American Manufacturing – Any Size Basket Made In The USA.

US ManufacturingOur baskets are all made in York, Pennsylvania, USA.  Three M Tool, the parent company for AnySizeBasket, was established in 1946 and has been proudly employing US workers for over 70 years.  The manufacturing history of York, PA and Three M Tool is one of strength and adaptation to customer needs.

Our Heritage

Three M Tool was established as a result of the manufacturing expansion that took place in the early 1940’s in York, PA due to the founding of The York Plan by many manufacturers.  The York Plan become a national model on how manufacturers could work together to solve customer demands, in this case a need for ammunition, vehicles, and supplies for the Allies of WWII.  This growth in manufacturing allowed our founders to establish a stamping company.  A main early product were stamped metal spools supplied to the local chain manufacturing companies in the area such as American Chain and Cable Company (ACCO).  Since this time, Three M Tool has been innovating and responding to customer demands, which has lead us to add the capabilities to make wire mesh baskets since start of the 2000’s.

Our Workmanship

Any Size Basket made from this site is manufactured from the highest quality US steel and mesh.  Our workers are trained and tested in the certified weld practices, with standardized settings and testing during the weld process.  We guarantee our workmanship.

Our Process 

All wire mesh baskets start from a spool of wire rod.  This rod is straightened and formed into the base size frame for either your round  or rectangular shape.  The rod frame and handles are formed on computer-controlled bending machine allowing us to fabricate the unique size you require.  Each wire frame and support rods are TIG welded together to form the outer rod construction of the basket.  Rod size is determined base on the overall width and length of the basket, heavy wire sizes for longer spans.
Once the external wire frame is welded, the mesh lining is formed and resistance welded onto the frame.  To ensure no sharp edges and a good usable finish, the entire basket is completely deburred to remove sharp edges and weld spatter while blending smooth the edges.   At this point the basket would be quality checked to the print and either shipped or sent to get final finishing options.   Want to learn more on our process and capabilities, watch this video.

AnySizeBasket.com and Three M Tool are proud to supply USA made basket and jobs.

 

Metal Finishing – It’s Not All About The Look.

Choosing the base material for the construction of your wire mesh basket is a great start, but for each base material, whether stainless steel or carbon steel, there is a choice of finishing options.  A finish is usually a coating or chemical process which changes the surface and look of your basket.   Although, the finish does have a visual effect on each product, the coating or finish is more about function then look.  In most cases, a finishing adds greater protection or enhanced properties to the base material to best effect the durability and increase the usable life of your wire baskets.

In reviewing the environmental conditions which helped to determine the base material construction, if your basket is going into a corrosive environment it may be best to further protect the metal with a finish.  The two main finishing options on AnySizeBasket.com are Natural and Electropolished.  For a few of our products, there is a third option of Zinc plating as used on our Tote Baskets (our totes are a great economical basket line for heavy-duty part storage).

metal finish on baskets

Natural Finish

Sometimes you need a finish and other times you don’t – natural is your choice if the base qualities of the metal is sufficient protection for your application.  Go natural for bare metal.   Stainless steel has great corrosive protection and resists rust or pitting, thus it is a great option for a natural finish as it holds up in function and look.

Natural Finish is the natural condition of the base material without any second processing. The baskets will be generally clean, but may have a slight brown discoloration around welds and/or very light process oils remaining on the surface.

Electropolished Finish

Electropolishing is a finishing process that is about removal of material instead of addition of a coating.  Electropolishing is a process that removes surface impurities by stripping away a uniform layer of surface material.  Electropolishing is done on our stainless steel baskets. It is a process where the entire fabricated basket is immersed in electrically charged acid to drive off any surface impurities and any “free iron ions”. With the free iron removed, the top molecular layers of the stainless steel are very dense with chrome and nickel. This makes the surfaces very smooth, very clean, with improved corrosion resistance. The process leaves the part smoother and visually brighter, but again the main reason for electropolish is function not look.  After processing the part is free of contaminants, heat marks, scale, machine burrs or weld impurities.

The main benefits to electropolishing are improved corrosion resistance and a clean surface less susceptible to attract bacteria or impurities.    These benefits are why electropolished baskets are recommended for any ultrasonic cleaning and vapor degreasing applications.   Industry uses for electropolished wire mesh baskets include but not limited to medical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage.

If you are all about the look, Electropolished is the shiniest and brightest finish offered. The finish will stay bright and last through the life of the basket.

Zinc Plating

The finish option of zinc plating is offered on carbon steel to protect the surface from rust.  The only baskets on AnySizeBasket.com which are offered with zinc plating are our Tote Baskets.  This coating is an economical way to better protect carbon steel.

Other Coatings

For part protection and look, some baskets may need to be coated with Black Nylon or Teflon to avoid metal contact.  Three M Tool, the parent organization of AnySizeBasket.com, offers these coatings on our engineered solutions.  Please contact us to discuss your specific coating or finish needs.

Material Selection – Which Metal Do I Need?

Selecting the base material for your wire mesh basket

Material selection will be a core decision in designing your specific wire mesh basket.  AnySizeBasket.com offers three base materials: Carbon Steel, 304 Stainless Steel, and 316 Stainless Steel.   The Material selected dictates the base material for the entire construction of the basket including all mesh and rod for the basket, handle(s), and any attaching lid.  So, which material do you choose?

Least expensive:
Carbon Steel, Natural Finish is the cheapest material.  316 Stainless Steel is the most expensive.

Best value:
304 Stainless gives good strength and corrosion protection with clean rust-resistant finish.  The cost of the material gives you greater life and aesthetic longevity.

Strongest material:
316 Stainless Steel is slightly stronger than 304 Stainless Steel.

Most corrosive protection:
316 Stainless Steel has more resistance to corrosion in acidic, chemical, and saltwater environments.

Most commonly purchased:
304 Stainless Steel is the material chosen on the majority of baskets purchased on AnySizeBasket.com.

The best material for your basket will depends most on the use environment of the wire basket.  Every basket on AnySizebasket.com is made with top workmanship and high-quality materials producing a durable basket.   However, the working environment will have a great effect on the baskets longevity if the wrong material is chosen.

Carbon Steel, Natural Finish:
Strong and inexpensive.   Very limited corrosion resistance in natural finish. Baskets made from carbon steel are a great choice for manual solvent cleaning, oil dipping and indoor material handling applications where light rusting will not stain or contaminate parts.

Carbon steel wire mesh baskets should not be used without a surface coating for any long-term outdoor applications, in any aqueous (water-based) dipping or cleaning applications, or in any caustic environments.

304 SS, Natural Finish:
304 Stainless Steel is the most common of the industrial stainless steel grades with properties of:  good corrosion resistance in wet and mildly caustic environments, high temperature strength. The accepted service temperature is up to 1700°F (925°C).  304 SS is slightly stronger than carbon steel.

80% of basket made by AnySizeBasket are 304 Stainless Steel.  This is a common choice since the metal resists rusting and does not need a surface finish to protect the life and look of the basket.

316 SS, Natural Finish:
316 Stainless Steel provides superior corrosion resistance.  This is the better choice for use in acidic, chemical, and saltwater environments.   The Melting point of 316 SS is slightly less than 304 SS although it has the same generally accepted service temperature range, up to 1700°F (925°C).