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OKI C9DP Series - Digital Envelope Printers

Professional digital printing at your fingertips with OKI Digital Print Solutions!

With the OKI C942dn and C931e, premium print jobs that required expensive printing equipment or outsourcing are now available affordably and on-demand. Digital printing delivers rich, saturated, press-like color – without the mess. With no setup costs and fast turnaround times, users can broaden services, expand short-run offerings and deliver high quality printing on demand. Whether printing-for-profit or looking to reduce costs and bring your specialty printing in-house, the OKI C9 series is the solution.

OKI C9 digital printers can be used as a standalone production station, and
also complements existing production equipment by offering extended
printing capabilities. The C942dn and C931e have a compact footprint, vast
capabilities, and are remarkably easy to use and maintain. With four- and
five-color printing options available, users can unlock creative potential and produce a wide range of breathtaking output including invitations, stationery, brochures, packaging prototypes, point-of-sale material, window graphics, banners, labels and more!


Unlock new markets & grow your business with digital printing

What’s the best choice for you? That all depends on priorities and budget. Because one size doesn’t fit all, OKI offers solutions for every need.

Each environment has different needs. Some want full color, plus white to begin creating innovative and exciting print applications, and others want four color printing to reduce their overall cost per print, and offset jobs that normally require a larger press to complete. OKI is the ideal color print device for creative, opportunity-seeking print shops, design firms, and even large retailers: a fast, flexible, cost effective, easy-to-use printer that lets you do more in house than ever before.


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 become 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 at 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.


Mid-State Litho, Inc. (MSL)
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Ph: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Are you a good equipment shopper?

What is your normal approach when you are considering new equipment? Do you spend a couple weeks on the web researching the machine you are interested in? Or do you know what you want when you see it? You may contact your local sales rep and start asking the questions that matter the most to you and maybe you might set up a demonstration. Some might order it sight-unseen. I think most of our customers rely strongly on their dealers to help guide them in the R&D phase and we take that seriously. When you place your trust in us we want to make sure we do everything we can to help you make the most informed decisions you can.

I was compelled to write this because I, along with Mark Culley, and my son Steven Barrett, have all just returned from Kyoto, Japan where the first ever Think Smart Factory Show was held. Not only did we attend the show but we also toured the Horizon Factory, the Fujifilm Ink Jet Assembly Plant, and also the Konica Minolta Research and Development Campus, where we had an in depth demo of the KM-1.

Why would we bare the expense and time to attend something like this? There is only one reason and that reason is knowledge. Knowledge makes us better sales reps and adds to our pulse on the industry that we bring to you as your local equipment distributor. MSL has always spent a great deal of time and money to keep our technicians and all of our sales representatives trained and up to speed with what our industry is doing.

 We spend as much money on training our sales people as we do our service techs. We attend every trade show in the US from start to finish. We attend Drupa in Dusseldorf, Germany every 4 years, DScoop, and any other events that we feel will add to our understanding of this industry. We also belong to 3 different peer groups that are also important sources of information – The American Dealer Group, BindRite Dealers Association, and Detroit Printing House Craftsmen. 

The American Dealer Group is where we get to rub elbows with about 25 other dealers from all over North America.  These are all dealers very similar to our organization.  We meet twice a year and discuss everything from service and sales compensation to what products work and which ones don’t. This is a great resource because we review real feedback from actual in-the-field experiences through multiple dealers.

 I am trying to drive home the fact that we are always shopping our product line. We not only make sure that the products work by getting feedback from other dealers, we are also attending shows worldwide to make sure what we are selling is also relevant to the industry and our customers. We have walked away from products that weren’t to our performance or quality standards or if there are issues with the vendor or support. Not having the proper product and support from any given vendor is a recipe for disaster. We have had complicated installations but we learn from them and we work tirelessly to eliminate the potential future problems. As a result, we strive to ensure that every installation is smooth and productive for the customer, in the least amount of time.

It is our responsibility to make sure products we represent work as the manufacturer intended. We spend a great deal of time and money making sure we understand our industry and where it is headed. Take comfort when working with us on equipment that we really do have your best interest at heart and in mind. We have hand-picked the equipment we sell, we know what works, and we only place it where it will make you, our customers, profitable.

Doug Barrett
MSL Account Executive


Next Stop…Dusseldorf 2020

See you in Dusseldorf in the spring of next year. Visit Drupa with us, it is the most important Graphics show in the world. This is where you see the future of our industry, and I have to admit the food and beer are also worth the trip!


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

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

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

Standard Finishing Systems PRINT 19

Let’s Talk Finishing at PRINT 19 In Chicago!

Let’s talk finishing at PRINT 19!

MSL will be in Standard Horizon’s Booth #810 to demonstrate the largest display of finishing on the show floor.

Standard Horizon’s comprehensive lineup will include perfect binding and trimming, saddlestitching, folding, slitting/creasing, die cutting, and bookletmaking.

