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Video Demos of Shrink Wrap Machines w/ Integrated Tunnels

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Minipack FM760 Shrink Wrap MachineYears ago if you wanted to shrink wrap a product you had to use an L-bar sealer and a heat tunnel. While the results were very professional, the equipment itself took up a lot of room. Over the years the tunnel and the sealer have been combined to become an integrated shrink wrap system (found here). I have used several of these machines myself and am very impressed by the clever use of space. I would like to talk about a few of these machines and show you several videos to help you get a better idea of just how they work.

Shrink wrap systems (L-bar sealers w/ integrated tunnels) are remarkably easy to use. Regardless of the brand or model, the design is usually very similar. These machines usually consist of a film holder (on the right of the machine) that dispenses centerfold film. The machine usually has a film separator that creates a pocket where a product can be inserted.

Once inside the film, the product is moved over to the sealing area where a clear hood (with built in L-bar sealer) is pulled down. In one quick process, the film is cut and hot air is circulated around the film, shrinking it down. The process generally takes just a few seconds. I have seen these machines rated for 5-6 cycles per minute up to 10-15. The speed depends on the design of the machine.

Most of these shrink wrap systems allow the operator to adjust things such as the sealing time, chamber air time and the chamber air temperature. These settings allow the use of PVC film, Polyolefin film and can be adjusted to accommodate the packaging of temperature sensitive products such as chocolates.

As of this article, one of the most affordable “system” machines is the TP-48ST shrink wrap machine (found here). Here is a video demo of the machine in use:

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Another very popular system is the Compack 5800 (found here), which has been around for years. It is ideal for use with small or larger products.  This is a video demo of the Compack 5800 in use:

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If you were a fan of the Minpack Galaxy or Minipack Galileo, you’ll be interested to hear that it has been replaced by the Minipack FM760 (found here). This particular unit is made from stainless steel and is excellent for packaging food or other items. Here is a video demo of the FM760 in use:

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The above three videos feature our most popular shrink wrap systems. Larger units are available. The biggest differences between shrink wrap systems will be the size of the sealing area and the height of the sealing hood. Be aware that sometimes these machines can be fitted with taller sealing hoods, so please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines 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.

Traco Stardard SuperSealer (SS) I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine Video

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Traco SS Standard SuperSealer I-Bar Sealer Shrink Wrap MachineI have been asked my many entrepreneurs and start-up businesses what the best way is to package items such as DVDs, CDS, small boxes and other products for retail sale. My answer is always, “try using a shrink wrap machine.” One of the most reputable shrink wrap machines we offer is the Traco Standard SuperSealer (SS) shrink wrap machine. We use this same machine in our warehouse and I have had many opportunities to use it, including filming an informational video demo.

To begin with, Traco has been around for 27 years and manufactures a variety of I-bar machines, L-bar sealers, shrink wrap systems and offers a wide range of shrink wrap film. I like their products and consider them to be of a good caliber.

The Traco Standard SuperSealer is an I-bar sealer / shrink wrap machine. It is sometimes referred to as a straight-bar sealer. This is because it utilizes a single bar for cutting film, whether it be shrink wrap backs or centerfold shrink film. It includes a heat gun, which is used to complete the shrink wrap process.

This is a video demonstration of me using the Traco SS-24SS SuperSealer.

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Overall the results look very professional. The only downside to using an I-bar sealer is that it is very manually involved. You have to manually flip the product to seal the sides (which isn’t difficult). I would estimate 1-2 minutes to package a product, perhaps faster if the operator is experienced. This isn’t slow, but can’t be used for high-volume packaging purposes either.

I have used the SuperSealer shrink wrap machines with PVC and Polyolefin films. PVC is typically ideal for CDs, DVDs and boxes where Polyolefin is great for food, fruit baskets, etc. The included heat gun works very well and quickly shrinks the film down in seconds.

I personally consider the Traco line (both Standard and Delux SuperSealers) to be high quality products. The only other I-bar sealer that I would consider to be of equal quality is the AIE I-bar sealer found here. The AIE machine comes with a starter roll of film, which is pretty nice.

You can find the Traco Standard SuperSealer (SS) shrink wrap machine here and our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here.

Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap Machine Video Demo

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap MachineOne of my favorite all-in-one shrink wrap machines is the Minipack Galaxy. It is easy to use and literally takes just seconds from start to finish. This machine can be used to package CDs, DVDs, gift baskets, pizzas, soap and much more.

Basically all you need to do is take the product you are packaging, place it in the film and pull down the hood. The hood will cut the film around the product and then envelope the plastic in hot air, shrinking the film. The end results are extremely professional and are perfect for transportation, presentation and retail sale.

I would go into more detail on how to use the machine, but this video will probably do more in 6 minutes than I could explain in 6 pages. Enjoy!

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I hope you liked this video. This machine is affordable, is made in Italy and now has a long history and great reputation behind it. You can find the Minipack Galaxy shrink wrap machine here and our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here. Have a great day!

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