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Pro Tips: Bigger Isn’t Always Better and Smaller Isn’t Always Cheaper

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

Choosing a skimmer based on size speculation can be a costly mistake. Buying the smallest skimmer available because it is the cheapest or purchasing the biggest skimmer because you think it will work faster will not lead to successful skimming results.

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Topics: oil removal, belt material, belt oil skimmer, water temparature, viscosity

Tramp Oil Coalescers vs. Oil Skimmers: Differences in Oil Collection

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.

Coolant Coalescers

Coalescers focus on collecting oil into larger droplets. Using a filter medium, the oil is gathered into one place and combines into a larger oil droplet. heightening the differing densities of oil and water. The oil then floats to the top of the coalescer, allowing removal by other means. 

Coalescers have an advantage in specific coolant-related applications. Coalescers cover a bigger collection area than oil skimmers, speeding recovery and reducing need for moving the oil collection device.

Unlike skimmers, coalescers have no need for a collection container, preventing the potential for spillage. Abanaki's Oil Boss can also be hung from a metallic surface, preventing the floor space footprint of other coalescers and skimmers.

Oil Skimmers

Oil skimmers focus on removing tramp oils using oleophilic belts. These belts attract the tramp oils and drag them up to a trough where they are scraped off, removing them from the water or coolant. Different belts have different specialties, such as steel belts being suited for LNAPLs and tramp oils.  

Oil skimmers have an advantage in more varied conditions. Able to be used in high temperature applications where plastic coalescers might face pump failures, skimmers can withstand more extreme environments.

In addition, oil skimmers do not have to worry about pumps clogged by shavings or solid byproducts like coalescers might. Dirty oil can also go back into the sump in coalescers, while oil is completely removed by a skimmer.

Oil skimmers also have more applications than coalescers, such as environmental remediation. 


For more information about our line of coalescers and skimmers, take a look at our product catalog, or contact us via phone at (440) 543-7400 or via e-mail at skimmers@abanaki.com.

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

Updated Oil Concentrator Reduces Disposal Costs

Posted by Tom Hobson on Aug 24, 2015 9:42:22 AM

Recently John, an Abanaki sales rep, visited a customer that was in need of replacing some old components in its skimming operation. The facility uses the Model 8 oil skimmers on tanks that are 20 ft off of the ground. The skimmed hydrocarbons are drained in to an oil concentrator below. The oil concentrators at the facility are very old and don't preform like they have in previous years. John suggested the company replace the older oil concentrators with Abanaki's OC200.

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Topics: oil removal, oil concentrator

The Tote-It Belt Oil Skimmer

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jun 17, 2014 4:15:56 AM
Click here to receive the newly updated Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guide. With this informational guide you will have access to diagrams of all of Abanaki's oil skimmers and how to properly size a belt for each skimmer.
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Topics: oil removal, tote-it, belt oil skimmer

Removing Oil from Water Tutorial with Oil Skimming 102

Posted by Tom Hobson on Apr 15, 2014 4:25:11 AM
The Oil Skimmer Facts Tutorial Handbook is the industry’s leading guide on oil skimming solutions. Learn how to properly size/select a skimmer as well as learn about all the aspects to consider in every application. Click here and receive your free copy now!
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Topics: oil skimming 102, oil skimming, oil removal, removing oil from water

New Cost-Effective LNAPL Remediation Technology!

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jun 17, 2013 5:18:53 AM

Have you heard about Abanaki's newest product the PetroXtractor Active Membrane Skimmer? This pneumatic active skimmer pump is entirely automatic and is designed to recover light non aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL) from underground water at depths of up to 130 feet. The PetroXtractor Active Membrane Skimmer is a combination of a pump and skimmer that fits inside a monitoring well, the only solution on the market to use a combination pump and skimmer technology. The unit features an advanced patented membrane that skims the light hydrocarbons and keeps water out of the recovered liquid, which lowers disposal costs. This selective membrane is designed to recover free floating hydrocarbons such as gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuel, and kerosene as well as other LNAPL from groundwater. Unlike other groundwater remediation products, the unit is capable of far lower operation and maintenance costs. Equipped with a start/stop design, the pumps will automatically shut off when there is no recovered liquid present. The automatic shutoff feature eliminates the need for continuous air supply, which helps to preserve the life of the pump and lowers energy costs. This skimmer will lower energy costs, lower hydrocarbon disposal costs, effectively remove free floating hydrocarbons from groundwater, and maintain a long service life with little maintenance required.

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Topics: oil, oil removal, groundwater remediation, pump, membrane, diesel fuel, aviation fuel, abanaki, petroxtractor, kerosene, skimmer, gasoline, lnapl

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