Earth Day

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Everyone always says that we should treat every day like it’s Earth Day. Here at Abanaki we really strive to do just that. We know how important preserving the Earth is. In our offices, we replaced all paper towel dispensers with Dyson hand dryers to help dramatically cut down on our paper waste. Each desk comes with its own waste basket and a recycle bin and Abanaki employees are diligent about recycling everything they can. In our warehouse we have giant bins that hold paper, magazines, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic that get recycled weekly. We are sticklers for using every square inch of a piece of paper before it gets tossed into recycling. We have employees in both our US and UK offices that ride their bikes to work (when weather permits, which of course can be tricky in Ohio). Abanaki employees are encouraged to keep plants in their offices, and we keep routine maintenance with our lawn care and we specifically select flowers that will attract bees and beneficial insects.

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Abanaki has donated to numerous charities over the years that benefit clean drinking water or organizations that plant trees and restore forests. Recently Abanaki has teamed up with Pollution Engineering Magazine to sponsor Engineers Without Borders Case Western Reserve University branch. This is an extraordinary group of students that engineer infrastructures that improve the quality of life in underprivileged communities worldwide by finding ways to grant them access to energy sources, clean water, cleaner sanitary conditions, technology, and agriculture. Additionally they have many local projects that help better communities in the Greater Cleveland area. We are thrilled and excited to bring up to date news on this group’s endeavors and the positive impact they’re making on people and the environment.

And of course we have our oil skimmers that do their part to keep things clean. Our oil skimmers are an environmentally sound choice for removing hydrocarbons from water. There have been hundreds of companies that have made their application more environmentally friendly, simply by adding our oil skimmer to the process. Oil skimmers simplify retrieving the hydrocarbons and disposing of them properly.

Abanaki has always operated under the corporate motto, Clean Our World, and we strive to adhere to that phrase every day. With every skimmer we apply to an application for a customer, to every piece of paper we recycle, to every group we sponsor or support, we are working and doing these things with one goal in mind, to Clean Our World.

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Removing Oil from Water Tutorial with Oil Skimming 102

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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!

As seen in our series ‘Choosing an Oil Skimmer’, there are many things one must consider when choosing an oil skimming technology for their application, and removing oil from water. You have to define the operating conditions, in which the skimmer will be operation, know what the removal capacity to expect, be able to distinguish tank or sump characteristics in the application, select the right belt, tube, or disc material, and knowing whether or not the application requires any extra add-ons or modifications to the oil skimmer.

This is a lot of information to consider and it can be overwhelming. Abanaki has simplified the process of selecting an oil skimmer for removing oil from water with the Oil Skimming 102 online tutorial. This 12-minute webinar (online video tutorial) delivers a comprehensive review of how to choose the proper skimmer and size for your particular application.

Click the photo below to launch the webinar and learn all about removing oil from water with the cost-effective oil skimmer.

Oil Skimming 102 Webinar

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Oil Skimmers at MACH 2014

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We are in day 4 at the MACH 2014 tradeshow in Birmingham, UK. Our booth has been visited my many existing customers that have overwhelmed us with positive comments and praises about our oil skimmers. Most of our customers have been using our oil skimmers for many years and have expressed the improved quality of their application and the cost-saving benefits they have received since using our skimmers. One customer said that he buys roughly 30 disc skimmers a year for his various applications! Awesome!

We are having a great time catching up with old customers and informing new contacts about the numerous benefits to using an Abanaki oil skimmer. Oil skimmers are simple, dependable and effective tools for removing oil, grease and other hydrocarbons from water and coolants. Often, an oil skimmer by itself can achieve the desired level of water purity. In more demanding situations, oil skimming is a cost-effective means of removing most of the oil before using more complicated and costly treatments such as coalescers, membrane filters and chemical processes.

Mach 2014

Come see the president of Abanaki Oil Skimmers, Tom Hobson, and sales agents Graham and Matt at booth 5064! We have live demonstrations of our oil skimmers and are ready to answer any questions you might have about skimmers or any oil skimming application! We look forward to seeing you!

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Coolant Maintenance Importance

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Coolant maintenance should always be a top priority in shops. Dirty machine coolant can cause a multitude of problems for manufacturing facilities and CNC machines. Not using clean coolant can cause health issues in the workplace, reduce the life of the equipment used, and can significantly slow a process down. All of these factors lead to loss in production which leads to loss in profit for companies. And while recycling steel, aluminum, paper, and glass is readily accessible, recycling coolant is not. Additionally, the cost of recycling used coolant can be very expensive.

