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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

Oil Skimmer Efficiently Removes Oily Sludge from Truck Wash Wastewater

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Jan 2, 2019 12:26:00 PM

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

With a fleet of 250 tanker trucks—35 of which are used to haul soybean oil—one U.S.-based trucking company is dedicated to thoroughly cleaning its large fleet following transportation jobs. The oil tankers can each haul approximately 48,000 pounds of oil, so when cleaning the tanks, a significant amount of residual oil often mixes with the wash water.

As is common practice in many municipalities, local regulations require the trucking company to remove all residual oil from the wastewater before allowing the wastewater to be discharged into the city sewer system. When the trucking company reassessed their process for doing so, they found glaring inefficiencies.

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Topics: oil removal, truck wash

How the Continuous Removal of Tramp Oil Extends the Life of Coolants

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Dec 5, 2018 9:51:00 AM

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

Tramp oils (hydraulic oil, lubricating oil and greases, and protective metal coatings) in coolant create expensive and frustrating problems. Tramp oils in coolant provide a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause problems ranging from unpleasant odor to employee skin rashes.

When tramp oils combine with other contaminants in coolant, they can form a sticky substance that clogs lines and sprays. When they hit the tool, the cooling effect of the coolant is reduced, causing shorter tool life, product staining, inaccurate tolerances and a smoky atmosphere in the plant.

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Topics: floating tube, oil removal, model 6v, tramp oil, coolants, cnc, decanter

Your Oil Removal Problem, Solved (Video)

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Nov 19, 2018 11:05:56 AM

The age-old idiom that oil and water don’t mix is true, but at some point in most industrial processes they actually do combine. If the oil is not removed, it can cause quite a few adverse affects.

But, thanks to oil skimming technology, we can effectively remove oil from the water’s surface. Doing so, provides economic advantages, improves wastewater treatment processes, extends the life of process liquids, and allows the oil to retain its value for recycling and reuse.

Related read >> Top Business Benefits of Removing Oil from Water

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Topics: video, why skim?, why the tube?, why oil skimmers, inc.

What Happens to the Environment (and Your Business) When You Don't Properly Dispose Oil

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Nov 14, 2018 1:46:54 PM

Now, more than ever, we are aware of the environmental consequences of our actions. Both individuals and organizations are dedicated to adhering to ecological rules and regulations designed to mitigate environmental damage.

One of the many problems that environmentalists face is waste oil recycling and disposal.

According to the EPA, “...used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water — a years’ supply for 50 people!”

Problems mainly arise when used oil isn't properly disposed. Such oil can pollute rivers, harm plants, affect wildlife and seep through the ground, potentially contaminating drinking water. That is why processes that remove excess oil from wastewater, like oil skimming, are so important for running an ecologically friendly business.

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Topics: environmental, remove oil, oil skimming, EPA

The Journey of Water: How to Identify Opportunities to Remove Oil [Infographic]

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Sep 4, 2018 11:38:16 AM

When water is used in an industrial process for manufacturing, cooling or washing, it often combines with contaminants (solids, oil, grease, fats, etc.). Before this water can be re-used within your facility or prepared for discharge into the municipal sewer system, it must first be cleaned of the oil.

The infographic below demonstrates four key areas where oil skimming can be leveraged in the wastewater treatment process:

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Topics: journey of water, oil removal opportunities

Oil Skimming: Why It Matters

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Aug 28, 2018 8:21:37 AM

During many industrial and manufacturing processes, water is combined with chemicals, oils, grease, fat and other containments.

Oil skimming is the process of removing this floating oil from water. It is the first step in any recovery, recycle or reuse project, and has numerous benefits for businesses.

Read on to learn why you should skim.

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Topics: oil skimming, benefits

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

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

Four Benefits of Removing Oil from Water in the Steel Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Jim Petrucci on Apr 15, 2015 9:30:07 AM

Turn captured oil into captured revenue

In the steel manufacturing industry, waterborne oil is a pervasive issue. Mill managers, maintenance managers and process engineers are under pressure to keep facilities up and running, and on budget. However, the nature of steel manufacturing poses its own unique set of challenges for effective oil removal. It’s a high capital, continuous process that’s tough on equipment and uses large amounts of water. Effectively removing oil from water not only helps plants run better overall—it can pay off in many ways. Consider these four top benefits of removing oil from water and coolant fluid during steel manufacturing processes:

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Topics: steel industry, oil removal, model 6v, scale pit

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