10 tips on using a heat sealer

SP 400 400mm heat sealerBefore starting with heat sealing packets and bags for the first time, it is always important to know your territory well – and to bear in mind a number of safety tips and checks to ensure that you get the safest, most efficient use out of your heat sealing as possible. From picking the right heat sealer to using it effectively, here are ten tips to ensure that you are using your equipment correctly and that you can get the most out of bag sealing.

1. Choose the right sealer for you

Spirepacks offer a wide range of bag sealers and accessories, and it’s therefore important to make sure that you are well aware of the size of bags that you are opting to seal before you buy – after all, finding yourself in charge of a sealer for incorrect dimensions will likely result in slower production time for you.

2. Where possible, use an impulse sealer

The huge benefit of using an impulse sealer is that it will only ever apply heat whenever it is used – meaning that you can be wary of safety as and when you are using it – whereas direct or continuous heat sealers will provide constant heat, and therefore require additional vigilance.

3. Use appropriate hand protection

Where appropriate – if using heavy-duty or larger heat sealers, for example – it is always advisable to wear heat-resistant gloves to ensure that a risk of burning is minimised.

4. Keep your working area ventilated and seal in short bursts

It is always important when working with heat sealing plastic packaging and bags to work in a well-ventilated room, and that you do not subject yourself to your work for long periods of time.

5. Check the sealer construction

A good heat sealer is one that is of solid construction and made from sturdy metal – it goes without saying, but a flimsy heat sealer could injure you if used improperly.

6. Check the internal transformer

To maximise durability and the shelf life of your sealing equipment, it is essential that you ensure the internal transformer of your equipment to be made from a copper constitution – as this will allow for a longer period of durability and will result in far fewer problems throughout usage.

7. Clear the area around you

This should go without saying – but as you are to be working with high concentrated heat, ensure that you are unlikely to knock into anything or anyone while working – the risk of burning yourself while using heat sealer equipment can be avoided with vigilance.

8. Keep your hands clear

If you are using an impulse sealer and cutter, risks are exponentially lower, however, always ensure that you keep your hands clear of heating and cutting equipment during use – it is sometimes common sense!

9. Use the heat setting that is right for you

While it is advised with some impulse heat sealers that a setting of 2 ½ is adequate, you may find that hotter or cooler temperature settings will benefit your line of work.  Rather than experiment recklessly, find the most efficient heat for you and stick with it – after all, this will likely help speed up your operation.

10. Unplug after use and only power on when necessary

Consolidating your work as much as possible and only using the equipment when necessary will only lengthen the lifespan of your product – ensuring that your heat sealer will work for you for even longer.

For more information on heat sealing and how to get the most out of sealing technology, contact Spirepacks for more information today on 01246 860200 or email us via our web form at your convenience!

August 3rd, 2016

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