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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

Is your punch from the stone age? Introducing the Sterling Digipunch.

Is your punch from the stone age?

sterling-digipunchStep into the digital age with the Sterling Digipunch!

The Sterling Digipunch is an economical, high-speed automatic paper punching machine designed for short run binderies as well as digital and commercial printers. The Sterling Digipunch allows for punching up to 72,000 sheets per hour! That’s a big pile of paper for a small machine and a half-million sheets per shift.

The Sterling Digipunch features a variable pile lift, which allows for slowing the machine down for difficult jobs, such as stock that is curled, stock with static, or acetate. Punch sheets with covers or tabs intermixed.

A touch screen offers complete automatic set up and automatic changeovers. The touch screen takes the guesswork out of the maintenance cycle by prompting operators when it is time to lubricate or sharpen the die.

Punch sheets from 4.25 x 5.5 inches to 12 x 14 inches for Plastic Coil, Double Loop Wire, Plastic Comb, Three Hole– or any hole pattern. The optional Drum Bypass is a belt changeover system for heavy board. This will enable the sheet to be delivered without having to bend by traveling around the drum.

The Sterling Digipunch offers the latest development in paper punching equipment to make swift set up and changeovers. Embrace the latest in digital technology with the Sterling Digipunch!

For additional information, please contact us at 810.238.7370.


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

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!

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Flint, MI 48507
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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. 


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Flint, MI 48507
1.800.343.4231
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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
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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
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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