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New Oil Skimming Engineering Spec Book

Abanaki’s Engineering Spec Book is the company’s most detailed authority on oil skimming equipment. It includes detailed engineering drawings and covers motor types and belt selection for Abanaki’s full line.

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Abanaki Introduces New ChillyBits™ for Reducing Coolant Costs in Machine Shops

Abanaki Corporation, the world leader in oil skimming products, introduces a new air chiller, ChillyBits™. Used in various industrial processes, fabrication, assembly and packaging, Abanaki’s ChillyBits air chiller eliminates
the expense, safety concerns, and the mess of mist cooling. ChillyBits can increase machining speed by 36 percent and extend tool life up to 50 percent. Applications include cooling metals, plastics, wood, rubber, ceramics and other materials during machining.

Abanaki’s new air chiller uses compressed air for industrial spot cooling and eliminates mist coolants and heat related parts growth. Use ChillyBits in milling, metalworking, drilling, machining, grinding, and sharpening. ChillyBits uses no electricity, has no moving parts, is portable, and has an adjustable tip for precision airflow. Abanaki’s air chiller meets OSHA noise and dead end pressure specs.

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Abanaki Introduces New Electrical Systems and IEC Compatibility for Its Grease Grabber®

Remove heavy greases, hydrocarbon liquids and oil from water.

Abanaki Corporation, the world leader in grease removal products, has added a number of engineering advances to its Grease Grabber®, a patented system designed and developed specifically to pick up heavy grease and oil quickly and
easily under the harshest conditions—freezing temperatures, fluctuating levels, even turbulent liquids. The Grease Grabber is the most economical method available for removing grease from water.

Abanaki integrated a standardized single-phase electrical supply system with a push-button-start that eliminates automatic restarts. In addition, the Grease Grabber is also equipped with a physically safer electrical system in addition to meeting IEC regulations in Europe.

Abanaki’s Grease Grabber makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between grease and water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract grease, oil, and other hydrocarbon liquids as the belt passes through the surface of the water. Belt tension is maintained by the weight of a free riding tail pulley. The tail pulley is tethered to the underside of the Grease Grabber to prevent accidental loss.

Unlike competitive systems, the Grease Grabber is designed particularly for extremely demanding applications, such as scale pits, where heavy loads of grease and oil accumulate. To handle this kind of load, the Grease Grabber uses
an oil-filled gear reducer having bronze gears and ball bearings to drive pressure rolls with tractor treads that rotate the belt. This heavy-duty drive train will elevate skimmed grease more than 100 feet for easy discharge into
tramp waste containers.

The construction of the Grease Grabber has a rugged simplicity that is designed to last 20 years or longer for virtually maintenance-free operation in the field. It can handle liquids between 32ºF and 212ºF, with pH between 1 and 13. The motor, reducer, corrosion-resistant materials, and powder-coated finish give the unit exceptionally long life, even in outdoor applications.

The Grease Grabber System features a variety of advantages:

  • Elevates and removes up to 160 gph of grease over 100 ft. without pumps
  • Reduces fluid disposal costs
  • Helps meet government requirements for water discharge
  • Protects expensive sand filtration systems
  • Operates in freezing temperatures
  • Occupies only 2 ½’ X 1′ of tank space (71.12cm x 22.86cm)
  • Maintains skimming efficiency with fluctuating fluid level
  • Fast set-up, easy cleaning, and minimal maintenance
  • Effectively operates in turbulent liquids

All systems can be adapted and customized for specific applications with specific belt lengths and other modifications.

Typical applications for the Grease Grabber include:

  • Circulating water systems in steel mills
  • Truck, locomotive and other mobile equipment washing facilities
  • Wastewater sumps or tanks
  • Food processing facilities
  • Parking lots, garages, and service facilities

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“Perfect” Finishing Operation Finds Perfect Solution to Combat Oily Wastewater

Rosemont Industries Uses Customized Abanaki PetroXtractor in Black Oxide Operation for Cost Control & Compliance

The origins of mass finishing can be traced to biblical times and the use of tumbling barrels. Today, vibratory finishing has emerged as one of the most popular finishing methods and manufacturers across a variety of metallic
applications rely on leading providers such as Rosemont Industries in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For decades, Rosemont has provided high quality metal finishing services at affordable prices to its broad base of local, national and international customers. The company’s full range of vibratory finishing services includes new
and refurbished equipment for deburring, edge breaking and polishing; media and compounds for parts separation and finishing; and a job shop for customized finishing work.

The process of perfection

For those applications where the finish must be “perfect”—with no visible blemishes or defects—Rosemont offers a black oxide process. “Products known for their metallic luster such as costume jewelry and guns rank among the most
popular end uses for black oxide finishing,” Scott Majors, Rosemont’s President of Operations, explains.

The process requires parts to move through several stages. First, they are polished in the facility’s vibratory finishing system using ceramic media. After polishing, the parts go through an alkaline cleansing process followed by a counterflow rinse. This allows Rosemont to remove buffing compounds and manufacturing residue such as oils and grease. Next, the parts proceed into Rosemont’s 68-gallon black oxide bath in the facility’s 16-foot tank and then
are run through ambient rinses. The final step is immersion in soluble oil that provides corrosion protection and enhances the appearance of the blackened parts.

