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How To...With Clear Plastic Packaging


 

 VisiPak Tube Cutting Demonstration

How to Cut a Tube

Custom orders or production runs of clear plastic tubing can be cut to a specified length so that each piece is the same size. Special cutting equipment is employed during the actual manufacturing process; it is not a separate process. This cutting equipment helps to make very clean cuts for the ends of each clear plastic tube.

However, 4-foot tubing is stocked and sold so that each piece can be cut in various lengths. There are a number of ways to manually cut clear plastic tubing, and often a simple pair of scissors or a paper cutter is all that is required. When using a paper cutter, it is helpful to insert an item, such as a wooden dowel or plastic pipe, inside the tubing to hold the clear tube firmly. It is best when the item inserted fits snuggley inside the tube. This process works best when you only need to cut a small volume of tubes.

When the project is larger and many tubes need to be cut, an electric mitre saw or chop saw is useful. For the cleanest cut, it is best to use a masonary blade or plastic tubing blade on the saw.


How to Measure a Box

Seems simple enough, but when it comes down to asking for a quote, it can be a little tricky. Which way is length or height? Depth or width? See how it becomes slightly uncertain? Let's set a VisiPak standard so everyone is on the same page when it comes to requesting a quote. There are three measurements to consider: 

  • Width = a left to right measurement
  • Height = a front to back measurement
  • Length = a top to bottom measurement

For further clarity, click here to see a sample drawing.


How to Determine the Length of a Hang Tube

Hang tubes are manufactured in two steps. First the tube is extruded, then one end of the tube is pressed closed, creating a closed-ended tube. Based on this, would you consider the length of the tube as the usable inside space or the actual physical length of the entire piece? Of course, this is a critical consideration when placing an order. Check out this link to see a drawing for further clarification. If you have any questions, we are always ready to provide answers to help you get the best fit for your project. 

 

How to Specify a Clamshell

Read more about the 7 steps to specifying a clamshell package… 


How to Seal a Clamshell

VisiPak recommends a handheld clamshell sealer for low volume applications. A dual heat, electric powered handheld clamshell sealer creates a 1/2" x 1/4" spot seal and works with our stock PVC clamshell line. Priced under $100, the sealer is ideal for sealing clamshells to prevent pilferage or product damage and is supplied with a high and low temperature control switch with power light and proportional temperature control system. Click here for additional information.

For a view of the handheld sealer, watch our video.

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