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Affordable Alternatives to Minipack Shrink Wrap Machines

Posted by: James on February 28th, 2013

Minipack Shrink Wrap MachinesIf you are a fan of Minpack-Torre shrink wrap machines, you have probably noticed that a lot of their more affordable machines seem to be disappearing. About a year ago the Minipack Galileo (very popular) was discontinued and just a month ago the highly popular Minipack Galaxy was discontinued. While the replacement machine, the Minipack FM760 (found here), is a solid machine, it is a lot more money than their other discontinued model and it is a 220 volt machine. So what should you do? Is there a comparable model to Minipack that provides similar quality and ease-of-use? Yes there is, and I would like to cover a few of those machines in this article.

If you were to ask me what other manufacturers out there compare in quality to Minipack, I would have to say Truline and Strategic Group are right up there. There are three models in particular I would like to mention. These are the:

First, I would like to show you the sealing dimensions for the Galaxy and Galileo so you have a reference point on the size of the machine:

  • Minipack Galaxy Sealing Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14″ x 8″
  • Minipack Galileo Sealing Dimensions: 21″ x 17″ x 8″

Now here are the alternative machines’ dimensions:

  • Truline TP-48ST Sealing Dimensions: 18.5″ x 12″ x 6″
  • Truline TP-76ST Sealing Dimensions 22″ x 16″ x 8″
  • Compack 5800 Sealing Dimensions: 22″ x 18″ x 10″

The Truline TP48ST is the smallest of the three, but is also the most affordable. It is very similar in size and functionality to the Galaxy, but with a slightly smaller sealing length and height. The nice thing about the TP-48ST is that it operates on a 110 volt power supply like the Galaxy, which is now the only shrink wrap system we offer with a 110 volt power supply. This machine is perfect for those looking to get started with a shrink wrap system with integrated heat chamber.

The Truline TP-76ST and Compack 5800 are more in line with the Minpack Galileo as far as dimensions are concerned. They are also both 220 volt machines. The Compack 5800 has the largest sealing dimensions of the three and has been around for years with a proven track record. The Compack 5800 is also extremely affordable considering what you get.

As is the case with the Minipack machines, these three alternative shrink wrap machines all feature a film roll holder, a magnetic hold down, an integrated heat chamber and an impulse L-bar sealer. The can also all be used with both PVC and polyolefin film. The quality, in my personal opinion, is right up there with Minipack.

If you are looking for a Minipack alternative, or simply have some questions regarding the above-mentioned models, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap systems here. Thank you so much for reading our article. Please feel free to post your comments.


Four of Our Best Foot Sealers for Sealing Bags

Posted by: James on January 22nd, 2013

Constant Heat Foot SealersIf you’re sealing a lot of bags for packaging purposes, and are in need of a good quality bag sealer (found here), there are several that we offer that may be a good option for your business. If you package a lot of products per day, and would like to have the freedom of a hands-free machine, you may want to consider using a foot-operated heat sealer. Foot operated bag sealers are affordable and help free up an extra hand for precision sealing. I would like to introduce you to a few different models.

Bag sealers, often referred to as heat sealers, come in a few different flavors. The two most common are constant heat and impulse. Constant heat sealers are always hot and generally cost a little less than impulse sealers. They still do a great job, but the operator has to be careful of the hot heating element. Impulse sealers only produce heat and seal the bag when needed. This makes them a little safer and a little more energy efficient. We offer foot sealers in both varieties.

