Handheld Bag & Heat SealersIf you are packaging products in a bag, the fastest and most efficient way to complete the packaging process is to use a bag sealer, often referred to as a heat sealer (found here). These machines use heat to seal the open end of a bag shut. Bag sealers are used to package everything from beef jerky to nuts and bolts. These plastic bags provide a sanitary and tamper proof way to present products for retail sale. So with dozens of machines available, which is the best one to use? This article will cover several types of bag sealers.

While you can probably break it down into more than just three categories, I have found that most people put bag sealers into these four categories:

  1. Handheld Bag Sealers (found here) – These are the most common types of bag sealers that we offer due in part to the low cost and the portability factor. These sealers come in an I-bar configuration and in a clamp design. You can usually choose from several sealing lengths, depending on the bag you are sealing, and different sealing widths. AIE and Traco manufacture our most popular units. Longer bag sealers can be used to seal smaller bags. Some handheld bag sealers include built in cutters for trimming off excess plastic.
  2. Foot Operated Bag SealerFoot Operated Heat Sealers (found here) – These sealers allow for hands free operation, which means the operator can hold the bag with both hands while sealing them shut. These sealers don’t cost a lot more than a handheld sealer, yet make it possible to seal a lot more bags. AIE manufactures our most popular foot operated heat sealers although SealerSales makes a really cool adapter that makes it possible to turn your clamping handheld sealer into a cheap foot sealer.
  3. Automated Bag Sealers (found here) – These are the kinds of sealers that a lot of preppers and food storage companies use to bags shut. These machines usually have very specific settings based on the type of bag being sealed and usually include a foot pedal that activates an electric sealing clamp. These machines are ideal for industrial-level bag sealing.
  4. Continuous Band Bag SealerContinuous Band Bag Sealers (found here) – Continuous band bag sealers make it possible to seal a lot of bags shut in a short amount of time. Simply feed your bag into the band sealer and it will pull it through a heating element that seals the bag shut. These types of machines are excellent for commercial bag sealing and are used by companies and factories for retail packaging of food and other items.

Types of Seals – A few things to keep in mind is the sealing length, width and type. The sealing length is determined by the total length of the heating element. As mentioned earlier, longer sealing lengths can be used to seal smaller bags or multiple bags shut. The sealing width ranges from 2mm up to 10mm+.  The seal is usually just a flat line although some sealers create a textured, honeycomb or crosshatch pattern.

Types of Materials – Our heat sealers and bag sealers can be used to seal and package products in a variety of plastic bags. THis includes Polyethelene, Polypropylene, PVC, Foil and Surlyn, Mylar, Padded Mailers and Bubble Pack.

You can find our entire selection of bag sealers, shrink wrap machines and other packaging products here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions you may have regarding heat and bag sealers.

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