The High Cost of Ineffective Bearing Sealing in Slurry Pumps
This article originally appeared in the August 2023 issue of Pumps & Systems
Slurry pumps are commonly used in the mining industry to transport abrasive and corrosive slurries throughout the mining process. Due to the harsh nature of these processes, slurry pumps are prone to leakage and failure which can lead to high maintenance costs. Pump operators tend to focus the majority of their preventive maintenance efforts on the wet end of a pump (casing, impellers, etc.) because this is where most wear parts are located. However, frequent leakage within slurry pumps and the extremely wet environment created by flush water cause significant challenges for the bearing assembly which can lead to substantial, avoidable maintenance costs. In this article, Chris Solfelt, product manager, explores taking a proactive approach to effectively sealing slurry pump bearing assemblies and highlight the pros and cons of the most common types of bearing seals. Click the link below to read the full article in Pumps & Systems.