Custom Containers Surprising Variety by Tim Jacquet. Custom containers include not only containers of non-standard dimensions but also containers rebuilt into houses, shops, garbage bins, and so on. By containers, we mean those large 20’x8’x8′ and larger boxes used to transport everything from heavy machinery to thousands cartons of trinkets (in each box).
These containers are used extensively in international trade as they can be packed and custom sealed at the factory and then transported by truck, railcar and ship (or aircraft) to distant locations without being opened till they reach their destinations. The standardized dimensions and specialized handling equipment make it easy to transfer the containers from trucks to railcars to ships and in the reverse direction. With containers, the efficiency of transport logistics improves dramatically.
While transporting containers filled with merchandise is an economic proposition, transporting empty containers is not. Custom Containers that come in are re-used to ship merchandise out from their original destinations. Where this is not possible because of unbalanced trade, empty containers tend to accumulate at high import destinations.
These empty containers cause problems, and hence the urgency to convert them into other uses. Let us look at some of these rebuilt custom containers.
Custom Container Houses
A 20 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet high container can accommodate a 9’x6′ living room, an adequate bed that folds into the wall when not needed, several chairs that also can be folded into the wall, a counter, small kitchen unit and toilet. It would be cramped of course, but can provide living quarters at worksites. A 45’x8’x9.5′ container is another standard size. It can accommodate more spacious rooms and facilities.
The containers can be fitted up inside to protect from outside heat and create pleasing interiors, and doors and windows can be cut to suit the overall design. With solar power, it can even move around with continuous power supply.
Instead of living quarters, the design can be adapted for creating mobile shops, eating-places, or other kinds of accommodation. More than one level can be built by stacking containers over one another, or by going for smaller levels.
Custom Container Flat Racks
The container walls and roof can be stripped out (and recycled) leaving the four corner reinforcements intact on the floor plate. With a little modification, these can then be converted into flat racks suitable for different uses. For example, fit them with wheels and they can be moved along tracks. Cargo can be fitted inside easily, and lifting and loading are also made easier.
Several numbers of these racks can be stacked while transporting empty, saving space and cost.
Custom Container Garbage Containers
Another custom container is the garbage container. The empty containers lying around wasting space can be converted into excellent garbage containers that can be transported in container trucks, and handled with standard container handling equipment. Garbage can be packed tightly inside, and removed by opening one end that constitutes the door.
Loading certain kinds of cargo, such as heavy machinery, is easier into open top containers. With the top open, such items can be lifted by crane and placed into the container. This is much easier than trying to load them the conventional way.
The above examples will give an idea of the versatile applications possible with standard containers. Then there are tank containers for liquid cargo, refrigerated containers, ventilated containers for organic produce, smaller containers for air cargo and so on to fit numerous custom container requirements.
Rental of Custom Containers
Rental of a customer container is fairly easy. There are many solutions provider to help you with the process. You need to know the cubic feet of want you want to ship and the related cost with the shipping – moving, storage, packet, packers, etc. Some custom container provider will provide you with a unit that meets your needs at an affordable monthly rate. All rental containers are water tight and come standard with a lock box and fresh paint. The standard offers two standard sizes; 8’X20′ and 8’X40′. The quality in our rental units is second to none, guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with the unit let me know and most would be happy to switch it our but you need to take a hard look at the container before you sign the agreement to make it easier and ask for options.
Custom Container Designs
Containers are designed with strength and durability in mind. Transporting ocean cargo is very strenuous. Each unit is fabricated to meet ISO regulations (International Standards Organization). Other companies often use containers that have been fabricated with storage purposes in mind. These units are not nearly as strong and reliable as (ISO) ocean freight containers.
You can be assured that the rental unit we provide you is a tough (ISO) ocean freight container. Our containers are fabricated out of 14-gauge steel. Container frames are made of minimal 6-8-gauge steel. Containers have approximately 1″ hard wood floors that are treated.
Surprising Variety of Custom Containers by Tim Jacquet