Come visit us at PACK EXPO

Come visit us at PACK EXPO at booth E-8962 at Lakeside Hall!

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Come visit us at PACK EXPO 2018

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Come visit us at the PACK EXPO 2018 on October 14-17, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.   Claim your complimentary badge for the world’s largest packaging event in 2018 – PACK EXPO International, co-located with Healthcare Packaging EXPO.  Use Comp 97P36 to register.

*Complimentary registration is valid for online pre-registration only; not valid on-site. Expires October 13, 2018. Complimentary registration is intended for use by end-user, retailer and contract packager registrants. Non-exhibiting suppliers and distributors are required to pay standard attendance fees. A non-exhibiting supplier is defined as anyone who sells packaging/processing/converting equipment and/or anyone who’s primary product is packaging containers or materials, supplies, automation, or other services. A distributor is defined as a professional who resells packaging/processing/converting equipment/supplies.

 

Happy Labor Day

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Thank you for your loyalty and for allowing us to serve all of your packaging needs.

In celebration of Labor Day, our offices will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018.  We will resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

We hope you enjoy your holiday with family and friends.

Distributor Highlight: Pack Secure

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Sealer Sales has a network of over 100 distributors in North America and we would like to highlight Pack Secure which carries our newest in flexible packaging.

Our newest addition to our stand up pouches is the wider 4oz stand up pouch which offers a unique look.  Given the wider opening, the bag will also be easier to fill.

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We are also proud to offer our black kraft stand up pouch.  This bag is quite elegant for both food and non-food packaging.  Your product is super unique…shouldn’t your bag express that uniqueness?

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Don’t forget that pouches need to be heat sealed to prevent tampering.  To see which sealers that go well with our stand up pouches can be viewed here.

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Specializes in Packaging, Shipping and Warehouse supplies.  Established in 1999.  Location 8261 Market St. Suite M, Boardman OH 44512.  Pack Secure partnered with Sealer Sales several years ago, as they believe our products to be an excellent fit to their product line.

 

 

 

Come Visit Us at Coffee Fest

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We can offer both flexible packaging as well as heat sealing equipment for your coffee packaging.  Most of our pouches can also be purchased with a one-way degassing valve.  These valves help allow the natural build-up of carbon dioxide in freshly roasted coffee to escape while preventing oxygen, light or moisture into the bag.  There are various coffee bag options available – remember that foil bags will have the best barrier for preventing oxidation.

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  • Foil gusseted bags are the most popular option and will stand upright when filled.  The bags have side gussets which can expand allowing you to package larger items.
  • Stand up pouches are gaining in popularity with coffee roasters; these bags have a bottom gusset which can allow the pouches to stand upright.  Our stand up pouches have a resealable zipper allowing your customer to reseal the bag once opened.
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds with our new square bottom gusseted bags. Now you can get the advantages of a traditional bag along with those of a stand-up pouch. Our square bottom gusseted bags allow even the lowest density product to sit narrow and sturdy on the shelves without ever worrying about tipping over.
  • If simple and inexpensive is what you are looking for, then look no further.  Flat pouches also known as pillow packs are widely used for office and restaurant service.  Ground coffee or powdered mixes can be packed in a pre-set portions to take the guesswork out of measuring each time you prepare a pot of coffee or any drink.

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Once the pouch has been selected, the pouches must then be filled with your product and heat sealed to prevent the bags from being tampered with.  To seal your coffee bags, we offer a variety of heat sealing equipment that can meet your needs.  Whether you are just starting your production and looking for basic and affordable units or faster production volumes with the option to print a date code or expiration date on the seal line.

Remember that if you choose a gusseted bag, a single element sealer such as your typical hand impulse sealer cannot properly seal through all four layers of the gusseted bag.  Do not use a hand or foot or automatic sealer, not even a 5mm sealer. We recommend using a direct heat (constant heat) type of sealer.  Direct heat sealers will maintain constant heat in both jaws.

WNS-200D New Product

With its sleek and compact design, the WNS-200D is great for smaller work spaces.   Our WNS-200D is equipped with a digital timer which creates a consistent and reliable seal each time –  the sealing arm is easily activated and will not result in operator fatigue.  For additional units we recommend for coffee bags, please see here.

If you already have your bags and need a heat sealer option, we can test your bags on our sealers and send the samples back to you along with a video demo.  Just contact us!

We will be exhibiting at the upcoming Coffee Fest trade show August 19-21, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  We are the sealing experts so stop by our booth #TT5 and see the sealers we recommend for coffee packaging.  Register at www.coffeefest.com/los-angeles with code 84231 to receive 50% general admission.

Happy 4th of July!

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Thank you for your loyalty and for allowing us to serve all of your packaging needs.

In celebration of Independence Day,
Our offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018.  We will resume normal operations on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

We hope you enjoy your holiday with family and friends and we especially thank those that serve.

New Product Introductions

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We are excited to introduce a couple of products in both our equipment and flexible packaging product line.

