What Does ISO Stand For?

Posted on Tue, Nov 05, 2019 @ 16:11 PM

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On numerous blog posts, website pages, etc., many of our readers probably wonder what the "ISO" stands for when we mention ISO shipping containers. Today's blog post will teach you what ISO stands for and why it's important. 

The Meaning of ISO

ISO stands for "International Organization for Standardization.” When shipping containers are called "ISO shipping containers," that simply means that this organization has regulated their dimensions. Through these dimensions, the ISO helps ensure safety, efficiency, and quality by making shipping containers the correct size for any type of transportation. 

ISO Container Sizes/Dimensions

According to ISO specifications, ISO shipping containers can be between 20' and 56' long. The most common shipping containers used are 20' and 40'. In regard to width, we generally see shipping containers being 8' wide, but this can vary depending on the build. Finally, most ISO shipping containers measure 8'6". However, they can range from 4' to 9'6" ("high cube" containers) also.  

Now You Know!

The reason that we chose this topic is because we wanted to help our readers better understand our company and the products that we create. DropBox Inc. offers shipping containers not only in various sizes, but other customizable options as well!

For more information on DropBox Inc. and our products, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.

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IP-1 Nuclear Storage Containers are Available to Meet Specified Design Requirements

Posted on Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 13:10 PM

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Among DropBox Inc.'s product line, our Industrial Packaging Group 1/Strong-Tight (IP-1) Nuclear Storage Containers will meet the specified requirements for closures, risers, lifting capabilities, finishes, and other designs that are used on your jobsite.

Certified by the Department of Transportation, these standard and customizable containers are available in custom sizes ranging from 8'x10' to 8'x40' that meet 49CFR-173.24(a), (b), and 173.410 requirements. Each build also receives a Certification of Compliance and an Analysis Package to certify the containers to the appropriate DOT shipping specification. By doing so, we can ensure that each and every customer receives a container that meets industry standards and the needs of their companies.

To guarantee that each of these open-top containers can safely hold the items that are placed inside, a seal welded, steel floor is inserted and then tested for tightness and potential leaking. Couplings are also installed for a nuclear grade filter. As a result, we can increase the safety of numerous project sites and the site workers within each of them!

For more information on IP-1 Nuclear Storage Containers and other DropBox Inc. products, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822. 

 

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Tips for the Proper Maintenance of Your ISO Shipping Container

Posted on Tue, Oct 01, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

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So you've purchased a DropBox Inc. ISO shipping container and are ready to use it on your jobsite. This product now belongs to you, and you can use it however you want. Our highly-skilled engineers work hard to ensure that each DropBox Inc. product is made to withstand the harshest conditions. However, how can you ensure that your shipping container remains in the top condition that you received it in? With anything that you own, it's important to care for your shipping container in order for you to get the most out of it. As it's used and exposed to the environment, your shipping container is going to require proper maintenance in order for it last a long time.

Luckily, DropBox Inc. has some tips on how to prevent long-term damage to your product:

1. Inspect and Repair Damages to the Container's Roof

When shipping containers are stacked on top of each other, this can sometimes cause dents to occur. As a result, dents can hold water that leads to the corrosion of the container. When these dents appear, it's important to repair each dent and paint them with rust proof paint. This makes it less likely for rust to appear and damage your shipping container.    

2. Remove and Treat Rusted Areas

Although some steel is corrosion resistant, it doesn't mean that they're completely corrosion proof. Certain locations, such as near the ocean where salt air is common, can cause rust to occur more often. Therefore, any dent or scratch that appears must be sealed and painted in order to avoid corrosion. 

3. Clean and Lubricate Doors and Handles

The more you use your shipping container, the more worn out the doors tend to get. To combat this, it's important for each door and their handles to be cleaned and greased in order to ensure that they work properly. 

4. Examine Container Modifications

When modifying a shipping container to include things such as doors and windows, it increases its exposure to water and dirt. Make sure that you check the areas of your shipping container that have been modified and clean them whenever necessary. This helps avoid corrosion and lengthens the life of your product. 

5. Make Sure the Container is on a Level Surface

When the shipping container is placed on a level surface, this prevents water from gathering and corrosion from developing underneath it. Instead, the water is able to be drained properly due to the fact that it isn't leaning to one side.

For more information on DropBox Inc. and its products, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.

Reference: https://www.gatewaycontainersales.com.au/6-step-guide-to-shipping-container-maintenance/

 

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DropBox Inc. Provides Containerized Power Systems as a Power Solution for Customers

Posted on Thu, Sep 12, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

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As companies and their employees work hard to create and distribute their goods for consumers to purchase, this process can cause strain on their power grids. DropBox Inc. has created containerized power systems that are designed to tie into any existing power grid and store 0.5-1 MW of energy or more. 

