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Gauge to Microns Conversion

The measurement of laminated plastics and coex films can be a little unusual for people who have not worked with these materials before. A few notes, gauge is usually reserved for thicknesses below 1 mil. Microns measurements are usually rounded to the nearest whole integer. Mil to Micron conversion is usually the most important conversion to make when working with flexible barrier plastics. Mils being a US unit of measure and Micron (um or Micrometer) being a metric system measurement of thickness. Blow film thicknesses are controlled by the size of the “bubble” that forms when extruding the plastic. Laminated plastics usually are at a minimum 2 mil (50.8um), but can range anywhere from 2 mil to 5.5mil for most commercial applications. Some Mil-Spec materials can be as much as 10mil or 20 mil in thickness. Gauge to micron conversion is important to ensure that your film thickness is correct.

When you need flexible barrier plastics, call PouchWorth 949-336-1541

Gauge to Microns Conversion Table

MilMicron (um)Millimeter (mm)Gauge (ga)Inch (“)
.5012.7.012750 .0005

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Custom Size Bags — Understanding the Basics of Design

Full SUP printing

We get calls every day about people wanting to order custom sized bags. Congrats! These bags will be made specifically for your products and are a wonderful way to market your product. However, ordering the right bags means thinking about a few features of the bag.

These main features are dimensions, side seals, zippers, hang holes, tear notches, and gussets.

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Introducing Uptown Funk — our Newest Material!

Uptown Funk 3.5x4.5 bag

If you’re producing or selling top shelf product, why shouldn’t it be packaged in gold? These fantastic smell proof gold bags give your products the look of royalty. With a shiny gold exterior and silver mylar interior lining, everything looks great in these bags.

Uptown Funk possess excellent oxygen and moisture barriers, and is also FDA approved. A popular option due to its flashy style, while still maintaining important barrier properties, these bags will make your products fly off the shelves!

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Printed Bags: Stay Stateside or Go Made in China?

Some of our latest print projects.
Some of our latest print projects.

ESP Packaging is pleased to help customers with print projects, and we get calls every day from folks across the country eager to brand their logos and designs directly on the bag. From simple logos to full bleed printing, covering every inch of the bag in a variety of colors, ESP can help find a printing option right for you.

For more about printing options, check out our print page.

For today’s article, we wanted to let you know more about American-based printing vs Chinese printing. ESP helps our customers do both types of printing. There are positives and negatives you may not have considered to going abroad vs staying local.

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How To Use an Impulse Hand Sealer

Hand sealers are the most basic and economical sealers on the market, and using one is easy.

Simply plug in your sealer to wall outlet and adjust the heat setting dial. A good starting point is 2.5.

Place the bag in the sealer and press down with your hand until the red light turns off, plus an additional 2-4 seconds to “set” the seal.

At ESP we sell 5 mm hand sealers, providing you with a .19 inch seal. Slightly bigger seals will maintain the freshness of your product better and will look more professionally packaged than a wimpy seal that could easily break.

ESP Packaging sells two sizes, 8″ and 12″, of 5mm impulse hand sealers. We also sell the replacement elements. Sealers are shipped via UPS the same day you order, so hop to it!