Our two main manufacturers of these units are AIE (American International Electric) and SealerSales. Both are solid brands and their products have received well by our customers. Here are the four different foot sealer lines I would like you to consider for your business operations:

  1. KF-150CSTP 6" Foot SealerSealerSales KF-150CSTP (found here) – These guys came up with a very clever kit that combines their KF-150 hand sealer with a clamp and a weighted foot pedal connected with a chain. It allows you to mount the KF-150 to the side of a desk, table or bench. This foot sealer is pretty slick and very intuitive. This is a constant heat foot sealer, which means you will need to wait 5 to 15 minutes for it to fully warm up. The price isn’t bad either for a 6″ heat sealer.
  2. AIE FI Series Impulse Foot Sealer (found here) – This is a full blown foot sealer that includes a stand and the works. The FI sealers come in different sealing lengths ranging from 12″ up to 24″. They also come in different sealing widths, ranging from 2mm up to 5mm. These sealers are excellent for daily continuous use and are made from metal components for added durability.
  3. AIE CH Series Constant Heat Foot Sealers (found here) – These foot sealers uses constant heat to seal bags such as polycello, cellophane, aluminum foil, polyethylene and gusset bags. Using heated clamping jaws, the CH sealers quickly seal the open ends of bags shut. These sealers create a 5/8″ wide mesh patterned seal that is extremely resilient and long lasting. These sealers, depending on the model, range in sealing length from 8″ up to 24″. Using a hands-free design, the operator can easily insert the open end of a bag, press the foot pedal and quickly seal the bag shut.
  4. AIE FD Double Impulse ColdAIE FD Series Double Impulse Bag Sealers (found here) – If you like the convenience of an impulse sealer, but need something durable that can handle film up to 20 mils thick, you may want to consider the AIE FD impulse sealers. These sealers use two (top & bottom) impulse sealers to quickly seal gusset bags and other plastic materials shut. You can buy the FD foot sealers in 12″, 18″ and 24″ sealing lengths. These sealers include the stand, the sealer and the foot pedal. Each of these machines produce a thick 5mm seal, which holds up well for packaging purposes.

Regardless of the type of bags you are sealing, one of these convenient foot sealers should get the job done quickly and professionally. If you aren’t seeing what you need, or if you have additional questions about one of these foot sealers, please call us at 1-800-543-5454. We would love to help you out. If you already own one of these, please share your experience with us as a comment.


Traco SuperSealer I-Bar Replacement Parts Kit Instructions (Wire, Pad & Tape)

Posted by: James on December 11th, 2012

Traco Shrink Wrap MachinesIf you own either a Standard or a Deluxe Traco SuperSealer I-bar shrink wrap machine, eventually you are going to have to replace the nichrome wire, the silicon rubber pad and the Teflon tape (found here). These are all of the critical components that allow an I-bar sealer to cut and seal shrink wrap film. This article will cover symptoms of a worn out wire and includes instructions on how to replace the various components.

A worn out I-bar sealer can be very frustrating. Luckily changing out the components is a very easy process and doesn’t have to be done by a specially trained Service Technician. Symptoms of a worn out I-bar SuperSeler include:

  • Inability to completely seal the entire length of the film.
  • Excessive smoke during the sealing process.
  • Burrs and poor sealing along the sealed edge.
  • Burnt and charred film during the sealing process.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may need a replacement kit. These kits are affordably priced and are designed to get your Traco SuperSealer back up into “like new” operation. We offer a basic kit and a complete kit. Here is what the two kits include:

Basic Kit Includes:

  • Two pieces of 3-mil Teflon tape
  • One piece of 10-mil Teflon tape
  • One Nichrome wire with connectors

Complete Kit Includes:

  • One silicone rubber pad
  • Five 3-mil pieces of Teflon tape
  • Three 10-mil pieces of Teflon tape
  • One Nichrome wire with connectors
  • One micro switch
  • One arm spring and anchor
  • One fuse

Here are some diagrams that show the bottom part of the sealer and the sealing arm (Figures 1 & 2). Please reference these diagrams as I go over how to change the tape and wire.

Traco Replacmeent Parts Kit Diagram

Replacing Worn Teflon Tape

Step 1. First remove the old tape from the surface of the silicone pad (base of the machine) as seen in Figure 1.

