On November 21st (2006), 13 staff from the Hazardous Materials Enforcement Division of the Federal Aviation Administration visited Skolnik for a day of education and training on steel drum manufacturing, testing and discussion. Skipp Skeggs, Senior Enforcement Specialist in the Central Region Office of the Department of Transportation prompted the visit. With increasing security at airports for both commercial and cargo shipments, the goal of the day was to observe the manufacturing process for steel drums, discuss the performance oriented test markings, demonstrate the hydrostatic and drop tests specified in CFR 178.600, and review in-field questions and field observations of the FAA staff. Skolnik Project Engineers Mark Sherman and Dustin Winkel demonstrated a 55 gallon 1A2/Y1.5/150 hydrostatic pressure test and an 85 gallon ‘T’ Salvage Drum drop — filled with water and secured with a Skolnik QuickLever closure ring. All testing was successful and the FAA staff found the experience to be helpful in better understanding the performance strengths of steel drums.
Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues
Archive for 2006
Many of our customers use their standard wine making drums when they are sampling batches prior to making full stock. The use of stainless drums in this process can be made more efficient when choosing a smaller container for these initial batches. At about 1/3 the cost of a 55 gallon stainless steel drum, our 5, 10 and 16 gallon stainless drums replicate all the features of their larger counterparts but require less raw materials. These smaller drums also offer the 2″ Tri-Clover fitting located in the body center and are available for shipping, via UPS, within 10 days of our receipt of the order confirmation. For more information on these containers you can call us today or visit us at the Wine Symposium in Sacramento, CA — January 24–25, 2007.
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Once a year, wine makers from every continent gather to see, talk and taste what‘s new in the world of winemaking. The United Wine and Grape Symposium attracts thousands of visitors and as a result, is known as the premier exhibition in the United States. For over 5 years, Skolnik has exhibited at the show and this coming January, we will be located in Booth #236 on the main level. In recent years, the popularity of stainless steel wine drums has increased dramatically as wine makers find these drums advantageous for their cleanliness, availability, longevity, and price. In addition, the stainless wine drums offer various closure fitting configurations that can to suit even the most unique requirement.
When buying a UN specification drum, the entire design of the drum and all its components (heads, ring, gasket, bolt, nut, plugs) is defined by the test samples. With all of these elements being incorporated into a drum type that must meet a test standard, users cannot alter or exchange any of these components as it might impact the ability for the drum to perform as certified. If a filler changes the ring from a nut and bolt style to a leverlock, or even changes the gasket, this would void the UN certification. If replacement parts are needed, fillers must make sure that they get original parts, from the manufacturer, that meet the test criteria of that specific drum. Remember, once a drum is filled, DOT & UN compliance is the responsibility of the shipper.
Do you know if the contents you are shipping are classified as a dangerous good or hazardous material? Be cautious, violations for illegal or non-compliant shipments are severe. Once a shipper suspects that contents have the potential of being hazardous — regardless of the quantity — one should begin researching compliance. Issues such as new product development, changes in the formulation, changes in the packaging, and mode(s) of transport can all effect compliance. Furthermore, these regulations are amended daily. Finding someone to help with proper classification and packaging can be easier said than done. Liabilities for offering information have never been greater, and to this end, few in the haz-mat community are able to suggest the answers needed. To start, the DOT has a hotline for fielding these inquiries at 1-800-467-4922 or visit http://hazmat.dot.gov./ If you still need additional assistance, your raw material vendors should be able to offer further classification information and hazards criteria that will be essential for package and shipping mode selection.