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Why Storage Containers Are Essential to Small Business Owners

By July 31st, 2014 About Containers 1 Comment
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If you own your own business, you know the great relief of making your business decisions for yourself. Why not enjoy this type of control over the structure you work out of? Having a mobile office means you can move your business anywhere—and at any time. Consider working out of a shipping container to make your business completely portable, without sacrificing safety and security.48'-Container

Even if you are not interested in movability, shipping containers provide top-notch on-site storage isolated from the rest of your business. When working with Container Technology, Inc, you have the option of renting or buying your container, providing a fantastic source of temporary storage during a remodel or relocation.

Small business owners everywhere are discovering the benefits of working out of shipping containers, due to their sturdy, weather-resilient storage abilities. Read on to find out the ways in which shipping containers help small business owners.

As Reliable, Mobile Storage

Few structures possess both mobility and the ability to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. The shipping container, however, is such a structure. It can be transported anywhere on land by truck, as well as overseas via cargo ship. This means that if relocation is in your near future, you can be ready.

No matter the size or form of your business the storage container serves as on-site storage. Even if you have no plans to move your business, on-site storage can be much more convenient than stuffing excess inventory or supplies into a closet or basement. Shipping containers can be modified to maximize their accessibility and convenience.

In one form or another, storage is the most popular use of shipping containers aside from shipping cargo—and for good reason, as even the roughest weather conditions cannot penetrate its steel walls.

As a Workspace

From pop-up shops to temporary attention-grabbing exhibits, many small business owners are realizing the advantages of selling or working inside of shipping containers.

For those in retail, shipping containers are often just as functional as static buildings, provide additional benefits, and draw customers in with their eye-catching eco-friendliness. First of all: it’s something different. The structure itself makes the shipping container stand out; people are conditioned to seeing these containers in shipping yards or ocean ports. They can’t just walk by a shipping container that has been converted into a shop, because it’s not something you see every day.

Turning a shipping container into a shop means recycling a structure that might just sit forever in a shipping yard, unused. Letting your principles of sustainability stand out even in your structure is something that customers and potential customers will notice.

To get a quote on a shipping container for your small business today, call Container Technology, Inc now at (877) 670-0229 or get a quote here.

Have you considered Double Door One Trip Containers?

By December 5th, 2013 About Containers 10 Comments
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Typical shipping containers come with a double cargo door on one end of the container.  This door opens in two sections allowing the entire interior end of the container to be accessed.  In the used ISO shipping container world, the only option available is containers with cargo doors on one end (unless you have additional aftermarket doors installed).  New containers or “one trip” containers (as they are often called) are built in the container factories and shipped to the United States with cargo (only one time).  They are considered one trip containers because they are only used once and not utilized for international shipping service.

Double door one trip containers are built under the same ISO specifications as a standard shipping container.  However, they have two sets of double cargo doors on both ends as opposed to double doors on one end only.  Both sets of cargo doors have the same locking assembly and weather tight door seals that keep your items safe, secure and protected from the elements.

The Advantages

Access ­- Double door one trip containers are simply more accessible.  With openings on both ends, you can access more items with ease (creating a more flexible and efficient storage solution).   You won’t have to worry about how you load your items into the container as you can access your items from both ends.  It will prevent you from having to unload and reload the container to access the items you stored in the back. Since you have double doors on both ends, there is no back and no front to the container.  The back of the storage container becomes the front and the front of the storage container becomes the back!

Condition –  A one trip container is new (other than being used one time).  You get a virtually blemish free storage container with a fresh coat of paint on the interior and exterior.  A one trip shipping container does not have any surface rust and very rarely has any dents or dings.  The floor of a one trip cargo container does not have the years of wear and tear that is consistent with that of a used shipping container floor.  You also have the luxury of a lock box on the doors of a one trip container.  Most used shipping containers do not come equipped with a lock box on the doors.  New or one trip containers come standard with lock boxes on the cargo doors. When it comes to condition, a new or one trip container is hard to beat versus a 10­15 year old used shipping container.

Cost ­- We have many clients that come to us with customization needs.  We often get requests to have a used container painted, have a roll up door or personnel door added and have a lock box installed on the cargo doors.  We have found that in some cases it can be more cost effective to purchase a one trip double door container as opposed to modify a used container to suit your needs.

So the next time you are thinking about buying a container for storage, consider the possibility of going with a one trip double door storage container.  Contact us today for a quote!

