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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: 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.

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What’s the Best Shrink Wrap Machine for Me?

Posted by: Morgan on April 25th, 2012

One of the most common questions we are asked at Office Zone is, “What shrink wrap system would you recommend for me?” It’s a good question. There seems to be simply too many models out there to choose from. However, after asking the caller a few questions that uncover the user’s needs and expectations, the right model for the job soon appears in view.

Today’s modern design shrink wrap machines are often used to professionally package a wide variety of items. For instance, several of our customers use a shrink wrapper to help them wrap DVD’s, CD’s, food, books, software boxes, and so much more. At Office Zone, we use our shrink wrap machine to bundle archived files including old invoices, bank statements and other important business documents.

Shrink wrapping your products in-house can be significantly cost-effective, and is the professional way to package goods for retail sale. We offer a variety of shrink machines, systems and film for varied packaging requirements and budgets.

AIE I-Bar Sealer With Heat Gun

AIE I-Bar Sealer With Heat Gun

In the entry-level arena, the AIE I-Bar Sealer With Heat Gun comes highly recommended. AIE brand I-bar shrink wrap machines include a heat gun, free starter roll of shrink film and a parts replacement kit to ensure optimum up-time. The AIE system is ideal for packaging product boxes, DVDs, CDs, photos, artwork, books and more. The nice feature about this highly affordable system is once the unit is plugged in to a power source, it is ready for use. No warm-up time required whatsoever. AIE is a leading manufacturer of shrink wrap machines. Their I-bar sealers are some of the best available in the market today.

Truline PP1622 Combo Shrink Wrap System

Truline PP1622 Combo Shrink Wrap System

Now, swinging rapidly up the shrink wrap scale, focusing on fully automated machines, the Truline PP1622 Combo Shrink Wrap System is an automated machine of wonder. The PP1622 was specifically designed to make shrink packaging easy. You can package a wide array of products with speed and enjoy professional results with this commercial / industrial shrink wrap unit. The model PP1622 machine boasts a highly dependable track record. Its micro-knife system means you won’t have to worry about production down time due to seal wires breaking or wearing out. The tunnel design is highly efficient and shrinks film evenly around products. The tunnel has a re-circulating air chamber design with roller rod conveyor system.

We offer manual and automated machines, designed to make packaging easy. Be sure to call 800-543-5454 to order your shrink wrap machine from Office Zone today.

 

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Save Now With Office Zone’s Discount Coupon Code!

Posted by: Morgan on April 24th, 2012

For a limited time, Office Zone is offering a coupon code to customers that may be applied to any equipment or supplies purchase over $35. This coupon code will be valid through the end of May 2012. Be sure to place your order with Office Zone today to take advantage of this limited-time savings.

Simply enter the code: SPRING05 in our shopping cart before you submit your order. Or, you can mention the code when calling our customer service department at 800-543-5454. This coupon code is good for 5% off your order — up to $200 in savings.

Saving your business money, or perhaps your own personal pocketbook, is always a good idea. Now, you can improve production and streamline operations at work with new office equipment and supplies from Office Zone, plus improve the bottom line.

Office Zone’s deep lineup of office equipment includes laminators, binding machines, paper cutters and paper folding machines, shrink wrap machines, employee time clocks, office furniture and more. Popular supplies include binding materials such as spiral coils, wire loop binding elements, plastic combs, staples, lamination film including laminator rolls and laminator pouches.

The Office Zone shopping cart has a field that reads: “Enter coupon or gift certificate number.” Once you have entered the code SPRING05 in the box, simply hit “Enter.”

At Office Zone, we are always seeking new ways to save you money and help you streamline operations. Established in 1996, Office Zone has earned a solid reputation for a large office machine and supplies selection, competitive prices and trusted customer service. Be sure to contact Office Zone today for all of your office automation equipment needs.

