Dear Packaging User,
Prices of steel pails have gone up considerably in 2011. Tired of your suppliers telling you what to do? Maybe it is time to look at a lower cost steel pail alternative.
Contact ThePackagingPro for information and samples.
On March 2, 2011 PHMSA published a final rule implementing enhanced enforcement procedures authorized by the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005. These new procedures supplement those currently in place, and apply to all of the DOT's operating administrations. The new requirements become effective on May 2, 2011.
Under these new procedures the DOT can now:
- detain potentially noncompliant packages for inspection.
- open detained packages, in order to identify non-compliant or undeclared hazmat.
- issue out-of-service orders to remove transport vehicles or packages from transportation to mitigate imminent hazards.
Source: Lion Technology, Inc.
Plastic drums rely on fill level and properly sealed closures to maintain their optimum stacking strength. Partial fills will be more susceptible to exhibit compression failures. The product fill temperature may also affect drum performance. In addition, pay attention to the quality and design of pallets used for handling and stacking.
I heard that the use of Domestic Intermodal transportation is on the rise. New regulations on trucking have made for a more competitive environment even on shorter hauls. If your company is considering Intermodal and needs assistance with proper load planning and bracing methods, contact ThePackagingPro for assistance. DID bags (Disposable Inflatable Dunnage) are economical and can be used for a variety of non hazardous applications. We are ready to assist.
Intermodal freight is considered a transportation best practice and developing trend. Shippers are looking for freight savings with near-truck like service levels. This is a great option, but please keep in mind that the shipping environment is a bit more severe using rail service. That is why you need to understand the forces involved and develop a low cost load plan to counteract these forces and ship safely in compliance with AAR regulations. PPL Services is here to help you explore this "in fashion" trend.
If trucking cost is getting out of hand, rail transportation might be worth a look. If you are considering rail, securing the load will be required. Therefore, be proactive. Don't wait for loads to come back for lack of bracing. Call ThePackagingPro for assistance. We will make sure your transportation savings won't be eaten up by adding bracing materials.
John is currently the founder and President of PPL Consulting Services, LLC, an independent sales and consulting company. PPL’s primary focus is to help shippers eliminate package failures, ship safely, reduce liability and shipping cost.
John has spent a 28 plus year career working as a Packaging Procurement Manager and Packaging Engineer for BASF Corporation, a leading global chemical company. Prior to BASF, John worked for 8 ½ years with Union Carbide Corporation, and held 2 positions, Packaging Technician and Rail Car Fleet Administrator.
John is a resourceful experienced packaging professional with proven skills producing effective, lowest cost packaging solutions. He is a strong team leader and solid contributor to continuous improvement, innovation, safety, and the environment. His reputation in the industry is solid and has numerous resources available to solve any packaging problem.
John has contributed a great deal to the betterment of chemical packaging throughout his career. Most of his contributions came through his 22 year affiliation with the Chemical Packaging Committee of the
There is nothing in the chemicals packaging discipline that John has not touched in his career. His knowledge base is unique as it covers the entire supply chain of chemicals packaging, from package inception right through to recycling and disposal.
John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and is a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.).
John has a U.S. Patent for an end aisle display/shipper carton design used for 6 one gallon bottles of liquid product.
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