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8 Critical Oil Removal Opportunities in Food Production (Free Guide)

Posted by Guy Flynn on Mar 7, 2019 11:08:17 AM

Whether you are washing down farm equipment, transporting edible oils, cooking meat, or manufacturing food packaging, in each segment of the vast food and beverage industry there is a universal problem: fat, oil and grease (FOG) in wastewater.

Without effective and efficient oil removal solutions in place, food and beverage companies can face increased costs for water treatment and discharge, maintenance concerns, and environmental compliance issues, among other problems.

Does fat, oil or grease end up in the wash water or wastewater in your application? Are you aware of the oil removal solutions available?

The following are eight sources of FOG that you can manage to decrease costs and unlock greater profits. Read on to see if any of these might apply to your operations. And, download the eBook to take action and determine the right solution.

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Topics: food industry, food processing, packaged foods, FOG, fat, oil & grease

How to Keep Your Facility’s Oil Skimmer Running In Cold Weather

Posted by Jim Hebert on Feb 27, 2019 9:19:00 AM

How to Winterize Your Oil Skimming Equipment

Oil Skimmers, Inc. offers a variety of winterization options that can work with already-installed skimmers to enable your facility to skim oil from wastewater on a continuous basis, all winter long.

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Topics: model 6v, model 5H, winterization

3 Key Benefits of Proper Coolant Maintenance

Posted by Guy Flynn on Feb 8, 2019 10:23:45 AM

Many industrial and manufacturing processes require the use of coolant.

After all, coolant plays a critical role in both lubrication and temperature regulation. It’s vital in metalworking, machining and many other industrial processes—any that use or create heat.

From cutting, grinding and machining oil-coated metal parts, and because CNC machining centers leak hydraulic oil, coolant quickly picks up tramp oil, particulate matter and other impurities, mandating regular upkeep. Coolant often contains oil as an ingredient, but it is when hydraulic oil, oil that coats raw material, or other residual oils are introduced to the mixture that problems start to arise.

There are multiple aspects to proper coolant maintenance, but one of the most important is the regular removal of tramp oil, which can be achieved by implementing a an oil removal solution.

Read on to learn about the importance of proper coolant maintenance.

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Topics: tramp oil, coolants, oil water separators, tube skimmer, coolant maintenance, coolant management, coolskim

Power Plants:  4 Factors to Help You Select the Right Oil Skimmer

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Feb 4, 2019 11:00:00 AM

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. 

Typically, this oily or greasy water flows to one of four places within a power plant:

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

Celebrating 50 Years of Oil Removal Solutions: What Our Customers Have to Say

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Jan 31, 2019 9:16:54 AM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of our company—Oil Skimmers, Inc. For the last five decades, we’ve provided customers in 119 countries with simple, effective and reliable oil removal solutions.

In over 35,000 applications around the world, our products are used to tackle waste oil challenges. By implementing our skimming systems, oil/water separators and oil removal solutions, our customers are able to improve wastewater treatment processes, reduce maintenance costs and lower operational expenses, while simultaneously lessening their environmental impact.

But don’t take our word for it. Below, we’ve curated a few of our favorite customer quotes.

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Topics: oil removal, oil water separators, oil skimming, testimonials, 50 years

4 Variables That Can Impact the Efficiency of Your Oil/Water Separator

Posted by David Cehlar on Jan 24, 2019 2:49:32 PM

Removing oil from any industrial process is important. Animal fats, grease and petroleum-based oils all have a significant impact on both overall maintenance and environmental compliance of an operation.

Hence why oil refineries, chemical plants, steel mills and many other types of companies throughout the world use oil/water separators. This flow-through device takes advantage of the fact that oil has a lower density than water, causing it to float on the water’s surface, to separate oil from the wastewater.

But isolating the waste oil is only part of the wastewater treatment equation. An area where oil/water separators commonly fall short is efficient removal of the oil after the separation occurs.

This is where oil skimming comes in.

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Topics: remove oil, oil skimmer, oil water seprators

10 Industry Resources for Engineers

Posted by Guy Flynn on Jan 16, 2019 12:40:08 PM

An integral part of being an engineer is staying up to date on new discoveries, developments, trends and news in your particular field. The ever-evolving nature of the job makes staying ahead of the curve a challenge, but necessary.

Finding a good source of relevant information amongst the plethora of available resources can be difficult and time consuming. That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 noteworthy resources for engineers. In no particular order:

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Topics: wastewater, environmental, process, engineers

Should you Choose a Complete, All-In-One Oil Removal Solution? (Video)

Posted by Jim Hebert on Jan 10, 2019 3:06:03 PM

After learning about the benefits of oil skimming and deciding to remove oil from water in your application, you’re faced with a decision: which type of skimmer is best for your particular application?

Companies that install an oil skimming solution reap immediate benefits—lowering their ecological footprint, reducing maintenance requirements and an improving their overall wastewater treatment process, all while increasing profits. But in order to maximize these benefits, choosing an appropriate system is key.

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Topics: oil removal, skim oil, orts, scale pit, oil skimmer

When to Use an Oil Skimmer

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Jan 8, 2019 9:25:17 AM

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Power Magazine.

Oil skimmers are very effective in removing oil from wastewater before discharge but are also perhaps the most efficient and economical approach.

Despite these advantages, oil skimmers are not found in every power plant. Some plants rely on less-efficient oil removal procedures, failing to recognize that even a single release could cost more money than upgrading a facility to modern oil-skimming equipment.

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Topics: oil skimmer

The Better Belt Skimmer - Solving the Issues Customers Experience with Traditional Belt Skimmers

Posted by Guy Flynn on Jan 3, 2019 3:16:15 PM

Recognizing the limitations of belt skimmers and other oil removal methods, 50 years ago we invented the “better belt skimmer”, the Brill® tube type oil skimmer.

Using the right type of oil skimmer can be just as important as deciding to skim oil in the first place. Whether your business is considering a new skimming solution or has traditional belt skimmers in operation already, it’s important to be mindful of common challenges that our customers have faced before they upgraded to Brill® tube type oil skimmers.

We’ve listed and described five of the most common complaints that we have heard from customers about traditional belt skimmers. If any of the following issues sound familiar, Oil Skimmers, Inc.’s oil skimmer with the Free-Floating Collector Tube™ is the better belt skimmer for you.

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Topics: belt skimmer, tube skimmer, better belt skimmer

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