A newsletter for customers and friends of Abanaki Corporation,
the world’s leading oil skimming company.

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Even after Halloween is over, the goblins of pollution will still be haunting industries from automotive to food processing, and from truck washes to machine shops. OK, so the EPA inspector won’t come to your door like the Jason in a horror movie, wearing a hockey mask and carrying a chain saw. But getting a letter from the EPA can still make your blood run cold. Skimming is the most cost-effective way to remove oil from water, often cleaning wastewater to the point that it meets EPA guidelines for safe discharge. Abanaki oil skimmers get rid of that haunted feeling, because you know that your business is in compliance.

As the sequel to Oil Skimming 101, this 12-minute Oil Skimming 102 webinar (online video tutorial) delivers a comprehensive review of how to choose the proper skimmer and size for your particular application.

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Disk skimmers are a good choice for mounting on drums and in places where the water level does not fluctuate, and where a small oil-removal capacity is required. Because they are small, and simple to construct, disk skimmers provide the least expensive method to skim oil. Unfortunately, some competing products have given disk skimmers a reputation of being cheap.

Abanaki disk skimmers are superior in design and construction. A “boomerang” shape wiper blade extends over the edge of the receiving trough, adding an extra inch of wiping area that greatly increases capacity. Unlike some other manufacturers, we mount the wiper blades away from the edge of the trough, so oil doesn’t drip down the outside. What’s more, our skim disks are ½-inch thick—twice the thickness of competing disks. Like a vinyl phonograph record, a thin disk may warp if it is exposed to heat or chemicals, compromising its effectiveness. For the same cost as those “other guys,” Abanaki provides a truly reliable disk skimmer, and that can be beautiful music to your maintenance operation.

Hahn Manufacturing supplies precision prototype and production machined parts for OEMs across the country. The coolant tanks in Hahn’s multiple machining centers were being contaminated with tramp oil. Plant manager Gary Ott was concerned with escalating disposal and replacement costs for the five machining centers. He found the solution to his problem in the Mighty Mini® oil skimmer. See complete story.

Abanaki Corporation purchased Aerodyne Development Corporation as part of Abanaki’s plan for growth in the solid-materials-handling market. Aerodyne products have been solving dry materials handling problems for more than 40 years with dust collection systems, dewatering and material handling valve applications.

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 Skimmerman Answers Your Questions About Oil Skimming

Ask your own questions now!
Dear Skimmerman:

Because coolant is about 15 percent of my machining costs, I’m hoping oil skimming will extend the life of my coolant. I have ten machine tools connected by a centralized coolant system. The tank holds about 1200 gallons. Which is the best skimmer for my application?

—Cool in Columbus

Skimmerman says:

Dear Cool,

In your case the best solution is the Abanaki Tote-It. Although you don’t need its portability, you do need its belt length of up to 10 feet— long enough to handle fluctuating coolant levels and dump into a 55 gal drum. The more costly alternative would be to buy 10 Mighty Minis, and mount one on each machine. The one caveat is that the coolant should be well circulated through the system, so the tramp oils don’t get stuck at each machine.

Dear Skimmerman:

I work at a hydro-electric plant and have several hydraulic leaks that are contained in a sump that must be cleaned before discharging back into the river. Currently we are pumping the sump up to our oil-water separator. This works okay but it has our oil-water separator working overtime. Would one of your skimmers work better?

—Tim, Little Rock, AR

Skimmerman says:

Dear Tim,

One of the major benefits to skimming rather than pumping is that it greatly reduces the amount of water you collect in the process, which will enable you to run your separator far less frequently.  In most cases our skimmers can reduce the oil in a sump to the point where it can be safely discharged back into a water system.  Thanks for your question.

Oily water cleanup is more than just another maintenance task; it’s an important way we clean our world. At Abanaki, we take that responsibility seriously, by providing effective and cost efficient means to remove oil from wastewater. In fact, concern for the environment permeates our company culture. We cut our consumption of office paper in half, by using both sides of each piece of paper. We recycle our office paper and our plastic, and we research our recycling vendors to make sure that our office waste never goes to a landfill. This commitment drives our product innovation and adds integrity to our relationships. We think people prefer to do business with a company whose business is its passion.

Clean Our World TipSubmitted by Tom Hobson, Abanaki Corp.

When making a deposit in an ATM machine, recycle an envelope that you bring from home. The envelopes that come in junk mail work great. It’s a simple, personal way that you can help conserve the world’s dwindling forests.

If you have a Clean Our World Tip to share, send it to, and it may get published in Skimmings.


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