Pros & Cons of Vacuum vs. Vacuum Gas Flush Sealers

Vacuum sealing machines produce the finest packaging possible for a wide, varied array of products. If you manufacture, sell, or are involved in the transportation of goods ranging from medical grade products (anything from surgical implements to sterile fluids to pills), to dairy, meat, or other food products, or even clothing, artistic supplies, or electronic or machinery components, you know the value of reliable, sturdy packaging.

A vacuum sealer guarantees that you can get customized yet professional grade packaging quickly and reliable.

The custom part of that equation means that you can pick the type of material you want to use for packaging up your product factoring in durability and tensile strength of the material, as well as even the aesthetics (will your label look better on shiny silver colored foil, or on a translucent plastic?). The professional grade quality means that you will get airtight, contaminant free, strongly sealed packaging every time; packaging that will be up to the standards of even the most rigorous inspection. That means your products can both look great from a consumer / sales perspective, and will be accepted by a whole variety of industry and government regulators.

The question at hand, in fact, is not whether or not a vacuum sealer is the right investment for you and your business — if you deal with products, it is! — the question is what type of unit you should consider!

For some business, such as retailers of confections or small parts and pieces (perhaps a local hardware store, for example) even a simple heat sealing machine will work, the kind that converts a long tube like double layered sheet of film into customized, sealed baggies using heat and pressure. But for those businesses dealing with more sensitive materials, such as medical items that need to be kept sterile, food stuffs that could spoil, or sensitive components that could be ruined be oxidization or moisture, a vacuum sealer is likely the way to go. You may even need the next step up, a vacuum gas flush sealer.

While a standard vacuum sealer machine will remove almost every molecule of air from around your product before creating a vacuum sealed package, only a gas flush sealer can guarantee a totally air-free seal. That’s because a gas flush sealer replaces the air in the packaging it’s creating by forcing a stable, safe gas such as carbon dioxide or nitrogen into the unit before sealing it tight.

There are pros and cons to each unit depending on your industry, so make sure you carefully consider which type of machine you invest in!

Let’s first consider the more advanced type of machinery, the vacuum gas flush sealers. If you work with hospitals, doctor’s offices, labs, or really any aspect materials related to the medical field, you will probably need one of these machines to create your packaging. A gas flush sealer can guarantee sterile, safe packaging, meaning your products will be as safe and sterile as they need to be even for clean room or surgical use. Your clients and customers will appreciate your dedication to excellence, and you can rest assured you are sending out safe, reliable product.

These units are also often the best choice for people dealing with foodstuffs that are easily spoiled, such as cheeses, fish, and the like. An air-free vacuum seal means less chance of spoilage, and more chance of repeat customers!

That said, a vacuum sealer with gas flush technology is not a small investment, and they are not small units physically, either! This equipment requires a fairly large footprint in your workspace. And they also consume lots of energy. The benefits outweigh these factors in most every case, but there may be no need for this advanced type of unit if you deal with more stable, inert items, such as solid components or preserved foods.

A standard vacuum sealer may be perfectly suited to your needs if you deal in selling and/or shipping, for example, clothing, durable electronics or machine goods, or even foods like candies or preserved/dried meats. A vacuum sealed package prevent most any potential spoilage of most foods and will keep any excess air and moisture away from your product, so once you have sealed up your goods, you can rest assured they will stay safe and sound until opened by a consumer. Another great aspect of using a vacuum sealer that is not to be overlooked is storage and shipment space maximization. If your packaging tightly adheres to your product, you require barely any additional room to store the goods or large additional packaging to ship it! Just one more benefit of using the right tools for the job at hand, whether it is packaging up medicines for immediate delivery to a hospital, or shipping your sweets around the globe!