Common Oil Skimmer Questions

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A common question we get from customers is “Do your oil skimmers have the ability to pick up gasoline? They seem to be mostly for heavier oils.” For many years, due to the available technology, belt skimmers were efficient with removal of reasonably heavy oils only. This is because belt skimmers work on the scientific principle of surface tension. The amount of product recovered was therefore dependent on two factors: viscosity of the product and surface area of the belt. Some equipment manufacturers would speed up the belt hoping to recover more, but this led to emulsification and less efficient coating of the belt.

Abanaki has developed a belt specifically for light fuel oils such as gasoline and diesel. We call it our LFO Polymer belt and recovery rates are astounding. A 1″ belt can remove 3 gph, a 2″ belt 6 gph and a 4″ belt 12 gph of fresh-from-the-pump gasoline! As the viscosity increases the removal rates increase as well. What we have done is to develop a belt with incredible surface area while only increasing the profile slightly.

Use of Abanaki’s Oil Concentrator is strongly recommended while utilizing the LFO Polymer belt for recovery to ensure practically water free removal. If you have further questions, feel free to contact one of our technical support representatives at the factory.

If you have questions on whether or not your oil will pick up, you can request Abanaki’s belt oil skimmer test kit. The kit includes samples of all of Abanaki’s belt materials. Receive your test kit today by clicking the photo below.

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Oil Skimmer Cleans Up Oil Leak in OH

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A long time chemical manufacturer in OH was experiencing an ongoing oil issue that they couldn’t sort out a solution to. There was a small oil leak in an onsite dike that was causing a sheen on the collected storm water. The company needed a solution that would operate on a constant basis and reached out to Abanaki for help. Abanaki knew right off the bat that the size of pit would determine which skimmer to use. If it were smaller in size, the Tote-It would be the best option. However, the pit ended up being rather large so the Abanaki salesman suggested the rugged and durable Model 4.

The Model 4 belt oil skimmer utilizes a continuous belt and wiper to remove up to 20 gallons of oil per hour from the fluid surface. The belt, operating on a motor and pulley system, runs through contaminated liquid to pick up oil from the surface. After traveling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt and discharged. The tail pulley has flanges which allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It requires no bearings and does not need to be fastened to the tank. If turbulent conditions exist, an optional tether and cage assembly prevents the tail pulley from being dislodged.

Since using the Model 4, the company has been able to carry on with its operation without having to worry about the collection of oil in the dike. Plant operators are pleased with the continuous oil retrieval of the Model 4 and the minimal maintenance and surveillance it needs.

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Removing Oil from Wastewater and Why It’s Important

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Removing oil from wastewater is a crucial step manufacturing companies must tackle. Abanaki’s new 6 Reasons to Remove Oil from Water Infographic demonstrates how its oil skimming technologies and coolant skimming accessories can offer a low-cost, environmentally sound option of helping to cut disposal costs and keep a company in compliance with federal regulations.

Oil in wastewater can cause a multitude of problems for industry’s manufacturing processes. Some companies need to comply with government standards while others need to find ways to lower their disposal costs. Removing oil from water is a crucial step many companies must take in order to keep production rolling.

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Coolant Causing a Stench?

 

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Anyone that works with coolant knows about the potential foul stench that looms around the corner. 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.

Abanaki offers a wide range of coolant maintenance products. One of these items is our Coolant Mints. These tablets are safe to handle and eliminates odors by neutralizing them, not covering them with perfumes or fragrances. The Coolant Mints contain zero formaldehyde and causes zero issues with disposal. 1 tablet per week can maintain 25 gallons of coolant!

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Oil Grabber Oil Skimmer for Steel Mills

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In the previous blog post we discussed how the Model 4 oil skimmer was a great solution for steel mill applications. Steel mills must limit the amount of grease in wastewater discharged into the environment in order to avoid government fines and penalties. WCI Steel, a steel manufacturer in Warren, Ohio, needed an uncommon solution to this fairly common problem steel mills face – removing grease and other contaminants from their outdoor circulating water system. They turned to Abanaki Corporation for the answer.

Each week, WCI Steel uses 200 gallons of grease on a roll out table to keep steel slabs from rolling off the caster. Much of this grease is washed into a 40,000 gallon outdoor interceptor pit by cooling water sprayed on the newly poured slabs. If grease isn’t removed before filtering, the system’s sand bed quickly becomes clogged.

Before turning to Abanaki, Bob Gregory, supervisor of caster water treatment for WCI Steel, tried several methods of grease removal with little luck. He was looking for a custom-designed skimmer belt that required minimal upkeep.

Abanaki provided Gregory with the Grease Grabber®, a state-of-the-art skimmer belt that makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. This allows the skimmer belt to attract grease, oil and other hydrocarbon liquids as the belt passes through the surface of the water, even under the most turbulent conditions.

Abanaki customized several skimmer features to meet WCI Steel’s unique needs. The belt length was modified to ensure the belt surface stays in contact with the 14-ft of pit water, even at its lowest level. A heavy-duty drive was used to ensure the belt and drive assembly will elevate skimmed grease from virtually any tank depth. CRV wiper blades were beefed up to more effectively removes grease in cold temperatures. What’s more, Abanaki increased the pulley shoulders of the belt to keep it centered, even when subjected to twisting caused by turbulence. Finally, a number of features were designed-in to meet WCI Steel’s low maintenance request.

