We are very often called by people in the hospitality industry with questions before buying their trays.
So to help you along a bit here’s a few words of advice.
There are many companies out there that mass produce trays made from acrylic and they sell them nice and cheaply.
The downside is they will be made from an inferior acrylic that could be prone to a crackle effect when subjected to heat or just over time.
They are usually made from a very thin acrylic and they don’t have the surface area to stick together which is ok for home use but no good for how many multiple outings they get on your events.
Hotels, event caterers & restaurants are like the crash test for acrylic trays and they are put through the mill. The washing process, sending out on events and getting packed (thrown) into boxes at the end of a long night quickly takes it’s toll.
So ask questions and stick to these rules to avoid buying the same trays a second time a few months later :-
1) Don’t get your trays made from an acrylic of less than 5 mm thickness if they have parts that will need gluing.
2) Insist they are bonded together and not just stuck together with a solvent.
3) Inspect for air bubbles.
Have a look at the below this is made from 5mm clear. Perspex is the best acrylic but there are other brands that are fine.