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Graphic Whizard demos at your door!

Graphic Whizard Equipment Roadshow

Graphic Whizard will be heading our way on June 11th and June 12th, 2018.

Graphic Whizard demos at your door!

Graphic Whizard will be coming our way with their mobile demo unit on Monday, June 11th – Tuesday, June 12th, 2018. They will be ready to demo a slit-cut-crease machine, a UV coater, a perfect binder, a creaser knife folder, a numbering machine and much more!

Crease, Perforate, Number, Slit Cut, Perfect Bind, UV Coat, & More! Equipment line-up will include the following: 

This is a great opportunity to bring some sample work to put through the machines they have on hand. If you would like to reserve a time for your onsite demonstration or would like to stop by, click here to register.


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

MSL Holiday Hours

MSL Holiday HoursMSL Holiday Hours

We would like to wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In observance of the Holidays, MSL will closed for the Monday, December 25th – Tuesday, December 26th and Monday, January 1st – Tuesday, January 2nd. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

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

PUR…What is it and why should I care?

PUR…What Is It and Why Should I Care?

PUR StrengthSuperior binding strength and lay-flat documents

Polyurethane Reactive, commonly referred to as PUR, is a polyurethane-based adhesive that is attracting popular attention due to superior binding strength, flexibility and eco-friendly nature.

Growing Demand

There is a growing demand for digital color book binding, with much of the imaging being done on high gloss paper stock. Conventional EVA hot-melt glue has difficulty creating a strong bind on coated stocks and generaly has poor lay-flat qualities. However, PUR hot-melt glue can provide superior bind strength and lay-flat of offset and digitally-imaged sheets printed on a wide range of coated stocks.

PUR bound books also outperform their EVA counterparts in their ability to maintain integrity of the bind under extreme temperatures, from – 4° to 248° F for PUR versus 32° to 140° F for EVA. What does all this mean? For example, an EVA-bound snowmobile user manual might become brittle in winter, while pages might fall out of a car manual that’s been baking in a glovebox during the heat of summer.

Superior Binding Strength

PUR also provides superior binding strength versus EVA adhesives, and has page-pull and page flex ratings that can be 40 to 60% higher. Uncured PUR is thermoplastic in nature; it reacts with the moisture in the air and within the paper stock to create a strong cross-linking bind that is resistive to re-melting. PUR is applied in a much thinner layer, so usage per book is less than EVA. The thin application and flexible nature of cured PUR enables books to open more easily to the gutter and lay flatter, preventing the book or pages from turning or closing prematurely. PUR is less affected by the wide variety of inks, varnishes, oils and solvents that can migrate into the glue line and cause EVA adhesives to fail. Additionally, PUR will create a superior bind on certain substrates such as coated stocks, photographic papers, recycled stocks, crossgrained stocks, acetates, and digitally imaged stocks. Although most PUR adhesives are very versatile, it is always best to discuss your applications and binding system with your adhesive supplier to insure that you are using the right adhesive for the best results.

Environmentally Friendly

PUR scores points in terms of environmental friendliness too. PUR-bound books are fully recyclable, whereas EVA glue must be separated from the paper. Energy conservation is another plus, since PUR is applied at 248° F whereas many EVA hot-melts are applied at higher temperatures. If there is a drawback to PUR versus EVA, it is that the books generally require a longer cure time prior to three-knife trimming or\handling of the books for operations such as casing-in and packaging. EVA sets-up very quickly, so books can be trimmed and shipped almost immediately after binding. Many of today’s PUR products will set sufficiently for trimming in a matter of minutes, but full cure time will vary widely depending upon a number of factors such as: binding substrates, book thickness, available moisture in the air and paper stock, as well as the specific adhesive being used. However if you are looking for a stronger, more flexible bind on a wide range of substrates, PUR just might be the answer.

Article provided by Standard Horizon. Click here to download original article. 


MSL
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
1.800.343.4231
midstatelitho.net

Why visit CET Color at SGIA 2017?

Why visit CET Color at SGIA 2017?

The time is fast approaching for the 2017 SGIA Expo! We invite you to come out and join CET Color as they demonstrate their award winning UV printers, the K2 and Q5 Series, along with the all new ‘Andes Cutter’. We will be located at the Booth 119 and, along with our product representatives and technicians, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and see our products in action.

This year’s event will be held in New Orleans, LA at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, playing host to hundreds of exhibitors who will be demonstrating all of their latest technology and work. With more than 40 classes and educational opportunities there won’t be a moment where you aren’t able to gain an in-depth understanding of the industry and how best to continue to grow your business.  In addition there will be several competitions which will award the industries highest honors: the SGIA Golden Image Awards for printers, the Tom Frecska Student Award for students and the Product of the Year Award for supplier.

