Patent Number: 6,251,286

Title: Accumulating automatic skimmer

Abstract: A floating skimmer is used for automatically removing oil and other floating matter from the surface of liquid surrounding the skimmer, preferably in a basin or sump. Floats around the periphery and above the general body of the skimmer provide flotation while the unit is at rest. Two liquid removal devices are provided, one to remove the most dense liquid (generally oil) accumulated in the skimmer sump. A gasketed, hinged, floating weir rests on the fluid level in the skimmer sump and when liquid is removed from the sump by either the first or second device or a combination of both, the weir falls back, creating a cascade action which attracts the surface of surrounding liquid into the skimmer sump. Instrumentation is included to provide information for automatic operation and status reporting of the skimmer.

Inventors: Gore; Douglas J. (Pleasant Hill, CA)

Assignee: Douglas Engineering div.U.S. Hydrex Inc.

International Classification: B01D 17/02 (20060101); E03F 5/14 (20060101); E03F 5/16 (20060101); C02F 1/40 (20060101); C02F 001/40 (); E02B 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018