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7A Type A Drums

April 16th, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

There are so many codes and designations regarding containers that it can be overwhelming to know, much less remember, which drums are designed and certified for which use. And, because the liability shifts between packager/shipper throughout the process, it’s important to know your organization is using the correct, compliant packaging. DOT 7A type drums have been tested according to 7A Type A regulations (IP 1, 2 and 3) and are intended for use as shipping and storage containers for permissible radioactive materials.

For those wanting to ship Type A quantities of radioactive materials, the implementation of the 7A type A containment regulations was monumental. The regulation, initially proposed in the early 1970s, removed the ‘blanket’ authorization previously used for the materials and instead specified a DOT-7A, Type A general packaging specification. It detailed stricter more straight-forward requirements regarding the packaging itself as well as for keeping records around the compliance test results of the packages. The precision of the regulation chipped away at the margin of error around the storage and transportation of hazardous materials.

At Skolnik we offer 7A Type A drums in a variety of configurations and sizes. All of our 7A drums are made of carbon or 304, 316 and 409 stainless steel. We take great care to manufacture our products thicker, heavier and stronger than industry standards require and to rigorously test the final products. We water spray, free drop, penetration and stack test our drums and our house test lab can even perform surrogate 7A Type A tests per your specifications. However, it should be noted, that it is the responsibility of the packager and shipper to make certify that the package meets all applicable requirements so we do not and can not certify this packaging as a DOT 7A Type A package.

Carbon Steel on the Rise, Stainless Steel Still a Favorite

March 28th, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

When it comes to industrial containers and shipping, there’s a reason stainless steel drums are a favorite. Their strength and versatility make them the perfect fit for most uses, materials and industries. But, while they are a justifiably fabulous and reliable container, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other materials.

Carbon steel drums have been gaining popularity as of late, particularly for transporting and storing liquids. Carbon steel, or carbon steel IBC as it’s known in the market, makes for a stackable and easily moved container. It is impact resistant, durable and works well in the non-corrosive chemical environment, often used for the storage and transportation of oil and lubricants.

Just like stainless steel, carbon steel is reusable and allows for easy filling, dispensing and sanitation. Made up of iron and carbon, carbon is the principal hardening and strengthening material in the steel and is thus responsible for it the material’s hardness and durability.

According to current market trends, the carbon steel industrial bulk packaging market has been growing steadily over the last few years and it expected to continue on its current trajectory. Measured against all other popular bulk packaging products, IBCs, stainless steel and carbon steel, have exhibited the fastest growth rate.

While Carbon steel IBC is lightweight and often less expensive than stainless steel IBC, it is also more susceptible to rust, so consider that when determining the correct material for your materials.

A Legacy of Information-Sharing Among Steel Drum Manufacturers

March 1st, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

The steel drum has been the favorite container for shipping bulk cargo for a century, so the steel drum manufacturing industry has been around a long while as well. In fact, there are over 129 steel drum manufacturers in the United States today. But only one has a decades-long reputation for sharing and spreading their expertise: Skolnik.

Skolnik Industries is a steel drum manufacturer that has become synonymous with steel drum excellence. That reputation stems not only from the quality of our products and team, but from our long-standing commitment to sharing pertinent information with our industry and our partners. First in a physical newsletter, then an email, and now also through years and years of blog posts and articles, we’ve proudly published regular updates on policies and regulations, informational pieces on products and trends, and anything else our colleagues and even competition might find pertinent to their work.

On our website, you can find a PDF of the first ever bulletin of the National Barrel & Drum Association, an organization formed to keep steel drum manufacturers up to date about changes that affect operations and other industry news. This bulletin, dating back to 1943, reflects the same commitment to information sharing that we hold near and dear to our mission, culture and values as a player in the steel drum manufacturing industry. It calls members to “send in any news that [they] feel will be helpful to others.” A call we’ve been proud to answer.

It’s amazing how our industry and the shipping and transportation industries have evolved and grown since steel drums first started being used for industrial containment. We are humbled to have had the opportunity to play such an active and collaborative role thus far and look forward to continuing to share and contribute to the next century of steel drum manufacturing.

Whether you just found us today or have long trusted Skolnik for quality products and information, we wanted to thank you all for reading. We look forward to sharing news and information with you for years to come.

The Cost of Non-Compliance

February 11th, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

In a highly competitive market with continuously expanding regulations, moving hazmat while maintaining compliance is no simple task. And hazardous materials and dangerous goods are appropriately named. There’s a lot at risk if they aren’t handled properly, but an often forgotten risk is the risk to your organization’s stability and bottom line.

Perhaps the most apparent impact a fine for noncompliance has is on finance. Fines and fees related to noncompliance can add up and directly impact your profitability. There’s the fines themselves, fees related to stopped shipments, profit loss due to delays and inefficiencies, and increased insurance liability.

And if the individual penalties themselves don’t seem daunting, consider the cost of damaging your reputation. If your organization has numerous compliance issues, companies seeking industrial shipping services will seek out alternative, less risky partners. Even if you only experience one accident, the bad press can have lasting effects.

At the end of the day, customers want to work with a reliable, efficient shipping partner. Whether those materials are hazardous or dangerous or not, the way your organization handles hazardous materials affect their shipments too. From physical damage due to a spill or leak to shipping delays due to noncompliance citations, mishandling any container will impact all of your customers.

With so many materials classified as hazardous and these classifications and regulations constantly changing, it is understandably difficult to keep up with compliance. But it is a challenge you have to face. Not just because of the impact it could have on the environment or your community, but because of the impact noncompliance could have on the everyday safety and stability of your operations.

A big part of properly handling hazardous materials is using the correct, certified container. You can count on Skolnik for trustworthy, compliant, UN certified and DOT approved steel hazmat drums. And we hope your customers can count on you to work hard to maintain hazmat compliance.