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Posted by Jim Hebert on Jun 7, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Small Spills = Large Problems: A Look into Fueling Best Practices for the Railroad Industry

Fact – fuel contains toxic substances. Thus, fuel spills can have a decidedly negative impact on the environment. Specifically, with regard to diesel fuel use in the transportation industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strict regulations in place to help prevent the contamination of water and soil during fueling.

Companies that encounter frequent or consistent refueling, like those in the railroad industry, need to take precautionary measures to both minimize and manage spills when they occur. According to the Transportation Environmental Resource Center (TERC), these companies should consider the following three-pronged approach:

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Topics: oil removal, collector tube, railroad, fuel leak, oil skimmer, fueling

Success Stories: Heavy Equipment and Truck Washdown Facilities

Posted by Ken Gray on May 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Success Stories: Heavy Equipment and Truck Washdown Facilities

Facilities that wash down heavy equipment or trucks often have to balance several operational priorities at once. For example, ensuring adequate washing of trucks/equipment while reducing operational expenses and meeting environmental standards.

For many, this balancing act can seem daunting; however, it doesn’t have to be. The following two companies with heavy equipment and truck washdown facilities recently found that they were able to meet all of their priorities with the assistance of a tube-type oil skimming system.

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Topics: model 6v, model 5H, heavy equipment, truck wash, oil skimmer

Oil Skimming Solution Keeps National Railway Running Year Round

Posted by Ken Gray on Feb 25, 2016 7:36:00 AM

A North American railway that prides itself on environmental responsibility recently worked with an engineering firm to design a new wastewater treatment facility for one of its refueling stations in British Columbia. The design challenge required a careful balance of meeting the railway’s commitment to environmental sustainability, while still being able to operate in severe weather conditions – even temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

A balancing act

Railroad refueling stations often service hundreds of locomotives per day – and it can take 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel to refuel just one locomotive. While preventative and precautionary measures are in place to manage fuel spills, spills do occur. Additionally, when locomotives aren’t in motion, like when they stop to get fuel, they commonly leak oil. Because of these factors, having a collection system in place to manage spills is essential.

Without proper collection systems, spilled fuel and leaking oil can quickly become an issue for railroads – especially from an environmental standpoint. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency have regulations aimed at preventing the contamination of water and soil during fueling.

With this in mind, the engineering firm knew it needed an effective oil-removal solution that would not only alleviate environmental concerns, but also meet the railway’s unique operational needs.

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Topics: 6Vh, railway, oil skimmer, winterization, insulated, heated

Power Plants, Consider This:  4 Factors to Help Ensure You Select the Right Oil Skimmer

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Feb 15, 2016 12:26:20 PM

Whether your power plant is coal-fired, gas-fired, hydroelectric or nuclear, petroleum-based products like fuel, hydraulic fluid and lubricating greases and oils are critical to operational success.

Supporting numerous lubricant connections, bearings, hydraulic seals and moving equipment parts, such as pumps, conveyors, feeders, scrubbers, cranes, turbines and more – it’s inevitable that these petroleum-based products will find their way into the process, cooling, or cleaning water that flows throughout a plant – posing operational challenges. 

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Topics: power plant, oil removal, skim oil, waste oil, oil skimmer

How to Keep Your Facility’s Oil Skimmer Running During Harsh Weather Conditions

Posted by Jim Hebert on Jan 11, 2016 11:18:06 AM

For companies in a variety of industries – from mining, railroad and transportation refueling to oil and gas, wastewater treatment and more – operations must continue, even when the temperature drops.

Companies located in colder climates using oil skimmers to remove oil from wastewater often are unable to continue skimming when temperatures dip below freezing, depending of the type of FOG they are removing, and its viscosity. However, there is a solution to this issue. Properly designed, insulated and heated oil skimming equipment enables continued skimming, even in temperatures as cold as -20°F (-29°C).

