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DEWATERING LEADER OFFERS GROWING RANGE OF PUMPING SOLUTIONS

With its solid technical expertise and market experience in dewatering, slurry and sludge pumping solutions, Integrated Pump Technology has proved its capacity to support the highest quality pump brands.

Its offering recently grew from its established range of Grindex and Faggiolati submersible pumps to include the well respected Godwin range of diesel driven pumps. Justin Bawden, Key Accounts Manager at Jet Park-based Integrated Pump Technology, explains that this adds considerable value to customers – as the pumping business is all about matching the right pump to each specific duty and application.

“The Godwin range of diesel powered pumps is a great boost for customers wanting to deploy a robust pumping solution in locations where electricity is not available,” says Bawden. “As important as the quality of these pumps, though, is our ability to support them to the demanding standards set by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).”

To service its submersible and diesel driven ranges of pumps, Integrated Pump Technology boasts a modern technical workshop and warehouse which ensures that customers experience quick access to the equipment, servicing and spare parts they need. He highlights that the company’s active network of distributors around southern Africa visit customers regularly to offer support and technical advice.

“We are pleased to now be able to offer the diesel driven option too, allowing customers to conduct pumping operations in areas where there may be no electrical power supply,” says Bawden. The versatile Godwin range extends from entry level units reaching heads of 15 metres and maximum flow rates of 200 m3 per hour – right up to large units pumping to 180 metre heads and achieving flow rates of 1300 m3 per hour.

The company is also the Southern African distributor of the world class Grindex submersible pump range, and among the smart features of the Grindex pumps, which range from 0,42 kW to 90 kW, are extra protection such as phase rotation and phase loss to avoid overheating. There is also high chrome, wear resistant material in the slurry pumps to extend service life. Included in the company’s pump offering is the Faggiolati pump range which addresses important specific applications as it can be flameproofed, and can also be fitted with chopping impellers to deal with fibrous material in water.

INTEGRATED PUMP TECHNOLOGY NOW EXCLUSIVE GODWIN PUMP DISTRIBUTOR IN ZAMBIA/DRC

South Africa based, Integrated Pump Technology has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for Godwin diesel driven dewatering pumps in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This strategic move underscores Integrated Pump Technology’s remarkable success in providing high performance dewatering pump solutions across the mining sector in the region. 

Jordan Marsh, Managing Director at Integrated Pump Technology, says the company’s appointment not only grants customers access to the full spectrum of Godwin dewatering pump units but also marks the introduction of the powerful Godwin HL270, the largest dewatering pump in the range, to customers in the region.

Designed to tackle the unique challenges posed by dewatering in deeper mines as well as in high pressure water transfer applications with remarkable efficiency, the diesel driven Godwin HL270 is destined to become a popular choice for mining operations in both Zambia and the DRC. 

The Godwin HL270, one of the latest additions to the Godwin pump range, is set to change dewatering in the mining industry. With a maximum head of 300 metres and a higher efficiency impeller, the HL270 offers an unparalleled solution for mines operating at greater depths while minimising power consumption. 

One of its standout features is its ability to automatically prime to 8.5 metres of suction lift from a dry start. Moreover, this robust pump can handle various fluids and liquids, including those with solids up to 30 mm in diameter. 

Its flexibility in operation is another highlight, as it can be equipped with either automatic or manual starting/stopping options through an integral mounted control panel or optional wireless remote access, depending on the specific application.

“While access to high performance pumps is crucial, the importance of dependable aftermarket support cannot be overstated, particularly in remote mining regions,” Marsh says. “Our teams have extensive experience in the Copperbelt region, and this includes skilled field service technicians capable of providing comprehensive technical support on an ongoing basis. This ensures that mining operations in Zambia and the DRC can rely on prompt assistance, minimising downtime and maximising productivity.”

Marsh says this ready access to reliable aftermarket support, makes Godwin pumps a competitive choice for mining operations in these demanding African environments.

“Godwin dewatering pumps are not only powerful and efficient but also cost competitive, and this allows customers access to a quality manufactured product capable of meeting demanding dewatering needs,” he says. “This affordability makes Godwin pumps an attractive option for both large-scale mining operations and smaller ventures looking to optimise their dewatering processes.”

The Godwin range, distributed exclusively in Zambia and the DRC by Integrated Pump Technology, caters to a wide array of dewatering requirements. Another member of this range is the Godwin BD150 which is ideal for everyday dewatering applications. Its versatility makes it a reliable choice for a multitude of tasks in the mining industry.

“We believe that the appointment of Integrated Pump Technology as the exclusive distributor of Godwin pumps in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo heralds a new era of efficient and cost effective dewatering solutions for the mining industry in these regions, Marsh concludes.

