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Continuous Band Sealers – Everything You Need to Know

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Continuous Band SealersIf you are sealing bags on a daily basis and your volume is going up into the hundreds or even thousands per day, you may want to upgrade from your hand sealer and consider using a continuous band sealer (found here). These machines are designed to quickly seal a variety of thermoplastic bags shut at a high rate of speed. Many can seal anywhere from 20-30 bags per minute. These machines are used for packaging such products as liquids, powders, food, medical devices, parts and much more. This article will cover the different types of continuous band sealers available.

Continuous band sealers could almost be called automated bag sealers, because that is what they do. They take a bag and seal it with very little manual involvement. The operator of the machine takes the bag and inserts it into the machine where it then takes it and seals the bag shut. The bag is carried along a rubber conveyor until the process is done. Many of these sealers will seal up to 40 feet of bag per minute, which is extremely fast.

So what do these machines do? They seal the top of an open plastic bag shut for storage, packaging and retail purposes. This is done by using direct heat to melt the bag shut in a straight linear pattern. The width of the seal varies, depending on the machine. Most of the band sealers we offer produce an 8mm thick seal, however, some go as high as 15mm thick. The thicker the seal, the stronger the hold. You have probably seen examples of packaging sealed with a band sealer in the grocery store. Pretty much any bagged product you use has been sealed this way.

Most of the bags used with these machines are made using thermoplastic material that reacts with heat. This includes PP, PE, Laminates, stand up pouches, gusseted bags, moisture barrier bags and more. Continuous band sealers are available in several configurations, depending on the size of the bag you need to seal, the weight of the material being packaged, what you are packaging and much more. Here are a few things you may want to know when shopping around for a machine:

Horizontal or Vertical – Band sealers typically come in a horizontal or vertical configuration. This means they can seal a bag laying down or standing up. The design you get depends a lot on what you are sealing. Most people go with a horizontal design unless they are packaging something that could spill. If the bag contains powders, liquids, small pieces and other spillable items, you will want a vertical sealer.

Here is an example of a horizontal band sealer in action:

Here is an example of a vertical band sealer in action:

Tilting Head – Some of the vertical band sealers we offer have a tilting head to help assist with packaging liquids. Some of these sealers have a head that will tilt up to 30 degrees to assist with the sealing process.

Conveyor – Many band sealers offer the option of adjusting the height and depth of the conveyor. This is designed to accommodate the bag size. If the adjustments aren’t correct, it can make bag sealing more complicated.

Printing – Several band sealers offer the option of printing text and numbers along the seal. This may include the date, serial numbers and much more. There are several different methods of printing, depending on the machine. Here are the four most common:

  • Dry Ink Coding: This method prints black text or numbers along the band.
  • Color Ribbon Printing: Color ribbon printing provides a stronger adhesion print than dry ink coding and works best for humid environments.
  • Embossing Attachment: This method allows text to be embossed with heat along the band. This method does not use any ink.
  • Hot Ink Coding: Uses a hot ink method to print text and numbers along the sealing band.

Most of the continuous band sealers we offer are made using stainless steel for food packaging purposes. Designs range from tabletop to floor models that include a stand and casters. Typically the larger the machine, the more throughput it allows.

Most of these sealers allow the operator to adjust the temperature, speed, fan control and much more. The control panels on these machines keep the settings all in a single location and the bulk majority of them are incredibly easy to set up and don’t require any special training to use.

You can find our entire selection of continuous band sealers here. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We would love to help you out.

Preferred Pack TZ-888 Banding Machine Review

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Preferred Pack TZ-888 Banding MachineIf you have the need to bundle paper, business cards, brochures, money, paper towels and other products together, you should consider using a banding machine. Banding machines can use either plastic or paper bands to quickly bundle items together. This is excellent for storage, retail, shipping and other purposes. One of the most affordable and durable banding machines we currently offer is the Preferred Pack TZ-888 (found here). This particular banding machine is available in two different versions, depending on the size of the items you are trying to package. This is my review.

Many people get strapping machines and banding machines mixed up. They are actually two totally different machines. Strapping machines are use hard plastic strips to keep boxes closed during shipping. Banding machines use wide strips of paper or plastic to bundle multiple items together. While similar, they are two very different machines used for very different purposes.

