Posts Tagged ‘Minipack’

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.

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 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.

Why is the Minpack Galaxy Such a Good Machine?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap MachineHave you ever used a machine that worked so well that it simply exceeded all of your expectations? This is the case with the Minipack Galaxy (found here). I have used this machine time and time again and I am always impressed with how the results turn out. As I sat back and thought about it, I believe there are several reasons why it is such a good machine. I would like to include a few of those in this article.

Before I start talking about the Minipack Galaxy, I would like to emphasize that Minipack by itself is a great company. I have had the opportunity to use several of their shrink wrap machines and chamber vacuum sealers. The quality, which is Italian, is about as good as you will find in a packaging machine. Their products don’t use cheap sheet metal, but use thick steel and other high-end parts.

Here are just a few of the reasons I like the Minipack Galaxy:

  • 115 Volt – It doesn’t require a 220-volt power source and you don’t need an electrician to wire your business to use it. You will need to purchase a 115-volt electrical plug end, but you can find those at any hardware store and they are easy to attach. Once ready, just plug it into a wall outlet and you’re ready to start packaging.
  • Large Sealing Area – The 12″ x 14″ sealing area is more than enough space to package CDs, DVDs, boxes and many other products. It is an ideal sealing area for most small to medium packaging needs.
  • Large Chamber Height – The chamber height is set at 8″, which is more than enough for most packaging needs. Again, this is a well-rounded chamber height.
  • Large Roll Diameter – The Minipack Galaxy can handle a film roll up to 10″ in diameter, which is a fairly large roll of film.
  • Perforating Wheel – The Galaxy has a perforating wheel that pokes tiny holes in the film. This allows air to quickly leave the packaging while heat is being applied, which allows for more even and professional results. It also helps cut down in large holes during the packaging process.
  • Italian Design & Build – There’s something to be said for Italian engineering and ingenuity. While many shrink wrap machines are built with cost saving measures in mind, which often lead to sub-par products, the Italian-made Galaxy is about as good a machine as you will find.
  • Integrated Heat Tunnel – This machine doesn’t require a separate heat tunnel for packaging. The Galaxy seals and shrinks the film in a single pass.
  • Magnetic Lockdown – Once you pull down the hood, the Galaxy will keep the hood down using built-in electromagnets. Once the packaging process is completed, the Galaxy will automatically release the hood and return it to an open position. This means less manual effort on the part of the operator, creates a cleaner seal and allows the operator to begin working on the next item while another is being sealed.
  • Fast – This machine takes literally just seconds to seal the film around your product and shrink it down using the integrated heat tunnel.
  • Programmable – The Minipack galaxy can hold up to 10 customizable programs, making it easy to quickly reference a program for the product you are packaging.
  • Multiple Settings – The Galaxy allows you to adjust the temperature, sealing time and tunnel time. This makes the Minipack Galaxy extremely versatile.
  • Multi Film Compatible – This shrink wrap machine can be used with both PVC and Polyolefin shrink film.

I simply can’t say enough good things about the Minpack-Torre Galaxy shrink wrap machine. It looks good, is easy to use, is fast and is very reasonably priced.

This is a video demo of the Minipack Galaxy in use:

Get the Flash Player to see this content.

You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions about this machine or about shrink wrap machines in general.

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.

Best Machines For Vacuum Packing Fish

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Vacuum Packing FishI have been working with and dealing with vacuum food sealers (found here) for over a decade now. I have used machines ranging from basic tabletop external sealers all the way up to industrial-grade chamber vacuum sealers. One question I commonly get is, “Which machine is best for packing fish?” Having sold several machines over the years, and receiving feedback from customers, I have a few personal favorites I would like to share with you.

Packing fish using a vacuum sealer has many advantages. For one, it locks in the smell and preserves the fish several times longer than without using film. It also provides a professional appearance and makes sanitary transportation and retail sale easy. It allows customers to pick up and handle the fish without the fear of contamination. It also provides a barrier to prevent freezer damage for cold storage purposes. The list of reasons why you may want to vacuum pack your fish is long.

I have used several brands over the years and I have to say that Minipack is by far my favorite vacuum sealer brand for packaging fish, meat, fruit, veggies and other food products. They aren’t always the cheapest, but when you take into consideration that their machines will outlast most other models by years, it is well worth the investment. Minipack machines are Italian made.

