What is IoT? (Internet of Things)

What is IoT? (Internet of Things)

Smart technologies have changed every industry, including transportation. The Internet of Things (IoT) uses new technologies to convert regular tools and pieces of machinery into smart devices that can be controlled via computer or app. For the transportation industry, the IoT has changed the way that loads are managed during shipments. 

What is The Internet of Things

The use of GPS to track loads from start to finish to the new temperature monitoring services that can manage the temperature in a reefer trailer remotely are true time savers.  In addition, all areas of transportation are being improved by smart technology. 

A recent study conducted by Frost and Sullivan shows that a fleet that is managed by IoT technology can significantly improve performance in every area of operation. Some areas, such as fuel usage and fleet utilization, can see an improvement of up to 30 percent by incorporating these smart technologies.  

Any increase in performance is beneficial to a company. However, improvements that are over 10 percent can result in reduced operating costs and better overall performance of the company. 

The study also showed that shipping companies utilizing smart technology to control the temperature of their loads see a significant decrease in spoilage. Using remote reefer management systems, these companies can guarantee that the temperature remains constant from the minute it is loaded until it arrives and is unloaded from the container.  

Temperature control is crucial to many agricultural loads and pharmaceutical transportation. Even small variations in temperature can ruin the product and cause significant losses for the company. 

computers enhance transportation industry

Smart Technology Enables Temperature Management 

The smart technology used to manage the temperature in a reefer container is very basic. It consists of a GPS system and uses Bluetooth technology connected to a program that maintains the temperature at all times. If fluctuations are found in the temperature, the system can make the necessary adjustments remotely. If the problem is something that can’t be remotely fixed, the system will notify the driver immediately so that the problem can be adjusted manually before the temperature fluctuates too much and causes potential harm to the product. 

Documentation For Business 

A final benefit of using remote reefer management systems is the ability to produce temperature reports for the end-receiver of the product. Since the load is continually monitored, you can build a report that shows the temperature of the product throughout the shipment process. This is beneficial to all parties if there is ever a question about the safety of the product. 

Additionally, many companies that receive special items and pharmaceutical products will not accept any refrigerated shipment that cannot provide verification of shipping temperatures. Businesses that implement the remote system can increase their business by being able to offer shipping services to these specialty companies. 

Real Time Temperature Monitoring

Real Time Temperature Monitoring

Any company that needs to transport its product in a refrigerated trailer should also have the advantage of real time temperature monitoring. When you monitor the temperature throughout the entire process, you can ensure that your product remains within food and pharma compliance standards.  

Real time temperature monitoring also provides you with GPS data on your cargo so that you know where it is at all times. You can monitor your shipment and see if there are delays.  With the right monitoring service, you can even detect changes to your shipment due to theft.  

Real Time Temperature Monitoring Will Help your Company Mitigate Losses

Monitoring helps your company mitigate losses and spoilage. Continual monitoring of the temperature gives you immediate notifications of temperature fluctuations.  You will have the ability to correct problems instantly. Monitoring the temperature continually throughout the shipment also decreases the number of times the load needs to be opened and checked manually. 

Additionally, monitoring provides you with superior data collection on your load. You can generate complete reports on your shipment to prove to regulatory agencies that your product was at controlled levels during the entire shipping process. For pharmaceutical companies, these reports are critical to the acceptance of your product by many health departments across the country.   

Companies transporting food products over great distances are accustomed to having a portion of their product spoil during the process. With continual remote monitoring of the load, it is easy to reduce this spoilage and increase your overall profit. Most of the waste occurs with large temperature fluctuations. Being able to address these problems en route will reduce the number of lost products. 

ice cream in freezer

Managing your load while it is being transported also reduces legal liabilities for the company. If contamination occurs in the product and a lawsuit follows, you can produce the reports from your real-time monitoring to show that your product arrived at the end-user uncontaminated and not spoiled.   

Portables360 offers state-of-the-art real time temperature monitoring services for all refer shipping containers. We are able to monitor shipments for all of the major trailer manufacturers. Our real-time monitoring services provide continual monitoring from the minute your delivery leaves your warehouse until the minute it arrives at its destination.  

Data regarding your shipment is easily accessible and can easily be converted into any type of spreadsheet or data representation that you need for your business. The information is available for an extended period of time.  This gives your business the security that it needs if any questions arise about the shipment in the future.  

 For more information about monitoring your reefer shipment, you are encouraged to speak with a knowledgeable staff member at Portables360. 

