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Made in America not only means that products need to be the best quality and operate predictably with as little downtime as possible, and needs to be the versatile meeting needs for all applications, but it also means that the US manufacturer needs to be accountable and price machinery at affordable costs. Taking on this “calling” or increased responsibility has been Novaseal’s objective for all our 18 plus years in business. With our Country’s recent economic downturn, Novaseal continues to engineer high quality products at affordable costs. That strategy has brought international attention to Novaseal for our Pulse Sealing technology as it applies to manufacture of window shades, media and industrial products using industrial fabrics. Pulse sealing seals all materials, faster, and with better quality than any other heat sealing process.
In 2011, our challenge was to design & build a high speed cutting table for industrial fabrics used in window covering and media industries. With the assistance of Dukane Corporation, we designed the UltraFast, a high speed ultrasonic cutter. We learned quickly that despite its efficiency, a selling price ranging from $60 to $70,000 was too much for most American manufacturers.
In the fall of 2011, we began working with Raytech Concepts. Raytech, an Australian engineering company, has developed and manufactures several cutting tables during the past 30 years, from very inexpensive to top of the line. They are as innovative with cutting technologies as we are with sealing technologies. Raytech has agreed to represent Novaseal’s line of pulse sealers in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia; and we will represent Raytech’s cutting technologies in North and South America. Our representation is more like a joint technical venture. We will incorporate Raytech’s cutting technologies into cutting tables manufactured by Novaseal in the USA. Each American-made table will include Novaseal’s 5-Year Parts Replacement Warranty, and be protected by our NovaCare™ Lifetime Customer Support.
Our joint venture relationship assures American manufactures of getting the best, proven technology, manufactured by an American company known for customer service and engineering innovation. The first products in this joint venture is Novaseal’s BasicManual and BasicDrive. Both products feature Raytech’s proven bi-directional blade/inlay rotary scissor cutting method and full width squaring arm. Sizes include 124inch, 138inch and 168inch cutting lengths by 12 to 20-foot lengths.
Raytech’s proprietary method is an improvement over crush cutting in that heavier materials, including screens, can be cut easier and with excellent edge quality. And another huge benefit is that cutting tables are American-made in the $20 to $30,000 range. This means, as a buyer of cutting tables, you get American quality at Chinese prices. And for early buyers, we have additional incentives.
Finally, buying American doesn’t only mean you are doing your part in helping rebuild America, but you also get best quality at an affordable price.
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Often we are asked for the difference between Poster Press and Cantilever-type Press. The question is often followed by a comment that suggests since both Asco and the Chinese machines both use Cantilever-type presses, then it must be good. What Asco doesn’t readily share with their customers is that Asco reserves Poster-type presses only for their top of the line heat sealers.
Producing a heat sealer with a Poster-type press is considerably more difficult and significantly more expensive. On the plus side, the resultant heat seal is a noticeable improvement over Cantilever-type press machines. It is for this reason that Novaseal includes a Poster-type press as a standard feature on all machines. From our small entry-level Table-Top Heat Sealers to our feature-rich ShadeSealer line of heat sealers, they all use Poster-type presses. As the only US-manufacturer of heat sealers for the window shade industry, it is important that US-based products equate to quality, and quality is a Poster Press.
Poster Press & Cantilever Press Comparison
The illustration (inset above) shows a magnification of the relationship of the upper sealing bar to lower sealing bar. In a cantilever-type press, the upper sealing bar engages with the lower sealing bar on an angle, whereas on a poster-type press the upper sealing bar is parallel to the lower sealing bar. The angle will cause more heat under pressure to the rear side of a heat sealed area. While it may not seem like a big difference, consider that uneven heat pressure is the basis for creating a hot knife. Seals created with an angled sealing bar are more likely to break in a shear tension test. This means that heat sealers using cantilever or angled sealing bar will produce a far weaker seal than seals made with a poster-type press.
The exaggerated effect is significantly more noticeable on wider seals. So, if you are stuck with a cantilever-type press, limit your sealing to widths no wider than 1/4-inch (6.35mm). However if your customers have complained that seals have failed, and you are using a cantilever-type press, this is a very likely reason for the failure.
Another advantage in using Poster-type press is material movement. With a Poster-type press, you can move rolled goods in and out of the machine much easier; and you can move materials easily from the front side of the machine without ever walking around to the backside of the machine. This means you can locate a Poster-type press machine against a wall, and not be frustrated by working with a heat sealer located in the center of a room. It’s also easier to replace heating elements, heating bands, Teflon coated Fiberglas and other heat sealing bar maintenance items. So, although you may pay a bit more for a Poster-type press than for a heat sealer with a cantilever-type press, the advantages, time savings and better quality seals will certainly pay for itself in the long run.
