AAMP Annual Convention 2024

AAMP Annual Convention 2024

AAMP Annual Convention 2024

This year, Promarks will be exhibiting a booth at the AAMP Annual Convention 2024 – the most anticipated convention that The American Association of Meat Processors holds annually! Join us in the opportunity for days filled with connecting and learning from firms located all over the country in addition to hearing from well-educated speakers to stay tuned about what is going on in the meat trading world today! 

What is the AAMP Annual Convention 2024?

The American Association of Meat Processors is the largest meat trading organization in North America. With more than 16,000 members from all over the world, AAMP can provide a variety of networking opportunities for all small businesses looking to connect and learn together. 

They hold the AAMP Show annually as one of their biggest sources to achieve their mission for networking. At this convention, AAMP focuses on networking and educating firms from meat processors to packagers to catalog marketers. The AAMP Show consistently sells out the trade-floor and unsurprisingly continues to grow in attendance each year! 

AAMP 2024 - American Association of Meat Processors

 What Does This Mean? 

Promarks will be exhibiting our chamber vacuum sealers, packaging products, and more on the sold-out trade floor at the AAMP show! You will get a first-hand opportunity to learn about the continuing developments being made within our industry and maybe some of what is to come!  

Find us at booth #225 with your questions and curiosity. Connect with us about the exciting and new progressions being made this year or to just say hi!  

When is the AAMP Annual Convention 2024?

The 2024 AAMP show will be held August 1-3 (Thursday-Saturday).  

Where is the AAMP Annual Convention 2024?

The CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE will be the home of this year’s 2024 AAMP show. Additionally, the CHI Health Center Omaha is conveniently located next to Hilton Omaha – just a walk across the sky bridge!  

Find Bob from JVR Industries at Promarks’ booth #225. 

Registration

Click here for instructions on how to register as well as to reserve your room at Hilton Omaha for this highly anticipated occasion!   

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VacNews - 3 Methods of Cooking in Chamber Vacuum Pouches

3 Methods Of Cooking in Chamber Pouches

“Three methods are used to cook in your chamber vacuum pouches: boiling, microwaving, and sous vide…”

VacNews - 3 Methods of Cooking in Chamber Vacuum Pouches

Today, we are going to share some cooking methods that can be implemented when using chamber vacuum pouches. Three methods are used to cook in your chamber vacuum pouches: boiling, microwaving, and sous vide cooking. These methods provide a simple and efficient way to cook at home or to provide your customers using the chamber vacuum pouches.

You may have been informed that each method is safe to utilize as long as you follow specific protocols. Yet, a difference exists between saying you can microwave food in chamber vacuum pouches and saying it is safe to microwave food in chamber vacuum pouches.

Today, we will dive into the three methods of cooking and why JVR Industries cautions away from believing that each method of cooking is entirely safe.

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BPA or Bisphenol A is a chemical used for certain plastics in industrial manufacturing. BPA is safe at very low levels according to the FDA. Thankfully, our VacPouch line is completely free of Bisphenol A. Having a BPA-FREE pouch gives our customers that extra level of comfort that they are not consuming industrial chemicals at any level.

VacPouch - Perfect Blend of Polyethylene and Nylon - VacNews

What Does This Mean For Cooking?

Our vacuum pouches include materials such as polyethylene and nylon that allow them to withstand higher temperatures before they change state or even soften. Although this is the case, carefully manufactured packaging products from any company do not guarantee complete safety from plastics entering your food during microwaving. We are highly aware of the precautions taken in manufacturing to ensure your safety. However, we find not one company maintains certainty of safety even if the chances are minimal.

The methods of cooking in a vacuum chamber pouch such as our VacPouch are boiling, microwaving, and sous vide.

VacPouch | Boil-in chamber pouches

Boiling is a well-known method of cooking that involves placing vacuum-sealed food in boiling water (100°C or 212°F). This method is simple and efficient due to the high temperature of the water. The materials within the pouches are made to withstand the boiling temperatures for about 20 minutes before the possibility of plastics contaminating the food.