There is still time to register, so join with us and your colleagues to experience the best products and work in the industry. For a free registration, please click here!


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

MBM & Lytrod Launch New Solution

Intellicut from Lytrod & MBM

MBM & Lytrod Launch New Solution

MBM & Lytrod at PRINT 17

MBM and Lytrod will launch a ground breaking Aerocut and Intellicut Solution on September 1, 2017. The new Intellicut Software from Lytrod offers Aerocut end users a consolidated and comprehensive document design and Aerocut device management workflow. See the Press Release attached here for more details.

MBM and Lytrod will be at PRINT 17, visit our booths for a demonstration of the new solution, MBM booth 2644 & Lytrod Software booth 126. For those who don’t make it to PRINT 17, Lytrod Software will be reaching out to MBM Aerocut Dealers to schedule a webinar and to demonstrate the latest in digital finishing automation.


Press Release: MBM & Lytrod Software Deliver New Solution to Help Businesses Automate Digital Finishing

MBM Corporation and Lytrod Software are excited to announce a new solution to optimize the MBM Aerocut workflow. Lytrod Intellicut software is the premier slitter/cutter/creaser document design and device management tool, with total support for Aerocut print file creation of both standard and custom template types. Utilizing the Intellicut proprietary Smart Layout Assistant™ technology, custom templates are guaranteed to automatically meet the MBM Aerocut Velocity and Prime layout guidelines and users can send automatically calculated template settings directly to the Aerocut through a network connection.

Beginning September 1st, MBM Aerocut Velocity and Prime Digital Finishing Systems will ship with Lytrod Intellicut software. Intellicut software is designed for non-technical staff with an intuitive user interface that requires little training. To get a fast start, Lytrod will provide end users a one-on-one live webinar tutorial of how Intellicut will work specifically for their business needs.

Intellicut looks to make an immediate impact on a business’s bottom-line, increasing document staging efficiency and eliminating risk of costly errors. With Intellicut, users can impose, design, address, and barcode print files in the most optimal way specifically for the Aerocut while having the software assist with machine template programming. The new solution will automate digital finishing workflows to help businesses increase capacity, reduce waste and errors, and offer a centralized production process for the print shop.


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

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 www.drupa.com.

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
www.midstatelitho.net

How to Know When Your Cutter Knife Needs Sharpening

challenge-paper-cutter-knife_12How to Know When Your Cutter Knife Needs Sharpening

Sharp knives result in better cuts. Frequent sharpening helps your cutter knives perform at their best. As a rule of thumb, your cutter knife needs to be sharpened around every 2,000 to 5,000 cuts.

Here are a few telltale signs that it’s time to sharpen your knives:

  • The knife hesitates or stalls while making a cut.
  • The sheets are not all cut to the same length (usually the top few sheets are longer than the rest of the sheets – this is sometimes called “draw”).
  • Cut marks appear on the paper’s cut face.
  • The profile of the cut (side view) is not perpendicular to the table.
  • The cut does not appear straight when viewed from the top.
  • The knife makes a “rougher” sound as it passes through paper.
  • Nicks are visible on the cutting edge of the knife.

The Challenge Advantage

At Challenge Machinery, our goal is to design, manufacture, and market equipment that adds value to your customers’ printed products. We offer drills, paper cutters, book trimmers, cornering machines, and other print finishing equipment that can improve your customers’ productivity and make their lives easier.

Contact Mid-State Litho, Inc. if you have any questions about a specific product at 1-800-343-4231 or email us at sales@midstatelitho.net.

Visit us on the web at www.midstatelitho.net


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

Swift Printing & Communications Increases Production

Pictured above (left to right): Walt Gutowski III, Pressman, Jessica Slaydon, Community Relations & Steve Hale, Art and Technology Director of Swift Printing

Pictured above (left to right): Walt Gutowski III, Pressman, Jessica Slaydon, Community Relations & Steve Hale, Art and Technology Director of Swift Printing

Swift Printing & Communications Increases Production with MGI Meteor DP8700S
Grand Rapids based printer expands printing capabilities with Meteor S

MELBOURNE, FL, USA (November 20th, 2014) – Swift Printing & Communications has experienced continued success with their MGI Meteor DP8700 S.

Family owned and operated, Swift Printing is a solutions-driven printer that has been serving the Grand Rapids area for over 60 years. Founded by Walt Gutowski Sr. in 1950 as a local commercial printer, Swift Printing has become a world leader in digital technology by making innovation a top priority. With a commitment to top-notch service, the Swift Printing team is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art solutions to exceed their customers’ expectations.

