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3 Tank Characteristics to consider in Choosing Oil Skimmers

Posted by Tom Hobson on Nov 21, 2017 8:52:36 AM

Choosing an oil skimmer best suited for your application will maximize oil removal while minimizing capital and operational costs. The impoundment capacity, shape, and location of a tank and water impoundment are major factors in choosing the right oil skimmer to lower your costs.


  1. Size/Design:
    It is critical that oil in the water is given the opportunity to separate. Oil and water can emulsify when subjected to turbulence and other mechanical agitation. Avoid this by having water return to the tank below the liquid surface at as low a velocity as practical. Make sure your tank or sump provides quiet areas, weirs, and sufficient volume to allow adequate time for oil/water separation.
  2. Shape:
    Tanks without nooks and crannies for oil to get stuck in are best. If you have an irregular shape, put the oil skimmer where the largest amount of oil accumulates. Consider a means of directing oil towards the oil skimmer such as a floating boom or baffle plate.
  3. Location/Installation:
    The physical location and characteristics of the tank and collection container are important and it is vital to ask the right questions such as:
    • Does skimmed oil need to be pumped from the oil skimmer to the container?
    • Will oil skimmer access for periodic maintenance be a problem?
    • How much mounting space is available?
    • Are tank or container modifications required?

If you need any help choosing the right to put a skimmer, our experts are ready to help.  Give us a call at 1-440543-7400 or to learn more about which skimmers work better in specific tanks or sumps, click below.

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

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

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


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.


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

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

New Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guide

Posted by Tom Hobson on May 21, 2014 4:47:21 AM
Click here to watch our free Oil Skimming 102 Video webinar. This online video shows you how to properly select and size a skimmer for your application.
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Topics: belt selection guide, oil skimmer belt, oil skimming, oil skimmer

Sizing Your Oil Skimmer Belt

Posted by Tom Hobson on Apr 5, 2012 5:30:31 AM


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