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

Archive for 2007

How Are You Going To Ship Your Hazardous Material?

December 4th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Determining that you have a hazardous material to ship is the first step of safe and compliant transportation. Many companies are unaware that items that they are about to ship are classified as hazardous materials and must meet the shipping requirements of the US Department of Transportation (CFR 49). Now more than ever it is important to ensure that hazardous materials are transported in full compliance with the regulations. Notwithstanding, finding someone to help with proper classification and packaging can be easier said than done. DOT contends that classification is the shipper‘s responsibility and will not confirm classification. Few in the Hazmat community are available to help with the classification, packaging selection and the transport process. Issues such as new product development, changes in formulation, changes in packaging, and mode(s) of transport can all effect compliance. To help with all these issues, we recommend contacting Frits Wybenga of Dangerous Goods Transport Consulting, Inc. in Rockville, MD. Frits retired from DOT in 2005 after dedicating most of his professional life to domestic and international hazmat transport issues. He welcomes the opportunity to consult with those in need of advice on hazmat transportation. Contact Frits at: Tel: 301.929.1668 or email to: f.wybenga@comcast.net.

See You At The Wine Symposium In Sacramento

December 4th, 2007 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

For those of you wanting to see our stainless steel wine barrels up close, come to Sacramento! Once again, we will be exhibiting our increasingly popular stainless steel wine drums in Sacramento, CA at The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. The Symposium runs for 2 days, January 30th and 31st, 2008. This event has been extremely successful for us over the past six years as it is one of the most popular wine making events of the year. The Symposium provides us the opportunity to personally demonstrate the features and options of our wine barrels. Being an annual show for Skolnik, we have established trusted relationships with many winemakers and as always, we will have various sizes and styles for attendees to view. We will be located on the Main Floor, at Booth # 217. Additionally, we would like to invite anyone that is not already registered to be our guest in attending the Symposium. We have a limited number of free entry vouchers that we would be happy to send to you or your colleagues. If interested, contact us immediately at: 773.362.1913 or email Jason@skolnik.com. See you in Sacramento!

A Holiday Question — Are You As Good As Your Dog?

December 4th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

Of all the items ever published in this Newsletter, I am repeatedly asked about "Are you as good as your Dog?" I hope you will find in it, a special message for this Holiday season."If you can start the day without caffeine, if you can get going without pep pills, if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, if you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it, if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, if you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of yours and those you love take it out on you, if you can take criticism and blame without resentment, if you can ignore a friends limited education and never correct him, if you can resist treating a rich friend better then a poor friend, if you can face the world without lies and deceit, if you can conquer tension without medical help, if you can relax without liquor, if you can sleep without the aid of drugs, if you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics, then my friends, you are almost as good as your dog!" Wishing all of our NEWSLETTER readers the Happiest of Holidays!

Skolnik Steel Drums Are the Ultimate in Green Packaging

November 6th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

Though steel drums are not new to the world of industrial packaging, they are one of the most recognizable types of packaging that fulfill GREEN initiatives. Being the packaging type that is most used for global hazardous material shipments, the steel drum is one of the few packagings that has it‘s initial life, then depending on the metal thickness, can be reconditioned for another 3–7 lives, and then the exhausted packaging can be 100% recycled. This means that a single steel drum can serve as many as 4–8 shipments of product before being sold for scrap. It’s important to point out that the number of reconditionable turns of the drum is a function of the top, bottom and body wall metal thickness. While many drum manufacturers are reducing the metal thickness to reduce the initial drum cost, this also substantially reduces the number of "trips" the drum will make before recycling. Hence, the small initial savings does, ultimately, increase the cost of packaging. Unlike other packagings that have only a single life, or that are "recycleable" but not reusable, the steel drum qualifies for the GREEN objectives by using our natural resources more efficiently and encouraging reuse and recycling of industrial packaging.

Even Our Stainless Wine Barrels Are Green

November 6th, 2007 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Wine

It’s been a long time since we’ve mentioned the benefits of stainless steel over oak for wine making, but recently, we attended a symposium in which these benefits were eagerly touted. Wineries wanting to “go green” are including Skolnik’s Stainless Steel Wine Barrels in their environmental strategies. Made from recycled materials and with the ability to be re-used for many years, stainless steel wine barrels are being seen in a new light by winemakers wanting to reduce their environmental footprint. With increasing concern about the use of oak barrels, which requires the chopping down of trees, stainless steel barrels offer a unique and long lasting alternative. Once hidden from winery visitors, stainless steel wine barrels are now being proudly used as an example of environmental stewardship.

Closure Verification Is Essential Prior To Every Shipment

November 6th, 2007 by Veronica Crouchelli

Filed under: HazMat, Safety

In our October 2007 edition of the SKOLNIKNEWS, we reinforced the need for hazmat shippers to follow a manufacturer‘s closure instructions prior to every shipment. Several readers responded and indicated that my word of warning was timely. Per 49CFR 178.2(c) closures should be checked for tightness prior to shipment. Without being checked, it is likely that the DOT will consider the drums to be in violation of the CFR, and the shipper will be fined. We have so many customers that want to prepare their packagings to be compliant that we try to alert them to all the nuances of the CFR requirement. Therefore, be certain to re-tighten all closures (plugs and rings) prior to shipment to confirm compliance with the manufacturer’s Closure Instruction. Failure to do so is considered non-compliant if discovered by a DOT inspector. Furthermore, during a DOT inspection, if a shipper does not demonstrate that they reconfirm the Closure Instruction process, they can be sited for non-compliance.