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Are you a good equipment shopper?

What is your normal approach when you are considering new equipment? Do you spend a couple weeks on the web researching the machine you are interested in? Or do you know what you want when you see it? You may contact your local sales rep and start asking the questions that matter the most to you and maybe you might set up a demonstration. Some might order it sight-unseen. I think most of our customers rely strongly on their dealers to help guide them in the R&D phase and we take that seriously. When you place your trust in us we want to make sure we do everything we can to help you make the most informed decisions you can.

I was compelled to write this because I, along with Mark Culley, and my son Steven Barrett, have all just returned from Kyoto, Japan where the first ever Think Smart Factory Show was held. Not only did we attend the show but we also toured the Horizon Factory, the Fujifilm Ink Jet Assembly Plant, and also the Konica Minolta Research and Development Campus, where we had an in depth demo of the KM-1.

Why would we bare the expense and time to attend something like this? There is only one reason and that reason is knowledge. Knowledge makes us better sales reps and adds to our pulse on the industry that we bring to you as your local equipment distributor. MSL has always spent a great deal of time and money to keep our technicians and all of our sales representatives trained and up to speed with what our industry is doing.

 We spend as much money on training our sales people as we do our service techs. We attend every trade show in the US from start to finish. We attend Drupa in Dusseldorf, Germany every 4 years, DScoop, and any other events that we feel will add to our understanding of this industry. We also belong to 3 different peer groups that are also important sources of information – The American Dealer Group, BindRite Dealers Association, and Detroit Printing House Craftsmen. 

The American Dealer Group is where we get to rub elbows with about 25 other dealers from all over North America.  These are all dealers very similar to our organization.  We meet twice a year and discuss everything from service and sales compensation to what products work and which ones don’t. This is a great resource because we review real feedback from actual in-the-field experiences through multiple dealers.

 I am trying to drive home the fact that we are always shopping our product line. We not only make sure that the products work by getting feedback from other dealers, we are also attending shows worldwide to make sure what we are selling is also relevant to the industry and our customers. We have walked away from products that weren’t to our performance or quality standards or if there are issues with the vendor or support. Not having the proper product and support from any given vendor is a recipe for disaster. We have had complicated installations but we learn from them and we work tirelessly to eliminate the potential future problems. As a result, we strive to ensure that every installation is smooth and productive for the customer, in the least amount of time.

It is our responsibility to make sure products we represent work as the manufacturer intended. We spend a great deal of time and money making sure we understand our industry and where it is headed. Take comfort when working with us on equipment that we really do have your best interest at heart and in mind. We have hand-picked the equipment we sell, we know what works, and we only place it where it will make you, our customers, profitable.

Doug Barrett
MSL Account Executive


Next Stop…Dusseldorf 2020

See you in Dusseldorf in the spring of next year. Visit Drupa with us, it is the most important Graphics show in the world. This is where you see the future of our industry, and I have to admit the food and beer are also worth the trip!


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Ph: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Printing United 2019 – Competition & Partnership

The major industry expo, Print United 2019, took place October 23 – 25 in Dallas, Texas. This was a special sort of year for the whole industry. Leading up to this show there were all kinds of questions about the future of our industry’s trade shows. Sadly, we’ve gotten used to some of that. This year has reset things for a lot of people. Despite trying political times and a degree of uncertainty in the market, things are great. The market continues to beat expectations and shows like Print United demonstrate a fresh vibrancy that’s boosting spirits. This year, the aisles were packed and next year’s show is slated to be nearly double the square footage!

Over the past 20 years or so, as the internet has matured, we’ve seen it replace a lot of the function that trade shows used to complete. Learning about products and hyper-specific discussions happen 24 hours a day online. However, there’s still a magic to a trade show, seeing is believing, and for people making large investments we can understand the value in comparing products directly.

The Print United show in Dallas came off the heels of a poorly attended show in Chicago. These two shows were only two weeks apart, causing exhibitors to make a difficult choice of either splitting their investment or hedging their bets with one show or the other.  This scheduling was no accident and may represent a major blow to the future of the Chicago print show. On the flipside this expo upset is bringing much of the traditional print finishing market into the fold of the sign and graphics world with Print United.

This battle-of-the-shows strikes up a lot of feelings for everyone in the mix. On one hand it’s tragic; yet we can also see a bright side of reunification that was bound to happen in one way or another. There’s always competition in business but if we stop and think about it we’re all supporting each other more than we realize. The shop just like yours, is in some ways different, catering to a similar but different set of needs. It’s easy see it as competition but in many ways it’s a functional partnership. What I mean is that competition drives us to be better and we all should find success in that.  There’s room for all of us and direct competition pushes competing businesses into distinct specializations. It makes us better.