VacPouch - Sealed Food Lasts 5x Longer - VacNews

Many customers ask about the safety of microwaving food in a vacuum pouch. Some companies suggest poking a hole or cutting a corner before microwaving the product to avoid steam build-up or the possibility of the pouch bursting.

Cutting Corners - VacNews

Why Not Cut Corners?

Cutting the corner off a pouch won’t ensure that the product does not reach the plastic melting point. The only reason they advise cutting the corner is so that the bag does not expand and break. The recommendation has nothing to do with making it automatically safer even if it may avoid bursting the pouch.

JVR Industries prefers to acknowledge the gray area in this method. The possibility of harmful plastics entering your food during microwaving, even if the packaging is durable, is simply not guaranteed.

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Sous vide is a prestigious French method of cooking gaining popularity in professional kitchens as well as home cooking and you will see why!

Sous Vide Before and After

What Is Sous Vide Cooking?

Sous vide is a simple, two-step process to cook your meat professionally. First, use a chamber vacuum sealer to vacuum seal your meat product in a vacuum pouch. This removes the air from the bag and creates an airtight seal. Immerse the product in a water bath or pot of water heated to a precise “low” temperature (under 180°).

The amount of time you immerse in the meat in the “low” temperature water depends on the product. To determine specific recommendations for water temperature and cooking times to reach the desired doneness for your product, visit https://sousvidesupreme.com/pages/cooking-guides.

Benefits Of Sous Vide Cooking - VacNews

Benefits Of Sous Vide Cooking

First, our chamber vacuum pouches contain mechanical properties to withstand high temperatures. Although this is the case, sous vide provides an alternative cooking method that limits the temperatures needed to typically 180° and below. Therefore, you can ensure safety from contamination when enjoying your meal.

Preserve the desired flavor, moisture, and nutrients exceptionally. Douse the meat in seasonings or sauces and the flavor will be preserved to create a delightful surprise of the perfect steak you’ve always imagined.

Sous vide cooking also allows even cooking. Vacuum sealing ensures the hot water is in direct contact with every millimeter of surface area to provide precise and controlled cooking for consistent results.

Meal planning made easy! Since a majority of the sous vide process involves slow cooking in water over time, minimal time needs to be set aside for hands-on prep of the perfect steak.

If that isn’t enough, the best part is this process can be accomplished right from your countertop if the right supplies are provided. No need to pay extra to get the perfect steak at a restaurant when you can acquire equivalent results in your kitchen at a low cost!

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JVR Vac100 - Chamber Vacuum Sealer | what is a chamber vacuum sealer

To utilize these methods, you will need a chamber vacuum sealer to vacuum seal bags that package the desired products. JVR Industries carries top-notch chamber vacuum sealers such as the Vac100 or Vac110 that are more than fit to produce the results you need to efficiently and effectively seal your products.

We stand out from our competitors as we have specialized in the vacuum sealing industry since 1972. That is over 50 years of experience!

Some companies may suggest alternative external vacuum sealers with an edge and suction, but these cannot seal smooth textured chamber pouches. Plus, a chamber vacuum sealer provides the option to package liquids which is not provided by an external vacuum sealer.

To learn more, click here to browse our selection of economy line chamber vacuum sealers.

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Pamp 2024 Announcement

PAMP 2024

JVR Industries is going to PAMP 2024 at the Penn Stater Conference Center!

PAMP Banner - Specializing in Vacuum Packaging since 1972

This year our booth will host JVR VacSeries & Promarks units. Come visit to experience 50+ years of vacuum packaging with JVR Industries at PAMP 2024! We will be present May 10th -11th.

PAMP is a state organization for Meat Processors. We’re affiliated with the American Association of Meat Processors, the National Meat Trade Organization, and participate in the Meat Association Council.

