There really is no such thing as a JEDEC Waffle Tray. There are JEDEC matrix trays and there are waffle pack chip trays. What are the differences between a waffle tray and a JEDEC tray and what should you use?
Waffle pack chip trays are popular for handling, storing, and transporting small, 2.5D (flat with some thickness but no significant contour) components in a manual process. While there are automated systems to move waffle packs, the trays themselves lack features to facilitate automation.
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Thanks to the wonder of gravity, you can rely on stuff staying in a box when placed there. And if the stuff fits well in the box, only the top is accessible. It’s pretty much the same for components in a tray. Parts that fit precisely in tray pockets make processing a two dimensional activity unless you have discovered flipping.
Trays are trays, right? Wrong! There are obvious differences and subtle ones, too. Beyond the specifications, here are a few question to ask your JEDEC tray supplier that will tell you what need to know before you invest your time and money.