Most manufacturing or processing facilities have water systems where waste oil collects in a central tank or sump. Skimming the floating oils with little water content can reduce the cost of disposal and lower the contingent liabilities of wastewater discharge.
Coolants and Cutting Fluids
When machine coolants become contaminated with tramp oils, four things usually occur:
- Coolant life is reduced.
- Quality of machined parts is reduced.
- In many cases, a smoke will begin to appear in the shop, causing irritation to the workers on the job.
- The fluid takes on a “rotten egg” odor.
Oil skimmers that remove tramp oils solve these problems and typically pay for themselves within a few months.
Quench oils that must be removed from heat treated parts can be captured for re-use or disposal. The results are lower quench oil costs, prolonged wash water life and lower disposal costs.
Floating oils re-contaminate parts as they are removed from a wash tank. Oil skimmers can remove this oil. The benefits of using an oil skimmer are oil free parts and extended fluid life.
Food Processing Facilities
Removal of vegetable oils, greases, and animal fats from a plant’s wastewater stream reduces the costs of processing and disposal.
Steel Mills/Scale Pits
Most steel mills have scale pits in which grease and heavy oils accumulate. In order to avoid fines from the government and expensive sand bed filters, steel mills must limit the amount of grease in wastewater discharged into the environment. Reclaimed grease and oil can be re-used or used as furnace fuel, avoiding sucker truck disposal costs.
Parking Lots, Garages and Service Facilities
Waste oil from leaks, spills and other sources must be retrieved from sumps before water can be discharged to storm or sanitary sewers.
Outdoor Ponds, Lakes, Basins, Etc.
Where floating oils are present, oil skimmers provide inexpensive and effective removal, solving a serious environmental problem.
Removing oil, fuel and other hydrocarbon liquid from wells can be more cost-effective using a belt skimmer instead of a down well pump. Oil skimmers don’t have nearly the maintenance issues and can reach depths of 100 feet or more, removing product despite fluctuating water tables. Oil skimmers can handle very thick fluids effortlessly and some (like the Abanaki PetroXtractor®) can remove sinking DNAPL’s such as coal tar and creosote from water.
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