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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.

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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!

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Reviewed: Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Posted by: James on August 29th, 2011

Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Food SealerIt’s a fact. The cost of food is continuing to rise, and these cost increases are impacting the bottom line of every restaurant, deli, dinner and roadside dive that serves fresh food. The most popular method of lowering costs is to store perishable food items in a way that lengthens its shelf-life, and reduce spoilage loss. This is what makes the Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer such a good investment for any food business, or even a large household that wants to control their grocery budget or store food for emergencies.

The Minipack MVS 20  Chamber Vacuum Sealer is used to encase perishable food items, such as beef, poultry, fish, wild game, vegetables, fruits and other food items in an air-tight plastic bag. Storing food this way increases its shelf life by reducing exposure to air and other contaminants that break down stored food. The Minipack 20 is a medium volume chamber Vacuum Sealer that is designed to be able to package and seal dozens of storage bags per hour.

Even though The Minipack 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer looks like a robot straight out of a science fiction movie, it is extremely simple for someone to be able to operate. To package and seal the food products, the user fills the bag with whatever the product is then places the open bag in to the sealing chamber. The user then sets the digital controls to indicate the amount of oxygen and needs to be removed before sealing. The more oxygen and moisture that is removed the longer the food will be able to be stored. However, if too much is oxygen is moved it can put pressure on the contents of the bag that may damage the product. The machine then expels the desired amount of oxygen and moisture from the bag and seals it closed.

The Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is able to accommodate bags that are 13 inches wide. It has a built in memory system that can store up to 10 programs, making transitions between products faster. The Chamber Vacuum Sealer also trims excess plastic from the sealed bags to allow for better product storage. It features an electronic millibar sensor to precisely measure the vacuum level so you get optimal results. The Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum that is easy to keep clean, and the machine itself is low maintenance. The years of production this chamber Chamber Vacuum Sealer provides, the cost savings from reduced spoilage loss, and the inexpensive price for the sealing bags helps the machine to be extremely cost effective, and will pay for itself over time.

The MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is manufactured by Minipack America, a brand leader in packaging machines for over thirty years. Their machines tend to be easy to maintain, are energy efficient, and have a 1 year warranty.

The Minipack MVS 20  Chamber Vacuum Sealer is space efficient and won’t take up excess room in your kitchen or on your retail counter. The Minipack MVS 20  Chamber Chamber Vacuum Sealer is a must have item for food retail businesses, food service operations, food processing manufacturers, or even for avid sportsman for home use.

You can purchase the Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.

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Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer Review

Posted by: James on August 17th, 2011

Minipack MVS 26X Chambe Vacuum Food SealerIt’s hard to find something more frustrating to a food business than spoilage loss. It’s equivalent to throwing money straight into the garbage. And since not many organizations outside of Washington DC can throw money away and stay in business, anything a food business can use to reduce losses is a good thing.  That’s where the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer comes in handy.

The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is a chamber sealer that is increases the shelf life of beef, poultry, fish, wild game, vegetables, fruits and other perishable food items. The Minipack MVS 26X Chamber Vacuum Sealer is a must have item for food retail businesses, food service operations, food processing manufacturers, or even for avid sportsman for home use.  This medium volume chamber vacuum sealer is able to seal and pack dozens of packages per hour. The Minipack MVS 26X Chamber Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple for a user to operate.

Even though it looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple to operate. The user places the open bag of food in the chamber, pushes a couple of buttons and the machine rapidly expels the oxygen and moisture from the bag and seals it to prevent additional air or moisture from damaging the contents.  The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is able to store up to 10 programs, making transitions between products faster.  The vacuum sealer also trims excess plastic from the sealed bags to allow for better product storage. It features an electronic millibar sensor to precisely measure the vacuum level so you get optimal results.

The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum that is easy to keep clean, and the machine itself is low maintenance. The years of production this chamber vacuum sealer provides, along with the money saved from reduced spoilage loss, helps the machine to pay for itself over time.

The MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is Italian made by Minipack. Minipack has a great reputation and their vacuum sealers are considered to be some of the best available today. The 26X features a 1 year warranty.

Something to consider before you purchase a chamber vacuum sealer is the size of the chamber. Be sure to get chamber large enough to accommodate your products. Also remember to stock up on sealer bags. The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is space efficient and won’t take up excess room in your kitchen or on your retail counter.

