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The Ins and Outs of Nitric Acid and Nitric Acid Shipping Containers

December 2nd, 2020 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Every day, the shipping and transportation industry moves tons upon tons of containers all around the globe. Many of these containers hold dangerous goods and materials. Nitric acid, for example, is a highly corrosive mineral acid. It is poisonous and has strong oxidizing properties. All the same, it needs to be contained and shipped regularly because it is commonly used in industrial applications and daily life. Nitric acid is used in woodworking, food cleaning, and in the manufacturing of different fertilizers and several polymers, including polyurethane. And so, proper Nitric acid shipping containers are incredibly important.

As Nitric Acid is classified as a ‘Hazardous’ material, it is essential that it be contained safely in storage or transport. When containing any material, it is imperative that the container be compatible with the material – that means neither the material nor the container must be affected by direct contact between each other. A tricky thing when you are containing something as corrosive as Nitric acid.

Due to it’s high corrosion-resistance, stainless steel is popularly used for Nitric acid shipping containers. By regulation, nitric acid should be stored in a 304 grade stainless steel barrel. This is a medium grade stainless steel, also known widely as ‘food grade stainless steel’.

Stainless steel Nitric acid shipping containers prevent any reaction between the acid and the container. Furthermore, they are easy to safely vent and less inclined to ‘balloon’ from pressure build-up from the acid unlike plastic containers. And, because of stainless steel’s chromium content, they are resistant to corrosion unlike containers made from other metals.

At Skolnik, we also offer seamless Nitric acid shipping containers, also referred to as our seamless sanitary drums. These containers are completely crevice-free to further prevent the accumulation of unwanted bacteria in the crevice of conventional drum design (see illustration). These drums can be used for processing of SuperClean contents or for safe transport of the most aggressive chemicals, including Nitric Acid.

Report Issued by RIPA on US Reconditioning Activity

November 24th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

Reusable packagings continue to thrive in the global economy. To understand the breakdown of the usage of these packagings, the Reuseable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) has released a biennial report on industrial container reconditioning in the US. The report presents summary data on the annual production of reconditioned steel and plastic 55-gallon drums as well as 275- and 330-gallon composite “intermediate bulk containers” (IBCs). Data reported is for calendar year 2019. This report also profiles the container reconditioning industry in terms of industry practices, processes used, equipment used, employee training, markets served, customer service and regulatory compliance. The association last conducted a similar survey for calendar year 2017 as well as other surveys every 2 years preceding that date.

“We believe this biennial report is useful to RIPA members as well as other interested parties in seeing trends in production,” says Technical Director C.L. Pettit. The report can be used to benchmark other packaging businesses,” explained Pettit. “The RIPA study is the only one of its kind produced by the industry itself,” he added. Click here to see the entire report.

Free HazMat Training Webinars from DOT

November 17th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

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

PHMSA offers Hazmat transportation training workshops and webinars throughout the year. These free training opportunities are for anyone who offers or transports hazardous materials in commerce, or has a desire to learn more about DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

PHMSA conducts webinars specialized to meet the needs of industry or the public safety community. Transportation webinars provide a basic overview of the regulatory requirements – what they are, how they apply, and how to comply with them – for shipping and transporting Hazardous Materials.

To register for any of the webinars below, please use the following link:

The Many Uses of Stainless Steel Process Containers

November 16th, 2020 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

At Skolnik we manufacture industrial, stainless steel containers in a variety of configurations for a variety of industries and uses. The durability and sterility of stainless steel make it a particularly versatile material in sensitive environments such as pharmaceutical, food and beverage handling. These containers are stainless steel process containers.

Stainless steel process containers are favored in the pharmaceutical and food industries for their durability, anti-corrosion and ease to thoroughly sanitize. 

In the food industry, stainless steel and even seamless, crevice-free process containers are available to meet stringent hygiene requirements. Furthermore, Skolnik proudly offers kosher food grade process drums. Food grade process drums prevent contamination during food processing and storing.

In the pharmaceutical industry, the most popular stainless steel for process drums are grade 304, 306 and 306L. These drums have the highest resistance to chemical corrosion and oxidization. Type 316 is incredibly heat tolerant and therefore can withstand high-temperature sanitization practices. 

Beyond food and pharmaceuticals, stainless steel process drums are increasingly popular in the hemp and cannabis industries for the processing, storing and transporting of CBD and hemp oils. 

Like all of our drums, our process drums are strong, heavy and, in many cases, reusable due to their ability to be safely sanitized. And, for materials that react negatively with steel, a selection of steel drum linings can help ensure chemicals and consumables remain safely contained and uncontaminated while still offering the durability of a steel container.

Our seamless stainless steel process drums and drum linings are just a few of the solutions Skolnik provides to support the safety of our customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food-processing industries.

Choose Your Container: 55 Gallon Tight Head Drum

September 25th, 2020 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

At Skolnik, we provide our customers with a full range of extra strong, thick and heavy steel drums in a variety of sizes and configurations to serve different materials and industries. While the 55 gallon drum is our most popular size container, we offer so many different customization options that we couldn’t say exactly what configuration drum is the most popular across industries.

One of those configuration choices is the type of ‘head.’ There are two options here: tight head or open head.

A 55 gallon tight head drum is a 55 gallon drum with no removable lid. Both ends are seamed and you can only access the contents through the fittings — a tight fit. Tight head drums are also known as a closed head or 1A1 drum. The plug in the top of the container is 2” and ¾”.

A 55 gallon open head steel drum, on the other hand, is a 55 gallon drum with a fully seamed bottom, but a removable cover. 

In the case of a tight head drum, the head is an integral part of the drum construction — both ends are flanged and permanently sealed. Because of the limited access to the contents, tight head drums are often used for liquids, especially lower viscosity liquids. Skolnik’s stainless steel wine drums, for example, are tight head containers. And yes, they come in the 55gallon size.

Skolnik Industries manufactures both open and tight head steel drums in over 500 configurations, from 5 gallon to 110 gallon sizes and always to UN and DOT certification standards.

A New Dangerous Goods Resource for Everything!

September 22nd, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

In mid August, Labelmaster launched their new DG Exchange. The DG Exchange is an online community where any DG and supply chain business professionals can share ideas, learn and collaborate to understand and better navigate dangerous goods issues, challenges and trends. Have a question about new shipping regulations? Need help transporting lithium batteries safely? Struggling to improve compliance within your supply chain? Finding solutions to those questions through information sharing and peer support is exactly why the DG Exchange has been created. Furthermore, the DG Exchange is an online community where any DG and supply chain business professionals can share ideas, learn and collaborate to understand and better navigate dangerous goods issues, challenges and trends.

Whether your organization ships dangerous goods daily or a few packages a year, the DG Exchange is a place where professionals at all levels of an organization can come to better understand the complex world of dangerous goods and gain valuable information, insights and connections that will enable them to enhance business performance, improve operations, drive revenue and more.

Not only is it the dangerous goods industry’s first digital community, it’s also the new home for the DG Symposium, so you’ll find all of this year’s planned Symposium content in a new, virtual space.

Register now for the DG Exchange atwww.dgexchange.com