Step 2. Clean the silicone pad with a cloth and rubbing alcohol. Ensure the silicone is smooth and clean. This allows the new Teflon tape to stick.

Step 3. Take the 10 mil Teflon tape and apply it to the newly cleaned silicone pad  as seen in Figure 1.

Step 4. Now remove the tape from the flexboard found on the sealing arm as shown in Figure 2.

Step 5. Clean, scrape off and remove burnt residue and film. With the flexboard still attached, scrape down the debris using a damp washcloth. If the washcloth isn’t cleaning everything, you can use a fine grain sandpaper to finish the job. The flexboard needs to be smooth and clean so the new tape can properly stick.

Step 6. If you need to change the wire, continue to the below {Replacing Worn Wire) instructions. Whether you are using a new wire or the old wire, be sure to clean it with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth. Once the wire is cleaned, you can apply a strip of 3-mil Teflon tape to the flexboard and over the wire as seen in Figure 2.

Replacing Worn Wire

Step 1. First loosen the screw found on the right side of the sealing bar. Once done, remove the black plastic end cape. This is found under the sealing bar. Now remove the insulator sleeve. Locate the bolt, sprint and nut and remove the assembly from the sealing bar by pulling down. You may need to use a flat head screwdriver to assist in removing this. Please reference Figure 2.

Step 2. Now you will loosen and remove the nut found on the bolt that runs through the insulator. This will allow you to release the upper end of the sealing wire.

Step 3. Find the access hole on the bottom of the base. Keep the arm held down and loosen the screw (don’t remove it). The screw only takes a couple of turns to loosen it. This should allow you to remove the old wire. You should now be able to attach a new sealing wire under the loosened screw and tighten it back down. Be sure the wire is properly aligned before tightening the screw.

Step 4. You can now attach the wire to the bolt on the front of the sealing bar. Place the ring terminal on the bolt and tighten the nut to the bolt. You can now slide the insulator back into the slot on the I-bar. Ensure the flat side is facing the arm. Tighten the first nut without over tightening (you don’t want to strip the threads). Ensure the wire is tight between the two nuts and adjust as needed.

If you are still having trouble replacing the tape, pad or wire, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-543-5454 x129. Our Service Department is knowledgable and highly skilled when it comes to all types of shrink wrap machines and heat sealers. They should be able to help you out. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap replacement parts here and shrink wrap machines here.


Minipack Galaxy – One of the Best Values in a Shrink Wrap Machine

Posted by: James on November 27th, 2012

Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap MachineIf you are a startup business, a small business or simply need an economical way to package your products for retail sale, the Minipack Galaxy (found here) is by far one of the best shrink wrap machines you can buy for the money. Shrink wrap machines package products using clear thermo shrink film that looks great! Customers won’t know the different between your products packaged on the Galaxy versus an industrial machine that costs 10 times as much. It is a highly professional system. Here are a few reasons why I recommend the Minipack Galaxy over the competition.