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The PAMP CONVENTION hosts local companies that speciailize in on particular process of meat processing, competitions, giveaways, experts speaking on their process, and so much more! Scroll down to see Andrew Eising of JVR speaking on rollstock thermoformers during the PAMP 2023 convention!

Navigate the convention’s booths to discuss anything from vacuum packaging to bowl cutters to patty makers. A floor full of innovative products and creative minds.  A huge part of the annual convention is the various contests. Win awards like “Best of the Show,” “Best of Beef,” and “Best of Venison.” Explore the meat labs and learn all about the basics of meat emulsions, advantages of vacuum tumbling, hotdog manufacturing, and the basics of stuffing, casing, and smoking!

 

Please feel free to visit JVR Industries at our booth to discuss the Promarks or VacSeries line. We would gladly discuss the differences in household vacuum sealing, chamber vacuum sealing, and rollstock thermoforming.

 

We look forward to seeing all of you!

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN: May 9th -12th, 2024

JVR Industries will only be present May 10th -11th

WHERE: THE PENN STATER CONFERENCE CENTER, 215 INNOVATION BLVD STATE COLLEGE, PA 16083

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA MEAT PROCESSOR’S CONVENTION THIS COMING SPRING! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

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WNY Sport & Travel Expo March 8-10 2024

WNY Sport & Travel Expo 2024

WNY Sport & Travel Expo 2024

WNY Sport & Travel Expo 2024

JVR Industries, Inc. is heading to the Hamburg Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY to appear at the WNY Sport & Travel Expo 2024!

The 2024 WNY Sport & Travel Expo returns to the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY.   Come check out the exhibitors from the hunting, fishing, and outdoor industry.  There is something for everyone at this show, whether you are looking to book the hunt of your dreams, purchase new fishing gear,  or just have a great time with your family.  Bring the kids to fish in the live trout pond, enjoy retriever training demos and much more!

JVR will be exhibiting in booth #713. 

General Information on the Sport & Travel Expo

Where: Hamburg Fairgrounds

5820 South Park Ave

Hamburg, NY

 

When: March 8th-10th, 2024

Friday: 12pm – 8pm

Saturday: 10am – 8pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm

Admission: $11.00 (Ticket plus fee)

10 & Under FREE

Looking to go to the show this year? Feel free to buy tickets now!

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VacFriday: November 24th-27th 2023

VacFriday 2023

VacFriday - Best Deals of the Year

VacFriday Sale November 24th – 27th!

JVR Industries is launching its Black Friday weekend sale. Shop the best deals of the year! VacFriday 2023 runs from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. 

Find extreme savings and discounts on all of our JVR VacSeries chamber vacuum sealers.

VacFriday VacSupplies Deal

VacSupplies Sale!

Find even more savings on select VacSupplies including VacPouch, VacFlex, and VacGuard. Add the desired product to your cart and an automatic 15% will be deducted from the VacSupplies in your cart as long as they are VacPouch, VacFlex, or VacGuard! Limited time offer! Lowest prices on VacSupplies all year long!

Our offices will be closed from November 23rd-26th. Normal hours of operation will commence on Monday, November 27th, when VacFriday sale shipments will begin. Please feel free to call our office during business hours with any questions regarding the VacSeries. You can also email us at JVR@jvrinc.com. We will respond to all emails on November 27th.

VacFriday Vac100 Bundle

Vac100 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Gift bundle includes:

100 Pack – 8″ x 12″ (4mil) VacPouch

1 Quart of VacOil

Vac100 Cover (Black)

JVR Industries RTIC Tumbler

 

GET FIRST IN LINE WITH A PREORDER ON NOVEMBER 20th!

VacFriday Vac110 Bundle

Vac110 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Gift bundle includes:

100 Pack – 11″ x 16″ (4mil) VacPouch

1 Quart of VacOil

Vac110 Cover (Black)

JVR Industries RTIC Tumbler

 

GET FIRST IN LINE WITH A PREORDER ON NOVEMBER 20th!

