Tramp oils, also known as sump oils, are undesirable oils generated as a byproduct during metalworking operations in industrial manufacturing as well as in food preparation within the food industry.

Tramp oils or sump oils

Water is extensively used in various industries as a coolant. As water is utilized in the production process, difficulties occur when the water becomes tainted with tramp oils. In extreme cases, these waste oils are evident as floating droplets of oil or a film on the surface of the coolant. It is crucial to remove these oils from the water, whether the water is to be recirculated or disseminated into the local water supply. Tramp oil is a contaminant, and, if not properly handled, it becomes toxic waste. It is also necessary to remove these pollutants in order for the machinery involved to run as efficiently as possible. This requires a specific type of skimmer for the removal of tramp oils.

With over 40 years of experience in industrial oil skimming, Ambar’s oil sorbent rope mop, belt mop and tube skimmer products have been employed to grapple with the toughest waste oil remediation.

Oil skimmers are used successfully to clean up and maintenance projects throughout the world. The oil sorbent equipment leaves behind practically no waste oils, creating a cleaner, healthier, and safer work environment for your workforce. Our oil skimmers can be specially adapted to your facilities specific needs, and our expertly trained specialists will recommend the best application of our equipment to meet those requirements. Because oil skimmers come in a variety of types with diverse features, there are numerous factors to take into consideration, including its effectiveness with different types of oils and its effectiveness with chemicals in the water.

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