I recently handled a product in the wild that had been bundled. Have you ever seen a stack of paper towels that need to be put into a dispenser? These towels are often bundled together using a banding machine. You have to tear the paper band off in order to use the paper towels. Other products that are bundled, as mentioned earlier, includes literature, business cards, pamphlets, brochures and much more. The size of banding machine you get depends entirely on what you are bundling together.

I highly recommend, when shopping for a banding machine, to be sure the machine can accommodate your biggest item and that it can handle your future banding needs as well. These machines are versatile and can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of items, but they all cap out at a maximum size. The TZ-888 can bundle packages from 0.25″ H x 1.5″ W up to 5.5″H x 9.5″W. The larger TZ-888A can bundle packages from 0.25″H x 1.5″W up to 6.7″H x 10.5″W. Both of these machines use tape rolls up to 500 feet white that are made from paper (white / brown) or plastic (clear).

Bands can be applied in a variety of positions, based on what you are bundling and where you need the most security. Here is a video of the TZ-888 in action:

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Both of these banding machines are compact and both can be used on just about any desk or surface. They both plug into any standard wall outlet. Both have an operational speed of about 20-25 bundles per minute. Speed is really limited by the experience of the operator and the size of the package being bundled.

So how do these machines work? It is very simple. There are three different ways to run it. You can switch it to automatic mode where it will bundle when something triggers the photo sensor. You can also press a button to bundle or press an included foot pedal. This machine will wrap the band around the product, tighten it, cut it and seal the open ends shut. The process is fast, accurate and remarkably secure.

The build quality on the TZ-888 and TZ-888A (with arches) is tough and excellent for daily use. If you need something even bigger, we also offer the TZ-889 and TZ-889A banding machines (found here).

Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of banding machines here.

Cardmate 10-Up Manual Business Card Cutter Video Demo

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Cardmate 10-Up Business Card Cutter & SlitterIf you want to be able to create your own in-house business cards quickly and efficiently, I recommend you use a business card cutter (found here). These cutters are far faster than using a pair of scissors or a pair cutter and create straight and accurate lines every time. One of the most affordable ways to do this is by using the Cardmate business card cutter. We have just added a new video demo to our site (which I will include in this article) that shows exactly how it operates.

Before I continue to the video, I would like to cover exactly how the Cardmate works. To begin with, this is a 10-up business card cutter. That means that it will cut 10 total business cards from a standard 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper. Ten up and 12-up are the two most common cutting patterns. There are 10-up business card templates available online in the event you don’t already have one. We also offer a 10-up PDF template for the Cardmate that you can find here.

Most people simply use their own computer and laser / inkjet printer to create the business cards. Using a 10-up template, data is entered such as contact information, logo and other pertinent information. Once these have been printed out, the can be cut down on the Cardmate. Most people print their cards out on standard paper or light card stock. The Cardmate can cut cardstock, but I recommend not going too thick or using slick / glossy paper.

Using the Cardmate is extremely easy and anyone should be able to use it. It is manually operated, which means you don’t need any power source to use it. It weighs in at only 6 pounds and it sits nicely on most desk surfaces. Rather than using an electric motor, the Cardmate has a hand crank located on the side of the machine. This crank is actually turned in a clockwise motion to advance the paper through the machine.

Creating a business card on this machine takes two steps. First you load your paper vertically in the machine and turn the hand crank. Once the paper has made its way through, you can take the two cut columns (two columns of 5 cards each) and insert them horizontally into the machine. This is where the sheets are cut into individual cards. I have used this machine and it is remarkably easy to use and I personally feel that the results turned out very well.

Here is a video demo of the Cardmate business card cutter in action.

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As of the writing of this article, you can buy this business card easily for under $100. For this price, and considering what you would otherwise have to pay at a print shop, this handy device will quickly pay for itself. You also can’t overlook the convenience factor on this machine. You can make your own business cards on the fly. You won’t ever have to worry about running out. While people may say business cards are a thing of the past, the fact is that they are still commonly used and won’t be going away anytime soon.

Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for with any questions you may have about this machine. A comparable machine to the Cardmate is the Akiles CardMac (found here). It also has a hand crank and is available in a bleed and no bleed version. You can find our entire selection of business card cutters here.

