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.
STEEL DRUM INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS AND ISSUES
Archive for November, 2006
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. Remember, once a drum is filled, DOT & UN compliance is the responsibility of the shipper.
Do you know if the contents you are shipping are classified as a dangerous good or hazardous material? Be cautious, violations for illegal or non-compliant shipments are severe. Once a shipper suspects that contents have the potential of being hazardous — regardless of the quantity — one should begin researching compliance. Issues such as new product development, changes in the formulation, changes in the packaging, and mode(s) of transport can all effect compliance. Furthermore, these regulations are amended daily. Finding someone to help with proper classification and packaging can be easier said than done. Liabilities for offering information have never been greater, and to this end, few in the haz-mat community are able to suggest the answers needed. To start, the DOT has a hotline for fielding these inquiries at 1-800-467-4922 or visit http://hazmat.dot.gov./ If you still need additional assistance, your raw material vendors should be able to offer further classification information and hazards criteria that will be essential for package and shipping mode selection.