These portable power solutions work by storing electricity when the demand of a power grid is low. Once the demand for that power grid becomes greater, the stored energy is then redistributed. By offering these systems in multiple sizes and floor plans, each company can meet their own specific needs. They also can come pre-installed with inverters, a PC system for monitoring, integrated transformers, and switch stations. Other solutions that this product offers include:

    • Integrator of Customer Specified Systems
    • Full design HVAC group that meets mechanical & structural needs
    • Computational fluid & thermal dynamics
    • 3-D Modeling
    • Finite element analysis

By offering containerized power systems both domestically and internationally, DropBox Inc. has been able to provide companies from all over the world with a turnkey solution to their energy storage needs. As a result, these systems help prevent the unnecessary use of energy and store it until it's needed the most. This allows company leaders to conserve their resources whenever necessary. 

For more information on DropBox Inc.'s containerized power systems, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.

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DropBox Inc. Top 5 Shipping Container News Stories from Around the World

Posted on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

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DropBox Inc. Top 5 Shipping Container News Stories from Around the World

We're not the only company in the shipping container modification business. In fact, there are a lot of companies that modify shipping containers into a wide range of solutions. While we may be a little biased in saying that we’re the best at what we do, we can't help but be humbled by the fantastic creations other shipping container modification companies are building these days. With that in in mind, we'd like to use this week’s Shipping Container Mods Blog to share some stories of shipping container modifications from around the world. 

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1: This Stunning Shipping Container Home Can Be Yours for $125K

An architect from Seattle wanted to design an off-the-grid shipping container home in the picturesque landscape of Montana. Well, he did it – and from the pictures it looks fantastic! Click the above link, read the article, look at the pictures, and contact your mortgage broker. This beautiful home can be yours!

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2Plans for Container Homes in Hong Kong get a Mixed Reaction from Experts.

Give this article a read to gain insight on what some different opinions are when it comes to using shipping containers as housing. As with anything else there are always going to be pros and cons, and this article discusses many differing views on proposed shipping container solutions to address Hong Kong’s growing population and economic challenges.

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3Invention Solving Worldwide Sewage Woes, Producing Clean Water, Power and Food.

In order to help address some of the concerns created by “rapid, unplanned urbanization” the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $1.14 million to install a product called a “NEWgenerator” alongside government-provided modified shipping containers that include showers, sinks, and toilets in Durban, South Africa. The project seeks to alleviate strain that temporary settlements have placed on sewer systems. To learn more about how the NEWgenerator works and why it makes such a great pairing with the shipping container modifications, click the link above.

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4: How Shipping Containers are Transforming Housing for the Homeless.

Along the lines of the second article we shared today, and of a very different opinion than some of those represented in the above article, the Los Angeles County Department of Health in California and Aedis Real Estate Group believe that shipping containers will be an efficient and economical way to address chronic homelessness. If you want to know more about what they’ve teamed up to do, click the link above.

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5: City Tweaks Rules Affecting Wynwood Arts District

Down in Miami, Florida planning and zoning rules can be pretty strict when it comes to "pop-up” businesses. Della Heiman, the founder of The Wynwood Yard (a community pop-up “hub” of sorts in Miami) recently asked city commissioners to amend current legislation to extend time limits on temporary business structures in order to help spark entrepreneurship and community growth. This article addresses many different types of start-ups, and specifically mentions a full-service restaurant built from modified shipping containers, and a model container home used as a showroom and for event rentals.

We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we did, and if you have some ideas in mind for your own shipping container modifications, feel free to point-and-click and explore our site to see what we can do for you. You can CONTACT US HERE or give us a call at 740.532.7822.

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DropBox Inc. Supplies Custom Modified Shipping Container Solutions

Posted on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 15:07 PM

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At DropBox Inc. we like to say we are "ReInventing the Box" one shipping container modification at a time. When your shipping container is not just going to be used for storage and you need something a little different DropBox Inc. has what it takes to get the job done.

Our shipping container modifications can become a wide range of portable solutions from simple ground level offices and work shops to highly complex battery/inverter storage systems. The shipping container modifications we build can come in a variety of floor plans with a countless number of duty-specific purposes.

Our shipping container modifications can include:

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Custom Floor Plans Custom Sizes
Insulation Climate Control
Man Doors Roll Up Doors
Flooring Wall Covering
Ventilation Lighting
Shelving Windows
Electrical Connections Showers
Restrooms Blast Resistance
Offices Break Rooms
Decontamination Chemical Storage

When it comes to shipping container modifications we like to work with our customers to create the modified shipping containers they need to provide a solution custom built to meet their job-specific needs. When customers in the battery/inverter and energy storage industry came to us with the challenge of creating portable battery and inverter storage solutions to be used on solar fields and wind farms we helped to engineer, design, and build custom shipping container modifications to meet their needs. Creating custom shipping containers that are fully engineered to meet our customers needs we have become the biggest name in container modification in the US.  

Do you have an idea for a shipping container modification? Do you have the need to integrate job specific functionality into a portable solution? 

If so call DropBox Inc. today!

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Shipping Container Modifications

Posted on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 14:06 PM

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At DropBox Inc. we build almost anything out of ISO shipping containers. We get a lot of requests and questions about shipping container modifications. This week in the Shipping Container Mods Blog we'd like to take a look at the top 5 things we think you need to know about shipping container modifications before you make a purchase. 

