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How We Design Baskets
- DEFINE CUSTOMER NEEDS: Every successful project begins by understanding the customer’s application. Our Sales Team starts with some questions to capture the requirements:
- GENERAL APPLICATION: Cleaning, Filtering, Chemical dip, Heat treating, FPI Inspection, etc.
- APPLICATION ENVIRONMENT: -Ultrasonic, High Temperature, EVD-Enclosed Vapor Degreasing, Caustic Dip, Spray Wash
- OTHER APPLICATION CONSTRAINTS: -Part orientation, Hold parts for Rotation, Heavy parts, Delicate parts, Max lifting weight, Part count per basket
- WORK ENVELOPE SIZE: Dimensions of any tanks, conveyors, machine chambers, etc.
- SMALLEST PART SIZE: -Opening size for mesh selection, Mesh openings should be just smaller than the smallest part
- OTHER BASKET FEATURES:
- Handles (Top, ends, swinging)
- Lid (Hinged, latches, compression)
- Part Orientation (Top loading only or Full rotation)
- Divided compartments (solid metal, perforated, mesh walls)
- Crossing Rod Grids
- Pin Rack (spacing, length, radiused ends)
- Part protection (Nylon 11 coating, UHMW)
- Basket Stacking (Stack height)
- Lifting (Single-point Hoist, Multi-point Sling Hoist, Fork Truck)
- PART EXAMPLES: -Digital Models, Photos, Samples
- BRAINSTORM ON DESIGN: This information is then reviewed and discussed by our Design Team with members from Engineering, Production, and Sales. This multi-disciplinary team draws on their combined experience to develop a design concept that balances:
- DESIGN INTENT: Will the design work
- MANUFACTURABILITY: Can the design be made easily and accurately
- USABILITY: Is the design Safe, Intuitive, and Comfortable for end user
- VALUE: Will the cost to make the basket be appropriate to the customer’s need.
- DESIGN DETAILS: The sketched and ideas from the Design Team then go to the CAD Designers to complete the design.
- Ideally, the customer has supplied digital part models or physical part samples that we can digitize. We start by positioning digital parts models within the work envelope constraints, paying close attention to how the parts are oriented to maintain part-to-part clearance.
- With the digital parts positioned “in space”, the basket is designed outward to support and secure them during the process. We were able to experiment with different configurations within SolidWorks to find the design that was the most secure and the easiest to load.
- Our design concept is then presented to the customer with engineering drawings or digital animations. Because the parts, the basket, and sometimes even the process equipment has been drawn to scale, problems are easy to identify and correct before production begins.
- DIGITAL DESIGN TO CNC PRODUCTION: The approved basket design is fully captured digitally in SolidWorks. With very little effort and no loss of accuracy, we are able export part programs directly to our CNC Rod Bending equipment and our CNC Machine Centers.