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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

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

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

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

5 Reasons To Skim Floating Waste Oil

Posted by Guy Flynn on Oct 18, 2018 11:06:00 AM

Doing nothing about floating waste oil?

At Oil Skimmers, Inc., we think our products are the best in the world at removing floating waste oil in industrial maintenance applications. We have a lot of reasons for saying that and sometime we’ll talk more about those reasons, but what never ceases to amaze me is the number of times we compete against the alternative of a customer “doing nothing” with their floating waste oil.

Doing nothing, that is, not skimming floating oil, can be an option for certain customers. So we are often in the position of educating the customer to the benefits of recovering waste oil versus letting it accumulate.

So, Why Should You Skim Oil?

There are several reasons why floating waste oil in an industrial environment should be skimmed.

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Topics: oil, recycled oil, municipal waste water, water treatment, floating tube, wastewater, oil removal, waste oil, why skim?

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

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

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

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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