Why Should You Use an American-Made Custom Wire Basket?

In American Manufacturing

Marlin Steel on November 7, 2019

Made in America has long been the slogan for high-quality products... and custom wire baskets are no exception.Marlin Steel’s leadership, engineering team, and production team are all proud to produce American-made custom wire baskets using American steel for customers all over the world. One question that a lot of Marlin’s clients have is “Why should we use an American-made basket instead of a basket from China that costs less?”

While cost is an important factor for acquiring a custom wire basket, it is far from being the only factor that matters. There are many reasons for a company to use American-made custom wire baskets from companies like Marlin Steel—such as:

1: To Get Consistent Quality in Custom Wire Baskets

Many manufacturing applications that call for custom wire baskets tend to also demand incredibly tight parts tolerances be consistently met. If one basket is an inch too big or has wires that are bent at a slightly odd angle compared to the intended design, it could cause damage to delicate parts or jam the processing machinery. So, it’s important to have custom wire baskets that can consistently meet quality requirements.

However, one of the issues with buying cheaply-made foreign baskets is that, to meet tight budgets, they have to cut corners on manufacturing processes. For example, instead of investing in factory automation, some companies use ultra-cheap manual labor to cut, shape, and bend steel wires. This manual process results in a lot of variability from one wire to the next, making meeting tight parts tolerances much more difficult.

2: Incredibly Fast Shipping Speeds

One of the biggest drawbacks to working with a foreign basket maker is the wait. First, you have to wait for a slow manual assembly process. Then, you have to wait for shipping space to be available on a freighter bound for the USA. Then, you have to wait for customs processing. Finally, after months of waiting, you get your custom wire basket and test it out… only to find out that there are issues with it that need fixing. This means more waiting for a revised basket design.

With an American-made custom wire basket, there is no need for American companies to wait for slow overseas shipping or customs. As soon as the basket is finished, it can be put out on a priority shipping truck for immediate delivery—shaving months off of the wait time for custom wire baskets.

3: Because American-Made Baskets Are Covered by American Laws

If a foreign company delivers a substandard product to you and you demand a refund, but are denied, you’re going to have to deal with that manufacturer’s legal system to process the claim. This can be a nightmare of red tape and frustration. After all, what incentive does the foreign company’s government have to side with an outsider?

Even if you can get a fair arbitration for your claim, there may be legal loopholes that you aren’t aware of that the other company can use against you—ones that only legal experts specializing in that country’s trade laws would be aware of. Finding such experts can be enormously difficult (and costly).

When using American-made custom wire baskets, however, you can rest easy knowing that you and the basket maker are following the same rules. If there’s an issue, it’s much easier to find fair arbitration to resolve the issue.

4: Because American-Made Baskets Support the American Economy

Another important reason to get your custom wire baskets from an American manufacturer is that it helps support the American economy. By buying American-made goods for your custom wire basket applications, you’re supporting an American business that provides jobs to American workers and supports American families.

Buying American baskets helps grow American jobs.

5: To Ensure Custom Wire Basket Safety

One final reason to invest in an American-made custom wire basket? To help ensure that the baskets you get are safe and effective for your manufacturing application.

Cheaply-made baskets that cut corners on safety could fail during use—leading to worker injuries or damaged manufacturing equipment. This can put your own manufacturing processes behind schedule while costing you money for medical treatment and repairs.

However, because American-made baskets are held to a higher quality standard and must follow American safety requirements, you are much more likely to get a safe product that won’t fail. This helps to ensure that your wire basket applications can proceed without an increased risk of worker injury or equipment damage from basket failures.

Marlin Steel’s staff are all proud to be an American manufacturing company that use American steel to produce top-quality custom wire baskets for all kinds of manufacturing applications. Do you need made-in-the-USA quality ASAP? Reach out to the Marlin team to get started.

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Author: Marlin Steel
Marlin Steel
Marlin Steel is a leading manufacturer of custom‐engineered products from steel wire and sheet metal. Its industrial material handling containers serve many industries including aerospace, defense, medical and automotive.

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