UCP Design and Benefits

UCP core trays have an array of unique design points which benefit the users, whether they are drilling operators, geologists, rock engineers or data analysers. There are a variety of ways, which we have described in detail below in which these trays will not only make the drilling and logging processes easier, but also save on time and costs through means such as space used, transports, ease of use etc. See below how UCP core trays can benifit your current and future drilling programs.


Tough, Durable Steel Body.

Tough and durable, the body of each core tray is made from strong, zinclaume coated steel which is waterproof, rust proof and will not corrode out in the field or from most chemicals and have a smooth surface ensuring water or other chemicals are not trapped, but instead, run along and away from samples, as explained further below.

The plastic ends are made from UV stabilised solid plastic which is both strong, being able to widthstand knocks and bumps often encountered on drilling sites without taking damage as well as ergonomic with various built in features which are explained in more detail further below. They are UV stablised, thus will not breakdown or discolour, no matter how long they are exposed in the sun. 


UCP Core Tray Being Held Image

Above: A tray made using zincalume coated steel.

Indsutry Standard Safety Features.

UCP core trays have been designed to operate completely within the mining and geological industry safety standards. A unique processes in which the metal is shaped results in no sharp edges at all on the main body of the tray from the metal while still maintaining ergonimic and multiple safe manual handling points. The plastic ends have also been made with the same ideals in mind and again no sharp edges or snagging points are present.

When put together correctly, they can hold upto 50 kilograms of weight per tray without loosing any shape or strength, while still remaining within a weight range in which users can comfortably operate on and manually move the trays from drill site to stacking pods or core storage facilities. 

 UCP Core Trays Safety Image

Above: A tray showing no sharp edges or snagging points.

Easy Self Assembly.

Easy Assembly: The trays unique design was built around the need for both effeciency on site by geologists and drilling teams. The trays come supplied 'flat pakced' in 3 pieces, the main body of the tray (where your core samples sit) and two specially moulded plastic ends which allows for users to easily snap on the plastic ends onto the zincalume sheet.

Not only is this design easy to put together, it also allows the trays to be stored ‘flat packed’ or ‘pre-fabricated’ when bought new. Once they arrive on site, users can then easily and quickly piece together the trays by simply holding the body of the tray up right on one end and attached one of the plastic ends on the side facing you. A rubber mallet may also aid in knocking the ends firmly into place. Simply repeat this step for the opposite end. 

 Assembly Logo

Above: Diagram of how the trays are assembled.

Cost Effective Packing and Transport.

Reduced transport and storage costs: As the trays are supplied ‘flat packed’. They take up much less room than other models of core trays, this in turn allow more to be loaded per pallet than other models and even more so per shipping container. This reduces overall tranport costs for you, our clients. In the end, less pallets shipped equals lower shipping costs.

However, this excellent design also makes for efficient storage when the trays are not put together. Each carton contains 25 trays, in cartons, they can be moved around much more easily and if push comes to shove. A number can also be stored in small spaces such as on site offices due to the small space they take up.

Up to 250 units being stored per standard pallet if being transported via lorry or up to 4350 units per 20 foot shipping container. Just another economical benifit of UCP's excellent trays.

 UCP Trays Freight Image

Above: Core trays, palletised and being freighted to a mining operation.

Water Drainage and Inconsequential Contmination.

An important aspect of core logging is keeping your samples both dry and free from cross contamination from the neighbouring cores as well as ones above if the trays are stacked above each other. This is conveiniently done due to the drainage holes of these trays being located on the bottom edges of each tray pointing outward, as opposed to directly on the bottom facing downward. This allows any liquid such as drilling fluid or water to pour outward down the edges of the tray without even touching the actual core samples.

 Core Tray Drainage Holes Image

Above: An example of water in the UCP core tray draining through the ends and away from the trays and potential core samples.

Sturdy Core Channels.

Each channel has angled channels (5 faces) which allows the core to sit on two points of contacts. This not only keeps the cores steady when the trays are being moved or transported. It also allows for a gap to be present underneath the core sample its self, this allows any liquids to easily drain out and not stand and be absorbed into your cores, potentially contminating them as described in the above section.

 Cross Section of Core Channels Image

Above: A cross section view of the core channels.

UV Stabilised Plastic Ends with Digital Embossed Marking.

The knock on plastic ends of UCP core trays not only allow users to quickly assemble these trays on site, they also have an integrated, embossed starting and ending marking arrows which you simply mark in with a black marker depending on which direction you use the tray as well as having a digital font style embossed marking system. The embossed marking system, not only is present on both ends of the tray and convenient, but because the font style is digital, it elimates various users hand writting being illegible. Simply marking within the embossed text means users must mark to a set style. Thus allowing each consecutive geologist or engineer to clearly and easily read the details of the tray both on site and into the future.


End Label Image

Above: Embossed digital font marking system.

Stackable When Put Together.

As with any need for on site drilling, time is of the esscence. Once each tray has been snapped together, they also stack on top of one another. This allows those working on site to quickly obtain the trays from a stack on a pallet or for example in the corner of the site ready for immediate use. They will also stack and remain sturdy while full, saving space on site or within a core shed. This results in less space taken up which will allow users to store more trays per area. Another advantage is that it allows users to easily read the end labels should they need to revisit a particular sample from a particular tray. 


Stackable Core Tray Image

Above: Core trays full of samples stacked within a core shed.

Optional and Economical Lids.

Lids for core trays have always been a preference, some drilling sites prefer them where as some do not. UCP core trays offer lids as an optional accessory to their trays. For example, if you have a permanent core storage facilitiy, perhaps the need for  alid is non existent, where as samples stored on site for some time may require lids at all times to help protect the core samples inside from the elements, trays stacked above or accidental contmaination. The lids are made from the same robust zincalume coated steel that the body of the tray is made from.They have been manufactured to firmly slide over and fit on the trays, leaving no gaps at all for leaking from the outside. Their shape also means they are easy to put on, with no snapping points or clips required, thus reducing overall costs. 

UCP Core Tray Lid Image

Above: A UCP tray with the lid partially open, displaying the samples within.