Always staying ahead of the curve, Walt Gutowski Jr. began searching for a press that would complement his current line of offset and digital presses while maintaining the highest level of quality. After thorough research and testing, Swift Printing decided to invest in a Meteor DP8700 S with the help of Mid-State Litho, a MGI certified dealer.

“The MGI Meteor S is a great compliment to what we currently have in place,” states Walt Gutowski Jr., Owner of Swift Printing. “It is the only machine we can trust to do letterhead and envelopes that are 100% laser safe all the time. Not only can we do our day-to-day business more efficiently, we have also seen a huge increase in our business for short run 4-color jobs because we now have the ability to run them on the fly.”

“We are blending our history and new technology together on our digital presses by mixing old heritage letterpress work and new age printing. The Meteor S fit our needs perfectly- with its outstanding quality and versatility we knew the Meteor S would be a seamless fit,” continued Gutowski. “We are proud of our history, our community, and our print shop. With our new capabilities we are confident that we will be able to keep our customers one step ahead.”

For more information, please visit http://www.mgiusa.com and http://www.midstatelitho.net.


Swift Printing & Communications
404 Bridge Street, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
PH: 616-459-4263
www.swiftprinting.com

About Mid-State Litho

Mid-State Litho, Inc. (MSL), a certified MGI dealer, has been serving the printing and graphic arts community for over 30 years. Specializing in equipment and supplies for offset printing, digital printing, print finishing, binding and bookletmaking, plastic card production, mailing, packaging and more, MSL has solutions for all printing and finishing needs. In addition, MSL has a team of experienced, qualified account executives who make finding the right equipment solution for the job their number one priority.

About the MGI Group

The MGI Group is composed of MGI Digital Graphic Technology, headquartered in Paris (Ivry-sur-Seine), France, and KÖRA-PACKMAT, located in Villingendorf, Germany, and CERADROP, located in Limoges, France.

Founded in 1982, MGI Digital Graphic Technology designs, manufactures and markets a full and innovative range of award-winning digital presses and a complete line of versatile finishing solutions.

MGI has a portfolio comprised of several thousand customers in a wide range of sectors, including graphic industry professionals, Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, plastic card manufacturers, silk screeners and photo labs.

A leader in the professional graphic equipment market, MGI is registered on the Euronext Paris Alternext stock exchange (ALMDG). They received the prestigious OSEO “Innovative Company” & “OSEO Excellence” labels respectively in 2009 & 2012 in recognition of their expertise and innovation in the graphics & finishing industry. In addition, MGI has won thirteen international product awards from 2008-2012 related to technological innovation, including the 2010 Siemens Innovation Grand Prix and the 2011 Engineering Prize for their color inkjet technology.

MGI USA, based in Melbourne, Florida, is MGI’s fully owned subsidiary that services the North and South American, Caribbean and Asia Pacific markets.

KÖRA-PACKMAT is an industrial manufacturing company which specializes in the development of offset sub-systems. With four business units that cover feeding systems, paper transport systems, film wrapping machines & ultrasonic sealing systems, KÖRA-PACKMAT has a worldwide presence that is represented through a network of distributors and a subsidiary based in Singapore.

CERADROP is a cutting-edge company founded in 2006, by members of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) the world-renowned laboratory, and in under just seven years has become the French leader in inkjet equipment for printed electronics market and 3D printing.

Like MGI on Facebook and follow MGI on Twitter @MGI_USA to stay up to date on the latest MGI news & innovations.

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Media Contact:

Holly Haley
Marketing Coordinator
MGI USA, Inc.

Baby’s life saved after 3D printed devices were implanted at U-M to restore his breathing

Article Provided by UofMHealth.org, March 17, 2014
Media Contact: Mary Masson 734-764-2220

Bioresorbable splints used for just second time ever, successfully improved breathing so baby can go home for the first time

Ann Arbor, Mich. – In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn’t prevent his breathing from periodically stopping.

His condition was so tenuous that often his parents could not hold him for fear of compromising his breathing. But after surgeons at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital implanted 3D printed devices to open up Garrett’s airways, his parents are now planning to take their son home to their house in Utah for the very first time.

Hollister and Green 3D printing

Garrett is just the second person whose life was saved with a new, bioresorbable device developed at the University of Michigan by Glenn Green, M.D., associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology and Scott Hollister, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and associate professor of surgery at U-M.

