Category Archives: Best Practices for Dealers

The Importance of Stocking Spare Parts

When purchasing brand new equipment, make sure that spare parts are readily available to prevent equipment downtime. Most sealing equipment will go through consumable parts such as heating elements, PTFE, belts, silicone rubber, etc. While manufacturers carry spare parts for their own equipment, they are unlikely to carry spares for other machines. Downtime can be costly when parts are unavailable.

Research Equipment Before Purchase
Thoroughly research equipment and vendor before you purchase to ensure that spare parts, especially consumable parts, are readily available. If you are not sure what parts should be kept on hand, ask the equipment manufacturer. Low cost machines may seem like a good option if you are price conscious, but if you cannot find replacement parts for your machine, then you may not be able to use that machine when parts need replacing defeating the purpose of purchasing a machine.

Calculate Cost of Spare Parts
To calculate the cost of spare parts, calculate what one hour of downtime will cost your company. Working from this information and factoring in lead times, you can determine the cost of an unexpected shutdown. Then compare that to the cost of purchasing and storing replacement parts. You can make an informed decision based on this analysis.

If you do not purchase your machine from a manufacturer with a solid spare parts inventory, the cost of downtime can be high while waiting for the part.

Purchase Spare Parts even with New Equipment
We recommend stocking spare parts with new equipment. If a part is found to be defective, you can mitigate downtime by having spares available for replacement right away. In addition, new equipment will still go through wear and tear parts quickly, especially if you plan to run the machine through heavy production.

Our parts department offers support throughout the lifetime of your machine, assisting with parts selection, expedited order and shipment of your parts.

We provide:

  • Quick Turnaround Time
  • Parts List
  • Tracking List – discontinued, crossovers, etc.
  • Tech Support
  • Shipping

Visit our website for more information.

Best Practice: What the Heck Does Congeal Mean?



Hand / Foot Impulse Sealers
The hand or foot sealer is a manual sealer. What this means is that the congeal step or dwell step needs to be added into your sealing process to make a proper seal.    Hold the jaw down for a couple of seconds after the timer light has gone off to set the seal.  This will ensure a proper seal and will also allow the sealer to cool down before the next seal.  This will ensure longevity of the heating elements.

Auto Impulse Sealers
We recommend the congeal (cooling) setting to be at least 2x greater than the heat setting.  This will ensure that the seal has ample opportunity to set and cool under pressure.  This will also allow the heating element to cool as well.  The most important step for the longevity of auto sealers is having the appropriate congealing time.  Most customers skip the congeal setting in order to get a higher ppm (packages per minute) but this will only lead to problems – broken element and PC Board.

Shipping LTL Freight

Shipping LTL Freight

This blog post will be a quick and handy primer on shipping via LTL freight.  LTL stands for Less-Than-Truckload and refers to shipments that do not fill an entire truck.  Because UPS and FedEx have weight constraints, we would require certain equipment to ship via freight truck. Shipping via LTL freight can also be more economical in certain situations.  When shipping via LTL freight, Sealer Sales can arrange the freight via prepay and add or you can arrange the freight.

If Sealer Sales arranges freight – please keep the following in mind:

  • We will get your approval for freight quotes before shipping; we will aim to find the lowest rate for you via our various freight carriers; please note surcharges will apply for residential addresses
  • We will always add lift gate service at delivery unless we are specifically instructed that the customer has a loading dock
  • Freight shipments will NOT ship out the same day as we would need to contact carrier to pick up your shipment
  • For shipments that do not specify freight, but may be more economical via freight, we will contact you with our recommendations.  Usually larger shipments that can be palletized will be more economical than shipping via UPS Ground

If you arrange freight – please keep the following in mind:

  • Most of our quotes/sales orders will provide you with all the information (weight, dimensions, class) you need to calculate freight on your end; if your shipment needs to be palletized, we will contact you with final weight and dimensions
  • In general, we use the following NMFC freight codes:
    • Class 92.5 – NMFC – 133300-3
    • Class 175 – NMFC – 133300-2
    • We will provide NMFC codes for other shipments as needed
  • When arranging freight, please provide pick up instructions to your freight carrier
    • Entrance in the rear
    • Pick up hours:  9:30-4PM MondayFriday
    • Liftgate not needed
  • Please provide us with the BOL (bill of lading) that is completed.  Because you are arranging the shipment with your freight carrier, you must provide us with the BOL.  The Bill of Lading states exactly what is being shipped, from where it’s coming and where it’s going.

Once your shipment is picked up, we will provide you with a PRO# to track your shipment.  A PRO number is a tracking number used by carriers.

We hope this will be helpful in helping you arrange freight shipments.  If you have any questions, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

How to Choose a Sealer

We’ve created a quick and easy way to determine what sealer works best for your customer based on  your customer’s bag type and material thickness.  Remember:  You are always welcome to call us with your customer’s bag information and we can help you determine what sealer works best!

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Band Sealers: Embossing or Dry Ink Coding

Our band sealers offer two different methods of applying a message to the seal line: Embossing or Dry Ink Coding.  Use our chart below to help you determine which method works best for your customer needs.

We also include examples of both embossing and dry ink coding.

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PACK EXPO International 2012

PACK EXPO International 2012 | October 28-31, 2012 | Chicago Illinois USA

We are exhibiting in booth number E-8864
at PACK EXPO International 2012,
and are pleased to provide you with free registration!

Be sure to visit Sealer Sales, Inc. at PACK EXPO International 2012 in Chicago, October 28 – 31, at McCormick Place. We will have our experts and top executives on hand to answer your questions.

PACK EXPO International is the largest packaging and processing show and the only show you need to attend to find all your solutions in one place!

Join us this October in Chicago to find the full array of packaging and processing innovations among 1,600 exhibitors and suppliers. Take home the technologies you need to improve operations, increase efficiency, reduce recalls, maintain equipment and enhance your brand.

Enrich your PACK EXPO International 2012 experience with education sessions that match your schedule and interests with topics that include:

  • Safety and security
  • Sustainability
  • Operational reliability
  • Simulation and modeling techniques to optimize efficiency
  • Tracking and identification

Best Practices for Dealers – Send us your bag samples!

…is your customer looking for a sealer and you are not sure what sealer to recommend?

Send us the bag samples and we will find the best machine for your customer’s bags/film.  Simply fill out the top portion of this material evaluation form.

Be sure to send us enough bag samples for us to test a variety of machines.  10-15 bags would be optimal