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Best Plastic Core Tray Review, Cost & Comparison. Discoverer, Impala, CoreSafe

Stacks of plastic core trays under the heat of the sun

However much a Plastic Core Tray Manufacturer thinks their core tray is 'the best', it still doesn't answer your question:

'What is the best plastic core tray for me?'

At a Glance

  1. Plastic Core Tray Options

  2. Impala Core Trays

  3. CoreSafe Core Trays

  4. Discoverer® Core Trays

  5. Lifetime Warranty, Returns & Recycled Product

  6. Discoverer® Core Trays Cost Price Range

  7. The Decision is now yours

 

You can't pull the wool over too many geologists or fieldies' eyes, so don't try! 

You've heard of most brands but we are often asked:

How does one compare to another?

What are the pros and cons?

Do you want the peace of mind by using a product with a Lifetime Warranty...

...or are you happy with a budget basic tray?

Hopefully, we can demystify this for you, because we believe each consumer has the right to choose.

You should never use a tray without knowing what you could be getting with another.

Plastic Core Tray Options

In no particular order, the leading brands in the market today are:

  • Impala Core Trays
  • CoreSafe Core Trays
  • Discoverer® Core Trays

1-2% of the Australian market are still using metal core trays, but we aren't going to discuss them here. There is also Sandvik Plastic Core Tray but very few are sold in the Australian market.

1. Impala Core Trays

The original Impala 1 Tray was launched in 1994. Since then, over the years, Impala have introduced 2, 3 & 4.

All trays are manufactured in Perth and exclusively distributed through Westernex Supply.

These have traditionally been the strongest competitor to Discoverer® Core Trays.

Impala 1 Plastic Core Trays

Impala 1 Core Tray

 

The original Impala 1 is mainly used for export, as it stacks inside one another, like an 'egg carton'.

It's the simplest design and cheapest tray of the Impala range.

 

Impala 2 Plastic Core Trays

Impala 2 Core Tray

 

The Impala 2 was the next iteration and essentially is an upgrade on the Impala 1; it's built more robustly.

Impala 3 and Impala 4 Plastic Core Trays

Impala 3 and 4 Core Trays

 

In more recent years, the Impala 3 and Impala 4 were released.

These met the market demands for a plastic core tray that would work on roller racking in core sheds.

The main difference between 3 and 4 is that the Impala 4 Core Tray is slightly shorter and holds 920mm worth of core in each channel, so 8% less core capacity.

Also, the 3 comes in NQ2, HQ and PQ, and the 4 comes in NQ2 and HQ only.

Overall, Impala is a cheaper brand of core tray in the market today. It's only manufactured from a Virgin Polymer and is ideal for the budget conscious buyer that can't afford a lot more.

Impala Core Trays Cost:

Ranges from $12 to $14 depending on volume and size

 

2. CoreSafe Core Trays

The CoreSafe Trays are the most recent addition to the market.

They offer 2 types of trays:


CoreSafe Ultimate and SlimLine Core Trays

 

The Ultimate Trays are manufactured in Brisbane, and the SlimLine are manufactured overseas. The brand is owned by Prospectors Supplies, Sydney.

These have a 920mm core capacity per channel, so shorter than the typical 1m logging length.

This is a 8% reduction on core capacity, which basically means purchasing 8% more trays.

To illustrate: 10,000m HQ drill program will use 2,500 of the industry standard 1m capacity trays.

You'll require 2,717 CoreSafe Trays.

You'll then have to purchase, handle, store and log 217 extra trays, per drill program, every year.

Case Study: Large mines that are logging 4,000m/week will be purchasing, handling, logging & storing 87 extra trays/week, 4,524 extra trays/year. Do your own math, or consider sticking with the industry standard length trays.

The main difference between the Ultimate and the SlimLine is that SlimLine is narrower overall due to thin channel dividers.

 

A look at the CoreSafe SlimLine Tray dividers

 

So if making notes on the dividers between the channels is important to you, consider the Ultimate. 

We've found the CoreSafe tray to typically be one of the highest priced trays on the market, without factoring in the 8% additional trays situation, but consumers report these are a quality product.

CoreSafe Core Trays Cost:

Ranges from $15 to $17

 

3. Discoverer® Core Trays

Discoverer® was the pioneer of the Plastic Core Tray, launched in 1993 and acquired by Dynamics in February 2015.

It's manufactured on both the East and West Coasts of Australia, due to the increasing popularity and volumes sold across the country.

It's also stocked locally through the Dynamics warehouse network of Perth, Mt Isa, Kalgoorlie, Dubbo, Adelaide, Gympie and Melbourne.

