A Close look at Oil Skimmers

An oil skimmer is a device that is designed to remove oil floating on a liquid surface. Floating oil and grease cling to skimming media more readily than water. Water has little affinity for the media. This allows skimming media in the shape of a belt to pass through a fluid's surface to pick up floating oil and grease with very little water.

In industrial settings, skimmers can be used to clean oily contaminants from coolant fluids. This allows the coolant to either be re-used or safely disposed of.
The principles for skimmers’ operation are based on the fluid property of oil versus that of oil and water.

The moving part of the skimmer belt in this case, with the oleophilic surface, is rotated or drawn through the oil slick. Oleophilic materials are used to recover oil, as they have a higher affinity for oil than water. The oil is then scraped or squeezed off and guided into a sump to be pumped or sucked away.

Belt skimmers are mostly large and mounted or a self-floating unit. Deploying large skimmers can be complicated and requires heavy equipment and specifically trained personnel. That was the case until recently. Our belt skimmers not only have a high recovery efficiency and a good recovery rate, but they are also of an average size. Our mini size has average belts as well.

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Depending on the specific design, belt skimmers are used for a variety of applications such as oil spill response, as a part of an oily water treatment system, removing oil from machine tools, coolant and aqueous parts washers and collecting fats, oils and greases in wastewater treatment in food manufacturing industries.Oil skimmers were used to assist in the remediation of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, and more recently BP used a giant skimmer to clean up a substantial oil spill.

For oil skimming and coolant filtration, the Interfil 2000 is easy to use and simple to service. Interfil products meet global industry standards, so they have fans outside of Australia as well. When you buy from Interfil, you get a warranty of 12 months. You also get access to our well-trained maintenance, servicing and troubleshooting teams.

With water pollution being a high profile issue the demand for the belt oil skimmers has risen globally. And because of the high standards of our products, we have become a name to reckon with in water and oil separation. The technology we have employed ensures that the separation of the grease or oil from the water does not mess with either the chemical or natural composition of the water.

The appropriate skimmer will be dependent on your tasks. Our belt oil skimmer is one of the best in the market. Order yours today and enjoy the efficiency of an expertly designed piece of equipment. Call us on 02 9533 4433 to get yours today.

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