Plastic Trays

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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. Read More…

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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Greeneville, TN  |  423-638-1284

Valk’s policy is “to meet or exceed our customer’s requirements, working together as a team with honesty and integrity.” Valk’s success is due to their long standing focus on quality & customer service— that means you’re not going to find a better place to satisfy your vacuum formed plastic needs. As a registered ISO 9001:2008 company, Valk is committed to continually improving.

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Valk Industries, Inc. $$$

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 50 years, we have developed a process that allows us to deliver consistent, high volume, and precise products with superior quality. Our highly aesthetic products are manufactured with great attention to detail. ISO 9001:2008 certified.

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Profile Plastics, Inc. $$$

New Milford, CT  |  860-354-0885

For over 40 years, Conlet Plastics has been a leader in vacuum forming. They serve a wide variety of industries including medical, airline, automotive and signage, with high-quality products that are reasonably priced & delivered on time. They are fully equipped for prototypes or production of many kinds of blister packs. They also offer in house tooling capabilities.

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Conlet Plastics, Inc. $$$

Stirling, NJ  |  800-304-3774

EPP, Inc. is a manufacturer of thermoplastic materials. They provide a full range of services to meet any part requirement, including quality & affordable vacuum forming services, as well as post-forming operations, which are subject to quality control. Their commitment to customer service is why they have the recognition as an outstanding source for a wide range of formed & fabricated products.

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Engineered Plastic Products, Inc. $$$

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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Robinson Industries $$$

West Chester, PA  |  610-436-4750

When it comes to vacuum forming we are the experts! Come see the difference when you work with true professionals as we astound you with our amazing levels of customer service. We have made it one of our primary goals that we provide our customers with products that will withstand the test of time to provide a lifetime of value. For more information on how to get started with us visit our website today!

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Packateers, Inc. $$$
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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.

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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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