Sand/ Sludge/ Slurry
Let’s admit it – submersible pumps typically aren’t needed in sparkling, pristine environments. They’re meant to go down into dark, wet sumps, sewers, mines and muddy excavations. For the most part, correctly-selected and sized pumps do a terrific job pumping fluid. But not all fluids and operating environments are equal. Some are harsh and present hazards that require specific pumps to handle them.
What is a “harsh environment?” This refers to applications in which the liquid you are trying to pump contains materials that are especially damaging to a regular pump and/or the environment as a whole. Pumps not designed to handle harsh environments will likely lead to increased repair costs for your pump, as well as downtime that halts production. The good news is that there are pumps available that are built to handle these difficult applications.
The mining industry fluctuates by the prices of the items you’re mining. As you know, that means that opportunities come up fast. If you’ve ever experienced a jump in price for gold or copper, you know how important it is to act quickly. Being able to react requires durable, reliable pumps to remove ground water from your mine or quarry. As mines are further developed, you need higher heads to keep the site dry and allow for further development. Not all high head submersible pumps are the same. These are the three main considerations to finding the right high head pump.
Oil and gas drilling is tough on equipment, particularly the drill bit, which needs almost constant attention to keep the rig operating properly. Injecting drilling mud into the wellbore is among the most important techniques crews have to keep the drill bit and the rest of the operation on track. Drilling mud includes varying combinations of bentonite, barite, fresh- or salt-water, oil or other synthetic additives. This depends on the type of formation you’re drilling and the restrictions imposed by environmental regulations.