  • Value – Let’s face it. We all have a limited amount of money and are often expected to squeeze blood from a turnip. When you’re given a limited amount of money for a complete shrink wrap system, but are expected to buy a superb piece of expensive equipment, I recommend the Minipack galaxy.
  • Sealing Area – The Minipack Galaxy offers a sealing area that is 14″ wide by 17 ½” long by 8″ high. This is more than enough sealing area to package DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, software boxes, chocolates, soap and even some pizzas. It is ample room for most retail packaging needs.
  • L-Bar – This machine uses an L-bar sealer to seal film around a product in a single pass. When using centerfold shrink film, the bottom (where the product is inserted) and the right side (connected to the roll of film) are open. The L shape of the sealing bar seals both open sides simultaneously.
  • Integrated Tunnel – The Minipack Galaxy is a very compact system considering what it does. It uses an integrated shrink tunnel that is actually part of the sealing area. This means while the shrink film is being sealed around a product, the thermo shrink film is being shrunk around the item. This all-in-one process takes just seconds to complete. The Galaxy is rated to package about 300 pieces an hour.
  • Film Compatibility – The Galaxy can be used with both PVC and Polyolefin film (found here). Just be aware that the Galaxy’s film dispenser has a roll diameter limitation of 10″. The tunnel shrinks both PVC and Polyolefin centerfold shrink film without a problem.
  • Fine Tuned Adjustments – The control panel on the Minipack Galaxy allows the operator to adjust the sealing time, temperature of the integrated tunnel and the amount of time hot hair is blown onto the film. These adjustments make this machine highly versatile for a variety of packaging applications.
  • Mobility – The Galaxy sits on casters, making it easy for just about anyone to move around. This is especially nice when freeing up floor space after a packaging job.
  • Build Quality – Let’s face it, many of the shrink wrap machines are assembled using the cheapest parts available to save cost. The Galaxy is made using superb materials and craftsmanship in Italy. The design works flawlessly and it is literally designed to hold up for years with proper care.

This is a detailed video demonstration of the Minipack Galaxy in use:

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our Shrink Wrap Specialists at 1-800-543-5454. They can help answer questions in a clear and timely manner. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here. If you need replacement parts or accessories, feel free to contact our Service Department at 1-800-543-5454 x129. Thanks for reading!


Polyolefin vs PVC Shrink Film. Which is Best?

Posted by: James on November 26th, 2012

Centerfold Thermo Shrink Wrap FilmIf you’re shopping around for shrink film for your machine, you have probably come across two different times of film, PVC and Polyolefin (found here). Both of these film types are readily available and are used for packaging a variety of products. So which of these two types of film are best? Should you go with PVC or Polyolefin shrink film?

Before you decide on a film type, be aware that most shrink wrap machines (I-Bar and L-Bar) can use either type of thermo shrinkable film (film that shrinks with heat). That means if you would like to try both out and see which you prefer, you can try one out and then the other without having to buy a new machine. There are a few limitations you should be aware of.

Many shrink wrap machines have a diameter limitation based on the diameter of the centerfold shrink wrap film being used. Almost all shrink wrap machines can handle a PVC shrink film roll because the length is usually around 500 feet long. The Polyolefin film rolls range in length from 2,600 to 4,300 feet in length, making the diameter fairly large. Most I-bar sealers can handle any roll of centerfold Polyolefin film, but not all L-bar shrink wrap systems can.

Here are some of the pros and cons of both types of shrink wrap film.

Polyolefin Centerfold Thermo Shrink Wrap FilmPolyolefin Film (found here) – Polyolefin shrink wrap film has quickly become one of the most popular used today. A few years ago PVC was still king, but Polyolefin has risen to the top for many reasons. Here are just a few that you should be aware of:

  • Polyolefin film is more environmentally friendly than PVC and is easier to recycle.
  • Polyolefin is typically more durable than PVC film because it has more stretch and give.
  • This film is better than PVC for bundling multiple items together.
  • Unlike PVC film, Polyolefin doesn’t give off nearly as much odor or smoke during the shrink wrap process.
  • When you break it down per square foot of film, Polyolefin is actually less expensive. While the rolls cost more, you get a lot more film for the price.
  • It doesn’t gum up the cutting wire in shrink wrap machines as much as PVC.
  • It is safe for direct contact with food.
  • It is more difficult to puncture or tear Polyolefin film than PVC film.
  • Polyolefin film can be used to package just about anything from DVDs and music to fruit baskets and soap.
  • Doesn’t lose integrity or appearance with age.
  • Provides a professional appearance for retail display purposes.

PVC Film (found here) – PVC film used to be the most popular film used. It is still very popular today for packaging individual items for retail sale. Here are a few things you may like to know about PVC film:

  • Still a great method for packaging  items such as DVDs, CDs, boxes and software.
  • Very common and readily available.
  • Compatible with all heat tunnels and heat guns.
  • Can be used with any I-bar sealer or L-bar shrink system.
  • Easier for a customer to open up than Polyolefin film (this could be a plus or minus).

