Lip Balm Trays Info Page


Benefits:

  • Increase Production: Pour hundreds of tubes in minutes – thousands per day!
  • Save Time & Money: Less labor, less cost per tube. Pour thousands of tubes a day with one person!
  • Increase Profit: Less labor and time means less cost per tube – Equals more profit!
  • Custom Designed for You: We can custom make your lip balm trays to your specifications.

Description:

  • The no mess, no spills method of pouring lip balms.
  • Made of durable, food-grade High-Density Poly – it will last a lifetime!
  • Machined precisely to accept your tubes.
  • Custom trays are available for rare tube sizes.
  • You will love these trays and wonder how you ever got by without them.
  • Pouring is easy when using our Lip Balm Trays in conjunction with our Wax/M&P Pitchers and All Purpose Melter!


Important Information – All Trays

All Lip Balm Trays require a 3-5 Week Lead Time.

Lip Tolerance:

All Trays, unless otherwise noted, are programmed for a lip tolerance of 0.010″ (0.25mm) and generally average 0.010″ to 0.015″ (0.25-0.38mm) maximum. We normally shoot for a maximum of 0.025″.

Required Tube Samples:

Unless you have purchased a tray within the past year, we request five sample tubes with lids (ten if using cardboard tubes) from you so we may test them with our stock trays to ensure they will fit our specifications. We may add a one-time custom fee if your tubes require a custom tray. Please include your contact information when sending samples.

Please Send Samples To:

Willow Way
520 W. Main St.
Hagerstown, IN 47346
Attn: Lip Balm Tray Dept

Please Note: Lip Balm Tray lead times begin once samples arrive.

Lip Balm Tube Suppliers:
  • Federal
  • SKS Bottle
  • Sunburst Bottle
  • Specialty Bottle
  • Camden Grey
  • Soap & More

Lip Balm Tray Types:

Tray CapacityStarting Price
.15 Ounce Round225 Tubes$225
.15 Ounce Oval210 Tubes $225
.25 Ounce Round225 Tubes $225
.35/.50 Ounce Oval121 Tubes $225
.50 Ounce Round121 Tubes $225
2.65 Ounce Oval45 Tubes $225

Usage Tips:

How To Use Your Lip Balm Filling Tray:

  1. Insert the tubes into the holes, pushing them in with a slight twist until they rest against the tube shoulder, where the cap would usually stop. The edge of the tube will be flush with the tray’s surface.
  2. Check that all the tubes are in, or there may be a mysterious leak.
  3. Set the Lip Balm Tray upright so that the tubes support the tray.
  4. Pour your lip balm mixture by running each row and filling each tube as you go.
    Go back and run the rows quickly, overfilling the tubes. (The material needs a little time to settle. Going back over ensures the tubes are filled all the way)
  5. Leave a thin layer, 1/16″ to 1/8″ (1mm to 3mm) of material over the surface.
  6. Let the mixture set up and completely solidify depending on your formula and room temperature, anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
  7. Scrape off excess with your Tray Scraper. You can save this excess for another pour.
  8. Pull out the tubes, giving them a little twist when pulling, then capping each tube as you go.

Note: There are more details and instructions on using the divider (optional accessory) for smaller pours in the included instructions.


Milling vs. Injection Molding

Question:
Why do you mill your Lip Balm Trays instead of injection molding them?

Answer:
We have heard lots of complaints about injection molded trays. Honestly, most of our Lip Balm Tray customers come to us because of their dislike towards injection-molded trays. Tubes fall out, leak, and clean up is a mess every time.

Several things can go wrong with the injection process. For something that requires this level of precision, milling is the only answer.

Question:
I have several small lip balm filling trays (Plastic Tom), which only hold 50 tubes. I don’t like having to trim the lip balm after removing the tubes from the trays. When removing the filled lip balm from your trays, is the lip balm flush with the tube rim, or does it need to be trimmed?

Answer:
There is no trimming needed. Our Lip Balm Trays are machined to a lip tolerance of 0.005″ (0.012mm) and generally average 0.005″ to 0.015″ (0.012-0.038mm). We require an allowance of 0.020″ (0.03mm) which is the thickness of 5 pieces of copy paper from the top of the tray to the lip of the tube.

The lip balm trays you have are injection molded. Tight tolerances cannot be held using this type of method. This is due to the fact that the plastic formula may be off, the injection temperature can be wrong, the injection mold itself is old or maybe not appropriately made in the first place.

We mill our trays from an extruded sheet of HDPE Plastic and measure all four sides with calipers before milling the holes to help ensure we meet our specified tolerances from one side of the tray to the other. This process allows every hole to be precise every time.


