An oil skimmer is an equipment that is used to remove oil, grease, and other hydrocarbons from water. This is very useful and is considered to be a cost-friendly method to purify water in contrast to using chemicals, coalescers, and other filtration systems. Skimmers are usually coated with substances that are known as oleophilic in which oil sticks than other types of fluids.
Oil skimmers come in various types and they are being utilized to achieve the desired water purity level when used alone or even in complex situations. At the same time, they are considered to be an effective method to remove the oil before opting for expensive treatments such as chemical processes.
Different Types of Oil Skimmer
Floating Drum Skimmer
This is a heavy-duty type of skimmer. It comes in various sizes with a skimming capacity that is over 100 gallons of heavy oil per minute. Also, it has an onboard pump that makes it best for fast and heavy skimming. Moreover, it has a hydraulic and bulletproof drive system that can pull large amounts of oil. With the help of its sealed floatation, this skimmer is unsinkable. You may install the machine easily and it is very easy to operate.
Rope Mop Wringer
This type is fixed in one location and can be operated using a horizontal or vertical pulley system. This mop has a design that resembles a squirrel’s tail with little hair. Its pulley system allows this type to reach wider surface areas while the mop collects oil on the surface and then brings it inside of the machine. In addition, this skimmer is best for waters of little depth as the rope does not need to much water for it to float. This is often used from a boat and could be operated from the dock or beach.
This type of skimmer is a standalone unit, or it is also available as a module for integration into recovery vessels. This comes in various configurations and could be mounted on top of weir skimmer. The density and stiffness of its bristles determine the kind of oil that the skimmer would recover. As it has soft bristles, this makes it great for light oil. On the other hand, if it has stiff and widely spaced bristles, it can be used for heavy oil.
This one is available in different types. One may choose a stainless-steel skimmer, which is a kind of industrial skimmer for ponds and industrial tanks with chemicals and acids. Its suction head could be circular or flat and could be used with vacuum trucks and suction pumps. A floating weir skimmer is recommended in skimming the water surface. The installation is easy and could be automatically adjusted to the water level. Additionally, it flows at a rate of 75 gallons per minute, which is one the high side.
The use of oil skimmers plays an important role in workplaces and other settings. Opting to invest in them will yield positive results, proving that it’s a worthy investment.