Turn Productivity Into Profitability with the Rhin-O-Tuff Tornado Autopunch EX

Turn Productivity Into Profitability

The Rhin-O-Tuff Tornado Autopunch EX is an industry breakthrough system that uses advanced media handling technology to automatically feed, collate, punch and deliver offset book stacks ready for binding in a single platform.

The system will save binding service providers an average of 40% in process efficiency, dramatically reducing overall costs. Handling the widest range of media in the industry, the system delivers unparalleled flexibility and enables concurrent binding operations. Perfect for on-demand short runs, the system includes easy programmable job set-up, monitoring and changeovers.

Eliminate 4-Manual Steps:

The Rhin-O-Tuff Tornado Autopunch EX allows you to punch up your productivity and profits by reducing labor-intensive finishing steps. 

  • No manual collation of covers, index tabs and inserts
  • No manual punching of covers, index tabs or inserts
  • No manual paper lift punching
  • No manual separation of book stacks after punching – no color slip-sheets by book/section required when printing

Watch a product video or download brochure below!


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

Fastback Binding Solutions from Powis Parker

Fastback binding is strong, durable and attractive. Pages in a Fastback document can withstand more than 50 pounds of pull. The tough thermoplastic adhesive will not become brittle with age, so it’s perfect for archival storage. Features and benefits include:

  • Bind Faster: Fastback binders are 3.5 times faster than competitive binding systems
  • Super Strong: Fastback bound documents can withstand more than 50 pounds of pull
  • Layflat: Fastback Thermal Strip delivers true lay-flat binding

Fastback Model – 20

Create super strong, impressive books and documents in 15 seconds or less. Anyone can operate the 20 with its intuitive one-touch button. Bind 10 – 700 page documents with minimal, space-saving supply inventory. The Fastback 20 is the binder your office has been looking for!


Fastback Model – 9

The Powis Fastback Model – 9 is ideal for departmental and office use. Simply place the strip and the book block in the binding machine and press the green button.

For the highest level of binding strip customization, Image Strip and LX Image Blank allows you to promote your brad, enhance your image and ensure that each prospectus, manual, case study, and report your produce is a cut above the competition.


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

Standard Horizon Spring 2019 FinishLine NewsLetter

The Spring 2019 Issue of the Standard Newsletter is Now Available!

We are excited to share this edition which includes four brand new customer success stories, industry event highlights, and more.

Inside this issue…

  • Bringing it all in-house: BIP Printing Solutions in Beachwood, OH increases capacity with an in-line Hunkeler system for book block production paired with near-line Horizon perfect binding and trimming.  Read This Story

  • Addressing labor concerns in the bindery: Based in Easthampton, MA, Gazette Printing adds the Horizon B1 Pallet-Feed Folder to its bindery and triples productivity. Read This Story

  • Hunkeler Generation 8: Darwill, headquartered in Hillside, IL, employs the newest Hunkeler finishing technology to tackle heavier stock requirements and higher press speeds.  Read This Story

  • 20 million folds and still going strong: Puerto Rico-based 3A Press achieves success with the short learning curves and easy operation offered by Standard Horizon folding and perfect binding. Read This Story

  • Innovationdays wrap-up:  New technology was unveiled in Lucerne, Switzerland at the 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays, drawing 6,500 attendees from 100 nations.  Read More

Enjoy this issue, and we welcome your feedback! Download a copy of the FinishLine Catalog by clicking here. Please contact us at 810.238.7370 if you have any questions.


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

The Top Ten RIP Upgrade Related Questions

Article Provided By Xitron

When discussing upgrade options with RIP owners, there are a few questions that come up in every conversation. I thought it might be helpful to go through them here:

1. What’s different in the new RIP?

The answer to this question varies depending on the current RIP version and the manufacturer. However there are a few common denominators such as faster RIP speeds, better memory management, improved interpretive accuracy (especially when dealing with transparency), faster trapping, and of course, bug fixes.

2. Can I run the new RIP on my old platform?

If it is on a relatively new PC running at least Windows 7 64-bit. Version 12, which is the currently shipping release will only run on a 64-bit OS. That being the case, you should take a look at the RAM population in the PC and consider moving it up to at least 8GB since the RIP can actually address all the RAM available now.

3. My old RIP had some options like CIP3 and trapping. Do I have to pay for those again?

No. All options currently assigned to your license transfer to the new installation.

4. Can I install the upgrade myself?

Perhaps. It really depends on your skill level and knowledge of the RIP. However, it might be to your advantage to have a Xitron Support Specialist handle it for you over Team Viewer. The cost is negligible and the installation success is guaranteed. Plus, they’ll migrate all your old settings into the new RIP so configurations don’t have to be rebuilt.

5. My old RIP was an RTI (or Compose, ECRM, or HighWater) brand. What’s the difference and why will you be installing a Navigator RIP?

