Get Organized with Shipping Containers

Get Organized with Shipping Containers

January is often called National Get Organized Month. It is a fresh start to the New Year, and everyone attempts to get organized. It’s a time to lessen the chaos in your life!  This is one of the reasons that all of the major retailers put storage bins and desk organizing items on sale during this month.

But what happens if you have tried your best to get organized and now all you see is a bunch of plastic storage totes lining up around your walls at home? You may have organized your belongings, but your house remains cluttered.

organizing with shipping containers

 

One option would be a shipping container. Shipping containers are available in 10 foot, 20 foot and 40 foot sizes.  Having a shipping container delivered to your home will give you the space you need to store your goods in a weather-proof and secure location. You can place the container anywhere on your property.  In addition, since they are easy to move, you can also use it when you move.

More Ways to be Organized with Shipping Containers

Moving has never been easier than when you use a shipping container! Fill the container with your personal belongings and have the entire container shipped to your new address. This is significantly easier and less expensive than hiring a moving company. Your items will remain protected from the weather and will be secure.  An added bonus – you can take your time unpacking.  Instead of the hustle and bustle of putting several boxes in the general location of where they belong, tackle the move on your time.

Another added benefit, when you arrive at your new home, you can have the container placed in an area where you can use it for long-term storage. There is no reason to pay for storage facilities that you have to drive to every time you need one of your belongings. Simply walk out back and get what you need and put your items back into storage when you are done.  Shipping containers and organization go hand-in-hand.  Making them part of your landscape can be as elaborate as you choose.  Plant some shrubs.  Create a deck by the entrance.  Paint a scene on the container.  The sky’s the limit!

Shipping Container Options

Storage containers are available in different sizes and can have different door configurations if you desire. You can even get a container that has temperature control if you are worried about the items you are storing being damaged from too much heat or cold.

Storage containers offer a sturdy storage system that is built to withstand severe weather conditions. All storage containers have air-tight doors to prevent weather conditions and unwanted pests from entering into your storage area. Additionally, if you choose a container with one door, they are extremely easy to secure.

Storage containers can be retrofitted for add-on options such as  lighting, shelving, and other customization that would make using one as a storage space ideal. And when you are ready to move, these containers can be simply placed on a truck and taken to your new location.

Now is the time to contact Portables360 to help with all of your shipping container storage needs.

Benefits of Supply Chain Monitoring

Benefits of Supply Chain Monitoring

Supply chain management and monitoring are crucial for all businesses. Regardless of industry or product, your business needs to know where your inventory is at all times so that it can move quickly to the consumer. Tracking products from suppliers through delivery to the end-user is essential to business success. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) has made supply chain management much more straightforward. With the use of Bluetooth technology or an RFID tracker, you can manage your inventory from suppliers to deliveries with ease and accuracy. The use of smart technology in supply chain management will provide you with the following benefits. 

Supply Chain Management Benefits

 

Inventory Tracking 

When you use IoT technology to manage your physical inventory, you will always know exactly what your business has and what it needs to order and produce. With each item electronically monitored, you will have better inventory control, which will reduce losses and improve performance. 

Cold Shipment Tracking 

Many different industries require that their shipments remain at a certain temperature when shipped. Food and beverages, pharmaceutical products, and many chemicals require strict temperature controls to avoid spoilage. Because of the risks of spoilage, some pharmaceutical distributors will not accept loads that have not been remotely monitored through the delivery process so that it can be proven that the temperature did not change enough to harm the product. 

Using remote reefer monitoring services can help you monitor the load from start to finish and produce a report with real-time tracking of the shipment the entire time it was in transport. 

Fleet Management 

As more consumers turn to the Internet to make purchases, businesses must find cost-effective ways to get their product to the consumer. “The last mile” has become a cringe-worthy statement for all businesses that find getting that product into the hands of the consumer is often time-consuming and expensive. 

Using smart technology, fleet managers can schedule routes that are more fuel and time-efficient. Through the use of GPS and traffic monitoring technologies, delivery routes can be designed to deliver the most product in the least amount of time. 

Maintenance 

Most companies schedule the maintenance of their machinery in cycles to try to prevent down-time in their production areas. However, the need for maintenance may not fall into the same schedule as the company has set for the equipment. Using smart technology, you can track the production of each piece of equipment and schedule preventative maintenance according to manufacturer recommendations and avoid shut-downs from equipment failure. 

There are several other benefits that smart technology can bring to your company. Using the IoT, you can create a transparent supply chain, improve production schedules, and even increase your overall output.  

Container Home Living

Container Home Living

Using shipping containers for purposes other than moving freight has become very popular in a variety of industries. Converting shipping containers into homes to create something new is not only innovative, it is also environmentally friendly. 

The housing industry is not exempt from this trend. Converting shipping containers into a beautiful container home is now one of the most popular ways to construct a home. In fact, it has become so popular that HGTV has a series dedicated to touring these types of homes. 

Shipping Container Home Benefits  

One of the first questions that a person asks about building a container home is why? Why would you use a shipping container to build a home instead of wood or brick? The answer to that question is actually quite complex.  

Shipping containers are very sturdily built. Think about it.  These containers must move freight safely across long distances and in all types of weather conditions. These containers are also designed to be stacked on top of each other at full weight.  So they have incredible structural integrity. 

If you use refrigerated shipping containers to construct your home, you have the added benefit of your building materials already being insulated. Since these containers must be able to maintain a specific temperature for long periods of time, the insulation is of very high quality. 

As you can see on the HGTV Container Homes series, these containers are easily attached together to create large and multi-story homes. The interiors are then customized to the preference of the owner or builder.  

One of the largest benefits of building a home using shipping containers as your main material is the cost. Home builders can significantly reduce the cost of building their homes by recycling these containers as their main building material. 

Home builders that use containers for their main structure will also find that they can build much larger homes than they anticipate because the costs are so much lower. And of course, there is always the reduced impact on the environment that makes these homes attractive. 

shipping container home

Building Your Next Container Home

If you are ready to build your next home, why not consider a complete custom container home? You can build the ultimate home using shipping containers and reduce your overall cost for construction. As you can see on the HGTV program, you cannot even tell that these homes have been constructed out of something other than your typical building materials. 

You can find a variety of new and previously used shipping containers at Portables360.com. We offer a variety of sizes in 10 foot, 20 foot and 40 foot lengths and many styles of shipping containers.  We can provide you with as many containers as you need to build your dream home. 

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 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.