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Container Products Corporation Knowledge CenterContainer Products Corporation Knowledge Center http://blog.c-p-c.net Container Products Corporation Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:59:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Container Spotlight http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/08/21/container-spotlight/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/08/21/container-spotlight/#comments Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:59:18 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=451 Read more ›]]> Untitled collage(10)

Container Products Corporation designed this container for the payload of a 106,000-pound cylinder that needed to be loaded vertically, then transitioned to a horizontal plane and secured for shipment.

In order to accomplish this task, CPC utilized a “tilt table” built into the base assembly.

The center of gravity of the container was also considerably different between the loaded and unloaded conditions, so two sets of lift points were designed to account for this variation.

 

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Meet the Team http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/08/21/meet-the-team/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/08/21/meet-the-team/#comments Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:59:04 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=455 Read more ›]]> Untitled collage(12)Jack Dahl is originally from Massachusetts, but moved with his parents to North Carolina at a young age. Looking for a career change, Jack, a former surveyor, came to Container Products Corporation in August of 1994.

During his time with Container Products, Jack has become extremely knowledgeable about all processes and highly skilled with all machinery, making him an invaluable member of our fabrication department.

In his off time, Jack likes to relax with his wife and kids, whom he considers the highlights of his life.

Jeff Wells is a North Carolina native with a background in welding who found his way to Container Products Corporation in February of 1985. Not only is Jeff a great welder, he is also honest, hard-working and extremely dependable.

These attributes make Jeff a valuable asset to Container Products, and a very important part of the production team.

Jeff is a sports fan, enjoying watching football, baseball and NASCAR in his free time.

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B12 Containers Are Versatile And Strong Storage Option http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/04/11/b12-containers-are-versatile-and-strong-storage-option/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/04/11/b12-containers-are-versatile-and-strong-storage-option/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:34:51 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=425 Read more ›]]> When most people think of industry standard containers, what immediately comes to mind are B25s.

IMG_20160119_153403However, B12s are just as deeply rooted in the history of steel containers as their 90ft3 companions. B12 containers have a variety of uses, and we have a vast number of different designs, depending upon your specific needs.

The B12 container is about 45ft3  and half the height of a B25, at 23 inches internally, making it ideal for smaller items and areas. The B12 is an ideal container to work with because of its low height and due to the fact that, in most cases, it still has the same payload capacity as a B25.

YellowB12Over the years, our customers have asked for a variety of different modifications to the original B12 designs. While the original B12 is still something we keep in our inventory today, we now have designs that include hinges lids, latches, divider panels, lift lugs, casters and much more. We have even gone as far as modifying a B12 that was used for medical waste.

Our B12s are currently being used at various plants as storage containers for lead blankets, equipment and tools, as well as disposal containers for contaminated parts.

Please contact us and CPC will help you find the right B12 to fit your needs.

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Container Products Corporation pioneered the development of metal containers for storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and other hazardous/toxic materials. CPC’s innovative design concepts and manufacturing techniques earned CPC the enviable position as the major supplier of waste reduction equipment, decontamination equipment, and containers to the nuclear and private sector industries.  To learn more about CPC, visit www.c-p-c.net, email sales@c-p-c.com or call (800)-635-5647.

 

 

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LQ375 Drop Test Video http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/04/11/drop-test-video-2/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2017/04/11/drop-test-video-2/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:33:15 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=433 Read more ›]]>  

When Perma-Fix needed customizable, modular and reusable waste transportation containers, an examination of the marketplace revealed only one product that fit their safety and transportation regulatory requirements – Container Products Corporation’s (CPC) LQ375 container.

Perma-Fix has provided nuclear, environmental and waste treatment services to clients in North America and the United Kingdom for more than 20 years. When a series of waste remediation and disposal projects for a Canadian client called for a certified Type A bulk container, Project Manager Mark Polley turned to CPC.

Mr. Polley knew CPC’s reputation for quality, certified waste containers, having seen Perma-Fix use them in the past, but the container he needed this time was tied to very precise requirements.

“Specifically [we needed] a Type A tote that was tested for liquids, to be used for projects in Canada,” he said.