1. Don't go just buying the cheapest container you can find. Much like anything else when it comes to shipping container modifications, you pay for what you get. Make sure you thoroughly inspect any shipping container or shipping container modification you purchase before you purchase it.

2. Make sure you're not going to violate any building codes in your area. Every state, county, and/or municipality has their own rules for the use of "modular building". Prior to investing a lot of money into any type of shipping container modification it is important to find out what the rules are in your area.

3. Make sure you get a reliable contractor or container modification company. Yeah most anyone with a welder can cut a hole in the side of a box and put in a window or door but much like any other craft shipping container modification comes with its' own set of concerns. When building anything from an ISO shipping container it is important to know that the people building yours have experience and can be trusted to know what they are doing.

4. Know the limits of your box and understand the containers structural limitations. Here at DropBox Inc. we have in-house engineers and CAD draftsmen that help us assure that what we build is fully engineered to both function as need and to be durable during shipping and while in use. If you plan on doing your own shipping container modification work make sure you have your box engineered and designed by an expert.

5. Don't expect to save some exorbitant amount of money. Truth is shipping container modifications aren't as cheap as you might initially expect and like we mentioned earlier, you get what you pay for...

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. Are Shipping Containers Cheap and Widely Available?

Posted on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

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Not a week goes by that we don't get a call or form submission from folks looking for shipping containers for super low prices. One of the more common statements is some variation of: 

“I just got back from the beach and there were shipping containers stacked five or six high almost everywhere, with all those containers just laying around I should be able to buy one cheap!”

Unfortunately things are not always as they appear. 

Yes, there are a lot of shipping containers stacked up at ports and shipping container lay down yards around the world, but the majority of these shipping containers aren't actually for sale.

In reality there it is estimated that there are anywhere from 10 million to 16 million shipping containers on the planet.  The biggest players in shipping container ownership are, for obvious reasons, international shipping companies like Maersk, Hamburg Sud, COSCO, and container rental/leasing companies like Textainer, Sea Cube, and Blue Sky Intermodal.

In recent years shipping companies have increased the number of years they use these shipping containers and typically try to keep them in rotation via imports and exports around the world. In doing so these companies save money by not having to build new containers but this also means that fewer containers are available to people interested in purchasing them for their own personal storage or shipping container modification project

The majority of shipping containers seen along the coast are either in route to their final destination, or are waiting to be loaded with goods before being sent to their next location. Just because they are seen sitting in port does not necessarily mean they are for sale and are not in use.

These factors lead to shipping containers not being in such a surplus as some might think, but worry not DropBox Inc. is here to meet all of your shipping container and shipping container modification needs.

Here at DropBox Inc. we have built relationships with international shipping companies, container rental/leasing companies, as well as shipping container manufacturers in the US and around the world. We can get the shipping container you need for your project. Whether you are looking to simply purchase an ISO shipping container or to create a shipping container modification we have the people and expertise to meet your needs.

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBOx Inc. Ships New Custom ISO Shipping Container Modifications

Posted on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 16:06 PM

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DropBox Inc. just sent a new custom shipping container modification to be delivered to Kazakhstan. This along with nearly 70 other units will be delivered this year in support of refinery construction and operations.

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. ReInventing the Box by Recycling What Might Otherwise be Discarded

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

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As result of imports from other countries almost 7.5 million shipping containers are brought into the United States each year but only 2.5 million get sent back out for exports. Therefore a stockpile of shipping containers can be found in ports around the coastline of the U.S. The ultimate destination for many of these used shipping containers is often the scrap yard, where they are shredded, and sent to be melted down to raw steel. However, Dropbox Inc.  has found a number of ways to recycle both new and used shipping containers to create a wide range of products. By reusing the containers DropBox Inc. allows for a more green application than melting them down. The surplus created by the U.S. trade deficit has lead to the start up of a number of shipping container modification companies like DropBox Inc. that manufacture anything from self storage units, modular offices, portable running water restrooms, and shower facilities.  

One use for these otherwise unused shipping containers are what we call the Running Water Restroom (RWR). A commercial quality, portable, and containerized RWR will take the waste management of your site to a whole new level. These portable units are designed to meet the sanitation needs of the man power both in and around your site. These industrial grade units provide the jobsite an added advantage to attract the higher quality craftsmen to get your project completed on time and on budget.

Another use for these containers are DropBox Inc.’s  blast resistant modules. These safety shelters are designed and engineered to meet customer safety needs for work space, break rooms, lunch rooms, meeting areas, and additional storage space. The BRM is perfect for plant outages, turnarounds, temporary offices, tool cribs, offshore drilling and other construction projects. Our standard BRMs are built to withstand 8 psi/200 milliseconds, and include 8' 6" ceilings, 2 entry/egress doors, climate control, insulation, emergency signs, lighting, and electrical outlets.

These are just a couple uses that DropBox Inc. has been able to come up with when it comes to shipping containers. 

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our ISO shipping container capabilities, CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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