See the Amazing Evolution of Super Pumps
We’ve all heard the saying, “Bigger isn’t always better.” However, in the case of slurry pumps, engineering shows us that bigger really can be better — especially when they’re used in extreme applications.
In systems that move both large and small particles, slower speeds reduce the impact of large rocks. With a large pump, you can get the same or greater throughput as with a smaller pump but with a reduced impeller speed. This slower impeller speed is vital to extending a pump’s wear life and reducing downtime, and for operations in harsh environments, the savings can be extraordinary.
That’s why it’s no surprise that we at GIW Industries Inc. have seen a continual increase in pump size over the past several decades in the world of slurry transport. In fact, today’s largest “super pumps” have impellers that measure as much as 84 inches in diameter!
To see just how far pumps have come, we took a look through GIW’s book, Georgia Iron Works: The First 100 Years, which highlights the company’s history from its inception in 1891. These images do a great job illustrating how much GIW’s pumps and operational capacity have grown over the last century. These pictures also reflect our foundational commitment to innovation, which will continue pushing us to make our pumps better — and possibly even bigger! — long into the future.