Questions to Help DropBox Inc. Build Your Shipping Container Modification Product

Posted on Thu, Mar 25, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

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At DropBox Inc., we can modify any of our standard products or build a completely custom solution to meet your job-specific needs. However, it's important for us to understand what the application of your shipping container modification product is in order to develop scope. For our team to do this, we must ask our customers some important questions. 

1. Which class, regulations or other standard must your need comply with?

Depending on your industry and application, there are many standards that you may have to comply with. This can include standards such as ISO 5 to 8 class standard, FDA and ISO-14644 regulations, GMP, etc. By answering this question, we can ensure that your product meets all of your code requirements.

2. What are the required operating conditions?

Depending on what you are planning on placing in your shipping container modification, it may be beneficial to install an HVAC system. HVAC design is driven by cleanliness of the room but also by the required temperature, humidity, and pressure differential. We’ll need to know how many people will be working in the space, the equipment in place, the heat it generates (watt), and where the unit will be placed geographically. 

3. Do you have a sketch of the product that you're considering?

Illustrations of the product that you're considering gives us a visual idea of what features you wish your product to have. By illustrating the movements/flow inside the room as well the entrance and exit of both material and personnel, it will help us gain an understanding of what you had in mind. Other design elements you can include are how many doors and windows you would like, where work benches would be located, if you need airlocks, etc.

4. What will you be installing into the product that you're considering?

If you're installing something such as a fume hood, casework, or other cabinetry to your product, are we to provide and install or will your team be doing so? If you choose to have our team provide and install the features, we must also know if you would like our in-house design/engineering team to come up with the solution or not.

5. What space will you be working with? 
In order for our team to manufacture a product that works best for your jobsite, it's important for us to understand where it is going to be placed to prevent sinking, violations of code requirements, rusting, etc. To gain this understanding, we ask our customers to answer the following: 
          1. Inside or outside an existing structure
          2. Permanent, semi-permanent or temporary application
          3. Site location (zip code)
          4. State or local code requirements
          5. Foundation type
          6. Input power available
          7. Power consumption or need by piece of equipment
          8. Interior wall finishes preference
          9. Overall interior footprint needed (square foot)
          10. Casework or other cabinetry requirements
6. What is the overall timeline for your project?

Another important question that we ask is when are you wanting to receive your product from the receipt of the purchase order (P.O.) to it arriving on your jobsite. This will allow us to develop a timeline and decide whether or not the project time will need to be increased.

Are you ready to take the next steps? Speak to one our knowledgeable sales associates by calling 740.532.7822 or filling out a form here.

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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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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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What are the Benefits of Offsite Construction?

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

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DropBox Inc.'s offsite manufacturing facility allows us to assist companies with overcoming numerous obstacles that are associated with traditional construction techniques. Offsite construction, also known as modular construction, is defined as the planning, design, fabrication, and assembly of building elements at one location and relocating them to another location where they will be quickly and efficiently installed into a permanent structure. So how does this construction method benefit companies? Here’s what we know:

Altered Timelines

When working with large construction projects, most of them have a tendency to take longer to finish than originally planned due to unforeseen delays such as scheduling errors, weather, and more. One of the benefits of offsite construction is that it's completed in nearly half the time of traditional construction. Unlike traditional construction, offsite construction allows the structure to be built in a controlled location once it arrives on site while the site is being prepared.

Less Site Disruption

When working on an offsite location, project managers will experience reduced costs associated with setup, personnel, materials, and equipment.

Guaranteed Craftsmen & Workers

By using a modular approach, each build is handled through fully staffed manufacturing practices including welding/fabrication, painting, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.

Design-Build vs. Design-Bid-Build Process

By combining both design and construction services within the same entity, project owners will receive faster delivery, less associated risk, cost-effective materials and methods, and integrated services all under one contract. 

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

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Look No Further Than DropBox Inc. for Shipping Container Modifications

Posted on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 @ 16:06 PM

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Our container modifications can also be built to stack up to three containers high to save necessary space on your project. Options for shipping container modifications include custom sizes, single box or multi-box builds, wall/ceiling finishing, floor plans, lighting, electrical, plumbing, doors, and windows.

For the past two decades, DropBox Inc. has created the portable solutions for our customers to make their projects and businesses successful. We strive to take our customers specific needs and create custom, containerized solutions using ISO shipping containers and container modifications. Working with customers to develop customized modules DropBox Inc. has built everything from simple tool sheds to highly complex battery and inverter systems. 

