We tapped a 2" connection into the tank for each location (three for the LB-2 and four for the LB-5). Then, we threaded in a 1-1/2" adapter on the inlet and outlet, thus giving the contractor the option of using 1-1/2" or 2" connections. We also threaded in a 2" plug on the top of the tank, which is the optional top inlet. Over time, several issues began to surface with this method:
We now spin weld a 2" injection-molded female-thread connection into the tank for each fitting location. We provide the adapters and plug uninstalled in the box. The benefits:
For that chemistry lab that needs (80) LB-2's, we can now ship the order the next day!
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The bottom of the LB-2 and LB-5 are molded so that a contractor can cut a piece of 4" pipe to use as a "field-adjustable" pedestal. This allows the installer to quickly raise the tank to meet higher inlet inverts while eliminating strain on the sink's tailpiece.
Striem describes some of their products as being rotomolded (rotationally molded) but what does that mean? Watch the Ripple Engineering Pressure-Cooled Rotomolding machine in action at Striem in Kansas City in the video above. More about how the machine works can be found at the Ripple Engineering website.
First, let’s define service facilities (per plumbing code). This would encompass anything from routine car cleaning and detailing, to full blown engine repair. "Service" applies not only to vehicles, but also to any kind of machinery that could leak oil into the building drainage system.
Both UPC and IPC recognize the following to calculate the capacity of an oil separator: (6) cubic feet for the first 100 square feet of drainage area, plus (1) cubic foot of required capacity for each additional 100 square feet.
Here's an example:
Oil change facility with 900 square feet of drainage area.
Keep in mind that some jurisdictions have their own requirements: 500 gallons, 1000 gallons, double-wall mandate, only allow concrete, etc.
If this is the case in your territory, let's work on changing that.
Below is a quick reference sizing chart that can found on page 3 of our 2017 Catalog.
Did you know that each oil separator (OS) has a matching oil collection tank (OCT)?
It is not a requirement for an OS to be installed with an OCT. However, there is one application where it makes a lot of sense: oil level monitoring.
If the project requires an oil level monitoring system, an OS would need to be installed with an OCT and an AVA-3 or AVA-4 level monitoring system. The level system includes a control panel with audio and visual alarms, as well as the single- or multi-level float switch. The float switch is to be installed in the OCT. We provide everything needed to install the float switch inside the OCT.
The OS would be ordered with a draw-off arm (D02) to draw oil from the OS to the OCT.
A secondary benefit of an OCT is that it increases the total liquid and oil capacity of the oil separator system. We recommend only installing equal-sized OS and OCT units.
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Some call it coalescing media. We like to call it a "polypropylene beehive" since it's important to distinguish its material of construction. Why? The short answer: chemistry.
Polypropylene is a plastic derived from hydrocarbons (a fancy term for oil). Hydrocarbons are what we're trying to separate from water. In chemistry, similar molecules are attracted to each other. Thus, polypropylene is an "oil-loving" material. If you're trying to impress an engineer, just say "polypropylene is oleophilic."
When oily wastewater enters the separator, it is forced through the coalescing media. The oil droplets latch onto the media. As more droplets coagulate on the media, they merge with one another and eventually become buoyant enough to detach from the media and rise to the surface. Larger oil droplets rise to the surface more quickly than smaller droplets. Pretty simple!
Striem recommends coalescing media in applications where oil droplets tend to emulsify into smaller droplets. This may occur in pump applications (e.g., elevator pits) and applications where surfactants are used (e.g., car washes).
For further information on Striem's Clean Sweep coalescing media, please request our Technical Bulletin by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why specify a basket style versus a screen style solids inceptor?
The primary consideration is how the unit will be maintained. A basket style is considered "DIY maintenance" meaning somebody on site will remove and dump out the basket at the appropriate interval. A screen style is used where professional maintenance is coming in with a pumper truck and sucking the contents out.
So why not use a basket? Capacity. Take for example the Striem PS-35 Solids Interceptor with a 35 gallon liquid capacity. The PS-35-B basket style has 5 gallons of solids capacity whereas the PS-35-S screen style has 17.5 gallons of solids capacity. In this case the screen style is going to have 3.5x the capacity and therefore pump-out interval of the basket style.
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