TP-48ST “All In One” Shrink Wrap Machine Review

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Truline All-in-One TP-48ST Shrink Wrap MachineIf you were a big fan of the Minipack Galaxy, the Minipack Mini or other compact Minipack shrink wrap machines, you may be finding it hard to find an affordable replacement. If you’re stuck in this boat, I would like to recommend that you consider the Truline TP-48ST (aka PP-48ST and 48-ST) found here. We have been offering this machine for a few years now and have found it to be an affordable and comparable replacement. Here are a few reasons why.

There are a lot of reasons why I really like this machine. Here are just a few:

  • Power Supply – Many people want a shrink wrap machine that they can simply plug into a wall and use. They don’t want to have to call in the electrician or have to deal with special power requirements. The TP-48ST can be plugged into a standard wall outlet. This means it can be used almost anywhere a wall outlet is available. This is a huge plus. As of this article, Minipack doesn’t offer any shrink wrap machines with a 110-120 volt power supply.
  • Chamber Size – The TP-48ST has a 12″L x 18.5.”W x 6″H sealing chamber. This is ample room for packaging small boxes, CDs, DVDs, chocolates and other products. This is a nice well-rounded size for most people. If you need a bigger chamber, you may want to consider the Truline TP-76ST (found here).
  • Heat Tunnel – I-bar sealers and many shrink wrap systems use an independent heat tunnel or heat gun. The TP-48ST uses an integrated heat tunnel. This helps save on space and is extremely convenient for single step operation. Simply place your product in the film, pull down the hood and the TP-48ST will seal the product and shrink the film down in a single pass. A clear hood lets you see what is going on during the packaging and sealing process. It also includes a magnetic lock that keeps the hood down during the sealing and shrinking process.
  • Controls – The controls are right in front of the machine and are pretty straightforward. They are located on the front of the machine and can be used to adjust the heat, tunnel time, sealing time and more. The results are very professional.
  • Film Compatibility – The TP-48ST can be used with both PVC and Polyolefin film. Polyolefin film, sometimes called poly film, can be used with food. Both types of film are very professional and can be used to package a wide range of products. The TP-48ST is designed to be used with centerfold shrink film and even includes a film dispenser, a film perforator and a film opener.

This machine is available from Truline as the TP-48ST and Excel Packaging as the PP-48ST. They are the same machine just with a different label slapped on them. This machine is also sometimes referred to simply as the 48-ST.

Here is a video demo of the TP-48ST in use:

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Besides the fact that this machine comes equipped with a lot of nice features, it is also really compact. For what it is and considering what it does, it really doesn’t take up a lot of space. It also sits on casters, making it really easy to move around. Two of the casters can be locked into place, keeping the machine stationary.

If you’re on a budget, and need something that produces reliable and professional results, this is definitely the machine to consider. You can find the TP-48ST here and our entire selection of shrink wrap systems here.

New Gravity Drop Sealers Now on ABC Office

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Preferred Pack PP615-402 Gravity Drop SealerHave you ever wondered how food, such as tortillas, is packaged in those bags you see at the grocery store? Much of it is done by using a gravity drop sealer (found here). These same sealers are also used to package T-shirts, towels, books and much more. If you are in the market for a drop sealer, or if you are just curious how they work, I would like to introduce you to two new models we just added to our site. These are the Preferred Pack PP615-402 (found here) and the PP620-405 (found here). I would like to cover exactly what these machines do and include a video.

Gravity drop conveyors are special packaging machines that use gravity to help package products in a bag. In a nutshell, a product is placed in a bag, then sealed and finally dropped into a catch tray or bin. This process is repeated over and over as products are packaged throughout the day.

The new Preferred Pack drop sealers we just added take this process a step further by automating much of it. Our drop sealers include the addition of a bag opener, to help facilitate the packaging process. The bag sealer takes a bag from the top of a stack and opens it using forced air. A product is then inserted into this bag where it is slid down a gravity slide. Special holding pins help prevent the bag from sliding the rest of the way down. A sealing jaw then seals the bag shut and cuts off excess plastic. These machines then use a burst of air to clear off the excess plastic, after which the holding pins are released, allowing the bag to continue its journey into a catch tray.

