The power of oil skimmers
Today’s competitive manufacturing industry necessitates an ongoing search for innovative ways to improve operational efficiency and maintain a competitive edge. This continuous quest calls for the assessment and refinement of numerous processes within your business and manufacturing facilities. This also includes an often-overlooked aspect of production: CNC coolant maintenance.
For any business executive in the manufacturing sector, maintaining the optimal performance of your CNC machines is another top priority. At the heart of this lies the coolant. This is the lifeblood of your CNC machines. However, its effectiveness can dwindle over time due to contamination with oil and other undesirables. That’s where oil skimmers come into action. As an industry leader, Zebra Skimmers aims to illuminate how this simple tool can transform your CNC coolant maintenance approach.
The Science Behind Oil Skimmers
Oil skimmers eliminate oil and other impurities from your coolant, above all ensuring its purification. While several types of oil skimmers are available, their functionality revolves around the same principle: skimming off the oil layer from the coolant’s surface and then depositing it into a collection tank.
Let’s review the power of oil skimmers that Zebra Skimmers manufactures:
- Belt skimmers employ polyurethane or stainless steel belts attached to fixed lower pulleys to separate oil and are known for their high efficiency.
- Disk skimmers use rotating disks and work best in sumps with heavy oil loads. They are excellent at maintaining a consistent coolant level.
- Tube skimmers are compact and versatile in design. They feature a tube that moves through the coolant, attracting tramp oil to the tube surface. This oil is then scraped off and deposited to a discharge port. The Zebra Sidewinder™ Tube Skimmer is ideal for tight spaces.
- Weir skimmers leverage gravity to guide oil over a barrier into a collection tank, boasting simplicity and reliability.
The Business Case for Oil Skimmers
Harnessing the power of oil skimmers within your manufacturing processes has several key benefits These contribute to both operational and financial success:
- Improved Coolant Performance: Oil skimmers continuously remove oil and contaminants from your coolant. This improves its performance and lifespan. It also enhances your CNC machines’ efficiency.
- Reduced Maintenance Costs: By extending the coolant’s lifespan, oil skimmers minimize the frequency of coolant changes. This decreases maintenance costs and downtime.
- Environmental Responsibility: By effectively separating oil from coolant, oil skimmers certainly contribute to waste reduction and promote an environmentally friendly manufacturing process.
- Safety and Compliance: Clean, well-maintained coolants mitigate the risk of skin irritations and harmful odors. This contributes to a safer workspace and facilitating compliance with health and safety regulations.
- Quality Control: A well-maintained coolant ensures consistent product quality by preventing unwanted variables introduced by contaminated coolant.
Partnering with Zebra Skimmers
At Zebra Skimmers, we understand that choosing an oil skimmer involves more than just an equipment purchase. It’s an investment in your company’s operational efficiency, safety, and sustainability. With decades of industry experience, we offer a broad range of high-quality oil skimmers, expert advice, and dedicated support. We help you select the most suitable solution for your CNC coolant maintenance needs.
Take a step towards enhanced operational efficiency and quality control today by exploring the benefits of incorporating oil skimmers into your CNC coolant maintenance strategy. Engage with Zebra Skimmers – your trusted partner in fostering a clean, efficient, competitive manufacturing environment.
About Zebra Skimmers:
Our mission has always been simple. It is to provide the metal working industry with the oil skimmers and metalworking fluid management systems they need to complete jobs quickly and efficiently. Innovative and affordable solutions have gained us many accolades. Our continued growth is due in no small part to our excellent customer service… Not to mention our satisfaction guarantees and the performance of our tools.
Among our diverse options of oil skimmers and metal working fluid management systems, you can expect to find:
- Coolant management equipment, which includes coolant mixers, proportioning pumps, and coolant automation systems to mix and deliver fluid solutions at the desired concentrations.
- Industrial oil skimmers, including tramp oil belt skimmers, disk skimmers, tube oil skimmers, and individual sump coalescers for the removal of surface and tramp oils from fluids.
- Aeration or circulation equipment and sump odor control tablets to control fluid odor and machine shop smell
- Industrial fluid monitoring equipment, including brix refractometers to verify fluid solution concentrations, pH test strips and water hardness testing sticks.