The particular container Polley was looking for was the LQ375, a 375-gallon capacity container used for the transportation of contaminated and hazardous liquids. To be certified as a Type A container, the LQ375 had to pass a 30-foot drop test. During this test, a production-grade container is loaded to capacity with liquid and dropped onto an engineered pad consisting of a 1-inch steel plate attached to a steel-reinforced concrete slab that is form cast into the ground. The drop is violent, and, often, containers break or lose their seal as a result of the impact or flange or container wall deformity.

“CPC was the only company we found that could meet the design and testing requirements,” said Mr. Polley.

Certification of the container was only part of what Perma-Fix needed from CPC, the other requirement was in the design of the box.

According to Mr. Polley, “[we needed] the ability to customize the flange to accommodate multiple connections like level alarms, HEPA ventilation and the fill connection,” which meant CPC’s engineers had to design a container that was stable and certifiable under a variety of configurations. Fortunately for Perma-Fix, CPC’s three decades of experience in designing and fabricating certified containers that met a variety of client requirements meant they had the knowledge and resources for the build, test and full fabrication run. Once the final box was delivered, Mr. Polley said that he and Perma-Fix were impressed with CPC’s ability to manufacture their containers within the time frame and adhering not only to national and international certification standards, but also Perma-Fix’s internal QA standards.

Perma-Fix needed the LQ375s for two Canadian projects. Project 1 involved the remediation of two active liquid waste tanks. The mixed waste – radioactive and hazardous – needed to be removed from underground storage tanks, loaded into the LQ375s and prepared for acceptance at a treatment facility. Project 2 was an Intermediate Level Liquid Waste (ILLW) Disposal project that consisted of transferring ILLW from a facility storage tank into the LQ375s.

Each project needed a set of LQ375s, but through the ability to change the flanges to fit project-specific demand, unused containers from the first project could be used on the second one, providing a significant cost savings to Perma-Fix and their customer. Further cost savings were added in with Perma-Fix’s ability to clean the used containers and re-use them.

Part of Perma-Fix’s philosophy is to perform work in a “safe, compliant and environmentally responsible manner”. The LQ375s allowed them to meet regulatory requirements for transportation of radioactive liquid wastes in bulk packaging. This method is much safer than packaging and transporting radioactive liquid in drums. Thanks to the LQ375s, Perma-Fix was able to stay true to this guiding principle.

Container Products Corporation pioneered the development of metal containers for storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and other hazardous/toxic materials. CPC’s innovative design concepts and manufacturing techniques earned CPC the enviable position as the major supplier of waste reduction equipment, decontamination equipment, and containers to the nuclear and private sector industries. To learn more about CPC, visit www.c-p-c.net, email sales@c-p-c.com or call (800)-635-5647.

 

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DOT Interpretation Of Drop Test Height http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/11/30/dot-interpretation-of-drop-test-height-2/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/11/30/dot-interpretation-of-drop-test-height-2/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:47:05 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=408 Read more ›]]> There has been a change in the drop test requirements for Type A and Type A fissile shipping containers.  An interpretation was issued by the DOT that packages now weighing more than 11,000 pounds (the maximum weight was also changed from 10,000 to 11,000 pounds in this interpretation) have drop tests at three feet. Containers that weigh less than 11,000 pounds have a new drop test requirement of four feet. There is no grace period.  The interpretation can be found on the DOT website under Interpretations.

This interpretation did not surprise the staff of Container Products Corporation. CPC has always drop-tested packages with a mass (maximum gross weight) of less than 11,000 pounds from a height of four feet. Below is an excerpt from a CPC engineering evaluation package. Table 10 is taken from the Code of Federal Regulations:

(c)Free Drop Test. The specimen must drop onto the target so as to suffer maximum damage to the safety features being tested, and:

 (1) The height of the drop measured from the lowest point of the specimen to the upper surface of the target may not be less than the distance specified in table 10, for the applicable package mass. The target must be as specified in 173.465(c)(5).

CPC graphCPC has compiled a large database of physically tested container designs through more 35 years of innovation and testing. One example is our standard Type A, B-25 designed for a 10,000 pound payload. This packaging was physically tested and is commonly used by CPC for comparative analysis. The package as tested has a mass of 11,300 pounds. CPC dropped this package from a height of four feet; it is our standard practice to use a more conservative methodology to qualify packages.

There should be no issues with the C of C for containers designed by CPC. CPC uses the same conservative approach for the design of all of our Type A packaging. We have documentation to support each container design produced by CPC. Our reliable design methods and established quality assurance program allows our clients ship with confidence.