Installing Additional Doors in a Shipping Container

By October 29th, 2013 About Containers 2 Comments
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Shipping containers or storage containers are an excellent option for additional on-site storage. They will keep your goods dry, secure, and can be conveniently located at your site. Storage containers come standard with lockable double swing doors at one end of the container. The double doors open the width of the container and therefore make it easy to load. However once the container is loaded, it may be inconvenient or difficult to access your goods stored inside. Customizing your shipping container with an aftermarket entry door would make accessing your possessions easier and getting into your container more convenient.

The most common and most requested aftermarket entry door is the 3ft industrial personnel door. The industrial personnel door is a solid panel steel door that is constructed of 16 gauge steel and has honeycomb interior. It has a handle, deadbolt lock, and overhead drip ledge. **For additional security, our security swing arm can be added to the 3ft industrial personnel door**

A much lighter duty personnel door is the 3ft wide residential door. The residential door is a six panel 3ft wooden door with a metal skin. This door also has a handle, deadbolt lock, and an overhead drip ledge. The 3ft residential doors are lighter duty than the 3ft solid panel steel door but are more cost effective and offer the same convenience.

The second most common aftermarket entry door is our standard mini storage type roll up door. These doors are cost effective and provide a larger opening in the container for loading/unloading and storage of larger items like tractors, lawnmowers, ATV’s, large furniture, etc. The mini storage roll up door is a 26 gauge galvanized steel ribbed door with a sliding locking clasp. They are available in 15 different colors. Should you decide to paint your container, we can match the exterior paint color to the roll up door. The roll up doors come in sizes ranging from 4ft wide up to 15ft wide and can be installed in a standard height container or a high cube container.

We also offer a heavy duty roll up door which offers high security and a very attractive appearance to any container. The heavy duty roll up door is a spring loaded door constructed of double-walled lightweight anodized aluminum slats (with weather seals between each slat) and a lockable stainless steel lift bar. These doors come in a variety of colors and are available in 4ft to 8ft widths.

Do you like the double doors on the end of the container? We can add an aftermarket set of double swing doors at the opposite end or somewhere on the side of your container. The additional container doors are a great option for a second entry point as they are very secure and provide a fairly large opening (almost 8ft wide). The additional door options described in this article are our most popular. You can view these doors options on our website (by clicking on the links throughout the article). We also have the ability to add custom doors if the options above do not meet your requirements. Please feel free to contact us with questions about additional entry doors in your storage container or container modifications in general.

Refurbished Containers: The New Trend

By July 11th, 2013 About Containers 10 Comments
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Overview:

In general containers are built to last the test of time. However, when used container come out of international shipping service, they are typically between 10-15 years old. As expected, the containers have dents, dings, surface rust and can use a little TLC. Refurbishing or reconditioning a container can add years to the life of a container. It can also give a used container a substantial aesthetic upgrade from a typical watertight unit which typically comes labeled by the shipping line.

What makes a Used Container, Refurbished?

Refurbishing a container simply means taking a used container and sprucing it up! We take a used container with dents and scratches from prior use and apply a fresh coat of paint to the exterior. The exterior is prepped, primed (if necessary) and then the coat of paint is applied. We typically use marine grade industrial enamel from Sherwin Williams™. If necessary we will make minor repairs to the container as well (patching holes or replacing floor board). A Refurbished Container is guaranteed to last and is completely durable for all types of use. Although still considered an ISO shipping container once refurbished it is now considered a modified storage container.

The Advantages of Refurbished Containers:

More Economical

The economical value of Refurbished Containers is most likely a more logical solution than deciding to go with a completely new container. However, you should first decide what container would suit your needs better depending on how you plan to utilize the container. We can help you through this process.

More Affordable

Considering these containers have been used, they would naturally be sold at a cheaper price already. The cost of refurbishing a used container could be as little as $575 (plus the cost of the container). It would also depend on the size of the container and whether you chose a lighter pigmented paint color. Typically white or tan would require a base primer and would be a bit more expensive. However, if you chose a darker paint color (gray, green, blue, etc.) the container would not need a base primer. Even after the refurbishment, the cost would still be cheaper than a new container altogether. This is what makes the method of Refurbishing Containers a more affordable one.

