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Archive for 2010

Coming in 2011: Seamless Wine Drums

October 13th, 2010 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

In 2010, SKOLNIK introduced a line of “seamless” stainless steel drums. The “seamless” construction refers to the fact that although the drum is made by welding a cover, body and bottom head together, the edges are butt-welded and therefore, there are no lapped edges where bacteria can accumulate. We are very close to the introduction of a seamless drum for wine, as our wine customers have been requesting seamless interiors for their drums. In addition to increased longevity, these crevice free interiors will allow for easier cleaning. They will be available in 55 gallon capacity, complete with a 2“ tri-clover fitting, just like our drums with conventional seamed construction. We expect to showcase this unique and improved drum at our booth at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California, in January 2011, and then begin production for the 2011 season. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

DOT’s PHMSA Eliminates Expiration Dates for Classification Approvals

September 15th, 2010 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety

In 2005, PHMSA initiated a policy imposing a 5-year expiration date on fireworks classification approvals. This policy was initiated to ensure that background information supporting the approval is current and applicable, information is up-to-date and complete, obsolete approvals are eliminated from the PHMSA database, and approvals are amended with new requirements and/or methods as necessary. In 2009, this policy was extended to include all types of classification approvals, including explosives, oxidizing substances, organic peroxide materials and self-reactive substances. Now, PHMSA is changing its policy and eliminating expiration dates for classification approvals because the policy has had unanticipated effects since its implementation. For example, a product shipped in accordance with a classification approval with a 5-year expiration date becomes ineligible for domestic transport on the date the approval expires despite the product continuing to be safe for transport. Therefore, effective September 7th, 2010, existing classification approvals with expiration dates will be reissued by PHMSA in accordance with the change of policy. While expiration dates for classification approvals will be eliminated, PHMSA retains the authority to issue approvals with expiration dates on a case-by-case basis.

View the compete Federal Register Notice.

Tired of Reading Closure Instructions? Try Our Videos.

September 15th, 2010 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety

Even though you may be purchasing a drum that meets the United Nations criteria for shipping hazardous materials, the proper closure of the drum is the final and most important part of the regulation. In fact, the US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, paragraph 178.2(c), requires that packaging manufacturers give current written instruction to the fillers about the proper closure procedure for their “manufacturer-specific” packaging. Closure Instructions are not generic. While every SKOLNIK order is shipped with written Closure Instructions, you can now view a video of the Closed Head and Open Head Closure with Bolt Ring, and the Open Head Closure with Quick Lever Instructions. In addition, written Closure Instructions are also available in Spanish. Check out all our Closure Instruction options at Skolnik.com and call us if you need further clarification or would like to receive additional information for your record keeping.

Holy Canadian Communion Wine, eh!

September 14th, 2010 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Wine

SKOLNIK has had the honor of seeing our wine barrels used to craft some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Now, we are proud, and “blessed”, to add Holy Communion Wine to the list! In August we received an inquiry from the Order of the Magnificat Monastery in Quebec, Canada. The Order was looking to purchase some of our stainless steel wine barrels to protect their current wine inventory. We often get unique inquires but this one really piqued our interest. The Monastery is completely self sufficient; they grow their own food, make their own clothing, build their own buildings, repair their cars and they make their own communion wine! Like any good winery they were looking to improve the way that they make their wine. They have been using plastic tanks to store and age the wine, but found that this is not an ideal medium for making fine wine. Looking to find an alternative to plastic tanks, the Monks discovered SKOLNIK stainless steel wine drums on our website. After several emails and telephone calls, the Monks decided that the SKOLNIK stainless drums would be the perfect vessel for their wine. Father Jim and Father John made the trip to Chicago to visit SKOLNIK, tour the manufacturing process, and pick up their wine drums. We had a splendid time with both Fathers and we look forward to visiting their Monastery and Winery and to sample some of their wine. Check out the photos of their visit.