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Best Equipment for Retail Packaging

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Shrink Wrap Packaging EquipmentI speak with people every day who are looking for the best piece of equipment to use for packaging their product for retail sale purposes. While there are some tools out there that can be used for “general purpose” packaging, most packaging tools are designed for very specific projects. I would like to cover a few popular pieces of equipment that can be used for your own in-house packaging.

At ABC Office, we over over a dozen different types of machines that can be used for packaging. In fact, you can find our entire selection of packaging machines here. We carry gravity drop sealers, band sealers, carton sealers, sleeve wrappers and more. For the sake of time, and keep this article from going on over 20 pages, I am limiting this to the top four most popular categories.

Shrink Wrap (found here) – Shrink wrap is the most popular method of packaging products for retail sale purposes. Shrink wrap machines use special thermoplastic film that literally shrinks down when heat is applied. The process is pretty cool and the thin layer of plastic provides protection, makes items tamper proof and can be used for bundling. We offer three different types of shrink wrap machines:

  • I-Bar Sealers (found here) – Our I-Bar sealers are the most popular tool we offer. They are ideal for low to medium volume packaging needs and they are extremely affordable. The I-bar contains a single element that uses impulses of electricity to seal off the film. When used with centerfold shrink film, the I-bar has to be pulled down to seal all opened sides (usually involves two passes). Most I-bar sealers include a heat gun that is then manually used to shrink down the film.
  • L-Bar Sealers (found here) – These tools are similar to the I-bar but have an “L” shaped impulse sealing blade. This doubles the speed at which you can package products. L-bar sealers can be used with a heat gun or with a shrink tunnel, depending on the speed you need to package products.
  • Shrink Wrap Systems (found here) – These systems usually feature an L-bar sealing blade integrated with a heat tunnel dome. The result is a machine that can cut shrink film around a product and shrink the film down all at the same time. This improves efficiency and speed. This type of system is ideal for medium to high-volume packaging needs.


Bag Heat SealersHeat Sealers (found here)
– Heat sealers, often called bag sealers, are designed to seal the open end of a plastic bag. This includes a variety of plastic films including cellophane, mylar, poly film and much more. Depending on the sealer, they can be used with a variety of thicknesses of plastic. These sealers also come in different sealing lengths and widths. They are used for packaging food, tools, powders, liquids and more. Heat sealers are broken down into two categories:

  • Impulse – Impulse bag sealers are designed for speed and can be used with thinner plastic. They use a sealing element that only heats up when it is sealing a bag. It is quick to cool down and very safe to handle.
  • Direct Heat – These sealers, sometimes called constant heat sealers, use a heating element that needs to warm up and remains hot. They are typically a little less money than impulse sealers and they can be used with thicker plastic.

Vacuum SealersVacuum Sealers (found here) – Vacuum sealers are used to provide an air-tight seal, typically for packaging food or sterile medical instruments. Thanks to an airtight seal, vacuum sealers can be used to dramatically extend the life of food and are excellent for preventing contaminants. We offer two different types of vacuum sealers:

  • Chamber Vacuum Sealers (found here) – Chamber vacuum sealers are extremely popular for packaging food and they are ideal for industrial / commercial level packaging needs. You simply insert your item into the vacuum bag, insert it into the chamber and let the machine do the rest. The chamber sealer will remove all the air inside the chamber, seal the bag and return the atmosphere inside the chamber back to normal. The results are long lasting and professional.
  • External Vacuum Sealers (found here) – External sealers seal products outside the machine. Once an item is placed in the back, the open end is inserted into the machine. The external sealer will then remove the air inside the bag and then seal the bag shut. We offer several different types of external sealers including channel sealers (much like a Foodsaver) and industrial external sealers that use nozzles for removing air.

Clamshell SealersClamshell Sealers (found here) – Have you ever purchased a toy, tools or other items encased in a hard plastic shell? This packaging is referred to as clam shell packaging. In the past this clam shell was held shut by staples. Today clam shell sealers are used to keep this packaging closed. This prevents injuries, rust and is an affordable alternative to staples. The clam shell sealer uses heat (or ultrasonic waves) to melt the plastic together.

I hope this has helped answer a few of your packaging questions. Because this is such a huge topic, you may still have additional questions. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 or post your question as a comment. We have decades of experience with these machines and would love to help you out.

