Cold Storage Solutions for Keeping Pet Food Fresh

Cold Storage Solutions for Keeping Pet Food Fresh

Pet owners prefer high-quality food and treats that benefit their pet’s health and wellness. It’s no surprise that there has been a steadily rising demand for fresh pet foods in the past few years.

When pet food manufacturers supply pet food products with fresh ingredients and fewer additives, they often need to be kept refrigerated to keep fresh. Refrigeration is needed not only to maintain the freshness of perishable products, but also to eradicate mildew, mold, bacteria, or parasites that grow on food.

This was the case for one of the nation’s leading distributors of wholesale pet products, who needed an effective and reliable solution to keep their pet food fresh. Working with Portables 360, the distributors were provided with state-of-the-art temperature-controlled containers that fit their budget and needs.

The Problem with Using Trailers for Refrigerating Fresh Pet Food

Previously, the pet food distributor’s locations in New Jersey and New York were renting 53’ refrigerated trailers. They were experiencing the following problems with the trailers:

  • The trailers were taking up space on the loading dock, causing operational hurdles when loading/unloading
  • Trailers do not have the same insulation as a container – making them highly inefficient for long term cold storage
  • They were using diesel, which results in costly delivery, concerns about emissions, and a loud generator
  • The refrigeration machine in trailers have a smaller compressor, rendering it less powerful than a container

Overall, this costly rental situation was not ideal for consistently keeping large amounts of pet food stock at the proper temperature.

The Solution: Refrigerated Storage Containers

Portables 360 offers practical cold storage solutions with no permitting necessary. Our cold storage containers were delivered to the distributor’s sites and were the perfect solution for the following reasons:

Does Not Interfere with Loading/Unloading Space
Containers can operate inside the building and are fully electric – freeing up the dock space for ongoing and additional distribution.

Efficient Cold Air Delivery
Container refrigeration is far more efficient than cold air delivery because the air is supplied through the “T-Floor” (see photo). The trailer delivers cold air through ductwork on the ceiling and forces air downward. The supply/cold air circulates more effectively, thereby operating more efficiently.

t-floor refrigeration

Cold Air Insulation
Trailers do not have the same thick insulations as containers. Containers have about 3” insulation on the sides, floor, and ceiling. This allows the unit to hold temperature longer with less use of the compressor.

Storage units are far more powerful than trailers – they can drop and hold temperature at -30°. If a trailer is insulated poorly, the cooling unit’s run time can skyrocket. Trailers lose up to 25% of insulating capability within the first year from outgassing effects alone, reducing the ability to maintain thermal integrity and also resulting in higher refrigeration fuel costs.

Reduced Noise
Portables 360 units have a decibel rating that’s much lower than a diesel-operated trailer. Sound (on the outside of the unit) typically is generated by a condenser fan and compressor. Most of our units are equipped with scroll-type compressors, which are not only energy-efficient but a bit quieter than the traditional reciprocating compressor. Additionally, since our fleet is the youngest in the industry, our condenser fans operate much quieter.

Real-Time Monitoring
The distributors opted for real-time monitoring – remote monitoring and control of our refrigeration equipment supplied. The simple text and email alerts offer reassurance that they will be alerted within minutes if something isn’t right (temperature rise or fall, mechanical alarm, power turned off, etc). This gives them some comfort that any issue can be remedied before the product is impacted.

Portables 360 cold storage containers offer a quiet and cost-effective alternative to diesel units. Fresh pet food and other perishables can be safely stored in our reliable and convenient storage containers.

If your business needs on-site cold storage for food or other supplies, contact Portables 360 to learn more about our refrigerated and cold storage solutions.

Temperature Sensitive Chemical Storage

Temperature Sensitive Chemical Storage

Proper chemical storage is vital.  Chemicals are used in different applications each day. Things you may not even think of as a chemical, such as cans of paint, must be stored properly.  Storing chemicals properly prevents accidents.  In addition, the product will be safe. If a chemical is a stable compound, the plastic bottle that it is in must be kept in a temperature-controlled setting.  In this way, the bottle does not deteriorate and crack.  Correct chemical storage also prevents spills.

Improper storage of chemicals leads to dangerous situations. When stored improperly, chemicals become unstable and lead to explosions.  Noxious fumes leak.  There are many serious issues for people as well as the environment. The only solution is to have proper temperature-controlled chemical storage in place.

