UN packagings in the US are fabricated and tested to specific levels of performance per the US Code of Federal Regulations — CFR49 178.600. These tests allow a manufacturer to self-certify or 3rd party test the packagings and then mark the packagings with the required testing criteria (Check out this link to Understanding UN Markings). Often, users innocently alter the integrity of a packaging by adding accessories (ie: a plastic liners that sit on the bead ) or by replacing accessories with different components (ie: closure ring, gasket) in which case, the certification of the package may be invalidated. “A different packaging” is defined in CFR49 178.601(c)(4) as a packaging that differs from a previously produced packaging in structural design, size, material of construction, wall thickness or manner of construction. Further design qualification testing is not required if the alterations to the packaging do not constitute “a different packaging.” Also, Closure Instructions are packaging specific and must be used only for the packagings as designated.
STEEL DRUM INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS AND ISSUES
Archive for February, 2012
Skolnik’s web site is designed to provide resources that are helpful to all steel drum and hazardous material shippers. The information is being accessed at incredibly high visit rates and shippers have been expressing thanks for offering information that, until now, has been difficult or impossible to find. The most popular pages visited are:
- CFR Cheat Sheet — Offers a quick reference to key issues often researched regarding UN and DOT packaging compliance.
- Closure Instructions — The most comprehensive instructions, and the only videos, on UN drum closing.
- UN Certifications — View available products on a sort-able listing, their UN Certifications and their test dates.
- Technical Drawings — Study the drum illustrations and dimensions from these engineered drawings. From 5 to 110 US Gallon capacities.
- Product List and Specs — Viewed in US Measurements or Metric, this offers a comprehensive detail of product specifications.
- Our Team — Get face to face with your friends at Skolnik.
- Our History — Quickly see the story of the Skolnik spirit.
On a recent visit to several of our California winery customers in Sonoma and Napa, we were amazed at the amount of record keeping and paperwork that is required to keep track of data, batches, and vintages that are contained in our stainless steel wine barrels. A new app named Winemaking, is a replacement for the pen and paper journals that winemakers use to keep track of their wine batches. The Winemaking app expands on the paper and pen journal by adding Batch, Journal and Data entry tools, as well as commonly used conversions and other calculations used by winemakers during the winemaking process. There can be many batches tracked at the same time. Batches contain top level information about your wine batches in process such as description, common name, varietal, and some initial metrics. Winemaker also contains calculators for commonly performed conversions of Volumes, Masses, Temperature, as well as some specific calculations for winemakers such as SO2 additions and Sugar adjustments.
There is also a blending calculator where you can calculate results of blending two wines together. An example would be blending a high acid with a lower acid wine, and the calculator finds the resulting acid level.
There is a quick reference guide built in with introductory step by step guidelines for making red or white wines. Included in the reference material is a common equipment list, as well as a beginners guide to the minimal required equipment for a first batch of wine. A short troubleshooting section exists for common issues encountered during the process. As many of our customers use our stainless steel wine barrels for experimentation purposes and batch separation, this new app could be a valuable new tool in the wine making process.