Specialty Folding

Specialty Folding + Set Up In As Little As 14 Seconds

Specialty FoldingDesigned for commercial printers, in-plant printers, and binderies, the Standard Horizon AFC Series Floor Model Folders include advanced set-up automation, including gap settings, through a user-friendly color touch-screen control panel. Up to one hundred different jobs can be stored in memory with set-ups accomplished in as little as fourteen seconds. Precise stepper motors drive end stops and fold plates to the exact location for the sheet size and fold style selected.

  • Consistent fold quality – AFC Folders ensure consistent fold quality with steel and soft-formed polyurethane combination rollers
  • Reliable and high speed – An advanced rotary suction-feed system guarantees fast, smooth feeding of a very wide range of stocks.

Here are a few of Standard Horizon’s AF Series Folders:

  • AF-406F + Right Angle – Fully automated 6-buckle folder with pile feed and suction head, and an optional 6-buckle second unit added with a right angle conveyor for pharmaceutical, small format, and direct mail applications for sheets folded down to .79″ x .79″.
  • AFC-564A – The AFC-564-A computer-controlled folder combines superior feeding and registration with touch-screen control. Select from 14 pre-set folds or set up 200 custom folds.
  • AFC-566FG – Floor model vacuum-feed folder features fully automated set-up, including gap settings, and 6 fold plates for a wide variety of folding applications. Stores up to 200 different jobs in memory with automated make-ready in 14 seconds.
  • AFC-746F – Large-format folder with advanced set-up automation through a user-friendly color touchscreen control panel. Features quick changeover and fully automated setup with up to 47 automated adjustments.

Each Standard Horizon AF Series folder is designed for quick, easy set-ups, precise folding, and operator convenience. Click here to learn more about Standards Horizon’s AF Series Folders>>>


Mid-State Litho (MSL)
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810-238-7370
www.midstatelitho.net

On-Demand Book Production Company Achieves ROI After 11 Months with Challenge Machinery Book Trimmer

On-Demand Book Production Company Achieves ROI After 11 Months with Challenge Machinery Book Trimmer

Company Achieves ROI After 11 Months with Challenge Machinery Book Trimmer“Since we have installed the CMT-330, it has processed one-third of our total plant output, which is up to 350,000 books per month. Pretty good for a five-figure investment.” – Bruce Jacobsen, Executive Vice President, Bridgeport National Bindery

During its first 100 years in operation, Bridgeport National Bindery (BNB) served traditional library bindery clients. In 2003, the company installed its first digital printers and began serving the complete short-run book production needs of its rapidly growing on-demand customer base. A few years later, complete on-demand book production had become a significant part of BNB’s business. Most of BNB’s on-demand jobs were ultra small quantities, which led to a new set of operational challenges.

The Challenge

BNB had to find a way to reliably produce up to 8,000 perfect-bound books per day. Most of BNB’s jobs feature production quantities of 10 or fewer, in other words, 1,000 (or more) different jobs can flow through its perfect binding department each day. Reducing make-ready times to a bare minimum was a clear key objective.Click here to read more >>>

The Solution

BNB chose the CMT-330 three-knife book trimmer, Challenge Machinery’s premier book trimming solution for the shortrun, on-demand market. The CMT-330 integrates with perfect binding equipment for fully inline production. With the CMT-330, BNB could now consistently set up jobs in as little as ten seconds. Click here to read more >>>

The Results

Like many graphic arts companies, BNB usually expects to break even on capital investments within three to five years. However, eleven months after installing the CMT-330, Bridgeport calculated that the machine had already paid for itself. Click here to read more >>>


Customer Testimonial Provided by Challenge Machinery
Britt Cary
Sales Director, The Challenge Machinery Company


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

Standard Horizon’s New Multi-Function Systems Make Any Finishing Job Possible!

Standard Horizon's New Multi-Function Systems Make Any Finishing Job PossibleStandard Horizon’s New Multi-Function Systems Make Any Finishing Job Possible!

