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.


Shrink Wrap Film: PVC or Polyolefin?

Posted by: admin on November 24th, 2008

There are many shops, businesses and entrepreneurs in the world who want to package and sell their products. This includes artwork, DVDs, gift baskets and more. One of the best ways to package a product is by using a shrink wrap machine. However, it isn’t always that simple. Often times, when a machine is purchased, the new owner has no idea where to go from there. There are several different types of shrink wrap film, depending on what is being packaged, that can affect the end product.

shrink wrapThere are many questions one asks when researching packaging material for the new machine. Should I buy PVC or Polyolefin film for my shrink wrap machine?  What is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other?

The first thing to consider when looking for packaging material is to analyze what you will be packaging. With regards to the type of shrink wrap film you use, one must determine whether or not the product is edible, if multiple products be packaged together, if there are any sharp corners and whether or not the shrink wrap machine be used indoors.

The two most common types of shrink wrap film used today are PVC and Polyolefin film. PVC film used to be the film of choice. It was inexpensive and widely available. Polyolefin film has been growing in popularity over the past few years and is now almost as common as PVC shrink film.

PVC film is still very popular for use with CD and DVD packaging. You will also find PVC film being used to package boxes, software and other non-edible products.  PVC film is more brittle than Polyolefin film and is not good for use with bundling multiple products. PVC film is also not safe for use with food products. PVC film emits an odor that some may find irritating if being used indoors. It is always recommended to use PVC film in a well-ventilated room.

Polyolefin film is very popular for use with food products, gift baskets, bundling multiple products and more. Poly film is more pliable than PVC film and does not tear easily. Polyolefin emits little odor and is fine for use indoors. As mentioned before, polyolefin is perfectly safe to use with food.

Most shrink wrap machines are capable of using both PVC and Polyolefin film. The heat required to shrink both types of film is about the same. Polyolefin and PVC film can be shrunk using a heat tunnel or a heat gun.

Shrink wrap continues to be the preferred choice for packaging products. Feel free to contact Office Zone for more information on shrink wrap machines.


Shrink Wrap Machines Aren’t Just For CDs

Posted by: admin on November 10th, 2008

Shrink wrapping products used to be something only found in a factory or industrial warehouse. Shrink wrap machines were huge cumbersome machines that required several people to operate. This is no longer the case. Shrink wrap machines are now available for small business and individual use. These machines are inexpensive and shrink film is cheaper than ever.

Shrink Wrap SystemShrink wrap machines used to be traditionally used for packaging CDs and DVDs. It was also used to package software boxes, tapes and other items. While shrink wrap can still be used to package CDs and DVDs, shrink wrap can also be used to package old documents, invoices, gift baskets, soap and much more.

There are now two main types of shrink wrap machines available. These are known as I-bar and L-bar shrink wrap machines. Both machines are relatively easy to set up. I-bar machines are typically designed for low to mid-volume shrink wrapping and L-bar sealers are designed for mid to high-level shrink wrapping.

I-bar sealers utilize a single sealing bar. This single bar is brought down in order to cut the film. It usually takes about three passes to fully seal a product with film. Once the film is cut around the product, a heat gun is used to shrink the film.

L-bar sealers use an L shaped sealer bar that cuts the film around a package in one single pass. This makes packaging extremely fast. Once the package is sealed with film, it can be shrunk using a heat gun or can be shrunk even faster with a heat tunnel. Many L-bar sealers now come with a built-in heat tunnel.

There are two types of shrink film that can be used with shrink wrap machines. These are PVC and Polyolefin film. PVC film has been around a while and is traditionally used to package CDs and DVDs. PVC film is more brittle and emits more odor when shrunk. PVC cannot be used with food.

The newer, and now more popular, Polyolefin film is more stretchy than PVC film. It is safe to use with food and costs about the same as Polyolefin film. Polyolefin film emits little odor and is safe to shrink indoors. PVC film and Polyolefin can both be used with most shrink wrap machines.

If you previously thought shrink wrap machines were not a viable option for you, you should reconsider and look at the wide variety of shrink wrap available today.