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Thick Tape Suits Heat Sink Applications
ST. PAUL, MN, USA—When designing a tape for electronics customers with moderate thermal conductivity and gap-filling requirements, 3M knew that thickness was important. The result is 9892FR thermally conductive tape, which, at 40 mils, is 3M's thickest thermally conductive tape. It is designed for bonding heat sinks to a wide variety of heat-generating electronic components, such as IC packages, circuit boards, and plasma-type flat panel displays (PDPs).

The tape combines a high-performance acrylic adhesive with highly conductive ceramic particles to provide what is called an extremely reliable and user-friendly thermal interface material.

In many applications, the high dielectric strength of 9892FR will also allow for the elimination of discrete electrical insulation layers, 3M notes. Due to the absence of a stiff carrier as part of the tape construction, it is said to provide excellent conformability to non-flat or otherwise irregular surfaces and to act as an effective gap-filler.

Atlas Tag & Label Named to Top 100 List
NEENAH, WI, USA—Atlas Tag & Label was named one of the Top 100 manufacturers in the business forms and printed business products industry by Form Magazine in its 2000 rankings of the industry's largest companies.

Form ranked companies by fiscal 1999 sales; Atlas Tag & Label, which was ranked 43, is a diversified manufacturer of stock and custom tag and label products, ranging from simple blank tags to complex dual web tag and label constructions. Atlas operates 28 presses within its 70,000-sq-ft production facility.

ABNH Repays Loan to Foothill Capital
ELMSFORD, NY, USA—American Bank Note Holographics Inc. (ABNH) has announced the repayment of all outstanding bank debt to Foothill Capital Corp. With the repayment of the Term Loan and Revolving Credit Facility to Foothill, ABNH reports it now has no bank debt.

Mark Andy, MPS Partner to Deliver Technology Globally
CHESTERFIELD, MO, USA—Mark Andy Inc. announces that its Model 7000 press with Fine.Dot and Accu-Drive technology is the result of a long-term agreement with Multi Print Systems B.V. (MPS) of The Netherlands.

The agreement allows Mark Andy to represent and sell this technology anywhere outside of Europe, including North America, South America, Asia, and elsewhere. In addition, Mark Andy will have the ability to manufacture the presses at its manufacturing plant.

MBS B.V. was started in 1996 by three industry professionals with more than 30 years of combined experience. Bert van den Brink and Eric Hoendervangers, founders and co-managing directors of MPS, say, "We could not be more pleased to team up with Mark Andy as our partner in this endeavor. MPS is a young company that has proven its capabilities to commercialize a new technology in our industry in a very short period of time. However, we realize we cannot be everywhere and wanted to make sure our technology was well positioned throughout the world. Mark Andy is the company to do this...they are a very strong global player in this industry, and they are a very honest and straightforward company to partner with."

The Model 7000's Fine.Dot printing technology features harder, thinner plates and proprietary rubber impression rolls, reportedly resulting in a printed dot that is cleaner and more crisp than ever before.

The Accu-Drive web transport system features digitally controlled servo drive technology, said to maintain web movement with optimal consistency from unwind to rewind. Also provides automatic preregistration of all print or rotary screen cylinders.

The press is recommended for high-value markets, including wine labels, cosmetics and health/beauty labels, nutriceuticals and pharmaceuticals, and many prime labels that utilize "no-label look" films. It is also suited for bottle wraps, sleeves, and other non-supported filmic printed applications.

Mark Andy reports that the first 7000 has been sold in the US. MPS has sold 17 presses into the European market as of presstime.

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