Make any finishing job possible

Say “YES” to virtually any job with a new line-up of Standard Horizon solutions from Mid-State Litho! Now you can perform multiple functions in a single pass for a vast and varied range of output possibilities. Each system can process a variety of finished product independently with efficiency and ease, or combine system capabilities to handle even more applications. Crease, Fold, Cut, Die-Cut, Perforate, and more to achieve ultimate production flexibility. The Sky’s the Limit!

MSL can help you automate your bindery for efficiency and profit.

  • STANDARD HORIZON CRF-362 CREASER/FOLDER

    CREASING AND FOLDING FOR DIGITAL PRINT
    Eliminates cracking on digital color output and accepts a wide range of coated, uncoated or laminated stocks from 24 lb. bond to 18 pt. on sheets up to 14.33″ x 34″. Features 7 selectable fold patterns and 6 selectable cover creasing patterns for perfect binding. Stores up to 200 jobs in memory.

    Crease and fold up to 5,000 sheets/hour. Optional perforating available. Ideal for restaurant menus, greeting cards, book covers, and marketing collateral. Learn more here >>>

  • STANDARD HORIZON RD-4055 DIE CUTTER

    ROTARY DIE CUTTING IN A COMPACT DESIGN
    Die-cut, kiss-cut, crease, perforate, slit, hole punch, and round corner on a wide range of substrates in one process for digital and offset prints. Up to 6,000 cycles/hour on sheet sizes up to 15.74″ x 21.65″. Repeat register function allows multiple-up applications from a single die pattern to minimize costs! Creasing also available for applications that require additional folding after die-cutting, such as boxes, pocket folders, and greeting cards. Learn more here >>>

  • STANDARD HORIZON SMSL-100 SMARTSLITTER

    CREASE, PERFORATE, AND CUT IN ONE PASS
    Introducing an all-in-one smart sheet processing system that can slit, gutter cut, edge trim,cross-cut, perforate, and crease all in one pass. Print mark registration adjusts for digital print image shift from sheet-to-sheet. Simple operation and easy job set-up via barcode. Ideal for greeting cards, table tents, invitations, and business cards. Skip perf feature can produce T- and L-perfs for tickets, coupons, and reply cards. Learn more here >>>


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

Packaging equipment for all types of industries

Packaging equipment for all types of industries

Packaging equipment for all types of industries

MSL now offers a complete and competitive line of packaging equipment for all types of industries. 

Most businesses require packaging equipment for their daily operations. Bakeries, printing companies and other commercial locations pack items. While that might seem obvious, choosing the right packaging equipment isn’t so simple. Therefore, MSL can help you find the right equipment to tackle this task in an efficient manner.

If you are deciding to install a new packaging line, check out a list of our products below:

Equipment Overview:

  • Adhesive Tape Sealers
  • Air Pillow Machines
  • All-In-One Sealers
  • Automatic L’Sealers
  • Bag Sealers
  • Bags-On-Roll Sealers
  • Band Sealers
  • Banding machines
  • Blister Sealers
  • Carton Erectors
  • Carton sealers
  • CD/DVD Overwrappers
  • Checkweighers
  • Slam Shell Sealers
  • Conveyors
  • Cutting Machines
  • Drop Sealer/Bag Opener
  • Filling and Capping
  • Friction Feeders
  • Horizontal Flow Wrapper
  • Impulse Sealers – Hand
  • Induction Sealers
  • Inkjet Printers
  • Label Dispensers
  • Labeling Machines
  • Mail Baggers
  • Metal Detectors
  • Pallet Wrappers
  • Pouch Sealer (Pick & Fill)
  • Poly Bundlers
  • Portable Sealers
  • Ribbon Blendors/Mixers
  • Semi-Auto L’Sealers
  • Shrink/Dip Tanks
  • Shrink Banding Tunnels
  • Shrink Sleevers
  • Shrink Tunnels
  • Side Seal Machines
  • Skin Packaging/Die Cut
  • Steam Shrink Tunnels
  • Strapping Machines
  • Stretch Wrap Machines
  • Tape Dispensers
  • Tray Sealing Machines
  • Vacuum Sealers
  • Vertical Form Fill Seal
  • Weigh Full Linear Scales
  • Weigh Scales
  • X-Ray Machines

Visit us online for more information at www.midstatelitho.net or contact us at 810-238-7370.