Minipack Freestanding Chamber Vacuum Sealers

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Minipack MVS 52X Freestanding Chamber SealerIf you’re in the food handling or food packaging industry, you probably use or are in need of a vacuum sealer. Vacuum sealers (found here) provide a very sanitary and professional packaging option for foods such as pork, poultry, beef, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheese and more. These systems prolong the life of food, prevent contamination and allow food to be frozen without suffering damage. The list of benefits is long. If you’re business needs to package a lot of food regularly and on a daily basis, you may want to consider using a freestanding chamber vacuum sealer.

Freestanding chamber sealers are commonly used for commercial / industrial levels of packaging and they usually sit on casters for added mobility. Many feature dual sealing bars, allowing the operator to package multiple pouches simultaneously. If you’re looking for a specific brand, I highly recommend you look at Minipack. Minpack-Torre (parent company name) is based out of Italy and they manufacture a wide range of packaging products including chamber vacuum sealers, channel sealers, shrink wrap machines and more.

Minipack chamber sealers are some of the most reputable machines on the market. Unlike many cheaper machines that require fine tuning and are made using cheap components, the Minipack sealers are made using thick gauge stainless steel, seamless basins, easy-to-clean components, Busch pumps and much more. The quality, design and craftsmanship is unprecedented. We have been selling Minipack chamber sealers for over a decade and our customers are always happy with the results. I should also mention that they are very easy to set up and use.

I would like to go over some of these freestanding sealers. These are sorted by price and mostly by size.

  • Minipack MVS 65X Freestanding Chamber Vacuum SealerMinipack MVS 45LXII (found here) – This is the smallest of the Minpack freestanding chamber sealers. It has a chamber that is 18.5” x 18” and it has two sealing bars. This allows it to be used for sealing larger or multiple smaller items. This is very similar to the tabletop MVS45X.
  • Minipack MVS 52X (found here) – This is a great mid-range chamber sealer. It has a sealing area of 20” x 21” and has dual sealing bars that measure in at 21” long. This is ample room for sealing a variety of food, medical supplies and much more.
  • Minipack MVS 52XP (found here) – Do you like the MVS 52X, but need a few additional features? Consider the MVS 52XP. This sealer as the ability to store up to 100 custom programs and includes a printer that will print the item name, pricing, coding, date, ingredients and more.
  • Minipack MVS 50X (found here) – On the larger end of the spectrum, the MVS 50X has a large 26” x 20.5” sealing area. Equipped with two sealing bars, a Busch pump and the ability to package at a rate of 3 cycles per minute, this vacuum sealer is ready to take on the tough jobs. Thanks to a large sealing area and dual sealing bars, this machine can crank out several small pouches a minute.
  • Minipack MVS 65X (found here) – The Minipack 65X is the largest single chamber vacuum sealer offered by Minipack. It has a large 29” x 27” chamber that can hold just about any pouch you want to use. Using a 3hp Busch R5 oil rotary pump, this vacuum sealer can crank out food packaging quickly and efficiently. The end results look amazing.
  • Minipack MVS 52X-DV (found here) – Do you need a chamber sealer that has some serious output capacity? Consider the MVS 52X-DV. This is a dual chamber freestanding chamber sealer. It is essentially two MVS 52X machines linked together. Each chamber measures in at 20” x 21” and each chamber has dual sealing bars. This is an impressive chamber sealer and is perfect for businesses that package a lot of food per day.

So what are some common options you can get with a freestanding Minipack sealer? Some options include a tray for sealing liquids, an inert flush kit (must be factory installed) and an evacuation filter kit (must be factory installed). If you don’t see an option listed here that you need, call us at 1-800-658-8788. We can get a lot of these machines customized for specific needs / uses. You can find our entire selection of vacuum sealers here and vacuum sealer bag supplies here.

Finding the Right Vacuum Sealer Bags & Pouches

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Vacuum Sealer Bags & PouchesIf you own a vacuum sealer, you may be in the process of trying to track down the right bags for your machine. While you may already know exactly what you need, many people out there get confused by the wide selection available. Not all vacuum sealer bags will work with all machines. You need to buy the right bags for the right machine and for the right job. At ABC Office we offer a wide selection of vacuum sealer bags and pouches (found here). I would like to help you figure out exactly what you need.