For more information on DropBox Inc. and all of our ISO shipping container modification capabilities, CONTACT US HERE or call us 740.532.7822.

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Experience Endless Possibilities with DropBox Inc!

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

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Over the years, shipping containers have been transformed into products that serve many purposes other than storage. Many business owners have managed to take these boxes and modify them to fulfill the needs of other companies within various industries all over the world. One such company is DropBox Inc.

With two manufacturing facilities located in Worthington and Wurtland, Kentucky, we pride ourselves on being a full-service design/build partner with a focus on forward-thinking when it comes to the design, engineering, and manufacturing of shipping container modifications and engineered enclosures. We are driven to create products that push the envelope in regard to the way the industry traditionally thinks about shipping container modification. 

DropBox Inc. offers standardized ISO shipping container modification products that typically measure 10', 20', or 40' in length and are available in colors such as blue, tan, grey, and white. However, the design possibilities of are almost limitless. Whether you need a standard product offering or a custom unit built specifically for your company's needs, DropBox Inc. can help! 

No matter where you are in the world, DropBox Inc. is ready to help you Reinvent the Box™!

For more information on DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modification capabilities, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.

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DropBox Inc. has Years of Experience Building Modular Restrooms!

Posted on Tue, Jun 09, 2020 @ 10:06 AM

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DropBox Inc. has been building modular restrooms for industrial and commercial project sites for two decades. Throughout those years, DropBox Inc. has built a wide array of portable containerized restroom solutions for power plants, refineries, nuclear facilities, commercial construction and infrastructure projects.  At many of these locations, an influx of additional man power can put a strain on permanent restroom facilities on site and additional restrooms are more than often required.

DropBox Inc. has been able to supply a climate-controlled, modular restroom, with all the amenities of any household restroom. Our company has helped increase the level of hygiene and sanitation at projects around the U.S. and abroad by delivering containerized restrooms with running water sinks, flushable toilets, and climate control. As a result, these products have proven to increase worker moral, health, hygiene, and sanitation on a project.

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

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DropBox Inc. Manufactures Largest Footprint To-Date

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2020 @ 09:05 AM

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Currently located at our Wurtland facility, DropBox Inc. is taking on its largest footprint to-date. Our manufacturing team is building the HEAF (High Explosives Applications Facility) chemical storage container that will be used in California. This build will be approximately 52' long and 16' wide.

At DropBox Inc., we utilize a modular design approach to provide our customers with efficiencies in scaling their projects. Our customers utilize this approach to design multiple projects with reduced engineering and design support.

Our team offers expertise in providing technical review and engineering to identify the best processes and material choice that meet our customer’s needs and code requirements. They also work closely with your project team to guarantee that all DropBox Inc. designed products reflect the highest level of expertise as well as the utmost attention to detail.

At DropBox Inc.’s manufacturing facilities, each build is planned, designed, fabricated, and assembled in order to be relocated to their final destinations where they will be quickly and efficiently installed into permanent structures. Our offsite manufacturing facilities allow us to assist companies with overcoming numerous obstacles that are associated with traditional construction techniques. This includes less site disruption, better control of the timeline, guaranteed craftsmen and workers, and a design-build process instead of a design-bid-build process.

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

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A Reflection on DropBox Inc.'s Twenty Years as a Company

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020 @ 09:05 AM

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As DropBox Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary, we look back on the years and reflect on our time as a company. Throughout its development, DropBox has grown in size, product offerings, and customer reach. 

In the year 2000, DropBox Inc. was created to invent unique, turnkey tools for industry, in part, to convert and repurpose shipping containers. Robert Slagel, President & CEO, saw a need for contractors and industrial plants to have turnkey portable restrooms, portable access control for manpower, portable showers, etc. that would address specific needs on their projects. Slagel and his team have been repurposing shipping containers to fulfill these needs by Reinventing the Box for customers around the world ever since.

Slagel said, "There were challenges when I first started. As a matter of fact, there are just as many challenges today as there were 20 years ago. Probably even more challenges. As our company grows, the challenges become a bit more sophisticated. You have to be prepared for any challenges by staying focused on achieving your goals. Meanwhile, I continue to listen to the customers and let them help me 'steer the ship.' Good relationships with our customers and paying attention to them have been very valuable throughout the years in helping us grow and morph."

DropBox Inc. would like to thank the Tri State for having provided such a wonderful place to call our headquarters. It has been a pleasure for our company to operate in this area for the past two decades. We look forward to the future and continuing to operate out of the Tri State for years to come.

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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