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

How Tube Skimmers Can Turn Waste Oil into New Revenue

Posted by Jim Hebert on Nov 15, 2018 12:08:00 PM

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

When your company considers investing in an oil skimmer, profitability may be an unlikely motive. But here at Oil Skimmers, more customers are telling us they’ve boosted their profits and saved money after they implemented our tube skimmers.

Some of these companies are combining Oil Skimmers’ highly efficient tube-skimming technology with their own ingenuity to gain additional value from their investment. This includes:

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Topics: oil, recycled oil, waste oil, oil skimmers, collector tube, oil recovery, food industry, steel industry, vacuum truck

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

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

4 Ways Oil Skimming Addresses Environmental Concerns

Posted by Jim Hebert on Sep 11, 2018 9:59:47 AM

Organizations are increasingly focused on reducing their environmental footprint and making the best use of our planet’s limited resources.

Removing oil from process and wastewater helps your company employ cleaner operations, conserve water and reduce pollutants in the water.

Read on for four ways oil skimming addresses environmental concerns.

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Topics: oil skimming, oil recycling, environmental, water conservation

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

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

Tube Type Oil Skimmer 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 Skimmers Deliver Efficiencies and Cost Savings in Food Processing Industry

Posted by Jim Hebert on Jul 22, 2015 11:28:40 AM

Oil Removal challenges, methods and success stories


In the food processing industry, companies are under pressure to deliver high-quality products, efficiently, and to ensure their production methods are as environmentally friendly as possible.

This blog examines how smart food producers are investing in equipment that lowers costs while enabling the manufacture of high-quality products through efficient processes. Specifically, we will examine oil skimming equipment and how it can effectively remove oil from the surface of other liquids (usually separating used cooking oil from wastewater for food producers). We will take a look at the various ways companies remove used oil from wastewater and document how food manufacturers have used tube-type oil skimmers to reduce costs for energy, waste treatment and waste removal – all while maximizing efficiencies. 

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Topics: food industry, food processing, fat, grease, oil removal, model 6v, model 5H, model 1H

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