Shipping Container Walk-In Cooler: A Restaurant Food Storage Solution

Shipping Container Walk-In Cooler: A Restaurant Food Storage Solution

Restaurants that are experiencing growth may find that they need extra refrigeration space. This could present a problem for restaurants located in a building that they lease or at a location with limited renovation space. Additionally, many restaurants do not want to close their location for renovations or risk moving to a lower traffic location. 

So, what do you do? You cannot afford to stunt the growth of your business, but you also cannot grow without enough refrigeration space. 

The answer: Use refrigeration trailers for walk-in coolers at your restaurant.

The Benefits of Refrigeration Trailers for Restaurants 

A shortage of cold storage space can be solved by creating a shipping container walk-in cooler for your business. You can purchase a refrigerated shipping container and have it converted into a cold storage space for your company with little investment or time. These containers can be placed anywhere on your property and will maintain your food products at desired temperatures with ease. 

Portables360 offers refrigeration trailers for restaurants in two different sizes so that you can always have the room you need for your company. Portables360 can even customize your trailers so that you have two different temperatures in the same unit which will allow you to store different food products in one area. 

Using a shipping container walk-in cooler is also very convenient for your business. The container can be placed anywhere on the property and is safe and secure. These containers are airtight and you will not have to worry about anyone or anything entering the container when the door is shut. 

These shipping containers can be used as a temporary cold storage solution, or you can make them into a permanent fixture for your property. Portables360 offers leasing options as well as purchase options on all of their refrigerated containers. 

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Customize your Walk-In Freezer Container 

The beauty of this type of cold storage solution is that these containers can be customized to meet your needs. Shelving, lighting, and other specialty changes can be made to the container so that it fulfills all of your needs. Even if you are only looking for a temporary cold storage solution, you can change these containers to provide you with exactly what you need in storage space. 

All of our containers have been designed for even consistent cooling. Any containers that do not implement this technology will be very cold in one area and warmer at the opposite end. This can lead to product spoilage or contamination. Our refrigerated containers have been designed to push the cooled air evenly through the container so that all areas maintain the same temperature. 

If you need to expand your cold storage space, even on a temporary basis, Portables360 will help you find the right refrigerated container to meet your needs. 

Shipping Container Classroom Design 

Shipping Container Classroom Design 

Areas around the United States are experiencing a shortage of schools. These same areas are also experiencing a shortage of space to build new schools. Some areas are just in need of new buildings since the older schools are no longer safe.  Or refurbishing them would be exceptionally expensive. What is the solution? A portable container classroom. 

Custom shipping containers have been used for everything from creating a beautiful home to creating a hydroponic farm. These containers have been used to construct hotels and to convert into breweries. Now, the latest trend is to have shipping containers refurbished into brand new schools. 

Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly Shipping Container Classroom

Shipping containers refurbished into classrooms are cost-effective and environmentally friendly. You are repurposing a container instead of allowing it to go to waste.  And you are also taking advantage of all of the benefits of these strong containers. 

Shipping containers are designed to move product across oceans. They must be extremely strong to prevent damage to the products contained inside. They must be weatherproof because many travel on the top deck of a ship and are exposed to the weather. These shipping containers must also be well-constructed to make sure that they can transport goods securely. 

Containers can be easily transformed into portable shipping container classrooms. Several schools that have already been constructed in this manner use between 30 and 50 containers to create a large school. These modern schools have everything to offer, including gymnasiums and other special areas for fun and learning. Once completed, the schools are stylish and interesting.  

alternative classroom from container

More Benefits of a Shipping Container Classroom

As an added benefit of creating a new school from shipping containers, you can expect the construction time to be less than half that of a traditional structure. The shortened construction time will be beneficial for communities that are already suffering from over-crowded schools. And for communities that have no school at all, the shortened construction time will be beneficial to the entire community. 

Custom shipping containers are also a great item to use for a school in an off-grid community. The environmentally friendly nature of these containers fits into the lifestyle and ethics of these communities. 

Many developing nations are taking advantage of these types of school structures. In areas where building materials are cost-prohibitive to build a school, governments and charity organizations are finding that portable containers are the perfect solution for their school construction needs. The schools can be placed in any climate and any environment. 

Schools of any size and any purpose can be created from custom shipping containers. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and the help of a great construction development team.   You can take a group of shipping containers and convert them into the perfect school. What an amazing school project for budding architects! 