Here is a video demo of one of these new drop sealers in action with tortillas:

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As you can see the process has been streamlined and is remarkably easy to do. This is a must have tool if you are packaging a lot of food (or non-food) items on a daily basis. The packaging is extremely professional and the end results (including the seal) hold up well with handling.

We currently offer two different versions of this drop sealer on our site. These include:

  • Preferred Pack PP615-402 (found here) – This version of the drop sealer includes the bag opener and includes a sealer that can be used with bags up to 15″ wide. It can be operated at a speed of up to 25 bags per minute. It can be used with a bag up to 10 mil thick.
  • Preferred Pack PP620-405 (found here) – This version of the drop sealer also includes a bag opener and features the ability to seal bags up to 20″ wide. Like the smaller model, this can also be used to package about 25 bags a minute. This model can also be used with packaging bags of up to 10 mil thick.

Both of these gravity drop sealers feature a warranty that guarantees they will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. If you have any questions about these sealers, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of packaging machinery here.

Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

If you need a paper shredder that can handle in excess of 10 sheets of paper at a time using a Level 3 cross cut pattern, the New United ST-12C from Intelli-Zone (found here) is a great choice. This Level 3 shredder is compact enough to be used next to a desk and is excellent for shredding old documents, records and other paperwork. Is the ST-12C a good option for your business? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

The Intelli-Zone New United paper shredder lineup features a wide range of great-looking machines that work as well as they look, which is great. The ST-12C features more of a traditional front cabinet style design, but with a modern twist. The ST-12C has a matte black with a reflective gray two-tone finish. Angles are soft and rounded and there are no hard or sharp angles. It is excellent if you need a shredder that fits in well with your existing office’s equipment and furniture.

The ST-12C has a 12 sheet cutting capacity (based on 20# bond paper) and it cuts documents into 3.9mm x 38mm particles.  This level of shredding security is far superior strip cut shredders. This cutting pattern is both FACTA and HIPAA compliant. As paper is shredded, it is deposited into a 5-gallon shred bin. Considering this shredder is only 22″ tall, that is a lot of bin capacity, which means fewer bag changes for you.

Safety and convenience are built into this shredder. This shredder will not operate if the bin is not securely in place and it includes a built in load protector. If too much strain is being put on the motor, the ST-12C will stop, reverse the motor and notify the operator that it is over capacity. This technology helps prolong the life of the motor and prevents damage to the motor, gears and shredder blades.

When it comes to noise, the New United ST-12C makes very little. This shredder only produces 60 decibels of noise, which is very comfortable in an office environment. Having used this shredder for myself, I can confirm that it is remarkably quiet for a cross cut shredder.

While most shredders can only handle paper, the ST-12C can also be used to destroy credit cards and optical discs such as CDs, Blu-rays and DVDs. The shredder blades are also hard enough that they can handle paper clips and staples without suffering any nicks, chips or other damage.

This is a video demonstration of Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C in use:

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You will find this shredder at home or in the office. While it is a deskside shredder, it can be used by multiple people throughout the day. It looks great, is very affordable considering what it does and is a must-have shredder for offices, businesses, churches, homes and more.

This shredder features a very impressive two-year warranty with a five-year warranty on the shredder head. This is excellent; especially considering this is a deskside shredder. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Intelli-Zone ST-10C Cross Cut Shredder Review

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C Cross Cut Paper ShredderI’m going to be frank. When it comes to office deskside shredders out there, a lot of them are garbage and are barely worth the plastic they’re made from. I have used everything from over the can shredders to the local Wal-Mart special without much luck. The problem is that many of these shredders are made using the cheapest parts available and they just aren’t up to par with the paper we need to shred resulting in catastrophic failures. One deskside shredder that I have personally used, and I feel is up to the challenge, is the Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C (found here). This is my review.

The New United line of shredders, by Intelli-Zone, feature a very modern design and all share several features in common. While aesthetics ultimately doesn’t make the shredder work any better, I still consider it important, as it is a “piece of furniture” that you have to look at. The New United shredders, including the Intelli-Zone ST-10C, have eye-pleasing curves and colors that look great. The ST-10C even includes a nice blue LED light in the shred bin that turns on when the shredder is running. This blue light pours out of the bin’s window adding to the ambiance.

