Tray & Pad Supported Packaging

Tray & Shrink Packs

For many years, trays have been a popular alternative to RSC packaging. Trays can be used for both distribution and retail packaging, and they offer a significant amount of Source Reduction compared to traditional RSCs. Trays are helpful for keeping round products from shifting and shingling inside a pack and they can help prevent containers from chiming and cutting the film during palletizing. Trays are available in varying heights (from low wall to high wall) and they use less corrugated material and less glue than RSCs. Trays can be wrapped in bullseye / sleeve wrap, or in total closure shrink film for maximum protection.

Packaging Mass Reduction

Let's examine a comparison between a printed RSC and the same contents wrapped in a low-height tray, wrapped in printed total closure shrink film.

RSC Vs. Tray & Shrink

Printed RSC:  276 grams
Corrugated Tray:  48 grams
Shrink Film, 1.5 Mil : 12 grams

The packaging mass reduction will be (276- 60) / 276 =  78%

Aside from the lower cost associated with less corrugate, the material cost savings are further impacted by the fact that an RSC is typically taped on both the top and the bottom to secure the flaps and seal the case.


Pad Supported Packs

Pad supported shrink multipacks offer even more material savings than tray and shrink packs. Pads can be used to prevent chiming on rounds product and they can also prevent products, such as cans, from cutting through the shrink film during palletizing and transport.

Pads can be used in both sleeve wrap and total closure applications.  

  • Save up to 50% on corrugated material costs
  • Provides stacking/palletizing support for aseptic bricks, prisms, cartons and more!
  • Multi-layer packaging capability
  • Corrugated Jacket is formed around the product, creating tightly packed bundles
  • The bundle is sealed with shrink film overwrap to create a distribution and retail-ready multipack
  • Pad Supported Shrink Wrapping

Shrinking Our Landfills

In the United States, paper and cardboard account for 41 percent of municipal solid waste.  While these materials are recyclable, statistics have shown that In the U.S. only 25% of that material is recycled annually. By reducing the amount of cardboard packaging associated with the distribution and retail sales of consumable products, we can drastically decrease the amount of packaging mass that enters our landfills on a daily basis.

We have illustrated that by switching from a traditional RSC to a tray and shrink solution, you can decrease the amount of waste associated with your product 78% or more. By switching from an RSC case to a pad supported shrink pack, you can reduce the amount of packaging waste associated with your product by as much as 90%. Decreasing the amount of packaging waste is not only provides for a rapid return on investment for the equipment, it is also the more ecologically responsible approach to packaging. There simply is not enough available land to sustain the landfills required by our current path.


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