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Archive for 2007

Time Your Wine Barrels Right For Harvest

July 10th, 2007 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

The wine harvest is almost here and if your harvest is scheduled to begin at the end of July, now is the best time to order the wine barrels that you will be using for processing. Normally, our lead-time for all sizes of these barrels is approximately 7 to 10 working days plus you should allow about 3 to 5 days for domestic shipping time. Of course, overseas shipments depend on the transport option. Another reason to get your orders in soon is that we are anticipating a stainless steel price increase within the next 2 months. Your price is locked when your order is confirmed. From 5 to 55 US Gallon capacities, our stainless steel wine barrels continue to resolve problems associated with conventional oak barrel processing.

"Let Us Take You There"

July 10th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

Several years ago I attended a conference at a luxury hotel that had a complicated layout. On my first day I was unable to find the lecture room, and I asked a hotel employee for directions. He offered “to take me there.” The following day, again, I could not find the meeting room and again, I asked another employee for directions. She, too, offered to “take me there.” I realized that their kind offer was also the result of customer service training and when I returned to Chicago, shared my experience with the Skolnik staff. As a result, it‘s our pleasure to help you navigate the many regulations that govern the products that we sell. We can’t tell you which steel drum to use, but we can show you where to go to find your classification answers. If you have special requirements or seek unusual options, our Engineering and Sales staff has a huge knowledgebase of available products and services. As for on-line support, our web site (www.skolnik.com) is the most highly used steel drum resource in the industry. Whether it‘s our web site, design options or regulatory questions, “let us take you there” to find the right answers.

Incidents Involving Batteries Are Being Addressed By DOT

June 5th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety

As an attendee to last month‘s annual Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles Conference (COSTHA) in Scottsdale, AZ, there were presentations focusing on the small but increasing number of battery-related hazardous materials incidents on board cargo and passenger aircraft. While not new to the HazMat community, the subject of these incidents was surprising. With extended life batteries being manufactured for personal electronics and computer use, the power cells of these new (Lithium) batteries can create substantial exposure when brought aboard aircraft in a large quantity. In two recent incidents, one on a UPS cargo jet and one in a Wal-Mart road vehicle, the battery shipments actually caught fire and required emergency services. Furthermore, while most of these batteries are imported to the US, some are coming from counterfeit battery manufacturing operations in which the internal contacts are suspect of quality connections. DOT is currently developing regulations for the safe transport of these batteries but for now, shippers should be aware of the potential dangers of storing or transporting these battery products in large quantities.

The Science Of Closure Instructions

June 5th, 2007 by Matthew Dick

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

What was once a common-sense 55 gallon steel drum art has now become a scientific process that is very difficult to define and repeat. Closure Instructions are required to accompany all sales of hazardous materials packagings and DOT expects the closure process be followed with exacting detail. Though some manufacturers are loath to write a competent instruction, it is required by DOT for all fillers and transporters to have proper instructions. Since the steel drum is not a finely tooled product, the closure system — while capable of amazing security — can be influenced by elevation, temperature, humidity, compression and, of course, the “human element.” The in-field record of HazMat packaging failures in the US is very low, but, the lack of clarity and inaccurate procedures can yield an incomplete closure. In the case of steel drums, make sure that the Closure Instructions are accurately followed including the use of required tools. Specific to each manufacturer, view the current Skolnik instruction at: Closure Instructions.