VacFriday Vac310-1 Bar Bundle

Vac310 (1 Bar) Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Gift bundle includes:

500 Pack – 10″ x 13″ (4mil) VacPouch

1 Gallon of VacOil

Vac310 Cover (Black)

JVR Industries RTIC Tumbler

VacFriday Vac310-2 Bar Bundle

Vac310 (2 Bar) Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Gift bundle includes:

500 Pack – 10″ x 13″ (4mil) VacPouch

1 Gallon of VacOil

Vac310 Cover (Black)

JVR Industries RTIC Tumbler

VacFriday Vac410 Bundle

Vac410 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Available at $3190

Gift bundle includes:

$200 of Free VacPouch

Coupon will be provided via email after purchase. Only available to use online. Expires after 2 weeks.

Please make sure you subscribe at checkout to ensure you get the coupon after purchase.

VacFriday Vac610 Bundle

Vac610 Chamber Vacuum Sealer (Single Phase or 3 Phase)

Gift bundle includes:

$200 of Free VacPouch

Coupon will be provided via email after purchase. Only available to use online. Expires after 2 weeks.

Please make sure you subscribe at checkout to ensure you get the coupon after purchase.

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Homesteading Festival 2023

The Homesteading Festival 2023

The Homesteading Festival 2023

Homesteading Festival 2023

JVR Industries, Inc.® is traveling to Rise ‘N’ Swine Farm in Holland, NY to appear at the Homesteading Festival 2023! Come join us for a FREE day of learning traditional skills at Rise ‘N’ Swine Farm. Lunch will be available.

JVR will be discussing what a chamber vacuum sealer is, in addition to the differences between edge, suction, and external vacuum sealers and chambers. Lastly, we’ll discuss the difference between chamber pouches and embossed vacuum seal bags/rolls.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THE FESTIVAL

General Information on the Homesteading Festival

Where: Rise ‘N’ Swine Farm in Holland, NY

When: September 23rd, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

2024 Vac100 Giveaway

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!

JVR Industries will be giving away a FREE JVR Vac100 – chamber vacuum sealer (VALUED AT $899) and we will be drawing a second-place winner as well for some merch! We will be announcing the winner sometime around 12:45 p.m.! Details are subject to change.

Additional Topics that will be covered at this year’s festival:

How Honey is Made, Soap Making, Raising Chickens – for Kids, Homeschooling, Rotational Grazing, Chicken Processing, Rabbit Butchering, Seed Collecting & Foraging, Starting & Maintaining Orchards, Goat Milk Yogurt & Salve Making, and Cheesemaking.

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Busch R5 Series Oil Change Walkthrough

Busch R5 Oil Change Walkthrough

Basics of a Busch R5 Oil Change

Today, we share our expertise in a Busch R5 oil change. This article is a Busch R5 Series Oil Change Walkthrough. In this article, we will be showing the oil change on a PRS Mini Series Rollstock machine. The pump we are changing the oil on is a Busch R5 RA 0040 F oil-lubricated rotary vane vacuum pump.

Before we get knee-deep in this job, please make sure to gather the tools you need from the list below as well as make sure you have enough time to finish the job. Typically these rollstock thermoformers are used very heavily and most facilities can not afford too much downtime. This job is very simple and strongly urge training up a few people in your facility to tend to this matter as needed. So let’s get started with what you will need to get the job done.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time Required: 15-30 minutes

Tools Required: Busch OEM oil or JVR VacOil, Busch oil filter, filter wrench/pliers, funnel, and chamber vacuum pouch/drain pan,

The following instructions are applicable for any R5 series of Busch vacuum pumps.

