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.

 

7 Uses for Storage Containers

7 Uses for Storage Containers

Following are 7 storage container uses as well as why Portables 360 has your solution for storage!  At some point, every business discovers that they need storage space. Their business is expanding.  They need to increase inventory and need space to store equipment when it is not in use. Whatever the reason, businesses always need a storage area.

So what is the solution? Do you move your business to a new location? Construct a new building or add on to your location? Pay to have offsite storage space? Portables 360 recommends converting a portable shipping container into your new storage space.

Shipping containers provide the following benefits:

  • 320 square feet of secured storage space
  • Easy to customize for your needs
  • Quick solution for storage space – no long waits for construction
  • Very affordable

Storage container use has increased significantly in the last few years.  More people are seeking ways to repurpose storage containers. Portables 360 outlines seven creative storage container uses that may help your company.

Popular Uses for Storage Containers

1. Mobile Repair Shop

Equipment breaks.  This is a fact for any construction company. Create a mobile repair and welding shop for your construction sites.  Added benefit:  it’s portable!   Easily have on-site repairs. Your storage container will have 220v power capabilities and a generator hook-up.

2. Landscape Company Storage and Office Space

One of our most popular storage container uses is for landscaping companies. Partition your storage container to create a place to store equipment.  In addition, have a nice office space.

3. Compartmentalized Storage

Make up to four compartments in a 20-foot storage container. Each of these compartments has its own access door. This allows businesses to distinguish what is stored in the container as well as who has access.

4. Dry Goods Storage – Climate Controlled

Canned goods and dry goods should be stored at a temperature between 50 and 70 degrees. This temperature setting helps extend the shelf life of your products. You can have your container customized for temperature control and special shelving installed for the ultimate storage area.

5. Climate Controlled Garage Area

Another popular storage container use is creating a climate-controlled garage area for specialty vehicles. Many racing teams find that these containers are perfect for storing and working on their vehicles.

6. Business Records Storage

Several businesses are required to keep records on-site instead of sending them to storage. Create a spacious and organized area for keeping your records on-site without having to take up valuable space in your office.  In addition, save money!

7. School Sports Equipment

Schools often find that they have limited space when it comes to storing sports equipment. Storing equipment off-season or storing other necessary items in a storage container is a cost-effective way to free up space in the school buildings while retaining quick access.

If you need additional storage space, Portables 360 has the solution. Contact one of our knowledgeable staff members to discover how we can customize a shipping container for your needs.

 

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

When you look at any construction site, you see job trailers sitting around the perimeter. These trailers are mainly used as office space for the construction crews working at the site. They are also used as a lunch area or restroom area for the workers.

Some companies rent these trailers at the job site because of convenience.  Others rent them because their own trailer has not been able to withstand the stress of moving from job site to job site. Still other companies find that they have to make significant repairs to their office space or replace the office trailer frequently.  This is due to the wear and tear that comes with moving these fragile units.

Custom Storage Guide

The following guide outlines different options for storage.  This details your best options for custom storage at your business.

Mobile Homes Converted To Office Space

Many construction companies use a mobile home converted to office space as their construction site office. These units are chosen because they are portable.  Additionally, they contain features like electrical and plumbing hook-ups.  They also have easy access doors, windows, and air conditioning units.

Storage trailers are meant to withstand fluctuating temperatures.  They are designed to be portable. While trailers have been designed to be moved, they are better staying in one place. Each time a trailer is moved, it loses some of its structural integrity. Many construction companies have to replace these trailers frequently.  They cannot withstand the rigors of moving from site to site too often.

Custom Storage Containers as Construction Offices

Converting shipping containers into construction office space is becoming increasingly popular. Custom storage containers offer construction companies many benefits over using a standard house trailer. Some of the benefits that these trailers provide include:

  • Total customization to fit the needs of your company
  • Durability
  • Weather-resistant
  • Expanded life
  • Easy to move

You can customize a shipping container in any way. You can add electricity and plumbing, special doors, heat and air conditioning.  Also, trailers are able to be sectioned into different offices. You can use a 20 or 40-foot trailer so that you always have enough room to conduct business at the site.

Shipping containers are designed to withstand all types of weather conditions.  Their steel construction provides more stability when moving the unit. Since the offices were originally a shipping container, it is easy to move them via a truck.  It is often less expensive than moving a house trailer.

In conclusion, modified shipping containers have a much longer life span than a house trailer converted to an office. You can expect to use this trailer for at least 20 years before any upgrades are necessary for use.

