The NEW Photo Book Trimmer is here!

Challenge Machinery CMT-330 TC Photo Book TrimmerThe NEW Photo Book Trimmer is here!

CMT-330 TC Three-Knife Trimmer

The new generation of CMT-330TC three-knife trimmer features expanded capabilities making it the perfect machine to trim photo books. Featuring a 10.5″ color touch screen control panel for ease of use; Integrated bar code reading system for automated set up; Integrated in-line and near-line book feeding components; Graphical display of book path throughout the system; Automatic book size detection; Trims landscape formatted books up to 12″ x 12″ (305mm x 305mm), perfect for photo books; Powerful hydraulic powered cutting; Trims books up to 2″ thick; True three-knife on-demand book trimming.

The CMT-330 TC will be unveiled at Graph Expo 2016 in Challenge Machinery’s Booth #1025. Stop by and see their latest paper cutting equipment up close!

Features:

  • New 10.5″ Color Touch Screen control panel
  • New Integrated Bar Code reading system for automated set up
  • New Integrated In-line and Near-line book feeding components
  • New Graphical display of book path throughout the system
  • New Automatic book size detection
  • New – Trims landscape formatted books up to 12″ x 12″ – perfect for photo books!
  • Powerful hydraulic powered cutting
  • Trims books up to 2″ thick
  • True three-knife on-demand book trimming

Additional information coming soon. Visit our website for more information about Challenge Machinery’s NEW CMT-330 TC three-knife trimmer.


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

MBM Aerocut Velocity

MBM Aerocut Velocity

aerocut-velocityMBM’s Aerocut Velocity is the refined model of the Aerocut Classic slitter/cutter/creaser and features enhanced productivity and user-friendliness.

Feeding is an important and essential part for any print finishing device. This machine has an innovative patented feeding mechanism, that drastically reduces the risk of double feeds and mis-feeds. An optional perforating unit is located inside for an accurate registration.


The Velocity is twice as fast and includes more adjustments than base Aerocut Classic with a greater (4”) sheet capacity.The robust all-metal construction keeps top level accuracy and finishing quality on every job. Includes 268 preset cutting jobs and up to 150 additional custom programs can be stored in memory.

The Velocity is an ideal solution for finishing, especially for short-run digital printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, invitations, greeting cards, leaflets, tickets and more. Flex mode allows operators to cut multiple size cards from a page and add the desired number of creases on these; It enables designers and printers to create new aspects of applications. Self-correcting cut mark registration function and air suction feed system ensure accurate cuts every time.

Channel creasing allows the Velocity to offer world-class quality creases on digitally printed stocks. Creasing pressure can be adjusted in 5 levels instantly by shifting the lever. Magnetic paper guides are easily adjustable for various stock sizes. The handy business card collection tray snaps into place for neat stacking of finished cards.

The Velocity also features 2 single blade slitters to trim the top and bottom margins, and 2 double blade slitters for center gutters and precise accuracy. The durable blades cut stocks up to 400 gsm. The air-suction top feeding system easily feeds coated, digital, gloss and other stocks precisely without damage. Includes the Lytrod VisionDirect software to simplify the task of formatting, imposing, and adding personalized information to documents for fast and efficient cutting on the Velocity.


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

Titan 265 TC Paper Cutter

Titan 265 TC Paper Cutter

The Titan 265 TC paper cutter features a 10.5″ color touch screen TC controller with variable data entry mode, automatic fraction to decimal calculation and unlimited program storage capacity. Clamp mark waste is reduced or eliminated with programmable electronic clamp pressure control per cut.

Innovative advances improve the task of program creation through features such as repeat and loop commands, USP port for thumb drive program delivery, network capable hardware with an Ethernet port, labeling cutting and sheet division tools and more!

The TC System is the first paper cutter controller in the world to recognize common .csv format program files making offline programming simple and easy to implement at any size print operation.

