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Plastic Tray Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory provides a detailed list of plastic tray companies and suppliers. Find plastic tray companies that can design and engineer plastic trays to your specifications. Peruse our website to review and discover top plastic trays companies with roll over ads and complete product descriptions. Connect with the plastic trays companies through our hassle-free and efficient request for quote form. You are provided company profiles, website links, locations, phone numbers, product videos, and product information. Read reviews and stay informed with product new articles. Whether you are looking for companies of thermoformed plastic trays, Gropius plastic trays, and custom vacuum formed plastic trays of every type, IQS is the premier source for you.

  • Greeneville, TN 423-638-1284

    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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  • New Milford, CT 860-354-0885

    Located in New Milford, CT, Conlet Plastics has over 40 years of combined experience with plastic manufacturing, including first-rate plastic trays and a variety of other expertly managed products and services. Every project is given cost-conscious consideration and careful review to forestall production problems and the optimum combination of price, quality, and on-time delivery.

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  • Lake Bluff, IL 847-604-5100

    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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  • Stirling, NJ 908-647-3500

    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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  • McSherrystown, PA 717-633-6333

    Founded in 1986, SAY Plastics is a plastics processor specializing in OEM thermoforming. Our state-of the-art facility, located in South Central Pennsylvania, houses the latest manufacturing technologies. From our computer controlled forming equipment and our vacuum molding capabilities, to our brand new high speed CNC Routers, SAY Plastics has the tools for your next project. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure quality service every time.

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  • Danville, IL 844-865-1669

    Greenwood Plastics Industries is an industry leader and has been a leader in vacuum-formed plastics for many years. We believe in relationships that can produce smart productivity. You give us the idea, and we will help you choose the best materials, process, and timeline to make high quality and profitable product. We are also committed to earth friendly-green solutions. Recycling as much as possible has been a company initiative for years, and we are taking big steps toward reducing our carbon footprint.

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  • Coleman, MI 877-465-4055

    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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