The only real difference is the brand name in the splash screen shown when launching the RIP. They are all based on the Harlequin core, and function in exactly the same way with the same menus. Because Xitron negotiated for the rights to these licenses, we can now consolidate all these brands to Navigator, the most popular and well known brand among Harlequin software RIPs.

6. Are there any other advantages to changing brands during the upgrade?

Many. Xitron supplied the output interfaces to RTI, Compose, and HighWater for many years. In essence, you are now working with the manufacturer of the hardware instead of an OEM. Also, Xitron (at your discretion) can add functionality through the optional Navigator workflow module, which offers many time-saving and productive features to enhance your prepress throughput.

7. Will I have to replace my current CTP interface?

Not if you are already using the USB (blue box) interface. However, if your current interface is a PCI card installed within the computer, you will. This is because most RIP manufacturers eliminated support for PCI cards years ago. There are no PCI drivers available for the 64-bit OS.

8. I’m thinking about changing my CTP also. What kind of problems will that cause?

Probably none at all. If the new CTP is coming from the same manufacturer of the old engine, the USB interface will probably drive the new one. If the new engine is from a different manufacturer, a replacement interface is likely available for a small additional charge. If the new engine comes with its own TIFF catcher, then we’ll simply need to verify that the TIFF out option is enabled in the current RIP license.

9. I’ve heard that the latest version doesn’t use a dongle. Is that true?

Partially. Dongles were eliminated and replaced with “soft locks,” or codes beginning with version 10 of the RIP. However, many users prefer having a dongle so that the software can be moved and loaded on other platforms for back up. If you prefer a dongle, you can still get one for a small fee.

10. I’d like to make this as seamless as possible. How can Xitron assist me?

Investigate the bundle upgrade package. It includes the platform, software pre-installed, a new interface if necessary, remote installation support from a Xitron specialist, three-year computer warranty, and 90 days of technical support. We migrate all your settings and help get you up and going in the shortest time possible.

Mid-State Litho (MSL) is an authorized distributor of Xitron Workflow and RIP solutions. Learn more about Xitron Software here.

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

Xitron – My Favorite Feature

By Pat French

Anyone who has operated a Harlequin RIP during the past 15 years is very familiar with the interface and functionality. It has barely changed at all during that time. Some affectionately refer to as “utilitarian;” nothing fancy. Nothing flashy. For many users, this is fine. It means that they can quickly and efficiently make changes as necessary and understand how the RIP is performing.

For others, it might be a little too simple. Especially when you think about things like job submission, job previewing, and multiple operator access. These are often identified as “under-performing.” When users mention them, I get to talk about my favorite features in Navigator Server, Xitron’s economical Harlequin workflow module.

Navigator Server takes a fast, accurate, Harlequin RIP and makes it better by addressing basic shortcomings like these. Instead of having to use spool folders, NT pipes, or the print dialog in the RIP, Navigator Server provides operators with simple, network-based drag & drop functionality. It provides visual feedback of job progress and allows re-ordering of jobs based on priority, as well as easy re-submission with alternate settings.

Instead of users having only two preview magnifications, which is what the RIP provides, Navigator Server offers more than 20. Operators have full zoom control with the ability to check traps, verify densities, and examine dot and separation accuracy before committing jobs to metal or film. Perhaps most importantly though, Navigator Server provides this functionality to as many operators as needed . . .concurrently. Instead of only one person having access at a time (and having to physically go to the RIP platform in order to interact with it), Navigator Server provides client software that allows them to control all RIP functionality right from their own desktop.

The increase in usability and productivity is measurable. If you haven’t looked at Navigator’s workflow module, take a few minutes to check it out. It’s available for almost any Harlequin RIP and is easily installed and configured.

This article was written by Pat French at Xitron. MSL is an authorized distributor of Xitron software. Visit Xitron’s blog by clicking here!


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

The Differences Between Coil, Wire and Comb Binding Elements

Written by John Lugviel, Rhin-O-Tuff

February 22, 2013

To get the best results for all your binding projects, you need two critical pieces of information. First, know how you want your finished document to look and perform; second, understand what each binding element has to offer in creating your desired outcome.

Here is a quick comparison of coil, wire and comb bindings.

Coil (Spiral) Binding

For flexible binding that offers many options and can handle rough treatment, choose coil binding and a professional coil punching machine. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Wide choice of colors
  • Metal and plastic coil options
  • Plastic coils are less easily distorted
  • Ends of metal coil can be crimped to prevent page slippage
  • Finished documents lay flat and fold back 360 degrees
  • Works for documents of up to 300 pages
  • Three different coil lengths: 36 inches, 12 inches, and 11 inches
  • A good solution for odd-sized materials
  • Can work with 5:1 hole-punch patterns (5 holes per inch) and 4:1 patterns (4 holes per inch) but these sizes are not interchangeable
  • A coil punching machine easily creates different punch patterns

Coil binding is a good choice for documents that will be mailed and allows for many types of custom covers on finished documents. Because you must determine the punch pattern before starting, coil binding can take a little extra time so consider using a precise, high-quality coil punching machine.