Features:

  • Electronic clamp pressure control – programmable
  • Variable mode data entry (fraction, decimal, metric)
  • Automatic fraction to decimal calculation
  • Line light cut position indicator
  • Automatic false clamp plate detection
  • Hydraulic cutting & clamping
  • Rugged steel & cast iron construction – solid 1” thick aluminum table
  • UHMW adjustable knife bar gibs
  • 2-year warranty
  • Up to 26 cuts per minute
  • Ability to receive .csv files making offline programming and memory storage simple
  • Repeat and loop commands streamline program entry
  • JDF and network capable
  • USB port for simple thumb drive program entry

Learn more about the TC Control System Operation below:


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

Standard before Graph Expo

orange-county-convention-centerStandard before Graph Expo

Standard is in the final stages of preparation for a successful Graph Expo in Orlando. With 4,000 square feet of exhibit space, Standard will have an equipment-packed booth and plenty of Standard experts on hand to welcome everyone during the show.

Standard will be showing a complete line-up of slitting/creasing, die-cutting, perfect binding, trimming, folding, saddlestitching, inspection systems, and continuous-feed print solutions – all processing a variety of new unique applications. Check out Standard’s equipment showcase below.

Equipment in the Standard Booth:

  • SmartSlitter
  • RD‐4055 Rotary Die Cutter with Dual Magnetic Cylinder NEW (See below for more information)
  • RD‐3346 Rotary Die Cutter
  • CRF‐362 Creaser/Folder
  • BQ‐270V Single‐clamp Perfect Binder
  • BQ‐470 Four‐clamp EVA Perfect Binder
  • HT‐30C Three‐side Trimmer
  • HT‐1000V Three‐knife Trimmer
  • StitchLiner 5500 Saddlestitcher with two VAC‐1000 Towers
  • StitchLiner 6000 Digital Saddlestitcher (as part of continuous‐feed Roll‐to‐Booklet solution)
  • SPF‐200L Landscape Bookletmaker + TBC‐200L Top & Bottom Cutter + HOF‐400 High Speed Sheet Feeder
  • AFC‐566FG Folder
  • AF‐406F Small Format Folder
  • APC‐610 Cutter
  • VIVA Inspection Systems throughout the booth
  • pXnet Bindery Management System

Improve your die cutting process with easy change over, simple operation and flexibility across a wide range of products with the NEW RD-4055. The NEW RD-4055 Die Cutter now features a dual magnetic cylinder for more complex creasing patterns and provides a higher quality score. Also handles a wide variety of packaging applications!

Save money with the uniquely designed servo motor controlled “Repeat Register” features that allows multiple-up applications from single-up die to minimize die cost. Die-cutting and kiss-cutting can be performed at the same time by using a die which has two different blade heights making the RD-4055 ideal for making stickers and labels.

Creasing can be achieved to avoid image cracking. Suitable for boxes, pocket folders and greeting cards which require an additional folding process after die cutting.


Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to see Standard’s equipment up close. Interested in Standard’s VIP Demonstration Program at Graph Expo? Click here to register>>>


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

The Ultimate Weapon for Digital Printers

The Ultimate Weapon for Digital PrintersThe Ultimate Weapon for Digital Printers

Demo the the NEW MBM Aerocut Velocity at our Open House on September 14-15, 2016!

The Aerocut Velocity is one of the top-end slitter/cutter/creasers in the industry. The Aerocut Velocity has the capability to perforate stocks both across and along feeding direction by adding on optional perforating units.

The Velocity is twice as fast and includes more adjustments than base Aerocut Classic with a greater (4”) sheet capacity.The robust all-metal construction keeps top level accuracy and finishing quality on every job. Includes 268 preset cutting jobs and up to 150 additional custom programs can be stored in memory.

The Velocity is an ideal solution for finishing, especially for short-run digital printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, invitations, greeting cards, leaflets, tickets and more. Flex mode allows operators to cut multiple size cards from a page and add the desired number of creases on these; It enables designers and printers to create new aspects of applications. Self-correcting cut mark registration function and air suction feed system ensure accurate cuts every time.

Channel creasing allows the Velocity to offer world-class quality creases on digitally printed stocks. Creasing pressure can be adjusted in 5 levels instantly by shifting the lever. Magnetic paper guides are easily adjustable for various stock sizes. The handy business card collection tray snaps into place for neat stacking of finished cards.

