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. 

 

 

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. 

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.  There are even some new shipping container restaurants opening in the hottest locations worldwide. 

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. 

bowl of pink ice cream

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 via Airflow Management. 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, Contact Portables360 will help you find the right refrigerated container to meet your needs. 

Pharmaceutical Storage

Pharmaceutical Storage

Pharmaceutical products must be managed carefully after production to ensure their quality until they reach the end consumer. This is especially important when it comes to temperature control. Many pharmaceutical products can lose their potency.  They may become harmful if they are subjected to extreme heat or cold.

In fact, some medications like vaccines need to be kept cold at all times because of their components. Allowing these medicines to become warm before use makes them ineffective.

Customizable climate controlled storage container

Pharmaceutical Storage Solutions

Storing pharmaceutical products requires a secure storage container that offers temperature and humidity control. The easiest solution that meets these guidelines is refrigerated shipping containers.

A refrigerated container offers you a secure space to store your pharmaceutical products. The thick walls prevent anyone from tampering with the unit and trying to enter it.  The single entrance is easy to secure. You can also place the unit in a position that allows for easy monitoring of the entrance.

The interior of the unit can be customized with shelving or other racks for storage. Lighting can be installed for convenience and safety. The cooling system can be monitored from the outside at all times.  This will reduce the number of times the unit needs to be opened.  In this way, efficient climate control is achieved.

The cooling unit on the container is also designed to circulate the air within the container instead of just pumping in cool air. Circulated air ensures that all the product receives consistent cooling. This eliminates the potential for damage to pharmaceuticals placed near the end of the unit.  Consistent temperature is imperative for pharmaceutical storage.

storage of medications in climate controlled shipping containers

Emergency Services and Disaster Relief

Refrigerated shipping containers also provide a great way to move pharmaceutical products into emergency areas or areas where disasters have struck. These secure storage containers are easy to transport and can bring in viable and essential medications to areas in crisis.

Storage containers are also the right choice for moving pharmaceutical products and vaccinations into areas where there is limited access to medication. Health organizations and charity groups can help those in need by transporting medications and vaccinations into third-world areas without the threat of unauthorized access or spoilage.

Benefit Of Cold Storage Containers

Pharmacies and medical centers can also benefit from secure cold storage units at their place of business. Using a secure storage container is a cost-effective way of pharmaceutical storage without having to make significant changes to a building. If your business needs additional space, you can use a storage container for your pharmaceutical products instead of building additional storage space or having to move your business.