Comb Binding

Comb binding uses a plastic comb to bind documents and is very popular for many reasons. One is the development of the electric comb binding machine which saves time. The other is that plastic binding can be opened to insert or remove document pages and then put back onto the document, which lowers the cost of materials. Here’s more:

  • Finished document lays flat but cannot open back on itself (360 degrees)
  • Binds documents from 5 pages to 300 pages
  • Lots of color choices and custom lengths
  • Plastic spine can be customized with company name and/or document name through silk screening
  • Can be placed on documents manually or with an electric comb binding machine

Wire Binding

As with coil binding, completed documents can lay flat, open 360 degrees, and will mail easily. Wire binding is permanent so document pages stay in place, but this eliminates the option for editing after binding.

There are two types of wire binding: Double Loop Wire Binding and Wire Comb Binding, and each produce professional results.

Double Loop Wire/Double-O-Wire Binding:

  • Many color varieties
  • Binds documents from ¼ inch to 1¼ inches thick
  • Custom wire lengths are available
  • Allows for custom document covers

Wire Comb Binding:

  • Uses same hole pattern as plastic comb binding so one punching machine and electric comb binding machine can handle both kinds of materials
  • Binds documents up to 1 inch thick
  • Can be more expensive than double loop binding wires

The drawback of wire binding is that thinner documents use a 3 hole-per-inch pattern (3:1) while thicker materials need a 2:1 punch pattern, requiring two punch die assemblies.

Once you know your specific document needs and match them with the right binding elements, you can consistently produce professional documents that keep your company a step above the rest.



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

The Top Ten RIP Upgrade Related Questions

When discussing upgrade options with RIP owners, there are a few questions that come up in every conversation. I thought it might be helpful to go through them here:

1. What’s different in the new RIP?

The answer to this question varies depending on the current RIP version and the manufacturer. However there are a few common denominators such as faster RIP speeds, better memory management, improved interpretive accuracy (especially when dealing with transparency), faster trapping, and of course, bug fixes.

2. Can I run the new RIP on my old platform?

If it is on a relatively new PC running at least Windows 7 64-bit. Version 12, which is the currently shipping release will only run on a 64-bit OS. That being the case, you should take a look at the RAM population in the PC and consider moving it up to at least 8GB since the RIP can actually address all the RAM available now.

3. My old RIP had some options like CIP3 and trapping. Do I have to pay for those again?

No. All options currently assigned to your license transfer to the new installation.

4. Can I install the upgrade myself?

Perhaps. It really depends on your skill level and knowledge of the RIP. However, it might be to your advantage to have a Xitron Support Specialist handle it for you over Team Viewer. The cost is negligible and the installation success is guaranteed. Plus, they’ll migrate all your old settings into the new RIP so configurations don’t have to be rebuilt.

5. My old RIP was an RTI (or Compose, ECRM, or HighWater) brand. What’s the difference and why will you be installing a Navigator RIP?

The only real difference is the brand name in the splash screen shown when launching the RIP. They are all based on the Harlequin core, and function in exactly the same way with the same menus. Because Xitron negotiated for the rights to these licenses, we can now consolidate all these brands to Navigator, the most popular and well known brand among Harlequin software RIPs.

6. Are there any other advantages to changing brands during the upgrade?

Many. Xitron supplied the output interfaces to RTI, Compose, and HighWater for many years. In essence, you are now working with the manufacturer of the hardware instead of an OEM. Also, Xitron (at your discretion) can add functionality through the optional Navigator workflow module, which offers many time-saving and productive features to enhance your prepress throughput.

7. Will I have to replace my current CTP interface?

Not if you are already using the USB (blue box) interface. However, if your current interface is a PCI card installed within the computer, you will. This is because most RIP manufacturers eliminated support for PCI cards years ago. There are no PCI drivers available for the 64-bit OS.

8. I’m thinking about changing my CTP also. What kind of problems will that cause?

Probably none at all. If the new CTP is coming from the same manufacturer of the old engine, the USB interface will probably drive the new one. If the new engine is from a different manufacturer, a replacement interface is likely available for a small additional charge. If the new engine comes with its own TIFF catcher, then we’ll simply need to verify that the TIFF out option is enabled in the current RIP license.

9. I’ve heard that the latest version doesn’t use a dongle. Is that true?

Partially. Dongles were eliminated and replaced with “soft locks,” or codes beginning with version 10 of the RIP. However, many users prefer having a dongle so that the software can be moved and loaded on other platforms for back up. If you prefer a dongle, you can still get one for a small fee.

10. I’d like to make this as seamless as possible. How can Xitron assist me?

Investigate the bundle upgrade package. It includes the platform, software pre-installed, a new interface if necessary, remote installation support from a Xitron specialist, three-year computer warranty, and 90 days of technical support. We migrate all your settings and help get you up and going in the shortest time possible.

Article provided by: Xitron, January 2019



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