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Getting oil and grease out of your intercepters

Abanaki oil skimmers
Abanaki offers a range of oils skimmers which are very effective at cleaning up your interceptors
We are all too well aware of the role interceptors play in our yards to prevent oils, greases and solvents escaping into the wider environment, not to mention the costs associated with their maintenance. We have found a company that makes a neat little product that can often mean that the water and oil can be recycled, helping to avoid the liabilities and costs associated with disposal.

Abanaki manufactures oil skimmers and other pollution control equipment which a number of vehicle dismantlers and depolluters have found invaluable in dealing with their environmental responsibilities with regards to oils, greases, solvents and related hydrocarbons.

Abanaki’s oil skimmers make use of a continuous belt and wipers to remove up to 750 Litres of oil per hour from a fluid’s surface. The belt, operating on a motor and pulley system, runs through contaminated liquid to pick up oil from the surface. After travelling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt and discharged. The tail pulley has flanges which allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It requires no bearings and does not need to be fastened to the tank. If turbulent conditions exist, an optional tether and cage assembly prevents the tail pulley from being dislodged.

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 oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fluid. If you want to see how effective these units are, take a look at their model 4 on youtube which can be used in tanks with depths as shallow as 12cm, or as deep as 30m. Collected oil can then be recycled and reused as a lubricant or a fuel.

Their range of skimmers can handle removal rates up to 750 litres per hour. They also supply custom designed (turnkey) pollution control systems for a wide variety of applications. The company has served a global customer base in industries as diverse as automotive, iron and steel, wastewater, paper, food processing, environmental remediation, and recycling for more than 40 years, so they should know what they’re doing!

If you would like to find out more, visit Abanaki’s website or call them on 0800 0711 855. And don't forget, if you're an MVDA member they'll give you a 10% discount!

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