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OKI C931DPe: The most affordable digital printer

Introducing the OKI C931DPe!

Sometimes “simple” is all you need. Now you can print envelopes, letterhead, business cards and much more in-house. OKI’s Award Winning Digital Envelope Solutions give you high definition color output on a variety of different medias, that is waterproof and laser safe. The Multi-Media Input Feeder is easy to set up and load. With a straight-through paper path, it’s easier to run thicker stocks and prints are delivered straight up for immediate quality control.

The OKI C931DPe offers the same four-color digital envelope printing, but at a lower cost. OKI has simplified the envelope printing process when a conveyor is not needed. Don’t wait any longer to join thousands of print shops already working with OKI Digital Envelope Printers.

OKI C931DPe & Envelope Feeder
OKI C931DPe + Envelope Feeder

OKI’s C9 Envelope Feeder simplifies job setup, while delivery both high levels of production and reliability. It’s flexibility allows it to handle the broadest range of sizes and printing applications, from envelopes to double-sided brochures – all with no slow-down and in a single pass!

Start printing full-color envelopes in-house! View our product page below for additional product information!


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Retirement Announcement for Richard Miller

Richard (Dick) Miller

We are both happy and sad to announce the retirement of Richard (Dick) Miller. Dick Miller has meant so much to MSL and our customers over the years, but all good things must come to an end. Dick Miller has worked for us since 1991. Not only has he sold a tremendous amount of equipment, more importantly he has been invaluable from a mentoring standpoint.

I have personally known Dick Miller since the late 70’s when he was always one of Multigraphics top sales reps in the country. Dick was always near the top for his entire career with Multigraphics, that lasted nearly 30 years. Multigraphics fell onto hard times so Dick did what any good salesman would do, he went where there was new opportunity.

 Dick moved to and prospered with Compugraphic right up until the typesetting world was turned on it’s ear by the new computers, laser printers, and image setters. Dick retired at that time and was out of the industry for about a year. Having gone nearly nuts from boredom, he stopped into our office to visit an old friend. We talked and came up with a plan to have him come to work for us on a part time basis.

 I was very excited because I knew that I had just landed one of the best sales people I had ever known. That excitement came from knowing he would be a tremendous help to us, bringing in new business. What I did not know was how important he would become in my life even more so than selling some hardware. He became the most important mentor in my life after my parents. I learned so many things from him that it can’t be covered in a few paragraphs. Dick Miller brought class, intelligence, patience, and an old- school understanding of sales. We will make sure his influence stays part of the culture here at MSL.

 I have always been a mechanic that sold because we cannot survive without equipment orders. Dick Miller sold purely for the love of working with people and selling them equipment that helped to make them successful. He never sold anyone equipment unless he 100% sure it was correct for the buyer.

  During his years at MSL, Dick Miller never came to work because he needed the money. Dick Miller came to work every day because he loved you, his customers, coworkers, and his work as a respected salesman.  There are many people in this area that are a much better off because of his efforts. I put MSL at the top of that list. My only regret is that I didn’t hook up with Dick when he was in his working prime. He did so much for us working part time. I can’t imagine what it would have been like 20 years earlier in his career.

 Everyone at MSL will miss him every day, especially myself. I will miss the sales calls together, the trips to the trade shows, and all of the brainstorming trying to get deals done. Thank you Richard Miller, I cannot put into words what you have meant to me and our company. Enjoy your retirement, you certainly have earned it. We will never forget what you have done for us.

– Douglas M. Barrett


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Think Smart Factory 2019

November 11th – 13th, 2019, the first Think Smart Factory will take place in Kyoto, Japan. The target group of international event are future-oriented print service providers who want to fully automate their processes.


Kyoto, Japan – A consortium of industry partners are coming together this November to demonstrate technology in a very special format. The Think Smart Factory 2019 will be held in Kyoto, Japan and it stands to be a very unique glimpse at a future that’s coming together right now at a future-defining moment for our industry.

 The collaborate expo stands to turn things over by integrating every manufacture in a way to best demonstrate the interconnectedness and integration that these partners have been working for decades to create. Technologies of all kinds are coming together for the industry’s first attempt at a complete Smart Factory.

The special expo will be broken into common industry departments such as futuristic workflow controlled inkjet printing direct to roll. There will be a special sheet processing zone for demonstrating a new future of job ticketing and work processing. Rolls can be finished directly to saddle stitched books. There will also be a Smart Stitching Zone, Smart Binding Zone, Smart Folding Zone, and even a shipping zone.

Attendees will be treated to fully integrated applications showcasing uses of robot arms and automated vehicles. Arms can load binders at peak efficiency while smart AVG (Automated Guided Vehicles) transport finished work to the shipping zone.

This exhibition stands to demonstrate a new wave of technology and special processes that are more or less available today. Those attending will see the effort of thousands of engineers coming together in a way that’s never been seen before. Look forward to reporting direct from the event!


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

Short-run envelope production made easy!

Short-run envelope production made easy!

