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Archive for 2006

DOT Visits Skolnik For Faa Education And Training

December 5th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

On November 21st (2006), 13 staff from the Hazardous Materials Enforcement Division of the Federal Aviation Administration visited Skolnik for a day of education and training on steel drum manufacturing, testing and discussion. Skipp Skeggs, Senior Enforcement Specialist in the Central Region Office of the Department of Transportation prompted the visit. With increasing security at airports for both commercial and cargo shipments, the goal of the day was to observe the manufacturing process for steel drums, discuss the performance oriented test markings, demonstrate the hydrostatic and drop tests specified in CFR 178.600, and review in-field questions and field observations of the FAA staff. Skolnik Project Engineers Mark Sherman and Dustin Winkel demonstrated a 55 gallon 1A2/Y1.5/150 hydrostatic pressure test and an 85 gallon ‘T’ Salvage Drum drop — filled with water and secured with a Skolnik QuickLever closure ring. All testing was successful and the FAA staff found the experience to be helpful in better understanding the performance strengths of steel drums.

Waste-not When Experimenting With New Wine Batches

December 5th, 2006 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

Many of our customers use their standard wine making drums when they are sampling batches prior to making full stock. The use of stainless drums in this process can be made more efficient when choosing a smaller container for these initial batches. At about 1/3 the cost of a 55 gallon stainless steel drum, our 5, 10 and 16 gallon stainless drums replicate all the features of their larger counterparts but require less raw materials. These smaller drums also offer the 2″ Tri-Clover fitting located in the body center and are available for shipping, via UPS, within 10 days of our receipt of the order confirmation. For more information on these containers you can call us today or visit us at the Wine Symposium in Sacramento, CA — January 24–25, 2007.

A Holiday Gift From Us That Will Result In More Hours Of Joy!

December 5th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

Most of us have become conditioned to working our way down the ladder of multi-layered telephone answering systems. “Do you want A? Are you B? Would you like to C?” Getting matters handled can result in multiple selections and long periods on “Hold.” Now come the folks at www.gethuman.com who have created an extensive list of companies, and a procedure for cutting through the automated answering questions. Within moments of using their numbers, a caller can be talking to a live company representative. The website is free and it is run by volunteers. There are over one million active site users — all of whom demand high quality phone support from the companies that they use. To access the actual database, go to: http://www.gethuman.com/us/. For this Holiday, and thereafter, I hope this gift of “saved time” results in more hours of joy! Wishing you and your families Merry Christmas/Happy Kwanza/Happy Hanukkah!

Meet Us At The Wine And Grape Symposium In Sacramento

November 7th, 2006 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

Once a year, wine makers from every continent gather to see, talk and taste what‘s new in the world of winemaking. The United Wine and Grape Symposium attracts thousands of visitors and as a result, is known as the premier exhibition in the United States. For over 5 years, Skolnik has exhibited at the show and this coming January, we will be located in Booth #236 on the main level. In recent years, the popularity of stainless steel wine drums has increased dramatically as wine makers find these drums advantageous for their cleanliness, availability, longevity, and price. In addition, the stainless wine drums offer various closure fitting configurations that can to suit even the most unique requirement.