Plastic Tray Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Greeneville, TN

    Our plastic trays are one of our most popular products! We are devoted to providing you with products that will withstand the test of time to provide you with years of service. It is our main goal to bring quality customer service for our clients. It is our commitment to you that we bring quality, service, and reliability with every new business transaction. For more information visit our website or email us today!

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  • Lake Bluff, IL

    Since 1960, Profile Plastics Inc. has been at the forefront of thermoforming technology. Utilizing the latest software and technology, our expert staff of engineers can design custom vacuum, pressure, and twin-sheet thermoformed solutions. Over the last 60 years, we have developed a process that allows us to deliver consistent, high volume, and precise products with superior quality. Our high quality products are manufactured with great attention to detail. ISO 9001:2008 certified.

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  • Sparks, NV

    Quality Plastics Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of vacuum forming since 1976. Whether you need a small batch of custom vacuum-formed parts or a large-scale production run, we have the capabilities and expertise to deliver. We are committed to providing our customers with exceptional vacuum-formed products and services that meet their needs and exceed their expectations. Contact us today to learn more about our vacuum-forming capabilities.

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  • Stirling, NJ

    Engineered Plastic Products custom forms & fabricates sheet thermoplastic materials, standard & specialized, for any number of industrial & commercial requirements. EPP has been widely recognized for outstanding manufacturing & service since 1958 for companies such as GE, NASA & AT&T. Custom fabricated parts can be as large as 72"x108" down to 2"x2" in any thickness up to 1 1/2". Post-forming includes all types of machining & assembly.

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  • Aurora, OH

    At Lerner Molded Plastics, we specialize in crafting high-quality vacuum-formed products tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients. With years of expertise in the industry, we take pride in our ability to deliver innovative solutions that exceed expectations.

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  • Tigard, OR

    RapidMade is a leader in thermoforming and vacuum forming solutions, offering unmatched customer experience, quality, and speed. We cater to diverse needs with a broad material and equipment portfolio, ensuring cost-effective, engineered parts. Trust us for reliable, timely delivery of your small to medium batch plastic projects, meeting the highest industry standards. Choose RapidMade for efficiency, quality, and value in every project.

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  • Edwardsburg, MI

    At Duo Form, we are pioneers in the realm of vacuum-formed plastic products. With a collective passion for precision engineering and creative problem-solving, we've established ourselves as leaders in delivering high-quality solutions to a wide range of industries.

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  • Coleman, MI

    Robinson Industries offers thermoformed and injection molded reusable, heavy duty plastic pallets, packaging and more. We are one of the largest suppliers of reusable pallets to many industries because of our expertise based on 65 years in business, our completely in-house process and our high quality certifications including ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. Join the Robinson Family today!

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Plastic Trays Industry Information

Plastic Trays

Plastic trays are shallow platforms with raised edges intended to stop contents from sliding or rolling off of the surface. Designed for transport, display, storage, and organization, trays are popular in manufacturing plants, implicated in both assembly and packaging processes.

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Applications of Plastic Trays

Like most vacuum formed plastics, plastic trays are inexpensive to produce and yield a high strength-to-weight ratio, making them ideal for shipping, packaging, and transport applications. Such industries as automotive, material handling, and food services, all of which have small parts that must be kept separate, organized, and properly oriented, employ plastic trays on a regular basis for the fulfillment of the aforementioned tasks, as well as to catch excess materials, such as oil or water. Surgical or instrument plastic trays are also used in medical and dental settings.

Cafeteria trays are another popular application for plastic trays, which may be produced at a high rate of production when large quantities of uniform and stackable trays are required. Additionally, reproducibility is an important factor in the horticultural use of plastic seed trays for sowing and plant cuttings. These trays, and others for parts handling or product display and retail, are often made with individual cavities. A number of stock and custom tray options are available for long-term or single-use as needed. It is important to consider the dimensions, thickness, orientation, lip height, and strength of a tray with regards to its intended use.

Manufacturing Process of Plastic Trays

Also known as blister trays, as they are produced in a fashion similar to blister packs, trays begin as extruded or rolled sheets of plastic that are fed into an electric, natural gas, or infrared heating system. High grades of polystyrene (PS) are most often used in the production of plastic trays, though polyethylene, PVC, and PETG may also be used.

Heating such materials is the first step of all thermoforming and vacuum forming processes, as the warmth causes the plastic to become soft and pliable. Warm sheets are then guided into a form station where presses or stamps adhere the material to a mold, usually the inverse of the desired tray shape. A vacuum is used to pull the material into the mold by removing all excess air for a perfect fit.

The plastic is cooled in this position, returning it to a rigid state. When needed, reverse airflow from the vacuum vent may be used to break the hold on the plastic and eject the newly made form. Secondary processes, such as trimming and coating, are applied as needed, as are aesthetic operations, such as painting and printing.

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