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10 Industry Resources for Engineers

Posted by Guy Flynn on Jan 16, 2019 12:40:08 PM

An integral part of being an engineer is staying up to date on new discoveries, developments, trends and news in your particular field. The ever-evolving nature of the job makes staying ahead of the curve a challenge, but necessary.

Finding a good source of relevant information amongst the plethora of available resources can be difficult and time consuming. That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 noteworthy resources for engineers. In no particular order:

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Topics: wastewater, environmental, process, engineers

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

How Can Oil Skimming Improve Your Wastewater Treatment Process?

Posted by Guy Flynn on Oct 11, 2018 11:18:48 AM

Wastewater treatment is a major challenge for organizations across a variety of industries. To better understand why this is the case, consider the following scenario.

A privately held potato chip plant hoped to increase its snack production by 20% to roughly 72 million pounds a year. However, the plant faced a major obstacle to achieving this goal: While cleaning the fryers throughout production, large amounts of oil mix with wash water.

Not to mention the plant discharges a whopping 180,000 gallons of water each day.

After installing an oil skimmer to remedy the issue, the plant was able to successfully remove about 2,000 gallons of oil per week from the wastewater system.

Read on to see how this change benefited the potato chip plant in the long run, and how oil skimming could work for you too.

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Topics: wastewater, oil skimming, process

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

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

The Railroad Industry: Then and Now

Posted by Guy Flynn on Mar 17, 2015 12:23:00 PM

Emission control and waste management among top priorities for railroad industry today

On February 28, 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first U.S. railway chartered for commercial transport of passengers and freight. 

Key facts about the first U.S. railway include:

  • The Tom Thumb steam engine was designed by Peter Cooper
  • The first railroad track was only 13 miles long
  • Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, laid the first stone when construction on the track began 

(Source: Library of Congress)

Fast-forward 188 years. 

Here is a snapshot of what the railroad industry looks like today:

  • 140,000 miles of railroad track
  • 21 regional and 510 local railroads
  • 221,000 jobs
  • The rail network accounts for approximately 40 percent of U.S. freight moved by ton-miles (the length freight travels).

(Source: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration)

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Topics: 6Vh, oil removal, model 6v, wastewater, railroad, railway, runoff, orts

Tube-Type Skimming in Mining Operations – A Simple Oil Removal Solution

Posted by Jim Hebert on Feb 25, 2015 4:23:42 PM

A steady flow of technological innovations in electronics, construction, healthcare and other fields is driving the resurgence of copper mining throughout the world. In Peru alone, copper production jumped nine percent in the first three months of 2014.* Industry observers predict that the demand for copper will continue to grow at a fast clip for at least the next five years.

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Topics: model 6v, wastewater, mining, equipment washdown

Frac Water Management: Shale Water Expo 2014

Posted by Ken Gray on Oct 27, 2014 4:23:09 PM

We just got back from the recent Shale Water Expo in Houston. This was the first conference and exhibition in the United States to focus on the natural gas drilling industry’s biggest issue:  water.

Water management is on everybody’s mind these days. Water, the high-cost, high-volume component in hydraulic fracturing, is more than just an operating expense. It has become an item of public concern that’s in the news every day. Not surprisingly, one conference panel featured a water engineer, hydrogeologist, recycling advocate, and regulators from the Texas Railroad Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality. Presentations by environmental experts, academics, industry thought leaders and entrepreneurs rounded out this timely summit.

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Topics: wastewater, hydraulic fracturing, fracking, frac water, disposal well

In the Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Disposal Business? Oil Skimming is for You.

Posted by Guy Flynn on Jul 8, 2014 2:52:24 PM

Recently, an increasing number of companies in the oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal business have found employing efficient, low-maintenance oil skimming technology can bring sustained improvements to their bottom lines. We’re talking added monthly profits of $3,000 to $18,000. Sound appealing?

Wastewater disposal companies in Texas, West Virginia and Ohio, who have purchased oil skimmers to recover and sell oil that is present in the hydraulic fracturing wastewater being delivered to their facilities, have capitalized on this new revenue within just 2 to 3 months of using the technology. And, that’s not all. In addition to generating new revenue streams and delivering a nearly immediate return-on-investment, oil skimmers used in wastewater disposal applications also reduce operational costs and increase operational efficiency.

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Topics: oil skimmers, oil and gas, wastewater, hydraulic fracturing, fracking

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