 

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Shrink Wrapping Vinyl LPs and Videotapes

Posted by: Morgan on May 4th, 2011

Shrink wrap filmQuestion

Dear Person:

I would gratefully appreciate it if you could answer these few questions I have about shrink wrapping before I study all the types of units that you offer on your website.

In regards to shrink wrap for record old vinyl Lps and Video Tapes VHS old videos:

I have NO AC my items would be stored at room temperature which gets to 100* in the summertime.

Q1) If I do shrink wrap old vinyl LPs and Videotapes, will the shrink wrap protect the items from room temperature heat? Or  will the shrink wrap only increase the heat/temperature to the item by trapping in the heat from room temperature???

Q2) Does shrink wrap breathe? or it DOESNT allow air through it?

Thanks for your time and services.

I look forward to your replies.

Answer

No, shrink wrap film will not protect your LPs and videotapes from the heat or cold. It will not increase the temperature of the item either. The film will, however protect your records and tapes from moisture and dust. Most shrink wrapped items are still exposed to air. Larger chamber sealer shrink wrap machines put tiny perforation holes in the film to improve the effectiveness of the shrink wrap process. A smaller I-bar system will not punch holes, but there are typically tiny holes, not readily visible, along the seams and edges of the cut and heat-sealed film. Either PVC or Polyolefin film should work just fine for your LP record and videotape archiving.

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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.

Answer

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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Interested in Traco Deluxe Super Sealer

Posted by: Morgan on March 29th, 2011

Traco Deluxe Super SealerQuestion

Hello –

I am interested it the Traco deluxe 24” shrink wrap machine –

Does the starter kit come with Polyolefin shrink wrap or PVC?

How long will it take to receive the machine?

For polyolefin film what is the length on the roll?

I am using it to cover my limited edition art prints – I understand that Polyolefin is better than PVC film, how long does the polyolefin last?

What is your warranty on the machine?

Thanks for your reply.

Sarah

Answer

The starter kit for the Traco Deluxe Super Sealer Shrink Wrap Machine comes with a free roll of 75 gauge PVC film. The starter roll is about 50 feet in length. It typically takes 3-5 to receive the machine, depending on your location in the U.S.

You may select a variety of Polyolefin shrink film from our Web site. Office Zone offers different film thicknesses from 60 to 100 gauge. The Polyolefin shrink film lengths range from 2,625 to 4,375 feet. Polyolefin lasts for years and is the best film for preserving your artwork. In fact, Polyolefin shrink film is so safe it can even be used to preserve food. There is a two-year warranty with the Deluxe Super Sealer (this covers all non-wearable parts). The manufacturer also offer 90 days free labor on the machine and a one-year warranty on the heat gun.

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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.

Answer

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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Shrink Wrapping Liquor Bottles Together

Posted by: Morgan on January 27th, 2011

Minipack FM Digit 77 Shrink Wrap MachineQuestion

Dear Sales,

I am looking for shrink wrapping equipment and or supplies which would allow me to shrink wrap 5 packs and 10 packs of 50 ml PET Liquor Bottles together.

Please let me know if you can provide me with all the necessary equipment
and or supplies and a cost breakdown of everything.

Please take a look at what I wish to shrink wrap.

Thanks,

Hugh L.

Answer

After examining your product photos, we recommend the Minipack FM Digit 77 Shrink Wrap Machine. It includes a heat shrink tunnel built right into the machine. It also has a large sealing area that may be used to shrink wrap a wide variety of products, including your liquor bottles. We also recommend you use 100 gauge Polyolefin Shrink Wrap Film. It will be strong enough to safely hold your bottles together. You can find current pricing for the FM Digit 77 and shrink film on our site.

Minipacks’s FM Digit 77 is one of the most versatile shrink wrap machines available on the market today. It includes many high-end features, but at a fraction the cost of other comparable models. The Minipack FM Digit 77 may be programmed for various shrink wrapping jobs. You simply pull down the sealing chamber arm, lock it into place magnetically, and let the FM Digit 77 do the rest.