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Archive for 2015

Transportation Airships are Coming!

August 25th, 2015 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

The need for an airborne cargo vehicle not dependent on airstrips or other ground infrastructure is obvious, but a solution has never been available. Now, Lockheed Martin has introduced its line of Hybrid Airships! Oversized and heavy cargo regularly has to be moved, and maneuvering into tight spaces and on any surface such as water, ice, snow and a jungle clearing, is practically impossible without building the infrastructure necessary to support landings and take-off of conventional airplanes. The new breed of airships have already been scheduled to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will soon be under construction with the first available service in 2018. This airship will offer a payload of 21 tons with up to 19 passengers and a range of up to 1,400 nautical miles at 60 knots. Check out video launch of this unique airship that represents a new generation of cargo transport.

Packing & Stacking: The 30 Gallon Drum

August 20th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

The 55 gallon drum might be the most popular, or at least the most ubiquitous, but that doesn’t mean it is perfect for every situation. The 30 gallon steel drum stands at just over 26 inches tall and is the perfect size vessel for a myriad of situations.

First and foremost, this smaller but mighty container is the perfect fit for travel. They can be stored easily and securely in the sensitive environment that is the belly of an airborne plane. The 30 gallon is also used in ground and sea transport – its small size and stackability allows many barrels to fit in a limited space. If you’ve got a small warehouse with a finite amount of space for storage: the 30 gallon is your friend there too.

The 30 gallon drum is an important part of ‘next day shipping.’ The small size of the drum paired with its strength makes it a safe and economical choice for expedited or long term shipping. Especially the 30 gallon salvage drum. The shipping industry is loaded with requirements and roadblocks, the 30 gallon salvage drum readily equips you for the journey ahead, and the unexpected bumps along the way.

That is the glory of the 30 gallon steel drum – it is small without sacrificing any integrity. It is just as strong and well-engineered as the larger drums. It can be customized to fit whatever regulations or requirements that face you and it is ready to squeeze its way into your life and favorite containers list.

FREE: New Version of Emergency Response Guidebook

August 18th, 2015 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

PHMSA has provided a preview of the 2016 North American Emergency Response Guidebook, NAERG. The NAERG is published by the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The document is a joint effort between Transport Canada and PHMSA and is used extensively by the shipping, transport, and emergency response industries. The document is revised every 4 years with the previous version being released in late 2012. A few of the enhancements for 2016 include:

  • Expanded Table of Placards and updated title to Table of Markings, Labels, and Placards and Initial Response Guide to Use on Scene.
  • Expanded Rail Car Identification Chart and Road Trailer Identification Chart to two pages each.
  • Added information about GHS markings.
  • New entries adopted into the 19th Revised Edition of the UN Model Regulations.
  • Added information on Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAP) applicable in Canada.

The full document will be available in 2016 but the full preview can be accessed from the PHMSA website

Food Grade Containment and Storing Water

August 17th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Safety, Stainless Steel

Food Grade stainless steel drums are not always storing food, but another precious life resource: water. Storing water can be tricky – crystal clear water can have dangerous bacteria growing in it, high levels of lead or mercury, chemicals, even arsenic and you wouldn’t even be able to see it. So how should you store water?

Let’s start with how you shouldn’t. First, you should never use non-food-grade materials to store food. Seems like a no brainer, but it is a common mistake. Even if it looks clean or has been sterilized, it should not be used to store food or water. Non-food-grade materials, such as a non-food-grade plastic or stainless steel can leak dangerous chemicals into anything you store in them. Non-food-grade stainless steel can be corroded by chlorine that you don’t know is in your water, and non-food-grade plastic can degrade over time or allow bacteria and other pests into the thin container.

Food grade plastics are out there, but still not widely favored for food and water storage since plastic is more porous and thus harder to sterilize. Additionally, the vapors of chemicals and fuels can penetrate plastic over time, so your storage location becomes more important.

Glass and stainless steel are the most popular water storage containers. Glass is easy to sterilize and impermeable. However, glass breaks easily, is heavy and needs to be stored away from sunlight.

So we’re left with food-grade stainless steel, arguably the strongest, safest water container. Stainless steel is light weight, easy to sterilize, impermeable and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals that it might leech into the water. It is opaque and thus does not need to be protected from light. It’s strong and sturdy and safe. And many manufacturers, such as Skolnik Industries, offer protective linings for their food-grade stainless steel, making them even safer.

Water is a precious resource that demands to be stored with care. Use food-grade stainless steel to store your water both conveniently and effectively.