The patent-pending AXIS Automation Denester separates and feeds a wide variety of trays accurately and consistently at speeds up to 120 trays per minute. The denester combines programmed air nozzles, escapement fingers and receiving plates instead of suction cups or mechanical separators. It removes trays from the tray magazine without ever touching them. The only part of the tray that makes contact during denesting is the fill side. As a result, one machine can run almost any tray design, configuration or profile without the need for re-tooling, changing parts or repositioning any moving parts.