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Impulse Bag & Direct Heat Sealer FAQ

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Bag Sealer FAQAt ABC Office, we sell a lot of impulse bag sealers and direct heat bag sealers. These tools are used by people around the world to package food, parts and other products for retail sale. Having spoken to hundreds of customers over the past decade, I would like to provide a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding our bag sealers (found here).

What is the burst strength of the seal? – Many people want to know just how tough the seal is made by a bag sealer. While there is no set burst strength, the wider the seal the stronger it will be. I have found in my own experience that the bag will often burst before the seal. The reason I can’t provide a set burst strength on the seal is because it can vary wildly depending on the bag’s material makeup and the product being packaged.

Should I use a hand sealer or a foot sealer? The type of sealer you use depends on the size of the bag and volume you are packaging. Hand sealers make sealing smaller bags, anywhere from a few inches to 12″, very easy. If you are packaging 12″ or larger, the foot sealers are nice because they allow you to use both hands to support and insert the bag for sealing. Foot sealers are also ideal for higher volume packaging needs (hundreds to thousands a day).

What types of materials can I package with my bag sealer? A lot of it depends on the sealer. As a general rule, impulse sealers work well with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) bags, where constant heat sealers work well with gusset bags, poly cello films, coated Kraft papers, cellophane, waxed paper, mylar, coated polypropylene (PP) and other thick materials

Direct Heat SealersAre bag sealers safe to use? – Impulse bag sealers heat up and cool down in just seconds, making them safe to handle and use. Direct heat (aka constant heat) sealers get very hot and stay hot. Using a direct heat sealer does require the operator to be mindful of the hot sealing jaws.

How hard is a bag sealer to use? Bag sealers are extremely easy to set up and operate. Most allow you to set the sealing time and some the sealing temperature. These sealers, in most cases, are as easy to use as a pair of scissors. Very little training is required.

Which bag sealer should I buy? There are two factors to consider. First, what types of bags are you sealing? An answer to that question will determine if you need an impulse sealer or a direct heat sealer. Second, what is your packaging volume? If your volume is low, a hand sealer should be fine. If your volume is high, you may need a more robust machine like a foot sealer.

What are the power requirements? Most bag sealers that we sell run on a 110-120 volt system. This means if you are in the US or Canada, they should be able to be plugged into any standard outlet.

These are some of the most common questions we receive, but we receive several other less common questions every day. If you need more advice or answers to other questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have years of experience with these machines and would sincerely like to help you out. You can find our entire selection of bag sealers here. Feel free to post your questions as a comment.

AIE 310HD Double Impulse Bag Sealer Review

Friday, January 28th, 2011

AIE 310HD Double Impulse 10mm Bag SealerDo you need a heavy-duty tabletop bag sealer that can be used to close bags for retail sale? While there are many handheld heat sealers out there, few are designed for high-volume commercial use. One model you may want to take a look at is the AIE 310HD double impulse bag sealer (found here). This is my review.

AIE manufactures are wide variety of impulse sealers, bag sealers, band sealers and shrink wrap machines. AIE products are considered to be some of the best available for retail packaging purposes. One of their more unique products is the AIE 310HD.

Both the AIE 310HD and the AIE 305HD are very similar machines. The biggest difference between the two is that the 310HD has a 10mm sealing width and the 305HD has a 5mm sealing width.

Many people have asked me why someone would need a machine this big. To begin with, many of our customers use the 310HD to bag and seal computer components, cosmetics, personal care items, baby wipes and coffee bags. Because the 310HD has a 10mm sealing width, the packaging holds up extremely well.

The 310HD has both a top and a bottom heating element. This is necessary for sealing thick bags. The 310HD has been rated for sealing bags up to 20 mils thick. This is perfect for plastic lined, foil and gusset bags.

The build quality on the AIE 310HD is exceptional. It features a heavy duty transformer designed to keep up with commercial and industrial bag sealing operations. It also has a durable cast aluminum housing that can take a pounding. The handle is leveraged in such a way that it is extremely easy to pull down.

Simply make the proper adjustments on the machine, place your bag in the opening and pull down the handle. Literally seconds later the bag with have a durable 10mm seal. Once done, the bag can be removed and another can be placed inside.

Like most AIE products, I highly recommend this model. It is tough and great for long commercial runs. There are literally dozens of retail packaging possibilities with this machine.

You can find the AIE 310HD double impulse bag sealer here. You can find our entire selection of bag sealers and heat sealers here.

Traco TISH Impulse Bag & Heat Sealer Review

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Traco TISH Impulse Bag & Heat SealersAre you looking for a fast and effective way to seal bags, mailers and other plastic material? An effective way to do this is by using a heat sealer (aka bag sealer). One model that has quickly grown in popularity is the Traco TISH line of impulse heat sealers (found here). This is my review.

Traco is best known for their line of shrink wrap machines, including both I-bar and L-bar designs. While they have been making heat bag sealers for some time, they have recently increased dramatically in popularity. A lot of this has to do with the high-end build quality, considered to be equal to that of AIE. Regardless of the reason, these sealers are more affordable now than ever before.

TISH bag sealers come in a variety of different lengths. This includes the TISH-100, 200, 300, 400 and 500. Sealing time takes just 0.2 to 1.3 seconds (variable) and the sealing width is about 2mm wide. These sealers are pretty light and can be easily moved from table to desk and room to room without an issue.

TISH sealers are usually used to seal bags. They can, however, be used to seal seal Polyethelene, Polypropylene, PVC, Foil and Surlyn, Mylar or Bubble Pack/Padded Mailers.

What’s nice about the TISH sealers is that they can be used to package and seal a variety of products. Operating and output speed is really limited to the speed of the operator. Simply place the opening of the bag into the sealer, pull down on the lever and the bag is sealed.

Traco’s TISH sealers feature an adjustable timer. The time can be set for shorter periods of time for simply sealing the bag. The sealing time can be increased for tearing away excess plastic. Versions of our TISH sealers are available with optional cutters, making it even faster to get rid of excess plastic.

Overall I consider the build quality of the Traco TISH heat sealer to be about as good as it gets. These sealers are designed for continued daily use and I can safely say that I am unaware of any customer complaints regarding these sealers.

You can find our Traco TISH line of heat bag sealers here. You can find our entire selection of impulse heat sealers here.

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