Both types of film are available in different thicknesses. In the United States this is known as the gauge. The higher the gauge number, the thicker the film. Film thicknesses usually range from 60 gauge up to 100 gauge. Outside the United States shrink film is measured in microns.

In conclusion, I have to say that my preference is Polyolefin film. I don’t consider PVC film to be bad, but I do consider Polyolefin to be better. The only downside is that Polyolefin film comes in larger diameters that may not be compatible with your system.

At Office Zone, we have years of experience with both shrink wrap machines and film. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454 with questions about film or machines. You can find our entire selection of film here and shrink wrap machines here.


Reviewed: Compack 5800 Shrink Wrap Machine

Posted by: James on November 21st, 2012

Compack 5800 Shrink Wrap MachineIf you’re shopping around for a shrink wrap machine that can be used to package a wide range of products, boxes, music, videos and mother material, the Compack 5800 shrink wrap machine (found here) is a great option. This commercial-grade machine has been around for years and is an Office Zone recommended products thanks to a great track record. So is this machine a good fit for you and your business? I will explain why this may be the shrink wrap machine for you in this article.

To begin with, the Compack 5800 is what’s known as a shrink wrap system or an L-bar sealer with tunnel. It is designed to be used with centerfold shrink film (PVC or Polyolefin) and is a very simple system to use. From start to finish, it takes just a matter of seconds to seal plastic around your product and for the tunnel to shrink the film.

Here are just a few reasons why this is such a good machine:

Compact Design – Many shrink wrap systems involve separate heat tunnels, conveyor belt systems and a wide range of hardware. The Compack 5800 is very compact and requires little floor space. It can package 8 to 10 products a minute while measuring in at 53″ L x 34″ W x 52″ H.

Film Roll Dispensor – This machine uses centerfold rolls of shrink film. Centerfold film consists of PVC or Polyolefin film that has been folded over once and rolled up. The Compack 5800 holds this film and makes it easy to pull the film out and insert a product. It even has a film opener that keeps a pocket open for easy product insertion.

Perf Wheels – Small perf wheels poke tiny holes into the shrink film as it is being dispersed. This allows air to quickly leave the packaging while shrinking, preventing holes from forming during the shrink process.

L-Bar Sealer – The integrated L-bar on this machine seals all open ends of the film, fully encapsulating the item being shrink wrapped. This is much faster than I-bar sealers and is excellent for packaging several items a minute.

Magnetic Lockdown – A magnetic lockdown keeps the sealing bar and hood held down during the entire shrink wrapping process, freeing up your hands to begin working on the next item. Once the process is complete, the magnet will let go of the hood and it will open back up on its own.

Integrated Heat Tunnel – The integrated heat tunnel allows the Compack 5800 to seal and shrink a product at the same time. This also means you won’t have to deal with a separate heat tunnel hanging off the side of the machine. This is a very fast and seamless process.

Freestanding Design w/ Casters – There is no need to have a counter or table to use this machine. It comes in a freestanding design and sits on casters. It is very easy to wheel around and position.

Adjustable Heat, Sealing & Fan – The Compack 5800 allows the operator to adjust the heat temperature, the sealing time and the amount of time the fan blows hot air on the product. These features make it possible to shrink wrap delicate products such as soap and chocolate and allows the Compack 5800 to be used with a wide variety of shrink wrap film.

Items of Note – Be aware that this is a 220 volt 20 amp single phase machine. You will need to have a power source available to accommodate these power requirements.

Here is a video demonstration of the Compack 5800 in use:

As mentioned earlier, this is one of the most popular shrink wrap machines we offer. It is extremely versatile, has impressive sealing dimensions and has a great track record with our customers. Having used it myself, I can vouch for its quality and excellent results. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here.