Before I go into the types of bags that are available, I would like to cover the three main types of vacuum sealers used today. These are:

  1. Chamber Vacuum SealersChamber Vacuum Sealers (found here) – These sealers are some of the most popular and common for the commercial packaging of food. Rather than the bag sitting on the outside of the machine, the bag goes inside of the machine. A vacuum, inside the chamber, removes the air before sealing the bag shut. Once sealed, atmosphere is returned back to the chamber. The result is a precision sealed product and extremely professional results. This is commonly used for packaging beef, pork, poultry, fish, chicken, cheese, fruits, vegetables and much more.
  2. Channel Vacuum Sealer BagsChannel Vacuum Sealers (found here) – Channel vacuum sealers are on the entry-level end of the spectrum. These are the sealers, such as FoodSaver, that are used for home vacuum sealing needs or very light volume packaging needs. These sealers require the bag to be placed in the sealing jaws of the machine. Air is then removed using a channel vacuum system. Once the bag has been emptied of air, the bag is sealed shut. These systems are primarily used with food, although they can be used for other items.
  3. Nozzle Vacuum SealersNozzle Vacuum Sealers (found here) – These sealers are used for light, medium or high volume vacuum sealing (depending on the machine). These sealers are often used for packaging food, but are also extremely popular for packaging medical devices, tools and supplies. Many, due to the nature of the non-moving parts, can be used in a clean room environment. These sealers can come in very wide and large formats. They use a nozzle that is inserted into the bag to remove the air. Once the air has been removed, the nozzle retracts and the bag is sealed. Products packaged using a nozzle vacuum sealer are very professional.

Now that we’ve established how the different types of vacuum sealers work, I would like to provide you with a list of the times of supplies you may want to use. I will label which types of machines these supplies work with. First off, chamber vacuum sealers and nozzle sealers use the same bags.

Chamber / Nozzle Vacuum Sealer Bags:

  • Standard Chamber / Nozzle Bags (found here) – These are your standard square bags with an open end. They are often referred to as pouches. These are by far the most common bags used with chamber sealers and nozzle sealers. These bags are sold in bulk quantities, are available in a variety of sizes and come in 3 mil and 4 mil thicknesses.
  • Tear Notch Vacuum Sealer Bags (found here) – These bags are typically used with food and have a tear notch at the top. When the bag is sealed shut, the tear notch makes it easy (without scissors) to open the bag up. These bags come in several different sizes (although not as big as the standard bags) and come in 3 mil thicknesses.
  • Zip Lock Vacuum Sealer Bags (found here) – These bags work with chamber and nozzle sealers like standard bags, but feature a zip lock top. This is especially nice for packaging foods that may need the packaging to be opened and re-closed multiple times. These bags are made using a 3 mil FDA approved plastic. These bags are also commonly used with medical instruments.
  • Sous Vide Boilable Sealer Bags (found here) – These are vacuum sealer bags designed to withstand a lot of heat, up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit to be precise. Sous Vide involves boiling the food while still in the pouch. The end result is extremely tender meat and food that has been slowly cooked in its juices. The end results are some of the most flavorful and succulent food you will ever taste.
  • Vacuum Sealer Tubes (found here) – Don’t want to settle on any specific size bag? You may want to consider vacuum sealer tubing. These tubes consist of a specific width rolled up into a large roll of film. This allows you to cut the length of the bag to the size you need. Widths range from 8” up to 20” and each roll is 500 feet long.

Channel Vacuum Sealer Bags:

  • Channel Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags have a special texture to them to help them collapse and shrink when air is removed using a channel vacuum sealer. These are the types of bags that will work with a FoodSaver, a Seal-A-Meal, A Foodshell or a Minipack Cyclone vacuum sealer. These bags will work with most brands of channel vacuum sealers.

We offer a wide selection of bags. If you don’t see what you need here, give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have a lot of sources and can usually find what you need. We only carry high quality and high-grade vacuum sealer bags. Thanks for reading!

