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Everyone’s Favorite 55 Gallon Drum

December 5th, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

It’s the holiday season and your inboxes and web ads are probably chocked full of so-called ‘perfect’ gifts or ‘one-size-fits-all’ presents. Well, what if we told you there was a one-size-fits-all industrial container? Well, we’d be lying, but not fully. The 55 gallon drum may not be one-size-fits-all, but it is the overwhelming industry favorite. 

The 55 gallon drum, especially in stainless steel, is the most popular size and configuration container for a diverse range of uses. We call it the workhorse of the line up. It’s not too big, not too small, and is just right for packing, storing and shipping a variety of solids, liquids and, with the right treatment, even hazardous materials.

At Skolnik, we build all of our containers thicker, heavier and stronger than industry standards. Our 55 gallon drum is available in stainless steel, carbon steel, seamless steel and in salvage drums and stainless steel wine barrels. The closures and fittings are all customizable for your needs.

While we love our 55 gallon drums and they are the overwhelming favorite, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right drum for your use. Contact us and our team of experts will help guide you to the right container size, material and configuration for your business. We love our near one-size-fits-all container, but we also relish the opportunity to engineer and manufacture a custom barrel for your unique needs.

BACK-OFF Prevention Addressed in Canada

November 26th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

For many years, during DOT audits, customers are often asked to provide technical information regarding the prevention of the closure plug Back-Off. By definition, Back-Off refers to the potential loosening of a steel or synthetic drum plug (usually the 2” and the ¾” on the top head) after the required torque is reached when closing a drum. Currently, CFR 49, 173.227(b)(2)(ii) does state that the screw closures must be “physically held in place by any means capable of preventing back-off or loosening of the closure by impact or vibration during transportation.” Transport Canada still refers to this requirement as “closures that are threaded.” However, in a move to have Transport Canada harmonize with the US CFR, COSTHA (The Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles) has submitted a proposed revision to Transport Canada. The proposal expands the criteria so that the “inner packagings shall have closures with gaskets and which shall either be threaded or physically held in place by any means capable of preventing back-off or loosening of the closure by impact or vibration during transport.”

For information about meeting the Back Off requirement, Skolnik offers solutions to securing closures plugs.

Process Drums & Liners: Maintaining Safe, Strong and Sterile Containers

November 11th, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

At Skolnik, we manufacture many configurations of our steel drums for a variety of different uses and industries. Our straight-sided, seamless stainless steel drums are uniquely suited and favored for the pharmaceutical, food processing and personal care industries. Like all of our drums, our process drums are strong, heavy, and, in many cases, reusable. 

Our seamless process drums are used in situations requiring the purity of crevice-free containers because the crevices and hoops of conventional drums can capture bacteria. However, some materials react negatively with steel in general. For those materials, Skolnik manufactures a selection of steel drum linings to ensure chemicals and consumables remain safely contained and uncontaminated.

When containing materials that react with bare steel, you must utilize a drum lining or another compatible package. Drum linings are specifically designed to act as a buffer between the contents and the steel. They are made from materials which can safely interact with the contents of the drum and protect both the contents and the container from becoming compromised. Just as our drums are rigorously tested, so to are Skolnik drum linings.

The lining most commonly used by Skolnik customers in need of process drums and containers is an epoxy/phenolic lining created by combining heat-cured epoxy resin with thermosetting phenolic resin. This lining is particularly popular because the chemical resistance of these two resins combines to create a lining ideal for containing liquids such as food products, detergents, latex paints and/or materials with a pH range above 7.
Our seamless stainless steel process drums and drum linings are just a few of the solutions Skolnik provides to support the safety and sterility of our customers in the pharmaceutical industry, chemical industry and food-processing industry.  

That’s Not an Overpack Drum

October 21st, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

If you’re advised to use an overpack drum in a spill situation, that’s not an overpack drum. If you’re sold a liquids-certified overpack drum, that’s not an overpack drum. Or, if it is, you aren’t using it in the way it was designed or certified to be used and your noncompliance could result in a nasty fee, or, worse yet, a dangerous mess. That’s because overpack drums and salvage drums are designed and tested differently.

An overpack drum is a container that makes handling a package or multiple packages easier. A condition of using an overpack drum is that the items or packages it contains cannot be damaged or leaking. Overpack drums are not certified for liquids or to hold damaged packages. The container inside an overpack drum must be intact. Overpack drums are often used as a preventative measure to keep the inner package from leaking or enduring any dents or dings, but if the damage is already done, it’s too late for an overpack to compliantly save you.

So what do you do if the packages you need to contain are leaking? Call on a trusty salvage drum. Salvage drums are designed to contain leaking, damaged or otherwise non-compliant drums, even if they contain hazardous materials. And there is such a thing as a liquids-certified salvage drum.

Some resources use the terms overpack and salvage interchangeably, but it is important to note that they are not. And making that mistake can be costly.