GRINDEX’S MAGNUM PUMP OFFERS UNPARALLELED HEAVY-DUTY DRAINAGE CAPABILITY

In the two decades since its launch, Grindex’s Magnum pump has emerged as the first choice for heavy-duty drainage tasks across a myriad of applications in the construction, mining and quarrying sectors. 

Available from Integrated Pump Technology, the Southern African distributor for this quality international pump brand, there are three distinct configurations – the Magnum L for low head, Magnum N for normal head and Magnum H for high head applications. 

Justin Bawden, Key Account Manager at Integrated Pump Technology, says that despite its robust industrial strength, a notable feature of the Magnum pump is its surprising portability. “The ergonomic design of the pump facilitates easy and straightforward handling which aids ease of installation and movement from site to site.” 

Further, its streamlined construction, characterised by fewer components, simplifies maintenance inspections and servicing, making these not only quicker but also more cost effective. 

Grindex has incorporated a cutting-edge hydraulic design into the pump, ensuring it not only provides high wear resistance but also minimises performance decline after prolonged use. Significantly, according to Bawden, this pump boasts up to three times the wear resistance of its competitors, thanks to this optimised hydraulic design. 

Adding to its resilience, the Magnum pump features an air valve specifically designed to prevent overheating by cooling the equipment during dry runs. This innovative measure ensures prolonged pump life and uninterrupted performance, even under challenging conditions. 

The Magnum pump’s dependable design combined with its ease of maintenance has earned it a favoured position among hundreds of customers worldwide and is available in both 50hz and 60hz variants. 

When it comes to environments and applications that demand resilience and efficiency, such as construction sites, tunnels, mines and quarries, Grindex’s Magnum pump stands out as an unparalleled asset. “In essence, for industries that prioritise reliability and a proven track record, the Grindex Magnum pump remains unmatched,” Bawden concludes. 

RIGHT PUMPS WILL MITIGATE MINES’ RAINY SEASON RISKS

During the drier months of the year, it is easy to forget that the pumping equipment at mining sites or process plants might not be up to the demands that the rainy season brings. 

In fact, 90% of pump failures are from putting the wrong pump into the application. This is the view of Justin Bawden, Key Account Manager at Integrated Pump Technology, local distributors of Grindex submersible pumps. Being aware of the factors and influences of each application is vital to providing a suitable and lasting solution – which will mitigate the risk of flooding and consequent loss of life, equipment and production.

“Where dewatering activity is conducted, it is imperative that monitoring and forecasting of water inflows is done – whether on opencast or underground mines,” says Bawden. “This will allow for the necessary planning and specification of the correct capacity of pumping equipment, as well as hose sizes and materials.”

On one site, he says, a customer was able to meet dewatering requirements with just two 37kW pumps for most of the year. With the rainy season, they had to add another four of these units, based on their previous experience. He points out that Integrated Pump Technology understands these changing needs, and keeps the right pumps and quantities in stock.

“Another challenge is that mines will generally have multiple pumps located around their operations, and these are frequently moved from one location to another as needs change,” he says. “Personnel can lose track of which models and capacities are needed where – and the size and condition of the pipelines in place may not always suit the application.”

When responding to customer requests, Integrated Pump Technology is careful to ensure that the existing pipeline on site is suited to the scale of the pumping solution. This means being clear on the pipeline’s diameter, length, material of construction, age and condition – as well as valves or bends that may affect flow.

Technological innovation is also helping to mitigate risk of pump failure, he explains. The smart unit on Grindex pumps, for instance, protects them against overheating, phase rotation and phase loss. There is also the air release valve, making Grindex pumps capable of running dry for extended periods of time. 

He also recommends the regular performance testing of dewatering pumps to ensure they are still operating on their rated curve. This will give added peace of mind that these units will deliver the expected duty in critical dewatering functions. The tests should also confirm the energy efficiency of the pumps, to control operating costs. 

The long term benefit of such tests is significant, he explains, as timeous maintenance interventions will ensure a longer product lifecycle. As part of its service offering, Integrated Pump Technology can run these specialised tests for customers on a range of pumps. Keeping sites effectively dewatered needs quick service turnaround too, so critical parts and basic repair kits are readily available for Grindex submersible pumps, notes Bawden. 

Right Pumps Will Mitigate Mines’ Rainy Season Risks

During the drier months of the year, it is easy to forget that the pumping equipment at mining sites or process plants might not be up to the demands that the rainy season brings.