Mighty Mutt MPV-18 Vacuum Sealer Review

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Mighty Mutt MPV-18 Impulse Vacuum SealerIf your business is in need of an industrial quality impulse vacuum sealer, the Mighty Mutt MPV-18 (found here) is certainly an option to consider. It has been around for years, is made in the USA, is a well-known brand and is commonly used for packaging anything from medical supplies to food. With all the vacuum sealers out there, is this particular one the right choice for you?

The Mighty Mutt MPV-18 falls under the category of external vacuum sealer because it the bags are always outside the machine during the sealing process, unlike a chamber sealer. The advantage to this is that there are no height restrictions. With a wide 17.5” sealing width, the Mighty Mutt can be used to vacuum seal and package a wide variety of products.

This vacuum sealer also falls under the category of impulse sealer. Impulse sealing is a technology that doesn’t require any warm-up time prior to use. The sealing wire heats up and quickly cools down with every use, also making it very safe to use. The MPV-18 seals bags shut using a ¼” (6mm) flat band seal, which is more than enough sealing width for most packaging applications. A footswitch makes hands-free operation extremely easy.

The Might Mutt uses what’s known as a retractable nozzle system (made of stainless steel). When the top of the bag is inserted into the sealer, the nozzle slips inside the bag. This nozzle is what actually removes the air from the package. Once the designated amount of air has been removed, the nozzle will actually remove itself, allowing the bag to be sealed shut. The stainless steel nozzle is extremely easy to clean and far more durable than the plastic nozzles found on many competitors’ machines.

One thing that really sets the Mighty Mutt apart from the competition is the use of the Venturi Vacuum. This type of vacuum is a Seco Gramatech exclusive. Unlike other pumps, it uses no moving or electrical parts. This makes the machine extremely quiet, much more so than the competition. This also helps to improve the compressor life and improves the cycle rate of the machine. If you have ever seen this machine in use, you will be surprised to see just how fast the air is removed from the bag.

Here is a video of the MPV-18 Might Mutt in action:

This sealer is very easy to set up. It includes dials that allow you to adjust things such as the dwell, vacuum, seal and gas settings. It can be fitted with an optional internal compressor, single stage gas flush, bi-active seal system and it can be fitted for use with an optional 220V electrical system.

Weighing it at about 60 pounds, this vacuum sealer can be used on most workbenches, counters, tables or desks. It is designed to be fast, simple to operate and can be used just about anywhere. This machine is ideal for packaging medical supplies, parts, tools and even food.

Be aware that this vacuum sealer does require an external air compressor to operate.

If you have questions about this vacuum sealer, feel free to speak with one of our Packaging Experts at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of external vacuum sealers here and chamber vacuum sealers here. We also have a Service Department that can provide you with replacement parts, service and technical support.

TC-350FLR Fish Chamber Vacuum Sealer Review

Monday, July 1st, 2013

TC-350FLR Fish Vacuum Chamber SealerOne of the best ways to package a fish is to use a vacuum sealer. One of the most effective ways to package fish on a full scale commercial level is to use a chamber vacuum sealer (found here). These large industrial machines can be used all day to package fish for storage, transportation, preservation and much more. They can be used to package fish cutlets, supremes, steaks, fletches and much more. If you are trying to vacuum seal full size fillets or the entire fish, you may have run into a few space issues.

While most chamber vacuum sealers are excellent for packaging meat, fruits, vegetables and more, many people who are packaging fish need length, not necessarily width. Most chamber sealers, however, feature square-shaped sealing basins that just don’t work with larger fillets or trying to vacuum seal the entire fish. This is where the TC-350FLR (found here) really finds its place.

The TC-350FLR features a rare design. It is far longer than it is wide, designed to package fish on a commercial level. This sealer measures in at almost 40” wide by 15” wide. The front sealing bar itself is just shy of 33” long. This long chamber is perfect for packaging fish or other long food items. It also features two 14.1” sealing bars on the left and right side of the machine.  There are many reasons why this sealer is such an excellent option for fish packaging purposes.

This fish vacuum sealer features a stainless steel design. Anyone familiar with the chamber vacuum sealing industry knows that BUSCH vacuum pumps are some of the best in the business. This sealer features a durable BUSCH vacuum pump. This allows the sealer to be used on a continuous basis without suffering the wear and issues found in vacuum sealers that utilize cheaper components.