Garrett has a condition called tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve, which can put tremendous pressure on the airways. In Garrett’s case, he developed severe tracheobronchomalacia, or softening of his trachea and bronchi, and his airways collapsed to the point that they were reduced to just small slits.

The Petersons spent months watching their child stop breathing and turn blue sometimes four to five times a day – forcing medical personnel to resuscitate him with heavy medication or other interventions.

Garrett needed to be on a ventilator at pressure levels that had reached the maximum, and he was not improving. He was often on strong medication and even had been put into a medically-induced coma because he would work against the ventilator if he was awake.

“It’s really hard to watch your child basically suffocate and pass out before you could revive him and bring him back, over and over,” says Jake Peterson, Garrett’s father.

“Nothing would stop him from turning blue. Just lifting his legs for diaper change would collapse his airways and that was it. There was nothing we could do to help him,” says Natalie Peterson, Garrett’s mother.

The Petersons had read an article in May 2013 about the first baby saved by Hollister and Green’s device and believed Garrett’s case might be similar. That baby just celebrated his second birthday and continues to be free of all symptoms related to his tracheobronchomalacia.

The Petersons contacted Green at U-M.

“We thought this could be Garrett’s chance of not only getting home but also getting off a ventilator,” Natalie Peterson says.

During much of 2013, the Petersons went back and forth trying to decide if the 3D printed device was the right option. In December, Garrett’s condition took a turn for the worse. His gut was shutting down from the high ventilator pressures. He had been in an intensive care unit for over a month and was in critical condition.

The Petersons decided to come to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“It was highly questionable whether or not he would survive,” Green says about Garrett’s condition.

“It’s horrible not knowing when your child is going to die. It’s horrible not knowing when one of these episodes is going to be the one he doesn’t make it through.”

Hollister and Green used provisions for emergency clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to create and implant a tracheal splint for Garrett made from a biopolymer called polycaprolactone.

Hollister created a 3D model of Garrett’s airway and specially designed splints for a custom fit on the baby’s bronchi.

Hollister was able to make the custom-designed, custom-fabricated device using high-resolution imaging and computer-aided design. The device was created directly from a CT scan of Garrett’s trachea and bronchi, integrating an image-based computer model with laser-based 3D printing to produce the splint.

On Jan. 31, 2014, Richard G. Ohye, M.D., the head of pediatric cardiovascular surgery at C.S. Mott, took on the intricate task of sewing two devices on two spots of Garrett’s airway, assisted by Green. The splints were sewn around Garrett’s right and left bronchi to expand the airways and give it external support to aid proper growth. Over about three years, the splint will be reabsorbed by the body.

“There we go, up and down,” said Green as the lungs began to inflate during the surgery. “We know the splint is working, he’s able to ventilate both lungs. I’m very optimistic for him.”

As he gets strong enough to breathe on his own for the first time, Garrett is on continually decreasing ventilator support, now at less than a quarter of the pressure needed before. He’s also done short stints completely off the ventilator.

Even if he needs some ventilator support for a little while longer, it’s low enough now that he can use a home ventilator and his gut is working again

“It is a tremendous feeling to know that this device has saved another child,” says Hollister. “We believe there are many other applications for these techniques, but to see the impact living and breathing in front of you is overwhelming.”

Hollister says it is hoped that Garrett will need about two to three years for his trachea to remodel and grow into a healthy state. That’s about how long this material will take to dissolve into the body, says Hollister.

Severe tracheobronchomalacia is rare. About 1 in 2,200 babies are born with tracheobronchomalacia and most children grow out of it by age 2 or 3, although it often is misdiagnosed as asthma that doesn’t respond to treatment.

Severe cases, like Garrett’s, are about 10 percent of that number. And they are frightening, says Green. A normal cold can cause a baby to stop breathing.

“Severe tracheobronchomalacia has been a condition that has frustrated me for years,” says Green. “I’ve seen children die from it. To see this device work, for a second time, it’s a major accomplishment and offers hope for these children.”

The Petersons say they are full of hope for the future. Garrett’s smiles have returned, and they are amazed that they could be home with their baby boy in just a few months.

“We needed to give him a chance and that’s what these splints have done,” says Natalie Peterson.

“And now he’ll show us what he can do.”

About C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Since 1903, the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that’s performed in the womb to complete emergency care that’s there when you need it, families from all over come to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for our pediatric expertise. In 2013, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was ranked eighth in the nation in Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. To learn more, go to www.mottchildren.org.
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital provides innovative care for children with a wide variety of complex airway disorders. Learn more here: www.mottchildren.org/airwaydisorders