Can different prints be combined for volume pricing?

Yes, the volume prices for all prints can be had as long as the size stays the same and changes from print to print affect a single color and/or a single plate. Many times, the same size bag requiring different prints (example bagel bags requiring varying varieties) will use the same common plates across each print but each print, themselves, will have one unique variety plate and at times a unique color.

The cost for the changeovers within the run will be figured into the prices. Please identify the changes print to print, the approximate volume per print, how many prints exist and the total volume when requesting a quote.

What is the difference in a monolayer bag and a laminated bag?

Monolayer bags are what you typically would refer to as a plastic or a polybag. Monolayer means 1 layer. There are various monolayer materials that can be heat sealed into bags. (low density poly, hi density poly, polypropylene and various alteration of each). Monolayer bags do not provide “barrier” protection against water vapor and air from moving in and out of the package. Monolayer films “breath” as gases move thru the film. Monolayer bags are less expensive and require lower minimums. Some typical items found in monolayer bags include apples, carrots, ice, paint brushes, parts bags and suffocation warning bags.

Laminations refers to multiple layers of film laminated or “glued” together to provide barrier properties or better optics to the bag being created. The material to laminate together varies, depending on the barrier properties desired for the item being packaged. Common barrier materials include moisture barrier, odor barrier and light barrier. Sometimes, laminations are used to “bury the print” beneath a layer of material to prevent ink scratch off and provide sheen to the print. The print is sandwiched between 2 layers of film in a lamination. Laminated bags are typically higher in cost and require higher minimums. Clear View Bag does not make laminated bags. Some typical items found in laminated bags include raisin, beef jerky, cheese, croutons, cheese and potato chips.

Why is an Over/Under-run percentage quoted on custom items?

Custom items require custom raw materials. We use historical data in terms of yields and waste to determine the amount of raw material volume required to fill the bag volume request. When raw material yield rates and production scrap rates vary, the resulting amount of bags will vary as a result. We always include the over/under percentage based on the volume and item in all of our quotes.

Why are zipper bags made with crimps / spot welds?

Spot welds (or crimps) exist on custom zipper bags where the zipper meets the side seal. The spot weld “flattens” the zipper profile to provide a flatter surface for sealing. The flattened surface allows for a stronger and more consistent seal in and around the spot weld. Spot welds restrict the bag opening by up to 3/8″. This especially is of note on narrower bags (Ex- If product going in bag is 2×3- you would want to order a 2.375×3 zipper bag). See the PRODUCTS tab in the upper left of the HOME page for a dieline of what a custom zipper with spot welds looks like.

How do I measure a zipper bag?

To get the width just measure the opening of the bag. Keep in mind that we have spot welds at the edges of the zipper. Imports do not have these. If you are not sure what spot welds are see our zipper DIE LINE.

To get the length, measure from the zipper down to the bottom of the bag. That will give you the usable space. We normally run zipper with 1″ of extra film above the zipper.

What is an Eyespot?

This is a small rectangle that usually gets printed in one corner of the bag. The eyespot helps to assure the accuracy of the bag size during manufacturing. Not all bags need eyespots. The design of the print copy will determine if an eyespot is needed or not. CVB prints eyespots only when absolutely necessary.

What makes art usable?

In order for art to be usable by Clear View Bag, the art needs to be the native vector file. The graphic artist has to be able to manipulate the art in Adobe Illustrator.  Acceptable file types are AI, EPS and PDF.

How far from the edges can there be print?

Clear View Bag requires a ¼” off the edges. There are some variances depending on the print. Please check with a Clear View Bag representative.

What does it mean to convert font to outline?

There are millions of fonts. It is very difficult to have every font that each individual uses. As Clear View Bag does have many; we ask for fonts to be converted to outline, at times. If the program is missing the font it will convert the font to a different one; sometimes not remotely close to the original font. When a font is in outline it allows the computer to recognize the font as a shape rather than the specific font. However, the downside is once the font is converted to outline it cannot be converted back to a font. Also, if there are corrections that need to be made to the outlined print it is not possible. We are unable to match the outlines. So, before converting fonts to outline make sure all text is correct.

If you do not have my font what are the options?

If we do not have the font; there are two options. Fonts can be converted to outline or the font can be sent in (as a separate file) so it can be used during your proofing process.

