Which Vacuum Sealer Machine Do I Need?

Whether you are vacuum sealing your produce for commercial reasons or simply sealing your leftovers at home there are numerous benefits to owning a vacuum sealing machine. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of vacuum sealers and which one is right for you.

Benefits Of Vacuum Sealing Produce

Owning a vacuum sealer at home will save you time as you can cook large helpings of food, divide the leftovers and seal them for storage in the freezer to pull out at a later date. 

It will also save you money as you can purchase bulk portions of produce, such as meat, which you can divide, vacuum seal and store in the freezer. By doing this, you will be reaping the massive cost savings of buying smaller portions of meat more regularly. You will also have fresh, perfect sized servings of produce at your disposal as you need them.

If you’re looking to preserve your food for longer, then vacuum sealing is the perfect solution. By cutting off the food’s access to oxygen, you will be preventing the growth of bacteria or mould that cause food to spoil. Vacuum sealed food has an increased shelf life (3-5 times longer than a standard plastic container or bag) and lasts longer when stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Frozen food that’s vacuum sealed can last up to 2-3 years and up to 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator, which is substantially longer than if it weren’t vacuum sealed. 

This is also beneficial for commercial use, as produce that is vacuum sealed and packed away for shipping to stores and customers will last far longer than unpackaged produce.

Commercial Vacuum Sealers VS Domestic Vacuum Sealing Machines

Convinced you need a vacuum sealer? Great! Now you just need to decide which model you need. The type of vacuum sealer machine you need will depend on your intended use – domestic, commercial, or perhaps something in between. Each vacuum sealing machine comes with different features and benefits, below we will discuss some of the strengths of both domestic and commercial machines.

Domestic Vacuum Sealer

Domestic models are less powerful than their larger, industrial counterparts, and require channelled or embossed vacuum bags which assist the machine to draw the air out of the bag prior to sealing. However, this is made up for by the capacity to be easily transported and used at home. The smaller size of the domestic vacuum sealer models also makes them easy to store at home.

Food preservation and storage is made easier, as the size of stored food is reduced and preservation time is extended.

Some smaller models are also available for medium-level commercial use.

Commercial Vacuum Sealer

The larger, industrial, ‘in-chamber’ vacuum sealer machines can use either channelled or flat vacuum bags as they are more powerful.

As the machines are large in size, their ability to be stored and transported is made a little more difficult, but not impossible. However, this is a worthy trade-off as they are capable of sealing more items in one cycle than a smaller model, boosting production efficiency and proving more beneficial in a commercial capacity. 

As the commercial vacuum chambers and sealing machines are larger, they also have the ability to seal bulkier items or stand up pouches of powder or liquid. Some models also allow gas flush for preservatives and other gases to be flushed into the bag for better preservation of certain food items. This is beneficial for food preservation methods and providing a professional presentation of produce for retailers.

If you want more information about which vacuum sealer machine will be best for you, contact the food packaging supplies experts at Venus Packaging on (03) 9428 1652 or contact us online.

How A Pallet Wrapper Can Decrease Potential Health & Safety Issues

How A Pallet Wrapper Can Decrease Potential Health And Safety Issues

 If your business is in any way involved in the distribution of product around Australia or the world, you will probably, at some point, have considered the use of an automated pallet wrapper.

From a health safety perspective, introducing a pallet wrapper, into your dispatch operations has the following immediate benefits:

  • The stability and high holding force that the stretch film creates offers a much safer wrapped pallet, which is far less likely to fall over and cause injury or road accidents during transit
  • The application of the pallet film is undertaken by the pallet wrapping machine, hence significantly reducing the likelihood of sprains and strains of your staff members than if using manual wrapping techniques
  • Goods wrapped and transported within warehouses on pallets reduces the likelihood of injuries through lifting individual items or cartons, as good are moved around as a secure palletized load.

Further, the use of a pallet wrapping machine using stretch wrap offers more advantages, including:

  • It’s the most cost effective method of keeping cartons together in one shipment
  • The product, if using transparent pallet stretch film, is easily identifiable
  • Shipments are protected from the elements, such as rain and sun, and product arrives in a protected, untampered state
  • It can lead to highly efficient warehouse operations, as goods can be wrapped as soon as they are produced / picked and are ready to ship almost immediately; the average time to wrap a fully loaded pallet would be around 30 seconds
  • From a marketing perspective, the wrapped product is professional looking and able to be branded

 

We have a fully trained service team based in Melbourne, Australia, who are available on the phone and in person to attend to any service query or maintenance issue you may have with your pallet wrapping machine.