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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

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

Oil Skimming: 7 Benefits, 6 Must-Have Features and 4 Skimming Accessories

Posted by Guy Flynn on Sep 18, 2018 9:52:00 AM

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

Waste oil doesn't have to be a burden to plant personnel. Using an oil skimmer ensures that oil will be removed with minimal effort. With the right equipment, a facility can manage the oil effectively while saving time and money.

Plant personnel are always looking for new tools and equipment to help them run their facility more efficiently. In many manufacturing and processing plants, oily water is present, which prevents a plant from functioning at its maximum productivity level.

Water has several purposes in a manufacturing or processing facility: It can be used for cooling machinery, washing down equipment, or in processing. Sometimes, this water picks up oil or grease from surrounding machinery and equipment. Regardless of whether the facility chooses to reuse the water or send it to the city treatment plant, it has to remove the oil. Some plants, however, are not properly equipped to remove oil effectively.

An oil skimmer is an ideal solution.

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Topics: water treatment, wastewater, oil removal, waste oil, model 6v, oil skimmers, model 5H, decanter, vegetable oil, animal fat, petroleum

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

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

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

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

1 Multi-Billion Dollar Energy Project, 23 Custom Oil Skimmers, 120 Days

Posted by Guy Flynn on Sep 17, 2015 9:37:03 AM

How Did We Do It?

 

Service

The sales, engineering and operations teams at Oil Skimmers, Inc. all worked together to devise a customized solution that met the customer’s stringent commercial and technical requirements. With Oil Skimmers, Inc., customers are not only guaranteed the very best in oil skimming technology, they are also provided superior customer service. When possible, we meet with our customers and visit their facilities. And, we always make it our mission to help solve their issues, address their challenges and devise solutions that will meet their individual needs.

“Our ability to design, build and ship 23 custom oil skimmers halfway around the word in just 120 days was a record for our company – and vital to the customer,” said President Mike Gaudiani, Oil Skimmers, Inc. “It was a challenge happily accepted and met.” 

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Topics: oil removal, model 6v, global energy, coal seam gas, custom

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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