Which Shrink Wrap Gauge Thickness is Best?

Posted by: James on November 20th, 2012

Shrink Wrap Machines & FilmIf you have a shrink wrap machine and are shopping around for film (found here), you may be wondering which gauge thickness you should be using. For that matter, you may also be wondering what type of film you should use. I will cover all of the various gauges of film in this article and will make some recommendations based on what you are packaging. Just remember, once you have the basics down shopping for shrink film isn’t too difficult.

The gauge of shrink film is the thickness. Unlike electrical wire, where the lower the gauge the thicker the wire, shrink film gets thicker the higher the gauge number is. If you are familiar with mil thickness, which is a thousandth of an inch, the conversion to shrink film gauge is very simple. One mil of film (0.001″) is the same thickness as 100-gauge shrink film. The thickness of film you use will depend greatly on the type of film you are using.

Types of Film:

  • Polyolefin Shrink Wrap FilmPolyolefin (found here) – Polyolefin film is a food grade shrink wrap film that is commonly used for packaging music, videos, food and more. It is growing in popularity due to its stretchy properties and extreme durability. This film has a similar consistency to saran wrap. It emits less smoke and odor than other types of shrink film.
  • PVC (found here) – This film has a stiffer feel than Polyolefin film and used to be the most common type of shrink film used. It is still usually the cheapest and is excellent for packaging boxes, CDs, DVDs and other material. This film is not food safe.

Common Shrink Film Gauges:

  • 60 Gauge – This is the most common and popular thickness for Polyolefin shrink film. This is an excellent thickness for packaging movies, CDs, boxes and other single items. If you need to package multiple items together, depending on their weight, you may want to go with a slightly thicker film for additional support.
  • 75 Gauge – This is the most common thickness for PVC shrink film. It is more than adequate for packaging individual items. If you are bundling multiple movies, boxes or other material together, you may want to go with a 100 gauge film.
  • 100 Gauge – While you can buy film thicker than 100 gauge, this is by far the most common thickness for bundling multiple items together. You can buy both Polyolefin and PVC shrink film in 100 gauge. Rarely will you ever need Polyolefin in a 100 gauge thickness.

Most shrink wrap machines can easily handle 60, 75 or 100 gauge films. I have never had an issue with a heat gun or a heat tunnel getting all thicknesses of film to properly contract and wrap around the item being packaged. You can buy both PVC and Polyolefin in centerfold shrink film rolls or in pre-cut shrink bags.

At Office Zone we have years of experience with shrink wrap machines and film. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here.


All About Centerfold Shrink Film Rolls – PVC & Polyolefin

Posted by: James on November 16th, 2012

Centerfold Shrink Wrap FilmIf you’re looking for an economical way to package products for retail sale, you may want to consider using a shrink wrap machine (found here) that uses centerfold shrink film rolls (found here). Centerfold shrink film provides a fast, affordable and effective way to package products. There are several factors involved in choosing a roll of film for packaging. This article will cover all aspects of shrink packaging in an effort to help you make a more educated decision when shopping around.

Before you start packaging anything, you’re going to need a machine. At Office Zone, we offer a great selection of I-bar sealers and shrink wrap systems. Once you have a machine, you will need to read the owner’s manual and determine what the maximum width of film is, maximum diameter and types of film it can handle. If you can’t find that information, please call us at 1-800-543-5454 and we can help you figure that out.

