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STEEL DRUM INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS AND ISSUES
Archive for June, 2009
The leading hazardous materials magazine relating to safe transport of dangerous goods featured an interview about the future outlook of steel drums for hazmat and how Skolnik Industries is preparing for future expansion. In the May 2009 edition of Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, “Drums to Order,” explains how Skolnik manufactures top-end products for demanding applications encompassing everything from wine to radioactive materials with an emphasis on markets that are demanding about accountability and durability. A reference is made to the “corporate culture” in which creativity, intelligence and manufacturing excellence are mixed with a good amount of fun. As for what lays ahead, Skolnik remains optimistic about the future, “individuals and businesses must return to spending within their means, establishing financial reserves and still providing for growth.” HCB concludes that no matter what fates are in store for industry, Skolnik appears to be one company that is better equipped than others to cope with potential obstacles. “At Skolnik, we continue to improve, replace and revise. We’re not the Queen Mary, we’re a small speed boat and whatever market conditions prevail we are able to respond quickly and efficiently.” Click here to read the full “Drums to Order” article.
When closing an open or closed head drum for shipment, it’s critical to follow the manufacturer’s specific Closure Instruction for the drum. In the case of the Skolnik Open Head Closure procedure, fillers are instructed to insure that the cover gasket is properly fitted into the cover groove. While most new drums are shipped with the gasket in place, it is still important that fillers recognize that tested drums are fitted with fresh gaskets and therefore, the fresher the gasket when filling, the better the closure. While most gaskets are made from rubber derivatives, gasket properties can change with use, time, temperature and age. However, given these potential changes, the gasket is expected to perform in compliance with the marked rating of the drum. When filling, if there is doubt about the gasket integrity, call the original manufacturer and purchase replacement gaskets. It’s worth a few dollars to insure a secure closure.