Our popular CN-4520A shrink tunnel is now available with a PTFE meshed belt.  This is an excellent option for operators trying to shrink small items which may fall in between the rods of the conveyor.  Check out our video demo.

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Our SM-101 semi-automatic strapping machine is a general purpose strapping machine that can strap packages quickly and efficiently.  Strapping cycle will automatically start when operator inserts strap.  The machine will automatically shut down after a preset time to save electricity.  We recommend this machine for strapping cartons in a light industry setting.  Check out video demo.

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On the flexible packaging side, we are pleased to introduce our slider bags using the advanced Slide-Rite closure system.  We carry both clear slider zipper bags and cushion slider zipper pouches.  Lead times are 7-10 business days.

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Contact your local distributor for further information!

 

Sealer Sales will be closed on Memorial Day

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Thank you for your loyalty and for allowing us to serve all of your packaging needs.

Our offices will be closed Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day to honor all the men & women who have served.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

Sealer Sales Gives Back

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Sealer Sales recently made a donation of hand impulse sealers (FS-200 and FSC-220) and stand up pouches to the Industrial Engineering department at San Jose State University to assist with their annual class project.

Every spring undergraduate students take Industrial and Systems Engineering 120, a work measurement/work design class where they repeatedly design, test, build and then use a work station for making trail mix for on-campus food pantries.

In ISE 120, the students analyze every hand movement redesigning to increase safety while decreasing cycle time.  Each year, the class distributes over 1,200 bags of trail mix (500+lbs) to the 11 on-campus food pantries.  Read more about the trail mix project here.

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The students provided us with a summary of best practices which we found useful to share here:

  • The sealer was simple and practical to use. Our group had no prior experience in using a sealer, but we managed to utilize it effectively.  It was easy to use and safe.
    We recommend our hand impulse sealers to nearly anyone starting out a project where they need to seal plastic bags.  As the San Jose State University students have summarized, the sealer is simple and easy to use.
  • The best practice the participants learned in using the impulse sealers were to always keep an eye on the light and to ensure to count to four seconds after the light turned green.
    Congealing is the process of allowing the seal to cool under pressure. This allows the seal to set and cool providing the best quality seal.  Read more here:  https://sealers101.com/2012/01/25/impulse-sealers-how-to-achieve-the-best-seal/
  • Using a higher setting than normal for the small sandwich bags for food donations.
    Different materials will require different timer settings. Previously, the students were packaging their trail mix in sandwich bags which is a much thinner bag compared to our stand up pouches (4mil).  Adjusting for different materials is important when using a hand impulse sealer.  We always recommend using the lowest timer setting that will seal your material.
  • An important aspect of using the impulse sealers was to be patient and let the device do its job. Making sure to properly seal the bag involved a bit of practice trials, but once the team was comfortable using the machine it worked very well.  Ensuring we had a proper seal was vital for this experiment because the project involved sealing food and without a device like the impulse sealer the product wouldn’t be airtight and ready for distribution.

Sealer Sales is committed to serving educational and charitable organizations and we are very excited to be able to assist with this project.  To see more pictures of the project, click here.

A Quick Primer on Heat Sealers

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Our latest blog post is a refresher on the general basics of heat sealers.  There are many types of sealers and choosing the right one may be overwhelming without a few basic points.  We discuss four key characteristics of sealers to help you determine which best fits your application.

FUNCTION

Impulse sealers require no warm up time and seal by applying a pulse of energy to the sealing area, followed immediately by cooling.  Impulse sealers only use power when the jaw is lowered.  We recommend an impulse sealer for any thermoplastic material such as polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP) which requires a lower seal temperature. Impulse sealers are easy to use (no warm-up time), economical (electricity used only during sealing process), and safe (no component is always hot).

Direct heat (constant heat) sealers maintain constant heat in both jaws.  Direct heat sealers use power as long as the machine is turned on.  As a result, direct heat sealers possess better heat penetration in order to seal thicker materials.  We recommend a direct heat sealer for materials such as coated aluminum foil, poly cello films, gusset bags, coated Kraft papers, waxed paper, cellophane, mylar, coated PP, and other thicker materials.  Direct heat sealers cannot seal polyethylene.

Feel free to read our previous posts comparing impulse vs. direct heat sealers

SIZE

The size of the sealer depends on the width of the material to be sealed.  We usually recommend adding one inch to the width of material to be sealed to determine sealer length for easier handling.  Cutters on the sealer usually trim at slightly less than width of the sealer arm.

SPEED

See below for a general guideline on speed (packages per minute) of our impulse and direct heat sealers.

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WIDTH OF SEAL

Heating elements are made of nichrome (nickel-chromium) and determine the width of the seal.  There are two types of heating elements: round or flat which are interchangeable in most sealers. The round wire is mainly used to cut and seal with no excess material above the seal.  Depending on the width of the flat wire element, sealers are available in 2-3mm, 5mm, 8mm, or 10 mm. Some sealers are equipped with two heating elements for faster heat penetration making them ideal for sealing thicker materials.

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