The Solution For Chemical Storage

Portables 360 has the solution for your chemical storage needs.  We provide converted shipping containers. We convert a shipping container into the perfect temperature-controlled storage for your chemicals.  Many benefits exist when using a converted shipping container for your cold storage.

  • Our cold storage units maintain a temperature of -30F to +70F. These units are very popular with the food industry.  They meet all the temperature control requirements to store food safely.
  • A single walk-in door is located at the end of the trailer. This keeps the temperature steady.
  • The flooring in the container is aluminum T-flooring.  This allows for efficient air delivery and easy to clean.  Additionally, the metal helps keep the interior cold.
  • Have the container designed to sit flat on the ground or at dock level.
  • Containers are equipped with a 50′ power cord.  They require three phase 208v or 440v to power up.
  • If you move your business, you can take the storage container with you. Storage containers are easily transported using a semi-truck.
    Portables 360 will deliver your container once it has been prepared and customized to your needs.

Do you need to safely store chemicals for a short time? In addition to selling customized shipping containers, Portables 360 offers short and long-term rental options on refrigerated containers.

Finding the right storage solutions for your chemicals is necessary for safety and protecting the products from loss. Portables 360 can customize your shipping container to accommodate any cold storage needs.

 

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Finding a portable cold storage solution for your business doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Consider the following 3 easy steps to make your decision to make the process simple and straightforward.

  1. What does your business requirements for cold storage?
  2. Understand all your options.
  3. Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

What does your business require in a portable cold storage solution?

Cold Storage or Standard Storage Solution

First, it’s essential to comprehend what a portable cold storage container or standard storage container implies. Like a prefab office building, these containers provide easy, affordable, and mobile business or home storage solutions. Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, supply customers with alternative and cost-conscious options for consistent temperature-controlled spaces. If your business doesn’t require cold storage, for instance, there are standard containers available. Do your needs specify custom options like lighting, shelving, a rollup door, or electrical outlets?

Size Requirements

Size is another consideration for your business needs. How big do you require your container to be?  What’s the size of space allotted for your container? Portables 360 has 20′, 40′, and custom containers to literally fit your business needs.

Location

Figuring out your storage container’s location is vital.  It assists with size requirements.  More importantly, it helps you decide if your business requires a more customized container option. On-site designers and fabricators possess the ability to customize your reefer trailer or standard container professionally.

Consider Your Business’s Future Locations

Many business owners use cold storage solutions to ease transport.  Therefore, relocating your storage container is a snap. Let Portables 360 know if you plan to relocate in the future.  We will come up with the best cold storage solution for your needs.

Understand all your options.

Do you want to buy or rent?  Is it best for your business to purchase new or used? Materials are another consideration. Does your business require a single large container with multiple units inside?  This is similar to  a prefab office building. You do not need to be a business owner to enjoy a portable storage container. Homeowners find they double as a great garage, tool shed, or hobby area!  Versatility is key here!

Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

Speak with one of our Customer Care specialists to find out your options.  Create your shipping container solution today.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable team is committed to providing you fast service. We are located in Weston, Connecticut.  Our service area is Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York.

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

There are many occasions where the use of dry ice and cold storage are beneficial. Businesses need to store food products in controlled temperatures, storage of medications and temperature-controlled storage of certain types of beverages are a few of the uses for a cold storage system. 

Portable containers are an affordable solution for cold storage. There are many dry ice benefits such as keeping temperatures below freezing or filling empty space in a cold storage container. Additional dry ice benefits include having the ice available when you need to ship small packages that require the temperature to remain steady for your customers. Air conditioning can also be installed into these units.  This is perfect if you need a steady temperature that is not below the freezing mark. 

A cold storage container can be placed anywhere on a property as long as the ground is level.  They are easy to move when necessary. Portable shipping containers can also be used to transport cold goods and dry ice to areas in need.  Disaster zones or areas suffering from extreme temperatures benefit immensely. 

Why Do Shipping Containers Make Good Cold Storage Units? 

One of the main reasons that shipping containers make such good cold storage units is because of how well they seal. The containers were originally designed to move merchandise across the globe on a ship. Ships are exposed to wind, water, and all kinds of weather conditions.  Because of this, containers have been constructed to seal tightly.  This ensures water and air cannot enter the container and cause merchandise harm. 

