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Prefab equipment shelters – or modular structures that are prefabricated at an offsite location – are used for many reasons. They can be used as server rooms, electrical control rooms, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) equipment shelters, chemical processing equipment shelters, audio equipment shelters, and more. Each unique application requires that sensitive equipment be well protected and easily accessible. Recently, when prefab equipment shelters are required, companies have turned to repurposed shipping containers to leverage their inherent mobility, security, and durability. Here are four reasons why industrial businesses choose shipping container prefab shelters for their sensitive equipment.
Prefab equipment shelters often house valuable equipment in a variety of locations, requiring unique customizations of each application. Unlike off-the-shelf prefab equipment shelters, shipping containers can be modified to meet the needs of specific requirements. Many common modifications include:
Shipping containers are designed to withstand years at sea, so handling harsh environments as repurposed structures is made easy. They even have a 25-year lifespan! Containers can also be modified to enhance their durability against the possibility of theft. Windows can include burglar bars and personnel doors can include keypad entry. Shipping containers are constructed of sturdy, 16-gauge, vertically corrugated, galvanized steel, making them stronger than many of the alternative prefab structures that deteriorate considerably faster.
Shipping containers are inherently transportable. They always fit on a truck and can be lifted by cranes and forklifts. The same cannot be said for other flimsier structures that may be easily damaged in shipping and installation. Modified shipping containers are much better suited for multiple movements. Stick-built structures can’t be moved, and off-the-shelf prefab structures won’t typically survive being moved more than once.
Once they arrive at the job site, shipping containers can be unloaded and set up in a matter of minutes to hours – on a pre-poured foundation or flat, level ground. Cement slabs are not always required for installation, which makes remote location logistics easier to manage. Power connections and plumbing ports are designed into the container, making on-site connections easy and helping setup run smoothly.
Both container equipment shelters and stick-built equipment shelters come with their fair share of benefits, but in terms of modifications, durability, transportation, and quick installation, shipping container prefab shelters allow companies to work with their ideal structure. Discover the possibilities of shipping containers by reading more here:
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