Busch R5 Series Oil Change Walkthrough

Essential tools for the job include a filter wrench and a funnel. These two tools alone will work in almost any application. If you do not have a filter wrench, you can use pliers instead. Also, have something to catch the oil during the draining process. JVR suggests using a chamber vacuum pouch for easy drain and clean up after the job is completed. If you do not have chamber vacuum pouches at your disposal, a simple drain pan will work just fine. Now you will need the heartbeat of the operation: vacuum pump oil. You can use Busch OEM oil or JVR’s line of VacOil during this process.

Draining the oil from Busch R5

Every Busch vacuum pump is going to have a drain plug. It’s typically located on the fan side of the module. The lower plug is always going to be the drain. The upper plug will be the fill, and in the middle, you have a sight glass. This will tell you at what point you need to fill your oil.

Take your pair of pliers and loosen up the drain plug. Before you loosen the plug completely, get something to catch the oil. Depending on the location of the pump and oil drain, traditional drain pans may not provide the best oil-catching configuration. Chamber pouches work great in many applications because they’re flexible but thick enough that you won’t have leaks.  

Push or scrunch the bag partially under the vacuum pump to completely catch oil from the drain. Once your bag is in place, spin the plug out with your fingers. Make sure you don’t let the plug drop into the chamber pouch. After the oil starts flowing, continue to hold the pouch or pan in place as the oil drains.  

Once the oil slows to a trickle and is no longer draining, you can rethread the drain plug and hand tighten it for now so you can move the oil-full bag or pan. Please note: every drain plug has an O-ring around it. Make sure the O-ring is in the proper groove of the drain plug before reinsertion.  

If you’re using a chamber vacuum pouch to catch the oil, give it a good twist, and even knot the bag if you have enough room. Otherwise, you can use a few zip ties to tighten the bag closed. Now you can dispose of the oil in a responsible manner. Grab your pliers again and finish tightening the oil drain plug.

Go ahead and tighten up the oil drain plug with your pliers. Do not overtighten the drain plug because it is made of plastic. About 1/8 of a turn should be relatively sufficient after the plug was hand-tightened.

Busch Pump Filter Change

To change the oil filter, you’ll want to use a filter wrench. If one is not available, you can use a pair of pliers. If neither of these tools is available, you can use a flathead screwdriver, although this is for desperate situations. Pound the screwdriver through the center side of the filter. Then you can turn the filter using the screwdriver.

Once the oil filter is partially loose, grab a chamber pouch or pan. It can be the same one used previously if you have enough room. Cup the bag underneath the filter and under the pump a little. When you begin loosening the last few threads, you’ll see the oil draining out. Make sure you hold the bag tight in place, so it doesn’t make a mess.  

At this point, if you have a helper, they can hand you the new oil filter. If you’re working on your own, ensure the new oil filter is nearby before you start the process. While still holding the oil drain pouch in place, grab a small amount of oil on your finger and rub it around the gasket of the new oil filter. This allows the new oil filter to go on smoothly to get the proper torque. Now you can thread on the new oil filter. Tighten the filter just enough for the oil to stop dripping. Pull the drain pouch away and responsibly dispose of the oil as we mentioned previously.  

After you dry off your hands of oil residue, wipe off the filter and once the gasket touches, give it about a three-quarter turn as tight as you can by hand. Don’t use a filter wrench or pliers to tighten it because that will make it more difficult to remove next time.  

If you’re not sure if the oil filter is on tight enough, run your pump for an hour or so. Then inspect underneath the filter. If you see an oil drip, you’ll need to tighten up the filter a little bit.  

VacOil

For a vacuum pump that’s 2 HP or above, we recommend using the #46 VacOil. For pumps smaller than 2 HP, we recommend using the #22 VacOil. Additionally, we have a line of synthetic oils perfect for use in an extreme duty or cold room where your machine is running for extended periods of time.  

