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Double-Coated Adhesive Tapes
Scapa Tapes North America
, Windsor, CT; 800/801-0323
Co. describes Dublfilm SP407T and SP457E as thin, double-coated, PSA tapes engineered for general bonding, splicing, foam gasketing, and sound attenuation applications.
They reportedly offer an aggressive, high-tack, high-peel acrylic adhesive and bond exceptionally well to low-surface-energy plastics, EPDM rubbers, and ether and ester foams. The polyester carrier incorporated into Dublfilm SP407E provides added strength and dimensional stability. Dubifilm SP457E features a tissue carrier. Both products offer excellent resistance to environmental extremes, the mfr. notes.

P-S Films Added to Roll-Stocking Program
Wausau Coated Products
, Wausau, WI; 800/345-8039
New family of p-s prime label films is stocked in 39-in., ready-to-slit masters for turnaround of 24-48 hr. Films are said to meet demanding requirements of performance, esthetics, and cost. These white facestocks are manufactured with a high-performance, cold-temperature acrylic adhesive that reportedly exhibits high initial tack. Mfr. says films are designed to wet out and adhere to a variety of substrates smoothly; offer good die-cutting and stripping characteristics; and use a 40# glassine liner to enhance strength and density for consistent converting, die-cutting, and reliable high-speed automatic dispensing.

Load Cell Handles Light Materials
Arrowhive Equipment Ltd.
, Oxon, U.K.; +44 49 1 682044
NSO load cell is ultra-compact, ultra-sensitive designed by The Montalvo Corp. for control of lighter, more delicate materials. The unit can be integrated with a Montalvo tension controller, such as the X-3000ce analog or S-3100ce digital controller. N50 is suitable for label and forms presses, tags, and single-side, web-based converting machinery. The stainless steel body with a new beam construction provides for better linearity and low hysteresis, says co.

Flexo Press Converts Cartons in One Pass
Matik North America
, West Hartford, CT; 860/232-2323
Omet Multiboard flexographic press was developed specifically for the manufacture of folding cartons in a single pass. Starting from a roll, it will print, die-cut, crease, emboss, cut, and stack the finished product. Printing units include a number of patented innovations that reportedly ensure top quality printing and extremely quick size change. Press is available in 16-, 20-, and 24-in. widths, has a maximum speed of 500 fpm, and can handle board to 24 pt. Options include nonstop unwinds and rewinds, hot and cold foil-stamping, rotary screen printing, laminating units, and Omet's automatic registration system.

Modular UV Curing System Is Adaptable
>IST Metz
, U.K.; +44 (0)1756 700741
MBS Minicure modular UV curing system is said to adapt easily to a range of different application techniques within a combined system, providing major benefits for narrow web printers. Can be used for printing presses that have a chill roll assembly, as well as for presses that use a straight web path and water-cooled undershielding. A different model of the system is available for surface printing tubes and boxes. UV measuring facility reportedly provides for a fast revision of operating parameters and the corresponding UV output to avoid unnecessary downtime. Mfr. notes system complies with advanced health and safety requirements, equipped with a built-in odor and ozone extraction system.

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Accumulators Custom-Designed
CTC International
, W. Caldwell, NJ; 973/228-2300
Narrow web accumulators are application-engineered to specific requirements in terms of storage capacity, web width, and web tension. Available as plate-mounted or free-standing units, accumulators can be engineered to fit into the tightest spaces, co. reports. Available in horizontal (pictured) or vertical configuration. A position feedback signal to the parent process can be provided.

Thermal Transfer Ribbon Minimizes Ink Buildup
Sony Chemicals Corp. of America
, Mt. Pleasant, PA; 724/696-7500
TR4085plus resin/enhanced wax thermal transfer ribbon is guaranteed by co. not to wear out printheads for 2 million in. of printing. Reportedly offers improved performance on a wide variety of substrates; minimizes buildup of ink on the printhead and subsequent printhead abrasion; and allows for high printing performance over the full range of mfr.'s recommended temperature settings. Incorporates co.'s proprietary Smoothcoat backcoating said to help eliminate static and prolong printhead life. Meets FDA requirements for indirect food contact applications.

NEW Rollem InsigniaX3 machine cutting 30mil thick laminated materials

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