How Does a Refrigerated Trailer Work

How Does a Refrigerated Trailer Work

Everyone understands that certain products need to be kept at a cooler temperature while they are being transported. Ice cream, for instance, cannot travel in a shipping container that is not held at 32 degrees or colder. Produce, some beers and wine, and meat all must be transported under controlled temperatures. 

Businesses use refrigerated shipping containers to move their product safely and at the right temperature. But how does a refrigerated shipping trailer work? The system is quite simple and only consists of three major components. 

How a Refrigerated Shipping Trailer Operates 

The first thing that you must understand is that any refrigeration unit works on a closed system. Having a closed system is essential for maintaining temperature control. The system must be sealed for it to work properly since part of the refrigeration process includes the use of gas. 

The cooling unit on a refrigerated shipping trailer contains three major components: The condenser, the compressor, and the evaporator.  

The compressor is a small engine that powers the refrigeration unit. The job of the compressor is to take in the refrigerant and compress it into a liquid. While the refrigerant is being compressed into a liquid, the heat is being released. This is one of the reasons that you will feel the heat coming off of the compressor while it is working.  

The condenser is the next component of the system. The condenser receives the liquid from the compressor and then cools it by running it through the tubing and cooling it with a fan. This part of the cooling system works very similarly to a car radiator. 

The final component of the cooling unit is the evaporator. The evaporator receives the cooled liquid and causes it to evaporate so that it can cool the designated area. The cooling unit on these trailers works similar to the cooling units on your homes.  

Cooling a trailer is basically that simple. Refrigerated shipping trailers take other precautions as well to make sure that the cooling system works properly and manages to keep all the product at the same temperature. 

Insulation and Airflow

A refrigerated shipping trailer is insulated in a way that when the trailer is cooled, it can maintain the right temperature. Additionally, many of these trailers are specially designed so that the cool air flows throughout the trailer at all times and not just blowing at one end. If the cool air is not circulated through the unit, some of the product may be affected. 

If you need to transport or store goods at a controlled temperature, a refrigerated trailer will be your best choice. These containers are perfect for transporting products as well as for using as stand-alone cold storage units for restaurants, stores, and personal hobbies like homebrewing. 

The Best Shipping Container Shop Ideas

The Best Shipping Container Shop Ideas

You want your own workshop, but a standard shed does not seem to be the right choice. You want something that is more secure to protect your belongings  Something that is better equipped to handle harsher weather.  Something that is not easy for rodents or other undesirables to get into. It seems like a lot to ask, especially if you do not want to build an additional building on your property. There is a solution. 

Shipping container shops are the perfect solution for your personal workshop needs. These large containers are built of solid steel.  This makes  them perfect for all weather condition. They have a single sealed and secure entryway to protect your shop.  Additionally, they are easy to customize to your desires. 

You can create the perfect work area.  You can have it located at any place on your property. Electricity can be run to these containers.  If you want climate control, consider using a refrigerated container. These containers are insulated to perfection and can be maintained at any desired temperature. For instance, many people find that shipping container shops are the perfect place for home brewing because of the ability for temperature control. 

Shipping Container Shop Ideas

Shipping Container Garage 

Need a place to work on your favorite project car? Need a garage setting without having to compromise your current garage space? You can easily convert a shipping container into the ultimate garage. Containers can accommodate your tools, your vehicle, and all of the storage room that you need. A shipping container garage can also be designed so that it can be moved if necessary. 

Shipping container garages also make the perfect place to store your lawn equipment.  Other  work gadgets for your property can have a home without having to pay for expensive storage units. Container garages can help you keep your home and garage clutter-free/  You will actually able to park your vehicles inside!

The Perfect Farm Solution: Shipping Container Barn 

Erecting a new barn on your property is expensive. This is one of the reasons that many people avoid building the space they need. This leads to a crowded barn area that becomes more of a burden than a benefit. The solution to this problem is a shipping container barn. 

You can have the shipping container placed anywhere on your property.  Talk about convenience! You can then customize the container to have shelves, racks, or any other type of organizational item that you need. All that is left is to put your stuff into your new barn.  

Shipping containers have become one of the most versatile structures available on the market. People have been converting these containers into everything from homes and hotels to barns and hydroponic growing areas. If you need a solid and secure space, you can convert a shipping container to meet that need. 

Shipping Container Shed Ideas 

Shipping Container Shed Ideas 

Shipping containers have become very popular outside of the shipping industry. These containers have become a favorite item for building homes, adding additions to commercial properties, and even as farming or growing containers. The latest trend in the shipping container industry is back yard sheds. Think:  She Shed/Man Cave!

