What kind of a product is used by manufacturers of items as diverse as jet turbines and wristwatch parts, as surgical tools and microprocessor chips? The answer is: baskets. That’s right. Stainless steel wire mesh baskets, used to hold parts as they are chemically treated or cleaned.
A York, PA based company called Three M Tool manufactures these wire baskets, customizing them to the size, shape, and materials necessary. For more than 50 years, they have serviced a wide range of manufacturers by providing the equipment to keep parts sorted, clean, and safe.
Think about how you may have interacted with some of these parts, that have gone through these baskets through the process of being formed and assembled together. Have you flown before? Sitting in the seat of a Boeing 747, strapped in tightly, hurtling down the runway at 400 miles per hour, you’re grateful to know that the plane is securely held together. You feel a rush in your head as the plane lifts off the ground and pushes forward, going up, up, up, the air pressure in the cabin changing rapidly.
It’s an incredible feeling to take off in a passenger jet. But as you reach cruising altitude and pull out your mp3 player to listen to some music, you probably don’t think about just how much work goes into making the airplane.
An airplane is a complex device, made of many thousands of parts small and large. The turbine engines alone must be carefully formed so they can operate smoothly and efficiently to power the plane. Some of these parts are held in wire baskets as the parts are treated for durability before being assembled.
Three M sells custom wire baskets to airplane manufacturers as well-known as Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. These baskets are made of high-quality stainless steel with the option of several finishes. Depending on the purpose of the basket, it can be made to withstand varying degrees of heat and chemical exposure.
Designing an airplane and determining all the parts that must go into it is a complicated process involving advanced engineering knowledge. But an engineer must also know how each part will go through the process of manufacturing and make sure that it is made to the quality needed to withstand excessive force and extreme temperatures. So the manufacturing process involves treating parts so they will be durable and work well when the finished aircraft flies off into the wild blue yonder.
Three M Tool can design baskets in whatever size and shape a manufacturer needs. An airplane manufacturer may need stainless steel baskets in many different dimensions to hold the wide variety of parts that go into a jet.
The AnySizeBasket.com offers several images of standard sized wire baskets with suggested uses and sizes, but limitless possibilities exist. Whether an industry manufactures airplane parts, or medical devices, or foodservice implements, these baskets can be put to use. Three M markets products to both small and large companies.