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When to Use an Overpack Drum?

July 13th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Safety, Salvage Drum

An Overpack is an enclosure used to provide protection or convenience in handling a package, or to consolidate two or more packages. Overpacks are not the same as Salvage Drums and are only meant for non-leaking packages. If an Overpack drum is sold as a Salvage Drum, the DOT will hold the manufacturer and distributor liable and both parties could face a fine. The DOT does, however, expect a level of knowledge from the shipper and can hold them liable if they do not meet the proper requirements or misuse a drum.

So when should you use an Overpack Drum?

According to UN criteria and standards, Overpack Drums are certified as secure outer packaging. They are tested for solids and should not be used if the integrity of the inner package has been compromised.

An Overpack can be simply defined as a larger container into which a smaller one may be placed. An Overpack can be made of any material, the traditional choice being a 55 gallon metal drum. Overpack Drums come with their own set of UN and DOT requirements, but passing leak and pressure tests are not always among them. More often than not, Overpacks are used to facilitate the handling of another package or two. Skolnik, however, does pressure test Overpack Drums. Our Stainless steel Overpack Drums have each been tested at 1A2/X plus 15 psi hydrostatic pressure per CFR 49 for the over-packing of Toxic (Poisonous) by Inhalation packaging. But despite this rigorous testing and the fact that Skolnik products are made thicker, heavier and stronger than industry standards require, the DOT would still not consider our Overpack Drums as Salvage Drums.

But fear not, if it is a Salvage Drum you need, Skolnik can still help. Both our Overpack and Salvage Drum lines come in a variety of capacities, meet domestic and international regulations and offer extreme durability.

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.

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.

30 Gallon Steel Drums Set to Travel

January 29th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

The immediate difference between a 55 gallon steel drum and a 30 gallon steel drum? The 30 gallon steel drum is smaller. Not a novel concept, but smaller size drums are easier to move and so it is only natural that 30 gallon steel drums tend to log a lot of miles.

All drums, regardless of size, are required to meet stringent guidelines regulated by the Department of Transportation. Every inch and aspect of a steel drum must be thoroughly tested and inspected before it is deemed safe and appropriate for transport. At Skolnik, we don’t take these rules lightly. A number of UN and DOT tests are even done in house and meticulously monitored throughout the manufacturing process.

When we say every inch of the drum, we mean it. There are standards for every part of the drum: clamp bands, bolts, gaskets, lids, rolling hoops, thickness, chimes, seams and more. The steel must meet a thickness regulation based on its capacity and intended use, reinforcing rings might be required, rolling hoops must be tight and not spot-welded. Every opening and closure device must be a certain size and sealed tight for shipment. There are rules on what you can weld and how you must execute the welding. There are protective coatings and treatments with their own tests and requirements. There are maximums, there are minimums, and then of course there are a series of tests to ensure the container is leak proof.

A lot goes into ensuring the safety and integrity of our steel drums whether they are being used for regular transport or storage. As cumbersome as these regulations may seem, each and every one is tremendously important. Our 30 gallon steel drums travel the world and we want to keep the world and all of its inhabitants safe and satisfied.