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DOT Visits Skolnik For Faa Education And Training

December 5th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

On November 21st (2006), 13 staff from the Hazardous Materials Enforcement Division of the Federal Aviation Administration visited Skolnik for a day of education and training on steel drum manufacturing, testing and discussion. Skipp Skeggs, Senior Enforcement Specialist in the Central Region Office of the Department of Transportation prompted the visit. With increasing security at airports for both commercial and cargo shipments, the goal of the day was to observe the manufacturing process for steel drums, discuss the performance oriented test markings, demonstrate the hydrostatic and drop tests specified in CFR 178.600, and review in-field questions and field observations of the FAA staff. Skolnik Project Engineers Mark Sherman and Dustin Winkel demonstrated a 55 gallon 1A2/Y1.5/150 hydrostatic pressure test and an 85 gallon ‘T’ Salvage Drum drop — filled with water and secured with a Skolnik QuickLever closure ring. All testing was successful and the FAA staff found the experience to be helpful in better understanding the performance strengths of steel drums.

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