Plastic Tray Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Plastic Tray Fan Club

    There were many exciting things about elementary school. We often took fun field trips to the zoo and various nature centers, we got to dress up on Halloween and come to school in our costumes, and we got to go outside everyday for recess. I may be one of the only kids out there that will admit this, but I also loved lunch at school. My mom bought me a set of school lunch tickets, and we would have a choice of two or three different lunches depending on the...

  • Plastic Trays in the Medical Industry

    When I hear the term plastic trays the first image that pops into my head is that of a cafeteria, there are in fact a variety of other environments where vacuum formed plastic trays are put to use. One of the most applaudable environments is the hospital, where medical professionals utilize plastic trays because of their long-lasting and easy to clean capabilities. Utilized by the cafeteria to carry food from the kitchen to the patients on various floors and in various rooms, plastic trays are also used to carry various...

  • Plastic Trays: Production from a Kid's Perspective

    As a kid, the plastic trays I received in the cafeteria always impressed me. With no distinguishable welding marks, the fact that an object with separate compartments could be made from on piece of material was mind-boggling. As I grew older, the awe wore off and I took my tray without thinking about how it was made. Now as an adult I've learned about the processes that create plastic items such as plastic trays, plastic covers and packaging items like clamshells. All of these are vacuum formed plastics, a process...

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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.

Industries such 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 may be required. Reproducibility is also 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. Other options for plastic trays include sizes and colors. A number of stock and custom options are readily made 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 for its intended use.

Like most vacuum formed plastics, plastic trays are inexpensive to produce but yield a high strength to weigh ration making them ideal for shipping, packaging and transport applications among others. 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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