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Make your March the better Month: 11 Tips for Effective Skimming!

Posted by Tom Hobson on Mar 8, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Companies always look for effective ways to remove oil from water or coolant. Here are the 11 easy tips to skim oil from water or coolant.


  1. Make sure the skimmer is level. (A skimmer with a free-hanging belt must be mounted level for the belt to track properly over the pulleys.)
  2. Proper positioning of wiper blades is essential—not too tight, but still touching the belt. (Over-tightened wiper blades cause premature wear on blades. Under-tightening leads to poor recovery results, as the oil collected by the belt is not fully recovered.)
  3. Run the unit when oil is present. This will lessen any possibility of picking up coolant or water. Use of a timer is recommended for greater efficiency.
  4. The unit is most effective when there's no turbulence. Operating it during quiet times will give oil the chance to rise to surface.
  5. Keep a spare belt and wiper blades on hand.wiper blade.jpg
  6. Choose a belt that is long enough so that the tail pulley is submerged when the liquid level is at its lowest point.
  7. Properly size the skimmer to the size of tank. Use a skimmer that will maximize the removal of oil for the size of tank.
  8. If skimmer must be run when little or no oil is present, use an oil concentrator, which will eliminate the removal of coolant and water.
  9. Choosing a proper belt for the application is important. It will maximize life of the skimmer belt and the efficiency of skimmer.
  10. Position the skimmer so that the down stroke of the belt is facing the bulk of the floating oil and is not within 2 feet of a wall or a tank side.
  11. Always remember that the friendly support staff of Abanaki Corporation is just a phone call a way to help you with any of your skimming needs.


Topics: oil belt skimmer, oil skimming, belt materials, wiper blade

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