Our newest addition to our collection of infographics, the Coolant Recycling Infographic, demonstrates how our coolant skimming technologies and coolant skimming accessories can offer a low-cost, environmentally sound option of helping to cut costs of recycling used coolant. Abanaki’s coolant maintenance line will keep your disposal costs low and your CNC machines running like new.

Coolant maintenance skimmers

Learn all about the benefits of recycling your coolant and improving your coolant maintenance practices, launch the infographic below!

Coolant Maintenance Infographic

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Used Oil Removal, Auto-Dismantling, and Happy Sheep


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One of the many dirty tasks in the auto-dismantling industry is having to clean the interceptors out. This process is not only time consuming, it can be costly due to the high disposal costs. A UK auto-dismantler has been using Abanaki’s PetroXtractor for 2 years now for used oil removal and the benefits the facility has seen are numerable. The company chose the PetroXtractor belt oil skimmer because the facility was tight on space but the operators still wanted a unit that would have high used oil removal rates.

Since first utilizing the PetroXtractor, the company’s waste disposal costs have dropped dramatically. Before the use of the PetroXtractor, the interceptor was emptied 3 times a year costing £4200.00 (about $6,931.00). Now, the company can get by emptying the interceptor only once a year, costing only £1400.00 (about $2,310.00). Additionally, in the UK, waste oil can be sold for roughly 15 pence (25 cents) a litre. With the help of the PetroXtractor now collecting the used oil, the facility can make a profit on the nearly 40 liters (10 US gallons) they recover daily. So, not only has the PetroXtractor saved them money, the company is now making money they were not receiving prior to the use of the oil skimmer. The company is also saving on power costs! It uses old car batteries that are on site to operate the PetroXtractor, which is a great way to recycle and get use out of what would typically just get thrown out.

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More importantly, oil contamination is a serious environmental offense and having the PetroXtractor at the facility now prevents the company from causing any sort of environmental threat. Just beyond the facility is a plot of land that sheep are kept in, and the sheep drink the runoff rain water. With the use of the PetroXtractor the company is able to ensure that there is no oil contamination in the runoff water that reaches the field and the sheep. A fine from the Environment Agency in the UK can reach £50000.00 (about $82,515.00), which is far more expensive than an oil skimmer. The skimmer truly pays for itself.

For more information about how the PetroXtractor can save your company money on used oil removal click the photo below!

Used Oil Removal

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Machine Center Skimmer Solves Two Problems in One Application

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Recently, a US automotive parts engineering facility contacted Abanaki Corporation about two issues it was having at its plant. The first issue the company was facing was the high costs of constantly needing to replace its coolant, due to oil contamination. They wanted a way to separate the oil from the coolant in hopes of being able to reuse the coolant and cut down coolant disposal costs. The second issue was removing the oil from the wastewater recovery trenches. The plant manager contacted Abanaki salesman John Logar hoping Abanaki would have a machine center skimmer to solve both of the problems.

After visiting the company’s facility and understanding how and when the machines run, John knew that the Tote-It machine center skimmer would be a winning solution and would solve both of the issues the company was experiencing. The Tote-It 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.

Tote-It Oil Skimmer

See the Tote-It machine center skimmer in action in this animated demo!

The Tote-It machine center 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.

Once the facility utilized the Tote-It skimmer in both the cooling tanks and the recovery tanks, it was able to successfully remove the oil from the coolant and the oil from the wastewater, respectively. Additionally, with the ability to clean the oil laden coolant, the facility was able to save a significant amount of money and time on what would have usually been spent on coolant disposal costs.

For more information about the Tote-It or any of the other machine center skimmers Abanaki offers, click the photo below!

Tote-It Oil Skimmer

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Tube Oil Skimmer vs. Abrasive Grit

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A US coal fired plant’s application was wrecking havoc on its tube oil skimmer from Abanaki. The coal dust the plant was producing was getting everywhere and was extremely abrasive. The abrasive grit was eating away at the plastic rollers that help guide the tubing of the Oil Viper Tube Skimmer. The company contacted Abanaki for a solution to the abrasive problem. Engineers and Abanaki made a mock set up of the application at the company warehouse to see the problem at hand, in order to better understand how to fix it. After a few trials they found a solution. Abanaki engineers created ceramic holders that will help guide the tube in 3 spots on the Oil Viper tube oil skimmer. The ceramic holders are far more durable than the plastic rollers and will be able to stand up to the abrasive grit the company produces. Abanaki will manufacture plastic brackets with a 3D printer to fasten the ceramic holders to the Oil Viper.