The sealer itself contains an MPC 20 microprocessor that helps assist with the sealing process, ensuring a solid and professional seal every time. The LCD control panel is extremely easy to navigate and the electrical box is IP 65 rated against water. The control panel also features the ability to store up to 20 programs and includes an oil indicator light for maintenance purposes.

The cycling time, which includes sealing and removal of air, takes about 25-35 seconds, depending on the size of the object being packaged. This means you can easily package several hundred items a day without a problem. It is designed to be used with vacuum sealing bags up to 6 mil thick and seals these bags shut using a 6mm sealing wire. Bladder activated sealing and helps assist with the sealing quality and vacuum removal.

Overall, this is the perfect machine for fish vacuum sealing and packaging. You couldn’t ask for a better designed machine. It can be used for packaging small and large fish and is the perfect addition to any fish processing plant or even the die-hard fisher that wants the ability to pack and freeze his / her own catch.

If you still have questions about this vacuum sealer, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with chamber vacuum sealers and we would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of external vacuum sealers here and chamber vacuum sealers here.

Soft Air “Pillow Pack” Option for Minipack Chamber Vacuum Sealers

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Minipack MVS 45X Chamber Vacuum SealerWe recently had a customer approach us who was interested in packaging his own pizzas for long term storage using a vacuum sealer. He appreciated the preservation nature of vacuum sealing, but didn’t want his pizzas to be totally crushed by having 99.9% of the air removed. He was in need of a solution to this problem. Luckily Minipack has had these types of inquiries before. They are able to equip their chamber vacuum sealers (found here) with a soft air option via an inert gas kit. Let me explain.

One of the reasons vacuum sealers are able to increase the lifespan of food is because the life giving oxygen air that feeds bacteria is removed. Oxygen makes up about 20% of the air that we breath. Minipack chamber sealers are capable of removing 99.9% of all air in the packaging. This also protects against freezer burn and other elements.

The inert gas kit allows for soft air packaging. Soft air packaging basically involves injecting nitrogen into the package after the oxygen has been removed. This method prevents the vacuum packaging from being drawn down tight around the product. This packaging method is commonly used for packaging potato chips and other delicate food products that would otherwise be destroyed. One reason this is referred to as a pillow pack is because of the pillow-like nature of these bags (such as potato chips).

Minipack chamber sealers can be outfitted with an inert gas flush kit. This is done in the factory, so be sure you order this feature up front when buying a machine for pillow pack purposes. The kit essentially consists of a gas flush nozzle that is set near where the sealing bar is located. This nozzle is inserted in the open end of the pouch where oxygen is removed and nitrogen is inserted.

Minipack chamber vacuum sealers can be built with a manual soft air option along with the gas flush kit. The soft air option helps prevent sharp objects from puncturing the pouch. It is adjustable to accommodate a variety of products and allows for softer bag placement around the product. As mentioned earlier in the article, this is especially nice for a “special look” for retail sales or for delicate product packaging.

There are a few things you will need for the inert gas kit that will not come with the Minipack vacuum sealer. This includes:

  • The Nitrogen Tank
  • The Regulator
  • Necessary Hosing
  • Proper Connections & Fittings

In order to get the nitrogen tank fitted to your vacuum sealer, you will probably want to contact a gas tank company or welding company in your local area. They should be able to help get your vacuum sealer properly set up. If you are unable to locate someone in your local area, we are certainly more than happy to help. Contact us at 1-800-658-8788 for help finding a company that can outfit you with a nitrogen tank and necessary fittings.

We recently helped a customer with their purchase of an MVS 45X (found here) that was outfitted with an inert gas kit and manual soft air option. The nitrogen tank, regulator, hosing and fittings ended up costing less than $300 with labor (including a 5 foot tank), so it really isn’t too bad for commercial packaging purposes. This was through a company called National Welders out of South Carolina.

We have a lot of experience with chamber sealers, including those made by Minipack, so please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We have experts here who can help and also have a full-time Service Department that can provide you with parts, setup, training and additional help.

You can find our entire selection of Minipack chamber vacuum sealers here. If you already own a similar setup, please feel free to post your experience and advice here as a comment. Thanks for reading!