What is Pulse Sealing technology?
If you ask our competitors, they’ll have you think it is the same as “impulse sealing.” We probably should have named this new sealing technology something else, however we named it Pulse, because it pulses.
Pulse Sealing is way better than “impulse sealing.” The advantages of Pulse Sealing over impulse sealing are numerous with quality of seal our best feature. Other advantages include ability to use one machine to seal virtually all materials, speed in producing great looking seals, and reduced power requirements.
Pulse Sealing got its start years ago when a client challenged us to create seals comparable to RF, however without the headaches associated with RF. Impulse sealing was already available however neither comparable nor quite as good as RF. Additionally, at the time RF sealed faster and better than impulse sealing.
Gerald Lippman, one of the pioneers and original inventors of RF, and Glenn Lippman, physicist and one of the original inventors of wedge welding, a father and son team co-developed and filed patents on Pulse Sealing. Pulse Sealing combines attributes of RF and impulse sealing together with good old American ingenuity. Traditional impulse sealing applies lots of heat followed by cooling time under pressure. The lots of heat part tends to discolor the heat sealed materials. By pulsing the heat on and off, i.e., frequency modulation, each heat packet penetrates the materials to be sealed with a rate of heat absorption that quickens the sealing process without deforming or discoloring the materials. Cooler sealing means faster repetition which is more suitable for production.
Recently we received a comment from Gilles Pepin, president of Decor Quebec Levis Inc. and owner of a Novaseal ShadeSealer-168. Gilles said one setting can be used for a variety of materials. Gilles’ production group uses the 168-inch wide format to automatically fold and heat seal many smaller shades of varying widths at the same time, and each of these shades are made of different materials; and one sealing parameter will seal everything, perfectly. He said he never had seen this phenomena in any other machine and learned that this phenomena is only made possible by Pulse sealing technology.
Pulse Sealing depends on frequency modulated heat absorption and each heat packet is absorbed at different rates, Multiplication of packets is absorbed by materials quicker resulting in reduced overall sealing time with shared/common parameters. Using Pulse Sealing, different materials will seal at their own rate but within the same time interval. So, even though our heat sealers include controls with multiple storage/recipe locations, most of our customers rarely use more than one setting for all their materials. Additionally, compared to impulse sealing, Pulse sealing uses quite a bit less power to achieve significantly better results. Pulse Sealing also compares favorably when compared to Hot Air sealing. Click here to read a customer’s comment comparing hot air to Pulse Sealing.
Since its inception, we’ve added Pulse Sealing to many of our standard machines. Today Pulse Sealing is an integral component in our ShadeSealer, PulseSealer, Table-Top Heat Sealer, QUAD Automatic, L-Pulse Sealer, BannerSealer, and Hand-Held Pulse Sealer. As a matter of fact, as a result of our success with Pulse Sealing, we no longer build heat sealers based on impulse or RF sealing methods.
Imagine how much more business you could do if your heat sealer has no limits and can seal all materials, and many different materials at the same time! Every Novaseal customer has increased their business revenues after purchasing a Novaseal ShadeSealer. Is it just opportunity or can buying a Pulse Sealer pay huge dividends.
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Each month we are featuring an aspect of our heat sealing machines that is an integral component of a good heat sealer. As the only US manufacturer and leading technology producer of heat sealers for the shade and window covering industry, we continue to improve the art of designing and building a first class heat sealing machine so that the quality of our seals are the absolute best seals available.
About a year ago we perfected the most accurate Automatic PocketMaker. Our MicroPrecision folder technology is now standard on all of our ShadeSealers. Our pride in achieving this accuracy resulted in many videos featuring our Automatic PocketMaker.
Several months after introducing this new feature we received inquiries suggesting that our ShadeSealer is limited to making pockets. That’s simply not true. While automatically producing accurate pockets is an achievement, the ShadeSealer is most certainly your best choice for producing overlap seals as well. And, based on our poster-type press technology, the entire process of producing an overlap seal is done from the front of the machine, unlike our Asian competitors that have you walk around the machine several times.
Overlap sealing requires a method to assure alignment. Originally we offered, as an option, use of laser to align overlaps. Unfortunately, laser lines, although high tech looking, are blocked by various heights and placement of shade materials. For best results we use our Riser Sealing Bar technology.
