Case Sealers feature tape head with open thread path.

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With curvilinear design, AccuGlide 2+ Taping Head for 3M-provides smooth tape application, ensuring that lightweight cartons are securely and consistently sealed. Designed for conveyor speeds up to 80 fpm, friction brake drum and constant one-way tape tension roller help assure consistent tape cutting and application. Safety features include protective blade guard and latching tape drum for secure connection of tape rolls.



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3M Accuglide 2+ Taping Head Offers Improved Threading



CHICAGO (November 8, 2004) - At the 2004 Pack Expo show, 3M (NYSE: MMM), the industry leader in packaging equipment and tapes, today announced the introduction of the new 3M AccuGlide 2+ Taping Head for 3M-Matic case sealers. The improved design of the AccuGlide 2+ offers an open tape threading path for faster and easier changeover of tape rolls, reducing downtime.

3M AccuGlide 2+ taping heads feature a curvilinear design for smooth tape application to ensure that even lightweight cartons are securely and consistently sealed. Designed for conveyor speeds of up to 80 feet per minute [24m/min.], the friction brake drum and constant one-way tape tension roller help assure consistent tape cutting and application. Safety features of the 3M AccuGlide 2+ include a protective blade guard for operator protection and consistent tape cut-off, a new latching tape drum for more secure connection of tape rolls and a new lighter weight design for easy handling during removal and replacement. The 3M AccuGlide 2+ taping head will become a standard feature of 3M-Matic case sealers in 2005. Like the 3M AccuGlide II taping head, the 3M AccuGlide 2+ includes a 90-day warranty on blades, springs, and rollers and a 3-year warranty on all other parts.

For information on the full line of 3M AccuGlide taping Heads stop by the 3M booth (N-3643), phone 1-800-362-3550, or visit http://www.3m.com/packaging.

3M in Packaging
Since the day in 1941 when 3M made its first packaging product - pressure sensitive tapes to seal K-rations for the U. S. Army - 3M has been a leader in packaging. From those now famous Scotch Brand Tapes, to high-speed 3M-Matic packaging machinery, to integrated packaging management solutions and security assurance products, 3M is an established leader in the industry. As an $18 billion, diversified technology company, 3M holds a unique position as both a top supplier and as a major user of packaging technology. 3M knows packaging - with expertise in issues affecting diverse industries - food and beverage; life sciences consumer packaged goods; electronics and semiconductor; aerospace; communications; computer equipment; and many others. 3M's expertise in packaging can add value to virtually any company's operations and serve needs such as packaging automation, product protection, identification and brand building, security and cost management.

For more information, including the latest product and technology news, visit http://www.3M.com/packaging

Scotch, 3M-Matic, Jet-melt and Polygun are trademarks of 3M Company. Other registered trade names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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