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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

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

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

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

The Importance of Skimming Oil from the Surface of Storm Water and Wastewater at Railroad Yards

Posted by Guy Flynn on Apr 17, 2018 4:04:47 PM

Railroads are among the world’s most environmentally conscious companies. In an industry that re-fuels hundreds of locomotives every day and can use up to 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel for just one re-fuel, railroad yards must both prevent and properly manage spills when they occur. When it comes to storm water and wastewater treatment, fuel spills and oil leaks can pose significant challenges.

Spilled fuel or leaked oil at a railroad yard typically ends up in a collection pit along with wastewater, wash water or storm water. To meet municipality requirements and ensure environmental responsibility, the fuel and oil needs to be removed from the water. One proven way railroads can achieve effective removal is by installing an oil skimming system.

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Topics: railroad, oil skimmer, sump, rail yard

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?

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

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

Oil Skimming Solution Keeps National Railway Running Year Round

Posted by Ken Gray on Feb 25, 2016 7:36:00 AM

A North American railway that prides itself on environmental responsibility recently worked with an engineering firm to design a new wastewater treatment facility for one of its refueling stations in British Columbia. The design challenge required a careful balance of meeting the railway’s commitment to environmental sustainability, while still being able to operate in severe weather conditions – even temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

A balancing act

Railroad refueling stations often service hundreds of locomotives per day – and it can take 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel to refuel just one locomotive. While preventative and precautionary measures are in place to manage fuel spills, spills do occur. Additionally, when locomotives aren’t in motion, like when they stop to get fuel, they commonly leak oil. Because of these factors, having a collection system in place to manage spills is essential.

Without proper collection systems, spilled fuel and leaking oil can quickly become an issue for railroads – especially from an environmental standpoint. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency have regulations aimed at preventing the contamination of water and soil during fueling.

With this in mind, the engineering firm knew it needed an effective oil-removal solution that would not only alleviate environmental concerns, but also meet the railway’s unique operational needs.

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Topics: 6Vh, railway, oil skimmer, winterization, insulated, heated

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

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