You don’t buy a sports car just to drive it at a 30 mph speed limit through city blocks. No, you buy one so you can go fast, out on the interstate, out on open roads where you have space to speed up and feel the breeze blowing past the car and the force of being pushed back in your seat. You watch the RPM dial spin up, up, up as you push the gas pedal down. Then you smoothly work the clutch and shift gears rapidly.
You love the feeling of passing every car in sight as you cruise along. Yes, you buy a sports car for the speed, the exhilaration, the freedom. Maybe you even love lifting the hood and seeing the powerful equipment underneath. A heavy horsepower engine packing massive force to a solid-bodied car. You love fiddling around with spark plugs and wires. In fact, you even keep a stainless steel basket handy in your garage to put spare parts in for working on your car.
And don’t forget the body of the car. You treat that shiny finish like you would a fragile Oriental vase. In fact, you’re willing to walk all the way from the far end of the parking lot even though there’s a spot open right across from the store entrance. You just don’t want to park anywhere near other cars so Uncle Fred won’t scrape your car as he hurls open the rusty door on his pickup. Or a car pulling into the spot next to yours might just scratch your bumper if it comes too close.
You can spend half of a weekend washing your car, waxing it up, and buffing it to give it a nice shine. Then you’re even more proud to cruise down the road in your favorite toy, enjoying the looks of approval and envy you get from people walking and driving by.
Even with all the care it gets from a loving owner, a sports car has to have some pretty rugged parts inside of it to withstand the fast acceleration and high speeds it’s made to reach. Go inside a car factory and you’ll see the assembly lines where the inner workings of these cars are being made.
Walk by the transmission section, and you’ll see a conveyor belt moving slowly as robotic arms weld parts together. But before the parts are put together, they have to be clean from any oil or dust or anything else that might have gotten on them while being manufactured. The parts are placed in wire baskets, then put into a tub containing a chemical that will clean off anything that shouldn’t be on the parts. The basket is then taken out, excess fluid drips through the mesh, and the parts are ready to be assembled.
Three M Tool manufactures custom wire baskets for a wide variety of manufacturers. One of their clients, Tier 1 Automotive, does use baskets for cleaning transmission parts. But Three M Tool exists to serve a limitless range of possible uses. Check out their website (www.ThreeMTool.com) for ideas and consider the myriad of helpful ways you can use wire baskets for your industry. Three M Tool, based out of York, Pennsylvania, can be contacted by calling toll free 800.309.0671.