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Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues

Archive for 1998

Traceability: Another Quality Innovation

October 6th, 1998 by Peggy Jones

Filed under: Uncategorized

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.

The Increasing Cost Of Hazmat Fines

October 6th, 1998 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

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.

Check Out Our Gaskets

October 6th, 1998 by Ilya Solyar

Filed under: Uncategorized

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.

Swissair #111 Update

October 6th, 1998 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

The recent crash of Swissair #111 near Halifax is clearly under an immense bog of investigation. Among the airline cargo industry, there is a growing awareness of intentionally and unintentionally shipping undeclared hazardous materials, which are place on board commercial aircraft. Due to the nature of the last minutes of the flight, a problem had occurred which grew to disastrous proportions. Not withstanding, the cargo manifests and contents are under close examination. As shippers, you are responsible to correctly identify and declare any hazardous material components that are a part of shipment. Failure to do so not only could cause a potential fine, but could cause a needless accident.