Oil Separation Technology

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Types of Oil Separators

API Separators: Design and Function

Our API separators are the backbone of oil-water separation in many industrial applications. Utilizing the principles of gravity separation, these units are designed to remove oils and solids from wastewater efficiently. At Red River, we believe in the power of innovation and continuous improvement, which is why our API separators are built to exceed industry standards, ensuring your operations are not just compliant, but ahead of the curve.

Coalescing Oil Separators: How They Work

For operations requiring a higher level of purity, our coalescing oil separators are the answer. By merging tiny oil droplets into larger ones, these separators facilitate easier oil removal, making them perfect for applications in commercial/public works and power generation. Our commitment to quality and compliance means each coalescing separator is a testament to our dedication to safety and efficiency.

Plate Separator Technology

Leveraging the latest in plate separator technology, Red River offers solutions that are both space-efficient and highly effective. Ideal for compact spaces or where high-efficiency separation is a must, our plate separators embody our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that have a significant impact on our society and the industries we serve.

Key Components of Oil Separators

Inlet and Outlet Zones: Managing Flow

The design of the inlet and outlet zones is critical to the performance of an oil separator. Our engineering team ensures that these components are optimized for smooth flow management, reducing turbulence and enhancing separation efficiency. This attention to detail reflects our broader commitment to excellence and innovation in every project we undertake.

Separation Chamber: The Heart of the System

The separation chamber is where the magic happens, and at Red River, we design our chambers to maximize separation efficiency while minimizing maintenance needs. By understanding the unique needs of our clients, we can tailor each chamber to offer the best possible performance, reflecting our dedication to building lasting relationships that benefit communities everywhere.

Oil Collection Mechanisms

Efficient oil collection is key to the success of any separation process. Our separators are equipped with state-of-the-art collection mechanisms, ensuring that recovered oil is of the highest quality. This not only improves the sustainability of operations but also adds value by maximizing resource recovery.

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FAQs About How Oil Separators Work

How does an oil separator work?

An oil separator, also known as an oil water separator, operates on the principle of gravity separation and coalescence. When contaminated water enters the separator, it passes through a series of baffles or plates that slow down the flow, allowing oil droplets to rise to the surface due to their lower density. These separated oil droplets form a layer on top of the water. Additionally, specialized media or coalescing plates facilitate the aggregation of smaller oil droplets into larger ones, making them easier to separate.

What types of contaminants can oil separators remove?

Oil separators are effective in removing various types of contaminants from water, including oil, grease, hydrocarbons, suspended solids, and other organic compounds. These contaminants can originate from industrial processes, automotive operations, machinery leaks, or natural sources. 

Are oil separators only used in industrial settings?

While oil separators are commonly used in industrial settings such as manufacturing plants, refineries, and automotive facilities, they are also employed in various other applications. For example, oil separators are utilized in stormwater management systems to prevent oil and grease from entering water bodies during rainfall runoff. 

How do oil separators contribute to environmental protection?

Oil separators play a crucial role in environmental protection by removing harmful contaminants from water before it is discharged into the environment. By preventing oil, grease, and other pollutants from entering water bodies, oil separators help safeguard aquatic ecosystems, preserve biodiversity, and maintain water quality for human consumption and recreational activities. Additionally, by reducing the risk of oil spills and pollution incidents, oil separators support sustainable development and responsible resource management.

What maintenance is required for oil separators?

Proper maintenance is essential to ensure the optimal performance and longevity of oil separators. Routine maintenance tasks may include inspecting the separator for leaks or damage, cleaning the internal components to remove accumulated oil and debris, checking and replacing filter media or coalescing plates as needed, and monitoring the system for any signs of malfunction. 


In the realm of industrial solutions, Red River emerges as a pioneer, offering a diverse range of custom-engineered products and facilities. Among our specialties is the design and production of Custom/OEM Pressure Vessels, meticulously crafted to meet individual client requirements, ensuring performance under various pressure conditions. Our expertise extends to the domain of prefabrication, where Red River leads with distinction.

The company excels in creating prefabricated facilities, modules, and packages, reinforcing its stance as a forerunner in innovation and quality. This proficiency is further mirrored in their Modular Skids offering, where they provide an array of Modular Fabricated Skid Packages and Packaged equipment. Each piece is tailored to client specifications, underlining their commitment to delivering precision and excellence in every project they undertake.

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