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Oil Skimming Myths Exposed! Get the facts and Real Tips!

Posted by Tom Hobson on Sep 22, 2017 8:33:17 AM

Fact:

Oil skimming makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract grease, oil, and other hydrocarbon liquids from the far side of the tank.

Oil Skimming Tip:

When selecting an oil skimmer, be sure to place the skimmer where oil is already gathering.  This will ensure the quickest removal of the oil.

Fact:

Belt oil skimmers and oil skimming will collect all types of oil including all free-floating oils, LNAPLS, DNAPLS, and some emulsified oils. The various belt materials  allow for any type of hydrocarbon removal.

Oil Skimming Tip:

There are several things to consider when choosing a belt for your oil skimmer. For example, some plastics won’t stand up to heat or strong chemicals, some metal belts won’t skim well from coolants due to rust inhibitors being present and certain plastic belts don’t last in heated applications. It is very important to choose a good oil skimmer vendor that offers a wide variety of belts to handle any situation.   Equally important is to inform them of the details of your application so they can provide assistance in choosing the proper belt material at the start.

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Topics: coolant, belt selection guide, oil skimmer belt, belt materials, oil skimmer

Machine Center Skimmer Solves Two Problems in One Application

Posted by Tom Hobson on Aug 3, 2017 4:15:53 PM

Recently, a US automotive parts engineering facility contacted Abanaki Corporation about two issues it was having at its plant.

  1. Wanting to reduce the high costs of constantly needing to replace its coolant due to oil contamination
  2. Removing the oil from the wastewater recovery trenches.

The Tote-It machine center skimmer was the answer. The skimmer is well suited for parts washing and machining center applications. By removing surface oil from a wash tank, the parts will not be recontaminated as they are withdrawn. Furthermore, by removing tramp oil from a coolant tank, the company prevents excessive smoke and fumes that are caused by oil burning during cutting operations. The Tote-it also reduces bacteria growth in the tank, along with the resulting odor.

Once the facility utilized the Tote-It skimmer in both the cooling tanks and the recovery tanks, it was able to successfully remove the oil from the coolant and from the wastewater.Additionally, with the ability to clean the oil laden coolant, the facility was able to save a significant amount of money and time on coolant disposal costs.

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Topics: coolant, oil skimmer, abanaki, tote-it, machine shops

Tube Skimmers: Providing Small Solutions to Big Problems

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jul 26, 2017 10:52:39 AM

Tramp oil is huge problem for machining centers.  It can affect the appearance of the finished part, lead to worker skin conditions and leave a haze of smoke in the shop creating an environmental hazard.  Many machining centers built today have limited access to the coolant sumps more than they used to.  This creates a dilemma: how do you remove oil from a coolant sump when you barely have access to it? A mini tube skimmer, like the Abanaki’s Tubetastic!®, may be the perfect solution for this problem. The Tubetastic! has an oleophilic tube that snakes into your machining center and removes the oil from the surface of your coolant.  It attaches to the side of the tank lip or it can enter through a slot in the side of the machine.   Furthermore, it has a high capacity to remove oil.  The Tubetastic! can remove as much as 1.5 gph of oil from the surface of cutting fluid, enough to handle virtually any tramp oil problem.

The TubeTastic! features a 50/60hz fan-cooled, continuous duty motor in either 110 or 220v and standard collector tubes allowing reaches of 8″, 12″, 18″ or 24″ with longer lengths available.

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Topics: coolant, oil skimmer, tubetastic, abanaki, machine shops

Never Too Much Water in Your Oil Skimmer With Abanaki Oil Water Concentrator

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jun 28, 2017 2:10:50 PM

Sometimes there are situations where your oil skimmer will collect water. If you are running your skimmer 24/7 and the tank or pit runs out of oil, your skimmer will pick up whatever is remaing in the tank, and most of the time that will be water or coolant. There is a way to prevent this and that is by utilizing an oil water sperator/concentrator in conjuction with your oil skimmer. The oil water conentrator attaches to the skimmer and helps in further separating the water/coolant from your oil. This unit is placed on the back of the skimmer. The skimmed material is drained into the concentrator and then it separates the water from oil. You can then drain the water back into the tank or well through one hose, and the oil drains from another. So, next time you’re wondering how to increase the efficiency of your oil skimmer, take a look at the oil water concentrator to help solve your dilemma.