“RRR” – Reducing, Reusing and Recycling

Refurbished Containers are obviously reused containers. The refurbishment process essentially recycles a shipping container. Repurposing a used container increases the life of the storage container, saving the need to produce a new container.

Still Guaranteed to Last

Our containers are built to last through the toughest conditions, including heavy seas and extreme weather. Though these used containers may have already been through it all, it doesn’t mean they can’t go through it again and again. Our Refurbished Containers are still durable enough to withstand these harsh settings.

20’ Cold Storage Units – Portable Walk-Ins, Refrigerated Containers & Refrigerated Trailers

By May 23rd, 2013 About Containers, Cold Storage 8 Comments
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20ft Cold Storage PRS offers three 20’ options for additional on-site cold storage. All of our cold storage units are electric and can be utilized as additional on-site freezers or coolers. They are environmentally friendly and more cost-effective than their diesel-powered counterparts.

 

20’ Walk-In Cooler

Our 20’ walk-ins are a great cold storage option for food distributors, restaurateurs or just about anyone that needs additional cold storage on-site. The walk-ins are portable and delivered directly to your location on a tilt bed trailer. They sit on the ground and will fit into a standard parking space. They are capable of maintaining temperatures between 0˚F and 40˚F. Our walk-ins are NSF approved for food storage, allowing for the proper cold storage environment for most perishable food items. They come standard with a lockable 4’+ walk-in door, interior light, diamond tread plate floor and digital temperature display. They require a 220V single phase power source and are equipped with a 50 ft power cord.

 

20’ Refrigerated Container

Our 20’ refrigerated containers also sit directly on the ground and will fit into a standard parking space. The 20’ refrigerated containers are able to maintain a much wider temperature range than the 20’ walk-ins. They are capable of going below 0˚F and up to 75˚F. Because of their temperature versatility, the refrigerated containers allow for a much broader range of temperature controlled storage. They are equipped with lockable double doors on one end. The door opening is 7’6”W (90”). The larger door opening gives you the option to store palletized products. They have a cargo capacity capable of handling up to 8 standard pallets (single stacked, side by side). The t-rail floor system is able to withstand pallet jack and forklift traffic. They require 230V or 460V 3-phase power and are equipped with a 50 ft power cord.

 

20’ Refrigerated Trailer

The 20’ refrigerated trailers are basically a 20’ refrigerated container (but on wheels). The trailers can be backed up directly to your loading dock. The refrigerated trailers are an excellent option for customers that require loading/unloading of palletized products with a fork lift or pallet jack. Since the trailers are at dock level, the pallets can be driven straight from the warehouse floor into the trailer. The cargo capacity of our 20’ refrigerated trailers is the same as our 20’ refrigerated containers. They also have the same electrical requirements.

20’ cold storage units are perfect for any small business in need of additional cold storage on-site. They are also a great option for cold storage if you have space restrictions as well. Our cold storage units give you the flexibility to store your temperature sensitive items at ground level or on wheels at your loading dock. Whether your cold storage requirement is short term or long term, PRS has service areas across the Southeast to help you “Keep Your Stuff Cold”!

20′ Storage Containers

By December 28th, 2012 About Containers No Comments
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Generally speaking, the 20’ shipping container is manufactured to carry cargo overseas and through intermodal transport. Once its shipping life has run its course, 20’ storage containers have a multitude of diverse uses for re-purposing that can be advantageous in ways most people wouldn’t even think about.

Common Uses 

20′ Portable Storage:  The primary intended use for 20’ Shipping Containers is for portable on-site storage. 20’ Storage Containers are watertight and extremely secure giving end users peace of mind when storing their goods. This can range from residential personal on-site storage to on-base military storage and countless uses in between.

20′ Construction Site Offices: Construction companies have used 20’ storage containers for jobsite offices all over the world for many years. The security and ability to pick up the office container and transport with ease is something that is very appealing to the construction industry.

20′ Training Facilities: Due to the strength of 20’ Storage Containers, Fire Departments and all branches of the military use these ISO units for training in their specific lines of work.

20′ Building units: Some might not consider it a common use, but as the trend of creative uses for shipping Containers continues, many more people are looking at these units as building blocks or architectural components in structures.

The Advantage 

The primary advantage of the 20’ Storage Container is its strength. The dimensions of the container are 20 ft long, 8 ft wide and 8 ft 6 in tall.  They are what have long been known as the strongest modular structure in the world. It’s this very fact that gives the end user multiple ways to reuse Steel Cargo Containers.