A primary use for Riser Sealing Bar in conjunction with our MultiHead sealing feature , is to seal splines, zippers and keders effortlessly without making any changes to the machine. Additionally, this same Riser Bar provides a hard edge to align the lower or first layer of material when making an overlap seal. To assure that the upper layer of material is perfectly parallel and aligned with the lower layer for either 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch user selectable overlap seal width, the operator locates and places Riser Alignment Guides along the edge. Use of magnets or weights hold position while the overlapped materials are sealed. Detailed instructions are found online at our NovaCare web support pages.
Making overlap seals with the ShadeSealer is very easy to do, and most important, the seals are perfectly aligned, and with our wide format options, you can make a single seal up to 252 inches in less than 10 seconds. And all seals are made with Novaseal’s Pulse Sealing technology which produces the fastest and best quality seals available on more materials than any other competitive method of sealing.
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This is the second installment in our new monthly series featuring unique characteristics of Novaseal’s heat sealing machines and our proprietary Pulse Sealing technology. The best heat sealer is a machine that can deliver the highest quality seal all the time, consistently, repeatedly, and on all materials. Always rely on Novaseal for the best … we’re known as innovators in Heat Sealing.
What is MultiHead heat sealing?
MultiHead heat sealing is 2 or more heat sealing bars on one machine. MultiHead is an exclusive and standard feature of the ShadeSealer by Novaseal. Novaseal is the leading manufacturer of heat sealers for the shade & drapery industry. All products manufactured in the USA and include an American Warranty.
Combine MultiHead with Pulse sealing technology and you get pulse heat from top and bottom penetrating shade materials for fast high quality seals. MultiHead is another technology advancement in heat sealing. Click here to view the illustration above with spline.
Uses for MultiHead heat sealing:
- Use one head for pockets and other for overlaps
- Switch between sealing widths without downtime
- Use one or the other or both at the same time
- Use second head as a backup for the first
- Both heads can be used with spline, zipper or keder
- Machine power consumption doesn’t change … still uses less energy than any other heat sealer.
- Defines a hard edge to align materials without depending on difficult to view laser lines.
- Applications are endless
As the saying goes … “2 Heads are Better than 1”
With MultiHead, you get 2 heat sealers in one machine!
Photo shows MultiHead feature on the ShadeSealer
For more information on the ShadeSealer, call 561-470-3267 or complete the form on the right side of this page for a quotation.
Each month we are publishing a mini article describing features unique to Novaseal heat sealers. What makes a good heat sealer is the quality of the seal, and as a machine designer and builder, we continue to improve the art of designing and building a first class heat sealing machine so that our seals are the absolute best seals available.
Often we receive calls for heat sealers and the caller assumes all heat sealers are the same. That’s simply not true. For example, Chinese (and most Asian) manufactured heat sealers are usually based on technologies introduced 20-30 years ago. In order to attain first position in the heat sealing industry, we’ve been continuously improving our machines. Improvements can affect method or maintenance improvements as well as to heat seal materials that no other method is able to. It has become our obsession to make the best heat sealer for the most reasonable cost.
Last month we discussed our MultiHead system … 2 heat sealers in one machine. This month its our Rocker System. Rockers provide pneumatic pressure on the Heating Elements to assure best quality seals with the least amount of maintenance.
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Recently I spoke with a Windows Professional who purchased a RF machine claiming that he was “tired of the nichrome wire maintenance issues he continuously had with his ASCO heat sealing machine.” And since buying an RF machine in 2011 is almost like going backwards in time or technology, I was perplexed by his decision. However, after telling him that our Rocker System replaces conventional springs with an easy to maintain continuous pressure system that is guaranteed never to fatigue he seemed surprised to learn that such an alternative even existed. I’m sure that after a few months of working with RF, he’ll be back with an interest in upgrading to a more advanced Shade Sealing system.
Since the original Rocker System was developed more than 20 years ago, we have continued to improve our system. Today’s Rocker includes an infinite clutch ratchet system that lets the operator maintain Heating Element life without cutting away expanded sections or without frequent and common replacement of heating elements. Maintenance is easy. Simply, hold and pull, and heating elements are as good as new. Our non-slip connectors provide constant pressure without nichrome wire slippage. The result … perfect seals without wrinkles, voids, hot spots or discoloration.
