Tray Handling Systems Benefit From Addition of Steel Wire Baskets

Domestic sourcing and dimensional consistency were just two priorities that Acme Wire Products Co., Inc. fulfilled for a Chicago manufacturer seeking components for its automated tray handling systems.

The Illinois-based maker of automated gear machining equipment was intent on finding a domestic supplier of precision steel wire baskets for its tray handling systems to help reduce lead time and shipping expenses as well as to fulfill the manufacturer’s corporate philosophy to “buy American”.

The Chicago company found that Acme Wire Products’ precision steel wire baskets were the perfect match for its automated tray handling systems, which are used in automotive gear grinding and machining operations.

Acme Wire Products met its customer’s specifications by designing the required forming dies, templates and welding fixtures in house using AUTOCAD. Tight quality control during the forming, welding and assembly processes ensured that the baskets, when stacked 13 high, allow only a .600″ shift from left to right over the height of the stacked baskets.

Thanks to Acme’s long-standing expertise in precision wire components, the custom tooling the firm created for this project ensured that dimensional consistency was maintained from the first zinc-plated basket to the hundredth.

Acme Wire Products welded “license plates” made of stamped sheet metal to the precision steel wire baskets to meet additional customer requirements for inventory control and quick gear identification. They baskets come in several different heights with a variety of insert styles.

A long-time leading manufacturer of custom wire baskets and trays, Acme Wire Products can design and create baskets using steel, stainless steel or titanium. Contact us now to learn how our expertise can benefit your tray handling systems or other complex operations.


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