You can purchase the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer at Office Zone. You can find our entire selection of chamber vacuum food sealers here.

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Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer Review

Posted by: James on August 17th, 2011

Minipack Cyclone 30 External Vacuum Food SealerReducing the amount of food loss due to spoilage is a high priority for food producers, distributors, grocery stores and restaurants. Too much spoilage drives up the overall costs of the product and cuts into profits. To reduce spoilage, food industry businesses are always in need of an efficient and effective vacuum sealer, such as the Minipack Cyclone 30. Because of its quality, ease of use, and durability, the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer has consistently been a popular choice.

The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is an external sealer that is able to package and preserve perishable foods like fruits, vegetables and meats. It’s a medium volume machine that is best used to seal and package a couple of dozen bags per day. This makes it ideal for small diners, delis, corner markets, etc. The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple for a user to operate, and can seal bags that are 13 inches wide.

The person operating the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer begins by placing the food or perishables into the plastic storage bag. The operator then places the open-end of the bag on to the sealer bar. All the controls are digital, so it’s just a matter of pushing the right button to set the type of seal. The user is able to determine the amount of air to be vacuumed out of the bag during sealing, based on the food being stored. The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer has a digital vacuum sensor to ensure the air level is accurate. It also has a moisture collection basin that removes excess moisture which further increases the shelf life of the food.

The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum, so it will provide years of use. This sturdy construction, along with the cost saving benefits from reduced food loss, makes it so it won’t take long to recoup the purchase cost.

The Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is manufactured by Minipack America, a brand leader in packaging machines for over thirty years. Their machines tend to be easy to maintain, are energy efficient, and have a 1 year warranty.

The benefits and usability of the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer make it a good choice to purchase. The operator will like the versatility of being able to switch between automatic and manual sealing cycles. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and is easy to store. Be sure to purchase enough vacuum sealing bags to handle your volume, otherwise you’ll end up with a pricey office sculpture. You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.

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MVS 31X Chamber Vacuum Sealer Review

Posted by: James on May 24th, 2011

Minipack MVS 31X Chamber Vacuum Food SealerIf you’re looking to expand your cooking arsenal, as well as preserving your delicious foods for a long, long time to come, it’s time to look into buying a chamber vacuum sealer.  Vacuum sealers are excellent for packing liquids, meat, and other foods.  One extremely easy to use machine to consider would be the MVS 31X chamber vacuum sealer by Minipack.  This review will explain the features that set it apart from the other similar models.

Manufactured in Italy, Minipack is one of the top leaders in the vacuum sealer and shrinkwrap industry, making quality machines at completely affordable prices.  The MVS 31X recently replaced their very popular model the MVS 31.  The main differences are an upgraded design and a slightly smaller sealing area.

The first thing to know about this machine, as well as all of Minipack’s vacuum sealers, is the high quality craftsmanship of stainless steel.  This makes it easier for cleaning, and makes it much more durable for heavy use. Other models are made of the cheaper sheet metal, which will not hold up over time.

The next thing that makes this an easy choice is the all-digital control panel.  This allows you to store up to 10 different programs.  Why would you need so many?  This vacuum sealer can suck up to 99.9% of the air out of the bag, preserving your food for up to three times the regular amount.

It doesn’t just work on food, however.  You can also vacuum seal your clothing!  If you want to fit your entire wardrobe into one suitcase, you can easily make more room by sealing the t-shirts, socks, and anything else you want.

You can also use an inert gas kit as an option with this machine.  This will allow you to pump a separate gas back into the bag.  This is used on things such as chips, crackers, and other things you don’t want crushed.  The automation of this machine makes it so easy that anyone can use.

Another great thing about this model is the optional slant tray.  If you’re doing any type of liquids, you can use this to make sure there is no mess.  The slant tray makes all the liquid sit conveniently at the base of the bag.  This is something you will not find in an external vacuum sealer.

One thing most people don’t know about vacuum sealers is they need to be calibrated for the location you live in.  The MVS 31X has auto-calibration, making this step one less to worry about.

So, if you’re doing a fairly mid or high range volume of items the size of 12.5 X 9.5 X 3.75, this is really the best choice.  Overall, it’s certainly one of the best purchases for the money you spend.

