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Hot sauce, beer, and … skimmers!

Greetings, metalworking aficionados!

What’s the connection between Ohio-crafted hot sauce and beer, and Zebra Skimmers? At first glance, it seems there’s no common thread (although when I’m traveling to visit shops I always make sure to find the local breweries.) But let’s delve deeper. Just like hot sauce and beer, coolant—the lifeblood of metalworking—benefits from purity, unadulterated by contaminants such as oil.

Ohio is known for more than its industrial prowess. It’s a state with a rich culture of food and drink, particularly its craft beer and hot sauce industries. Ohio’s craft beer scene is a vibrant hub of creativity, housing over 300 breweries that churn out an incredible array of beer styles. From the complex, rich porters and stouts of Great Lakes Brewing Company to the hop-forward ales of Crooked Can Brewing in Hilliard and the bold, balanced brews of Fat Head’s Brewery (hoppy Head Hunter is a Team Zebra favorite!), there’s something for every craft beer enthusiast.

Likewise, the hot sauce makers of Ohio bring passion and innovation to their craft. Take Pepperhead’s for instance, a family-owned company known for tantalizing pepper sauces using a blend of home grown peppers. From mild to tongue-scorching wild, Pepperhead’s has a sauce for every pepperhead’s heat level preference, mirroring the diversity in Ohio’s hot sauce production.

But, you may ask, how does this relate to coolant and skimmers? Well, tramp oil contamination is a constant threat in the world of metalworking. Whether it’s from lubricants, whey oils, or even the metal itself, oil can contaminate your coolant and wreak havoc on your operations. Such contamination can lead to:

  • Bacteria! Oil is the beer and hot sauce for these critters!
  • Reduced coolant performance and lifespan
  • Increased tool wear and likelihood of breakage
  • Compromised surface finish and dimensional accuracy of end products
  • Escalated maintenance and disposal costs
  • Potential health and safety hazards
  • Unwanted environmental impact

This is where tube, belt, and disk skimmers come into play. These invaluable tools are designed to efficiently remove tramp oil from coolant, maintaining its integrity and efficacy. The advantages are far-reaching:

  • Monetary savings on coolant purchase and disposal
  • Enhanced tool longevity and improved product quality
  • Minimized machine downtime and maintenance requirements
  • Ensured worker safety and environmental protection
  • Compliance with regulations and industry standards

At Zebra Skimmers, we are proud to offer a comprehensive range of skimmers to cater to diverse needs and budgets. Be it a belt skimmer, a tube skimmer, a disk skimmer, or a coalescer, we’ve got the right solution for you. Our skimmers are designed for ease of installation and operation, and require minimal maintenance. We stand by the quality of our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

So, as you enjoy your Ohio-made hot sauce and beer, rest assured that with our skimmers, your coolant stays pure and your operations efficient. Take a look at our range of skimmers today. You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for joining us on this exploration. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. We always love hearing from you.

Until next time,
Bill Burkey
The President of Zebra Skimmers




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: