September, 2012

Leading Engineering Firm Tackles Ocean-Front Remediation System with Well Oil Skimmers

Stephen Hanks, who works for the Atlanta-based consulting firm MACTEC, was in charge of an ocean-front property containing a bulk fuel storage terminal. That terminal continued to create challenges caused by a spill that happened about 10 years ago. MACTEC engineers had dug a recovery trench to keep contaminants from leeching into the nearby natural water source. However, because of the site’s close proximity to a coral reef, this solution proved untenable in the long term. The coral would re-grow in the trench.

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Longest Oil Skimmer Belt a Success for Canadian Railway System

The Canadian railway industry has been forced to downsize operations in recent times due to less expensive methods of moving freight to the far North. The result has been the closing of many remote train depots that once serviced the mining and hydro-power industries. After decades of constant activity, many of these depots contaminated the local groundwater. To maintain the pristine wilderness, the railways sought a solution to clean the contaminated groundwater and approached Abanaki Corporation for an environmentally responsible solution.

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The Skimming Material Test Kit will include belt and tube sample materials that you can use to test their effectiveness at your location. We will send you sample materials which may include fuzzy, steel, poly, and elastomer belts, and/or collector tubes for standard and high temperature applications.

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New! TubeTastic! HC
Tube skimmer eliminates need for overhead access to coolant sumps. Operates in places other units can’t be placed.
Oil Grabber® Model 8
Great for sumps! A versatile belt oil skimmer. Oil skimming is the lowest-cost way to remove oil from water.
Q-VAC™ 100
Wet vacuum swiftly cleans up all types of industrial spills. Mounts to
your standard drum. Easy-to-use and highly reliable. Complete kits
available. Runs on compressed air.
Mighty Mini SST®
The ideal solution to remove unwanted tramp oil in coolants & parts washers! Compact size allows it to be utilized anywhere. Can remove 1 to 2 gallons of medium weight oil per hour.
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This 43-page handbook offers application notes on more than 40 real-world implementations of oil skimming. It is indexed both by type of industry and by type of application, enabling readers to quickly find the case studies that are most relevant to their situation. Sections include consulting engineering, machining, manufacturing, utilities, coolant, grease/water separation, groundwater remediation, oil/water separation, and wastewater.

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Ask Skimmerman, and your question will be answered in an e-mail message. Read below to see Skimmerman’s answers to other questions.

From Joseph:

Can I use my skimmer outside?

Skimmerman answers:

Yes, most of our skimmers are made to be used inside or outside. There are some belt materials that are UV sensitive, but most of the skimmers are capable of handling outdoor weather.

From Colin:

I work for a wastewater treatment plant that handles backflow from fracking operations. The wastewater typically has oil in it that needs to be removed. What type of skimmer and belt material would be ideal for a large wastewater sump?

Skimmerman answers:

The Model 8 Oil Grabber is ideal for large wastewater applications because it will be able to pull oil from the entire tank at rates of up to 32 gallons per hour. The XP Poly belt is a perfect fit for this application because it is very chemical resistant and will not harden over time.

About Abanaki,  the world leader in oil skimmer products, manufactures a wide range of products to remove oils, greases, solvents, and related hydrocarbons from water, groundwater and industrial effluent. Today, under the corporate motto “Making it Easy to Clean Our World®”, Abanaki addresses pollution in industry through low total cost of ownership, constant innovation, and environmental stewardship.

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