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Mastering Oil Skimming: 11 Essential Tips for Efficient Oil Removal | Abanaki

Posted by Tom Hobson on May 30, 2024 1:45:00 PM

Oil Boss Before - KirsanOil skimmers play a crucial role as unsung heroes in the ongoing fight against oil contamination. Their significance transcends mere functionality, as they serve as guardians of environmental integrity and industrial efficiency alike. Whether tasked with preserving the purity of coolant systems to prolong the lifespan of vital industrial tools or ensuring that wastewater remains free from the deleterious effects of oil discharge into the environment, a well-operating skimmer emerges as an invaluable asset. In recognition of their indispensable role, here are 11 invaluable tips aimed at maximizing the efficiency of oil removal from both water and coolant systems:

  1. Level Up: Ensure that the skimmer is mounted perfectly level. This is particularly crucial for skimmers equipped with free-hanging belts, as proper alignment guarantees smooth tracking over the pulleys, optimizing performance and longevity.

  2. Wipe Wisely: Strike the right balance when positioning the wiper blades—not too tight, but with gentle contact against the belt. Over-tightened blades accelerate wear and tear, while insufficient tension compromises oil recovery efficiency, leaving behind valuable residue.

  3. Time It Right: Operating the unit only when oil is present minimizes the risk of inadvertently collecting coolant or water. Consider utilizing a timer for automated operation, enhancing efficiency and reducing energy consumption by running the skimmer precisely when needed.

  4. Calm Waters: To maximize effectiveness, deploy the skimmer during periods of minimal turbulence. Operating it during quiet times allows the oil to naturally rise to the surface, facilitating easier removal and ensuring thorough cleanup.

  5. Be Prepared: Keep spare belts and wiper blades readily available to swiftly address any maintenance needs and minimize downtime. This proactive approach ensures uninterrupted operation and optimal performance.Abanaki September 2020 Blogs#10

  6. Length Matters: Select a belt of sufficient length to ensure that the tail pulley remains submerged even at the lowest liquid levels. This strategic choice maximizes oil collection efficiency across varying conditions, guaranteeing thorough cleanup without compromise.

  7. Size Up: Properly match the skimmer size to the dimensions of the tank. Opt for a skimmer that optimizes oil removal relative to the tank's size, ensuring efficient cleanup without unnecessary excess capacity or inefficiency.

  8. Concentration Matters: When running the skimmer in scenarios with minimal oil presence, employ an oil concentrator to prevent the inadvertent removal of coolant and water. This targeted approach conserves resources and maximizes efficiency, ensuring optimal performance even in challenging conditions.

  9. Belt Selection: Carefully select the appropriate belt for the application to enhance skimmer longevity and efficiency. Choosing the right belt minimizes wear and tear while maximizing oil capture capabilities, ensuring sustained performance over time.SSB#3

  10. Strategic Positioning: Position the skimmer strategically, with the downstroke of the belt targeting the bulk of the floating oil. Ensure that the skimmer is positioned at least 2 feet away from walls or tank sides to avoid interference and optimize oil removal efficiency.

  11. Support System: Remember that assistance is just a phone call away. The friendly support staff at Abanaki Corporation is dedicated to helping you with any skimming needs you may have. Whether it's troubleshooting, maintenance tips, or product guidance, we're here to ensure your skimming operations run smoothly and effectively.

Abanaki Corporation stands as a beacon of excellence in oil skimming solutions, catering to a diverse range of industries with a steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship. Our motto, "Clean Our World," underscores our dedication to preserving the planet while serving our valued customers. For any inquiries or assistance with your oil skimming application, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 440-543-7400. We're here to help you make a difference!

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