Floating Oil Skimmers VS Fixed Oil Skimmers
Oily Tip of The Month: Consider the type of pump you our using when removing the oily water from the source.
STOP!! What are you going to do with this oily water?
Is it going to go to a oil water separator-(OWS)? Are you eventually going to need to separate the oil from the water?
IF SO! the way you pump this oily water is going to affect the downstream separation process. HUGELY!
WHY/HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?
If you use high shear pumps to move the oil there WILL be SERIOUS headaches and problems ahead due to the fact that you will create a mechanical emulsion by chopping the oil into micro particles that are
MUCH harder to separate from water. Some very small oil particles might not even float. Avoid when possible!
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When the oil in the water always goes to one place in the pit, tank or sump, and the water levels don’t change the skimming is fairly easy.
That’s where you put the oil skimmer if you can.
But if winds or flow changes move the oil around then things get a bit tougher and you usually have to work with a floating type oil skimmer that you can put in and move to where the oil is. These floating skimmers are usually floating drum skimmers or discs or floating weir type skimmers. Both would have a hose attached to the skimmer sump connecting it to a pump for transferring the oil to storage. Floating oil skimmers are by far the easiest to use, and installation is just a matter of putting it in place.
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