You can find pricing and other information about the MVS 31X vacuum sealer here. Also, if you need a bigger size chamber, we have many other great models to choose from here.

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Looking for Small, Sturdy Shrink Wrap Machines

Posted by: Morgan on April 27th, 2011

MiniPack Galaxy Shrink Wrap System 5Question

I’m looking for 2 small shrink wrap machines that are sturdy and can run for long periods of time.  Will be in use 24 hour a day, 6 -7 days a week. Possibly considering the MiniPack Galaxy System 5.

Celine L.

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There are literally dozens of types of shrink wrap machines available that could meet your requirements. Your best option would be to contact our knowledgeable customer support staff. They can answer any questions you may have, and will help you pick the best shrink wrap model for your specific needs. However, since you mentioned the MiniPack Galaxy Shrink Wrap System 5 model, we can confidently recommend that machine to you as well.

The Galaxy System 5 is a high-performance shrink wrap machine capable of packaging an impressive 300 units an hour. And, it can withstand hours of non-stop use. MiniPack shrink wrap machines and systems have most everything you need to start shrink packaging a wide variety of items including food, DVDs, CDs, software boxes, books, archived documents and more.

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Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Posted by: Morgan on April 11th, 2011

Minipack MVS 20 Chamber Vacuum SealerOur customers tell us that the MiniPack MVS 20 internal chamber vacuum sealer is the logical upgrade from an external vacuum sealer unit. And, industry experts agree. The both know that an internal vacuum sealer design provides a more reliable, consistent vacuum bag seal, thus delivering higher production levels.

However, we contend the most compelling reason to upgrade to the MVS 20 vacuum sealer is the significant savings you realize with the vacuum bag supplies. You will save money using internal chamber vacuum sealer bags compared to the external design. The supply savings alone offsets the cost of the MVS 20 over a short period of time.

The MVS 20 is the next logical next step up if you are using an external vacuum sealer, especially if you want long-lasting home food preservation. The MVS 20 offers significantly more sophisticated features, performance and reliability than an external vacuum sealer. The MVS 20 also has several advanced vacuum seal functions typically found on higher end vacuum sealer models.

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Looking for Shrink Wrap Machine for Vinyl Records

Posted by: Morgan on February 4th, 2011

Galileo shrink wrapperQuestion

I am looking for a shrinkwrap machine to use for vinyl records (about 12 1/2\” x 12 1/2\”) and CDs.  We are a small record label, and are trying to figure if it is more economical to do it ourselves or pay to have items wrapped by the pressing plants.  Please send a recommendation.

Paul P.

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We of course do not know your production volume, but are highly confident in recommending the MiniPack Galileo shrink wrapping system. This model has sealing dimensions of 21″ wide x 17″ deep x 8″ high. The Galileo is a versatile machine that accommodates the needs of both big business and small mom and pop shops.

The Galileo features a distinctive upper hood design and chassis insulation that optimize airflow and heating performance. This creates optimum shrink wrapping conditions that require very little heat and chamber sealing time.

If you have someone that you can spare to operate the shrink wrap machine, then we recommend you take care of your packaging production duties in-house. The labor and supply cost-savings alone are significant. The Galileo shrink wrapper combines cutting edge engineering, materials and design that create a high-output machine able to wrap and seal an impressive 300 pieces an hour.

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Need Vacuum Sealer to Preserve Prison Inmate Property

Posted by: Morgan on February 2nd, 2011

Minipack MVS 50 Chamber Vacuum SealerQuestion

Good day,

Interested in the MVS 50 chamber vacuum sealer. It would be used for storing Inmate property. The work load would be approx 25 to 30 inmate’s property a day. Is this the right unit for that work load??

Thank you

David O.

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The Minipack model MVS 50 Chamber Vacuum Sealer is a durable, high-volume rated machine that would definitely fit your needs. This is a high-production machine that features two sealing bars. That means you can vacuum seal two bags at a time instead of one.

Chamber vacuum sealers provide an efficient method of storing items like clothes and other personal items. Removing the air from soft, bulky materials such as fabric, or clothing, shrinks them down to a fraction of their normal size. The obvious benefits are added protection to personal belongings and storage space savings.

It is recommended that you use the manufacturer’s vacuum bags with this machine. These bags are sufficiently thick and durable enough to hold a vacuum seal for several years to ensure maximum preservation and protection.