A newsletter for customers and friends of Abanaki Corporation,
the world’s leading oil skimming company.
In this Issue
|Abanaki’s Engineering E-Book|
This 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.
Spring is here and it’s time to think about outdoor oil skimming applications, such as cleaning an oily industrial pond, or remediating ground water.
|The PetroXtractor is available with a solar power option so it can operate in remote locations. The belt material has an affinity with hydrocarbons so it can remove LNAPLs and DNAPLs from ground water. It has a narrow belt that fits down monitoring wells.||The Model 8 oil skimmer works in ponds and sumps with fluctuating water levels and can remove up to forty gallons of oil per hour.||It’s time for spring cleaning indoors, too. Abanaki’s Tote-It can be easily moved from one location to another, promising an economical solution for waste water sumps and coolant renewal.|
Call your Abanaki representative or call (800) 358-SKIM for applications advice.
How come the Super Bowl commercials are never about something we really care about, like an industrial pump or an oil skimmer? Here’s your chance to make an ad that tells it like it is. Show us your own TV spot or print ad about Abanaki oil skimmers and you could be rewarded with $1,000.
Why should the slick advertising types have all the fun? Send your video or print ad (completely made or just the idea) by August 31, 2007. You must use the entry form below. Enter as many times as you like.
[Contest no longer live]
Buddy Rogers of Texas Master Pump has been selling Abanaki skimmers for about 10 years. Because his distributorship carries multiple brands of skimmers, his customers have come to trust his recommendations about which type of skimmer will work best in a given application.
Buddy says Abanaki belt skimmers work better than floating suction skimmers in application where the water level fluctuates, because floating skimmers have hoses that may limit the distance a floating skimmer can rise or fall when the water level changes.
He said that Abanaki’s Model 8 Oil Grabber is an ideal solution for general applications with a need for skimming capacity up to eight gallons per hour, but to clean a spill, there are drum skimmers that can handle up to eight gallons per minute. On the other hand, Abanaki has small units like the Tote-It and Mighty Mini that are perfect for skimming in small spaces.
Buddy says his secret to his success is knowing when customers don’t understand the problem that they are trying to solve. “I don’t just go by what people tell me; I try to fully understand the application before I make a recommendation.”
Abanaki salutes Buddy and his years of service to Abanaki customers.
By the way, Buddy’s favorite Abanaki slogan is “ABANAKI…IKANABA…Frontwards or backwards, you can’t beat our skimmers.”
New animated demos illustrate the technology behind three of Abanaki’s leading models of oil skimming equipment. Although these products are all belt skimmers, their designs are very different—and the right choice of technology makes a big difference in the success of your application. These demos—available online at www.abanaki.com—are
designed to let you peek under the hood and help you choose the oil skimming technology that best meets your needs.
The new demos demonstrate these products:
|The Tote-it Portable Oil Skimmer removes up to 12 gallons of oil per hour and is easily hand carried from application to application. It has light-weight portability with a heavy-duty industrial duty design.|
|The Solar-Powered PetroXtractor is designed for use in monitoring wells and other small openings with large vertical drops to depths of up to 100 feet. Its self-sufficient design makes it suitable for use in even the|
|The Grease Grabber oil skimmer is specially designed for removing grease from water. It has an integrated heater to keep grease moving even in sub-zero temperatures.|
In our last enewsletter we asked you for help in choosing a new slogan to use to celebrate Abanaki Oil Skimmers’ 40th anniversary. We tallied your votes, and the slogan that got the most votes was: 4 Decades of Devotion to the Environment. However, we received so many write-in candidates that we decided to share our favorites with you and have you vote again:
World-Class Wastewater Treatment
Allegheny Ludlum New Bedford, Massachusetts facility.
Allegheny Ludlum Corporation is a world leader in the technology, production and marketing of specialty materials—from stainless and silicon—electrical steels to titanium, nickel alloys and other advanced alloys. Its customers
represent diversified consumer and capital goods markets in more than 30 nations.
