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Abanaki Oil Skimmers Meet Unique Needs of the Automotive Industry

Cleveland, Ohio, January 18, 2011 — Abanaki Corporation oil skimmers offer cost-effective ways to solve a variety of issues related to recycling, parts manufacturing, and assembly within the automotive industry. Recently, a large automaker required assistance retrieving over sprayed automotive wax from their wash water system. The automaker was sacrificing time and money at the hands of aging, labor-intensive equipment that offered poor removal rates.

Abanaki’s oil skimmers are simple, dependable, and effective tools for removing oil, grease, and other hydrocarbons from water. The specially designed pick-up unit for this application uses infrared heaters located in the rear of the skimmer, overhead convex heaters, and heated chutes intended to soften the automotive wax, making it easier to separate from water. The design uses the difference in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water to pick up wax, oil, grease, and other hydrocarbons as the belt passes through the wash water. The belt travels into the wash water, picking up the wax as it passes through. It then travels through an infrared heater hood and is then scraped of the wax by tandem wiper blades. The wax then tumbles into the wax receptacles.


The hard, abrasive resistant construction of the ceramic wiper blades offers more efficient removal rates than standard wiper blades. According to the automaker, the new custom-designed solution solved a problem that units costing 10 times as much, failed to solve. The end result is that wash water life has been extended by several weeks and spray nozzles are no longer getting plugged by wax.

Abanaki was also approached by a national recycler of used oil filters that handles approximately 50,000 used oil filters every day and recovers up to 800,000 gallons of waste oil annually that had an issue effectively skimming oil. The company was first using a sucker vacuum truck to skim oil off the surface. This method proved to be too time consuming, messy and inefficient. Either too much oil remained in the water or too much water was sucked up with the oil when the oil film thinned. To solve the problem, the Abanaki Oil Grabber Model MB was installed. It uses two 8″ wide belts and stationary wiper blades to skim the water surface to remove up to 200 gallons of oil per hour. The unit is critical to the recycling process, is virtually maintenance-free, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additionally, part washers, paint lines, and machine shops all have a need to remove oil from water. Abanaki oil skimmers are trusted throughout the automotive industry to extend coolant life, reduce disposal costs, and avoid fines from municipal sewer districts.

About Abanaki Corporation: The refractometers and pH meters are a few of the coolant maintenance products for machine shops from Abanaki Corporation. Abanaki, the world leader in oil skimmer products, manufactures a wide range of products to remove oils, greases, solvents, and related hydrocarbons from water. Skimmer models are available with removal rates ranging from 1 to 200 gallons per hour in both stationary and portable systems. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Abanaki has served a global customer base in industries as diverse as iron and steel, wastewater, paper, food processing, automotive, environmental remediation and recycling for more than 40 years. Today, under the corporate motto “Clean Our World,”TM Abanaki continues to address pollution in industry through innovation, customer commitment, and environmental stewardship within its own operations.

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