Vacuum Packing Fish w/ MinipackWhile their chamber sealers are excellent for packaging food on a large scale, their external machines are really good for packaging fish. They can be used for packing an entire fish, or fish fillets. My favorite all-around machine for packing fish is their line of Minipack Cyclone vacuum sealers (found here). These sealers come in 13″, 17″ and 21″ wide models. The Cyclone sealers use vacuum bags for packaging. The 4mm wide seal is extremely durable and holds up well.

Using the Minipack Cyclone for packing fish is as simple as a few steps:

  1. First take your vacuum bag and position it flat on a table or countertop.
  2. Take your fish (on or off a tray) and place it in the bag.
  3. Place the open end of the bag into the Cyclone’s sealing arm.
  4. Activate the machine and wait for it to remove the air and seal the bag shut. This usually only takes a few seconds.
  5. Remove the bag and if needed repeat the process.

The Cyclone sealers have 3 adjustable program settings and are made from non-corrosive aluminum construction. The digital controls are easy to use and it even comes equipped with a moisture collection basin. If you have more questions about vacuum packing fish using a Minipack Cyclone, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Minipack Inert Gas Flush Kit for Vacuum Sealers

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Minipack Chamber Vacuum SealersIf you need to provide maximum shelf life for vacuum-sealed food, without removing all of the air, you need to use what’s known as an inert gas kit. Minipack, one of the leading manufactures of commercial and industrial vacuum food sealers (found here), offers inert gas flush kits for all their chamber machines. This article will cover what is involved in an inert gas kit and why you may want one for yourself.

Vacuum sealers, out of the box, can be used to remove air from a bag for preservation purposes. Minipack vacuum sealers can remove 99.9% of the air in a bag. For food preservation purposes, this gets the job done. The only problem is that not everyone wants to remove all of the air. Many fruits, vegetables, chips, bread products and other food will be damaged and crushed if all the air is removed. By using an inert gas flush kit, air can still be left in the bag and thus the food itself is not damaged.

Why swap out the air? One of the most damaging gasses you can have in packaged food is oxygen. This is because most food-damaging life forms and bacteria use oxygen. In practice, the removal of that oxygen will eliminate the very gas needed to sustain life. This is done by re-balancing the gasses.

Re-balancing of gasses is most economically done via an inert gas kit. The inert gas kit is used to flush out oxygen (O2). Oxygen makes up about 20.9% of the air we breath. The gas kit creates a modified atmosphere, which is process of moving the 20.9% oxygen content down to 0%. By removing the oxygen, and replacing it with another gas, food shelf life can be dramatically extended.

While the oxygen is removed, it has to be replaced by another gas. One of the most popular inert gasses used is nitrogen (N2). Another inert gas is carbon dioxide (CO2), which helps cut down on bacterial growth while lowering the PH. Carbon monoxide has even been used as an inert gas as it helps red meet retain a bright red color. These gasses are all considered to be safe for use with food. The gas used will ultimately depend on the product being packaged.

As mentioned earlier, Minipack offers an inert gas flush kit for all their machines. That kit must be factory installed, so you will want to request it when purchasing a new machine. The price of the kit varies from one machine to another.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for more information on an inert gas flush kit for your Minipack chamber vacuum sealer. You can find our entire selection of Minipack vacuum sealers here. You are more than welcome to call us with your questions or you can simply post your question here as a comment.

Minipack Galileo Replaced by the Minipack RP55

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Minipack Galileo Shrink Wrap MachineI can’t really explain why Minipack has discontinued the extremely popular Minipack Galileo, being that it was one of the best selling shrink wrap systems available. What I can say, however, that it has been replaced by a very solid machine, the Minipack RP55 (found here). I would like to show you just how the old machine and the new replacement stack up next to each other.

The Minipack Galileo was immensely popular for several reasons. To begin with, it was affordable. While the old saying “you get what you pay for” is often true, that statement did not apply to the Galileo. The low price did not signify low quality. There were several machines that were more money that I didn’t feel held up to the quality of the Galileo. The Galileo also had a large sealing chamber that could be used to package small items, such as CDs, or larger items like pizzas.