In negotiating, it’s natural to fight for as much as one can get. Both parties push for what they think is best for them. Ideally both parties come out of an agreement with a partial win. In a tug-of-war on the boundary of a deal, mutual benefit arises by keeping both parties honest and honorable. Of course not every deal goes smooth and even when things go south we are destined to take our lumps. There’s a net effect out of eating crow: it stinks! We learn from those experiences and stop making those mistakes. The next deal is smoother and the mistake isn’t repeated.

Everything even down to the deal you make, is about being a good partner. Your competition only makes you stronger. Your clients drive you to be your best. And we all seek success that brings us to game day.

Steven Barrett
MSL Account Executive


Mid-State Litho
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48570
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

OKI C931DPe: The most affordable digital printer

Introducing the OKI C931DPe!

Sometimes “simple” is all you need. Now you can print envelopes, letterhead, business cards and much more in-house. OKI’s Award Winning Digital Envelope Solutions give you high definition color output on a variety of different medias, that is waterproof and laser safe. The Multi-Media Input Feeder is easy to set up and load. With a straight-through paper path, it’s easier to run thicker stocks and prints are delivered straight up for immediate quality control.

The OKI C931DPe offers the same four-color digital envelope printing, but at a lower cost. OKI has simplified the envelope printing process when a conveyor is not needed. Don’t wait any longer to join thousands of print shops already working with OKI Digital Envelope Printers.

OKI C931DPe & Envelope Feeder
OKI C931DPe + Envelope Feeder

OKI’s C9 Envelope Feeder simplifies job setup, while delivery both high levels of production and reliability. It’s flexibility allows it to handle the broadest range of sizes and printing applications, from envelopes to double-sided brochures – all with no slow-down and in a single pass!

Start printing full-color envelopes in-house! View our product page below for additional product information!


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Retirement Announcement for Richard Miller

Richard (Dick) Miller

We are both happy and sad to announce the retirement of Richard (Dick) Miller. Dick Miller has meant so much to MSL and our customers over the years, but all good things must come to an end. Dick Miller has worked for us since 1991. Not only has he sold a tremendous amount of equipment, more importantly he has been invaluable from a mentoring standpoint.

I have personally known Dick Miller since the late 70’s when he was always one of Multigraphics top sales reps in the country. Dick was always near the top for his entire career with Multigraphics, that lasted nearly 30 years. Multigraphics fell onto hard times so Dick did what any good salesman would do, he went where there was new opportunity.

 Dick moved to and prospered with Compugraphic right up until the typesetting world was turned on it’s ear by the new computers, laser printers, and image setters. Dick retired at that time and was out of the industry for about a year. Having gone nearly nuts from boredom, he stopped into our office to visit an old friend. We talked and came up with a plan to have him come to work for us on a part time basis.

 I was very excited because I knew that I had just landed one of the best sales people I had ever known. That excitement came from knowing he would be a tremendous help to us, bringing in new business. What I did not know was how important he would become in my life even more so than selling some hardware. He became the most important mentor in my life after my parents. I learned so many things from him that it can’t be covered in a few paragraphs. Dick Miller brought class, intelligence, patience, and an old- school understanding of sales. We will make sure his influence stays part of the culture here at MSL.

 I have always been a mechanic that sold because we cannot survive without equipment orders. Dick Miller sold purely for the love of working with people and selling them equipment that helped to make them successful. He never sold anyone equipment unless he 100% sure it was correct for the buyer.

  During his years at MSL, Dick Miller never came to work because he needed the money. Dick Miller came to work every day because he loved you, his customers, coworkers, and his work as a respected salesman.  There are many people in this area that are a much better off because of his efforts. I put MSL at the top of that list. My only regret is that I didn’t hook up with Dick when he was in his working prime. He did so much for us working part time. I can’t imagine what it would have been like 20 years earlier in his career.

 Everyone at MSL will miss him every day, especially myself. I will miss the sales calls together, the trips to the trade shows, and all of the brainstorming trying to get deals done. Thank you Richard Miller, I cannot put into words what you have meant to me and our company. Enjoy your retirement, you certainly have earned it. We will never forget what you have done for us.

– Douglas M. Barrett


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Think Smart Factory 2019

November 11th – 13th, 2019, the first Think Smart Factory will take place in Kyoto, Japan. The target group of international event are future-oriented print service providers who want to fully automate their processes.


