The 1996 edition of the Pantone® (Carl-stadt, NJ) Color Refer-ence guide is now available. As exposure to light or prolonged contact may cause fading or discoloration of these guides, the company recommends that they be updated annually to assure color accuracy.
The Institute of Packaging Professionals (Herndon, VA) has introduced the "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology" textbook. With plans to update it every two years, IoPP believes it will be the most up-to-date packaging reference source available.
QuickStep(TM) is a new step-and-repeat software from Barco Graphics (Vandalia, OH). For packaging and label configurations, this icon-based interface has an object-oriented design to create an easy-to-learn program.
A microminiature air-powered vacuum pump from Vaccon (Medfield, MA) uses tiny vacuum cups for a wide variety of pick-and-place applications. The Fastvac VP00-0060H Venturi Vacuum Pump is capable of pulling a 28"-Hg vacuum and can be located close to the part and fitted with Microvac Series vacuum cups as small as 1/16".