Filling the oil

Return to where we previously drained the oil. Remove the fill plug with your pliers and insert a funnel. Grab your favorite vacuum pump oil. For our oil change on the Busch R5 Series RA 0040 F pump, we are using a #46 JVR VacOil. Grab your funnel and place it in the fill of the pump. Fill the pump with oil until the level reaches three-quarters full in the sight glass, or until there’s only a slight bubble at the top. On many Busch pumps you’ll notice maximum and minimum fill lines. When you go to run the pump, the oil level is going to decrease slightly because the oil fills up the filter and circulates through the system.

After the filling is complete, grab your fill plug. First, make sure that your fill plug has the o-ring still in place. Second, reinsert the fill plug and hand tighten. Once hand-tightened, grab your pliers to give the fill plug a final 1/8 of a turn to snug it down.

Now you know how to replace the oil on a Busch vacuum pump! We hope this article has been extremely informative. Feel free to subscribe to our VacNews articles above for more content like this. If you like our articles, please check out our entire library of VacNews articles below. Lastly, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. JVR Industries is open from 8:30 am – 5 pm EST to help with all your vacuum packaging needs.

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Vac100 Replace Lid Chamber Gasket

How to Replace the Lid Chamber Gasket – Vac100

“How do I replace the lid chamber gasket on my Vac100?”

A simple, yet tedious task to stop those pesky vacuum leaks around the chamber on your vacuum sealer. In this article, we review easy, yet effective ways to install your lid chamber gasket without unnecessary frustration.

Vac100 Replace Lid Chamber Gasket

The lid gasket slowly degrades over time due to the draw of the vacuum and continuous time under pressure. You may visually notice shredding and deformation of the gasket causing small vacuum leaks. Shredding does not mean you have a leak. It merely means you could potentially have a leak. Eventually, you’ll notice your pouches do not have all the air removed even though your operations/programs have not changed. This is a good sign that your unit has a leak and could potentially mean it’s time to install a new gasket.

However, keep in mind that this is only one variable that could be leading to a vacuum leak. Seal bar lift pistons could be leaking as well as any hose underneath the chamber. So, if you know that the leak is most likely happening by way of the gasket, then let’s move on to the next part! (If you do not know how to isolate the leak’s origin, please do not hesitate to call our offices for further guidance.)

The first step in this process is simply to remove the old lid chamber gasket from your chamber vacuum sealer. Start pulling on it from one corner, and the entire thing will pull right out. Please note that your gasket’s ends may or may not have been glued together. (If you have a seamless lid chamber gasket, please disregard notes on glue.) This is not important. What matters is during reinstallation, the ends of the gasket fit snugly together. 

Vac100 Lid Chamber Gasket

Lid chamber gasket pictured above is the old-style gasket. Newer gaskets are seamless.

Before installing the gasket, take a moment to look at the end of the gasket. The shape looks like the number 6. The top of the 6, referred to as the tail, is going to be facing outward, away from the chamber. The base of the 6 should fit snugly into the channel. (This is only applicable to the non-seamless lid chamber gasket)

First, find a center point in the back edge of the channel. Take one end of the gasket and lay the flat bottom on the channel. Only compress about one inch of the gasket snugly into the channel.  

Replacing a Lid Chamber Gasket

Installing the Corners

Next, compress each corner of the gasket into the channel starting with the corner closest to where you inserted the first end. It’s important to pay attention to small details during this process. Ensure that the gasket is not overstretched. Doing so may cause it to lay too thin in the channel, therefore not fully engaging against the lid during a cycle.  

Pull the gasket just taut enough to reach the first corner and then compress it into the corner channel. Then, bring the gasket down to the second corner nice and taut, but not overstretching. Push the base into the channel at that corner.

Continue the same process of bringing the gasket to the third and fourth corners and compressing the gasket only at the corners. Please note, at this point, the long edges of the gasket should not be compressed into the channel, only the corners. 