Kyoto, Japan – A consortium of industry partners are coming together this November to demonstrate technology in a very special format. The Think Smart Factory 2019 will be held in Kyoto, Japan and it stands to be a very unique glimpse at a future that’s coming together right now at a future-defining moment for our industry.

 The collaborate expo stands to turn things over by integrating every manufacture in a way to best demonstrate the interconnectedness and integration that these partners have been working for decades to create. Technologies of all kinds are coming together for the industry’s first attempt at a complete Smart Factory.

The special expo will be broken into common industry departments such as futuristic workflow controlled inkjet printing direct to roll. There will be a special sheet processing zone for demonstrating a new future of job ticketing and work processing. Rolls can be finished directly to saddle stitched books. There will also be a Smart Stitching Zone, Smart Binding Zone, Smart Folding Zone, and even a shipping zone.

Attendees will be treated to fully integrated applications showcasing uses of robot arms and automated vehicles. Arms can load binders at peak efficiency while smart AVG (Automated Guided Vehicles) transport finished work to the shipping zone.

This exhibition stands to demonstrate a new wave of technology and special processes that are more or less available today. Those attending will see the effort of thousands of engineers coming together in a way that’s never been seen before. Look forward to reporting direct from the event!


Mid-State Litho
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

WhatTheyThink: Standard Finishing’s Red Hot Technologies

WhatTheyThink, Published on October 8, 2019

The Horizon VAC-L600H Air-Suction Collator and Hunkeler LS-30 Long Stacker were two Red Hot Technology Award-winning products that Standard demonstrated at PRINT 19 last week. Click here to watch the video: http://bit.ly/2J8Q58B


VAC-L600H Air-Suction Collator

The Horizon VAC-L600H Air-Suction Collator features an expanded capacity and improved feeding performance. With a suction rotor feed system, the VAC-L600H can reliably and efficiently feed a wide range of paper weights and textures with minimal effort.

Combined with the StitchLiner Mark III or the SPF-200L Bookletmaker, the system is capable of producing A4 landscape booklets, large format calendars, and more with ease and efficiency.

For additional information on Standard Horizon’s finishing equipment, please contact us at 810.238.7370.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton R.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

Short-run envelope production made easy!

Short-run envelope production made easy!

With the OKI C9 Digital Envelope Printers there’s no need to outsource or turn away jobs because they won’t be profitable. Short run envelope production (runs of 5,000 or less) used to be a headache for the print shops large and small: not economical for traditional offset printers, too much trouble even for small digital print shops. Until now!

OKI’s award – winning Digital Envelope Solutions make it easy to broaden your services and expand short-run offerings with affordable, customized envelopes in a variety of sizes, weights and colors. Print short runs in less time than it takes to produce printing plates and ink up a press. With little to no setup required, the C9DP series make it easy to produce mock-ups / samples and quickly go from design to production.

Production-Level Print Shop in a Box

The OKI C942dn lets you do something very unique – broaden your printed offering with White toner. OKI’s most revolutionary five-color print system delivers the ultimate high-impact output by intelligently and accurately applying White toner under CMYK to produce brilliant color printed on dark media. This is a truly ground-breaking device for creative graphic artists and print shops that want to stand out.

Generate additional sources of revenue with the ability to print white and create breathtakingly unique printed output – everything from business cards to colored wedding invitations now becomes possible.


Big Time Color Output for a Smaller Price

The OKI C931e is the perfect solution when CMYK is all you need. Designed for printing on white and light colored substrates, the C931e delivers the same high quality output and media flexibility – but an incredible value and low total cost of ownership.

With the ability to print Super-B (13″ x 19″) sheets and banners up to 52″ long, the C931e nicely complements existing production equipment by offering extended printing capabilities and lowest toner cost per square inch.


Only OKI Offers You:

  • Straight-through paper path handles ultra heavy card stocks with ease
  • Broadest range of media sizes
  • Lowest entry cost for White toner printing
  • High capacity toner cartridges
  • Laser-safe and waterproof output
  • Digital NCR printing
  • Magnetic media approved
  • Variable data at rated engine speed
  • On-site standard warranty included
  • Patented LED Print Technology

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Aerocut Prime Complete

Aerocut Prime Complete – the Most Versatile Digital Finisher, Ever!

The Aerocut Prime complete is the most productive and versatile digital finisher, ever! Click here to learn more…

The AeroCut Prime Complete is an ideal solution for print finishing, especially for short-run digitally printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, invitations, greeting cards, leaflets, tickets and more.  The Prime saves time and cost for any print shop, in-house printer, commercial printer, etc.

