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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Navigate DropBoxInc.com with DropBot, DropBox Inc.'s New Chatbot

Posted on Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 12:02 PM

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Navigate DropBoxInc.com with DropBot, DropBox Inc.'s New Chatbot

To help those who visit our website, DropBoxInc.com, find the information that they need more quickly and easily, our team has created a new, automated chatbot that we like to call "DropBot." This feature was created as a new opportunity for our customers to communicate with our team and to provide information to them in one, convenient location. 

Available on both desktop and mobile devices, DropBot will appear on all of our website pages and provide visitors with things such as product information, the ability to schedule meetings with our sales associates, and answers to frequently asked questions. Have a question that you'd like to ask? Talk to DropBot today to get the answer!

As a specialist in container modification, DropBox Inc. provides both shipping container modifications and engineered enclosures all over the world. No matter what size your project or workforce is, our in-house engineering/design team can also create a custom build to meet the specific needs of your business.

For more information on DropBox Inc. and the products that we offer, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822 to speak to a sales associate today.

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Merry Christmas from DropBox Inc.

Posted on Wed, Dec 23, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

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Regardless of the trials and tribulations of 2020, we've managed to keep the Christmas spirit alive and hope that you've been able to do the same. Even though we didn't have the opportunity to celebrate all together like years prior, we still made sure that holiday cheer was spread!

We'd like to give a very special thanks to Megan Coffey for her never-ending positivity and Christmas cheer! Megan, like years past, organized our companies now socially distanced Christmas celebrations and activities and put together nearly 100 Christmas gift bags.

We look forward to the year of 2021 and hope that it brings joy, love, and more hand sanitizer! Once again, from all of us here at DropBox Inc., Merry Christmas and stay healthy!

For more information on DropBox Inc., visit DropBoxInc.com, CONTACT US HERE, or call 740.532.7822.

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What Base Should You Sit A DropBox Inc. Shipping Container On?

Posted on Wed, Dec 09, 2020 @ 16:12 PM

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When placing your shipping container modification on your jobsite, the most important thing you must remember is to keep the structure on a dry, flat, and level base

If you rent/purchase a single-container build that will be moved often, then it's okay to place it directly on the ground. The same goes with a single-container build that will be sitting sedentary for a month to a year, but you must make sure that it remains level over time. However, if it will be placed in a location that's more long term, then it may be beneficial to place it on a gravel/concrete pad to be safe. Finally, if you choose to purchase a multi-container build, it's important to create a pier system or foundation due to the fact that the weight could case soil to shift.  

By following these steps, you can increase the life of your shipping container modification and ensure the safety of yourself and others!

For more information on DropBox Inc. and the products that we offer, CONTACT US HERE, call 740.532.7822, or visit DropBoxInc.com.

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DropBox Inc. Modifies Modular Lab to Assist in Tissue Culture Process

Posted on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 16:09 PM

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Tissue culture is the process of taking small pieces of plant tissue and placing them under controlled nutritional and environmental conditions in an artificial environment to produce clones of that plant by growing new tissue. There are four primary stages:

Stage 1: Establishment

The plant tissues (also called explants) are established in the appropriate in vitro. In order for this to be done, the explants must be sterilized and done so under the proper, sterile conditions. This prevents a microorganism from affecting the process. The explants are then introduced to the culture. 

Stage 2: Multiplication

In this stage, the plant material is divided again and placed into a material that supports plant growth (also known as the medium). The medium includes components such as regulators and nutrients. This stage is what causes the rapid development of tissue and the production of multiple shoots. Shoots are stems including their appendages, the leaves and lateral buds, flowering stems and flower buds.

Stage 3: Rooting

And in this phase? You guessed it: plant roots begin to grow! Hormones are required in order to stimulate this. During this stage, complete plantlets begin to form. 

Stage 4: Acclimatization 

In the final stage, the plantlets must be acclimatized to a normal growing environment. This typically involves moving them to somewhere like a greenhouse where they can be in open-air conditions with low humidity and higher levels of light. 

