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Since  joining Protective Packaging 10 years ago, first as a Machine Operator and now as an Engineer, I’ve been working on the Hand Sealers used to manufacture our Barrier Foil Bags and Liners.

On many occasions I’ve been thinking of ways to make them more comfortable to work with. heat sealing equipment  The biggest issue for many in production, even myself, is tiredness and hand ache during the long and frequent usage of the hand sealers. By listening to these concerns I have come up with an improvement for the handles. Working as an electrical technician with a huge variety of electrical materials one particular item caught my eye – Heat Shrink Sleeve!

The existing cushioning  used on the handles deteriorates very quickly due to the excessive usage of the sealers. The way to improve the comfort of the handles is to cover the handles and heat shrink with this adhesive heat shrink sleeve.  This new adaptation has already been trialed across our hand fabrication department with surprisingly positive feedback and fair demand. I must admit though that in one instant this project hasn’t worked as hoped. The material that the heat shrink is made from doesn’t  suit every hand and for one person caused some  friction blistering – amazing to see our production team pushing their boundaries!

It’s certainly a step in the right direction.  By changing to a more skin friendly material we could see the true benefit of this improvement.sealer handles

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