The Oil Concentrator is non-electrical and contains no moving parts — it simply receives liquid directly from the skimmer. Based on the principle of gravity separation, the Concentrator tank is sized so that there is adequate dwell time for the oil and water to separate. Water discharge is through a tube that has an open end near the bottom of the Concentrator, while oil flow is through a separate drain port near the top. As additional liquid enters the Concentrator, water and oil are
forced out through their respective discharge tubes and ports.

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This oil water separator is non-electrical and contains no moving parts — it simply receives liquid directly from the skimmer. Based on the principle of gravity separation, the Oil Concentrator tank comes in three sizes so that there is adequate dwell time for the oil and water to separate. Water discharge is through a tube that has an open end near the bottom of the Concentrator, while oil flow is through a separate drain port near the top. As additional liquid enters the Concentrator, water and oil are forced out through their respective disposal tubes.
This oil water separator is non-electrical and contains no moving parts — it simply receives liquid directly from the skimmer. Based on the principle of gravity separation, the Oil Concentrator tank comes in three sizes so that there is adequate dwell time for the oil and water to separate. Water discharge is through a tube that has an open end near the bottom of the Concentrator, while oil flow is through a separate drain port near the top. As additional liquid enters the Concentrator, water and oil are forced out through their respective disposal tubes.
This oil water separator is non-electrical and contains no moving parts — it simply receives liquid directly from the skimmer. Based on the principle of gravity separation, the Oil Concentrator tank comes in three sizes so that there is adequate dwell time for the oil and water to separate. Water discharge is through a tube that has an open end near the bottom of the Concentrator, while oil flow is through a separate drain port near the top. As additional liquid enters the Concentrator, water and oil are forced out through their respective disposal tubes.
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Topics: coolant, oil skimmer, abanaki, oil water concentrator

16 Crazy Things Abanaki Has Done In 2016

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jan 12, 2017 8:45:32 AM

 

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Topics: oil skimmer resource, oil skimmer, groundwater, abanaki, petroxtractor, skimmer

Temperature matters on Skimmer belt: What You Need to Know?

Posted by Tom Hobson on Dec 8, 2016 9:06:34 AM

No two skimming applications are perfectly alike and require forethought as to collection conditions. It is interesting to know that using different types of oil skimmer belt materials may improve the performance of an oil skimmer. In a parts washer application, temperature and pH levels may cause the need for a different type of oil skimmer belt so that the oil skimmer can work more effectively.

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Topics: oil skimmer, oil skimmer replacement belt

The Differences in Collecting Tramp Oils with Coalescers and Oil Skimmers

Posted by Tom Hobson on Oct 20, 2016 2:23:56 PM

Multiple options exist for the collection of tramp oils. Two of the most common are oil skimmers and coalescers. Both offer unique advantages and disadvantages in certain applications.

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Topics: oil removal, oil skimmer, cnc, coolescer, oil boss

The Oil Boss is here!

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jun 24, 2016 4:12:33 PM

Abanaki Corporation, the world leader in oil skimming technologies, announces the addition of the Oil Boss® Oil Skimmer to its extensive coolant maintenance product line. The Oil Boss solves problems that have plagued regular skimmers in machine shops.

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Topics: coolant, oil, machine shop, coolant maintenance, oil skimmer, cnc machine, coolant skimmer, oil boss

How an Oil Skimmer Saved Cows From Pollution

Posted by Tom Hobson on May 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Oil Skimmer Keeps Auto-Dismantler in Compliance and the Cows Happy
Environmentally Sound Solution to Unwanted Oil Reduces Disposal Costs

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Topics: oil, application, auto, oil skimmer, clean drinking water, petroxtractor, environmental, car, clean water, UK

Your Belt and You: Choosing the Right Material

Posted by Tom Hobson on Apr 11, 2016 3:00:00 PM

A belt is to a skimmer like wheels to a car’s chassis: although the latter is the most identifiable part, it needs the former to actually run. Just like tires, belts are not one size fits all. Just as there are snow tires, street tires, year-round tires, and more, so too are there a variety of belt materials. So what purpose does each serve?

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Topics: belt selection guide, oil skimmer belt, belt materials, oil skimmer, belt material

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