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And What If It Won‘t Close?

November 5th, 2002 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN

Containers manufactured to be United Nations (UN) or DOT certified must be accompanied by manufacturer specific Closure Instructions. These instructions indicate the process which a filler must follow in order to properly secure the container in accordance with the Testing Process. Torque, dimensional measurements, and visual safeguards are a part of each closure technique. However, it is the responsibility of the filler to not only follow these instructions, but also to REJECT a container that does not appear to be properly closed. A drum torqued at more or less than the prescribed foot pounds, a ring gap greater than or less than the specified distance, or gaskets which appear not to be properly seated onto the bead should be rejected and returned to the manufacturer.

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