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JAN-FEB 2017

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92 | ASIA Miner | Volume 14 • Issue 1 | 2017 ONE of Weir Minerals' long standing brands - Lewis® pumps – celebrated its 125 th anniversary in 2016. In this time Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps has developed an international reputa- tion in the design and manufacture of pumps and valves in the sulphur, sulphuric acid and phosphoric acid industries. "It is an honour to be celebrating 125 years of developing and manufacturing our Lewis pump range in this ever-chang- ing industry. We have witnessed many challenges and op- portunities throughout our history and continue to advance to meet the demands of our markets," said Weir Minerals, divisional director EHS/VCE Bob Elliott, the former managing director of Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps. In 1891 Charles S Lewis founded a company called Chas S Lewis and Co, a family business that adopted alloy custo- misation methods to furnish custom OEM pump lines to the beer pasteurisation and bottle cleaning industries. In 1906 the company began manufacturing pumps in-house and in 1914 developed and manufactured its first sulphuric acid pump, beginning a specialisation which continues today. In 1975 the company manufactured its first sulphuric acid valve. The company became part of the Weir Group in 1994 with Weir's well established manufacturing excellence programs implemented at Lewis resulting in even greater level of quality and performance. In 2012, the first Lewis molten salt pump was manufac- tured. These highly engineered centrifugal pumps are integral to molten salt systems circulation in the solar power industry. "We have developed a full range of pumps engineered for the unique requirements of molten salt. With over 100 years of experience focused on high density and high temperature we have been able to develop a pump which has a superior feature set to provide high reliability and low operating costs," said Bob Elliott. Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps still manufactures the wide range of Lewis pumps and valves, and has made significant investment to develop and enhance its product line to better serve the industries in which it operates. "In recent years we have added gate, globe and butterfly valves with our proprietary Lewmet alloy, proven to be highly effective in sulphuric acid pumps," said Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps vice president sales and marketing Ken Black. With customers in more than 100 countries, careful manu- facturing planning, identifying the most requested spare parts and ensuring stock is constantly replenished for the needed items, is the key focus for satisfying customers. Lewis Pumps celebrates 125 years new way to make steamships more efficient. Their commitment to curiosity, creative thinking and turning challenges into solutions re- mains evident in everything we do to this day. Weir's engineers are dedicated to providing exceptional products and services that meet the rigorous demands of customers around the world. "The superiority of our materials, designs and products sets us apart. Worldwide, our research and development and engineering teams work with the best academic talent and technology advance- ments to deliver longer plant life, extend maintenance cycles, re- duce downtime and lower whole-life operating costs. Overseeing and driving our commitment to innovation is our Engineering Excel- lence Committee, where our best engineering minds work together to ensure Weir remains a global leader. "At Weir, innovation is embedded into new product development. Our product and technology innovation focuses on developing equipment and services for our customers that improve resource efficiency and emissions performance, contribute positively to work- place safety, and enable lower operating costs. "Our goals in this area align with our wider environmental, health and safety ambitions – to help our customers improve the operation of their sites. This is not just about durability, efficiency and safety, but also helping our customers improve the resilience of their pro- cesses and activities in the increasingly harsh environment in which many of their businesses operate." Harvinder Bhabra says Weir actively invests in research and devel- opment through its central research and development hub as well as through its network of academic research partners in some of the world's leading universities. "This enables us to develop and exploit emerging technologies to create new products for our end mar- kets and provide competitive advantages to our customers through leading edge technology." Weir's Engineering Excellence Committee comprises senior engi- neering and technology leaders from around the business, including the Group Head of Technology, technology directors from each of the group's three divisions, the business head of EnSci (Weir's dedicated engineering services team), and the director and project manager of the Weir Advanced Research Centre. Its role is to ensure that Weir is sharing and implementing best practices across all of our engineering teams and, specifically, to push each of the group's businesses to deliver leading-edge technology and innovation. Servicing a Weir Multiflo MF385 at a Premier Gold open pit in Western Australia. "Weir continues to invest in fundamental research and develop- ment in line with the corporate strategy of growing through inno- vation and technology development, with a focus on fast-moving data acquisition, storage and analysis, as this activity is critical in continuing to improve product operating performance, reducing environmental impact and lowering our customers' total cost of ownership," Harvinder Bhabra adds.

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