How To Prepare Your Shipping Container Modification For Cold Weather

Posted on Wed, Feb 17, 2021 @ 13:02 PM

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How to prepare your shipping container modification for cold weather

As many states are experiencing cold weather conditions, it's important to prepare for the extremely low temperatures. This is especially true for people who are considering purchasing a modified shipping container! At DropBox Inc., we offer many different customization options that will keep your shipping container modification product warm. And with proper preparation, you can protect your shipping container modification from harsh climates and increase its life span as a result. Here’s what you need to know to prepare your unit.

Insulation

Insulating your shipping container modification offers both immediate and long-term benefits such as reducing energy costs, preventing moisture condensation, safety and protection of personnel, and much more. Here are the benefits of different types of insulation.

Closed-Cell Spray Foam

Closed-cell foam insulation has the highest R-value of any insulation which measures an insulation's thermal resistance. The higher an insulation's R-value, the greater the effectiveness. When closed-cell foam insulation is applied, the insulation creates an air barrier to prevent air leakage. This prevents moisture and reduces the risk of mold. It's also a rigid material that helps reject water and is recognized as a flood-resistant material by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Closed-cell foam insulation has many other advantages including being able to be applied at very low temperatures, adding wall racking strength as well as impact resistance, and higher bond strength.

Mineral Wool

Mineral wool insulation has many benefits. It has a very high R-value and contains 70% recycled material, making it a greener product compared to the other insulation types. With a large density, mineral wool has superior sound-deadening properties. The stiffer batts don’t tend to flop over as easily, making it easier to put in place, and they don’t require staples or wire to keep them in place. It’s also hydrophobic and fire resistant, so it won’t absorb water, won't encourage the growth of mold and mildew, and can act as a fire stop.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is a commonly used type of insulation, partially because it's affordable. Overall, it has a good R-value. Since it's popular among the general public, this insulation type is available in many different sizes and with or without a paper facing. It’s also lightweight, made with with 20-30% recycled content, and easy to install in a wide range of circumstances, often with just a tack nailer.

Generators

To support loss of power, DropBox Inc. can manufacture shipping container modifications to include generators with manual transfer switches. This will not only keep your build heated, but it will also keep your appliances and tools connected to power and functioning properly. For example, by having a generator, you can keep your HVAC running and increase your protection against mold and mildew.

PEX Piping

DropBox Inc. utilizes PEX piping for freshwater lines. There are many benefits to using PEX piping over other materials (i.e. copper, PVC, galvanized steel). PEX offers resistance to breakage caused by freezing by being able to expand. It's also flexible and easier to install, reducing the need for holes and notches to accommodate the tubing and eliminating the need for many elbows and other transition fittings. 

HVAC Systems

Another way to keep your shipping container modifications warm during the cold months is to install an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. There are many other different benefits to having this type of system installed including improved indoor air quality and moisture consistency. An HVAC system can improve air quality by constantly exchanging the indoor air with fresh, outdoor air that is also filtered for the best quality possible. And whether you're in a climate that changes every season, or in a climate that remains constant, you can always run the risk of retaining moisture. So, to reduce the chances of mold growth, the HVAC system pulls warm, moist air out and sends dry, cool air inside.

To begin your shipping container modification journey, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822 to speak to a sales associate.

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DropBox, Inc. Releases New, Interactive Product Catalog on DropBoxInc.com

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 11:09 AM

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DropBox, Inc. is proud to release its all-new product catalog on DropBoxInc.com. This catalog not only includes the standard shipping container modification products that we offer, but also discusses our company's design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities, offsite building solutions, custom solutions, and more. 

Another special feature of DropBox Inc.'s online product catalog is that it's interactive. Our website's visitors now have the ability to flip the catalog's pages back and forth and click links that are within its contents. 

As a specialist in container modification, DropBox Inc. provides both standard containerized products and custom builds all over the world. Our longstanding relationships with customers have been built through products that meet their needs and a proven track record for quality and customer service.

For more information on DropBox Inc. and its product offerings, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822 to speak with a sales associate today!

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DropBox Inc.'s Largest Footprint to Date is Heading to California!

Posted on Wed, Sep 02, 2020 @ 10:09 AM

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Manufactured at our Wurtland facility, DropBox Inc. has just completed its largest footprint to-date, the HEAF (High Explosives Applications Facility) chemical storage container. This multiyear project is 54' long and 15' wide and currently on its way to California.

Due to COVID-19, our team developed a new means of interface with the customer to support remote customer reviews during the design and manufacturing processes. This included web meetings to meet the customer's design requirements and demonstrate the functionality of various engineered systems, virtual models, and walk-throughs shot with a 360° camera. 

The container contained the following interior spaces:

      • Shelf Storage - 370 ft.of stainless steel
      • Casework - 20 linear ft. of laboratory casework and counters
      • Cold Storage - Allowance for customer refrigerators and freezers
      • Corrosives Storage - Acid storage lockers and emergency shower
      • Flammable Storage - Flammable storage lockers
      • Wet Lab - 4 ft. lab hood and 10 linear ft. of casework, sink, and counters

This unit was very unique to the current practices that DropBox Inc. uses. We utilized engineers, architects, and designers from all around the country to design this one-of-a-kind container. Unique features included:

      • Architectural - ADA design and H3 occupancy with 1-HR fire-rated walls
      • Structural - Custom enclosure designed Seismic Design Category F with 50 ft. trench drain sloped to one end and a sloped roof
      • Plumbing - Hot water supply with recirculation pump and cold water supply
      • HVAC - Single-pass air system with wall-mounted HVAC supply and fume hood blower exhaust
      • Electrical - Normal and emergency power distribution
      • Fire Protection - Wet sprinkler system to be tied into customer site
      • Design - Coordinated design documents and high-end renderings to meet customer, engineering, and architectural manufacturing processes

For more information on DropBox Inc. and its product offerings, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822 to speak to a sales associate!

 

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DropBox Inc. Introduces Custom Project Studies on Website

Posted on Wed, Aug 05, 2020 @ 10:08 AM

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For the last two decades, DropBox Inc. has had the opportunity to design, build, and manufacture many different custom shipping container modifications and engineered enclosures for customers all around the world! To allow visitors to see what our custom build capabilities are, we have created an all new Custom Solutions page on DropBoxInc.com featuring custom project studies.

These project studies provide information on the dimensions of each build, what our customers needed the builds for, and what DropBox did in order to complete each project. By providing this information, website visitors can have supporting material that speaks to DropBox Inc.'s custom design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities. 

Want to see what kind of projects DropBox Inc. has been involved in? CLICK HERE to learn more!

For more information on DropBox Inc. and our product offerings, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822 to speak to a sales associate. 

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