One thing I really like about the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is that it actually shreds what it says it can. How many times have you used a shredder that said it could shred “X” amount of sheets, but could barely handle 60% the amount? I have certainly had that issue. The ST-10C handles all 10 sheets without struggling. It can probably even handle more. Because it has load protection, it will actually stop and back the paper out if you put too much in. This means where other shredders would choke, jam and break, the ST-10C protects itself from suffering over feeding damage. This is pretty cool.

The Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C shreds paper in a Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is the most recommended pattern for standard office shredding and is both HIPPA and FACTA compliant. The particle sizes measure in at 3.9mm by 50mm. The particles fall into a 4-gallon bin that can be easily emptied by simply pulling it out front of the shredder. A window makes it easy to see how full the shredder is and it will automatically let you know when the bin is full by stopping the shredder and indicating “bag full” via an LED light on the top.

Another thing I really like about the ST-10C is that it can also be used to shred optical media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. It can also shred credit cards and will handle staples and paper clips. I personally recommend shredding any optical discs you need to discard as a CD or DVD can hold volumes more data than a stack of paper.

While everything I have mentioned about is excellent, my favorite feature about he ST-10C is the noise level. Cross cut shredders cut paper multiple times, often generating more noise than a strip cut shredder. The ST-10C has noise baffling technology that muffles the noise down to a pleasing 55 decibels. This shredder really is quiet, and I noticed this when using it. A quiet shredder makes an excellent office shredder and also ensures happier co-workers around your desk.

Here is a video demo of the ST-10C being used and operated:

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In conclusion I would like to say that the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is an excellent value. I rate it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. The New United line of shredders by Intelli-Zone are available in 8 different models and can all be found here. At ABC Office we offer hundreds of different shredders. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We have over three decades of experience with office machines and are more than happy to answer your questions.

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding Machine Video Demo

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding MachineIf you are interested in the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF (found here), or if you simply want to see an in-depth video of a paper folding machine, you’re in luck. We just finished filming, editing and making live a video for the DE-112AF. This is currently one of our best-selling paper folders due to its great low price and reliability. The video is about nine minute long and I will be posting it directly in this post.

There are many reasons why the DE-112AF is so popular. To begin with, it costs less than $1,000 (as of this article), it includes a powered exit conveyor with stacking wheel, has an adjustable speed motor and features an impressive 500 sheet capacity. Having used this machine myself, and having seen the end results, I have to say this is by far one of the best manual setup paper folding machines we offer. It is an upgraded version of the DE-102AF.

The DE-112AF just recently had a few new features added designed to help make setup easier.  This includes the addition of indicator lights and dedicated on / off buttons. The lights on the side of the machine now let you know when the cover is properly closed, when the two folding plates are properly seated and when the feed tray is full or empty. Knowing the folding plates are correctly seated helps to eliminate paper jams.

Here is the video demo of the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF:

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As you can see from the video, this is a very versatile machine. I have personally used it to create letter folds, accordion folds, half folds and gate folds. One thing I find impressive is how accurate the skew is. The edges of the fold line up very well and the crease is straight and even. It is about as professional a fold as you can get. This type of machine is excellent for folding invoices, bills, letters and more.

Because the folding plates are so customizable, it is easy to create custom folds. Simply loosen the screws on the folding plates and play around with them. It is easy to make variations of the letter and accordion fold. It can be used with paper ranging in size from 3/5″ x 5″ up to 8.5″ x 14″ and it handles paper thicknesses from 16# bond up to 50# index.

The  build quality on this machine is excellent and much better than many comparable machines. The outer shell is made of plastic, but the folding plates and most of the internal components (including the chassis) are made of metal. It is extremely easy to service and very easy to clean. We have a Service Department here at ABC Office that can provide support and parts if needed.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 if you have any questions about the DE-112AF. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

MBM 307A Paper Folding Machine Video Demo

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

MBM 307A Paper Folding MachineWhen it comes to automatic paper folding machines, the MBM 307A (found here) is in a class of its own. It is often used for folding letters, invoices, brochures and more. We recently had a chance to play around with one and film a video of it in action. After having used this machine, I can safely say that it is probably one of the best paper folders we offer. I would like to cover a few of the MBM 307A’s benefits and include a copy of the video that we shot.

