Stainless Steel Basket to Hold Disassembled Transmission Parts to be Cleaned and Remanufactured:

Application Overview:

Our customer remanufactures forklift transmissions and they wanted us to design a custom basket to hold the individual parts from a disassembled unit for cleaning.

Specific Requirements:

Our customer needed custom stainless steel baskets with specific locations for each of the individual components of a disassembled transmission.  The basket must be designed to help the operator organize the parts to verify that the family of parts stays together and is complete for later re-assembly.  Many of the parts are very heavy castings and gears.   And all of the parts were covered with caked on grease and dirt.   The basket design needed to secure all of the parts for a high pressure spray cleaning cycle with full rotation and oscillation of the loaded baskets.

Our Solution:

The customer’s parts are very large and heavy, and the cleaning chamber of the MaFac parts washer was just barely large enough to fit everything.  Three M Tool started our design process by using digital models of the customer’s parts to position them within the available space, then used SolidWorks CAD software to design the baskets to hold the parts in the optimal locations.  Three M Tool’s basket design uses a stainless steel angle frame at the bottom to support the heavy basket and to slide easily into the machine’s cleaning chamber.  The rest of the custom basket is 5/16″ diameter rod with an interior framework that cradles each individual component with ample open space for effective cleaning of the very dirty parts.  The baskets needed an equally heavy duty lid to secure that parts during rotation, but there was no space available on the top or sides of the rectangular basket for clamps.  Our solution was to notch the corners of the basket to set the toggle clamps inside the unused area of the workspace.  The basket is 304 Stainless Steel Construction throughout and all surfaces are Electropolished.

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