The first advantage of adding the AeroCut Prime slitter/cutter/creaser is imposition. When using a paper cutter there is conflict in production. Cutting cards on a cutter works better with larger stacks and in order to do that you wind up mixing the names or ganging up cards. As you cut the stack, you are confronted with keeping the stacks in order so that they can be boxed without mixing up the cards. When using a slitter/cutter you put only one name on a sheet, eighteen-up. Run as many sheets as you need to complete the order.

Compensation for inconsistent register from the digital print engine is the second advantage of a slitter/cutter. The Aerocut Prime does not cut based on the edge of the sheet. The Aerocut Prime reads the registration mark on the lead edge and cuts based on the position of the mark and not on the edge of the stock.

Finally, the Aerocut Prime slitter/cutter removes nearly all of the labor in finishing business cards. Simply place the stack of sheets into the feeder, push the start button, and walk away! Watch the Aerocut Prime demo video by clicking the link below!


Benefits & Features Include:

  • Laser-Sharp Accuracy
  • Great Expandability
  • Ultimate Weapon for Digital Printers
  • Productive & Versatile 
  • Intuitive Operation
  • Instant Job Change
  • Expandable Feed Tray
  • Robust Slitters & Guillotine Units

Basic Functions Include:

Creasing Unit: The true rule and matrix creaser allows the Prime to offer world-class creases on digitally printed stocks. Creasing pressure can be adjusted in 5 levels instantly by shifting the lever. 

Slitting / Cutting Units: The Prime features 2 single blade slitters to trim the top and bottom margins of sheets, and 2 double blade slitters, bleed center gutters and deflect waste into a waste bin. The durable guillotine cuts stock up to 400 gsm in weight. Slitter and guillotine blades are self-sharpening.

Feeding Unit: The Prime feeds printed stocks one-by-one from the top of the ream on the feed tray. The air-suction top feed system feeds even coated stock precisely without damage. There are several features to ensure feeding different weights and qualities of stock every time. 

Instant Job Change & Intuitive Operation: The AeroCut Prime can change jobs instantly, therefore is the ideal solution for finishing digitally printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, greeting cards, tent cards, tickets, leaflets, and more. The 7″ touch screen allows operators to set job programs and run the machine intuitively and instantly.  

Expandable Feed Tray & Conveyor / Stacker: The expandable tray is capable of feeding stocks up to 26.75″ in length. Most stocks for today’s digital print can be finished on the Prime. The stacking capacity is 4″. The conveyor / stacker is light weight and easy to attach. Engineered to adjust for different stock and sizes of finished pieces.

Patented Feeding Mechanism: The patented “Tri-Suction Feeding Mechanism” reduces risks of double feeds and mis-feeds drastically, therefore it prevents paper jams and enhances productivity.

Easy Maintenance: The Prime now has detachable rollers, not only making cleaning easy, but it gives better access to components in case of a paper jam.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Standard Finishing Systems PRINT 19

Let’s Talk Finishing at PRINT 19 In Chicago!

Let’s talk finishing at PRINT 19!

MSL will be in Standard Horizon’s Booth #810 to demonstrate the largest display of finishing on the show floor.

Standard Horizon’s comprehensive lineup will include perfect binding and trimming, saddlestitching, folding, slitting/creasing, die cutting, and bookletmaking.

Let’s talk about your current workflow. Let’s talk about evaluating new equipment for your business. Let’s talk about automation in your finishing process.

Meet us in Chicago and let’s talk finishing! Schedule your VIP Demo below!


Mid-State Litho, Inc. 
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Baumfolder Poly Bag Folding System

Need help folding your poly bags?

Check out the NEW Baumfolder Poly Bag Folding System!

If you are manually folding poly bags for customer returns and medical samples, we have the solution for you!

Baumfolder has developed a system to feed, fold, and convey Poly bags based on your customers required end size.

Baum Poly Bag Folding System Features Benefits:

  • Continuous feeding
  • Designed to select variable folds when ordered
  • Shingle conveyor holds 300 to 500 folded bags
  • Can achieve 40 to 50 bags per minute
  • Designed to have variable sizes when ordered
  • Requires low maintenance
  • Durable heavy-duty commercial construction
  • Maximize daily throughput

Check out Baum’s poly bag folding solution by clicking here and stop hand folding your poly bags. Want more information on this system or something similar? Just give us a call at 810.238.7370 and we will work with you to customize a solution that is right for your business. 


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net