Container Technology has other sizes available as well from 10ft custom containers to 53ft storage containers.  For more information give us a call at 877-670-0229 or fill out an online quote request form

 

Insulating a Shipping Container

By February 27th, 2012 About Containers 53 Comments
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It is becoming more and more popular as a form of modified storage containers to insulate the interior of a shipping container or storage container.  There are several different ways to go about doing so.  The more commonly used materials for containerized applications are fiberglass, rigid polystyrene foam panels and closed cell spray foam.  There are also some coatings on the market that offer insulating qualities as well.  However, for the purposes of this article, we are going to discuss the three options mentioned.

Fiberglass Insulation –The fiberglass insulation we use is a standard thickness of 3 ½” and will provide an insulating value of R-13.  The sections are cut and fitted inside of a wood framed interior.  We don’t make any penetrations to the exterior of the container when constructing the wood frame.  The fewer penetrations you make to the exterior of the container the better.  The 2” x 4” wood studs are mounted 16” on-center.

The walls of a storage container are corrugated.  There will be gaps between the insulation and the outside corrugation.  Depending on where the storage container is going, you may consider putting a moisture barrier between the container wall and the insulation.

Rigid Polystyrene Foam Panels – The foam panels are available in varying thickness as well as the size of the panels.  The panels also come in varying densities (depending on just how rigid a panel you require).  Your application will dictate the type of panel you utilize.  The foam panels will provide an approximate insulating value of R-5 per inch.  The major benefit of using foam panels over fiberglass is the interior space you can save.  When installing foam panels, they can either be glued directly to the corrugated walls of the shipping container or screwed into flat bar mounted to the container walls.  You don’t need to wood frame the interior of the container as with fiberglass insulation.   Thus saving several inches on the sidewalls and ceiling.  **We recommend the flat bar method as opposed to gluing the panels to the container walls.  Because the storage container walls are corrugated, the panels do not come in constant contact with the walls.  For every section of the panel that spans an outside corrugation, it is not adhered to the container wall.

Closed Cell Spray Foam – In our opinion, closed cell spray foam is the most efficient insulation.  It will offer the highest insulation value (approximately R-6 per inch).  The spray foam completely covers the surface of the corrugated shipping container walls.  There are no gaps between the insulation and the container’s wall (as there are with fiberglass or polystyrene panels).  There is much less risk of condensation or moisture developing with closed cell spray foam.  There is no need to frame out the interior as the spray foam adheres directly to the sidewalls and ceiling of the storage container.  It can be sprayed as thick as necessary to achieve whatever insulating value you require.  The one con to this type of insulation is the cost.  It can be the most cost prohibitive of the three methods.  This is primarily due to what is required (labor and materials) to install a wall covering over the spray foamed walls (should it be necessary).

Any of these methods are a very effective way to insulate the interior of your shipping container or storage container.  Contact us today to discuss your options and figure out which method is right for you.  For more modified storage container ideas visit the storage container modification section of our website.

**We recommend that a wall covering (Hardie Paneling, plywood or plywood with an FRP overlay) is installed over the insulation to finish out the interior.  

 

Written By:  Ray Gregorio, Container Technology Inc.

20ft ISO Shipping Container | 20ft Storage Container | 20ft Intermodal Container

By December 9th, 2011 About Containers 3 Comments
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20ft-storage-containerContainers are a standardized reusablesteel box” used for the safe, efficient and secure storage and movement of materials and products within a global containerized intermodal freight transport system. “Intermodal” implies that the container can be moved from one mode of transport to another without unloading and reloading the contents of the container.

The standardized steel shipping container has its origins in the 1950’s when commercial shipping operators and the US military started developing such units.  ISO Standards for containers were published between 1968 and 1970.

A typical 20ft shipping container or 20’ storage container is 8’W x 8’6”H.  They are constructed of corrugated steel panels (usually COR-TEN steel).  COR-TEN steel is made up of a group of steel alloys.  It was developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years.  They have lockable double cargo doors on one end as well as 1-1/8” thick marine plywood flooring. Get a free Quote.

