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Tender Loving Care for Oil Skimmer | Abanaki

Posted by Tom Hobson on Feb 24, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Oil skimmers are very simple pieces of equipment that can help you tackle a very serious wastewater issue. They are a low-cost and environmentally sound solution to waste oil recovery. They are by no means high-maintenance or difficult to use, but do require some routine work every now and then and a little tinkering here or there.

So how do you know when it is time to show your oil skimmer some TLC? Here are some things to look out for:

Are the wiper blades on your oil skimmer making smooth contact with the belt?

Somewhat of a common sense point but still worth mentioning. In order to successfully skim away the hydrocarbon, the wipers on the skimmer need to hit the belt perfectly. And this applies to any type or brand of skimmer. If the wiper blades are covered in goop, covered in debris, or if they are old and worn down, the skimmer will not be able to operate as intended. If you think something is amok with the way your oil skimmer is skimming, start with the wiper blades. They are an easy fix and new blades can make a world of a difference.

Is the belt riding away from the sides of the pulley?

Is the oil skimmer wobbly? Does the whole operation seem wonky? If things appear off, then they probably are. Double check to make sure that the oil skimmer is level in the tank, pit, sump, or well. If things still seem off, then see common sense point 1 about making sure the wipers are clean and not warped.

Has the belt seen better days?

Then replace it! Belts will typically last a long time, but as the great Robert Frost so poetically said, “Nothing gold can stay”. Belts will operate even past the point that they should. However, if you notice any fraying or tears, even if it is slight, it would be in your best interest if you replaced the belt. And going back to bullet point one, if your wipers are sketchy then they are going to mess your belt up.


 

All of our coolant skimmers are rugged, reliable and low maintenance. Removal capacities range from 1 to 200 gallons per hour. Browse the types of oil skimmers and oil skimming accessories in our website www.abanaki.com or contact our experts at 440-543-7400 to find the right solution for your application.


Unfamiliar with our Oil Skimming products? Go to the Skimmer Selection page to view the types of oil skimmers for every application.


Watch this video to see how to remove a higher amount of tramp oil.

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Topics: oil skimmers, belt skimmer, oil skimming, removing oil from water, belt oil skimmer, oil skimmer media, rotten egg smell, odor

Seven Advantages of Using Oil Skimmers | Abanaki

Posted by Tom Hobson on Jan 21, 2020 11:32:53 AM

 

Waste oil recovery is critical to any application for a multitude of reasons. Many companies try, or should be trying (tsk tsk if you’re not), to recover their used oil in order to stay in compliance with government standards and regulations. No one wants to pay a massive fine or even worse, donning the orange jump suit with silver bracelets, when complying with the law and keeping our environment clean is a simple enough task.

Additionally, recovering used oil has its monetary perks. Reclaimed hydrocarbons can be sold for profit and removing it properly can help extend the life of equipment, waste water, or coolant. All while Mother Earth smiles and the people rejoice. Everybody wins.

Here are the seven advantages of using oil skimmers.

Reduction of Disposal Costs:

The cost of disposing oil laden coolant is more expensive than the disposing of oil.

Recycling Opportunities:

In some instances, companies may be able to re-use the skimmed oil elsewhere or sell it for recycling, choosing to keep their part of the world cleaner.

Extend Coolant Life:

Having oil free coolant can also extend its usefulness and effectiveness, reducing the expense on maintenance and coolant replacement.

Esthetic Benefits:

Removing the oil from a machine coolant tank will cut down on the amount of smoke generated from the cutting tool coming into contact with oil laden  coolant thereby creating a visibly cleaner workplace.

Extend Tool Life:

Removing floating surface oils while aerating and refreshing coolant will extend tool life as well.

Avoid EPA Violations:

Many machining and metal working shops turn to aqueous parts cleaning because of limits imposed by the EPA on the discharge of emissions and wastes.

Hygienic Benefits:

Keeping coolant oxygenated and oil-free reduces the "rotten egg" odor and bacterial levels are lowered resulting in a cleaner work environment.

Oil Skimmers: Simple Solution to Serious Issue

Oil skimmers are very simple pieces of equipment that can help you tackle a very serious wastewater issue. They are a low-cost and environmentally sound solution to waste oil recovery. They are by no means high-maintenance or difficult to use, but do require some routine work every now and then and a little tinkering here or there. Bottom line is, replacing a wiper blade system or belt on an oil skimmer beats having to pay a fine to your respective government environmental agency. If you are not sure about the laws are regarding wastewater in your area, we have a handy database of environmental links indexed by location for you to use. 


To learn more about oil skimmers, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.abanaki.com


Our newest generation of products continues to set the industry standard for performance, productivity, and pollution control for oil removal.

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Topics: oil skimmers, belt skimmer, oil skimming, removing oil from water, belt oil skimmer, oil skimmer media

How to Keep Machine Coolant from Smelling | Abanaki

Posted by Tom Hobson on Dec 16, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Anyone that works with coolant knows about the potential foul stench that looms around the corner. When a machine is shut down for the weekend, oil has a chance to come to the surface of the coolant tank. Bacteria that are living in the coolant tank use up the dissolved oxygen in the coolant mix, a process that is sped up by having a layer of oil on the surface. This allows odor causing anaerobic bacteria to thrive, giving off that familiar "rotten egg" smell.

