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Case Studies
Case Studies
Case Studies
Case Studies

Beckwith Vehicle Wash – OilSkimmers, Inc.

Solves Environmental Concerns for Heavy Equipment, Maintenance and Washdown Facilities

Beckwith Machinery Company of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, is one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in America, with 11 sales, service and manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Beckwith’s Cranberry, Pennsylvania facility also has a large rental business. When the machines are returned, many are loaded with mud, grease and oil. The mud can be removed simply by washing the machine, but the grease and oil are another matter. Federal and local Environmental Protection Agency regulations require that water returned to its original source be free of commercial contaminants. The dilemma facing Beckwith: how to economically remove grease and oil from the water so it can be safely returned to the Cranberry Township sewer system.

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Steel Mini-Mill Industry – OilSkimmers, Inc.

Plant Gains Efficiency by Replacing Vacuum-Truck Process

Located in Portage, Ind., Beta Steel is a steel mini-mill that produces and sells hot-rolled steel in the north central United States and Canada. The plant produces about 700,000 tons a year and employs about 400 people. On site is an electric arc furnace melt shop that produces continuous-cast steel slabs and a hot-strip rolling mill for further rocessing of slabs into rolled coils.

Problem: The plant had employed a company to periodically vacuum the oil out of the water as it sat in the pit and two collection basins — one with a 490,000-gallon capacity and the other one with a 285,000-gallon capacity. But this method did not adequately separate the oil and water, and it didn’t provide an option to operate continuously, as the plant does.

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Saltwater Disposal Facility

Oilfield Services Company Attributes 40% of Recovered Oil Sales to Skimmer

Tapping into a gusher isn’t the only way to strike it rich in Texas. Joe T. Smith Inc., Hawley, Texas, has been in business since 1936, offering oil-drilling customers 24-hour service for field-related jobs such as saltwater disposal.

For the past 30 years, the company has used a Model 6V Brill oil-recovery system from Oil Skimmers Inc. to recover up to 25 barrels of oil a day from its saltwater disposal pit. According to president Hoss Smith, sales of the skimmed oil comprise 40% of the company’s revenues from recovered oil.

Problem: Companies such as Joe T. Smith remove and dispose of saltwater (a naturally occurring by-product of oil production) from oil-production sites. They store this water in outdoor disposal pits according to regulatory guidelines. A certain amount of residual oil remains in the saltwater.

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Solutions Guide: Steel Industry-Oil Skimmers, Inc.

Model 6V–Less Maintenance Than Belt Skimmers

Problem: A fabricated steel manufacturer was using belt skimmers at the discharge mouth of two retention ponds of waste oil and water. Debris such as sticks and rubbish also ended up in the outdoor ponds and would get caught in a screen covering the intake of the belt skimmer. If workers didn't clean the screen daily, a dam of debris would form and prevent oil from entering the belt skimmer. Also, the belts would need to be changed every two months, and the machine's chains required regular repair.

Solution: The customer installed three Oil Skimmers Inc. Model 6V Brill oil-recovery systems.

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Scrubber/Wet Electrostatic Precipitator
System for Peru Copper Mining Facility

Bionomic Industries

Bionomic Industries, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer of proven air pollution abatement, product, and heat recovery technologies, has announced receipt of a large order for a complete air pollution control system from Southern Peru Copper Corporation.

Secured in conjunction with Hatch Engineering, the project involves use of Bionomic’s proprietary Scrubber/Wet Electrostatic Precipitator System to improve capture efficiency of particulate emissions.

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Springdale Borough Opts for Fiberglass

What do you do when the existing lining in your water plant clearwell no longer provides the containment protection for which it was designed? This problem recently presented itself to the Springdale Borough Water System, in Springdale Pennsylvania; and Bill Cadamore, Operations Foreman, knew the exact approach that he wanted to take.

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