Here are a few things you will need to know:

  • Centerfold Shrink FilmFilm Types – Centerfold shrink film comes in two different formats; these are PVC and Polyolefin. Most shrink wrap machines can use either PVC or Polyolefin film.
  • PVC Film – PVC film has been around for years and used to consist of the bulk majority of packaging. It is commonly seen in packaging for DVDs, CDs, software packaging and other retail packaging. PVC film has a crinkly feel to it and is less flexible than Polyolefin film. PVC film is not approved for direct contact use with food. PVC film is typically cheaper than Polyolefin film.
  • Polyolefin Film – Polyolefin film is growing in popularity for many reasons. To begin with, it is stretchier and has more give to it than PVC film. As a result, Polyolefin film (aka Poly film) doesn’t break or tear as easily. It is also approved for use with food.
    Determining Film Size – When packaging a product, there are several things you will need to take into account. While the width of the product is important, you will also need to take into account the height of a product. If you have a box that is 10″ wide and 4″ tall, you will need at minimum a roll of film that is 16″ wide to accommodate the height. How is this calculated? Take the width of the film, plus the height and add 2″. The formula looks like this (Width + Height + 2″).
  • Width – If you have a shrink wrap machine that handles film up to 24″ wide, you will be able to use any rolls 24″ or smaller. This is nice to know and may affect the machine you purchase. If you only need a 10″ width, but may see a need for something bigger in the future, I recommend you get a machine with a slightly longer sealing width in order to be prepared for future jobs.
  • Diameter – A centerfold roll of film consists of a sheet of film that has been folded in half and rolled up. This means a 24″ wide roll of centerfold film is actually a 48″ sheet that has been folded in half. Different shrink film supplies come in different lengths. PVC film often comes in 500 foot lengths, but Polyolefin film often comes in rolls as large as 4,000+ feet long. Just be sure your machine has ample room to accommodate the diameter of the roll.
  • Thickness – Shrink wrap film thickness is measured in gauge rather than mils (mils is used with lamination film). The higher the gauge number, the thicker the film. The most popular PVC film gauge is 75 and the most popular Polyolefin gauge is 60.

If you still have questions about centerfold shrink film, or if you just need a little help selecting the right product, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-54543.


Best Bag & Heat Sealers for Your Business

Posted by: James on November 14th, 2012

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.


Office Zone Introduces New Intelli-Zone Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machines with Heat Gun

Posted by: Morgan on May 14th, 2012
Intelli-Zone Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machines with Heat Gun

The New Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machine

Office Zone is pleased to present the new Intelli-Zone Intelli-Pack line of Standard I-Bar shrink wrap sealers. These professional-grade tabletop machines are ideal for packaging just about everything that needs a protective layer of shrink film: from DVDs, CD’s software boxes, books, crafts, merchandise, chocolates, food and more.

The Intelli-Pack shrink packaging process is relatively simple and surprisingly affordable. You may choose from five different I-bar lengths, ranging from 13 inches long up to 40 inches. If you anticipate the need for wrapping larger items at some time in the future, then we recommend you use smaller length rolls of shrink film with a larger length machine. You may also cut and wrap domed shrink bags and square shrink bags with the Intelli-Pack Standard I-Bar Sealers.

Using the Intelli-Pack line of I-bar shrink machines is a simple process. First, place a roll of centerfold shrink film on the film support rollers. There are a total of two support rollers with each machine. You may use either PVC or Polyolefin film with the machine. Then, feed the shrink film through the film opener. Once the film is in place, insert the product into the film pocket and pull down the cutting arm. The I-bar will then cut and seal the film. You then simply turn the package 90 degrees to the left and seal the remaining open side of film.

The next step is to shrink the film to size. Each Intelli-Pack shrink wrap machine includes an industrial-grade variable temperature heat gun. The gun is then used to quickly shrink and wrap the down the film around the product. Although the steps to shrink wrapping may sound like an elaborate process at first, it really is quite easy. The entire effort actually takes several seconds to a minute (depending on the size of the item).

Very little training is required to operate an Intelli-Pack shrink wrap machine. You can literally get your packaging production line up and running within minutes. Intelli-Zone Standard I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machines feature a limited two-year manufacturer’s warranty. Be sure to contact Office Zone today to learn more about the Intelli-Pack line of shrink wrap machines by Intelli-Zone.