Once converted into a cold storage unit, containers retain the ability to stay sealed.  This ensures the temperature stays consistent within the unit. Dry ice and regular frozen or refrigerated goods can maintain an even temperature easily when they are placed in a refrigerated shipping container. 

Portables 360 will help you select the right shipping container to convert into a cold storage unit. We offer a variety of sizes.  Additionally, we will make any alterations to the container you feel necessary.  Your business will benefit from your cold storage unit. 

Shipping Container Longevity

Shipping Container Longevity

The most important benefit of using a customized shipping container is their longevity. Companies that invest in a container for storage, office space, or any other reason will have a low initial investment.  Additionally, they will benefit from an extended period of use from the unit.

 

Shipping Containers Have Extreme Longevity

 

Shipping containers are built to withstand harsh conditions. Their steel walls must be able to withstand the weight of eight additional fully packed containers being stacked on top without buckling or shifting. These containers must also be built well enough to endure severe weather conditions while out to sea.

Current shipping containers are designed to be used under extreme conditions for at least 25 years. However, due to the cost of returning these empty containers to their point of origin, most containers are used only once.

When Portables360 makes a shipping container available, a majority of these containers are only a few months old. In fact, some are only several weeks old. When the container is repurposed, the new owners can expect at least 25 years of use from the container!  Shipping container longevity makes them perfect for storage as well as other applications.

 

Other Applications for Shipping Containers

 

Businesses that need additional storage areas will benefit from converted containers. You can create cold or warm storage from a container and locate it anywhere on your property. Containers can be completely customized.  The cost is significantly less than building a new structure or moving the business to a new location.

A company that needs a mobile office or temporary office space will love the cost.  Ease of customizing a container is another benefit.  Creating office space is yet another application. Containers are physically stronger than mobile homes.  They will last the business for a much longer time.  Regardless of whether the container is continually moved to new locations, shipping container longevity is not a concern.

A final way that containers can help save a company money is repurposing a business container. If you need cold storage now and a mobile office later, you can easily convert the container. Its new purpose will be of minimal cost.

 

For additional information on how a repurposed shipping container can save your business money,call the knowledgeable staff at Portables360.

 

Portable Shipping Containers and the Military

Portable Shipping Containers and the Military

Military shipping containers. The military faces many challenges each day that are not combat-related.  The military is called in to help during natural disasters around the country.  Portables360 can assist with your cold storage solutions when this happens.  One of the military’s primary duties when providing disaster relief, after security has been established, is creating housing for the displaced survivors of the disaster and portable storage containers offer a viable solution. 

Portable shipping containers are a resourceful way of creating secure housing that is affordable, durable, and easy to transport into any area of the world. These containers can quickly be converted into temporary living quarters. Containers can be customized for a comfortable living space that is safe, secure, and weather-resistant. 

Portable Shipping Containers and the Military

Pop-Up Barracks 

Another potential military use for portable shipping containers is housing for the troops when they have been deployed. Portable shipping containers are easy to move around the world and are secure and sturdy enough to provide safe shelter for troops anywhere that they may need to go. Portable shipping containers are also available in 10 foot, 20 foot and 40 foot sizes.

The military can also benefit from using these portable shipping containers as temporary housing on U.S. bases as the military continues to upgrade the barracks on our own bases. 

repurposed portable shipping container used for military barracks

Storage Facilities 

When the military is moving supplies overseas or around the country, having customized portable shipping containers can make the job easier. These secure containers have only one entrance.  This makes them easy to keep locked. They are air-tight and weather-resistant.  Therefore, anything that you ship will stay in its best condition. 

Refrigerated portable shipping containers are perfect for shipping food products and medical supplies. Temperatures can be set so that the products can remain at a specific temperature or be frozen.  

All portable shipping containers can be customized with shelving and electricity so that you can move the products in the best way possible with reduced loss and increased security. Portables360 can customize a portable shipping container to suit your needs.

Portable shipping containers have also been very successful in housing generators when the military needs to bring power into an area. The generator unit can be placed inside the container.  An exhaust port can be customized to the roof of the container.  The generator is protected while in use. 

Portable Command Center 

portable storage containers in the military

Portable shipping containers are also handy to convert into a portable command center. Since the military is called into areas where there may not be an active base, a container can be retrofitted to work as a command center for any operation. 

These portable shipping containers can be wired for electricity, have air conditioning, and have all the customized needs such as work areas, shelving, and entrances placed into the unit to make it fully functional.