Escalating concerns

Although a black oxide finish is highly valued for its final results, the process has come under increasing scrutiny from regulatory bodies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In recent years, the EPA has focused on service shops that use harsh chemicals, concerned that oily wastewater could find its way into local drinking water. Leading finishers like Rosemont have taken a proactive position as a result.

“We know we need to be particularly vigilant in how we handle the wastewater from the cleansing stage where oil and other contaminants are removed from the parts. The water flows through a batch discharge and mixes with wastewater from the entire plant, so we have to be sure tramp oil from this operation won’t leak into any other area of operation or, of course, out into the surrounding community,” Major says.

Majors also reveals that Rosemont needs to be mindful of the escalating costs associated with a shortened washer fluid life due to oils as well as the rising costs of disposing of the contaminated fluids.

Finding the preferred solution

More than six years ago, the facility was able to use an internally designed and built skimmer to remove contaminants from the wastewater but as local and federal regulations tightened and costs began to skyrocket, Majors began to research other solutions. He found Abanaki, a worldwide leader in oil skimming solutions, through one of their customers.

“We had the chance to tour a customer facility and saw the Abanaki name on a skimmer in use there. They were quite pleased with its performance and said Abanaki was the best in the business, so we call the headquarters outside
Cleveland and the company sent a representative down to meet us, ” Majors says.

According to Majors, the decision to call Abanaki was a good one. After analyzing the operation and discussing Rosemont’s specific needs, the decision was made to install the belt-driven oil skimmer the PetroXtractor.

In general, belt oil skimmers work because of the differences in specific gravity between oil and water which causes oil to float to the top of the water where it can be removed. The special belt material breaks the surface tension of the water to attract and collect the floating oil. The belt passes through a set of wiper blades via a motorized head pulley where the oil is wiped off both sides of the belt. The oil then flows through the skimmer troughs and into a proper disposal container.

Making the best better

The PetroXtractor by Abanaki Corporation offered Rosemont several unique advantages over other choices. Its single unit design separates oil and elevates it up to 100 feet without a pump. It has a tethered tail pulley to prevent accidental belt loss, and it is designed to skim very little water, even with
fluctuating water levels. This was an important consideration at the facility, since levels fluctuate often, with different shifts handling different production capacities.

In addition, factors such as variable pH levels and the use of rust inhibitors—both present at Rosemont—can affect a skimmer’s ability to pick up oil and may require a specific skimming medium.

“Very early on, we experienced some problems with the belt as we often use some very harsh chemicals,” Majors acknowledges. “But all we had to do is call Abanaki and they sent someone down right away to assess the situation. Then they customized the belt material to fit our needs. All in all, the service response was excellent.”

Good for costs—and compliance

Low initial cost and even lower maintenance are two common benefits of an Abanaki skimmer. The only required maintenance is replacing a belt and wiper blade set as needed and there are no filters to change. And the PetroXtractor, while boasting a pick-up rate of up to 16 gph, requires very little operating space with no tank modification.

“We have been very pleased with the Abanaki unit. It consistently pulls the right amount of material we need to stay in compliance and takes up very little room. From the time it was installed over six years ago in a corner of the plant, it hasn’t required any special attention and it works great,” Majors concludes.

High Utility Bills Cause Plants to Consider Recycling Waste Oil for Heat, Says Abanaki Survey

According to a new survey by Abanaki Corporation, the world leader in oil skimming products, more plant managers are considering recycling waste oil as a way to fight rising energy costs. In the results, 78 percent of respondents are struggling to find ways to reduce plant energy costs, and in the face of record-high fuel oil prices, 35 percent of respondents said they would consider burning waste oil to heat their plants.

Now that President Bush has called for new ways for Americans to reduce their dependence on oil, the findings suggest that companies could be doing more to reduce winter heating bills. Although three quarters of the respondents said that their companies skim oil from their wastewater, only eight percent said that their plants already burn waste oil for heat.

Using an oil skimmer, companies can collect up to 40 gallons per hour of oil or grease from wastewater. When combined with an oil concentrator, the amount of water in the oil can be reduced to less than one percent in most cases, making the oil suitable for burning in a waste oil furnace or boiler.

Abanaki sent the email survey in January, 2006 to plant and maintenance managers at manufacturing plants, machine shops and other industrial facilities. The findings are based on 119 completed surveys.

“Plant managers should not let the money hidden in their wastewater go to waste,” said Abanaki president Tom Hobson. “Oil skimming cost effectively reclaims oil from wastewater. As oil bills climb, managers can save energy
costs by burning it or selling it to a recycler.”

In addition, the survey uncovered a widely held misperception: 70 percent of respondents thought EPA regulations for plants burning their own used oil were more stringent than regulations for waste oil disposal. In fact, the regulations are more relaxed. The EPA supports the burning of used oil on site, because it prevents oil from entering the watershed and eliminates the risk of spills during transportation.

Because it usually has a thicker viscosity, used oil possesses more energy than #2 fuel oil and more than twice the energy value of LP gas or coal. Waste oils that can be burned for heat include almost any oil up to 50 S.A.E.: metal cutting oils, lube oil, crankcase oil, transmission and hydraulic fluid, #1 and #2 diesel fuel, vegetable oils and grease.

For more information about oil skimming and how to burn waste oil, contact Chris Ott at (440) 543-7400 or (800) 358-SKIM (7546), or by e-mail:


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