Lip Balm Tray FAQ:

Avoiding Sinkholes

Question:
How can I avoid sinkholes in my lip balm tubes? What do I do if I have them and it is too late to pour more on top?

Answer:
We recommend filling the holes slowly, running down the rows one by one. Pouring your material too quickly will cause air pockets. Hot balm shrinks as it cools – pouring slowly along the row allows a bit of cooling to take place.

When you’re finished with the last row, repeat the process, overfilling the tubes. Always overfill – remember, you can scrape off the excess and use it again.

If, for some reason, you have a tube that sinkholes, take a hairdryer or a heat gun and wave over the hole until it melts and levels out. Make sure to keep the heat gun moving, so you don’t risk melting the plastic.


Smaller Trays

Question:
Can you make smaller trays?

Answer:
We can make smaller trays but choose not to for your benefit and for ours. We hope that your business will grow and your production needs with it!

You can do smaller pours with our Lip Balm Trays by purchasing a Tray Divider, allowing three different pours in one tray.


Loading Time

Question:
I am interested in your ½ ounce Lip Balm Trays to pour Lotion Bars. Can you tell me how long it might take a typical person to load the tray with tubes? I assume that filling the tubes with the product would go very quickly once you prepared the tray. Also, would a reducer be needed to slow the flow from the valve?

Answer:
Providing you have the tubes ready in a box and everything set up in easy reach, you should be able to place about 25 to 35 tubes per minute. Larger tubes will be closer to the lower end.

A reducer valve will help, as well as having a surface that you can easily slide the tray around as you are filling. A plastic, Formica, or stainless steel surface are all great options.


Cleaning Trays

Question:
We use a lot of color in the lip balms. How do we clean the trays?

Answer:
You can use your cleaner of choice on HDPE. We don’t recommend using any abrasive cleaners, as they can mark the surface of the tray.


Smooth Surface

Question:
How do you smooth the surface of the lip balm if this is desired?

Answer:
You can use a heat gun or a hairdryer. Some of our larger manufactures use heat lamps or heat tunnels with a conveyor.

Most people use a heat gun. It is fast and efficient. We also supply you with a stainless steel knife that leaves a pretty clean surface to begin with.


Automated Filling Systems

Question:
Do you have experience with automated filling systems for lip balms, like your bottle fillers?

Answer:
Any bottle filler, single shot or handheld, multiple shot filler is slow compared to the trays. Until you get into a full-line conveyor/packaging/filler system, upwards of $100,000, you are better off with flood trays.


Heat Guns & Warping

Question:
I noticed that you used a heat gun in your video to smooth the lip balm tube tops. When I’ve used a heat gun on my small filling trays, it’s noticeably warped the plastic. Will a heat gun eventually warp your trays too, or is the plastic durable enough to withstand the heat?

Answer:
The HDPE plastic that we use is very durable. Our Lip Balm Trays and most of our Soap Molds are made from this material. It withstands the repeated temperature fluctuations of the soap-making process and repeated use of a heat gun without warping, unlike injection molded trays.


View our Lip Balm Trays:

.50 Ounce Round Lip Balm Filling Tray (121 Tubes)

.50 Ounce Round Lip Balm Filling Tray (121 Tubes)

Fill 121 tubes at once! Machined precisely to accept a standard 0.50 ounce round tube Fits most manufacturer’s 0.50 ounce (14.17g) tubes …
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.50 Ounce Oval Lip Balm Filling Tray (66 Tubes)

.50 Ounce Oval Lip Balm Filling Tray (66 Tubes)

Fill 66 tubes at once! Machined precisely to accept a standard 0.50 ounce oval tube Fits most manufacturer’s 0.50 ounce (14.17g) oval …
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.25 Ounce Round Lip Balm Tray (225 Tubes)

.25 Ounce Round Lip Balm Tray (225 Tubes)

Fill 225 tubes at once! Machined precisely to accept a standard 0.25 ounce tube Fits most manufacturer’s 0.25 ounce (7g) tubes Heavy …
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.15 Ounce Round Lip Balm Tray (225 Tubes)

.15 Ounce Round Lip Balm Tray (225 Tubes)

Fill 225 tubes at once! Machined precisely to accept a standard 0.15 ounce round tube Fits most manufacturer’s 0.15 ounce (4.25g) tubes Heavy …
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Videos:

Watch our How-To demo!
Watch Ariane Arsenault of La Fille de la Mer use and review our Lip Balm Tray!
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