Trimming the Gasket

Once the last corner is compressed, you’ll notice that your lid chamber gasket is a little too long. Take scissors to cut the excess, but give yourself an extra 1/32 or 1/64 of an inch beyond what you think you will need. After the gasket has been cut to size, take the end, pull it nice and taut, and compress one inch from the end into the chamber. Make sure the two ends of the gasket are pressed together creating a tight seal.  

Completing Installation

Now, return to the sides of the gasket where there is slack. First, compress the center of the gasket into the channel on all four sides. (SEE BLACK CIRCLES IN THE IMAGE) Next, put compression points in between each corner point and the center compression points creating eight more compression points. (SEE RED ARROWS IN THE IMAGE)

Replacing a Lid Chamber Gasket

Now, you need to create four more compression points on each side of the gasket between the previously created compressions. (SEE BLACK ARROWS IN THE IMAGE)

Lastly, slowly work across the entirety of the lid chamber gasket and compress the remaining gasket into the channel. Run your thumb along each edge and ensure you’ve gotten rid of all the hills and valleys.

Replacing a Lid Chamber Gasket

Before running a cycle to review and inspect the seal, go around the perimeter of the gasket to search for wavering sections. Next, power on your Vac100 and simply close your lid. Once the lid compresses against the chamber gasket, visually inspect the gasket. Look for inconsistencies such as wavers, dips, and twists. The gasket should lay parallel to the channel’s path. After the cycle is completed and reviews are made, go ahead and make your adjustments. 

To make adjustments in problem areas, roll that section of the gasket in the channel so that it’s even and consistent with the rest.  

After adjustments are made, close the lid again and inspect the gasket. A sign that your gasket is installed correctly is when the entirety of the gasket is even and parallel in the channel. Once you see a perfectly tight seal, you’re all set. 

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How To Program The Vac100

How to Program the Vac100

“…made easy with programmability!”

Today, we cover the hot topic of “How do I program the Vac100?”

Switching between soups, bone-in products, different pouch thicknesses, accessory sealing jobs, or even changing bag types is made easy with programmability!

To program the Vac100, we need to set up presets that include specific vacuum, seal, and cool times.

How To Program The Vac100

To begin this process, make sure the IEC power cable is plugged into a power source and your unit. Also, turn on the red rocker power switch at the back of the unit. 

Have the power to switch product types, material types, normal sealing to accessory sealing, mason jar sealing, and more! One preset could recall a deep vacuum draw with the specific seal and cool cycle times for a 3 mil chamber pouch and then the next could be enough vacuum draw for the 3-gallon chamber accessory to seal off two half-gallon mason jars!

Vac100 Control Board Buttons

There are six main buttons on the control board: power, stop, settings, increase, decrease, and pump.  

To begin, press the power button. Then, press the settings button to access programs. Change programs and times with the increase and decrease buttons. The JVR Vac100 can house up to nine unique programs. Please note: Program 9 (P9) is a pre-programmed preset for cleaning the pump.

To create a new program/preset, select a program number that is not already set, for example, P2.

 

Change Vacuum Cycle Times

Once the screen reads PROG: P2, hit the settings button to access vacuum time. Change vacuum time with the increase and decrease buttons.

 

Change Seal Cycle Times

After selecting the desired vacuum time, press the settings button again to access the sealing time. Again, change time with the increase and decrease buttons.

 

Change Cool Cycle Times

After selecting the desired sealing time, press the settings button again to access the cooling time. Change time as needed using the increase and decrease buttons. Press settings a final time to save your program.

Repeat this process with any other programs you’d like to set up.

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Chamber pouch sealing basics

Chamber Vacuum Pouch Sealing Basics

The basics of vacuum sealing pouches include understanding cycle times, how a good vacuum seal looks, and methods to ensure seal integrity.

Today, we share chamber vacuum pouch sealing basics 101. We take our 50+ years of vacuum packaging experience and condense it down into a few quick and easy methods to keep things simple.