Container Products Corporation is NQA-1 2008/2009 version compliant.

Container Products Corporation pioneered the development of metal containers for storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and other hazardous/toxic materials. CPC’s innovative design concepts and manufacturing techniques earned CPC the enviable position as the major supplier of waste reduction equipment, decontamination equipment, and containers to the nuclear and private sector industries.  To learn more about CPC, visit www.c-p-c.net, email sales@c-p-c.com or call (800)-635-5647.

 

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Case Study: Cost Benefits Of Steel Plate Shielding vs. Lead http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/11/29/case-study-cost-benefits-of-steel-plate-shielding-vs-lead/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/11/29/case-study-cost-benefits-of-steel-plate-shielding-vs-lead/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:04:18 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=396 Read more ›]]> 32-7332-2-02_SteelContainer Products Corporation received an inquiry from a valued customer requesting a shielded container with a shielding requirement of ½ inch thick lead. CPC has designed and built shielded containers for a variety of applications and shielding requirements.  Radiation shielding can be achieved through the use of lead or steel.   Materials such as tungsten, bismuth or grout may also be used for shielding.

The design team at CPC contacted the client and suggested steel plate as a shielding option for the shipping container design. The steel equivalent to lead shielding rule of thumb is two to three inches of steel equals one inch of lead, depending on the isotope being shielded and the activity level.  The customer reassessed the shielding requirements and determined that one inch of steel plate would provide the necessary shielding for this application.

The shipping container as originally requested would have been constructed of one half inch thick lead plate encapsulated in 12 gauge sheet steel.  CPC was able to fabricate the container from one-inch thick ASTM A-36 steel plate instead. There was less than 100 pounds difference in the weight of the two container options. The use of steel shielding resulted in more than 30 percent in cost savings.

32-7333-2-01_leadSteel is not always the most practical or cost-effective shielding option, but in this example there was a significant reduction in container cost. There are structural advantages to be gained from steel plate construction; the payload for the subject container was increased without affecting the price.

The package offeror is ultimately responsible for determining shielding thickness and material requirements but CPC has an experienced staff ready to work with our clients to provide solution options for every shielded container application.

Container Products Corporation is NQA-1 2008/2009 version compliant.

Container Products Corporation pioneered the development of metal containers for storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and other hazardous/toxic materials. CPC’s innovative design concepts and manufacturing techniques earned CPC the enviable position as the major supplier of waste reduction equipment, decontamination equipment, and containers to the nuclear and private sector industries.  To learn more about CPC, visit www.c-p-c.net, email sales@c-p-c.com or call (800)-635-5647.

 

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Ask The Expert at CPC http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/04/26/ask-the-expert-at-cpc/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/04/26/ask-the-expert-at-cpc/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:13:56 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=375 Read more ›]]> asktheexpertWe get lots of questions here at CPC. As President and CEO of the company I am proud to be part of a team poised to help you answer them. Please feel free to email us with those questions at the following departments and we will do our best to get back to you with the answers.

Thank you for allowing us to earn your business.

Dwight Campbell, CEO/President: dwight@c-p-c.com

Art Bullock, Engineering Manager: arb@c-p-c.com

Gary Hendricks, VP of Manufacturing: gary@c-p-c.com

Katie Fletcher, Sales: sales@c-p-c.com

 

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Container Products Corporation Celebrates 35 Years of Serving the Nuclear Industry http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/04/26/container-products-corporation-celebrates-35-years-of-serving-the-nuclear-industry/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/04/26/container-products-corporation-celebrates-35-years-of-serving-the-nuclear-industry/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:13:43 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=366 Read more ›]]> 35 yearsShortly after our incorporation in 1981, Container Products Corporation (CPC) found ourselves working in the nuclear arena. With our background in steel container fabrication, we were approached by CP&L-Brunswick with an order that would become monumentally important to our future. That initial order for CP&L-Brunswick became the B25 Container, and input from clients like Savannah River Nuclear Site helped us refine the design, turning the B25 into what is now regarded as the industry standard. With more than 300,000 B25 containers shipped worldwide, it’s a design, and legacy, we’re proud of.

CPC has expanded our container product line to included custom designs to meet the diverse requirements of our clients.  We have hundreds of custom designs for shipping radioactive material as IP-1, IP-2 or Type A packages.  CPC is the industry leader in shielded and non-shielded containers.  We manufacture containers fabricated from steel, aluminum and stainless steel.