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Topics: model 6v, model 5H, winterization

Oil Skimmers Help Chemical Plants Meet Clean Water Act Requirements

Posted by Ken Gray on Nov 12, 2015 12:38:09 PM

Chemical plants that manufacture or otherwise process chemicals (on a large-scale) face unique challenges when it comes to wastewater management. While the equipment, technology and processes used at chemical plants varies, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act requires plants to meet certain performance standards aimed at water pollution prevention and treatment.

Under the Act, the EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as establishing wastewater standards that require wastewater to be virtually free of oil and other contaminants. Chemical plants that don’t meet these standards can face large fines—up to $53,000 per day in some cases—making compliance, essential.

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Topics: oil removal, model 6v, waste oil, chemical plant

Oil Skimmer Efficiently and Effectively Removes Oily Sludge from Wastewater at Truck Wash

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Oct 22, 2015 7:30:00 AM

With a fleet of 250 tanker trucks – 35 of which are used to haul soybean oil – one U.S.-based trucking company is dedicated to thoroughly cleaning its large fleet following transportation jobs. Specifically, for the oil tankers, each tanker can haul approximately 48,000 pounds of oil so when cleaning the tanks, a significant amount of residual oil often mixes with the wash water that is used for cleaning. As is common practice in many municipalities, local regulations require the trucking company removes all residual oil from the wastewater before allowing the wastewater to be discharged into the city sewer system.

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Topics: oil removal, truck wash

Tube Skimming Solves Oil Refiner’s Wastewater Problems

Posted by Jim Hebert on Oct 12, 2015 4:18:42 PM

This Oil Skimmers, Inc. customer has been a producer of highly refined mineral oils for more than a century. The company’s white oil products, which are used in the formulation of lotions, creams, ointments and hand cleansers, require large amounts of water to make. The oily water from the refining process, along with tank washdowns and runoff, adds up to a substantial wastewater challenge. In an effort to improve its wastewater treatment process and increase overall plant efficiency, the company compared different oil skimmers. 

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Topics: model 6v, wastewater, oil water separators, oil refinery, white oil, API separators

Oil Skimming by-the Numbers: How One Mining Company Reaped the Benefits of Installing a Tube-Type Oil Skimmer

Posted by Ken Gray on Oct 5, 2015 11:22:00 AM

A North American company that constructs sanitary and storm sewers is in the process of completing a large-scale sewer that is nearly 10 feet in diameter and 2 miles long. And, when it’s all said and done, the boring process will have taken approximately 2 years to complete.

To create the sewer shaft, the mining company uses a variety of drilling equipment and machinery. At the start of the sewer construction process (as is typical with heavy equipment/machinery use), equipment-related oil and fuel were leaking into the tunnel. To manage the leaks, company representatives used water to clear the oil and fuel from the tunnel, funneling the oily wastewater into a 16 by 16 foot collection pit. 

Faced with the need to meet federal and local regulations for contaminant-free wastewater, the question then became: how to remove the oil continuously from the collection pit? 

The answer? A tube-type oil skimmer from Oil Skimmers, Inc. 

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Topics: model 5H, mining, fuel leak, heavy equipment, tunneling

1 Multi-Billion Dollar Energy Project, 23 Custom Oil Skimmers, 120 Days

Posted by Guy Flynn on Sep 17, 2015 9:37:03 AM

How Did We Do It?



The sales, engineering and operations teams at Oil Skimmers, Inc. all worked together to devise a customized solution that met the customer’s stringent commercial and technical requirements. With Oil Skimmers, Inc., customers are not only guaranteed the very best in oil skimming technology, they are also provided superior customer service. When possible, we meet with our customers and visit their facilities. And, we always make it our mission to help solve their issues, address their challenges and devise solutions that will meet their individual needs.

“Our ability to design, build and ship 23 custom oil skimmers halfway around the word in just 120 days was a record for our company – and vital to the customer,” said President Mike Gaudiani, Oil Skimmers, Inc. “It was a challenge happily accepted and met.” 

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Topics: oil removal, model 6v, global energy, coal seam gas, custom

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