Abanaki Oil Skimmers - Skimmings E-Newsletter
November
2010

A newsletter for customers and friends of Abanaki Corporation, the world's leading oil skimming company.

In this Issue

Choosing an Oil Skimmer for the Machine Shop

Request a QuoteBy: Christopher Ott, Production Manager
Abanaki Corporation; Oil Skimmer Division

Advantages of Using an Oil Skimmer

The use of an oil skimmer in the machine shop setting holds many benefits. Removing the oil from a machine coolant tank will initiate some esthetic benefits such as cutting down on the amount of smoke generated from the cutting tool coming into contact with oil laden coolant.

When a machine is shut down for the weekend, oil has a chance to come to the surface of the coolant tank. Bacteria that are living in the coolant tank use up the dissolved oxygen in the coolant mix, a process that is sped up by having a layer of oil on the surface. This allows odor causing anaerobic bacteria to thrive, giving off that familiar "rotten egg" smell.

The presence of bacteria and decreased pH levels in a coolant sump can cause dermatitis. Abrasions on the skin can increase the likelihood that dermatitis will set in. Removing the tramp oils will allow coolant to absorb oxygen. Keeping the coolant sump clean with a good quality oil skimmer will keep the pH level in check and greatly reduce the chances of contracting dermatitis.

Separating the oil from the coolant will also help reduce disposal costs. The cost of disposing of oil laden coolant is more expensive than disposing of oil. In fact, in some instances, companies may be able to re-use the oil elsewhere or sell it for recycling. Having oil free coolant can also extend its usefulness and effectiveness, reducing the expense on maintenance and coolant replacement. As the research on the different types of oil skimmers begins, a person will find that there are a variety of skimmers available to them. The most common types are the belt, disk, and tube skimmers. Each type of skimmer has its advantages and disadvantages.

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Check out the various features of Abanaki's line of skimmers for your particular application.

Oil Skimmers for Food Processing

Oil skimming is the most reliable and lowest cost method of removing food greases and oils from process wastewater. An oil skimmer uses the difference in specific gravity between oil and water, allowing the oil skimmer belt to attract frying oils, vegetable oils, greases, and animal fats as the belt passes through the surface of the water. The simple belt-and-motor approach is proven to operate unattended and reliably for decades with little maintenance.

Processors need to limit oils discharged into the environment, and recaptured greases and oils can be used to manufacture other products such as pet food. An Abanaki oil skimmer will help you accomplish both goals.

APPLICATION SUPPORT
What's your oily problem?

E-mail the Abanaki Support Team for answers to your questions.

Chuck Tucker, maintenance manager with GWF, inspects the Abanaki Oil Grabber Model 8.

Abanaki Fuzzy2™ Patent-Pending Material.

Watch Video:
See Fuzzy2™ in action in the Gulf.

Abanaki Fuzzy2™ Oil Skimming Material Called into Fight against Gulf Oil Spill

Abanaki Corporation is pleased to report that its patent-pending Fuzzy2™ oil skimmer material joined the cleanup of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and exceeded expectations by recovering up to 385 gallons of oil per minute from the water's surface, more than three times the capacity of ordinary skimmer material.

During the spill Abanaki's new oil skimmer material removed up to 56,000 gallons of oil per day, greatly contributing to the clean up effort.

Abanaki's Fuzzy2 material was attached to the surface of 30-inch diameter skimming disks on a floating skimmer made by CRUCIAL Inc. of Gretna, Louisiana. CRUCIAL tested the material in front of oil clean-up experts, and the company expects to see an increase in orders for its disk skimmer equipment.

A disk skimmer uses a rotating disk to remove oil from water. Oleophilic (oil attracting) material collects oil as the disk passes through the water, and wiper blades scrape off the oil for collection. Unlike other skimmer disk materials, Fuzzy2 has a hairy surface that greatly increases its surface area, making it more effective at removing oil floating on the surface of the gulf. According to Tom Hobson President of Abanaki "The beauty of the Fuzzy2 is that it can be retrofitted to virtually any brand of drum or disk type skimmer out there, making it possible for existing skimmers to triple their pickup rate."

Abanaki Solutions Sourcebook
Newly Expanded Second Edition

Abanaki Corporation, announced the second-edition of its Solutions Sourcebook for oil skimming applications. The newly expanded 43-page handbook offers application notes and photos of 40 real-world implementations of oil skimming.

Abanaki's Solutions Sourcebook is indexed by type of industry, application, and skimmer model, making it easy to find case studies most relevant to a specific situation. Every article explains the application's problem, solution and benefits such as cost savings. Articles include oil skimming applications from many industries, such as environmental/recycling, food processing, laundry, chemical, machining, paper mills, power plants, refineries, steel mills, technology, transportation, tube manufacturers and electric power utilities.

Request instant access to the Abanaki Solutions Sourcebook.

Ask Skimmerman:
Do you have a question about oil skimming?

Ask Skimmerman, and your question will be answered in an e-mail message. Read below to see Skimmerman's answers to other questions.

From John:

Can I skim light fuel oils like diesel?


Skimmerman answers:

Yes. You can use our belt skimmers to pick up hydrocarbons like diesel, fuel oil and gasoline with our "Fuzzy" belts. Because of its design, the Fuzzy belt has a lot of surface area which results in effective pick up rates.

From Matt:

I am currently working on a project for a client who has No. 6 fuel in a monitoring well. Do you have anything that can help with this application?


Skimmerman answers:

The PetroXtractor Well Oil Skimmer is an ideal fit for this application. The unit comes in various sizes to accommodate for any size of well as well as various belt materials and options. For a No. 6 application I recommend the Poly belt as it is designed to aid in the removal of thick oils. You might want to consider stabilizer bars or a heater hood for this application as well.

From Sharon:

I have been using shop vacuums to remove coolant from tanks and they seem to last for only a short period of time before they have to be replaced. Do you have anything that can help us?


Skimmerman answers:

Yes we do. We have two different types of vacuums that use air instead of electricity. These two systems have an automatic shut off that prevents anything from getting into the pump. The Q-VAC system is used to remove the coolant from sumps or to pick any liquid spills from the ground. The Chiperator is a unique system that it is a two way vacuum that separates any chips that may be removed from coolant tanks with its 25 micron filter bag, thus eliminating the dirty and unwanted job of separating chips from the coolant.

 

ABANAKI CORPORATION
OIL SKIMMER DIVISION

17387 Munn Road Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 
Phone (440) 543-7400
Toll Free (800) 358-SKIM
E-mail skimmers@abanaki.com 
Fax (440) 543-7404

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