The basics of vacuum sealing pouches include understanding cycle times, how a good vacuum seal looks, and methods to ensure seal integrity. Let’s get into chamber vacuum pouch sealing basics!

Chamber pouch sealing basics

JVR Industries sells a variety of VacPouch sizes, quantities, and thicknesses. Quantities include 100 packs, 500 packs, and cases. These vacuum seal bags are the perfect blend of coextruded nylon and polyethylene. Our vacuum sealer bags pair perfectly with any chamber vacuum sealer including our very own VacSeries units! The best chamber vacuum sealer bags for all-around use including home use and commercial use. Vacuum bags are available in 3mil, 4mil and 5mil.

Every chamber vacuum sealer is different in the market when it comes down to vacuum, seal, and cool times especially when comparing different chamber pouch thicknesses. JVR Industries has recommended cycle times for every VacSeries chamber vacuum sealer in the market today! Click below to download the PDF for a quick reference on how to setup your chamber vacuum sealer for basic operation.

In order to vacuum seal food, it’s important to know what a good heat seal looks like to ensure your product is packaged to last. A good seal has a complete cross-hatch pattern that shows up across the entire mouth of the pouch. If there are any breaks in the weld, you most likely have a leak. Please note that the package contents that arrive with your unit include example pouches with perfect welds. This is also the case when you order a retort bar assembly. The example pouches are sealed with our recommended seal and cool times to serve as a reference.

Mouth Fold

Mouth Fold

When sealing products, if moisture or debris is left behind on the mouth of the pouch, there will be seal adhesion problems and poor seal integrity. To keep the mouth of the pouch clean, simply fold the mouth of the bag out of the way, about two to three inches down the pouch. Throw in your product, unfold the mouth of the pouch, and seal. This simple trick will help ensure great seal integrity on moisture and debris-filled products.

Prevent Wrinkles

Prevent Wrinkles

The second method would be to prevent wrinkles from taking place at the mouth of the pouch during the sealing process. Here are a couple ways to prevent wrinkles. 1) Use filler plates to level your product with the seal bar assembly. 2) Keep your product 1-2″ away from the mouth of the pouch so the “hills and valleys” in your product do not show up in the mouth of the pouch.

Inspect Weld

Inspect Weld

Visually inspect the weld on your pouch. Specifically, look for a continual and consistent cross-hatch pattern across the mouth of the bag. If there are tiny blemishes in the weld of your pouch, use the next seal integrity test to determine if your seal is appropriate.

Resistance Test

Resistance Test

Lastly, perform a resistance test. Go to the mouth of the pouch where the seal is and simply pull the two sides of the pouch away from each other. If there is no give, the adhesion of the weld is set and there is good vacuum seal integrity.

A common issue you may notice when sealing vacuum bags is a break in the seal. This typically occurs when the heat strip is broken. To fix this issue, simply replace the heat strip on your seal bar or replace the seal bar assembly entirely. Another reason you may have a break in the seal is that there’s a wrinkle in the pouch as previously discussed.

Blowouts

If you have pouches that are blowing out, ensure that you are using our standard 3.0-second cool time. During a cycle, the heat strip gets the pouch up to melting point to create a seal. The cooling cycle helps get the pouch below melting point so it can be released properly.

Chamber vacuum pouches that are durable and strong are now available to be used at home. These industrial strength bags will help keep your vacuum-sealed food fresh longer than traditional packaging, making it an extremely cost-effective alternative to embossed vacuum sealer style bags. Prevent freezer burn and achieve an airtight seal with our chamber vacuum pouches. Great to use for meal planning, and storing your deer meat, fish, or soups!

Tons of Applications

Sealing any solid or liquid product with a vacuum sealer machine, these bags were created to freeze and refrigerate! Preserve food and increase shelf life to decrease food waste. Additionally, these pouches can withstand being boiled for up to 20 minutes, allowing you to place them directly in boiling water. The heat resistance of the bag makes it great for sous vide cooking as well as for storage applications.

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