As we continued to develop our business and expertise, we found there was a need for waste reduction, which led to the development of our first compactor. That initial compactor was a 12,000-pound Rolling Ram unit sold to CP&L, Brunswick Steam Electric Plant.  Over the years, the compaction force has grown from a 12,000-pound unit to units with more than 500,000-pounds of compaction force, and designs have evolved to include both box and drum compactors. CPC has produced more than 85 compactors for customers primarily in the United States, and most of those units are still in operation today—a testament to our design and fabrication capabilities as

On the heels of our success with compactor design, we were approached to develop a decontamination unit. We completed our first decontamination unit for the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1984, and once it successfully passed testing, we began fabrication on the first of more than 60 of these units that have shipped to clients worldwide. Our experience with these decontamination units led to more designs and more orders, including 40 additional decontamination booths and other decontamination equipment.

In the late 1990s, CPC began to expand by opening another container manufacturing facility near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  CPC made several other strategic acquisitions that included a service company and machine shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.  We continued to provide innovations for the radioactive waste industry and explore new products for other market sectors.  CPC designed and built a single axle container for the fracing industry.  We manufactured a large number of these units, many of which are still in service.

The founder and owner of CPC, C.R. Johnston, passed away in 2000.  The decision was made at that time to divest the company of everything except our Charlotte and Wilmington facilities and focus on our core business.  This decision was the right one and we returned to our core strength: serving the nuclear industry.  Today we find ourselves in the enviable position of being the leading manufacturer of shipping containers.  CPC has an experienced staff with a broad base of knowledge.  Our key staff members have over 500 years of combined experience.  CPC continue to look for new opportunities, and partnership that build on our strengths.

We appreciate each of our loyal customers, many of whom we have known and worked with for decades, and we look forward to many more years of successfully serving the nuclear industry.

Container Products Corporation pioneered the development of metal containers for storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and other hazardous/toxic materials. CPC’s innovative design concepts and manufacturing techniques earned CPC the enviable position as the major supplier of waste reduction equipment, decontamination equipment, and containers to the nuclear and private sector industries. To learn more about CPC, visit www.c-p-c.net, email sales@c-p-c.com or call (800)-635-5647.

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CPC Keeps Current with Regulations Through Training http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/04/26/cpc-keeps-current-with-regulations-through-training/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2016/04/26/cpc-keeps-current-with-regulations-through-training/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:13:30 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=364 Read more ›]]> Wade Winters photoContainer Products Corporation is recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of shipping containers for radioactive waste.  Shippers have long relied on CPC as the experts when it comes to compliance with applicable regulations for Class 7 packaging. 

The question that one might ask is why would the experts look to an outside consultant for training on the Code of Federal Regulations and the IAEA Regulations for Safe Transport of Radioactive Material?  The answer is simply according to Art Bullock, CPC Engineering Manager, “CPC retained the services of Regulatory Resources Inc., to provide us with an objective, unbiased interpretation of the current regulations.” 

When asked why did CPC choose RRI as a resource partner?  The reply was, “to continue to be the best in our industry, our staff must have the best training possible.  CPC has had an association with RRI for a number of years and RRI has proven to be an invaluable resource in clarifying the regulations for Class 7 packaging”.

Wade Winters is President of Regulatory Resource Inc. as well as the principle trainer.  He personally visited CPC at their Wilmington, N.C., headquarters and conducted an Advanced Class 7 Packaging Specialty Workshop.  The two day seminar dealt with a wide range of issues related to the safety of radioactive waste transportation including the use of ISO freight containers.

Mr. Winters has a long history in the nuclear industry, first in waste operations, then transitioning over to training in plutonium metal processing.  The next step was providing training for an industry leader’s Trafficking (transportation) Department; it was here that he began to focus on Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials rules and helped improve Department of Energy (DOE) training programs.

Mr. Winters interacts with approximately 300 professionals a year through scheduled workshops and classes.  The rest of the year is spent consulting with other nuclear industry professionals to find the answers to all sorts of regulatory questions; according to Winters, answers to questions like these aren’t clear in many of the regulations and guidelines.  

