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Gasket Positioning is Critical

August 8th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

For a steel drum, the closure system is the key to successful transport and storage.

By far, one of the most critical components of a proper drum seal is the gasket. Since the adoption of Performance Oriented Packaging Standards (POPS) in the mid-1990’s, new gasket styles, materials and profiles have entered the market to increase drum integrity and performance. Gaskets today can vary by density, contour, color and composition. However, with all these variations, drum fillers must be aware that all gaskets need to be inspected prior to sealing or closing a drum. Whether it‘s the first time closed, or a repeated closure, check the gasket for any irregularities including, but not limited to: crumbling, cracking, slicing, tearing. Confirm that the gasket is properly seated into the cover groove or on top of the bead. Check if the bond to the metal is intact, and does the gasket exhibit memory (bounce-back when compressed). In the event that a user believes that the gasket to be used is questionable, contact the original equipment manufacturer for a replacement gasket. It is important that replacement gaskets be the same as the original gasket with which the drums were UN tested. Using a different gasket will void the UN certification of the drum.

Need a visual? Watch the Skolnik Closure Instruction Videos for Bolt and Leverlock drums.

How to Package Sustainability

August 8th, 2017 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

Wineries and vineyards have worked for years to adopt more sustainable winemaking and grapegrowing practices, but the packaging that protects wine during its trip from winery to consumer is of equal importance. From closure origins to recycled paper stock and bottle weight, winery staff make dozens of decisions that affect the sustainability of wine packaging before the materials are even ordered. Next month, Allison Jordan, executive director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, will lead a panel of winery supply chain and marketing professionals in a discussion about how to find the most sustainable packaging options to meet your brand’s needs. The event is part of the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference taking place Aug. 16 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Joining Jordan on stage will be Ramon Ware, vice president of supply chain for Wente Family Estates; Rhonda Motil, vice president of marketing for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and Mimi Gatens, marketing manager at Trefethen Vineyards. The group will tackle the subjects of light-weighting bottles, alternative packaging, closure options and the value of printing sustainable certification logos on labels. With a combined 226 years in business between them, the panelists’ three wineries prove how sustainability is a key element to success in business. Wente, for example, uses only recycled cardboard and works with soy- and water-based inks. J. Lohr recycles its packaging and operational materials including shrink wrap and wood pallets, and Trefethen was an early participant in the wine-in-kegs movement. The “How to Package Sustainability” session is just one part of the all-day Wines &amp Vines Packaging Conference. Other topics include a panel on making bottling day run more smoothly. Steve Lamoureux of The Nielsen Co. will reveal the results of a consumer-research study conducted exclusively for the conference to reveals real-life impressions of wine packaging redesigns. More sessions involve restaurant and retail wine buyers offering opinions about what sells and what doesn’t when it comes to wine packaging and consumers. The event will feature other opportunities such as free consultations with designers and the chance to vote for finalists of the Packaging Design Awards. To learn more about the conference and register, visit wvpack.com. As you prepare for harvest, make sure to check our Skolnik sustainable options for Stainless Steel Wine barrels at www.skolnikwine.com.

Improving Railroad Safety is a Success

July 25th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

The Federal Railroad Association (FRA) established the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) to provide advice and recommendations to the FRA on railroad safety matters. The RSAC is a formally chartered and structured Federal Advisory Committee and provides a forum for collaborative rulemaking and program development. RSAC consists of representatives from all of the agency’s major stakeholder groups, including railroads, labor organizations, suppliers and manufacturers, and other interested parties. RSAC’s achievements are many. Since the establishment of RSAC, rail accidents per million train miles are down by nearly 30 percent as total miles and passenger counts increased significantly. Because of broad industry collaboration through committees like RSAC, success happens.

The past 20 years have proven that industry and government can accomplish much when they work together toward a common goal (i.e., developing rulemakings, regulations and safety policies, advancement of technologies and more importantly, saving lives today and tomorrow across our great nation moving forward). RSAC is one tool that FRA and its partners use to advance safety, and we need every effective tool to improve safety.

Check out the railroad safety facts and statistics here!

DOT Develops New Free Online CFR Mobile App

July 18th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

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

Ever find yourself in a remote location, needing to verify a CFR regulation? Now there’s a free App for that!
In its continuing efforts to improve safety and public access to the latest transportation regulations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today made available a new online Code of Federal Regulations (oCFR) mobile application – App. The oCFR mobile app is a simplified version of the web-based application which was released to the public in March of 2016. The oCFR app was released to both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store for use on iOS and Android mobile devices. The new oCFR app provides the first-ever mobile access to search, view, and navigate PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations in 49 CFR parts 100-180 for the classifying, handling, and packaging of hazardous materials by highway, rail, aircraft, and vessel. This app also provides the first-ever mobile access to PHMSA’s Pipeline Safety Regulations in 49 CFR parts 190-199, which provide the federal minimum safety standards for the design, construction, operation and maintenance, and spill response planning for pipeline and liquefied natural gas facilities involved in the transportation of natural gas and hazardous liquids within the United States. The mobile app is also unique because it allows users to navigate regulations at the paragraph level. To get the App, go to the App Store on your smartphone, SEARCH for OCFR, and download. It’s free!