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Check the “Hazmatt” Box!

September 25th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

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

Many of the products that we use on a daily basis, including batteries, aerosol sprays, and adhesives, contain hazardous materials (hazmats). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) hazmat regulations require that these products be properly classified, packaged, labeled, handled, and stowed for transportation over public right-of-way. This protects workers, emergency responders, and the general public from the risks associated with hazmat transportation. The US Dept of Transportation has introduced a new character, ‘HazMatt’, designed to help ‘reach the unreached’ who are unaware that they are shipping hazardous materials. Speaking at the recent Labelmaster DG Symposium, PHMSA’s Shane Kelley explained that all the modal agencies under DOT are working together to get the message out as widely as possible, particularly to those that do not normally receive the hazmat message. The project is ongoing — and is worth following at checkthebox.dot.gov.

Remember: If you ship products, it is your responsibility to know whether those products are hazmat, and to communicate their hazards appropriately, according to DOT’s hazmat regulations. Shipping a non-compliant hazmat can result in hefty fines from the DOT!

Labelmaster’s 13th Annual Dangerous Goods Symposium Breaks a Record!

September 18th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

September 5-7, 2018 — Labelmaster hosted a record breaking 350 attendee’s at it’s annual Dangerous Goods Symposium in Rosemont, IL. DGS is an opportunity for members of the Dangerous Goods and Hazmat communities to gather and exchange information about the ever-changing DG regulations in the US and abroad. In addition, DGS also focuses on DG compliance, training, new technologies and all the matters that relate to safe transportation of dangerous goods.

This year, featured speakers came from all around North America including the US and Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and more. The list of speakers included representatives from the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a cadre of domestic and international training organizations, and a host of private manufacturing companies. The conference included both lecture and workshop-style presentations and included excellent opportunities for networking and meeting others in the DG community. Planning ahead, the 14th DGS is planned for September 4-6, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago.

Thank you Labelmaster, for helping to make the transport of dangerous goods safer, every day!

“Forgive me, for I have Cardinal Zinned”

September 11th, 2018 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

That was Randall Grahm, owner and winemaker at Bonny Doon Vineyards, in his keynote speech at this year’s Wines and Vines Packaging Conference. He explained that when he first bottled his Californian Pinot Noir, he went with simple labels, believing that it was better to “let the wine do the salesmanship”. When he began to bottle Rhone varieties in the 1980’s, he began using humor in the labels, such as his famous “Cigare Volant” label with an illustration of a flying saucer flying above a vineyard, based on a French regulation banning flying saucers over vineyards in the Rhone region.

By partnering with well-known artists, and through the use of humor in their wine labels, he saw success; however, he warned the attendees that “cleverness in the extreme isn’t always enough”. He went on to say: “Your wine label is something like a real opportunity to potentially bond with your customer, to create a mini-affinity group”.

Jessica Gaedeke of Nielson Innovations reported that 4,289 new wine items have been launched in the past year. Gaedeke pointed out that making decisions surrounding packaging becomes all the more important. “Only packaging reaches 100% of potential buyers at the first moment of truth”, going on to say that 50% to 80% of purchasing decisions are made at the shelf. All highly influenced by packaging and design.

Another interesting event at the conference was a panel discussion of alternative packaging such as bag-in-box, aluminum cans, Stainless Steel and PET kegs. “The glass bottle has to die at some point”, remarked Nicolas Quille, chief winemaking and operations officer for Crimson Wine Group. Quillle provided a checklist of what to consider in evaluating alternative packaging: size, materials, cleanliness, and recyclability. Skolnik wine barrels are easy to clean and offer excellent reusability. Click here to see the full line of Stainless Steel Winemaking Barrels from Skolnik.

The History of Steel

August 21st, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter

It’s ironic that the attached article about the Entire History of Steel was given to me by our very own Ken Steele in Sales! Ken thought that our readers would enjoy the Entire History of Steel, and he could not have been more correct!

With raw materials that truly come from the heavens, steel, in its initial form was used as far back as 2,500 BC as an alternative to bronze. Around 1,800 BC, people along the Black Sea wanted to develop a metal stronger than bronze that could be used for weapons. By 500 BC, the Chinese built furnaces to smelt and mold iron. For 1,700 years, iron was the material used for developing swords and other weapons. Finally, in 1851, cast iron and glass was used as a construction material at the Great Exhibition of Industry and shortly after, Henry Bessemer set out to produce steel in large quantities.

In 1850, American steel made the scene though at a rate of about 1/5 that of Britain. After the Civil War, all attention was focused on the development of American steel and this brought great wealth and development to the US. Ever since then, steel has been the material used to provide strength, durability and flexibility to industry worldwide. For transportation, construction and of course, packaging, steel continues to be the world’s most dominate raw material.