Best Cleanroom Vacuum Sealers w/ Gas Purge for Medical Packaging

Friday, May 10th, 2013

AmeriVacS CAVN Cleanroom Medical Vacuum SealerWhen it comes to packaging products such as medical tubing, tape and other medical supplies, it is helpful to use a vacuum sealer that is designed for use in a clean room. For many of these packaging applications, a gas purge system is required to keep things as sterile as possible. At ABC Office we recently added several new vacuum sealers (found here) that are cleanroom safe, many of which include a gas purge. I would like to explain how these work and point you to a few models.

When medical supplies, devices and accessories are being packaged, cleanliness is an absolute must. Tubing, tape and supplies have to be sterile for the safety of the patient. For this reason, there are many vacuum sealers designed to be used in a particle-free clean room. These sealers are clean, sterile, don’t produce particles, are electrostatic safe and comply with the strictest cleanroom requirements. They are also designed to work in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.

I mentioned earlier that many people like to package medical devices, supplies and accessories with a gas purge system. So how does this work? A gas purge flushes the bag being sealed with an inert gas and removes life-giving oxygen, which can sustain the life of a lot of nasty bacteria and other things you don’t want on your medical instruments. The inert gas is almost always nitrogen.

AccVacs E 1500G Cleanroom Medical Vacuum SealerThe process of sealing a bag is extremely fast. Simply insert your supplies / items into the bag, insert the top of it into the sealer and activate it. Most cleanroom vacuum sealers include a foot pedal. The seal created is usually around ¼” thick, which is more than enough to maintain a solid seal. Most of these vacuum sealers allow you to adjust the seal time, volume removed / added and much more.

Before I list some of our new clearoom vacuum sealers, which include a gas purge, I would like to point out our entire selection of external bag sealers here.

I am going to sort these vacuum sealers by price:

  • AccVacs E 1000G (found here) – This sealer includes a gas purge system and a built-in compressor. It can handle bags up to 10″ wide. It is clean room compatible and includes an electronic footswitch. This is one of the most affordable options we offer.
  • AccVacs E 1500G (found here) – This machine is very similar to the above-mentioned machine, but has a 15″ wide sealing width. This is more than enough sealing length for most medical bag packaging needs. It produces a ¼” seal and is clean room compatible.
  • AccVacs E 2000G (found here) This clean room safe vacuum sealer has a 20″ sealing length and is available in a white unit and a stainless steel unit. As is the case with the above two mentioned models, this sealer has a retractable nozzle and digital smart controls.
  • Mighty Mutt MPV-18 (fond hear) – This clean room ready vacuum sealer has been around for years and is a time-tested classic. It has a 17.5″ sealing length and produces a 0.25″ seal. This sealer is tough.
  • AccVacs E 2500G (found here) – If the above mentioned vacuum sealers are just too small for your packaging needs, consider this model. It has an extremely wide 25″ sealing length while still providing a gas purge ability, ¼” seal and clean room compatibility. This sealer works great on a table.
  • AccVacs E 3000G (found here) – This massive 30″ vacuum sealer is excellent for packaging medical supplies, tools, devices and accessories in bulk. It can be used with huge bags and is still clean room compliant. It is fast, effective and still produces a nice ¼” seal along the entire width of the bag.
  • AmeriVacS AVN Series Sealers w/ Gas Purge (found here) – These AVN sealers are designed to be plugged into an existing compressor or compressed air outlet. These sealers are nice because they are very quiet and come in sealing widths ranging from 20″ all the way up to 50″!
  • AccVacs E 3500G (found here) – This sealer is available in a standard gas purge version and in a touch screen version with gas purge. This is the largest AccVacs brand sealer available that is clean room safe. This sealer is 35″ wide. If you need something bigger, you will need to go with the AmeriVacS AVN.
  • AmeriVacS CAVN Series Sealers w/ Gas Purge (found here) – These sealers are available in either a 20″ or a 30″ design and include built-in compressors and gas purge systems. These sealers are designed for commercial / industrial use on a daily basis and are some of the heaviest-duty clean room compliant vacuum sealers we offer.

I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with too many different machines, but these are all solid units and can all be used in a clean room. If you need more information, have some questions or simply need a quote, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We have been selling these for years and have specialists that should be able to help you out.

