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Two-Sided Tape Offered


CH Hyde Co. announces the availability of Teflon (PTFE) tape with adhesive on both sides (thin to thick gauge). The PSA is up to 0.060 in. thick. The double-sided tape allows customers to fasten two substrates together easily and cost-effectively, the company reports. Rivets, bolts, and screws are not necessary. The characteristics are the same as those associated with Teflon: chemical resistance, nonporous barrier, extreme temperature resistance, and dielectric strength. 3M acrylic adhesive on both sides enables attachment to other substrates.

A Sampling of Winners


Substrate supplier GPA announces the winners in its third annual Printed Sample Contest. Printers across the country competed in six categories for Best of Category; one was named Best of Show.

To be eligible a piece must be from an actual job or promotion and be printed by a GPA customer on a qualified GPA substrate. This year judges chose from more than 100 entries.

Following are categories and winners:

  • Ultra Film Pressure Sensitive Films

    Getz Color Graphics, Lenexa, KS; “Rub It!” two-way retail signage

  • Ultra Bak Plus Pressure Sensitive Papers

    Print 2000, Monterey Pk., CA; Marilyn Monroe retail sticker-postcard

  • Ultra Film Non-Adhesive Films

    Graphic Arts Color, Pittsburgh, PA; popcorn bag for American Eagle's rollout party

  • Ultra Digital Pressure Sensitive Papers

    Triangle Printers, Skokie, IL; Caffe Sonora coffee labels

  • Ultra Digital Films

    Digital Ink, Long Island City, NY; promotional signage featuring the Brooklyn Dodgers

  • Ultra Digital Papers

    Raff Printing, Pittsburgh, PA; open-house self-promotion piece.

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RFID Patches To Aid Medical Uses and More


Frank Sammeroff Ltd., a manufacturer of medical products, reports a strategic alliance with technology development company Gentag, Washington, DC, to produce smart, wireless, RFID skin patches for ID and diagnostic applications. Gentag focuses on the creation of wireless sensor technologies based on cell phones.

“By combining cell phones with RFID skin patches, we feel that medical errors in hospitals worldwide can be reduced significantly in major cost benefits, says Gentag founder Dr. John Peeters. “Our unique, patented, noninvasive solution combines disposable skin patches with RFID tags and cell phones and will allow physicians and nurses to use their cell phones or wireless PDAs to update medical charts, time of patient visit, drug administration, and also be immediately warned about possible drug interactions prior to drug delivery.”

Lawrence Sammeroff, chairman of Frank Sammeroff Ltd., says, “We expect large quantities of RFID skin patches to be sold to hospitals but also to organizations such as amusements parks, where [they] could be used for entrance control, payment services, and child ID and location.”

The patches are thin, flexible, and washproof. They allow for writing on them by pen as well as writing data to the chip or to a remote website.

Partnering to Further RFID


PowerId, a supplier of battery-assisted, passive (BAP) RFID technology, reports the conclusion of a strategic partnership with STMicroelectronics, Geneva, Switzerland, a supplier of RFID chips.

Under the agreement, PowerID will work with STMicroelectronics to foster the further penetration of BAP technology into existing and new markets. The companies will explore, in a future deal, ways to co-market EPCglobal Class 1, Generation 2 technology to customers that demand high-performance RFID where the performance of passive RFID is limited and where active RFID technologies are too expensive or bulky.

The co-developed technologies will be based on the combination of PowerID's thin and flexible, environment-friendly battery and STMicroelectronics' integrated-circuit family designed to support BAP technology.

Process Heat-Sensitive Materials

AIRFilm is a heat management solution that permits processing of a wide range of heat-sensitive materials without the need for water-cooled rollers. Incorporates static heat conductive rollers immediately adjacent to the UV lamphead on the press, where air is directed through the inner cores of the roller to remove the heat. Permits many films to be printed without distortion and provides traditional label printers with the opportunity to enter new market areas in film packaging, company says. System can be specified for integration on a new press or fitted as an upgrade to existing machines.

GEW Ltd. | +44 (0) 1737 824 500 |

Combo Press Is Compact

The Compact Series narrow web flexo/gravure press is suited for short-run production and lab testing of light materials, including paper, light paperboard, films, and foil. Features unitized design for easy installation in limited spaces; computerized drive and control system; and lightweight sleeve tooling. Production speeds are to 600 fpm; maximum web width is 16 or 24 in.; repeat length is 10-20 in. Options available.

W.R. Chesnut Engineering | 800-746-7878 |

Put Electronic Inlay in Label

The Omega off-line RFID/EAS Converter takes rolls of preprinted, self-adhesive labels and integrates almost any type of electronic inlay in a sandwich between the label substrate and its backing paper. This is then die-cut and rewound to finished rolls or individual pieces.

AB Graphic | +44 (0) 1261 671 138 |

Reduce Inspection Time

An upgrade to the CheckMate inspection system reportedly allows user to cut 20 min/shift for 100% on-press inspection of die-cut labels. Fork sensors have been incorporated into the equipment, and technology can be utilized for the inspection of cartons and printed boxes.

Surfscan Technologies | +44 (0) 29 2079 4986 |

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