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Oil Skimmers for Steel Mills

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Abanaki offers industrial wastewater skimmers specially designed for steel mills where plant maintenance engineers are looking for the lowest cost, most reliable method of removing greases and heavy oils from the steel-mill scale pit. Abanaki oil skimmers use the difference in specific gravity and surface tension between grease and water, allowing the belt to attract grease and oil 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.

To avoid fines from government and municipal sewer districts, steel mills must limit the amount of grease in wastewater discharged into the environment. The Oil Grabber Model 4 Belt Oil Skimmer provides a continuously operating belt and wiper that can remove up to 20 gallons per hour. Depending on the characteristics of the liquid, it is possible for the Model 4 alone to reduce oil content to less than five parts per million in water. The unit can be used as a pretreatment before filtration, and in conjunction with coalescing systems as part of an industrial wastewater treatment plan. Reclaimed grease and oil can be re-used or used as furnace fuel, avoiding sucker truck disposal costs.

The Model 4 belt oil skimmer utilizes a continuous belt and wiper to remove up to 20 gallons of oil per hour from the fluid surface. The belt, operating on a motor and pulley system, runs through contaminated liquid to pick up oil from the surface. After traveling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt and discharged. The tail pulley has flanges which allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It requires no bearings and does not need to be fastened to the tank. If turbulent conditions exist, an optional tether and cage assembly prevents the tail pulley from being dislodged.

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Oil skimming makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fluid. The Model 4 can be used in tanks with depths as shallow as one foot, or as deep as 100 feet.

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The Tote-It Belt Oil Skimmer

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With its patented design, the Tote-It belt oil skimmer is a dependable and effective means of removing oil from water. The single assembly unit can be used in any application where 115 VAC, 60 Hz power is available.

The Tote-It belt oil skimmer utilizes a continuous belt and wiper to remove up to 12 gallons of oil per hour from the fluid surface. The belt operates on a motor and pulley system attached to a stabilizer bar that is immersed in the contaminated liquid. After traveling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt, and discharged through a 1-1/4 in. ID hose. The tail pulley has flanges which allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It does not need to be fastened to the tank.

The Tote-It belt oil skimmer is especially well suited for parts washing and machining center applications. By removing surface oil from a wash tank, the parts will not be recontaminated as they are withdrawn. Removing tramp oil from a coolant tank prevents excessive smoke and fumes due to oil burning during cutting operations. It also reduces bacteria growth in the tank, along with the resulting odor.

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Abanaki’s New Ultra-Mini Oil Skimmer

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Abanaki has a brand new skimmer in the coolant maintenance line up! The Ultra-Mini Oil Skimmer. This compact belt oil skimmer weighs only 2.2 pounds (about 1 kilograms), making it the smallest skimmer in Abanaki’s product line and one of the smallest skimmers on the market.  The small footprint allows the skimmer to fit in even the most tight and cramped spaces.  It can be used on most CNC machines, parts washers, and mounted almost anywhere.

 

 

 

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The Ultra-Mini housing is constructed of durable stainless steel to minimize corrosion. Equipped with a cogged belt in multiple lengths and a weighted tail pulley to prevent slipping, the Ultra-Mini has removal rates of up to 1 gallon per hour. It can be used with a 12/24V power, allowing this oil skimmer to be wired directly into machining center control panels or plugged into a 110V wall outlet.

For more information on this versatile little skimmer, contact an Abanaki sales rep today or click the photo below!

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Oil Skimmers at MACH

See a video of our oil skimmers in action at the MACH show in the UK this year.

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In this video you will see our Oil Grabber Model 4, Tote-It Portable Oil Skimmer, Mighty Mini SST, and our Tubetastic. All of these oil skimmers can handle a wide variety of applications. Which skimmer is right for your application? Find out today by clicking the photo below!

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Groundwater Remediation System Cleans Up Oil Spill

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A customer in TX was recently in some hot water with the local municipal water department. Due to excessive rains near the coast of Texas, the water levels have been higher than usual. The company fills storage tanks with diesel at its facility. However one day the tanks were overfilled and instead of going into the ground, they diesel dispersed out via the high rain water and into the local municipal water stations. The pipes at the water station became clogged; the water became tainted, among other issues. The company reached out to Abanaki for emergency advice on what would remove the diesel from the water and Abanaki suggested 2 4” PetroXtractors be used to remedy the situation. The company decided on 2 Explosion Proof 4” PetroXtractors with the Discrete Security shelters Abanaki offers.

The Abanaki PetroXtractor is a dependable and cost effective means of removing oil, fuel, and other floating hydrocarbons from water where access to the fluid surface is limited. It is part of an efficient groundwater remediation system for groundwater contaminated by oil, using existing recovery and monitoring wells. Often, the PetroXtractor Well Oil Skimmer working alone will reduce oil or fuel content to an acceptable E.P.A. level. Models are available for two inch, four inch, and six inch or larger ID well casings, with removal rates up to 12 gph (based on SEA 30 motor oil). Depths of 100 feet or more can be accommodated without the use of pumps. Our secured enclosures are used in situations where there is a need to keep the oil skimmer from being tampered with or in situations where the operation of oil removal equipment may be deemed unsightly. These lockable poly shelters are available in two sizes to accommodate various oil skimmer sizes and option configurations. A 30- or 55-gallon drum can be used for oil collection depending on the size of the enclosure chosen.

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