There are variations of 20ft shipping containers or 20’ storage containers as well.  Some are equipped with double cargo doors at both ends.  Some are taller than the standard 8’6”H.  They are referred to as “high cube” containers.  The “high cube” containers are 9’6”H.  They are not as readily available as the standard height containers.  There are also 20’ containers that are referred to as “open top” containers and “open side” containers.  The “open top” containers literally have no roof.  The usually have a tarp that covers the opening that can be secured to the top of the container.  The “open side” containers have doors on one or both sidewalls.  They are not very common.

The 20ft shipping containers or 20’ storage containers usually remain in shipping service (internationally) for about 7-10 years.  When they come out of shipping service, they are utilized for a multitude of applications in the aftermarket.  The most common use is general storage.  They are very often seen at construction job sites, retail businesses and residences.  They are easily maneuverable and can fit in a standard parking space.  Some of the more creative uses include repurposing the containers for commercial use, office space, hunting camps, storm shelters and housing to name a few. Containers are usually available in most port areas as well as many inland areas throughout the country.  Containers come in many sizes.  However, the 20’ container is one of the more versatile sizes available.

Feel free to contact us for a free quote.

Mini-Storage vs Portable Storage

By November 4th, 2011 About Containers 2 Comments

Exploring your options for additional storage? One option is to rent space at a mini storage warehouse. Another more convenient option is to purchase a storage container or shipping container. Buying a storage container or shipping container for additional storage is not for everyone. However, there are many advantages to owning “on-site” storage as opposed to renting space in a mini storage warehouse.

Storage containers and shipping containers are a very secure means of storage. They are constructed of 14 gauge corrugated steel and have lockable double doors at one end of the container. For additional security a “lockbox” can be installed on the entry doors that will cover and protect your lock. While a mini storage warehouse may have fencing around the entire property, there are many other renters with access to the property as well. Most mini storage warehouses utilize a roll up door as the entry point. A very similar roll up door can be installed in a storage container or shipping container. However, the lockable double doors that come standard on a storage container or shipping container offer a more secure access point than a standard mini storage roll up door.

Aside from security, another major advantage to utilizing a storage container or shipping container is convenience. One of the downsides to off-site mini storage is the limited hours in which you are able to access your storage unit. By owning an “on-site” storage container or shipping container, you have access to your valuables at your convenience.

Storage containers and shipping containers are available in various sizes depending on your individual storage needs. The two most common sizes are 20′ shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers. Both are 8ft wide x 8ft 6in tall. Depending on how long you plan to store your items, purchasing a storage container or shipping container can be more cost effective than renting mini storage space.

Buying a storage container or shipping container is a smart investment with a long return. However, if you decide that you no longer need your container, companies who specialize in the sale of storage containers and shipping containers (like Container Technology, Inc.) are always interested in buying them back. If you’re looking for additional long term storage, a storage container or shipping container is a great option. They are safe, secure, convenient and are comparable in price (if not more cost effective) to all other forms of storage.

International Shipping Containers vs. Domestic Shipping Containers

By August 31st, 2011 About Containers 27 Comments

An international shipping container looks like and is constructed very similarly to a domestic shipping container. They are made of corrugated steel panels, have lockable double doors and hardwood flooring on the interior. Domestic shipping containers are not typically utilized for international shipping because of their size. The vessels used to transport containers overseas are constructed to handle twenty-foot equivalent units or TEUs. A 20ft international shipping container is one (1) TEU and a 40ft international shipping container is (2) TEU. The majority of international shipping containers are 20ft and 40ft in length. The idea is to get as many containers as possible on a vessel when transporting cargo.

Domestic shipping containers are usually 48ft and 53ft long. In addition to the length domestic shipping containers are also wider than international shipping containers. Domestic containers are 8ft 6in wide, whereas all of the 20ft and 40ft international shipping containers are 8ft wide.

The container ships are able to handle far more 20ft and 40ft international containers than the 48ft and 53ft domestic containers. In turn this allows for more cargo to be transported overseas. You will primarily see the 48ft and 53ft domestic containers utilized for over the road or rail purposes.

Often times, cargo coming into the U.S. is trans-loaded from 20ft and 40ft international containers to 48ft or 53ft domestic containers in order to be railed to inland locations. The reverse also occurs when export cargo is trans-loaded from domestic containers to international containers for loading on a shipping vessel.

Whether a container is used for international shipping or for domestic purposes, many of them are utilized in the aftermarket. They are mainly used for on-site storage. However, containers are also being converted into mobile offices, storm shelters, mini storage units, residences and much more.

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