Portable Storage Container Home: A Guide to Living Big in a Tiny Space

Building something from a portable storage container has been around nearly half a decade ago when shipping containers started to pile up on the seaports around the globe. These corrugated metal boxes were used as on-site offices in the first world countries on the earlier days and as homes by marginalized people from the developing countries. From that idea, green builders and architects sought a way to make these metal containers “livable”, which has been very easy.

A Hobbit’s Hole

Ever wonder how to live in a tiny house made out of a portable storage container? People are so used to living in a big space and it is something that is forced upon us by standards set by the housing authorities. However nowadays, homeowners are slowly turning into a simpler way of life because they are becoming more conscious of the amount of money that goes into something they do not really need.

The rise of the tiny home movement brought awareness to a lot of people, especially to those who are sick and tired of endless debts and mortgage. Through this movement, they have discovered that everyone is entitled to live a debt-free life without really having to let go of the good things.

If you are ready to plunge into tiny living, here are some tips to guide you through living big in a tiny space.

1. Space is scarce.

That’s a given. A portable storage container comes in a standard size, height and dimension and most shipping container homes are available in standard sizes. However, the option to expand and add in more containers to create a bigger space is really up to you and how much you are willing to spend.

2. It is all about the space.

Portable Storage containersThe core values of living tiny boils down into two words: functionality and sustainability. Living in a small space can feel very confined, especially if you have a lot of things. Living tiny is de-cluttering and eliminating things that you do not really need. The secret to live peacefully and happily in a converted portable storage container is storage. Every single space is used for storing something. Every inch of the corner is maximized and has dual function. There is no space wasted.

3. Organization is vital.

It is easy to organize things in a tiny space. And usually, tiny houses come with a lot of built in storage for everyone’s needs. It is patterned, basically, from RVs. There are storage spaces underneath the chairs. The staircases function as storage too. Tiny cabinets are everywhere and since you are in a tiny space, you can see everything from one end of the house.

4. Sustainability is money saved.

Living in a tiny home lowers your energy bill in general. Consider saving more money by adapting a sustainable way of living. Use solar energy to light up your tiny, sweet home. Rain water can be stored and can be used as gray water. This will not only save you money, it could also reconnect you with nature at the very least.

Go Green All the Way

This era represents a time when people are beginning to take actions about the big elephant in the room—our deteriorating mother earth. If you choose to build your home out of reclaimed storage containers, then you are undoubtedly aware how that helps the environment. The clutter in our seaports is unbelievably huge that it could almost occupy a city. Up-cycling these corrugated metal boxes into edifices not only clean up the mess in our seaports; it also provides social and environmental awareness to the citizens of the earth.

PCB Assembly Process Using Surface-Mount Technology

Pcb-assemblyPrinted board circuit assembly that uses surface-mount technology (SMT) involves a number of different stages – application of solder paste to the board, placement of devices, soldering, inspection, and testing. All of these stages are needed and have to be monitored to guarantee the best quality. Currently, almost all PCB assembly processes use surface-mount technology.

Solder Paste

Before putting in the components to a PCB, solder paste has to be applied in the areas of the PCB where solder is needed. This method is done using a solder screen. A solder paste is basically a powdered metal solder mixed with flux.

The solder screen is directly placed into the PCB, and then a runner moves through the screen dispensing a small amount of solder paste into the holes of the screen and into the PCB. The solder screen is previously created from the PCB files, so it has holes on the solder pads. This way, the solder paste is only placed on the solder pads.

Placement

During this stage of the PCB assembly process, the PCB with solder paste goes through the pick-and-place (P&P) method. A machine that holds the components picks up and correctly places the components into the PCB. The components placed on the PCB are held in position by the solder paste. Given that the PCB is not shaken, this is enough to keep the components steady.

In other assembly methods, the P&P machines affix a small amount of glue to keep the components secured to the PCB. However, this is usually done only if the PCB will go through wave soldering. A drawback of this method is that a needed repair will be much more difficult to perform because of the glue.

Soldering

When the components have been placed, the PCB has to go through a soldering machine. While some PCBs may go through a wave soldering machine, surface-mount components do not commonly use this method. The solder paste is not applied into the PCB if it will go through a wave soldering machine because this type of machine provides the solder. Instead, the reflow soldering method is more extensively used.

Inspection

Manual inspection is not usually done in SMT when using over one hundred components in PCB assembly. A much more practical method is an automatic optical inspection. There are machines that can inspect PCB’s and identify misplaced components, poor connections, and in some cases, an incorrect component.

Testing

Any electronic product must be tested before it leaves the factory. There are a number of ways a PCB can be tested. Power-off testing and analog signature analysis can be done while the power is off. In-circuit test is done while the power is on in which physical measurements are performed. Another test that can be done while the power is on is called functional test where the PCB is checked if it does what it is supposed to.

Feedback

It is essential to check the outputs to make sure that the assembly method is running smoothly. This can be done by examining if a failure has been discovered. The ideal stage is during the optical inspection because this commonly happens after the soldering stage. Through this, the faults in the process can be identified immediately and corrected before too many PCB’s are created with the same fault.

The PCB assembly and manufacturing methods are continually improving to make sure there are only a few defects. Because of that, it will produce only the best quality electronic products. Considering the high demand in quality and the high number of components and solder connections used in the products nowadays, the assembly method is crucial in providing electronic products of the best possible quality.

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