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

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 ( 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

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

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

5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

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.

5459 Fenton Rd
Flint, MI 48507

The Fastest Meteor Super Format Digital Press Ever at Drupa

MGI to Launch the Fastest Meteor Super Format Digital Press Ever at Drupa 2016

Published Thursday, 12 May, 2016

New High-Speed Meteor DP1000 Digital press Offers 100 ppm, 18pt Substrate Thickness and 47″/1200 mm Sheet Capabilities with Inline Finishing Options

FRESNES, France (May 12th, 2016) – MGI Digital Technology has announced the worldwide release of the new high-production Meteor DP1000 digital press. The DP1000 is the sixth generation of MGI Meteor digital presses and now complements the existing DP8700 XL+ and DP8700 S+ solutions for a powerful full range of production presses with high-speed, plastic, synthetic & paper substrate and application diversity.

The range of supported size formats goes up to 13×47 inches. This extremely long format capability, unique in the market of high-volume digital printing, allows for the production of panoramic 5 panel gatefold documents such brochures, signs and banners on substrate stocks ranging from 80 to 450 gsm/ m².

Light Board Package Printing Capability

The ability to print on stocks on stocks with 18 pt. thickness and weights of 450 gsm means that the Meteor DP1000 can produce brilliant colors on board stock for small to medium-sized folding carton and box designs. This will be a tremendous benefit for package printers searching for a high-speed solution with variable data printing (VDP) options, as well as commercial printers seeking a cost-effective path to enter the world of packaging.

Worldwide Release @ Drupa 2016

The Meteor DP1000 will be demonstrated live at the MGI (Hall 5, Booth 21) at the upcoming drupa 2016 international print trade fair from May 31st to June 10th in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Unique High-Speed Press & PostPress Finishing Integration

The MGI Meteor DP1000 can be integrated inline with the MGI DF Pro solution for an inline solution combines a new unique high-performance (100 pg/m) digital printing press and finishing system in one package. The Meteor DP1000 & DF Pro product suite delivers fully printed and finished documents in a single pass, all completed on the same equipment. The Meteor DP1000 & DF Pro system also eliminates all the traditional extra worksteps, time and complications of moving output to different work environments for finishing and job completion.

Improved Job Productivity & Turnaround Times

The DP1000 & DF Pro solution can produce a remarkable variety of graphical output – including up to 20 different finishing functions for photos, advertisements, full bleed letterheads and direct mailing jobs that are already creased, cut and trimmed when they come off the press. It can even produce complex folding packages and documents with strike perforated finishes for knock-out, punch-piece components. This solution is designed for high-volume production environments with speeds up to 100 pg/min (including finishing) and a duty cycle of 1 million pgs. per month.

Drupa Press Conference

A Press Conference will be held on Tuesday May 31st at 3:00 PM to discuss new MGI corporate announcements, the growing Konica Minolta global alliance and new product strategies (Located in Room 8 of the Press Conference Centre – CCD South).

For more information visit

5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

Standard Horizon at drupa 2016

Standard horizon at drupa 2016

Standard Horizon will “Change the Focus” to Finishing at drupa 2016″

Andover, MA – Standard Finishing Systems will partner with Horizon International of Japan at the upcoming drupa event in Düsseldorf, Germany May 31 – June 10 to demonstrate the most comprehensive display of finishing equipment at the fairgrounds. Under the theme “Change the Focus,” Horizon will unleash the hidden value of post-press. The goal is to help our customers comprehend and plan finishing steps at the beginning of the print process, to enable end-to-end automation and production efficiency. Horizon’s 16,000 square foot booth will be the largest in Hall 6, and the single largest exhibit dedicated to post-press at drupa. Twenty-four working systems – including the world premieres of a new perfect binder and folder – will be organized into various zones featuring perfect bind, stitch, fold, and digital applications. Live presentations will also highlight four innovative Smart Finishing Solutions, each one capable of processing conventional and digitally printed output.

As Horizon’s exclusive North American distributor, Standard will demonstrate to its customers a different way to think about finishing. “Post-press should be front-of-mind when conceiving an efficient production workflow, but it’s often an afterthought,” says David Reny, Executive Vice President of Standard. “Customers who can zoom-up to see the complete life cycle of the printed product – from creation through finishing – will increase productivity and profitability in the long run. We’ll be showing intelligent in-line and near-line systems that offer flexibility and investment protection well into the future.”

Live Presentations Emphasize Smart Finishing

Six live presentations will be hosted daily in the Horizon theatre that will focus on finishing from the point of job creation for a efficiency, less waste, and much more. This is where Horizon will unveil the highly versatile, hybrid Smart Binding System. Click here to read full article

World Premiere in Perfect Binding

Horizon will demonstrate a complete line-up of multi-function finishing systems that can be used independently or in combination for a vast and varied range of output possibilities. Standard Horizon will demonstrate the SmartSlitter, SmartConnect System, RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter, SPC-4055 separator unit, and the ST-4055 high capacity stacker for lightweight stock and complicated shapes. Click here to read full article

Article Provided by Standard Horizon: May 2016
Click here to read full article from Standard Horizon

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

IDEAL – Did you know?

