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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.
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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.
Nearly all packages are designed and tested to hold a certain weight/volume of material. Did you know that changes in temperature during transport can cause changes in pressure and density of liquid products. If overfilled, leaving insufficient outage, leakage could occur. Same applies to changes in elevation.
An important part of load planning is the preparation of packaging prior to loading. This includes the packaging, the product in the package, plus the make-up of the larger unit loads containing multiple packages of the product. Know what your packaging is designed to do. Package integrity, lading and fill, and unitiziing are critical considerations if you expect your packaging to hold up in transit.
I read an email from a colleague that had the attached link. This is the first I have heard of this. Seems odd it is not publicized since it appears we have plenty of our own oil right here.
I Googled Bakken and found this.
I thought this is a good OSHA article I would share on safety and use of best practices at your facility.
How do you know you are using the right packaging specification for a particular product? Do you know if your packaging is designed to meet your distribution and storage requirements? Do you know what conditions your packaging is subject to once it leaves your plant or warehouse? These are important questions to ask when it comes to the quality of your packaging. Your packaging is the first thing your customers see, so it directly impacts how they feel about your product quality. Understand your distribution environment, design for it, and improve the quality of your packaging, product and customer satisfaction.
There are many outsourcing options out there today. Adding headcount these days is often a problem, which can be solved by hiring a temporary packaging expert to solve specific problems or meet specific objectives of the organization. A good packaging consultant can help bridge that knowledge and man power gap that may be preventing needed projects from moving forward.
Here are some specifics that may require added packaging expertise.
Are your packages in compliance with D.O.T. and other applicable regulations?
If D.O.T. calls on your facility for an audit, would you pass?
Are your packaging specifications acurate and up to date? Do you have specifications?
Are you over or under packaged?
Are you paying more for packaging than you need to? Are you getting the best deal?
Are you experiencing excessive damage and loss?
Are your packaging suppliers performing the way they should? Are you happy with the service you are getting?
If your answers are uncertain, then maybe it is time to look at hiring a good consultant.