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Archive for 2006

Wine Harvest Results In High Stainless Drum Demands

October 10th, 2006 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

With the wine harvest of 2006 in full swing, the demand for our stainless wine drums has reached an all time high at Skolnik. Our stainless drums are designed for winemaking in all stages of development, fermentation and maturation. Stainless steel excels in terms of product integrity, longevity and purity of materials. It‘s these properties that are making the stainless drum ideal for wineries and vineyards. Contact us if you would like more information about using these drums in your wine production facility.

Raise Your Glass To A New WWW.SKOLNIK.COM

September 5th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Wine

While Skolnik is known worldwide for manufacturing premier containers for dangerous goods, we also are becoming known within the world of wine manufacturing. We‘ve redesigned SKOLNIK.com with a crisper, cleaner look and simplified the delivery of information about our products — including a new section on our popular wine drums. The new site offers expanded product listing options, product photographs and resources for industrial containers, wine drums and custom-made drums. You can see product specifications, technical drawings, regulatory links, FAQ’s, as well as shipping capacities, metric conversions, a glossary of industry terms, the Skolnik team and a link to the archives of the Skolnik Newsletter back to 1998. Check out www.skolnik.com and let us know if we missed adding something that you would find helpful.

What Is DOT Thinking ???

September 5th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN

On September 1st, 2006 the DOT published HM-231, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) focused on changes to packaging requirements. Of the items indicated, one of the proposals would allow for the permanent bottom UN marking of a steel drum to be different than the durable side marking. Only a few years ago, some manufacturers were applying side marks at lower test levels than the bottom marking. DOT insisted that the side and bottom markings had to be the same so they modified the CFR per the current 178.503(a)(10). HM-231 proposes to reverse this decision. Skolnik believes that the UN markings must be clearly understood by users and that, having two different marks on a single drum is very confusing and dangerous. Some manufacturers use one drum to satisfy many of their customer‘s requirements and having the same bottom and side mark requires that they change the bottom head production embossment for each order. In the case of the HM-231 proposal, a manufacturer could use the higher rated bottom head marking for a multitude of customer-required marks that are lower then the bottom marking. Confusing? If you agree, DOT is accepting responses to the NPRM at http://dms.dot.gov.

Changes Ahead For Rieke Closures

September 5th, 2006 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Industry News

Access to a steel drum is usually through the 2″ and ¾” top head fittings or open head cover fittings. Of the two fitting options, Tri-Sure or Rieke style, both include a threaded plug, a gasket and an inserted flange. Both design types are known throughout the world and are considered standard at Skolnik. However, the Rieke style fittings are about to undergo a mandatory design change. The new closure utilizes a low profile design that ensures safer handling and transport of products. The new design also eliminates gasket rupture, cutting, or shearing when plugs are tightened. Beginning in late September, Skolnik will be converting all Rieke-style drums to this new design. While we anticipate that this transition will be seamless to most customers, a free sample of the new design can be obtained by calling Skolnik or sending us an email request.