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

Gatherall Bindery Invests in Game Changers

Gatherall Bindery Invests in Game Changers

Investments in Standard Horizon technologies open new markets and opportunities

Gatherall Bindery Invests In Game ChangersSince 1968, Gatherall Bindery of Wixom, Michigan has been serving southeast Michigan’s small and mid-sized businesses with quality binding of print from more than 200 regional, small and commercial printing plants. Much of that work today is digital in nature, with short print runs and fast turnaround expectations.

Mark Culley and Brian Johnson lead the business, and noted that some of the greatest challenges a bindery faces today are keeping pace with the fast-turn workflow and managing the array of paper and substrates that come through the door. That’s why the decisions they make regarding binding and finishing equipment are so critical. “As far as bindery goes, the equipment is our business,” Culley said.

Working with local dealer Mid-State Litho of Flint, Michigan, the company has built an impressive, coordinated workflow based predominantly on equipment supplied by Standard Finishing Systems. In fact, the company has a more than 20-year relationship with Standard Horizon technologies.

“Back in the mid-‘90s, we were in the market for a binder, and we looked at a Standard Horizon system and also at the competitor, which was slightly cheaper. Back then, we were still green and thought that every single penny we spent up front was the most important thing,” Culley recalled. “And then we discovered that the Standard Horizon solution was a much better product.”

Today, Culley and Johnson field questions from colleagues all the time about equipment dilemmas, and inevitably they’ll suggest, “Just buy the Standard Horizon. You’re not getting a tinker toy. You’re getting a machine that’s going to last,” Culley said.

Among the Standard Horizon investments Gatherall has made are: a BQ-270 Perfect Binder; an SPF-200L Bookletmakerwith VAC collating towers; a StitchLiner 5500 Saddlestitcher with four VAC collating towers installed in 2006; and the newest installation, a BQ-470 Perfect Binder with PUR adhesive.

The StitchLiner 5500 has been a workhorse. “It’s used 10 hours a day, five days a week, and it has allowed us to create thicker books that we weren’t able to do before,” Johnson said.

“For example, I was just able to quote a 120-page self-cover saddlestitched book, and in the past, because of the page count, that may have been sent out to another bindery. Now, we can do that with confidence and quickly,” Culley explained.

The most significant “game changer” investment came in the form of the Standard Horizon BQ-470, according to Johnson and Culley. “It has opened up a whole new market,” Culley said. The same could be said for the SPF-200L Bookletmaker, which enabled the bindery to produce landscape-oriented publications. But it’s the BQ-470 with the PUR adhesive that was truly transformative.

“Because we receive jobs from so many printers, and are asked to perfect bind books with all different weights and grades of paper, we were finding that EVA glue wasn’t always the best option,” Culley recalled.

“We didn’t want to turn jobs away, and there was a period when we lacked confidence that the binding would hold up over time. The BQ-470 with PUR glue gave us that confidence, as well as the quality, speed, and consistency we needed. It was a game changer and problem solver,” he added.

The team at Gatherall Bindery applauds their representatives at Mid-State Litho and at Standard Finishing Systems, who they noted are unwaveringly knowledgeable, responsive, and trustworthy.

“To have a team of resources like that is huge,” Johnson said. “Installations have all gone smoothly, and any time we’ve had a question or needed a part, they have been incredible. They bend over backwards for their customers.”


Visit Gatherall Bindery online at www.gatherall.net


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

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