Why Is The Tissue Culture Process In Demand?

There are many advantages to using the tissue culture process. These include:

      • Speed - In a short amount of time, you can produce thousands of plantlets with a small amount of plant tissue.
      • Health - Because plants that are produced during the tissue culture process are often free from disease, this can help prevent the spread of disease and virus in new plants.
      • Flexibility - This process allows for plants to be grown all year round no matter what the season or weather is.
      • Space - Since the tissue culture process does not require an excessive amount of space, ten times the amount of plants can grow in one-tenth of the space of traditional growing operations.
      • Variety - New varieties of plants are produced, cultivated and introduced to the market at a higher speed.
How DropBox, Inc. Can Help 

DropBox Inc.'s design for a tissue culture lab is focused on separate spaces that are dedicated to each stage of the process with features that support those stages. For example, tissue culture requires a dedicated air system and separated space for temperature control. We utilize an externally mounted HVAC for dehumidification control and conditioning of the space. The HVAC is "single pass" to reduce contamination. It also can be used to create positive pressure to keep the space clean.

The sterilization/transfer section typically requires cleaner air and is separated from the prep/wash section. The sterilization/transfer air passes back through the preparation/wash space with an exhaust system. The exhaust hood, which is based on Class II biosafety, laminar flow, will extract air and any additional air will be drawn back through the door louver.

Our turn-key laboratories are available with storage space, counter space, casework, sinks, insulation, ventilation, climate control, windows, doors, and much more upon request. Need something more specific to your company's needs? Our design team can work closely with you to engineer, design, and manufacture a custom modular laboratory to meet your specific size and functional requirements. 

For more information on DropBox Inc.'s modular labs, CONTACT US HERE or call us at 740.532.7822.

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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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Check out Guardhouses from Sister Company, Modular Security Systems!

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 @ 16:08 PM

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Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) is the sister company of DropBox Inc. MSSI provides modular turn-key perimeter security solutions for a sustainable, safe, and more secure world. Products include the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal, patented Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal, and our ground-level, climate-controlled guard offices. All of these offerings are customizable and designed to be built to meet our customers’ site-specific requirements. 

MSSI's guard booths are delivered turnkey, so onsite installation can be completed quickly. They can also be easily offloaded, hooked to power, and integrated into an existing access control infrastructure within a short amount of time. The portability and ease of installation is what makes MSSI's guard offices the perfect solution for a wide range of construction site perimeters.

Depending on your overall site security needs, MSSI can provide climate-controlled guard offices and access control products to prevent perimeter intrusion while enhancing your security capabilities. 

For more information on guard offices, perimeter security, and access control options, CONTACT US HERE or visit Modular Security Systems' website.

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The Journey of a DropBox Inc. ISO Shipping Container Modification

Posted on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 @ 09:07 AM

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When a standard ISO shipping container arrives onto our manufacturing floor, it must go through a few steps before it's ready to be shipped to our customers. In today's blog, we will be discussing the journey a shipping container takes to become a DropBox Inc. shipping container modification.

Once it's determined what the shipping container is going to be and our CAD department releases the manufacturing drawing set, the cutouts are made and reinforcements are put into place to support doors, windows, or anything else that's going into the cutouts.

After welding and fabrication is complete, the shipping container is sandblasted to prepare the surface for paint or other coatings by spraying sand at a high speed to remove any dirt, grime, and/or rust that may have formed. It's then taken to our state-of-the-art paint booth that has heated air to fully dry or bake in the finished paint. The manufacturing team then begins the internal carpentry, wiring, insulation, interior walls, and plumbing.

Finally, the surfaces, fixtures, electric, and HVAC systems are installed. Then, once the quality inspection is completed to ensure that everything has been done properly, the product is ready to be loaded onto a flatbed or roll-off trailer to be shipped to its final destination. 

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

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Happy Social Media Day from DropBox Inc.

Posted on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 16:06 PM

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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 the products that we offer, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822 to speak to a sales associate today.

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