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As a member of the packaging industry, you understand that the smallest details that customers take for granted must receive great care and attention on your side of the supply chain. This is especially true if you work in the food industry and rely on perfectly formed trays to hold, secure, and transfer your products. Perhaps the goods you need to sell remain in trays when purchased by the consumer, in which case those trays need to have every detail set with precision.

Assuming your operation is of a large enough scale, you can’t exactly create your trays by hand. You need a fast and reliable system to create and seal trays minute after minute until you have reached your daily quota. That’s where an integrative tray forming machine becomes valuable.

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You ultimately want to acquire a tray former that also includes a flighted conveyor and a straight line closer. This will allow you the option of forming corners with glue, locks, or style locks complete with a hinged cover. The trays can be placed on a belt conveyor to be loaded and sealed, sometimes as many as 25 or 30 per minute!

Look for a machine made of stainless steel so that it is of sanitary construction. All of the elements above can be accommodated in less than six feet of product load area, so it won’t require much of your valuable square footage to ensure proper tray formation. However, if you want to extend the conveyor length or create cartons larger than the standard range, it is possible with the right machine!

A Keurig box is a great example of a product that can be created with a high quality tray former. The Keurig box is carefully constructed throughout the assembly line so that an employee can hand load the K-cups into the Keurig box for consumer purchase. It’s an efficient and attractive system.