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Mine dewatering skids can present safety issues due to their moving parts


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Install smart and durable pumping systems to keep your operation running safely and effi ciently, says John Dean


product or to siphon away waste and excess water, pumps surround the operation. However, mined materials are not always soft, safe and easy to handle. A lot of damage can be done to the pumps trying to process these materials, and this costs money in repair and compromises safety. To ensure safety and effi ciency in the mining industry, it is important to install pumping equipment that can handle the job.


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he mining industry is supported by a vast system of pumps and pipes. Whether to transport slurries fi lled with


A great variety of media must be


conveyed during mining projects. As companies penetrate deeper into the earth seeking natural resources, they encounter a host of extraneous and/or waste materials that must be siphoned away. Sometimes the substance being mined is extracted from sludges and slurries created by the mining process. In this case, the material must be safely pumped away for further processing. When mining for precious metals and minerals, stone bearing these substances is often crushed into a slurry that must then be transported for chemical extraction and processing via pumping systems. Although


water is sometimes added to make transport easier, many slurries are eventually thickened to help separate the desired solids and to help with waste management. T e waste from processing and/or extraction, called the tailings, is pumped into a waste area or facility for later disposal. Pumps are also required to dose materials with additives, such as adding diff erent kinds of chemicals for treatment and processing or adding fl occulants to waste water to promote clumping and ease of fi ltration. Mining operations drain water from slurries of product to help extract the desired substance and from waste to


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