Key Benefits of Plastic Trays

Improving on existing products and systems to improve output, efficiency and effectiveness is at the core of innovation. It’s about working smarter not harder. Innovation is the absolute key to the growth of the mining and minerals industries. These industries rely heavily on continuous innovation to drive growth.

And with regards to that, it is the innovation that has led to the implementation of plastic trays in these industries with a motive of making the process simpler. Plastic trays have a number of benefits with accordance to the materials that have to be stored or presented in these trays. There are certain minerals that react to a metal tray in a vague manner, but are well summoned on a plastic one.

Here are some key benefits of plastic trays in the industries:


They have ergonomically designed built-in handles so that they are easier to pick up and handle, coloured coded for easy recognition and are also available in black. These trays are designed to stack well on pallets and aren’t noisy like metal core trays, they are planted with effective drainage holes ensuring that core samples are not damaged or contaminated. They can be easily labelled with a permanent marker or paint pen or an optional aluminium tag that holds onto the ID tag holder.


Metal core trays are hard to pick up, especially when hot! Are difficult to handle and when damaged, need to be replaced which means a loss in productivity. Improved plastic core tray designs means that they are easier to use and stack easily for storage and transportation saving time and resources — thereby enhancing productivity. Certain models in these trays can even nest effectively halving transport costs when the tray is empty.


Metal core trays have a tendency to rust and have a shorter life span as a result. Plastic core trays are made of premium UV stabilised polypropylene, a type of thermoplastic polymer resin that can be found in many goods such as loudspeakers, automotive components and carpets. This chemical compound is not only highly resistant to organic chemicals (to minimise risk of a chemical reaction with core samples) and is non-magnetic (so as not to interfere with core analysis) but will not corrode like metal core trays. These types of plastic trays are generally so durable, that they are assumed to last for about an approximate time of 20 years.


The components of metal core trays are normally higher in costs which make them more expensive to manufacture. These costs are subsequently passed down to the customer. In comparison, plastic core trays are cheaper to produce and so are cheaper than metal core trays. And as they are also more durable, plastic core trays represent good value.


Metal core trays have sharp edges making it difficult to pick them without inflicting cuts to hands. Sharp corners can also catch on clothing. When left out in the sun for great lengths of time, metal core trays can also become hot to touch and burn the skin, making it difficult to pick up and handle without the use of safety gloves. Plastic core trays eliminate these safety issues because they have rounded edges and are cool to touch even when left for long periods of time in the hot sun. Because there is less risk of injuries and other OHS issues, plastic core trays are a much safer option.

Plastic trays are an important facet to a number of industries and are rapidly replacing the metal trays. The reason for this to happen is indeed quite obvious after the number of key benefits mentioned above; there is a clear sight as to why plastic trays are the more preferred version of trays. 

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