“I like working with engineers and fabricators and transportation professionals,” he says. “When you’re talking to them and you see that lightbulb light up in their eyes—that moment when you see it click for them—it’s a satisfying moment.”

And a moment that’s critical to keep these same workers, the public, and the environment safe.

The recent training that RRI provided for CPC is another example of CPC’s dedication to the relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of its business.  CPC is committed to compliance with all applicable regulation and providing value to our clients.  The relationship between CPC and RRI is one that is sure to benefit our industry for many years.  

Container Products Corporation pioneered the development of metal containers for storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and other hazardous materials.  CPC is the major supplier of waste reduction equipment, decontamination equipment, and containers to the nuclear and commercial industries. To learn more about CPC, visit www.c-p-c.net, email sales@c-p-c.com or call (800)-635-5647.

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Fire Suppression Module Build http://blog.c-p-c.net/2015/12/16/fire-suppression-module-build/ http://blog.c-p-c.net/2015/12/16/fire-suppression-module-build/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:14:41 +0000 Mellissa Pressley http://blog.c-p-c.net/?p=340 Read more ›]]> FjoV4PqDf7USraJiFXTdm_XlmooEz0Igm5kw-9sAqhM,5fOvvVsp1ECxVobEijplmjH1MUc5hOtpqRLf-SyEICM[1] IMG_8291Where most cargo and waste storage and shipping units Container Products Corporation (CPC) fabricates are built from the ground up, occasionally a project comes along that puts their talented design and fabrication teams in a position to think outside the box. Or, in the case of a recent project, inside the box.

In working with new client American Fire Technologies, the resourcefulness of CPC’s teams were put to the test when they were challenged with repurposing an ISO freight container and converting it into a Fire Suppression Module for use at a fossil fuel power plant in Mexico.

“This type of project was not new for CPC, but American Fire Technology and this specific application were both new and unique to us,” said CPC’s Engineering Manager, Art Bullock.

American Fire Technologies uses their expertise and knowledge in fire detection, protection, and management to provide their customers with systems, equipment, and services that protect the assets and personnel of clients in more than 40 countries. In this case, the client, Alstom Power, was out of Geneva, Switzerland, and the project was located in Monterrey, Mexico.

“We contacted CPC for assistance on a Fire-Gas detection, notification, and suppression system for a gas-turbine power plant,” said Tony Miller, Design and Project Manager with American Fire Technologies.

“[The Fire Fighting Module] provides a contained space to house the main Fire and Gas Control Panel, CO2 [gas] cylinders for fire suppression in the Gas Turbine Area, and Argonite [gas] cylinders for fire suppression in six auxiliary buildings,” he said.

The modular design concept—incorporating the system within the ISO freight container—was used to simplify and expedite the system’s installation. Additionally, the use of the repurposed ISO freight container proved to be cost effective.

CPC provided the container, created the initial designs, and performed the modifications necessary for the complex systems American Fire Technologies and their client required.

The whole project was no mean feat. With a container measuring 29’ x 8’ x 8’, it’s a sizable build; the piping, wiring, and other specialty mechanical systems inside; and the necessary external connections (for power and other on-site connections) added to the complexity of the project. Some of the requisite systems were beyond the typical capabilities of CPC, but that was no deterrent in completing the project.

“In addition to the design and initial build out, CPC provided support to additional trades who completed the unit,” said Bullock. “All of the mechanical systems were installed prior to the unit being shipped to the plant site in Monterrey [Mexico].”

Once it arrived on site, the module was connected to the plant’s power supply and fire suppression system piping. Thanks to the design, it was connected quickly and easily.

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Despite a few design complexities and the need to bring in outside trade workers, CPC was able to manage the project from quote inquiry to completion in less than 180 days, which speaks to the experience and abilities of CPC’s team.

“Though the client was new and the project contained some unusual elements, CPC’s personal attention to detail and our experience on the shop floor led to another successful build,” said Bullock. “We give every client and every project, no matter how complex or routine, our full attention and we believe it shows in everything we do.”

Container Products Corporation pioneered the development of metal containers for storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and other hazardous/toxic materials. CPC’s innovative design concepts and manufacturing techniques earned CPC the enviable position as the major supplier of waste reduction equipment, decontamination equipment, and containers to the nuclear and private sector industries. To learn more about CPC, visit www.c-p-c.net, email sales@c-p-c.com or call (800)-635-5647.

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