People are finding that these containers provide them with the ultimate base for a shed. The size and structure of these containers, ranging from 10 foot to 40 feet in length, is perfect for creating a customized backyard shed. 

Shipping containers can be fitted with shelving, lighting, electrical outlets, and air conditioning.  Refrigerated containers even provide extra insulation for those who want a temperature-controlled shed.  While protecting the contents from the weather. the design and construction enhance security  

You can create the ultimate man-cave or she-shed. Build a workroom or hobby area. Brew craft beer or make wine in a temperature-controlled shed. Create a shed that will hold all of your yard equipment safely. 

Advantages Over A Container Shed vs. Standard Shed 

The first advantage of using a container shed is the materials used for construction. A standard shed is generally made from wood or wood with a vinyl covering. The wooden sheds need to be weather treated with paint.  If not, the wood will begin to rot within the first year. Vinyl sheds must also be cared for to prevent mildew or algae growth.  This is especially true in warmer climates.  

A shipping container is made from heavy gauge steel that is specially treated to withstand weather conditions. This steel is thick and sturdy and is capable of holding up to 240 thousand pounds on top of the roof (the equivalent of 5 full containers). This makes a container shed perfect for areas with snowfall.  The weather coating prevents rotting or rusting for a minimum of 10 years,.  Most containers won’t need a fresh coat of paint for around 15 years. 

The second benefit to using a shipping container is the door. The container door has a double sealed edge which prevents anything from entering the container. This includes bugs and more importantly, rodents. Rodents are attracted to sheds because they provide a “safe’ place to hide away from people, predators, and the weather. They also like to use these areas for breeding. Having a container shed prevents this from happening. 

One of the final benefits of using a storage container as a shed is the cost. The overall cost per square foot averages about $10 less per square foot for a container then a shed. You can get more square footage in a container than a standard shed.  Plus the set-up cost is less expensive.  Overall, using a shipping container as a shed for your back yard or property is a great idea. 

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DIY Grow Room From a Shipping Container

DIY Grow Room From a Shipping Container

DIY grow rooms are becoming extremely popular.  They’re easy to set up.  Easy to maintain.  Therefore, they have the potential to be very lucrative.

Shipping containers are an economical way to build a home, an office, or a storage facility. But now they’re a perfect solution for grow rooms.  While containers have been converted into emergency centers for disaster areas, pop-up restaurants, and even workshops, their scope is much more grand.  It’s not just a craze.  Shipping containers are beneficial as grow rooms.

Creating a container DIY grow room from a shipping containers offered by Portables360 is an effective way to grow fresh foods in areas where growing may not seem practical. DIY grow room technology, especially those for hydroponic growing systems, have advanced significantly over the last few years. Now, just about anyone with a desire to grow food can make it happen in a shipping container.  

DIY Grow Room Benefits

 

Hydroponic Growing Is Better for The Environment 

Some people want a DIY grow room because they want to grow fresh foods in an area where you cannot grow plants in the ground. If a property does not have room for a dirt garden, it may have an area where a 20′ container can be placed.  Voila!  A growing area is started. 

Others choose a shipping container grow room because it is a very cost-effective way to create a hydroponic growing system. Many growers and farmers turn to hydroponic growing because it is better for the environment. Plants are grown in a nutrient filled solution that takes a third of the water required to grow plants in the ground. The use of the solution also eliminates the need for a lot of soil for growing. This allows the soil at these farms to “heal”.  Soils become nutrient-rich again for the future. 

Using insulated shipping containers also allows the farmers and growers to manage all of the growing conditions for the plants. Plants are held at a specific temperature, moisture, and humidity level. The container row system also eliminates the need for using harmful pesticides.  They aren’t needed because the plants are being grown in a controlled environment. 

A final benefit of a container grow system is the ability to produce more food for longer periods of time. Because all of the conditions for growing the food are controlled, you will get a larger yield from your plants and can grow year-round.  The seasons will not affect the interior temperature of the container. It is a very simple solution to growing fresh foods that could help people around the world. 

Growing Beyond the Ordinary

A common use for a diy grow room is vegetables.  For sure.  Many farmers also grow marijuana in shipping containers.  The benefits are numerous.  Security is of utmost importance.  Also, privacy and quality control are paramount.  Finally, affordability rounds out the benefits.