In fact, 90% of pump failures are from putting the wrong pump into the application. This is the view of Justin Bawden, Key Account Manager at Integrated Pump Technology, local distributors of Grindex submersible pumps. Being aware of the factors and influences of each application is vital to providing a suitable and lasting solution – which will mitigate the risk of flooding and consequent loss of life, equipment and production.

“Where dewatering activity is conducted, it is imperative that monitoring and forecasting of water inflows is done – whether on opencast or underground mines,” says Bawden. “This will allow for the necessary planning and specification of the correct capacity of pumping equipment, as well as hose sizes and materials.”

On one site, he says, a customer was able to meet dewatering requirements with just two 37kW pumps for most of the year. With the rainy season, they had to add another four of these units, based on their previous experience. He points out that Integrated Pump Technology understands these changing needs, and keeps the right pumps and quantities in stock.

“Another challenge is that mines will generally have multiple pumps located around their operations, and these are frequently moved from one location to another as needs change,” he says. “Personnel can lose track of which models and capacities are needed where – and the size and condition of the pipelines in place may not always suit the application.”

When responding to customer requests, Integrated Pump Technology is careful to ensure that the existing pipeline on site is suited to the scale of the pumping solution. This means being clear on the pipeline’s diameter, length, material of construction, age and condition – as well as valves or bends that may affect flow.

Technological innovation is also helping to mitigate risk of pump failure, he explains. The smart unit on Grindex pumps, for instance, protects them against overheating, phase rotation and phase loss. There is also the air release valve, making Grindex pumps capable of running dry for extended periods of time.

He also recommends the regular performance testing of dewatering pumps to ensure they are still operating on their rated curve. This will give added peace of mind that these units will deliver the expected duty in critical dewatering functions. The tests should also confirm the energy efficiency of the pumps, to control operating costs.

The long term benefit of such tests is significant, he explains, as timeous maintenance interventions will ensure a longer product lifecycle. As part of its service offering, Integrated Pump Technology can run these specialised tests for customers on a range of pumps. Keeping sites effectively dewatered needs quick service turnaround too, so critical parts and basic repair kits are readily available for Grindex submersible pumps, notes Bawden.

FAGGIOLATI PUMPS TO POWER EFFICIENT DEWATERING AT MPUMALANGA POWER STATION

Integrated Pump Technology has successfully secured an order for three Faggiolati stainless submersible pumps to be deployed at one of the major coal fired power stations located in Mpumalanga. The order was made possible due to the company’s understanding of dewatering applications and the ability to select the correct materials of construction to meet the application’s exact requirements.

Justin Bawden, Key Accounts Manager at Integrated Pump Technology, says that the adaptability of the Faggiolati pumps allows the company to design units to suit specific application needs. This level of flexibility provides an added assurance that the pumps will meet the demanding operating parameters.

These 32 kW electrically driven 2 pole pumps will be deployed in dewatering applications at three different areas of the power station, all of which are noted to be extremely corrosive. The pumps are expected to handle dense slurry including coarse and abrasive particles.

Bawden says the high chrome content selected for the wear parts is an important factor which will contribute to reliable performance over an extended period even under these arduous conditions. “This strategic selection of materials of construction will likely extend the life of the wear parts increasing the time between replacement which will, in turn, lower the total cost of ownership for the power station.”

These Faggiolati pumps are capable of dewatering at a flow rate of 186 cubic metres per hour at a shut off of 65 metre head. The pumps are equipped with multi-channel stainless impellers, facilitating the movement of large volumes of slurry in this application. 

Bawden explains the benefits of the multi-channel open rotor, pointing out its high hydraulic efficiency and self-cleaning blade profile. A specially designed adjustable suction flange with grooves aids in the expulsion of solids and fibrous materials, adding another layer of efficiency and durability to these pumps.

“As a company we have extensive experience in specifying pumps for tough operating conditions, and are fully confident that this thorough understanding of application requirements as well as the strategic material selection will influence pump efficiency and lifespan,” he concludes. 

GREAT FUTURE IN STORE FOR GRINDEX PUMPS IN DRC

Opening the door to one of Africa’s most exciting mining regions, Integrated Pump Technology appointed Congo Pump Solutions as its sole distributor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) earlier in the year.

This important strategic step is boosting the footprint of the quality Grindex range of submersible pumps, according to Jordan Marsh, Managing Director at Integrated Pump Technology. Marsh notes that Congo Pump Solutions – as a local firm run by experienced Congolese personnel – has already made considerable headway in the country’s mining sector.

A Grindex Mega H submersible pump in a dewatering application.
A Grindex Mega H submersible pump in a dewatering application.

