In this week’s edition of the Shipping Container Mods Blog we will answer the question "What is Shipping Container Modification?"
Let's design & engineer this puppy!
First and foremost, shipping container modification begins with engineering and designing the end product to be built. Your standard ISO shipping container is built to hold 67,000 lbs. and be stacked ten containers high. They are manufactured to last 50-60 years and are constructed from steel tubing, corrugated 16-gauge steel panels, and marine grade plywood. While the container itself is quite sturdy, the structural integrity of the box is hindered once holes are cut into it. Therefore, it is important to engineer the end product in order to make sure the proper support structures are put in place so that the shipping container modification is safe for its intended use.
By first engineering and designing the product to its completion you can rest assured that the shipping container modification will be functional and safe regardless of the environment and surroundings where it is put to use. Much like in the building of permanent stick-built structures, form follows function.
Break out your welder!
Once a shipping container modification has been designed and engineered through structural, electrical, and any other required engineering discipline, you can begin work on actually modifying the box. The next step in the process is cutting out the needed holes in the box for doors, windows, or openings where one or more boxes can be pulled together to create multi-box shipping container modifications. Included in this step is the installation of additional support structures such as steel tubing, as determined in the engineering process, to keep the end product structurally sound.
Carpentry, electrical, & plumbing!
After the welders are finished and the box is once again structurally sound it's time to do some carpentry, electrical, and any plumbing required. Studs in shipping container modifications may be wood or aluminum, and any electrical or plumbing needed will be based on the intended function of the shipping container modification.
When the carpentry, electrical, and plumbing have all been roughed in, insulation can then be brought in to make sure the shipping container modification can be climate-controlled to provide a comfortable work environment regardless of where it is placed. Insulation can be fiberglass, mineral wool, or spray foam insulation.
We're almost finished!
Now that the engineering, design, welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and insulation have all been installed it's time to complete the finishing touches – like adding a wall/ceiling treatment, painting the exterior, and adding lights, outlets, and fixtures as-needed per the design.
Load up the end product and ship it out!
Once complete, your shipping container modification is ready to be delivered to its end customer and location via either a roll-off trailer or flatbed.
To sum it all up in a neat little answer to "What is shipping container modification?"
Shipping container modification is the engineering, designing, and modifying of an ISO shipping container to provide the desired functionality of the end product. While not all are needed in every shipping container modification, it is important to rely on all engineering disciplines and trades to create the shipping container you will need.
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