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Archive for 2008

Salvage Drum Definition Clarified by DOT

October 15th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety, Salvage Drum

Skolnik Salvage Drum Information,

Per CFR 173.3(c), Salvage Drums have long been used as overpacks for the efficient and effective transport of damaged, defective or leaking containers, irrespective of whether these packagings are discovered before or after having been placed in transportation. In 2005, the DOT expanded the Salvage Drum definition to include non-compliant packagings (contents in inappropriate packagings). The ultimate use of these overpacked drums is to proceed to the nearest appropriate disposal or repackaging facility. Salvage Drums are not to be used as a secondary container, or overpack, for a primary shipment. Recently, DOT commented that while it is their intent for these packagings to be used for damaged, defective, leaking or non-compliant packagings that have already entered transportation, it is also their intent to limit the use to when packagings are discovered to be non-conforming after having been placed in transportation.

Shippers of TIH (Poison Inhalation) Drums Should Re-Qualify Their Cap Seals

September 17th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Industry News, Safety

At the request of a customer that ships materials poisonous by inhalation (TIH drums, formerly known as PIH), we have researched and learned that the performance criteria of cap seals on these steel drums needs to be qualified by each shipper, not the cap seal manufacturer. As required in 49CFR 173.226(b)(3)(iii), a cap seal is required to withstand 100 kPa as a primary seal – not in conjunction with the inner plug. There are two predominant manufacturers of these cap seals (Rieke and American Flange) and both are unwilling to issue performance certification for their cap seals as a primary seal. While they are offering a 100 kPa certification that includes the installed plug, this is not compliant with the CFR. While DOT is aware of this issue, we are suggesting to all TIH shippers that they perform their own performance test to certify that the cap seals, when installed as the primary seal, are able to meet the 100 kPa criteria. If inspected by DOT, failure to have this information documented could lead to a finding of non-compliance.

Higher Education Embraces Skolnik’s Stainless Steel Wine Drums

September 17th, 2008 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Industry News, Wine

More and more, universities with Viticulture and Enology Programs (the study of winemaking) are introducing the use of Stainless Steel Wine drums into their processing curriculum. As the popularity and use of stainless steel wine drums continues to grow, Enology professors recognize the importance of teaching their students how to incorporate the use of stainless steel drums into their wine making knowledge. Throughout this past year, Skolnik Industries has been active in assisting several universities with their wine making programs, supplying them with our full line of stainless steel wine drums, and helping them to better understand the performance properties of stainless steel. We have been pleased to hear back from many of these programs that the students are quick to absorb these new options. Furthermore, as they learn the fine art of wine making, the students appreciate the added properties that come with selecting stainless steel. We are always happy to speak with colleges and universities about their wine making programs and we now offer special pricing for university purchases that will be used in the training process.

Skolnik Joins in the Celebration of Global Quality!

September 17th, 2008 by Matthew Dick

Filed under: Industry News

On November 13th, 2008, Skolnik will join other manufactures around the world to celebrate World Quality Day. A chance for quality professionals and organizations to unite around the world and celebrate their achievements, World Quality Day helps to raise the consciousness of how quality approaches can make a tangible impact on business. Skolnik is a small business, independently owned and dependant on our Chicago manufacturing facility to “keep our customers happy.” We are considered to be a leader in the industrial container market as measured by our customer relationships and product dependability. At the core of our process, we have implemented a quality plan which requires us to meet our unique customer requirements – and to do so on time. Part of the celebration at Skolnik will include company-wide training in recent quality developments as well as identifying new quality opportunities to consider in the coming year. We take pride in our quality program and performance. It is this plan that helps us to meet the world class standards that benefit our customers and our employees.