“Mines in the DRC operate in one of the world’s wettest mining environments, so the performance and reliability of their submersible pumps is a priority for mining companies,” he says. “In line with the success that the Grindex range has achieved in Africa to date, we have seen a good start to the brand’s penetration into the DRC.”

Trésor Kamazani, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Congo Pump Solutions, highlights that one of the leading mines in the country has Grindex making up about 70% of its on-site pump population. Among the main pump features catching customers’ interest, says Kamazani, are the integrated starters on the drainage pumps which include run-dry capabilities – as well as cooling jackets and agitators on the slurry pumps.

“An important aspect of our success to date, though, is our ability to understand and anticipate what our customers will need,” he explains. “We accurately forecast demand levels, and plan for those in our operational strategy. This allows us to have the necessary stock available and to deliver fast turnaround times when customers are in need.”

To ensure solid aftermarket support, the company has set up a workshop facility on site at its largest mining customer. A multi-purpose workshop is also under development to service Grindex pumps to the same high standard as is currently achieved in South Africa.

Congo Pump Solutions has supplied a range of Grindex submersible pumps mainly to DRC’s underground mines, many of which are expanding in response to growing demand for minerals globally. Popular among the underground drillers at the mining face is the Grindex Master H and Master SH 10 kW dewatering pump, and Master Inox pumps for corrosive applications where the water is acidic.

These typically pump water from the face to a collection point, where it is common for the 37 kW Grindex Maxi to be employed – pumping to a larger ‘fish tank’ repository. To dewater these, as many as six of the 90 kW Grindex Mega pumps have been put to work at a time, pumping water to a main pump station which dewaters to surface.

Kamazani also points to the take-up of Grindex pumps in slurry applications, where the Bravo range is suited for submerging in even heavy-particle slurry.

“This has made the Grindex Bravo range a good choice for using around the process plant, where they must often deal with corrosive slurry,” he says. “These pumps are known for being strong, and range from the 4,7 kW Bravo 200 to the 70 kW Bravo 900.”

The sludge pumps in the Grindex range have also seen good market reception, with customers using them extensively around underflow thickeners in their plants. He notes that the stainless steel configurations of the Grindex Salvador, Sandy and Senior models are particularly appreciated where sludge is corrosive.

GREAT FUTURE IN STORE FOR GRINDEX PUMPS IN DRC

Opening the door to one of Africa’s most exciting mining regions, Integrated Pump Technology appointed Congo Pump Solutions as its sole distributor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) earlier in the year.

This important strategic step is boosting the footprint of the quality Grindex range of submersible pumps, according to Jordan Marsh, Managing Director at Integrated Pump Technology. Marsh notes that Congo Pump Solutions – as a local firm run by experienced Congolese personnel – has already made considerable headway in the country’s mining sector.

“Mines in the DRC operate in one of the world’s wettest mining environments, so the performance and reliability of their submersible pumps is a priority for mining companies,” he says. “In line with the success that the Grindex range has achieved in Africa to date, we have seen a good start to the brand’s penetration into the DRC.”

Trésor Kamazani, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Congo Pump Solutions, highlights that one of the leading mines in the country has Grindex making up about 70% of its on-site pump population. Among the main pump features catching customers’ interest, says Kamazani, are the integrated starters on the drainage pumps which include run-dry capabilities – as well as cooling jackets and agitators on the slurry pumps.

“An important aspect of our success to date, though, is our ability to understand and anticipate what our customers will need,” he explains. “We accurately forecast demand levels, and plan for those in our operational strategy. This allows us to have the necessary stock available and to deliver fast turnaround times when customers are in need.”

To ensure solid aftermarket support, the company has set up a workshop facility on site at its largest mining customer. A multi-purpose workshop is also under development to service Grindex pumps to the same high standard as is currently achieved in South Africa.

Congo Pump Solutions has supplied a range of Grindex submersible pumps mainly to DRC’s underground mines, many of which are expanding in response to growing demand for minerals globally. Popular among the underground drillers at the mining face is the Grindex Master H and Master SH 10 kW dewatering pump, and Master Inox pumps for corrosive applications where the water is acidic.

These typically pump water from the face to a collection point, where it is common for the 37 kW Grindex Maxi to be employed – pumping to a larger ‘fish tank’ repository. To dewater these, as many as six of the 90 kW Grindex Mega pumps have been put to work at a time, pumping water to a main pump station which dewaters to surface.

Kamazani also points to the take-up of Grindex pumps in slurry applications, where the Bravo range is suited for submerging in even heavy-particle slurry.

“This has made the Grindex Bravo range a good choice for using around the process plant, where they must often deal with corrosive slurry,” he says. “These pumps are known for being strong, and range from the 4,7 kW Bravo 200 to the 70 kW Bravo 900.”