Discoverer® Series 1

AFB_ HQ Series-1

 

The Discoverer® Series 1 is most similar to the Impala 2 Core Tray.

A basic, robust tray with a simplistic design.

Discoverer® Series 2

AFB_ Discoverer Series 2 HQ CORE TRAY 72dpi

 

Discoverer® Series 2 is designed for the export market.

One tray nests inside the next, fitting 100% more into a container and reducing your landed cost price.

Discoverer® Series 3 and 4

AFB_ S4-NQ-Large

The latest additions to the range are:

Discoverer® Series 3   Discoverer® Series 4

Both of these products are designed specifically with a flat bottom to roll smoothly on roller racking, and a 360° Gripbar around the entire perimeter.

Discoverer® Series 3

Many were asking for a tray that stacked with fragmented and protrusive core. Series 3 is the only core tray in the market that allows that clearance.

A view of the core clearance on the Discoverer Series 3 Core Tray

The rest of the Discoverer, Impala and CoreSafe ranges are designed so that when the core is very competent, it sits virtually flush with the top of the core tray, with no allowance for protrusion. If you've got broken and/or fragmented core, Series 3 could be the tray for you.

Discoverer® Series 4

Forward looking, the Series 4 is for those that are serious about their drill core photography.

Using smart technology, this tray incorporates a stencil, known as Tru Identiti™, in which you write the Tray #, and From and To Depth, eliminating any previous issues with poor handwriting.

AFB_ S4-NQ-01-Large

This tray can be sold as a bundle package with the Imago Software.

As the tray is photographed, Imago identifies the stenciled information and automatically assigns it to the photograph and the corresponding database.

Imago then uses AI technology to crop and post-process the image into downhole view, saving hours of time and money.

Also most geos seem to be sick of faded core tray markings or missing ID labels.

With the revolutionary embedded RFID tags hidden inside the plastic moulding, you will never have to worry again about your core tray markings or ID labels going missing.

The RFID tag ensures the important tray info is indelibly attached to the tray in question. The Imago software handles this database too.

This ensures the tray can be identified in downstream processes such as during logging, sampling or core tray inventory management

Click here to see more on the Tru Identiti™ and RFID solution.

Recycled with Lifetime Warranty and Returns

The final wrap on Discoverer is that they are the only tray made from an environment-friendly recycled polymer.

Discoverer Trays are actually manufactured from your Kerbside Plastic!

"Discoverer® Core Trays are saving 1.5 million kilograms of kerbside plastic from entering landfill every year, and the movement just started: our next goal is 25 million kilograms by 2030."

 

Below illustrates actual photos from Discoverer's Australian recycling plant. No need to source overseas raw material, guaranteeing supply source to Australian miners.
KerbSide_to_CoreTray


A strict quality control manufacture process is backed up by a Lifetime Warranty and Lifetime Returns Policy.

It's zero risk for you.

No other Core Tray on today's market comes with any Warranty, let alone a Lifetime Warranty.

Lifetime Returns - Discoverer® will happily take back your unused products, with no time limits.

How many times have we heard that you've run out of product because your drill program got extended last minute?

Now it's easy. Order as much as you like, keep your drill program going, no sweat, and return the unused products when you're done.

Impala Trays surplus to requirement being sold online

 

No more ads like the above.

Who looks like they are in control onsite now?

Power to you.

Discoverer® Core Trays Cost:

Discoverer® is stocked at locations around Australia. This gives you a local stock choice in the following regions:

Metro Stock Hubs - Perth, Gympie, Melbourne

Regional Stock Hubs - Kalgoorlie, Mt Isa, Adelaide, Dubbo

Due to the above factors, and Australia's biggest miners seeing the advantage of increasing their Corporate Social Responsible, there has been a recent mass adoption of Discoverer.

This, has meant Discoverer has gone from being one of the most expensive tray in the market, to the most cost effective, without skimping on the benefits!

Discoverer easily competes through much larger raw material usage, and state of the art manufacturing facilities using robotic technology.

Manufacturing plants on both the West and East coast of Australia, saving up to $2 a tray in shipping costs that no longer has to be passed onto you as the end user.

Discoverer now guarantees to be the most cost effective, highest quality product on today's market.

Dependent on volumes & warehouse Discoverer can be purchased between $11.00 to $13.00+GST

The decision is now yours.

We trust this provides a comprehensive brand review and comparison on the three leading core trays in the Australian and global markets.

We'll never shy away from answering a question honestly for you. We believe competition is healthy for innovation and you should always have the choice in picking the right core tray for your needs.

As long as you get a product you're happy with, we are happy.


Have any more questions or comments about plastic core trays? Leave them for us in the box below and we will answer them as soon as possible!

     

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