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Archive for February, 2021

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 Journal of Corrosion Processes and Corrosion Control tested the effect of nitric acid concentrations ranging from 1 to 10 at varying temperatures on 304L Stainless Steel. Their results showed that the corrosion resistance of the material began to deteriorate at a concentration of 4N and at temperatures of 333K and above.

By regulation, nitric acid should be stored in 304 grade stainless steel drums. 304 is a medium grade stainless steel widely known as food grade stainless steel. The chromium content in nitric acid stainless steel containers prevent reaction between the acid and the container, thus preventing corrosion. At Skolnik, we offer 304 stainless steel containers in a variety of sizes and configurations including seamless or crevice-free containers to further prevent a reaction or bacteria accumulation in the crevice of the drum.

Nitric acid is classified as a Hazardous Material – it is imperative that this highly corrosive material be contained within a material and container certified to hold it.

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 by Data Bridge Market Research, the steel drum market is expected to reach 12.47 billion by 2027 growing at a growth rate of 5.51% during that forecast period. Every day the demand for cost efficient packaging grows and, alongside it, an increased usage of steel drums in bulk packaging as a solution that is both economical and ecologically friendly.

Just as the steel drum is popular among packaging solutions, the steel open head drum is popular within the steel drum category.

There are numerous configurations of an industrial container. An open head container, also called a 1A2 drum, has a fully removable cover secured with a lever lock or bolt ring closure. They’re popular due to the ease of access that an open head closure provides. Open head drums are most popular in situations where users need access to their contents — either for frequent addition or extraction. Skolnik’s lever lock closure steel open head drums are UN rated for solids and liquids, often being used for thicker liquids such as syrups, oils, glues, etc. 

On the subject of ‘popular packaging,’ the most popular size of a steel drum, open head or otherwise, is the classic 55 gallon steel drum. However, at Skolnik, we manufacture our open head and tight head drums in over 500 configurations, always to UN and DOT certification standards. So whether you need a 5 gallon steel open head drum or a 110 gallon steel open head drum, whether your contents require stainless or carbon steel or perhaps a special lining, Skolnik can help you secure the most appropriate and compliant container for your use.

Biden’s Made-In-America Executive Order

February 23rd, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

On January 25th, 2021, this Order was issued by the US Department of Transportation:
The Department of Transportation is a strong supporter of Buy American and today, we applaud President Biden for taking bold action today to ensure our future is made in America — and by American workers. The crises we face have created an opportunity to build back our economy better than before, and President Biden’s executive order will empower us to be a central force in our country’s recovery. We look forward to implementing President Biden’s Made in America executive order that will ensure transportation-related capital purchases, equipment, and supplies are acquired when available. In addition, we will also ensure that the President’s strong support of the Jones Act is realized so that only U.S.-flag vessels carry cargo between U.S. ports. With these goals in mind, the Department stands ready to help President Biden create good-paying, union jobs, and strengthen the middle class.
As this applies to the purchase of packagings bought by the DOT and other Federal agencies, we believe this will help to fuel our recovering domestic packaging industry.


US Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as Head of DOT

February 16th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

The US Senate has confirmed Pete Buttigieg to lead the Department of Transportation (DOT) under the administration of President Joe Biden. Buttigieg, 39, is former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and also ran for president in 2020. He is the youngest person to be confirmed to head the DOT, and the first openly gay member of the Cabinet. Industry trade groups welcomed the confirmation. Buttigieg will be tasked to work on infrastructure issues as well as the development of new technologies like electric vehicles, and helping manage the country’s pandemic-related travel restrictions. The Federal Aviation Administration falls under the DOT. “As the Biden Administration looks to enact comprehensive infrastructure investment, we look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg to continue prioritizing the safety and health of passengers and employees as our industry and the nation looks to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic – the most devastating crisis the airline industry has ever experienced,” said A4A chief executive Nicolas Calio. The Biden administration has made fighting the global pandemic a top priority and in its first two weeks introduced numerous stricter measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Working to Understand COVID-19’s Impact on Our Senses

February 9th, 2021 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

One of the telltale symptoms of coronavirus infection is a nightmare for wine lovers: loss of smell and taste; researchers are studying why it happens and if it can be cured. Shawn Zylberberg, writing in the Wine Spectator, reports that: “When Dr. Christian Squillante traveled to South Africa in February 2020, he enjoyed safari rides and explored the local wine regions. But halfway into the trip, the Minneapolis-based oncologist developed a fever and severe fatigue that lasted two days. He recovered quickly and didn’t give it much thought until two weeks later, when he opened a bottle of Chenin Blanc he had brought back from his trip and found it tasted like water.”
“I was having a friend over for one of our weekly wine nights and suddenly noticed that I couldn’t taste anything,” Squillante told Wine Spectator via email. “My loss of smell came on almost instantly.” Nearly a year later, Squillante says his senses of taste and smell still haven’t fully returned, and most flavors are “muted.” Zylberberg goes on the relate that: “Pro golfer Greg Normanhad a similar experience in December 2020, when he believes he contracted COVID-19 at a PGA Tour event in Orlando, Fla. Norman says he lost his sense of taste and smell about a week after the event. I was experiencing other symptoms first, like bad back pain, joint aches and fever, and I noticed the roof of my mouth was very ‘pasty,’” Norman told Wine Spectator via email. “My senses have returned, but only in the past few days.”
The article goes on to report that: “Dr. Felicia Chow is a neuroinfectious disease specialist at the University of California at San Francisco and has seen numerous patients suffering from lost sense of taste and smell. According to Chow, the nose contains multiple types of cells, including neurons that sense different odors and transmit signals to the brain, as well as supporting cells along the nasal epithelium. “It seems like the virus in the nose itself is not infecting the actual smell neurons or the nerve cells that help us to smell, but rather the supporting cells,” Chow told Wine Spectator. “Those supporting cells play an important role, and when those are infected it seems to impair our sense of smell.” Time, she believes, is the key to recovery. “What we find is that sometimes as cells figure things out, there are signals that direct them to the right place,” Chow said. “Over time it could correct itself.”
Here at Skolnik Industries, we know that you will please your senses with our stainless steel wine barrels. Note that our stainless steel wine barrels are reusable, easy to clean, and recyclable at the end of their service life.