failures involve the lower bearing. Customers will often grease the upper bearings assuming the grease makes its way down to the lower bearing. This … Read More

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What is the Number One Cause of Pump Motor Failure and How Can it be Prevented?

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According to our electrical team, heat is the number one cause of motor failure. It simply kills them. Temperatures near or above the insulation rating of your motor will cause your motor’s insulation to deteriorate faster, ultimately resulting in premature motor failure. Defining the starting limit for your pump’s electric motors  Our team is often asked one important question: How … Read More

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What is the Difference Between Malleability and Ductility?

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In the blog article, “Thermal Shock” I used the word ductility. This word is one of a handful of terms commonly used to describe the characteristics of metals and how they react to externally applied forces. Terms such as malleability, hardness, brittleness, toughness, abrasion resistant and impact resistant are commonly used when describing metals but not always completely understood. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN … Read More

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How Do You Solve Vibration Issues in a Slurry Pump?

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Vibration issues with your slurry pump might be obvious: your slurry pump shakes like a wet dog, or subtle: you keep losing bearings or seals prematurely and don’t understand why. In either case vibration can cause a number of problems with your pump that can lead to costly repairs, downtime and shorter mean times between failure.  How to Confirm a … Read More