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Best Practice: What the Heck Does Congeal Mean?

CONGEAL MEANS TO COOL UNDER PRESSURE.

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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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Refresher Course: How to Use a Heat Sealer

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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Hand Sealers for the Medical Market

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.

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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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Distributor Highlight: ABC Office

Sealer Sales has a network of over 100 distributors in North America  and we would like to highlight ABC Office which has a dominant online presence in office and business products and now packaging equipment as well!

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ABC Office provides fast, low-cost shipping options to most customers in the 48 contiguous states. (ABC also ships to Hawaii, Alaska, and several foreign countries.).  ABC’s large warehouse ensures an ample supply of products so that customers receive orders in the shortest amount of time possible.

We are impressed with the quality of service ABC Office offers to its customers from their lightning speed response to customer queries to their generous return policy.  ABC Office also provides a library of resources to their customers from a blog of new equipment to office equipment faqs.

Searching for our newest Impresse FRM-1010 band sealer?
Talk to the folks at ABC Office!

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Searching for a sealer to seal extra long lengths?
Talk to the folks at ABC Office!
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Stand Up Pouches…what sealers should I choose?

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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-200 FS-300_revised

FS-205 / FS-305
easy to use / 8” and 12” lengths
seal width – 5mm (0.20”)

KF-150CST 6” jaw / 2 temp settings seal width – 15mm (0.59”)

KF-150CST
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”)

THS-200 / THS-300 / THS-400
foot switch activated / 8”, 12”, and 16” seal width – 15mm (0.59”)

W-300DAT table-top model / foot switch activated seal width – 15mm (0.59”)

W-300DAT
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

ertical continuous band sealer seal width – 8mm (0.31”) 15mm option

Maintenance – How to change the Heating Element and PTFE Cover/Adhesive on your Hand Sealer

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.

What Does “Seal Width” Mean for a Sealer?

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.

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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.

Carry Your Sealer Anywhere!

Do you have an odd sized object or need to carry your sealer around to seal?  Check our our new FKR-A series portable impulse sealers.  These sealers are lightweight and easy to use anywhere.

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  • Available in 8″, 12″, and 16″ seal lengths
  • 7ft long handle cord allowing maximum moveability
  • Double 5mm seal to seal thicker materials – up to 30mil in thickness
  • Visit our website for more information

Help! My Sealer Isn’t Working!

Q:  I bought a sealer and now the sealer  isn’t working!  Can you help me?

A: Why, of course we can! We are the sealer experts and can assist you with any sealer problem.  Most often, the problem is a simple fix.  All you need is a screwdriver, unplug your machine and follow our quick little troubleshooting steps.

Using a screwdriver, loosen the PTFE metal plate and untuck the PTFE cover.

1. Is your heating element / wire broken?
– This is the wire (flat or round) that heats up to seal or cut the bag/film.  Remove the PTFE cover and check that the wire is not discolored, bent, or broken.

Check the wire. Make sure the wire runs fully across the sealer.

2.   Do you hear the “click” of the microswitch activation?
The microswitch allows the electricity to pass to the heating element which in turn heats up and seals your poly material.  Sometimes the microswitch moves out of alignment during shipping and needs a simple adjustment to get the unit back to proper working order.

Remove the bottom plate to locate the microswitch

If you do not hear the “click” of the microswitch, you will want to locate the microswitch and make sure the arm operating bracket touches the microswitch when the sealer arm is brought into contact with the sealer base.
Carefully push the microswitch level to ensure that the level comes in contact with the microswitch trigger.

Carefully push the microswitch level to ensure that the level comes in contact with the microswitch trigger.

Mounting Springs hold the elements on both ends.

3.  Are the mounting springs (holding the elements) in tact and in good condition?  Make sure that the spring the element mounts on is intact. Replace if damaged.  Please check also that the mounting spring is not rusted or worn in any way as this will prevent the element from conducting heat.

Make sure there are no loose connections to the timer.

4.  Does the timer light come on when you bring your arm down to meet the base of the sealer?  The light on the timer should come on briefly when the seal bar is brought down for sealing. If it does not come on, there maybe some loose wires or the timer may need replacing