In order to further refine our in house drum inventory and shipping verification, we have recently enhanced our durable marking procedure. As drums are produced or selected from stock, we apply a durable label to each UN drum prior to shipment. The label contains the UN Certification, Order number and now the Product Number. This information is essential for complete traceability and verification of each drum. Therefore each UN drum is shipped with a coded durable label, which then becomes the key to access the tracking information.
STEEL DRUM INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS AND ISSUES
Archive for October, 1998
About 60% of the hazardous materials transported within the United States, travels aboard commercial aircraft making almost every airplane a hazardous material transporter. Resulting from recent incidents involving negligent handling of these materials, the DOT and the FAA have significantly increased the fines levied for transport violations. As recently as this year, SabreTech, an aircraft maintenance company, was fined $2.25 million for improperly packaging dangerous goods aboard a Valuejet that crashed in 1996 and killed 110 people. Therefore, transport of hazardous materials should be closely monitored from the package selection process to filling and closure to selection of a transport carrier… do not presume that the least expensive option will also offer the least amount of risk! As the DOT increases their enforcement, you want to take precautions to insure risk-reduced shipments.
Integral to the successful performance of an Open Head drum, the gasket provides the critical seal between success and failure in the event of an incident. Critical to the gasket itself, the methods used to bond the connecting ends are either gluing or vulcanizing. Gluing the ends provides a quick and convenient solution, but this seam does not withstand long term contact with a liquid product. Vulcanizing yields a rubber treated surface that is treated with sulfur and subjected to a heat source. This resulting seam exceeds the cohesive force of the original material, and is capable of withstanding the destructive forces applied to the gasket. For all of the Skolnik‘s Liquid UN drums, only vulcanized Natural Rubber, EPDM or Neoprene gaskets are certified.