IDEAL - Did you know?

IDEAL – Did you know?

Nothing can replace a walk in the forest, at the seaside, or in the mountains, and nothing is more important than clean and fresh air to breathe. But how can this work in your everyday professional life? Professional air purifiers create a non-polluted environment, where people feel well in a natural way. For more productivity and performance.

Nature’s self-cleaning. The interaction of plants and sun provide us pure air to breathe. Plants, and above all, tress filter harmful particles form the air, sunlight supports the reduction of pollutants from the atmosphere.

Cleaning of indoor air. IDEAL air purifiers help to improve the air in you room or office. People who can breathe clean and healthy indoor air fall ill less often and are more efficient. Good clean air with no pollutants is attainable with IDEAL’s air purifiers.

IDEAL’s Air Purifiers for Healthy Indoor Air…

  • A True HEPA Filter (Class H13) binds up to 99,97% of all airborne fine dust and ultra-small particles up to 0.3 microns; highly effective in the removal of mold, bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust mites, microbes, and allergens
  • Cigarette smoke and even chemical fumes and odors are also filtered
  • Purified and ionized air is a simple and natural principle with refreshing results:
    • a vitalizing effect on the mind and body
    • strengthening the immune system
    • protects against cell damage and premature aging process
    • protects against fatigue and diseases
  • Ideally suited for:
    • offices
    • bedrooms
    • medical practices
    • and wherever you are looking for IDEAL indoor air

IDEAL Air Purifiers are available for room sizes ranging from 150 square feet to 1,000 square feet. For additional information on IDEAL’s Air Purifiers, visit us online by clicking here!

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

Explore DRUPA 2016 with MSL

Explore DRUPA 2016

Explore DRUPA 2016 with MSL

DRUPA is the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions. DRUPA is also known for being the launch pad for new products and applications from manufacturers from all over the world. Experience new print technologies and innovations that will drive the future of the print industry when you explore DRUPA 2016 with MSL.

MSL Vendors at DRUPA:

  • Horizon – Hall 06/D05-1
  • Sakurai – Hall 03/A90
  • Graphic Whizard – Hall 08b/D04
  • OKI Hall – 05/B21
  • Morgana – Hall 08b/A66
  • MBM / IDEAL – Hall 06/A38
  • MGI – Hall 05/D21
  • DryLam / Fujipla – Hall 13/C52
  • Xitron – Hall 15/C54-4
  • Challenge Machinery – Hall 06/C61
  • Vacuumatic – Hall 14/B20
  • Vivid Laminating Technologies – Hall 06/D58
  • GTI – Hall 05/A24
  • Rhin-O-Tuff – Hall 06/C79

DRUPA Date & Opening Hours: May 31 – June 10, 2016; Monday – Friday, 10am to 6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm. For show admission fees, venue and arrival please visit

Don’t miss your chance to discover new printing and finishing solutions at DRUPA. Contact us today for additional information.

Print is a market with a future. Visit MSL’s Manufacturers at DRUPA with Steven and Doug Barrett Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3, 2016. Click here to meet with MSL at DRUPA.

Explore DRUPA 2016

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

The Baum 714XLT is ready to go to work for you!

Baum UltraFold 714XLT Air Feed Tabletop Folder with Right Angle Unit

BAUMFOLDER 714XLT Air Feed Tabletop Folder with Right Angle Unit

The Baum 714XLT is ready to go to work for you!

The Baum UltraFold 714XLT air feed tabletop folder combines all the rugged reliability of the larger model Baum folders in a compact, convenient size.

The 714XLT is ready to go to work for you anytime and anyplace you need it. It can easily handle coated stocks as well as high-speed copier and laser printed stocks.

Here are some of the many features of the Baum UltraFold 714XLT:

  • Quiet Pump
  • Toner-resistant fold rollers [urethane only]
  • Adjustable scoring assembly
  • Extended delivery [30% more accumulation]
  • Automatic fold roller tensioning
  • Easily feeds laser-printed & high-speed copier stock
  • Rack & pinion gear side guides
  • Easy to adjust feed caliper
  • Built-in circuit breakers
  • Built-in counter
  • DC drive
  • and so much more!

The 714XLT is not an automated folder but the set-up can be completed within minutes. You do not have to be experienced in operating a folder to run it. Check out the additional product features and advantages, including the set-up overview and the types of businesses that use the Baum 714XLT, when you click the link below.

Learn more about the Baum UltraFold 714XLT and the types of business that use the Baum 714XLT by clicking here to go directly to our website.

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