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Convergent Consolidates for Efficiency
TAMPA, FL, USA—Convergent Label Technology will consolidate its production facilites to improve customer service and operating efficiency.

Operations in Lenexa, KS, will be phased out so manufacturing can focus on the co.'s two main specialty label plants in Tampa and in Joplin, MO. Production on the wide web presses in these two facilities will be ramped up, with efficiency maximized through the adoption of a 24/7 work schedule.

Cloth Tape Is Fire-Retardant
WINDSOR, CT, USA—Scapa North America announces Scapa 165, a black cotton cloth tape single-coated with a natural rubber, p-s adhesive designed for wire harness and electrical maintenance applications that require fire retardancy.

Co. reports it bonds well to most surfaces and is highly resistant to abrasions. Recommended for heat-generating appliances, tape is said to work well as a fire-retardant primary wrap for wire harnesses or as secondary wrap for electrical maintenance.

Smart Tag Hammers In-Store Theft
NORTH BRANFORD, CT, USA—When faced with an upturn in retail theft for one of its popular hand tools, Stanley Tools called in label specialist Brook & Whittle to help find a solution.

“Our main problem with the hammer line was targeted theft,” states Ryan Sousa, packaging engineer with Stanley Tools. “Contractors would go into a Home Depot and take a hammer off the shelf and place it in their holsters and walk out of the store. We needed a new tag construction that could incorporate a Sensormatic EAS [Electronic Article Surveillance] device as well as convey critical product information and branding.”

In partnership with Stanley Tools and its graphic designer, Brook & Whittle's R&D team created the tag, which is formed from two p-s laminates brought together and die-cut in a re-engineered press configuration. A clear PP material is overlaminated onto an eight-pt paper facestock, which is subsequently exposed to provide an adhesive carrier for the security device. Printed in five UV colors on a Mark Andy 4150, the p-s wraparound tag is attached to the handle of the hammer.
Supplier Information:
Mark Andy Inc.
, Chesterfield, MO; 636/532-4433; 800/700-MARK;

Indigo N.V., Maastricht, Netherlands, has appointed Rick Mangold general manager, Indigo America; Ron Kukla will succeed him as VP sales. Indigo also announces George Krikorian as VP of finance, Indigo America, and Kevin Oakes as central region sales manager to cover the US Midwest and eastern Canada.

Xaar plc, Cambridge, U.K., has named Ian Dinwoodie operations director and Ian Macgregor director of marketing. Xaar also reports it has enhanced the R&D capabilities at its headquarters in Cambridge. U.K. manufacturing is being relocated to Xaar's existing high-volume production facilities in Sweden, freeing up more U.K.-based resources for technology development and rapid prototyping.

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