The sludge pumps in the Grindex range have also seen good market reception, with customers using them extensively around underflow thickeners in their plants. He notes that the stainless steel configurations of the Grindex Salvador, Sandy and Senior models are particularly appreciated where sludge is corrosive.

GRINDEX MEGA – UNRIVALLED SOLUTION FOR HEAVY DUTY DEWATERING

Demand for the heavy-duty Grindex Mega pump in dewatering applications continues across the Southern African market, particularly in across-border countries like Zambia, and the DRC. Justin Bawden, Key Accounts Manager at Integrated Pump Technology, says that as the official Grindex pump distributor for the region the company has focussed on providing this quality product underpinned by high level of support.

The robust Grindex Mega pump is popularly known as the 'workhorse' of pump dewatering.
The robust Grindex Mega pump is popularly known as the ‘workhorse’ of pump dewatering.

“The robust Grindex Mega pump is popularly known as the ‘workhorse’ of pump dewatering,” he says, “and continues to make a mark with its high reliability, durability and the ability to handle abrasive particles with unprecedented ease.”

The Grindex Mega pump with its robust cast iron construction was engineered specifically for rigorous applications such as those found in the mining sector, and elsewhere. He points to the fact that the pump is also capable of handling corrosive liquids such as salt water, or dewater in environments where the pH level ranges between 6 to 13. With zinc anodes available for additional protection, this pump provides an unmatched combination of dependability and longevity.

Available in two distinct configurations – the Grindex Mega N for standard head applications and the Grindex Mega H for high head pumping requirements such as deep excavations found in open pit operations and underground mines – the Grindex Mega pump is as versatile as it is robust.

“One of the Mega pump’s standout features is its high flow rate – a remarkable 150 litres per second at a maximum head of 200 metres. It represents a significant step forward in pumping large volumes of dirty water, making it the go-to solution for heavy-duty dewatering tasks,” Bawden says.

Furthermore, the Grindex Mega pump has been designed for ease of use, from installation to operation. The plug-and-play setup simplifies the process, allowing users to get it up and running without the need for extensive technical expertise.

This powerhouse dewatering pump is available through Integrated Pump Technology’s strategically positioned network of distributors, guaranteeing fast and efficient service. Dedicated to providing dependable pump solutions, the company is committed to upholding the highest standards of product quality, service and customer satisfaction.

Grindex Mega – Unrivalled Solution for Heavy Duty Dewatering

Demand for the heavy-duty Grindex Mega pump in dewatering applications continues across the Southern African market, particularly in across-border countries like Zambia, and the DRC. Justin Bawden, Key Accounts Manager at Integrated Pump Technology, says that as the official Grindex pump distributor for the region the company has focussed on providing this quality product underpinned by high level of support. 

The robust Grindex Mega pump is popularly known as the 'workhorse' of pump dewatering.
The robust Grindex Mega pump is popularly known as the ‘workhorse’ of pump dewatering.

“The robust Grindex Mega pump is popularly known as the ‘workhorse’ of pump dewatering,” he says, “and continues to make a mark with its high reliability, durability and the ability to handle abrasive particles with unprecedented ease.”

The Grindex Mega pump with its robust cast iron construction was engineered specifically for rigorous applications such as those found in the mining sector, and elsewhere. He points to the fact that the pump is also capable of handling corrosive liquids such as salt water, or dewater in environments where the pH level ranges between 6 to 13. With zinc anodes available for additional protection, this pump provides an unmatched combination of dependability and longevity.

Available in two distinct configurations – the Grindex Mega N for standard head applications and the Grindex Mega H for high head pumping requirements such as deep excavations found in open pit operations and underground mines – the Grindex Mega pump is as versatile as it is robust.

The Grindex Mega pump with its robust cast iron construction was engineered specifically for rigorous applications such as those found in the mining sector.
The Grindex Mega pump with its robust cast iron construction was engineered specifically for rigorous applications such as those found in the mining sector.

“One of the Mega pump’s standout features is its high flow rate – a remarkable 150 litres per second at a maximum head of 200 metres. It represents a significant step forward in pumping large volumes of dirty water, making it the go-to solution for heavy-duty dewatering tasks,” Bawden says.

Furthermore, the Grindex Mega pump has been designed for ease of use, from installation to operation. The plug-and-play setup simplifies the process, allowing users to get it up and running without the need for extensive technical expertise.

This powerhouse dewatering pump is available through Integrated Pump Technology’s strategically positioned network of distributors, guaranteeing fast and efficient service. Dedicated to providing dependable pump solutions, the company is committed to upholding the highest standards of product quality, service and customer satisfaction.