Coolant Mints

Abanaki offers a wide range of coolant maintenance products. One of these items is our Coolant Mints. These tablets are safe to handle and eliminates odors by neutralizing them, not covering them with perfumes or fragrances. The Coolant Mints contain zero formaldehyde and causes zero issues with disposal. 1 tablet per week can maintain 25 gallons of coolant! 

Coolant Skimmers or Tramp Oil Skimmers

The presence of a coolant skimmer or tramp oil skimmer in a machine shop holds many benefits. One of the benefits is to drop in “rotten egg” smell from bacteria reacting with oil on the top of coolant tanks.

Coolant skimmers or tramp oil skimmers remove tramp oil to extend the life of coolant, prevent hazardous conditions, and subsequently, get rid of the “rotten egg” smell. Depending on the applications, coolant skimmer will also bring your tool shop an improved working environment, extended tool life and reduced maintenance costs.


All of our coolant skimmers are rugged, reliable and low maintenance. Removal capacities range from 1 to 200 gallons per hour. Browse the types of oil skimmers and oil skimming accessories in our website www.abanaki.com or contact our experts at 440-543-7400 to find the right solution for your application.


Unfamiliar with our Oil Skimming products? Go to the Skimmer Selection page to view the types of oil skimmers for every application.


Watch this video to see how to remove a higher amount of tramp oil.

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Topics: oil skimmers, belt skimmer, oil skimming, removing oil from water, belt oil skimmer, oil skimmer media, rotten egg smell, odor

Six Reasons to Remove Oil from Water | Abanaki

Posted by Tom Hobson on Dec 11, 2019 9:30:00 AM
A crucial step many industries must take in a manufacturing process is to remove oil from water. Whether it is to comply with government standards and avoid fines or trying to cut down on disposal costs, there are a number of advantages companies enjoy when they use oil skimmers to remove oil from water.
 
 
Reasons to Remove Oil from Water

Here are six reasons why manufacturers need to remove oil from water and how Abanaki oil skimming technologies offer a cost-effective solution.

  • Gallon of used motor oil can contaminate million gallons of fresh water.
  • The U.S. generates billion gallons of waste oil each year and million gallons are not disposed properly.
  • Sources of oily wastewater include exhausted oil emulsion from machine tools, used coolants, water used in parts washing and grease from food processing, etc
  • Dumping oily wastewater into a storm sewer could lead to years in prison and/or hefty fines.
  • Hiring a licensed disposal firm to haul away and treat oily wastewater or coolant can cost larger manufacturers thousands of dollars per month!
  • Oil skimmer technology can dramatically reduce the water content of waste oil that must be disposed of or recycled.

Oil and water don’t mix,” a statement that manufacturers in a variety of industries have come to learn the hard way. Oil skimming technologies offer an environmentally safe, highly economical approach to separating oil and water prior to disposal.

 


To learn more about oil skimmers, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.abanaki.com


In this video, you will see how do different sizes Abanaki oil skimmers work with different media types. 

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Topics: oil skimmers, belt skimmer, oil skimming, removing oil from water, belt oil skimmer, oil skimmer media

Skimming Away Coolant Contamination with Tramp Oil Skimmers | Abanaki

Posted by Tom Hobson on Nov 25, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Machine tool coolant fluid contaminated with tramp oil can cause problems. For instance, contamination reduces fluid life and deteriorates the quality of machined parts. As the problem worsens, the tramp oil accelerates bacterial growth, and the cutting fluid eventually produces a rotten-egg odor. Besides the odor, bacteria-contaminated coolant can more serious issues such as dermatitis.

The Solution: Oil Skimmers

However, there is solution. Oil skimmers remove contamination. They are inexpensive, highly dependable, and typically pay for themselves within a few months. Although designs vary, most use moving media and rely on differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil, water, and the skimmer medium.

Different Kinds of Oil Skimmer Media

Skimmer media comes in various shapes, and the most common are belts, disks, or tubes. As the medium moves through the cutting fluid, it picks up non-emulsified oil, which subsequently enters a removal section of the skimmer. Wiper blades or pinch rollers remove oil from the medium and routes it into a container for reclamation or disposal.

More advice: Oil Skimmer Motor

Selecting the proper style oil skimmer not only controls coolant contamination but also provides a clean, safe work environment. It’s also important to make sure the skimmer motor is robust enough to handle the intended application.

Skimmer motor housings, no matter what type of skimmer, should completely enclose the wiring and be tightly secured. Loose fitting housings with weak fastening may come off unintentionally, exposing wiring and increasing the risk of electrical shock. The housing should also be well ventilated so the motor does not overheat.

Shops also need to check motor specs, making sure the system is rated for continuous service. To shave costs, some manufacturers opt for intermittent-duty motors. Using this type of motor for more than two or three hours a day generally causes overheating.

Additionally, keep in mind that skimmed oil and water inevitably get on the motor shaft. So, it is important that the motor’s seals effectively prevent unwanted fluids from migrating along the shaft and contaminating the bearings.


To learn more about oil skimmers, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.abanaki.com


In this video, you will see how do different sizes Abanaki oil skimmers work with different media types. 

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Topics: oil skimmers, belt skimmer, oil skimming, belt oil skimmer, oil skimmer media

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