Category Archives: Sealing Bags

“Pouch-ization” of the world

We recommend taking a look at Packaging Digest’s recent article, “The ‘pouch-ization’ of the world,” citing that global demand for flexible plastic pouches is expected to rise 6.2% annually to $37.3 billion in 2018.  The article states that the U.S. flexible plastic pouch (i.e. stand up pouches, foil gusseted bags, flat pouches, etc) growth is being driven primarily due to the U.S. consumer demanding increasing convenience and portability of product.  Pouches also tend to be smaller and thinner than glass, paper and metal packaging and will use 60% less plastic and be 23% lighter.  We couldn’t agree with Packaging Digest more!  Over the past few years, we have seen an incredible demand for flexible packaging, particularly  in the form of stand up pouches.  Stand up pouches maximize shelf space over traditional boxes and cartons and bottles but also minimize costs of freight and warehousing since these pouches ship flat.

 

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Looking for a custom pouch?  If your customer is considering switching to a flexible packaging product, Sealer Sales can help you determine the best type of packaging that will work for your customer.  E-mail us at custom@sealersales.com for a survey which will help us determine which type of pouch will work best for your customer.  Feel to also browse our stock bags especially if your customer is not ready to go the custom route.  For a start-up business, we carry a variety of stock stand up pouches in smaller quantities (250pcs – 1,000pcs) in a variety of sizes and colors allowing your business to still provide unique packaging that stands up w/o the set up costs of custom pouches.

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Don’t forget!  Heat sealers would be required to heat seal your customer’s pouch to prevent tampering.  We are the go to sealer source and can offer a variety of equipment that will assist you.  See our recommended sealers for stand up pouches!

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Refresher Course: How to Use a Heat Sealer

Getting Started - Heat Sealer

Vacuum Bags Demystified!

Do you have a vacuum sealer and looking to purchase vacuum bags?  If you are, remember that there are TWO kinds of vacuum bags available on the market:  standard or embossed/channeled.  Make sure you purchase the correct bags.  See our post to differentiate.

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Standard Vacuum Bags – two smooth layers

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Channeled Bags – One smooth layer and one coated layer

Bags Defined:
Standard Vacuum Bags – are clear poly/nylon pouches that can be used with a vacuum chamber or nozzle vacuum machine.   Standard vacuum bags are much LESS expensive than channeled bags.  There is also much more variety of the standard vacuum bags such as sous vide (boilable), thicker bags (4mil or 5mil), zipper and hang hole, and much more!  To purchase our standard vacuum bags, visit our website or speak to a distributor near you.

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Standard Bags – for sous vide

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Standard Bags – zipper and hang hole

Channeled Bags – are characterized by the embossed or special surface which creates a pathway or “channel” which allows the air to be pulled out of the bags.   These bags will work on ANY and ALL vacuum sealers.  Your home machines (Foodshell, FoodSaver, Seal-A-Meal models) MUST use the channel bags because they are external clamp machines.  To purchase our channel bags, visit our website or speak to a distributor near you.  We also now carry channel bags with a ziplock as well as one with a gold back.

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Gold Foil Backed Channel Bags

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Zipper and Hang Hole Channel Bags

Most home users have a vacuum sealer that must use the channeled bags although there is the SINBO vacuum sealer series which is the only home use vacuum sealer that utilizes STANDARD vacuum pouches saving you money right away.

The Best Little Vacuum Chamber That Could

If your small home vacuum sealer is just not meeting your needs, this chamber vacuum sealer is the perfect upgrade.  The TC-Series vacuum sealer is an easy to use table top unit that can vacuum seal your product:  cheese, nuts, dried fruit, and much more!  Just place your item in the chamber, close the lid and 30 seconds later..voila!  A perfectly vacuum sealed product with a beautiful two line seal.  We also carry options such as gas flush and 220V.

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FEATURES

  • Compact, easily fits most spaces
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Durable aluminum steel bar
  • Acrylic plastic lid
  • Pump manufactured and designed in Italy (TC-420 series – Busch pump)
  • Custom features available – gas flush, sensor control, 220V
  • ETL, UL, NSF, CE, and CSA Certified

Glossary of Packaging Terms

We have created a couple of glossary reference guides for our distributors.  There are so many terms to remember that we sometimes we forget too!

Click here for our A to Zs of Packaging

Click here for our Glossary of Flexible Packaging Materials

NEW PRODUCT: Clear Stand Up Pouches

Ideal for all types of packaging industries

  • Clear multi-layer film (CPP/OPP)
  • Resealable zip lock for tear notch for easy opening
  • Packaged in small quantities, 250pcs or 500pcs
  • 4mil thickness

Stand up pouches have become the ideal flexible packaging medium for both large and small businesses alike. Stand up pouches elegantly maximize shelf space over traditional packaging such as boxes and cartons and since the pouches are shipped flat before filling, they also minimize costs of freight and warehousing. Stand up pouches can be used for unlimited number of applications (cookies, nuts, candies)

Pouches meet FDA regulations for food use.  We do not recommend the pouches for any freezing applications or liquids.  Use our 5mm, direct heat sealer or band sealer for the best sealing quality!

Download Stand Up Pouch Specification Sheet

How to Seal a Gusseted Bag?

Many of our customers call us asking what sealer works best for their gusseted bag.  Our blog, today, will address that question.

What is a gusseted bag?
Gusseted bags are commonly used in the coffee and tea industry.  The sides of the bags fold in to form a gusset.  Gusset bags have sides that expand, allowing you to package bulkier, larger items.

What type of sealer should you use to seal a foil gusseted bag?  Because of the gussets, 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 the following sealers:

6" Semi-Automatic Double Impulse Sealer

…this small unit is the perfect size for sealing coffee bags

Double Impulse Sealers
Double impulse sealers utilize two heating wires (upper and lower) to seal through your gusset bag.  We carry both hand and foot operated as well as a few automatic units to suit your produtction level needs.   Seal width – usually 5mm or 10mm (.20″  or .40″)

For more options, please see our website here.

Our most popular unit for sealing coffee bags

Direct Heat Sealers
Direct heat sealers (also known as constant heat sealers).  Whereas impulse sealers only create heat when sealer jaw and body meat, direct heat sealers maintain heat in the jaws as long as the sealer is turned on.    As a result, direct heat sealers possess better heat penetration to seal thicker materials.  Seal width – usually 15mm (0.6″)

Portable direct heat sealers  or clamp style sealers are affordable and easy to use.   We carry 6″, 8″, and 12″ models.

  • A temperature controller accurately controls the temperature from 30°-550° F (0°-300° C)

Foot or Table Top Direct Heat Sealers utilize a temperature controller.  Both units use a foot switch to control the movement of the upper jaw.

  • Band Sealers allow you to seal nearly any thermoplastic material considerably faster than any other sealer.

Seal quickly and efficiently with a band sealer

Vacuum Sealer
Sometimes, in addition to sealing a bag, you will require a vacuum.   We also carry a vacuum sealer made specifically for foil gusset bags (coffee bags).  The vacuum sealer is a double impulse sealer with a 5mm seal.

Seals and vacuums in one step!

We hope this provides you with some smart choices for sealing your gusseted bags.  Please be sure to check out our website – Sealer Sales.  Please contact us for more questions.