Metal baskets are an exceptionally versatile product for a variety of industries. Wire baskets for manufacturing or other applications all need to be durable and stand up to continuous rough use. All stainless steel basket types can play an important role in manufacturing processes due to their corrosion resistance and ability to withstand heat and chemical damage.
We’ll explain why mesh is one of the best types of stainless steel baskets for any type of indoor material handling or manufacturing process, and explain why Three M Tool is your partner for the best value in baskets.
Why Custom Wire Mesh Baskets?
The first question most people ask is why custom baskets are worth it and why a business would go this route rather than choosing from pre-made commercial basket types.
The clearest indicator that your business needs custom stainless steel wire baskets is when you have an application process that could be improved with more precision. If your baskets are being used for parts cleaning, for example, you may need the parts to stay in place without movement. A custom basket designed to the specifications of the parts you are cleaning can keep the parts in place exactly, improving the efficiencies and outcomes of your process.
Of the types of stainless steel baskets, baskets lined with wire mesh are more affordable and are very cost effective for loose parts. For more part-specific baskets, individual rods can bend into almost any shape imaginable, allowing for extreme precision in locating and protecting parts.
Custom baskets also typically use higher quality steel, which is essential for applications like ultrasonic cleaning or enclosed vapor degreasing. If you need baskets for non-destructive testing (NDT) or fluorescent penetrant inspections (FPI), there is no better choice than stainless steel due to its resistance to chemical solutions.
How Wire Mesh Baskets Are Made
Wire mesh is a comprised of parallel rows and columns of intersecting wires. There are many types of wire mesh, but the two most common types are welded and woven.
Welded wire mesh connects intersecting rows and columns of wires by welding them together where they intersect. The welded wires make welded mesh slightly more rigid than similar woven wire mesh, which can either help or hurt in basket designs.
Woven wire mesh is made similarly to woven cloth. Wires weave under and over the others perpendicularly to make a “plain weave” mesh. Woven wire mesh is flexible which allows us to press it into bowl shapes and shallow pan shapes when needed. Woven mesh is also very durable, absorbing impacts from heavy part or sharp corners without tearing.
Three M Tool uses tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding to ensure that all rod frames are as rugged and sturdy as possible. Using high-quality steel, we fabricate for maximized service life and resistance to wear.
Benefits of Having Baskets Custom Made
Having wire mesh baskets custom made is simpler than many realize and can dramatically improve your processes. Here are three ways custom basket fabrication beats out-of-the-box purchasing.
1. Material Selection
Being able to choose from a variety of materials helps ensure you get the right balance of features and cost for your wire mesh baskets. Three M Tool uses multiple stainless steel alloys with other materials to make sure our customers have the most options when it comes to fabrication. Our engineers can help you determine the optimal mesh type frame construction that fits your application.
Customizing each part of a basket allows us to design a frame structure that suits your exact strength, weight and size requirements. Then we can choose the best mesh type for your exact part size and process. Being able to mix and match materials for different types of wire baskets is one of the top benefits of custom fabrication.
2. Exact Fit
With manufacturing equipment, there is rarely any room for adjustments to processes or the equipment itself, creating a need for highly customized baskets in some cases. While it’s possible to make generic baskets work where they don’t quite fit, doing so will decrease the quality and efficiency of your processes and potentially lead to quality issues with the cleanliness or appearance of the final product.
When you need a basket to conform perfectly to the shape of one or more specific parts, custom fabrication is a must. For example, you may need one or more wire basket types with handles that swing, but find that the available options do not have the right compartmentalization width for your needs. In cases like these, custom fabrication is the way to get exactly what you need.
3. Optimized Liquid or Air Flow
When compared to solid sheet metal pans or totes, wire mesh baskets allow flow through the mesh’s open spaces between individual wires. That flow could be cleaning solvent to flush away dirt, rinsing solution flush out the solvents, or blasts of air to dry the parts. The mesh wire spacing needs to be small enough to hold parts in place and wide enough to make sure the liquids used in cleaning or dipping parts can drain away quickly and completely afterward.
Not all commercial wire basket types offer an adequate selection of mesh size. Customized mesh spacing can improve the efficiency of your wash, dip or other process that utilizes a liquid medium.
Why Three M Tool?
When you’re collaborating to create a custom industrial product, trust is essential. You need to know that you’re getting top quality products at a fair price and that you will be able to get fast and friendly support throughout the process if you need it.
Three M Tool has been in business since 1948, providing an ever-expanding array of products and services for those who need reliable metal fabrication. We are proud to stay at the cutting edge of our industry, and we continue to be leaders in the manufacture of racks, containers, custom metal fixtures and wire baskets.
With only the best in carbon and stainless steel alloys, we can fabricate any number of durable stainless steel mesh basket types with solid welds and heavy mesh linings. Our use of highly advanced designs and commitment to craftsmanship results in products that can stand up to constant, heavy use in industrial settings.
Get in Touch Today
If your business needs high-quality wire mesh baskets made to custom specifications, contact Three M Tool. Our friendly expert engineers are ready to discuss the needs of your business and present custom solutions that will streamline your manufacturing or production applications. You can give Three M Tool a call at 1-800-955-0868, or provide information on your project through our online contact form.