For answers to your questions on how a modified shipping container will be your next construction site office, contact Portables 360.  Discover everything we have to offer.

 

Stacking Shipping Containers Safely

Stacking Shipping Containers Safely

When you are moving cargo on a ship, stacking shipping containers is very easy. Containers are specially designed to fit securely on top of each other.  They can be stacked up to nine containers high. The corners of the containers are reinforced.  This ensures the containers stay in place during their journey. 

However, when you are stacking modified containers to create a multi-container structure, you must take more precautions.  Safety must be your priority when stacking the containers.  Safely stacking will ensure they retain their structural integrity. 

To safely construct a multi-container unit, Portables 360 uses the following guideline for stacking shipping containers: 

Stacking Shipping Containers Safely 

If the construction site where the containers will be stacked is prepared, our service techs will stack the containers immediately. The containers will be removed from the trucks in the order that they are required to construct the building.  They will be placed in  correct position. 

In most cases, we recommend that a crane is used for stacking the containers. Straps are placed at the four corners of each container.  Next, they are safely lifted and placed in position. Using a crane provides extra safety measures. Cranes can suspend the container until it is placed perfectly.

On some occasions, a heavy-duty forklift can be used for stacking containers. If a forklift is used, it must be rated for the weight limits of the containers.  Additionally, it must have the capability of lifting the container up high enough to be stacked.  Finally, it must be operated by an experienced technician. Using a forklift can be beneficial.  Ask us the best way to stack your shipping containers.

Securing the Shipping Containers Properly

When you are constructing a multi-level container building, it will be necessary to secure the base containers to the foundation.  This creates extra strength and security. Once we have secured the bottom containers, each container that is placed on top is secured in order. 

We use a locking system to connect our containers. This is the most secure connecting method to use on our container systems. These connections are placed at the corners of each container as well as any other key spot to help with structural integrity. 

Final Securing Measures 

Once the structures have been locked together, our crew will make sure that the containers are protected from the weather. To do this, we will caulk all seams. This protects the containers from water entering the containers and gives added strength to the structure.  A waterproof structure is an extremely important benefit to a shipping container structure.

We will also add flashing to the containers.  The added roof cap will deflect rainwater and snow. These finishing touches give your container the extra protection it needs to last. 

Once all of these tasks have been completed, the next steps in construction, such as electrical and plumbing installation, can begin. 

 

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. 

Portable Container Site Preparation (FAQ)

Portable Container Site Preparation (FAQ)

You have ordered your shipping container!  It is being prepared!  Now it is time to make sure the area where your container will be located is ready. In preparation for the delivery of your new portable container, you will want to go over our FAQs about site preparation.  Prepare for Portable Containers Installation.

Site Preparation for a Shipping Container

How you prepare your property will depend on how long the container will remain at the location.

If you have a container that will be moved often, you can place the container on a cleared, flat piece of ground with open soil.  Another option is a parking lot. If you place the shipping container on bare soil, make sure that the soil is well packed.  Additionally, it cannot  have more than a 2 percent grade.

If your container remains in that location for over 30 days, you will want to place it on a parking lot, driveway, or concrete slab. If you place the container on bare earth, you will need to make sure that the container remains level by checking it monthly. A container that becomes off-level can cause electrical hazards and plumbing problems.

Other Preparations To Do Before Delivery

There are a few things that you should do before your container is delivered / Prepare for Portable Containers Installation:

  •  Check with the local building authorities to find out if you need any special permits to have the container on your property. If so, make sure that they are in place before the arrival.
  •  Verify the delivery date.  You can have any necessary equipment for moving the container available on your property.

Preparation For Electrical Hook Up

All electrical work should be completed by a licensed electrician. While you are waiting for your portable container to arrive, you will want to:

  • Verify that the area where you are placing the container has access to electricity. If not, make preparations to have electricity run to that area.
  • Check with the local building department to find out if you need any special permits.
  • Verify that the electrical system on the property is compatible with the container.

Hire a licensed electrician to complete electrical work prior to arrival and to connect electric service to the container once it arrives.

plumbing preparation for container

Preparation For Plumbing

For health and safety reasons, it is recommended that you use a licensed plumber to connect the water and sewer lines to your container.

  • Check the local building department to find out if permitting is necessary.
  • Verify water and sewer line availability where you are going to place the container.
  • Hire a licensed plumber to set up water and sewer systems.

For answers to questions you may have about preparing for the delivery of your portable container, speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members at Portables 360.