4 Ways to Reuse a Storage Container

Standard-ContainerStorage containers are prefabricated metal vessels that are widely used to efficiently and safely transport goods overseas or on land. They are durable and are made to withstand extreme weather conditions, moisture, and salt. A newly-built Storage container should pass meticulous leak inspection before delivery.

The shipping containers seen at seaports are mostly used, albeit only slightly. There might be a few brand new containers—those that contain goods to be shipped somewhere. Some companies don’t want retrieve their empty containers because of the high cost and risks of retrieving them. Consequently, a lot of shipping containers are being left abandoned in sea ports every year and over time people have found ways to reuse the piling number of containers at seaports.

Here are some ways to reuse a shipping container:

Tiny Houses

Because a storage container is usually rectangular in shape, people thought about using it as a shelter. The width and height of a standard shipping box is big enough to fit humans and a few pieces of furniture in it. Over time, modern architects have found a way to make this four-cornered corrugated steel container a work of art and a place where people can settle for good.

Tiny houses that are made out of storage containers became a huge fad in the US and in other countries because of their simplicity and low cost. The cost of building a shipping container home is significantly lower than building a conventional home. The time it takes to build a tiny shipping container house is much lesser than building a conventional home. This is why more and more people are inspired to build a tiny house of their own. With the increasing cost of housing, people just can’t help but look for a better alternative.

Home Extension

Some people just have more things than other people that they would need to have a home extension. A standard storage container can make for a great home extension or an area to throw in things that can’t fit into people’s homes.

It can also become a living area with its own latrine and wash area. It can be placed in the garden or somewhere far from the view of the people and the city. It can also become an extension kitchen or an outdoor place where you and your family can relax and have a good time.

Mobile Establishments

Restaurateurs and other business owners are getting more and more creative about their places. A mobile storage container restaurant is such a brilliant idea as it is not only an eye-pleaser, but also an attention catcher. The next time you see a mobile restaurant made out of shipping containers, make sure to try out their menu.

Storage Container

A lot of establishments are now getting mobile because business owners think that they can sell more items if they are the one who will approach the people. And they are not wrong about it. A well-presented store is inviting enough, but a well-presented store on wheels is going to be an absolute hit!

Onsite Office

Onsite offices are probably among the most popular uses of shipping containers. Since it’s cheap and it takes no time to make offices out of shipping boxes, a lot of site engineers and architects choose to build one on the construction site to avoid the hassle of going back and forth the main office. You probably always see offices made out of shipping boxes on any construction site you see. That’s because the supply in shipping containers is never limited and would probably still build up because of what most companies do about their empty containers.

An overview of multi-layer rigid and flex PCB fabrication

PCBPCB fabrication is an all-important process in the entire system of creating circuit boards. They are the main building blocks that make electronic and computer equipment work. In electronics manufacturing, the board layers are assembled with a particular surface pattern. Many companies offer PCB manufacturing services and supply PCBs to other companies. One such company is Illinois-based Imagineering, Inc., which has been in operation for 20 years. So far, more than 2,500 companies have trusted them with their PCB needs, among other related services.

PCBs are typically built on sheets that have copper surfaces, materials for flexible circuit and membrane switches, and rigid laminates to be used on the circuit board.These sheets are basically insulators, and are called substrates. Substrates are typically made from special polymers, Teflon and ceramics. Imagineering, Inc. offers multi-layer rigid and flex PCB fabrication. They also offer hard-to-procure substrates like Aluminum-core PCBs.

Flex circuits are PCBs that have, as the name suggests, flexibility.

This allows it to have three-dimensional configurations which can save up to 75% of space. If board thickness and space constraints are issues in the electrical connections, using flex circuits is the perfect solution. It also has the feature of vibration and shock resistance, which saves up on repair and replacement costs. It has all the features of a rigid PCB such as high density, reliability and repeatability, but with the added feature of the board conforming to a desired shape during its application. A multi-layer flex circuit contains three or more conductive layers.

These layers have flexible insulating layers in between each one. The connections between layers are done through plated-through holes. Flex PCB fabrication has a customized routing path that is repeatable. Even though it is quite thin, it is quite durable and its longevity has been proven in the market. Flex PCBs are commonly used in consumer electronic devices with tightly assembled electric connections, hard disk drives and desktop printers. They are also widely utilized in industries such as Communications, Industrial, Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Military, and Transportation.

There are also PCBs that are called rigid-flex.

Rigid-flex PCBs are a combination of rigid PCBs that are connected by integrated flex circuits. Flex circuits can be added with rigid areas to provide hard support for sensitive connectors and components. Multi-layer rigid-flex circuits have two or more conductive layers. These layers contain flexible or rigid insulation in between each one.

Rigid-flex PCBs are ideally used for circuits where the components must be mounted on both sides of the board. The integration of resistant areas which are rigid and the resilient areas which are flexible combine the best of both worlds. There is usually a smooth transition between rigid and flex surfaces on a PCB. There are important considerations in designing and fabricating a multi-layer rigid-flex PCB. These considerations are materials selection, the number of layers in the design, adhesion methods and control over dimensions.

During the manufacturing process, their PCBs pass through stringent quality standards tests, including 6x solder tests at temperatures of 288 degrees Celsius. This assures customers that their PCBs are of the highest quality and will work efficiently and reliably.

PCB fabricationImagineering, Inc. adheres to PCB fabrication standards. All PCB manufacturers are asked to follow the RoHS directive which prohibits the use of certain raw materials in products. RoHS stands for The Restriction of Hazardous Substances and it is a European-initiated directive that bans these hazardous and toxic substances from manufacturing processes: lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated biphenyl ethers. This stems from the issue that electronic equipment made with lead and other hazardous materials that are thrown in junkyards mixes and dissolves with rain water and go straight to the water table. When a community drinks contaminated water, it leads to a serious host of health problems, affecting the central nervous system, kidneys, reproductive, and circulatory systems.

Safe and hazard-free materials in manufacturing PCBs include Isola and Nanya products. Instead of using traditional solder materials such as tin and lead, PCB manufacturers are now using replacement such as copper, immersion tin, immersion silver, and immersion gold in gluing the electronic components together. Aside from the replacement materials listed above, Imagineering, Inc. also uses an organic solder preservative called ENTEK/OSP.