Recently, after seeing the website for ThreeMTool, in York, Pennsylvania (threemtool.com), I began thinking about how amazing baskets are, and how many different industries use baskets (specifically wire baskets) for things like product maintenance, or cleaning, and actually, quite a few other applications. Some of the industries that ThreeMTool has served include the Aero Space, Medical, Commercial Food, and Electronics industries, just to name a few. There are many other companies/industries that have also used these wire baskets in as many different ways.
One of the businesses that have found a great use for custom wire baskets are watch makers. They can use a cleaning rack made for a watch manufacturer that serves to protect the small and delicate pieces of a watch during an ultrasonic cleaning process. Watch makers often use ultrasonic cleaning to gently yet thoroughly clean some parts of the watch.
And while we’re on the subject of ultrasonic cleaning, many industries that use the type of wire baskets made by ThreeMTool, use them for support with ultrasonic cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaning is the use of sound waves, which are moved through liquid, thereby creating energy which is used to clean many types of items from jewelry to automotive parts to circuit boards. But, regardless of the item that you want to clean, you’ll need to protect it. This is where those wire baskets come in handy! Not only are special baskets made for the watch makers, but also for cleaning things like medical implants, and paint equipment. I even saw a finger rack to hold polished mirrors as they go through the ultrasonic cleaning process!
Ultrasonic cleaning isn’t the only cleaning process that ThreeMTool’s wire baskets are a part of. Many industries utilize these special wire baskets for high pressure wash applications. ThreeMTool makes a special pin rack to clean fuel injector parts. And there is also a special rack they make that holds small nozzles upright for the most effective internal cleaning during a high pressure spray wash.
Another unique use for these custom wire baskets is when you need to “heat treat” parts. For example, they make a basket for jet turbine blades that works to hold and protect the blades as they go through a heat treating process. Then there are the stackable oven baskets made for holding small samples as they go into a high temperature laboratory for chemical analysis.
There is no way I could possibly talk about all of the different baskets and their uses here. Because ThreeMTool is so great at customizing wire baskets for their client’s needs, we could never discuss all of the possible applications. In order to get the best idea of what your looking to accomplish with your basket, ThreeMTool has a questionnaire online that can help you think through your needs and your options. Then they can work with you personally to design and fabricate the exact wire basket to suit your needs. It may be just what your company has been looking for to help get that particular job done, or just get it done more easily!