The Velocity also features 2 single blade slitters to trim the top and bottom margins, and 2 double blade slitters for center gutters and precise accuracy. The durable blades cut stocks up to 400 gsm. The air-suction top feeding system easily feeds coated, digital, gloss and other stocks precisely without damage. Includes the Lytrod VisionDirect software to simplify the task of formatting, imposing, and adding personalized information to documents for fast and efficient cutting on the Velocity.

>>Click here to learn more about MBM’s Aerocut Velocity.


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

Morgana’s Grand Opening

Morgana’s Grand Opening

Morgana is a quality manufacturer of various production machines for the digital printing industry. With Morgana’s specialties in folding, creasing, perfect binding and other finishing processes they were a perfect fit for a distribution partnership with Mid-State Litho. The AutoCreaser Pro and DigiFold Pro have been core machines for print production facilities from all over Europe and North America with all distribution and support coming from their UK headquarters. This year, North American US headquartered support just became reality.

Announcing the opening of their new facility, Morgana invited all dealers to their US based grand opening located in Rochester, New York and MSL’s Steven Barrett and Shawn Libert were in attendance.

Morgana’s new facility is a training center; showroom; warehouse; technical support center and it will become the base for all of the company’s operations. What does this mean exactly? Having the technical center in the US will allow Morgana to better support and demonstrate the full range of binders and finishing equipment; a place to test customer applications; and a parts/supply distribution center that is geographically a lot closer than the UK and business hours that allow for greater ease of communication.

In addition, Morgana showcased the features and benefits of the new AutoCreaser Pro 385 and DigiFold Pro 385. Both machines feature a deep pile feeder that allows stacking of up to 17.72” of paper to enable longer runs and a SmartStep table drop for fast loading of shorter runs.  The patented automated air separation system allows for greater production, by avoiding time spent by the operator adjusting the air system for optimal feed performance. The automated gap set system also gives the operator more time to box up finished pieces and to prepare the next job to be finished. With a simpler interface, the setup of jobs is quicker and more intuitive, allowing for faster setup times and less waste from incorrect programming.

Overall, the grand opening was a huge success and we extend a big thank you to our vendor partners and foresee a bright future for our industry!


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

Paper Cutter Safety – Smartphone meets guillotine blade

Paper Cutter Safety

Smartphone meets guillotine blade

This week an interesting photo popped up in the Commercial Printing subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/CommercialPrinting). In the photo you can clearly see that a smartphone met an unfortunate demise under a guillotine blade. This photo is an interesting case but also serves as a reminder of basic operator safety procedures for paper cutters. It also serves as a testament to the raw power behind a hydraulic guillotine. The poster goes on to explain that the guillotine didn’t miss a beat and the blade was undamaged; not even a nick in the cutting edge.

Back in the early days of printing, it was common for many shops to have a token production worker missing a finger or two. Not by negligence or carelessness, but due to the not-yet-adopted safety standards for equipment. If you spend enough time working with unprotected equipment with exposed mechanisms; it’s only a matter of time before an accident occurs. Mistakes happen and with heavy equipment the stakes are high.

Nowadays, equipment is far safer to operate. Safety organizations and equipment certifications have helped manufacturers to design safety into their machines. Modern paper cutters utilize light beams that will stop the blade if the beam is broken. Cutting yourself is the ultimate nightmare but there are other ways to get hurt. Paper cutters are very safe to operate but I still often see things that make me cringe.

One cardinal rule of paper cutters is to never leave anything on the cutter bed. Traditionally we are talking about rulers, coffee cups and that sort of thing. Any hard object being cut by the blade represents a major safety risk. Objects can snap and fly out from under the blade (even coins can become projectiles), injuring the operator.  This is why all jogging blocks are made of wood or plastic with no metal. Wood grain will give under the blade, being crushed in the process in a rather uneventful way. Plastic jogging blocks will flex and absorb some of the stress before ultimately snapping, causing great risk to the operator. Lately, it’s become very common for people to use their cell phones as calculators while operating the cutter. Most cutters have calculation built into the control panel but some vintages do not. Although understandable, it’s no excuse to neglect safety. Paper cutters are not designed to cut anything but stock and keeping everything off the cutting bed will reduce chances of injury.

Be careful out there, and keep your phone and other miscellaneous items off the bed!


