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The Popular Kid: A 55 Gallon Steel Drum

June 25th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

When I tell people about Skolnik and that we produce steel drums, their minds probably drift off to a Caribbean island. However, once I clarify that these steel drums are industrial grade, UN certified containers and not the kind for island rhythm, they probably immediately think of the 55 gallon drum. That’s because the 55 gallon stainless steel drum is the popular kid.

Stainless steel drums come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, but the 55 gallon construction is the most ubiquitous. The 55 gallon stainless steel drum is a reliable, secure and durable choice for many different contents and needs. It’s a quality product that Skolnik Industries is proud to offer.

With a range of different steel grades, closures and liners, the Skolnik team can customize your 55 gallon stainless steel drum to fit your specific needs. We’ll ensure your drum is stronger and thicker than the industry standards so you can feel confident that whether you’re storing or shipping, your contents are safe and secure.

These drums are a tough and safe choice for many industries and uses and their ‘cousin’ product, the 55 gallon carbon steel drum is a downright workhorse. It’s no wonder drums of this size are the gestalt image when someone mentions steel drums.

While there are seemingly countless configurations, styles and sizes of steel containers, the 55 gallon stainless steel drum has earned its place at the popular table. However, at Skolnik Industries, we know that the popular choice isn’t always the right choice so our team will work with you to ensure you are using the right container for your contents and needs. Understanding your unique storage and transport needs will help us direct you towards the proper drum for your situation, and proper beats ‘popular’ every time.

The Innovative, Flexible 15 Gallon Barrel

June 4th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

The first question one asks themselves when packaging anything is: what will it fit in? It’s the first piece of every puzzle: moving, packing the car, choosing the right purse. Life is constantly throwing us new games of Tetris to play. And packaging your facilities materials is no different.

Skolnik manufactures over 400 sizes of industrial packaging for critical contents. From replacement parts and steel sheets to drums ranging from 5 to 110 gallons. Perhaps the most innovative size is the 15 gallon drum. Skolnik only manufactures 15 gallon steel drums upon request, and we do so happily. The 15 gallon drum provides an extra level of flexibility in all shipping, containment and storage situations.

Consider Miss Goldilocks. Goldilocks has some materials she needs to package and ship, but the 10 gallon drum is too small and the 20 gallon is too big. Skolnik’s 15 gallon drum is just right.

If you think the 15 gallon intermediate option is just right for you, call Skolnik and our team of engineers can reconfigure our 15 gallon steel drum to meet your specific requirements and unique needs.

Deciphering the Code: 1A2 Drums

May 4th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Stainless Steel

The title of this post isn’t meant to be a super-secret code; it’s meant to denote a UN certified drum of a specific material. Most simply put, a 1A2 drum is a UN certified open head steel drum. The coding helps anyone coming into contact with the drum to understand key characteristics of the container and it’s intended, safe uses, and proper shipping and storage procedures.

So what goes into these codes? Well, the ‘1’ indicates that this container is a drum. Of course, if you saw the drum, you’d recognize that it is a drum, but on paper, such as shipping and storage manifestos, the container classification is pertinent to proper operations and organization. The ‘A’ informs the reader that this container is made of steel. The material of a container speaks volumes to how it should be used, filled and any safety requirements. Finally, the ‘2’ tells the reader that this steel drum has an open head, meaning the lid of the drum is detachable and can be removed.

With this knowledge, anyone can decipher the UN coding: this container is an open head steel drum. And should be used as such.

Open head? That means this drum has a removable lid secured to the drum with a bolt ring or a lever lock to prevent the container from opening in transit.

Steel? Fantastic. Steel drums are often used for the containment of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food for storage or transport. Stainless steel is a compatible material for the containment of a wide variety of different products and items, but we still recommend discussing your needs with a Skolnik representative before choosing a specific type of drum.

Now that you can read the code, call Skolnik to learn more about our products and what type of container is the best fit for your needs.

Fit for Food: Skolnik Food Grade Steel Drums

April 9th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

When people think of industrial steel drums they almost immediately think of containers of hazmat materials and barrels of oil. However, one of the most common uses of steel drums isn’t for top secret chemicals or nuclear waste, but for something a little more pedestrian: food.

Food Grade Steel drums are common shipping and storage containers for ingredients and consumables. Shipping ingredients from the original source to where they are needed for production or storing products for curing are important steps in the production of many foods and beverages. Our wine barrels and food grade 304 stainless steel drums are popular options for the wine and food processing industries because they are food safe. In fact, you probably have some food grade 304 stainless steel in your kitchen – it’s the same steel used in a lot of cookware.

The name of the game is keeping the contents and future consumers safe. That’s why every last inch of a drum must be made from food safe steel or other material. Everything from the fittings in the open head cover to the gaskets must be so safe you could eat off of it.

In instances where food grade stainless steel is too expensive, a facility could use a carbon steel drum but must use a food grade lining to keep any contents from potential contamination by the carbon steel. A plastic liner made of a food safe material or an epoxy phenolic lining are the best solution when using a carbon steel barrel for transport of foodstuffs.

Pay close attention to any regulations regarding transport of the particular consumables you are working with as some food or drink products or ingredients in concentrated forms may be classified by the Department of Transportation as a Dangerous Good. These transportation situations would require a UN certified package, like a Skolnik barrel, in addition to meeting food grade requirements.

Safety and security is key. You want to keep your product or ingredients safe during transport and storage in order to ensure they remain safe to consume in the future. Next time you grab a snack or drink, consider the care that went into keeping that product safe and enjoyable and remember that steel drums are used everywhere and for everyday uses, not just the explosions you see in the movies.