Whether you are a traditional farmer or a new-age farmer, shipping containers offer a practical way to garden.  Portables360 has numerous options for buying or leasing a container.  In addition, they have numerous add-on options.  Call them today!

 

Controlled Temperature Chemical Storage

Controlled Temperature Chemical Storage

Businesses that use chemicals understand the importance of proper temperature controlled storage. Many different substances, especially biochemicals, require temperature-controlled storage to remain viable. Various chemicals, including corrosives, may not need cold temperatures.  They do, however, require that they are not stored in hot temperatures for safety. 

Some businesses find that they have to limit the types of chemicals they use or order.  They may keep small batches of chemicals on hand due to lack of temperature controlled storage.  Also, they may waste valuable space to store their chemicals safely. All of these options can hinder business productivity. 

box trailers used as temperature controlled storage

Temperature Controlled Storage Solution 

Businesses now have an option for safe and secure temperaturecontrolled storage for their chemicals. Instead of using valuable space in their work areas, or constructing new space for their buildings, companies can opt for a refrigerated shipping container retrofitted to hold their chemicals.  

These portable solutions can be placed anywhere on the business property. With only one entrance to the unit, they are easy to secure. The refrigeration units are located on the end of the containers on the outside.  So they are also easy to maintain. 

Shelving, lighting, and other necessary storage container add-ons can be set up inside these containers. The interior can quickly become OSHA compliant based on the chemicals you store. Each storage container is fully customizable. This can help any business manage their chemicals safely and effectively. 

Business Expansion Made Easily and Affordably

In addition to providing superior chemical solutions for all types of businesses, shipping containers also provide a business with the right solution for all types of storage and expansion issues, 

If you need to expand your working area, consider a shipping container.  If you want to launch a new product and need extra space, a refrigerated shipping container is an affordable solution. You can customize a container to fit your needs as an office space, work space, or even a testing space. 

If you do not need cold storage, but you do need extra storage, non-refrigerated shipping containers are also a great option. Just like the temperature-controlled storage units, these containers are fully customizable for your needs. You can easily connect these units for several storage units.  Or just add one for some extra storage space. 

Many businesses have found that they can take advantage of extra undeveloped property space by adding these shipping containers to their overall business space. It is an affordable way to increase square footage.  And this extra space can be regular or temperature controlled to meet the needs of your business storage or expansion. 

Benefits of Living in a Shipping Container

Benefits of Living in a Shipping Container

There is a modern appeal to living in a shipping container. The possibilities are endless.  The cost can be much less than a traditional home.  The timing for completion can be minimal.  The security can be immense!

If at first you think container homes sound absolutely dreadful, read on. You think of a dark container stripped of any comforts?  Definitely read on. If you think container homes are only one way of taking a frugal lifestyle to the next level, you have to read on!

Container homes are the exact opposite of dark and dank and dreary. Shipping containers offer so many benefits for building a great living space!  We will outline only a few in this article.  Be encouraged to seek out more ideas.  Container home living is up and coming.  The sky is the limit!  Truly.

entering an open door into a shipping container home 

Benefits of Living in a Container Home

Following are five main reasons that you should consider using shipping containers for your next home building project. 

  1. They are environmentally friendly in many ways. First, you are upcycling a shipping container. Second, you are eliminating the need for many building materials. Even sustainable building materials will be conserved. And third, most shipping containers are insulated. This reduces the amount of energy you will need to heat and cool your home.
  2. Shipping containers are 100 percent customizable. You can make every part of the interior and exterior your design. You can weld together several containers for a large home or enjoy a tiny home design. A little bit of imagination can go a very long way in home design.
  3. Shipping containers are very affordable. You can create a home with 1,200 square feet of space for less than $10,000 for the structure. Add in everything else, depending on your tastes, and you could have a new home for around $40,000. This estimate, of course, is based on what you desire, not on actual costs. $40k is a third of what a small home in most areas sells for in previously lived-in conditions. 
  4. Off-site construction. If you are moving to a remote area, you can construct and create a majority of your home in another area and then transport the finished container to your new homesite. Securing the container. You are ready to move in! Being able to work on your home off-site if you chose can reduce time and money necessary.
  5. Depending on the design, your home can be portable. If you plan to move your container home in the future, you will need to make sure you take the right steps during the initial construction to make this easier. 

Consider This

Shipping container homes continue to emerge in the housing market as more people find that this is precisely what they want in a home. These homes are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and easy to design to the tastes and needs of the owner. Consider this unique way of living!