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How Effective Oil Skimming Cuts Maintenance Costs and Machine Downtime

Posted by Jim Hebert on Nov 12, 2018 12:09:00 PM

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

Metaldyne Corp.’s Hatebur Operations in Royal Oak, Mich., produces driveline and transmission components at a rate of 120 parts per minute. To keep pace with demand, the plant can’t afford extended downtime because of inefficient equipment.

Unfortunately for Metaldyne, the plant faced a problem we commonly encounter in the oil-skimming business. Metaldyne’s oil water separator frequently clogged and was extremely inefficient.

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Topics: oil removal, oil/water separator

Oil Skimming Makes for a Safer Work Environment

Posted by Jim Hebert on Nov 9, 2018 3:11:10 PM

Waste oil is a common byproduct of a large number of processes. Once oil enters your wastewater, it can have a negative impact on the health and safety of your workforce.

The Health Advantages of Skimming Oil

When oil lingers in waste or process water, it traps anaerobic bacteria, which can cause adverse health effects.

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Topics: health, safety, oil skimming

6 Implications Your Facility May Face if Oil Is Not Removed from Water

Posted by Guy Flynn on Nov 6, 2018 12:33:21 PM

Water plays an important role in most industrial processes and is often mixed with oil as a result. Removing oil from water early and often by way of skimming is key in maintaining a healthy process. In fact, if ignored, oily water could be detrimental to your productivity, reputation, and ultimately, your bottom-line.

In this post, we’ll present six potential consequences if oil is not separated and removed from water early in the water treatment process.

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Topics: process, remove oil, reduce cost, EPA

6 Steps to Choosing the Right Oil Removal Partner

Posted by Guy Flynn on Nov 1, 2018 11:34:00 AM

Removing oil in the process or wastewater stream is critical to maximizing efficiencies within your operation. So, how can you start removing oil?

Oil skimmers offer the greatest flexibility when integrating this function into your existing workflow.

Choosing the right partner for your application will lead to the most effective installation and a larger ROI. As the first in their field, the Oil Skimmers Inc. team has the experience and continues to set the standard for providing what every customer should expect. Read on for six steps to choose the right partner.

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Topics: oil removal, why oil skimmers, inc., oil skimming

Make Your Manufacturing Process More Economical Today

Posted by Guy Flynn on Oct 30, 2018 10:18:56 AM

Inadequate oil removal equipment could be costing your manufacturing company money.

In this post, we discuss how tube type oil skimmers—those that use a closed-loop tube on the water’s surface to attract floating oil or grease—can save you money compared to alternatives.

1. Efficiently Removes Oil

Because they can’t get clogged with floating debris (leaves, sticks, etc.), tube skimmers consistently outperform fixed oil skimmers (belt, drum and disc) at efficiently and reliably removing petroleum-based oil, fats, greases, and oily wastes on the water’s surface. The tube simply snakes around the water, moving the debris aside, as it removes the oil.

2. Lowers Filtration, Water Treatment and Disposal Costs

Effective oil removal translates into less costs related to filtration, chemicals and other forms of secondary water treatment.

And it doesn’t stop there. Since tube skimmers capture and concentrate waste oil with little-to-no free water, disposal costs are also less. Higher waste oil concentrations lessens the volume and cost of vacuum collection, and off-site recycling or disposal.

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Topics: Manufacturing Cost Cutting, Tube Oil Skimming, tube skimmers, why the tube?, reduce cost

Did You Know? Oil Skimming Can Reduce Operational Costs

Posted by Jim Hebert on Oct 25, 2018 10:05:00 AM

In just about every industrial process on earth, whether it’s making steel or cosmeticsfood processingminingrailroads, or construction, water plays an important role in a company’s operations.

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Topics: tube skimmers, oil skimmer, remove oil, reduce cost

5 Ways Process & Environmental Engineers Can Improve Manufacturing Efficiency

Posted by Guy Flynn on Oct 23, 2018 10:54:17 AM

Whether you’re part of a small team or working for a large organization, there are always ways to fine-tune your internal manufacturing processes—sometimes with very little investment.

One of these investments is oil skimming. With one new solution, your team could see improved asset performance, less downtime, and ultimately, advanced efficiency.

In this post, we look at five ways environmental and process engineers can increase efficiency from start to finish—primarily with oil skimming.

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Topics: manufacturing, engineers, process

5 Reasons To Skim Floating Waste Oil

Posted by Guy Flynn on Oct 18, 2018 11:06:00 AM

Doing nothing about floating waste oil?

At Oil Skimmers, Inc., we think our products are the best in the world at removing floating waste oil in industrial maintenance applications. We have a lot of reasons for saying that and sometime we’ll talk more about those reasons, but what never ceases to amaze me is the number of times we compete against the alternative of a customer “doing nothing” with their floating waste oil.

Doing nothing, that is, not skimming floating oil, can be an option for certain customers. So we are often in the position of educating the customer to the benefits of recovering waste oil versus letting it accumulate.

So, Why Should You Skim Oil?

There are several reasons why floating waste oil in an industrial environment should be skimmed.

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Topics: oil, recycled oil, municipal waste water, water treatment, floating tube, wastewater, oil removal, waste oil, why skim?

How Can Oil Skimming Improve Your Wastewater Treatment Process?

Posted by Guy Flynn on Oct 11, 2018 11:18:48 AM

Wastewater treatment is a major challenge for organizations across a variety of industries. To better understand why this is the case, consider the following scenario.

A privately held potato chip plant hoped to increase its snack production by 20% to roughly 72 million pounds a year. However, the plant faced a major obstacle to achieving this goal: While cleaning the fryers throughout production, large amounts of oil mix with wash water.

Not to mention the plant discharges a whopping 180,000 gallons of water each day.

After installing an oil skimmer to remedy the issue, the plant was able to successfully remove about 2,000 gallons of oil per week from the wastewater system.

Read on to see how this change benefited the potato chip plant in the long run, and how oil skimming could work for you too.

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Topics: wastewater, process, oil skimming

3 Costly Non-Compliance Issues You Can Avoid By Oil Skimming

Posted by Guy Flynn on Oct 9, 2018 11:37:00 AM

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

A proper oil skimming system can help you meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

Since the government created the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in 1948, U.S. businesses have come to view environmental responsibility as a duty that goes beyond regulatory compliance. Today, companies that discharge wastewater into public systems also need to consider their brand and image, the increasing cost of waste management, and the potential of stiff legal and punitive fees.

How can companies meet regulatory requirements for discharging wastewater while also protecting their reputations and profits?

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Topics: water treatment, wastewater, why skim?, model 6v, model 5H, EPA, NPDES, CWA

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