Automatic Tray Filling Machine VS Thermoforming Machine

Posted by Chela Mancuso

In the realm of commercial packaging, manufacturers often face the crucial decision of selecting the right packaging machinery to meet their operational needs. Two popular choices are the automatic tray filling machine and the thermoforming machine. This blog will elaborate on the key differences between these two machines and underscore why thermoforming machines are the superior option for various industrial packaging applications.

Automatic Tray Filling Machines vs. Thermoforming Machines

Automatic Tray Filling Machines

Tray filling machines are designed to automatically fill pre-made trays with products. They are commonly used in food packaging industries for items such as ready meals, snacks, and other perishable items, and are primarily useful for small to medium volume production runs. Although these machines can be efficient, their capabilities are somewhat limited.

Thermoforming Machines

On the other hand, thermoforming machines offer a more advanced and versatile packaging solution. These machines form packages directly from plastics, allowing for customizable designs and sizes based on specific product needs. The thermoforming process involves heating the plastic until it becomes pliable and then molding it into the desired shape. Once the product is placed in the molded tray, a top film is applied to seal the package securely.

What Items Can Be Packaged with a Thermoforming Machine

Thermoforming machines excel in a wide range of packaging applications:

  • Fresh meat and seafood
  • Pickles and other vegetables
  • Agricultural products
  • Herbs and bean paste
  • Prepared foods
  • Electronics parts
  • Medical instruments and pharmaceuticals

This broad spectrum of applications makes thermoforming machines an ideal choice for various industries, providing flexibility that tray filling machines simply cannot match.

How Does a Thermoforming Machine Work?

Thermoforming machines operate through several precise steps:

  1. Heating – The plastic film is heated until it is malleable.
  2. Forming – The pliable film is then formed into a specific shape using a custom mold.
  3. Filling – The formed trays are filled with the product.
  4. Sealing – A plastic film is applied over the filled trays and heat-sealed to ensure airtight packaging.

This process not only allows for high customization but also ensures that the packaged products maintain their freshness and integrity for extended periods.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Commercial Thermoforming Machine?

  • Efficiency: Thermoforming machines enable faster production rates compared to tray filling machines, drastically improving throughput.
  • Cost Savings: By forming packaging directly from plastic films, these machines reduce material waste and cost.
  • Customizability: Packaging designs can be highly customized to meet specific product dimensions and shapes.
  • Enhanced Freshness: The airtight seals produced by thermoforming machines help preserve the freshness and quality of products.
  • Versatility: Suitable for a wide range of products from food items to pharmaceuticals and electronics.

About AMAC Technologies’ Thermoforming Machine

At AMAC Technologies, our thermoforming vacuum system machines stand at the forefront of modern packaging technology. These state-of-the-art machines feature a stainless steel construction coupled with a high-efficiency European vacuum pump and touch screen programming. Their design is well-suited for packaging an array of products, including fresh meat, seafood, pickles, vegetables, agricultural items, herbs, bean paste, prepared foods, and electronics, to name a few.


  • Stainless steel construction
  • High-efficiency European vacuum pump
  • Touch screen with multi-language options
  • Adjustable forming depth
  • Compatibility with clear and printed film
  • Quick and easy die set change-over
  • Conformance to CE regulations
  • Adjustable cycle speed via touch panel


  • Fresh meat and seafood
  • Pickles and vegetables
  • Agricultural products and herbs
  • Bean paste and prepared foods
  • Electronics parts
  • Medical instruments and medicine

Learn More About AMAC Technologies and Their State-of-The-Art Commercial Packaging Equipment

AMAC Technologies is dedicated to providing cutting-edge packaging solutions that enhance operational efficiency and product quality. Our advanced thermoforming machines are tailored to meet the diverse needs of commercial manufacturers.

For more information about our innovative packaging equipment and how it can benefit your manufacturing process, visit AMAC Technologies.

By making the switch to AMAC Technologies’ thermoforming machines, businesses can expect improved packaging quality, greater production efficiency, and significant cost savings. Choose AMAC Technologies to keep your products packaged securely and presentably, no matter the industry.

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