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Choosing an Oil Skimmer for the Machine Shop
Christopher Ott, Production ManagerAbanaki Corporation; Oil Skimmer Division
Advantages of Using an Oil Skimmer
The use of an oil skimmer in the machine shop setting holds many benefits. Removing the oil from a machine coolant tank will initiate some esthetic benefits such as cutting down on the amount of smoke generated from the cutting tool coming into contact with oil laden coolant.
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.
The presence of bacteria and decreased pH levels in a coolant sump can cause dermatitis. Abrasions on the skin can increase the likelihood that dermatitis will set in. Removing the tramp oils will allow coolant to absorb oxygen. Keeping the coolant sump clean with a good quality oil skimmer will keep the pH level in check and greatly reduce the chances of contracting dermatitis.
Separating the oil from the coolant will also help reduce disposal costs. The cost of disposing of oil laden coolant is more expensive than disposing of oil. In fact, in some instances, companies may be able to re-use the oil elsewhere or sell it for recycling. Having oil free coolant can also extend its usefulness and effectiveness, reducing the expense on
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Oil skimming is the most reliable and lowest cost method of removing food greases and oils from process wastewater. An oil skimmer uses the difference in specific gravity between oil and water, allowing the oil skimmer belt to attract frying oils, vegetable oils, greases, and animal fats 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.
Processors need to limit oils discharged into the environment, and recaptured greases and oils can be used to manufacture other products such as pet food. An Abanaki oil skimmer will help you accomplish both goals.
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|Abanaki Fuzzy2™ Patent-Pending Material.|
|Abanaki Fuzzy2™ Oil Skimming Material Called into Fight against Gulf Oil Spill|
Abanaki Corporation is pleased to report that its patent-pending Fuzzy2™ oil skimmer material joined the cleanup of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and exceeded expectations by recovering up to 385 gallons of oil per minute from the water’s surface, more than three times the capacity of ordinary skimmer material.
During the spill Abanaki’s new oil skimmer material removed up to 56,000 gallons of oil per day, greatly contributing to the clean up effort.
Abanaki’s Fuzzy2 material was attached to the surface of 30-inch diameter skimming disks on a floating skimmer made by CRUCIAL Inc. of Gretna, Louisiana. CRUCIAL tested the material in front of oil clean-up experts, and the company expects to see an increase in orders for its disk skimmer equipment.
A disk skimmer uses a rotating disk to remove oil from water. Oleophilic (oil attracting) material collects oil as the disk passes through the water, and wiper blades scrape off the oil for collection. Unlike other skimmer disk materials, Fuzzy2 has a hairy surface that greatly increases its surface area, making it more effective at removing
|Abanaki Solutions Sourcebook|
Newly Expanded Second EditionAbanaki Corporation, announced the second-edition of its Solutions Sourcebook for oil skimming applications. The newly expanded 43-page handbook offers application notes and photos of 40 real-world implementations of oil skimming.Abanaki’s Solutions Sourcebook is indexed by type of industry, application, and skimmer model, making it easy to find case studies most relevant to a specific situation. Every article explains the application’s problem, solution and benefits such as cost savings. Articles include oil skimming applications from many industries, such as environmental/recycling, food processing, laundry, chemical, machining, paper mills, power plants, refineries, steel mills, technology, transportation, tube manufacturers and electric power utilities.
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