Minipack RP55 Shrink Wrap MachineThe new Minipack RP55 is a solid machine that ads a modern look to a traditional design. It still has all the features of the Galileo such as an integrated tunnel, an impulse l-sealer and an easy-to-use control panel. The new RP55, unlike the Galileo, includes a 500-foot roll of centerfold shrink-wrap film. The only downside is that the chamber is one inch smaller in width and length.

I would like to post the chamber and sealing specifications for both machines.

Minipack Galileo

  • 21″ x 17″ x 8″

Minipack RP55

  • 20″ x 16″ x 8″

As you can see, these two specifications are both very close. They both operate at about the same speed and can both be used with Polyolefin and PVC centerfold shrink wrap film up to 24″ wide. They are also both 220 volt machines.

The RP55 shrink wrap machine can be ordered with an optional entry film opener, stainless steel entry plate and automatic waste winder. You can also get a taller hood for the RP 55 if the 8″ height isn’t quite enough.

You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap systems here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to request a quote, to place an order or to get answers to your questions.

Minipack Cyclone is Getting an “E” Error Message

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Minipack Cyclone External Vacuum Food SealerWe recently received a call from one of our customers who was using their Minipack Cyclone external vacuum sealer (found here) when a letter E followed by a series of numbers showed up on the screen. They thought they could reset the error message by turning the machine off and back on. While they did try this, it didn’t seem to solve the error message issue. This begs the question; can this message be reset and how do you get your Minipack Cyclone back up and running?

To begin with, the Minipack Cyclone vacuum sealers are extremely popular right now. They are far superior in capacity and quality to sub $100 vacuum sealers and produce far more professional results. One mistake many people make, however, is that the Cyclone line of vacuum sealers are not designed for commercial or high volume packaging applications.

What is happening is that people are overheating the motor. The computer inside the Cyclone is designed to disable the machine when the motor gets too hot. This is a good thing, albeit frustrating. By turning off, the Cyclone prevents the motor from suffering permanent damage. The only thing you can do is turn the machine off and wait until the motor cools back down. The good news is this error is not permanent and your machine is not ruined.

The good news is that this rarely happens. The Minipack Cyclone line of external vacuum sealers are probably the best machines you can purchase, as far as quality and output capacity goes, prior to moving up to a chamber vacuum sealers. If you plan on packaging hundreds of items a day, every day, I recommend going with a chamber vacuum sealer. Chamber sealers are designed, by nature, to be well used.

You can find our entire selection of both external and chamber vacuum sealers here. If you are still having issues, or if you have additional questions, please feel free to call our Service Technician at 1-800-658-8788.

Troubleshooting: MVS Vacuum Sealer Bar Sealing Issues

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Minipack MVS Vacuum SealersA poorly functioning vacuum food sealer can be an extremely frustrating experience. This can lead to lost time, lost production and unprofessional results. What can really be frustrating is when the sealing problem doesn’t always manifest itself or it is inconsistent. Thanks to excellent technical support from Minipack, we have come up with a solution for one of the most commonly seen vacuum sealing problems.

While Minipack vacuum sealers are some of the most reliable on the market, as with any mechanical device, some problems can arise. If the sealing bar on your MVS vacuum sealer is experiencing issues, you may be having problems with the bellows. The bellows are typically located underneath the sealing bin on a chamber vacuum sealer.

Poorly functioning bellows typically manifest themselves when the sealing bar begins to have issues. Many of these issues include:

  • Loss of continuity
  • Loss of bag vacuum
  • Inconsistent sloppy seal
  • Raises unevenly
  • Lacks contact with Red Lid Striker

Why are the bellows going bad? This is usually a result of moisture or liquid working its way into the bellows. While Minipack vacuum food sealers can be used with liquid, you are less likely to have issues if you use a liquid tray. Using a flat bin, without any upright bag support, can lead to spills. Contact us at 1-800-658-8788 for information on getting a liquid tray for your Minipack MVS vacuum sealer.

Minipack MVS Vacuum Sealer Bellows

While you can replace the bellows, Minipack recently released a rebuild kit that will save you a lot of money. The rebuild process is simple enough that most people can handle it on their own without the need of a Service Technician or a Service Department. We will be posting rebuilt kit instructions on our blog soon.

You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.

by Category