Our Pulse Sealing technology, as compared to “Impulse Sealing” also cuts down heating element replacement frequency. With proper Rocker maintenance, many of our customers have reduced heating element replacement to once a year or better. So, as we like to say, when your decision is to buy US-manufactured Novaseal, you don’t get ordinary, you get extraordinary.
For more information or a quote on our Pulse Sealers, visit our website or call us at 561-470-3267.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a provision for 2011 investment in new equipment acquisitions. Purchasing a Novaseal ShadeSealer or ShadeTable qualifies for this provision. The 2011 tax incentives are part of what is known as Section 179 for 2011.
According to Novaseal’s accountant, here are the provisions for 2011:
- 2011 Deduction Limit – $500,000
- 2011 Limit on Equipment Purchases – $2 Million for the year
- Bonus Depreciation – 100% taken after the $500,000 deduction is reached. Bonus depreciation is only for new equipment. This depreciation can also be taken by businesses that exceed $2 Million in capital equipment purchases.
Limits of Section 179:
$500,000 write-off cap per equipment purchase, with total not to exceed $2 Million for the year. The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after the $2 Million is spent by a business. So this makes it a true small to medium-sized business deduction. After the recent passage of the “Tax Relief Act of 2010,” large businesses that exceed the $2 Million capital expenditure threshold can take a bonus depreciation of 100% on the amount that exceeds the limit.
Who Qualifies for Section 179?
Any business that purchases, finances, and/or leases less than $2 Million in business equipment during tax year 2011 qualifies for the Section 179 deduction. Purchased equipment needs to be delivered and in service by December 31, 2011.
If a business in not profitable in 2011, and has no taxable income to use the deduction, that business can elect to use 100% Bonus Depreciation and carry-forward to a year when the business is profitable.
Furthermore, it is our belief that the Framer’s original intent for Section 179 tax incentive was for the purchase of American products, more specifically products Made in the USA.
So … purchasing a Novaseal ShadeSealer or ShadeTable is not only the best investment you can make in your business, it is also an investment in America and an investment with real tax incentives — full deduction this year and next year. And to apply the Section 179 tax incentive to a purchase in 2011, and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we suggest you place your order no later than October.
If these incentives weren’t enough, our business manager Max Sarango has discovered that if you buy American, and file documents for financing a ShadeSealer in September, you can also receive an instant buy USA business stimulus rebate ranging from $995 to $2,400.
So, if you were considering purchase of a ShadeSealer, making a decision to do so this month is very attractive. And, all of these financial incentives are happening at the same time as window covering demand is at an all time high.
What are you waiting for … strong market demand, great tax incentives (double the deduction), instant rebate, and all for the best available heat sealer for manufacturing shades with a Lifetime Warranty. It doesn’t get better!
Call us today … 561-470-3267
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Using the Novaweld-branded GT-100 Handheld Wedge Welder is, perhaps, the easiest wedge welder to use for heat sealing High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane materials. It is an excellent choice for welding details, small projects or even for welding large production projects. Never jams, so downtime due to maintenance issues is nonexistent. Although the process is the same regardless of the HDPE thickness, 20 to 60 mil (0.5 to 1.5 mm) HDPE requires less strength than sealing 80 mil or greater (2 mm) HDPE. The following welding tips will make your HDPE welding experience easier.
Since heat rises, it is important to urge the heat flow to the lower sheet. This can be done by placing the lower sheet over a highly heat conductive material such as another geomembrane or geotextile. We have found that placing the lower sheet over an 8-ounce nonwoven polypropylene geotextile will increase the heat transfer rate from the wedge (heat source) to into the lower sheet. For field applications with uneven or rocky terrain, we covered a carry-board made of wood or aluminum plate with the nonwoven geotextile, and placed the carry-board beneath both layers of geomembrane material.
Furthermore, for thicker materials, more pressure and less speed is required. Try reducing welding speed to approximately 5 to 10 feet per minute and decreasing the pressure roller angle (to approx. 15° of vertical). Continue to use a silicon rubber roller for greatest heat transfer. Remember that using the GT-100 hand-held wedge welder for field production or patching of 60+ mil HDPE will take strength and practice.
For best results, examine the finished product for deformation. The smoother, more aesthetic top sheet surface would indicate a tack weld. Due to a thickness of the material, good welds are characteristic of a deformed surface. Make sure the heat is sufficient to produce enough smoke, however not too hot to melt or flash the material on contact. A good setting, depending on the age of the heaters, is between 4.5 and 6.
Click here for more information, including demonstration videos. Or click on Geomembrane Installation Specification for downloadable handheld wedge welding geomembrane specification.
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