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How Oil Skimming Can Reduce Costs

Posted by Jim Hebert on Mar 14, 2018 10:16:23 AM

Did You Know? Oil Skimming Can Reduce Operational Costs

In just about every industrial process on earth, whether it’s making steel or cosmetics, food processing, mining, railroads, or construction, water plays an important part of a company’s operations. Similarly, in most, if not all of those same industries, oil plays some kind of role. It may be lubrication oil, fuel oil, or the process itself may consume or produce oil - such as in chemical plants and oil refineries. Chances are, at some point, water comes into contact with oil.

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

Super-duty tube type oil skimmer delivers instant ROI for salt water disposal facility

Posted by Guy Flynn on Mar 1, 2018 4:06:57 PM

Salt water is a byproduct of oil and natural gas extraction. Typically, the salt water contains residual oil. For companies involved in the disposal of salt water, removing the residual oil from the water offers potentially significant economic benefit.

One salt water disposal facility successfully used a Model 6V Brill® oil skimmer with the free floating collector tube, from Oil Skimmers, Inc. to remove oil from its disposal pit. The Model 6V performed flawlessly and provided significant economic benefits and an ROI measured in weeks, not months or years. The disposal facilities’ business grew to the point where additional oil removal capability was required. In response to the need, Oil Skimmers, Inc. offered the heavy duty, high capacity Model 7V Brill® tube-type oil skimmer.

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Topics: floating tube, why the tube?, frac water, tube skimmers, model 7v, brill, wastewater disposal

How to order, install and care for the tube on your oil skimmer

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Feb 9, 2018 11:15:42 AM

Our line of Brill® tube type oil skimmers feature our free-floating oil collector tube, made from our unique formula which creates a tube that loves oil. The tube is designed to be able to withstand the most abusive industrial environments involving changes in shape, movement, temperature, and chemical interaction. Upon placing your order, we select, cut, and weld the tube, at the length specific to your application.

To ensure your skimmer continues to perform as designed, always order your replacement tubes directly from Oil Skimmers, Inc.

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Topics: floating tube, collector tube, why the tube?, oil skimmer, tube skimmers, brill

After 5 Decades, Brill® Tube Type Oil Skimmers are Still the Best

Posted by Guy Flynn on Jan 22, 2018 11:49:40 AM

For 50 years, Oil Skimmers, Inc. has designed and developed oil skimmers, oil removal systems, and custom engineered solutions for over 35,000 applications in all industries, in 119 countries around the world.

Our company's founder invented the tube type oil skimmer to ensure efficient, effective oil removal in any application, small or large. Five decades later, we offer a full line of industrial oil removal equipment as well as custom engineering capabilities to meet every oil removal need.

The original Brill tube type oil skimmer remains a very important and versatile element of our product line, and is still one of the best methods available to remove oil from industrial process water and wastewater. Its design, rugged construction, durability, versatility, efficiency, and effectiveness is unsurpassed.

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Topics: model 6v, model 5H, why the tube?, model 1H, tube skimmers, model 7v

Railroad Fueling

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

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