With the OKI C9 Digital Envelope Printers there’s no need to outsource or turn away jobs because they won’t be profitable. Short run envelope production (runs of 5,000 or less) used to be a headache for the print shops large and small: not economical for traditional offset printers, too much trouble even for small digital print shops. Until now!

OKI’s award – winning Digital Envelope Solutions make it easy to broaden your services and expand short-run offerings with affordable, customized envelopes in a variety of sizes, weights and colors. Print short runs in less time than it takes to produce printing plates and ink up a press. With little to no setup required, the C9DP series make it easy to produce mock-ups / samples and quickly go from design to production.

Production-Level Print Shop in a Box

The OKI C942dn lets you do something very unique – broaden your printed offering with White toner. OKI’s most revolutionary five-color print system delivers the ultimate high-impact output by intelligently and accurately applying White toner under CMYK to produce brilliant color printed on dark media. This is a truly ground-breaking device for creative graphic artists and print shops that want to stand out.

Generate additional sources of revenue with the ability to print white and create breathtakingly unique printed output – everything from business cards to colored wedding invitations now becomes possible.


Big Time Color Output for a Smaller Price

The OKI C931e is the perfect solution when CMYK is all you need. Designed for printing on white and light colored substrates, the C931e delivers the same high quality output and media flexibility – but an incredible value and low total cost of ownership.

With the ability to print Super-B (13″ x 19″) sheets and banners up to 52″ long, the C931e nicely complements existing production equipment by offering extended printing capabilities and lowest toner cost per square inch.


Only OKI Offers You:

  • Straight-through paper path handles ultra heavy card stocks with ease
  • Broadest range of media sizes
  • Lowest entry cost for White toner printing
  • High capacity toner cartridges
  • Laser-safe and waterproof output
  • Digital NCR printing
  • Magnetic media approved
  • Variable data at rated engine speed
  • On-site standard warranty included
  • Patented LED Print Technology

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Aerocut Prime Complete

Aerocut Prime Complete – the Most Versatile Digital Finisher, Ever!

The Aerocut Prime complete is the most productive and versatile digital finisher, ever! Click here to learn more…

The AeroCut Prime Complete is an ideal solution for print finishing, especially for short-run digitally printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, invitations, greeting cards, leaflets, tickets and more.  The Prime saves time and cost for any print shop, in-house printer, commercial printer, etc.

The first advantage of adding the AeroCut Prime slitter/cutter/creaser is imposition. When using a paper cutter there is conflict in production. Cutting cards on a cutter works better with larger stacks and in order to do that you wind up mixing the names or ganging up cards. As you cut the stack, you are confronted with keeping the stacks in order so that they can be boxed without mixing up the cards. When using a slitter/cutter you put only one name on a sheet, eighteen-up. Run as many sheets as you need to complete the order.

Compensation for inconsistent register from the digital print engine is the second advantage of a slitter/cutter. The Aerocut Prime does not cut based on the edge of the sheet. The Aerocut Prime reads the registration mark on the lead edge and cuts based on the position of the mark and not on the edge of the stock.

Finally, the Aerocut Prime slitter/cutter removes nearly all of the labor in finishing business cards. Simply place the stack of sheets into the feeder, push the start button, and walk away! Watch the Aerocut Prime demo video by clicking the link below!


Benefits & Features Include:

  • Laser-Sharp Accuracy
  • Great Expandability
  • Ultimate Weapon for Digital Printers
  • Productive & Versatile 
  • Intuitive Operation
  • Instant Job Change
  • Expandable Feed Tray
  • Robust Slitters & Guillotine Units

Basic Functions Include:

Creasing Unit: The true rule and matrix creaser allows the Prime to offer world-class creases on digitally printed stocks. Creasing pressure can be adjusted in 5 levels instantly by shifting the lever. 

Slitting / Cutting Units: The Prime features 2 single blade slitters to trim the top and bottom margins of sheets, and 2 double blade slitters, bleed center gutters and deflect waste into a waste bin. The durable guillotine cuts stock up to 400 gsm in weight. Slitter and guillotine blades are self-sharpening.

Feeding Unit: The Prime feeds printed stocks one-by-one from the top of the ream on the feed tray. The air-suction top feed system feeds even coated stock precisely without damage. There are several features to ensure feeding different weights and qualities of stock every time. 

Instant Job Change & Intuitive Operation: The AeroCut Prime can change jobs instantly, therefore is the ideal solution for finishing digitally printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, greeting cards, tent cards, tickets, leaflets, and more. The 7″ touch screen allows operators to set job programs and run the machine intuitively and instantly.  

Expandable Feed Tray & Conveyor / Stacker: The expandable tray is capable of feeding stocks up to 26.75″ in length. Most stocks for today’s digital print can be finished on the Prime. The stacking capacity is 4″. The conveyor / stacker is light weight and easy to attach. Engineered to adjust for different stock and sizes of finished pieces.

Patented Feeding Mechanism: The patented “Tri-Suction Feeding Mechanism” reduces risks of double feeds and mis-feeds drastically, therefore it prevents paper jams and enhances productivity.

Easy Maintenance: The Prime now has detachable rollers, not only making cleaning easy, but it gives better access to components in case of a paper jam.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

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!

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