Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues

Is 304 SS Nitric Acid Stainless Steel?

February 26th, 2021 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Used in woodworking, food cleaning and in the manufacturing of many fertilizers and polymers, Nitric Acid is a very strong oxidizing medium. Therefore, chromium content plays an important role in the corrosion resistance of the stainless steel. An assessment conducted by Girjija Suresh, V.R. Raju, U. Kamachi and R.K. Dayal and published in The International […] Read More »

Steel Open Head Drums

February 25th, 2021 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Due to their durability and versatility, steel drums are among the most popular packaging solutions on the market. Available in a range of sizes and configurations, such as a stainless or carbon steel open head drum or tight head drum, and more, awareness about the advantages of steel drums only grows.  According to a study […] Read More »

PHMSA 2019 Enforcement Activities

January 26th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Each year, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline of Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) publishes a list of the fines that they have given for violation of the Code of Federal Regulations, CFR49. DOT is becoming a very aggressive regulator, and manufacturers and shippers must be sure they are complying with the rules. Recently, DOT […] Read More »

How the DOT sees it!

January 19th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Understanding the perception of the DOT will help a shipper to comply with classification, package selection, and mode of transportation. Here are 4 items from how the DOT sees it: The transportation of hazardous materials exclusively on private property, to which signs, gates and guard stations prevent public access, is not subject to the Hazardous […] Read More »

What Is Type A Radioactive Packaging?

January 18th, 2021 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

According to a study from 2017, radioactive material accounts for a very small proportion of all dangerous material shipped each year. In the United States, the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, radioactive material only accounts for 1% of hazardous or dangerous goods shipped in a year. But even a small amount of radioactive material […] Read More »

“Cheers!” The Birth of the Champagne Bottle

January 12th, 2021 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

At the start of the 16th century, spurred by the invention of the printing press and a push for overseas exploration, wood had become a critical part of everyday European life. It was used to construct homes and buildings, like fuel for heating and glassmaking, and it was the primary raw material for building ships. […] Read More »