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. 

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. 



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!


Garden in a Box 

Garden in a Box 

Shipping containers have become increasingly popular as an economical choice for building homes, storage units, and even health care clinics in remote destinations. Many organizations have found these upcycled containers to be perfect for transporting goods.  Setting up service centers in disaster zones is another vital use for containers. Now a new use has been found for shipping containers: farming or gardening. 

Shipping containers are a perfect solution for gardening, specialty crops, or making space to grow fresh food in an area without available land. These containers can be fitted with shelving, grow lights, watering systems, and everything else you would need to grow fresh food and specialty plants or flowers. 

shipping container upcycled as a garden

Imagine the possibilities.  

Imagine a restaurant creating a shipping container garden behind their venue so that they have “fresh to table” options. An apartment complex can start a community garden for residents to enjoy. Farmers that want to increase crop output or raise specialty crops can use containers and reserve their ground space for other plants.  

You can control the temperature and growing conditions in a shipping container much easier than having to rely on the weather. Refrigerated containers are perfectly insulated.  If you need ultra-controlled growing conditions, you can opt for a refrigerated container. 

A New Resource For Schools 

Many schools have stopped offering classes or clubs related to gardening or agriculture. Many school districts try to devote their limited space to technology and science. A shipping container garden, however, can be the perfect option to teach children how to grow their food. 

A container garden is also the perfect way to teach children the science behind growing plants, soil management and conservation.  Even teaching innovative growing methods like hydroponics is possible in a recycled shipping container. 

sprinkler watering container garden vegetables

Cost Effective Farming Method 

One of the best benefits of a shipping container garden is the fact that these containers are very affordable. It is just more cost-effective to purchase a new or used shipping container and convert it into a growing area than it is to construct a greenhouse. Everyone can benefit from how affordable these containers are when used as a place to grow crops. The durability of a mobile storage container garden versus a traditional greenhouse is also a huge benefit.

Another benefit to growing food in a recycled portable container is how quickly you can bring your crops to harvest. In a controlled growing space like a shipping container, you can bring your crops to harvest in a matter of weeks for fast-growing foods because you always control the growing conditions. You do not have to worry about pest infestations, wild animals, or drought and heat issues slowing your growing season.