Do you have one of these machines or do you have experience packaging medical supplies? Post your thoughts as a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Best Way to Vacuum Seal Liquids

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Minipack Chamber Vacuum SealersVacuum sealing liquids, or even sometimes powder, can be a tricky ordeal. Most external sealers can’t package liquids because they literally pull the air out of the bag. For this reason, a chamber vacuum sealer (found here) is the necessary machine to get the job done. The only problem with vacuum sealing liquids using a chamber sealer is that it is still difficult to get the bag to stay in place. Minipack has developed a very effective system to help get the job done.

Chamber sealers by design have a huge advantage over external sealers when it comes to packaging liquids and powders. Unlike external sealers, chamber sealers remove air from the entire chamber, rather than directly from the bag. As a result, the possibility of liquid actually getting sucked into the pump is extremely remote. This also allows the bag to stand up rather than lay on its side.

Trying to keep a bag of water, juice, soup, wine or other liquid upright during the vacuum sealing process is a challenge. The bag, by nature (and thanks to gravity), wants to fall back down on its side. As a result of this frustrating series of events, Minipack now manufactures a special kit for their chamber sealers that makes vacuum packing liquids extremely easy.

The kit is called the Angled Tray Kit. Rather than trying to balance the bag on end and against the flat side of the chamber, the kit uses a stainless steel angled tray that keeps the liquids upright at a slight angle. While this may seem simple, it works remarkably well.

Special volume plates have been developed to fit inside the chamber that are cut to fit next to the angled tray. These volume plates can be added or removed, depending on the size of the bag being packaged. These same volume plates help provide additional support for the bag being sealed.

These pictures help demonstrate just how the Minipack angled tray kit and volume plates work with vacuum packing a liquid:

Minipack Angled Tray Kits

If you still have additional questions about the angled tray kit, or if you need additional advice about vacuum sealing liquids, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.  These kits can be purchased with new machines or for existing machines. You can find our entire selection of vacuum sealers here.

How Long Does Vacuum Sealed Meat Last in the Freezer?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Vacuum Food Sealers Have you ever pulled food out of the freezer, thawed it out and tried to eat it only to bit into it and taste utter disappointment? That bland, moldy and almost synthetic like taste is what’s commonly referred to as freezer burn. That is what happens when you try packaging food using a ziplock bag. If you really want to preserve your food, along with the taste, you should be using a vacuum sealer. So how long does meat last once it has been vacuum packed and tossed in a freezer? This is a good question and one that I will answer in this article.

Freezers really are amazing food preservation tools. Imagine, just a few hundred years ago people had to dig a hole in the ground and fill it with snow (if available) just to provide a slightly cooler place to keep their food. Salting and smoking food wasn’t much better. The biggest downside to freezers is that they have a tendency to drain the flavor out of food. Over time, food begins to draw in flavors of other products in the freezer along with the bland taste of the freezer itself.

The best way to protect food against freezer burn is to vacuum seal it. The vacuum seal barrier literally locks out air and prevents other flavors and moisture from breaching the barrier. Most of our Minipack vacuum sealers will remove 99.9% of the air from the bag, allowing the frozen food to taste just as fresh thawed as it was when it was initially packaged. Some people even create entire meals and vacuum seal them for later cooking such as Sous Vide.

So how long can a freezer keep meat fresh and unspoiled? It really depends on the cut and type of meat. Keep in mind that uncooked meat typically lasts much longer than cooked. Here is a list of some types of meat and their general lifespan in a well-maintained freezer. I am including the time for vacuum sealed and non vacuum sealed.

Cooked Meat Times

  • Poultry – Up to 4 Months
  • Beef – Up to 3 Months
  • Hot Dogs – Up to 2 Months
  • Stew – Up to 3 months
  • Lunch Meat – Up to 2 months

Uncooked Meat Times

  • Bacon – Up to 1 month.
  • Sausage – Up to 2 months
  • Hamburger – Up to 4 months
  • Steaks – Up to 12 months
  • Chops – Up to 6 months.
  • Roasts – Up to 12 months.
  • Poultry – Up to 1 year.

Uncooked & Vacuum Sealed

  • Beef – Up to 3 years
  • Pork – Up to 3 years
  • Poultry – Up to 3 years
  • Lamb – Up to 3 years
  • Fish – Up to 2 years
  • Hamburger – Up to 1 year
  • Ground Meat – Up to 1 year

Do you notice how much longer meat lasts in the freezer when it is vacuum sealed? This is because there is no contact with oxygen or air, resulting in a much longer lifespan. Vacuum sealed food can last up to 3-5 times longer than non vacuum sealed food. The taste of the food, for obvious reasons, is also much better after a long period of time.

