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.
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.
CONGEAL MEANS TO COOL UNDER PRESSURE.
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.
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Take a look at some of the units that are available for the medical market.
KF-210HC – 10mm Hand Sealer w/ Sliding Cutter
Make your own poly bags with our hand sealer with sliding cutter (Model: KF-210HC). The sealer can also be used for non medical packaging as well. The unit is an 8″ hand sealer with a 10mm wide serrated seal line. Sealer is portable. Matching optional film roller is also available.
D-3010HCA – 13″ Table Top Medical Sealer
Excellent unit for sealing sterile bag & tubing. The 10mm wide seal width provides excellent protection. Sealing and cooling times can be preset with a digital control panel. Unit is also equipped with a counting timer to keep track of packages sealed.
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For your stand up pouches, we suggest using either a 5mm impulse sealer or a direct heat sealer (constant heat sealer). We offer a variety of equipment at various price points and all the sealers listed here will work with your pouches…choose based on the width of your stand up pouch.
Download our stand up pouch sealer recommendation guide.
…for your most basic needs…
If you are just starting out your production and looking to seal sample sizes, these options will work the best. Affordable and easy to use with very few moving parts.
FS-205 / FS-305
easy to use / 8” and 12” lengths
seal width – 5mm (0.20”)
6” jaw / 2 temp settings
seal width – 15mm (0.59”)
….for quicker sealing
These two options (THS & W-300DAT) utilize a foot switch for faster production. (Hands get mighty tired after a full day of sealing).
THS-200 / THS-300 / THS-400
foot switch activated / 8”, 12”, and 16” seal width – 15mm (0.59”)
table-top model / foot switch activated
seal width – 15mm (0.59”)
….fastest production volumes…
Band Sealer – Our fastest option yet! Simply place your bag on the conveyor. Adjustable temperature and speeds available.
ertical continuous band sealer seal width – 8mm (0.31”) 15mm option
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Maintenance is KEY to a long lasting impulse sealer. Regular maintenance of your impulse sealer will ensure the longevity of your sealer. After using between 1,000-5,000 seals, it is normal for the heating element (wire) to break . The number is dependent on your timer setting and will vary from user to user. Regularly replacing your sealer’s heating wire, PTFE adhesive (sticky brown protective skin under the element), and the PTFE cover (brown protective skin over the element) is essential for your sealer’s health and well-being.
Take a look at our instructional video on how to change out your heating element and insulation pieces.
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When shopping around for a heat impulse sealer, the two most important questions you will need to answer are:
Q: What sealer size should I purchase?
A: How wide is your bag? This one is easy. If your bag is 6″, then you will need a sealer that will fit your 6″ bag. The closest size to that is our 8″ hand sealer.
Seal Width Examples
Next Q: What seal width should I choose?
There are a variety of seal widths that a sealer can make. There are two types of heating elements: round or flat. 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. If you are sealing thicker materials, you may want to choose a wider seal width for better heat penetration. Please download our seal width guide for a better idea of the type of seal width you should choose. The most basic seal width is 2mm and if you are sealing a general poly bag, the 2mm seal width will do the trick.