How to Maximize the Efficiency of Mining Slurry Pump

In processing and mining operations, slurry pumping is an essential method of moving slurry across any distance. They also make up an important portion of total operating expenses, and any malfunction of this vital component can cause an entire mining operation to stop. Thus, improvements to the long-term performance of mining slurry pumps will yield significant bottom-line advantages for miners.

Despite their importance, the highly demanding nature of the application and the complex set of factors affecting slurry pump performance in mining operations mean that it is still relatively common to find pumps being operated inefficiently, or in ways that reduce equipment lifespan, resulting in lower overall efficiency and higher costs for the project.

Maximizing slurry pump efficiency requires the correct specification and selection of pumps and ensuring that they are optimally operated to deliver sustained efficiency and reliability over the longer term.

Optimizing the efficiency of slurry pumps over their entire service life requires:

• Specifying and selecting the right pump and other equipment for the application

• Ensuring the pump is operating at its best efficiency point (BEP) flow rate

• Regular monitoring and maintenance to prevent unplanned outages and declining performance

Handling Slurry is a very complex application

Slurry pumps must transport large quantities of slurry, made up of overburden and target minerals suspended in a transport fluid and transported to mineral extraction facilities for separation. They must, therefore, be able to handle hard, abrasive solids present in the slurry as well as occasionally, corrosion-causing fluids.