The Abanaki Oil Viper tube oil skimmer is a surface oil skimmer that effectively removes floating surface oils by means of an oleophilic (oil attracting) 3/4 inch diameter continuous looped tube. The tube extends out over the surface of the tank or pit and collects the free floating oils. The Oil Viper has a specially designed method for removing the oil from the tube. It has a unique wiper combination attached to the tube itself in addition to the ceramic wiper on the skimmer. The result is a virtually oil free tube as it leaves the surface oil skimmer for quicker oil removal. Removal rates can be as high as one hundred gallons per hour.

Tube Material

After the customized parts to the Oil Viper were put in place, the company reported that the ceramic holders were standing up to the abrasive grit with ease, and the previous problems in the application were gone. For more information on the Oil Viper tube oil skimmer, click the photo below.

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Oil Skimming Myths Exposed!

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Myth: Belt oil skimmers and oil skimming does not collect all types of oil.

Fact: Belt oil skimmers and oil skimming will collect all types of oil including all free floating oils, LNAPLS, DNAPLS, and some emulsifications. There are various belt materials appropriate for any type of hydrocarbon removal.

Oil Skimming Tip: There are several things to consider when choosing a belt for your oil skimmer. Some plastics won’t stand up to heat or strong chemicals. Some metal belts won’t skim well from coolants due to rust inhibitors being present. Certain plastic belts don’t last in heated applications while others do. It is very important to choose a good oil skimmer vendor and inform them of the details of your application so they can provide assistance in choosing the proper belt material.

 Try using our new interactive Oil Skimming Selection guide to find the right skimmer for you! Click the green button below!
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Tube Skimmer Becomes Congested with Eucalyptus Leaves

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An AU coal fired plant was having issues with our tube skimmer. The facility uses our Oil Viper Tube Skimmer in its wastewater pit to clean out the hydrocarbons from the water. However, the pit is located outside and Eucalyptus leaves fall into the pit. The tube skimmer was not only pulling up the oil from the pit, it was pulling up the leaves as well. When the tube skimmer would skim the oil, the leaves would also skim and fall down into the trough below for collection. The abundance of collected leaves was clogging the trough and preventing the oil from going through the trough to be collected. The company reached out to Abanaki for a solution to the leafy issue. After going over the problem, an Abanaki engineer made a basket of sorts that will sit under the wipers and right above the trough. The leaves will fall into the basket before reaching the trough, and the oil will fall through the basket, into the trough below, and out to the collection barrel.

Tube Skimmer

The Abanaki Oil Viper tube skimmer is a surface oil skimmer that effectively removes floating surface oils by means of an oleophilic (oil attracting) 3/4 inch diameter continuous looped tube. The tube extends out over the surface of the tank or pit and collects the free floating oils. The Oil Viper has a specially designed method for removing the oil from the tube. It has a unique wiper combination attached to the tube itself in addition to the ceramic wiper on the skimmer. The result is a virtually oil free tube as it leaves the surface oil skimmer for quicker oil removal. Removal rates can be as high as 100 gallons per hour.

The company has reported that the implementation of the basket has its operation running smoothly and the leaves no longer hinder the application. For more information and animated demos on the Oil Viper Tube Skimmer, click the photo below!

Tube Skimmer

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Oil Skimmers to Clean Up Fracking Wastewater

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Oil Skimmers are an environmentally sound choice for the removal of oil from fracking wastewater. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a procedure widely used by natural gas drillers in which water, sand and chemicals are forced at high pressure into the ground to break up shale rock formations, thereby causing the discharge of trapped natural gas. The process of hydraulic fracturing is not new. It has been around for more than 60 years and has been used on more than 1 million producing wells.

A typical fracture treatment normally consists of 98.0-99.5 percent water and sand while the balance is made up of chemical additives that depend on the components of the water and the shale formation being fractured. In order to fracture one producing well, millions of gallons of water are used. There has been growing concern with the disposition of the 20-40 percent of flowback that picks up other contaminants as it returns to the surface.

A fracking site.

Abanaki’s oil skimmers provide an environmentally responsible way for wastewater treatment plant operators and their natural gas driller customers to remove trace amounts of oil from fracking wastewater prior to its disposal. Oil skimmers work by making use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the belts to attract oil and other floating hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fracking wastewater. The contaminants are then scraped off the sides of the belt and discharged into a collection container. Abanaki belt oil skimmers can be used in applications as deep as 100 feet and can be operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An oil skimmer requires very little oversight, no maintenance, and is very cost effective due to low energy requirements.

Oil Skimmer for Fracking Applications

For more information on how our oil skimmers and belts can be the environmentally safe choice in any fracking application, click the photo above.

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