How do I place an order?

You can send an order by fax (518)458-1401, email or or call us to place an order 800-458-7153 x228 or x215. Our business hours are Monday – Thursday 8am-430pm and Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

What is your return policy?

Call us at 800-458-7153, and one of our customer service representatives will provide you with instructions and a Return Authorization Number. Once return is received our Quality Control department will sort through all rejected bags and get back to customer service within 24 hours with their findings. At that time we will determine if credit is going to be issued or if a re-work or replacement will be in order.

Do you have minimum orders?

Not per se. The minimum will depend on the material and construction desired. Generally speaking, for most clear and white bags, the minimum for prints is 1000 bags and non-prints are 250 bags. Higher minimums result from the need to order specialty materials and / or bag construction costs that make the real low volumes cost prohibitive.

How do you offer low minimums?

We stock a wide variety of material sizes and thicknesses. We also utilize 3 slitter/rewinders to trim the stock material to size to accommodate lower volume needs.

What is the standard lead-time?

Depends on construction and quantity. For repeat items whereby we can use stock materials, plain bags ship within 1-2 weeks and printed items within 2-3 weeks. For items where raw materials need to be specially ordered, non-prints ship within 2-3 weeks and prints within 3 weeks. Lead-times can be affected by the art or construction approval process if edits/changes are needed. Leadtimes can also be affected by volumes ordered. (a very large order will take longer on press/machine to run and thus slightly extend leadtimes )

What are the options for hang holes?

See our hang-hole diagram page.

What colors are available for printing?

Clear View has a full ink department and lab which blends all colors from pigment dispersions. We can create most colors that are found in the Pantone Guide. The exception is the ability to print fluorescent colors. The notation of “C” after the color number indicates that it’s a coated color. Coated colors have more gloss to them and are what Clear View uses for printing. The “U” after any color number indicates that it’s an uncoated ink and will appear matte or flat on the printed products.

Do you make your own printing plates?

Yes, CVB manufactures its own printing plates. We use –Photopolymer plates (067 thickness) on all our printing presses …

What is the difference between spot colors & process?

SPOT Colors… [PMS colors]: If you need to match particular colors, perhaps your logo color(s), and your budget is limited, then spot color(s) may be your best choice. Spot colors are printed with premixed inks on our printing press. Each spot color is reproduced using single or multiple printing plates

PROCESS Color… [CMYK]: Process color printing, also known as four-color process printing, is a method that reproduces finished full-color artwork and photographs. The three primary colors used are cyan (process blue), magenta (process red), and yellow. These inks are translucent and are used to simulate different colors, for example, green can be created using cyan and yellow. The “K” in CMYK is black. Black ink is used to create fine detail and strong shadows.

What is the cost for shipping?

Shipping cost will vary depending on destination, total weight and carrier… UPS, FedEx & USPS may be used for orders under 200 pounds.

What is the cost of plates for Spot vs. Process?

Plate costs vary depending on the print area and the number of colors. Clear View Bag makes plates that are stepped allowing for Clear View to run more efficiently and faster. Please contact a sales representative for estimated plate costs.

What is the difference between Random and Registered print?

Random print is where the image being printed appears on the bag more than 1 time. The position of the print will vary from bag to bag. Random printing is usually only 1 color and on larger bags. The image on a bag that was printed in register appears usually once on the bag in the same location every bag. Register printed bags can be printed in multiple colors. We have the capabilities to print from 1 to 8 colors. An eyespot is usually required on bags printed in register. “see what is an eyespot”

What are accepted methods of payments?

We accept Checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

What are the billing terms?

Billing terms are “net 30 days” for credit approved customers. If credit has not been extended, payment is due in full prior to shipping.

How do you convert Microns to Mils?

Take # of Microns and divide by 25.4 = # of Mils .. Example : 19 Microns =.75  Mils

How do you calculate weight per thousand bags?

The formula is (width x length x gauge) and divide by 15 = weight per 1000 bags…For example a 18x24x004 mil poly bag , calculate as (18x24x4) divided by 15 = 115.2 pounds per thousand bags.

What are the Gallon capacities for Zip lock bags ?

zip lock sizes – 8×8 ( 1 quart ) …8×10 (1/2 gallon)…10×12 (1 gallon)…13×15 (2 gallons)…