Weir Minerals Floway Pumps unveiled the new Floway VTSP (vertical turbine slurry pump), which it claims has been demonstrated to last four times longer in solids handling services. The patented VTSP bearing design allows for continuous operation in applications with a maximum solid content of 10% by weight and excursions of 20% by weight during temporary upset conditions.
This design results in a longer mean time between required maintenance and an overall reduction in the customer’s total operational costs. “Wear life is critical in many pump applications and the existing technology was not producing acceptable results,” said Daniel Boldt, product engineering manager at Weir Minerals Floway Pumps. “Due to the demanding nature of abrasive services, design innovation was required to realize a significant improvement in wear life. After extensive design work and both in-house and field testing, the new VTSP product line demonstrated a notable advantage over traditional vertical turbine designs.”