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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: engineers, wastewater, environmental, process

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

How Do Tube Type Oil Skimmers Work? (Video)

Posted by Guy Flynn on Dec 21, 2018 10:35:01 AM

You’re probably aware of why skimming oil is important, but do you know how skimmers actually collect oil? Are you certain the type of skimmer you’re using is the best choice?

There are a handful of different oil skimming solutions, but we will focus on the most efficient and reliable system—tube-type oil skimmers.

How the Oil Skimmer Works

The Brill® tube skimmer type uses a special closed-loop Free-Floating Collector Tube™ that is designed to attract oil but not water. The collector tube is slowly drawn across the surface of the wastewater, and this movement creates a current to pull oil in. The oil-covered tube then passes through special ceramic scrapers that clean the tube of the waste oil, collecting it in a container. From there, the cleaned tube then returns to the tank to continue collecting oil.

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Topics: video, tube skimmers, floating tube, floating debris

The Top 10 Blog Posts from Oil Skimmers, Inc. in 2018

Posted by Guy Flynn on Dec 17, 2018 1:08:38 PM

For decades, our oil removal solutions have played an important role in businesses that deal with fat, oil or grease (FOG) in process water, coolant or wastewater at some point in their operations. Oil removal technology can improve your wastewater treatment processes, reduce your ecological footprint and improve the bottom line.

To learn more about how oil skimmers and systems work in a variety of applications and industries (or if you’d just like to catch up on what you’ve missed), we’ve curated the 10 most viewed Oil Skimmers, Inc. blog posts of 2018. This list includes the top viewed posts over the past year.

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5 Red Flags That Your Oil Skimming Solution Isn’t Reliable

Posted by Guy Flynn on Dec 5, 2018 12:19:00 PM

Using an oil skimmer to remove oil from coolant, process water and wastewater has many benefits, such as reducing maintenance, lowering environmental impact, improving working conditions, and potentially creating new revenue opportunities.

But, to reap those benefits, your oil skimmer must be completely effective, efficient, and reliable.

In this post, we cover five signs that your oil skimming solution isn’t reliable.

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Topics: oil skimming

7 Questions To Ask Your Oil Skimming Vendor

Posted by Guy Flynn on Nov 29, 2018 1:35:27 PM

So, you’re thinking about installing an oil skimmer to remove oil from water in your application. What more should you know before deciding which skimmer manufacturer or vendor to use?

As with any technology, quality of equipment, level of service, capabilities, and expertise vary greatly among vendors. Hence the importance of choosing the right provider.

If you have a shortlist of potential oil removal solution providers but aren’t sure which is best, we can help. Read on for seven questions to ask potential partners.

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Topics: oil skimming, oil skimmer

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

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

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