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Archive for 2003

Revision Of Closure Instructions Further Details Procedure

November 4th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN

Recent revision of Closure Instructions for all UN packagings further emphasizes the information that must be given by packaging manufacturers and distributors (Docket #HM-215E). For steel drums (CFR 178.2(c), the ‘art’ of closing a steel drum must be translated into a technical procedural instruction. The DOT has now stated that Closure Instructions are to include the types and dimensions of closures, including gaskets, needed to ensure (note emphasis) that the packaging is capable of passing the applicable performance tests. The instructions must also include any procedures to be followed, for inner packagings, to effectively assemble and close the package to prevent leakage in transportation. Verify that you have current SKOLNIK Closure Instructions for your SKOLNIK containers at: www.skolnik.com/pages/closure.html.

Altering A Drum Design-type Invalidates UN Certification

November 4th, 2003 by Ilya Solyar

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

When buying a UN specification drum, the entire design of the drum and all its components (heads, ring, gasket, bolt, nut, plugs) is defined by the test samples. With all of these elements being incorporated into a drum type that must meet a test standard, users cannot alter or exchange any of these components as it might impact the ability for the drum to perform as certified. If a filler changes the ring from a nut and bolt style to a LeverLock, or even changes the gasket, this would void the UN certification. If replacement parts are needed, fillers must make sure that they get original parts from the manufacturer that meet the test criteria of that specific drum. Once a drum is filled, compliance with the UN certification is the responsibility of the shipper.

Gaskets Need To Be Inspected Prior To Closure

November 4th, 2003 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Uncategorized

By far, one of the most critical components to a proper drum seal is the gasket. Since the adoption of POPS, new gasket styles, materials and profiles have entered the market to increase drum integrity and performance. However, drum fillers must be aware that all gaskets need to be inspected prior to sealing or closing a drum. Whether it‘s the first time closed, or a repeated closure, check the gasket for any irregularities including, but not limited to: crumbling, cracking, slicing, tearing, is it properly seated into the cover groove or on top of the bead, is the bond to the metal intact, and does the gasket exhibit memory. In the event that a user should believe the gasket to be questionable, you can ask the original equipment manufacturer for a replacement gasket. It is important that the replacement gasket be the same as the original gasket with which the drums was tested.

Are You As Good As Your Dog?

November 4th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

Of all the items ever published in this Newsletter, I am repeatedly asked about "Are you as good as your Dog?" I hope you will find in it, a special message for this Thanksgiving Holiday. "If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can get going without pep pills, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of yours and those you love take it out on you, If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can ignore a friends limited education and never correct him, If you can resist treating a rich friend better then a poor friend, If you can face the world without lies and deceit, If you can conquer tension without medical help, If you can relax without liquor, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics, Then my friends, you are almost as good as your dog!"