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The Cost of a Leaky Package

July 27th, 2022 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Choosing the right packaging is more than just selecting a specific rating. When storing or shipping any goods, it is imperative that your container be properly designed, tested and rated for those specific materials. This is obviously important when it comes to shipping dangerous goods, where the potential damage and cost to personnel handling the package and to the environment is front and center. However, if any package or container is found to be damaged or leaking, there is a literal cost to pay as well.

Failure to select the right package for a journey is often the result of a shipper assuming that, for example, a UN-rated package will perform its job unimpeded. The shipper has the primary responsibility for ensuring that any goods, especially hazardous, are properly packaged for transport. This means more than just choosing a package with the appropriate rating or certification for your goods, but also considering the journey the package will embark on. While the principal cause of leaks in transport is usually due to handling, initial package selection for other types of failures is critical. Shippers should consider the mode of transport as well as conditions and climate when choosing a packaging.

When shipping hazardous or dangerous goods, only the shipper knows the potential perils that package may face. Thus, a shipper must take the whole picture into consideration and not simply request X drum from a supplier. 

If a leaking package is discovered before being loaded onto a motor vehicle, over-packing into a UN Certified Salvage Drum is a compliant solution that quickly and legally puts an end to the leaky situation. While most believe that Salvage Drums are available only for damaged 55 gallon drums, there are Salvage Drums for a host of sizes and diameters from 5 to 110 US gallons. These drums all are compliant with CFR 173.3 and can be used for the safe transport of damaged, leaking or non-compliant packaging.

As for that literal cost? In past cases of packages leaking during transportation, the shipper or reseller have faced fines upwards of $100,000 for their failure to properly pack and ship the items. Not the original packaging manufacturer, it is the entity that introduces the package to transit that carries the liability.

It may seem cost-savvy to save money and purchase a lower gauge steel container. But when it comes to drum quality, you get what you pay for. And a penny saved today stands to cost you a small fortune tomorrow.

Conventional vs. Seamless Steel Drums

July 5th, 2022 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Industrial containers come in all different shapes, sizes and configurations because they’re used for the storage and transportation of materials of all different compositions and demands. At Skolnik, we manufacture a range of steel containers to fit our customers’ ever evolving needs. One configuration of drums we offer is a seamless steel drum, a drum we proudly added to our roster in 2009 to support the growing need by our customers. So, what is a seamless drum and why did our customers need it?

In a conventional steel drum there is a small crevice where the body and head meet. It is created when the pieces are welded and seamed together. In a seamless drum this crevice does not exist. A seamless steel drum is a container with no seams or crevices, the interior walls are completely smooth. 

This is critical because in some cases and with certain contents, bacteria can grow in the crevice and lead to contamination. Because the seamless drum does not have this crevice, it is a favored container in the pharmaceutical or chemical industries where potential contamination is too great a risk.

All of our drums are built stronger and heavier than the industry standards demand and our seamless drums are especially suited for reusability due to the ease and ability to sanitize them. 

Conventional or seamless, Skolnik Industries has always produced safe and reliable containers for storage and transport. Our seamless steel drums are just another way we help to ensure our customers materials reach their destinations or uses safely and uncontaminated.