ISO or intermodal containers are used for the intermodal transport of freight. They are manufactured according to specifications from the International Orginization for Standardization (ISO) and are suitable for multiple transportation methods such as truck, rail, or ship. These regulations define a shipping container that meets size, strength, and durability requirements. The basis of these regulations is to guarantee that the container can withstand extreme environments endured during...
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Q & A on ISO Containers

We asked our users for their input on ISO Containers. Here are the results of 164 users familiar with ISO Containers.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing ISO container design?
20 answers
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Strangely, I would say that most manufacturing designs, especially items of voluminous production, would design around the module of the standard 20', 40' and perhaps the 45 footer. There are already millions of containers in such modules circulated via the various main lines as well as regional carriers. If at all, the technology must creep in to design containers which can be electronically tracked, wherever they may be. On the other hand, technology must develop containers for "multi-purpose" use, to reduce redundancy during the "lull" shipping period.
~Willi Ong, Manager of a container trading company, Singapore, Singapore
Use of interconnecting and stand-alone ISO containers for work spaces in an expeditionary environment throughout the world.
~John P., Logistics Management Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA
Computer engineering automated calculations, thinner longer cheaper steel reinforcement.
~Lance M, Student, Gainesville, FL
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative ISO containers?
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I cannot say for certain as container manufacturer & design innovation must be an ongoing process and someone, somewhere might just spring up with another innovation. We had seen from the standard DRY VANs to Reefer Containers, Tank Containers, Accommodation Units ( some have even come up "push button" HOUSE ) - so, for now I would say CONEX CONNECTION is an innovative container company. INTERMODAL Innovation is yet another creative company.
~Willi Ong, Manager of a container trading company, Singapore, Singapore
I work for Echelon and we have partnered with scmci so am partial to ours. I have seen a lot of different finished boxes and did not like the quality of workmanship. We have been told we are too picky on our quality compared to most companies.
~Anthony W, Welder/fabricator section lead, Plummer, ID
We (Northern Tanker Company) are building a LNG container based on a new type of insulation system.
~Engineering, Consulting, Helsinki, Finland
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used ISO containers for?
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Starting with a 20 foot ISO container, we modified it and added to it to make an Expandable Shelter System. We have also used them to make evidence lockers and we get the kits for bicons,quadcons and tricons and weld them together. We have also used them to make portable shelters.
~Anthony W, Welder/fabricator section lead, Plummer, ID
I used ISO containers in transporting my container chassis that we manufactured from our plant to our clients across Canada and the US. We also have built a new vehicle that can drop a 20' ISO container unto the ground horizontally and pick it up as well.
~Tibor V, President and Owner, Montreal, Canada
ISO Containers - besides the trading aspect, these are being used as local storage & transfer of cargoes/goods. Used as temporary storage and these containers can be modified as cabin to be used at work-site.
~Willi Ong, Manager of a container trading company, Singapore, Singapore
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that ISO containers have been used for.
25 answers
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For housing in remote locations, putting up "foundation" can be a challenge, so, a damaged ISO container but with the four corners and floor board intact, can readily serve as a base to construct a home, shed or temporary storage. As security, for the purpose of putting up a "fence", these containers lined-up in a row can serve as a good "block" or "great wall" for defense.
~Willi Ong, Manager of a container trading company, Singapore, Singapore
Well, as mentioned, emergency shelter, modular building design, including residential and retail, etc. there is a wonderful book titled Cargo Architecture that explores world wide alternate architectural utilization of containers.
~Timothy C, Architect, Venice, CA
Our new container chassis that can drop the container on the ground horizontally by itself. ISO containers used as homes, offices, bathroom, toilets, army uses, restaurants etc.
~Tibor V, President and Owner, Montreal, Canada
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of ISO containers?
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A) Improper loading of a container - uneven spread of weight. B) When a container is used for loading a flexitank, these containers should be with twin locking bars as otherwise, it would not have the strength to hold back the bulkhead when flexitank is laden.
~Willi Ong, Manager of a container trading company, Singapore, Singapore
I have seen a few and read a lot on "undeclared" Dangerous Goods containers, especially from China. Tough legal action should be taken on these culprits.
~Jamal Y, Trainer, Penang, Malaysia
Rusting of the containers and corrosion of the rubber door gaskets due to improper closing, failure to close container doors and lack of maintenance.
~John P., Logistics Management Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
22 answers
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I wish that containers can come with easily replaceable walls & roof panels as M&R can become increasing expensive. And that with standard replaceable/removable fittings, it can also be converted for use as an office / accommodation unit / portable home.
~Willi Ong, Manager of a container trading company, Singapore, Singapore
More interest by container designers and manufacturers in the alternate uses. Modular "de-construction," such that containers can either be dismantled for storage and component utilization, insulation alternatives, etc.
~Timothy C, Architect, Venice, CA
A better quality insulation to extend holding time. More rigid Isotanks. Currently, the cabinets usually give way.
~Noel V, Engineering Consultant, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using ISO containers?
12 answers
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Thoroughly know what the use of the container will be, including all possible additional uses and environments that the container will be used in.
~John P., Logistics Management Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA
Advice would largely depend on the purpose for which the container is acquired. Golden rule being, get the RIGHT container for the job.
~Willi Ong, Manager of a container trading company, Singapore, Singapore
Container certification in respect of the container safety convention should not be taken for granted.
~Teddy M, Container Management Assistant, Mombasa, Kenya
For users of cryogenic liquid Isotanks, they should choose ones with the best holding time.
~Noel V, Engineering Consultant, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Corten steel is the best value. I wish the old aluminums were still in production.
~Peter G, Project Manager, Hagatna, U.S.A
I would have to understand the intended application first.
~Chris B, Architect, Tauranga, New Zealand
Make sure containers are CSC plated.
~David B, General Management, Randolph, NJ
Make sure you inspect each one.
~Anthony W, Welder/fabricator section lead, Plummer, ID
We also design press containers
~Patrick DB, Engineering Consultant, Hoogstraten, Belgium
See load/construction details
~SREE RAM P ORUGANTI O, Purchaser, HYDERABAD, INDIA
Point of use moveability
~Bob T, Design Engineer, Rochester, NY
Think about all costs
~Jevgenijs K, Marketing/Sales, Riga, Latvia

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of ISO containers?
9 answers
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Selecting a low pressure Isotank without a pump, when in fact, they need it for unloading to higher pressure vessels. Therefore choosing the right Isotank in terms of pressure and with or without pump is very vital.
~Noel V, Engineering Consultant, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Proper care needs to be taken when stuffing and stripping cargoes so as to enhance the life span of containers. Use of paper lining and/or blister wraps should be tremendously encouraged.
~Teddy M, Container Management Assistant, Mombasa, Kenya
It's a bit like buying a second hand car, if there is damage to the chassis, it weakens the whole structure.
~Chris B, Architect, Tauranga, New Zealand
If you see damage don't accept it unless it is an easy fix.
~Anthony W, Welder/fabricator section lead, Plummer, ID
That maximum load is only on the pockets.
~Patrick DB, Engineering Consultant, Hoogstraten, Belgium
Maintain the containers properly!
~John P., Logistics Management Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA
Check maximum allowable payload.
~David B, General Management, Randolph, NJ
Cost of transportation
~Bob T, Design Engineer, Rochester, NY
Cut less by used
~Lance M, Student, Gainesville, FL


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