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Training for international distributors


Following the success of the training sessions for its North and Latin American distributors, Weir Specialty Pumps hosted an international training session at its facility in Salt Lake City. Distributors from Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand, as well as colleagues from Weir


Minerals Netherlands, joined the Salt Lake City directors and regional managers to learn more about the benefits that Weir Specialty Pumps products can provide to the customer, in addition to hands-on pump assembly and examination.


Successful pump refurbish for Babcock


In October 2009, Weir Power & Industrial service centre near Cardiff in the UK commenced work on the refurbishment of a


large centrifugal pump at North Yard in Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth for Babcock. The original pump, that emptied the North Yard of water, was installed in 1936 and required refurbishment to be brought back to full operational performance. During the project, Weir provided a range of services for Bab- cock, including the refit of the impeller and spider, inspection of the pump and related equipment and the manufacture of additional parts. The pump was reinstalled and tested in 2010 and the rate at which the docks now empty of water has notably improved. Mike Reading, Babcock project manager, said: “Weir has


provided us with an excellent service during the refurbishment of the pump. All work was completed on time and our initial findings show that the performance of the pump has improved significantly. My appreciation extends to all Weir personnel involved in the proj- ect who worked to achieve a very professional conclusion.”


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Isogate valves replace competitor products


Weir Minerals have supplied a significant number of Isogate valves for JSW Steel Ltd, the second largest integrated private steel manufacturer in India in terms of installed capacity, replacing competitor products. JSW Steel Ltd have the most modern, eco-friendly steel plants with the latest technologies for upstream and downstream pro- cesses. The company operates the largest blast furnace in India where they previously used severe duty metal seated knife edge gate valves for slag granulation applications, from another manu- facturer, reaching temperatures of 90 degrees Celsius. The valve orders were secured following various trials, demon- strating high performance levels. Weir Minerals commenced the trials of Isogate valves when competitor valves failed within four months of beginning operation. Weir valves have been in action for a year and JSW Steel Ltd have confirmed that the product is the most suitable for this particular application.


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