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!

For more information on this easy to use coolant maintenance tool or any coolant maintenance product from Abanaki, click the photo below!

 

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Oil Grabber Oil Skimmer for Steel Mills

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Click here to receive the newly updated Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guide. With this informational guide you will have access to diagrams of all of Abanaki’s oil skimmers and how to properly size a belt for each skimmer.

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.

For more information about the rugged and durable Grease Grabber, click the photo below!

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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.

To learn more about the benefits of the Model 4 belt oil skimmer, click the photo below.

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The Tote-It Belt Oil Skimmer

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Click here to receive the newly updated Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guide. With this informational guide you will have access to diagrams of all of Abanaki’s oil skimmers and how to properly size a belt for each skimmer.

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.

To learn more about the importance of removing oil from water and how the Tote-It can help, click the image below to launch our infographic!

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Abanaki’s New Ultra-Mini Oil Skimmer

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The Oil Skimmer Facts Tutorial Handbook is the industry’s leading guide on oil skimming solutions. Learn how to properly size/select a skimmer as well as learn about all the aspects to consider in every application. Click here and receive your free copy now!

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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Click here to receive a copy of our Solutions Sourcebook. This 43-page handbook offers application notes on more than 40 real-world implementations of oil skimming.

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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Click here to receive a copy of our Solutions Sourcebook. This 43-page handbook offers application notes on more than 40 real-world implementations of oil skimming.

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.

For more information on how the Abanaki’s Groundwater Remediation System can improve your application, click the photo below.

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New Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guide

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Click here to watch our free Oil Skimming 102 Video webinar. This online video shows you how to properly select and size a skimmer for your application.

Abanaki Corporation has published an updated Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guidebook. This new informational guide offers detailed information on how to size a belt for each of Abanaki’s oil skimmers, the operating specifications for each belt, tube, and disc material, how to select the right belt material for your application, and more. The Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guidebook is equipped with detailed drawings of how to measure belt lengths for each skimmer and offers in depth belt ordering information, to make choosing the right skimmer and belt for your application even easier.

Oil skimming is the most economical, low-maintenance method for removing floating oil, grease, fuel and other hydrocarbons from water. As the oil skimmer belt or tube passes through water, the contaminants are attracted to the media and carried to wiper blades where the oil is removed. Oil skimming uses the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water to pick up oil, grease and other hydrocarbons. Oil Skimming can be used in a wide variety of applications and can keep your company in compliance with EPA regulations.

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Click here to receive a copy of the Oil Skimmer Belt Selection guide. For further information on any of Abanaki oil skimmers or coolant maintenance line click the photo below!

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Suitability for Oil Skimming Applications

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Click here to receive the newly updated Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guide. With this informational guide you will have access to diagrams of all of Abanaki’s oil skimmers and how to properly size a belt for each skimmer.

There are many variables in an application that will dictate which oil skimmer and belt material will work best in removing hydrocarbons from fluids. Determining the suitability for an oil skimming application is extremely important for an effective solution to the hydrocarbon problem.  In outdoor applications, the use of heaters may be required to keep skimmed product fluid so it can be effectively removed from the medium and collection tray. This is particularly true for grease skimming, which involves higher viscosity at all temperatures. Polymer materials are limited in their heat tolerance, so skimmers equipped with these media may have only tray heaters. Skimmers with steel media can apply heat to both the tray and the medium, which improves performance in severe winter climates. To resist corrosion, a stainless steel housing also may be needed. Above ground enclosures and underground manway mounting kits provide additional protection from the elements.

Commonly used materials for wiper blades are nitrile, [CRV] and ceramics. Nitrile is suitable for use as high as 176° F in neutral pH liquids. For higher temperatures and acidic or alkaline liquids, [CRV] wipers work well. Ceramics are resistant to more chemicals, but are prone to breakage.

For hazardous duty locations with ignitable fumes, explosion-proof motors are mandatory. Special corrosion resistant motor housings may be required for sanitary washdown situations in food plants. Different voltages and power frequencies are needed for some plants.

In many applications, skimmers can run unattended for days or weeks. This is typical for groundwater remediation applications at remote well sites. When controls are used, they tend to be either manual on/off switches or 24-hour timers to start and stop the unit at predetermined times.

If you have further questions about your application’s suitability for oil skimming, click the photo below to access our new interactive oil skimmer selection guide. Find the right skimmer for your application!

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Groundwater Remediation System Safe from Theft in NJ

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Click here to receive a copy of our Solutions Sourcebook. This 43-page handbook offers application notes on more than 40 real-world implementations of oil skimming.

Reporting from the TCEQ Tradeshow!

A customer visited our booth at the TCEQ trade-show with a somewhat amusing (and somewhat unfortunate) story. The customer’s facility is located in NJ where there is a 2 inch PetroXtractor retrieving #6 crude oil. They run the PetroXtractor twice a day on a battery during the process. The company houses the PetroXtractor in our Discrete Security Groundwater Remediation System and the customer told us at our booth that the skimmer (which is the only thing on the property that is enclosed) is the only thing that hasn’t been stolen! 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.

Security for Groundwater Remediaiton Systems

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 acts efficiently as remediation equipment 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.


If you need to keep your oil skimming operation protected from the elements or even vandals, click the photo below to learn about Abanaki’s Discrete Security Groundwater Remediation System.

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