Food Service

Plastic is found in many items for preparing and serving food. Products for food storage and retail package are designed for low-cost, high-volume molding. Catering trays and bowls can be molded from glass-filled or other materials that combine high strength with long-lasting finish. There also many high-precision engineered components used for food storage and retail packaging, as well as high-precision engineered components in food service machinery.

Materials & Processes

Items made for food packaging and storage can be molded or thermoformed. They are typically designed for high-speed production and multi-cavity molds. Catering trays and bowls can be formed from Sheet Molding Compound or ABS. Instead of painting or applying decals, food service molders often incorporate in-mold decorating, hot stamping, pad printing and multishot molding.

Food service machinery and equipment can include specialized components with inserts and complex geometries. Engineered materials provide strength and dimensional stability over a wide range of temperatures. Food service products are often designed to stand up to hot water and harsh chemicals in warewashing equipment.

Special Considerations

Plastic Molded Concepts is able to produce injection molded products that meet the stringent regulations of agencies such as NSF, UL and RoHS. We maintain strict traceability records on all our raw materials used to manufacture components for this industry, as well as all the other industries we produce for. PMC is also compliant with all the regulations required to supply plastic molded parts for use in commercial food zone areas, as well as refrigeration and ice machines.

Products made by PMC are composed of quality, long-lasting materials that are chosen to best fulfill your need. We make sure our end products are clear of any blemishes or imperfections that might occur during the molding process. Our quick turn-around time on both short and long run orders saves you time and money

How to Get the Best Results

When selecting a molder for a food service product, you need to look at speed-to-market as well as experience. High-volume production requires careful attention to mold chilling and cycle times. The mold must be carefully designed to allow complete filling across all cavities. Keeping waste to a minimum is important, especially if remolded resin runs at a different temperature and pressure compared to virgin product.

For precision machinery components, Molding management works hand-in-hand with product design to get the most out of engineered plastics. Our master molder can recommend small changes in draft angles and product thickness to help you get the dimensional tolerances you require. In some cases, post-mold machining or fabrication can be most cost-effective for a complex part. Insert molding may allow you to get the wear-resistance a piece requires with less expensive resins.