As mentioned earlier, this machine is automated. That means that all you have to do is select a fold from the control panel and the machine will automatically adjust its folding plates to the appropriate locations. The actually adjustments take just a few seconds to complete. I was amazed at just how quiet the machine was. The mechanical components of the folding plates are self enclosed, which helps to muffle out the sound during the folding process.

Here is the video demo we shot of the MBM 307A.

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Another thing that I am very impressed with is the build quality. This machine features high-end electronics and many durable metal components. Another impressive part of this machine is the three-wheel friction feed system. These wheels do a great job of quickly and evening grabbing the paper. The skew seems to be extremely accurate and the folds are remarkably precise. The feed tray holds 450 sheets of paper and the motor runs at 11,520 sheets per hour. This machine is very fast and excellent of commercial-volume paper folding.

Out of the box, the 307A can be used to create a letter fold, a half fold, an accordion fold, a double parallel fold and a half accordion fold. The MBM 307A can even be used for custom folds and can be used to store those folds in the memory. It can be used with paper as small as 3 ½” x 5″ or as large as 11″ x 17″.

The exit tray on this machine features a powered conveyor system with a stacking wheel configuration. The stacking wheels help organize, align and stack paper as it leaves the machine. This is nice for organization purposes and also for keeping invoices, bills and other material in order.

This kind of paper folding machine is commonly used in businesses, churches, copy shops, printing presses and others for folding large amounts of paper on a daily basis. Overall it is a very solid machine and is a great choice if you are looking for a high-quality paper folding machine. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

How To Use An I-Bar Sealer for Shrink Wrapping w/ Video

Friday, August 24th, 2012

I-Bar Sealer for Shrink Wrap PackagingIf you are trying to package your own products, whether it is a DVD or a box of chocolates, you will probably want to use some sort of shrink wrap packaging. One of the most affordable and effective ways to package products on a low to medium-volume scale is by using an I-bar sealer. These shrink wrap machines are remarkably easy to operate, take very little time to use and are very affordable. I have used dozens of different models of I-bar sealers and would like to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use one. I am going to include a very informative video demo in this article.

This how-to guide can be used with just about any I-bar sealer, although most of my experience is with Traco, Intelli-Pack and AIE brand machines. There are very few differences between I-bar sealers other than perhaps the build quality. I have found Traco, Intelli-Pack and AIE machines to be top of the line. Most I-bar sealers feature a film roll holder, a film opener, a spring-loaded sealing bar and many include a heat gun. Most I-bar sealers can be used with PVC and Polyolefin centerfold film rolls or bags.

Before I go into how to use an I-bar sealer in this article, I would like to post our video demo of one of these machines.

How to Use an I-Bar Sealer

  • Step 1 – If you are using centerfold shrink film, place your roll of film on the two supporting film rollers. These rollers spin on smooth-rolling bearings, making it easy to dispense film.
  • Step 2 – Once the film is in place, feed the open end of the film over the film separator. The film separator is a metal bar (usually round) that helps keep the film opened for easy product insertion.
  • Step 3 – Take your product and put it inside the open pocked of film. You don’t want too much excess film, so try and make sure the product you are packaging isn’t pulled too far left of the sealing bar.
  • Step 4 – Pull down the sealing bar and cut the film to the right of the product you are packaging. If the bar isn’t cutting the film properly, you may need to increase the sealing time. Once you have your first side sealed, take the package and rotate it 90 degrees to the left and seal the other open side shut.
  • Step 5 – Now that your product is completely enclosed in film, take your heat gun and begin applying heat. Apply heat to all sides of the product you are packaging. This will cause the film to shrink and hug tightly to the item you are packaging. The heat gun’s temperature can typically be increased or decreased. If you notice the film is breaking or holes are melting through, you may need to decrease the temperature, hold the gun further back or move the heat gun around instead of leaving it in a single spot.

Using an I-bar sealer is extremely easy as you can see from the video demo and my step-by-step instructions. If you are packaging dozens to hundreds of products a day, an I-bar sealer is an affordable option. If you are packaging thousands a day, you may need to upgrade to with an integrated tunnel. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here and shrink film here.

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