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

Baum 20 VFM Scoring/Perforating/Slitting Solution

Baum 20 VFM Scoring/Perforating/Slitting Solution

The BAUM 20 VFM SCORING/PERFORATING/SLITTING Units are your answer to provide you with a complete solution for Scoring, Perforating and Slitting.

The 20 VFM can be used by itself or in conjunction with other Baum Equipment such as the Baum CF20 Folder or in- line with other manufacturer’s equipment such as a U V Coater. The Baum VFM can also do timed slitting and perforating by adding the Timed Perforation attachment.

The BAUM 20 VFM design incorporates the already well proven robustness and superior features of the popular BAUM 20 Pile feed with 1st, 2nd and 3rd station folders. Since the 20VFM utilizes rotary scoring and perforating verses strike scoring and or perforating is much faster and more versatile. This with reduce your scoring and perforating costs considerably.

Each BAUM 20 VFM section has three sets of removable cartridge slitter shaft assemblies that use the same tooling as the BAUM 20 folders.

The three slitter shaft design provides superior sheet control and alignment for multiple applications. This allows you to do multiple lines of scoring and perforating in a single pass. The three shaft design allows you to place your perforations and/or scores much closer together than on a single shaft design. Click here to learn more about the BAUM 20 VFM>>>


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

MSL at Drupa 2016

MSL at Drupa 2016

There are tradeshows for the graphic arts industry, and then there is Drupa. Drupa is know for being the launchpad for new products from manufacturers from all over the world and for being the leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions. This is the place where you learn about new changes in the print industry and view state-of-the-art technologies first-hand. Here are a few highlights from our manufacturers:

  • Standard Horizon
    • Live presentations emphasized Smart Finishing in Horizon
    • Horizon introduced the NEW BQ-480 PUR Perfect Binder
    • Roll-to-Booklet demonstrated the pXnet digital workflow system to create a total JDF production workflow including scheduling, equipment setup, job status, and reporting
  • Morgana
    • Debut of the DigiFold Pro 385 and AutoCreaser Pro 385
    • DigiFold Pro 385 now features a deep file feeder and ideal for longer runs
    • AutoCreaser Pro 385 also features a deep pile feeder and ideal for longer runs
    • Launched the BM500 bookletmaking system
  • Graphic Whizard
    • Unveiled new finishing systems
    • Numbering machines and coating devices were also on display
  • Challenge Machinery
    • The NEW CMT-130TC made its debut at drupa featuring:
      • Three-side trimming for perfect bound books
      • On-demand book trimming
      • New integrated in-line and near-line book feeding components
      • New automatic book size detection
      • Trims books up to 2″ thick
    • Corner rounding machines, paper drilling machines, and paper cutting machines were also on display

Check out these pages for more information about drupa and additional highlights on our manufacturers at drupa:

  1. Standard Horizon @ Drupa 
  2. Morgana @ Drupa
  3. 5 Reasons Why We Will Always Have Someone at Drupa

MSL
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

Mitsubishi Paper will exhibit at drupa 2016

Mitsubishi Paper will exhibit at drupa 2016

Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd. (MPM) will exhibit at “drupa 2016,” the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions held in Düsseldorf, Germany, May 31st to June 10th.

Please visit the MPM Booth in Hall 8B, Stand D24

Mitsubishi is Print

MPM has made significant contributions to the development of the print industry. Our innovative, affordable, eco –friendly platemaking equipment (CTPs) and plate material in polyester, paper and now metal, support a range of print production needs. From screen printers to news printers, from small to mid-size commercial printers, our CTP solutions answer a variety of business needs.

Mitsubishi is Paper

With a 100 + year history, MPM has been at the forefront of advancements driving the digital print age. Through extensive R & D, technological innovations, experience and know-how MPM has engineered papers that meet and exceed today’s most advanced communication needs and printing platforms. Whether it’s high-speed Production Inkjet, wide format commercial or art and photographic papers, you can count on MPM to deliver high quality, reliable papers for an array of purposes.

Mitsubishi is Your Partner

MPM is a partner you can trust. We are committed to manufacturing the best possible products to help our customers grow their business. Through ingenuity, experience and foresight we continue to bring new and inventive products to market that elevate and lead the progression of printing.


Article Provided by Mitsubishi Imaging. Click here to read their article.


MSL
5459 Fenton Rd
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net