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Has anyone made a gadget or machine to seal drinking straws in bulk. Answered

hi. my names ziyaad and i am from south africa.i recently started making a pixie stick, honey stix type candy in south africa.but i am having one problem which is sealing the straws in bulk.have no time to seal few at a time.need to seal like 2000 an hour.any ideas or help in this would be highly appreciated?

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steveastrouk (author)2013-02-14

I'd make a machine with two hot rollers, that are adjusted so they are hot enough the plastic melts, while the pressure from the rollers pinches them closed.

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Goodhart (author)steveastrouk2013-02-14

could they be stuffed with wax by such a machine? To avoid scorching and of the sweets.

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caitlinsdad (author)Goodhart2013-02-14

I recall pixie sticks straws made from a waxed paper. The ends were just folded over and tucked in and you could rip it off with your teeth. Dunno, are they made of plastic now?

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2013-02-14

Not sure...haven't seen one in a few decades...they were just powdered sweet-tarts anyways. :-)

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mzminty (author)2013-02-14

thanx for the comments guys.sorry if im out of place or dont no how to reply to your comments.this is the first time im using a forum.any way the idea of the heat rollers sound good but how would this thing be made?and i dont no if wax can be used or will work. yes it is a commercial enterprise. will post pictures of how i am currently doing it.really need to cut out on the manual labour.

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-02-14

Search reveals all the industrial suppliers of "straw sealing machines". The volume seems like a commerical enterprise.

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