Be sure to write a date on the outside of the vacuum-sealed meat to provide you, or whoever will be cooking the food, an idea as to how old it is.

The government’s FoodSafety site (found here) has a great list of products and their refrigerator and freezer storage times.

Our most popular model for home use is the…

Sinbo 11 Inch 4mm Single Line Seal Retractable Nozzle Vacuum Sealer

Sinbo 11 Inch 4mm Single Line Seal Retractable Nozzle Vacuum Sealer

$115

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There is also a model designed for liquids.

For Larger tasks such as game processing, or commercial use, the most popular and highly rated vacuum sealer is the…

MiniPack MV 45 VacBasic Chamber Vacuum Sealer Machine

MiniPack MV 45 VacBasic Chamber Vacuum Sealer Machine

$3157

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Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for information on vacuum sealing machine. We have been selling external and chamber vacuum sealers for over a decade and can provide you with detailed and useful information on selecting an appropriate machine. You can find our entire lineup of vacuum sealers here, external sealer bags here and chamber vacuum sealer bags here.

Top 3 Best External Vacuum Sealers 2012

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Minipack Cyclone 40 External Vacuum SealerIf you need a vacuum sealer to package food such as beef, fish, vegetables, fruits and other food, an external vacuum sealer (found here) is a great option. These machines make it possible for people at home, who can’t afford large chamber sealers, to still benefit from vacuum sealing. At ABC Office, we offer several vacuum sealing machines, but there are three specific models that I feel excel above all the rest.

I have used several vacuum sealers, everywhere from small desktop department store models up to industrial chamber sealers. While some of the department store “cheapies” are OK for the occasional package, the motors in these smaller machines simply aren’t up to the task for anyone who wants to package food on a regular basis. I have found that many of the cheap machines’ motors simply burn out after not much use. Many of them are incapable of producing a seal wider than 2mm thick.

The three models I personally recommend are all made by Minipack. These are the Minipack Cyclone 30, Minipack Cyclone 40 and Minipack Cyclone 50. These machines feature durable Italian construction, tough motors and the ability to be used on a daily basis.

I would like to cover a few reasons why I like each of these external vacuum sealers so much.

Best External Vacuum Sealers 2012

  1. Minipack Cyclone 30 (found here) – This vacuum sealer has a 13″ sealing width and creates a nice 4mm wide seal that is perfect for packaging food. It uses a dry piston, combined with an internal cooling fan, designed to package up to 2 items a minute. It features water resistant controls and is capable of being set up with custom vacuum time and sealing time. It also includes a moisture collector. The external shell of this sealer is made from aluminum and it weighs about 12 pounds shipped. This is a great machine for use at home.
  2. Minipack Cyclone 40 (found here) – The Cyclone 40 from Minipack is a17″ wide external vacuum sealer. This machine has a large sealing width for an external sealer and it is perfect for packaging steaks, fish and other food items. It uses a 350 watt motor that features a dry piston design and can package up to 2 items a minute. The Cyclone 40 features a wide array of programmable features, which isn’t common in an external design sealer. Simply set the sealing time and vacuum time, insert your bag and let the machine do the rest. This is great for home or business.
  3. Minipack Cyclone 50 (found here) – This external sealer has one of the largest sealing widths available in an external design. The Cyclone 50 has a 21″ sealing width, allowing it to be able to package larger items or bags full of several smaller items. It features a sealing bar that creates a 4mm seal and a dry pump piston that helps to remove the air. The 370-watt motor includes a cooling fan to keep things running cool during repetitive use. The Minipack Cyclone 50 will allow you to program the sealing time, vacuum time and has water resistant controls.  This is great for packaging food for retail sale, storage purposes, transportation purposes and more.

All of our Cyclone external sealers have a great track record. It is amazing to see how many people call us for the Minipack Cyclone simply based on referrals from friends and colleagues who own and enjoy using them. Do you have questions about these machines? Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for more information. If you already own a Minipack Cyclone, you can find the external bag supplies here.

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