In keeping with the company’s ISO 9001-certified quality system, the leader goes well beyond traditional business measurements to balance bottom-line efficiency with service excellence and a commitment to quality. Nowhere is this
balancing act more in evidence than in the company’s industrial wastewater treatment facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Chief Wastewater Operator George Bergman’s responsibilities encompass the restrictions on wastewater from regulation and corporate accountability practices with the need for quality water and a mandate to contain the overall cost of treatment.
Sump Station Savings
Like most manufacturing or processing facilities, Allegheny Ludlum employs a collection system by which rinse water is collected before being transferred to the wastewater treatment system. Chemical residue floats on the surface of the tanks, oil drops to the middle while water is near the bottom. This continuous settling wastewater treatment process enables the company to reuse a high percentage of the liquid recovered from the production line—an important consideration as the quality water so necessary for industrial processing becomes harder and increasingly more expensive to obtain.
As Bergman points out, the savings start with “the effective removal of oil from the wastewater sump stations prior to treatment in the wastewater facility.” Yet as he and his three-man crew of wastewater operators discovered, hand skimming using absorbent pads was an inefficient and ultimately costly method.
Looking “to reduce the time and labor associated with manually removing the oil with absorbent pads during our daily checks of the system,” Bergman discovered Abanaki Corporation, a leading manufacturer of oil skimming solutions in the country.
Bergman first became familiar with the national leader by word of mouth and did further research on the company’s website.
He chose two of the company’s most popular models: the Abanaki Model 4 Oil Grabber and the Tote-It Portable Oil Skimmer. Both skimmers’ rely on the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water to be effective. These characteristics allow the skimmer belts to attract oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from the fluid surface quickly and efficiently with little water content—a key factor in reducing the cost of disposal and lower the contingent liabilities of wastewater discharge.
Each system also delivered specific benefits for specific areas of the treatment facility.
Ideal as a pretreatment before filtration, Bergman requested the installation of the Model 4 in a sump that collects water from several furnace wash tanks and used to remove oil. He and his team “inspect the process daily to ensure that the Model 4 oil grabber is working properly, check the condition of waste oil drum and inspecting and cleaning the wiper blades.”
He reports the unit operates quite well.
The Model 4 removes oil at a rate of up to 20 gallons of oil per hour through a continuous belt and wiper action. 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.
Bergman had Abanaki’s most mobile unit, the Tote IT, “installed in a floor sump to remove oil from floor washing”—an ideal setting for this 36 lb portable unit that requires no modifications to mount and maintains skimming efficiency in fluctuating flied levels.
In fact, low maintenance and self-running sufficiency were key reasons Bergman chose Abanaki in the first place. As he explains, “I chose the Abanaki products for their simplicity of operation and automatic features, such as operation timer and shut off switch when the waste oil drum is full.”
Now, after six months in operation, Bergman reports that the two units have yielded even more benefits. “We have saved on labor and time by not having to apply and remove the oil absorbent pads every week,” he says.
Further, Allegheny Ludlum’s maintenance and wastewater operators are impressed with its ability to remove oil and simplicity. Maintenance Technician Bob Zussy, who installed both units, commented on the simplicity of the units, noting to Bergman that they were easy to install and delivered a high quality of the workmanship, from the way the parts lined up to the quality coating.
Excellence in quality, price and delivery are key elements in Allegheny Ludlum’s standing as a worldwide producer of specialty metals. A commitment to world-class production standards also necessarily involves operating an
effective and efficient wastewater treatment facility. By installing Abanaki oil skimmers at key areas of the treatment process, the company underlines customer satisfaction, ensuring a residue-free product, and underscores community stewardship, providing proactive environmental protection measures.
OIL SKIMMER DIVISION
17387 Munn Road Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Phone (440) 543-7400
Toll Free (800) 358-SKIM
Fax (440) 543-7404
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