Let’s talk about your current workflow. Let’s talk about evaluating new equipment for your business. Let’s talk about automation in your finishing process.

Meet us in Chicago and let’s talk finishing! Schedule your VIP Demo below!


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

Baumfolder Poly Bag Folding System

Need help folding your poly bags?

Check out the NEW Baumfolder Poly Bag Folding System!

If you are manually folding poly bags for customer returns and medical samples, we have the solution for you!

Baumfolder has developed a system to feed, fold, and convey Poly bags based on your customers required end size.

Baum Poly Bag Folding System Features Benefits:

  • Continuous feeding
  • Designed to select variable folds when ordered
  • Shingle conveyor holds 300 to 500 folded bags
  • Can achieve 40 to 50 bags per minute
  • Designed to have variable sizes when ordered
  • Requires low maintenance
  • Durable heavy-duty commercial construction
  • Maximize daily throughput

Check out Baum’s poly bag folding solution by clicking here and stop hand folding your poly bags. Want more information on this system or something similar? Just give us a call at 810.238.7370 and we will work with you to customize a solution that is right for your business. 


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

Fastback Binding Solutions from Powis Parker

Fastback binding is strong, durable and attractive. Pages in a Fastback document can withstand more than 50 pounds of pull. The tough thermoplastic adhesive will not become brittle with age, so it’s perfect for archival storage. Features and benefits include:

  • Bind Faster: Fastback binders are 3.5 times faster than competitive binding systems
  • Super Strong: Fastback bound documents can withstand more than 50 pounds of pull
  • Layflat: Fastback Thermal Strip delivers true lay-flat binding

Fastback Model – 20

Create super strong, impressive books and documents in 15 seconds or less. Anyone can operate the 20 with its intuitive one-touch button. Bind 10 – 700 page documents with minimal, space-saving supply inventory. The Fastback 20 is the binder your office has been looking for!


Fastback Model – 9

The Powis Fastback Model – 9 is ideal for departmental and office use. Simply place the strip and the book block in the binding machine and press the green button.

For the highest level of binding strip customization, Image Strip and LX Image Blank allows you to promote your brad, enhance your image and ensure that each prospectus, manual, case study, and report your produce is a cut above the competition.


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

Standard Horizon Spring 2019 FinishLine NewsLetter

The Spring 2019 Issue of the Standard Newsletter is Now Available!

We are excited to share this edition which includes four brand new customer success stories, industry event highlights, and more.

Inside this issue…

  • Bringing it all in-house: BIP Printing Solutions in Beachwood, OH increases capacity with an in-line Hunkeler system for book block production paired with near-line Horizon perfect binding and trimming.  Read This Story

  • Addressing labor concerns in the bindery: Based in Easthampton, MA, Gazette Printing adds the Horizon B1 Pallet-Feed Folder to its bindery and triples productivity. Read This Story

  • Hunkeler Generation 8: Darwill, headquartered in Hillside, IL, employs the newest Hunkeler finishing technology to tackle heavier stock requirements and higher press speeds.  Read This Story

  • 20 million folds and still going strong: Puerto Rico-based 3A Press achieves success with the short learning curves and easy operation offered by Standard Horizon folding and perfect binding. Read This Story

  • Innovationdays wrap-up:  New technology was unveiled in Lucerne, Switzerland at the 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays, drawing 6,500 attendees from 100 nations.  Read More

Enjoy this issue, and we welcome your feedback! Download a copy of the FinishLine Catalog by clicking here. Please contact us at 810.238.7370 if you have any questions.


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

The Top Ten RIP Upgrade Related Questions

Article Provided By Xitron

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.

Mid-State Litho (MSL) is an authorized distributor of Xitron Workflow and RIP solutions. Learn more about Xitron Software here.

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

Xitron – My Favorite Feature

By Pat French

Anyone who has operated a Harlequin RIP during the past 15 years is very familiar with the interface and functionality. It has barely changed at all during that time. Some affectionately refer to as “utilitarian;” nothing fancy. Nothing flashy. For many users, this is fine. It means that they can quickly and efficiently make changes as necessary and understand how the RIP is performing.

For others, it might be a little too simple. Especially when you think about things like job submission, job previewing, and multiple operator access. These are often identified as “under-performing.” When users mention them, I get to talk about my favorite features in Navigator Server, Xitron’s economical Harlequin workflow module.

Navigator Server takes a fast, accurate, Harlequin RIP and makes it better by addressing basic shortcomings like these. Instead of having to use spool folders, NT pipes, or the print dialog in the RIP, Navigator Server provides operators with simple, network-based drag & drop functionality. It provides visual feedback of job progress and allows re-ordering of jobs based on priority, as well as easy re-submission with alternate settings.

Instead of users having only two preview magnifications, which is what the RIP provides, Navigator Server offers more than 20. Operators have full zoom control with the ability to check traps, verify densities, and examine dot and separation accuracy before committing jobs to metal or film. Perhaps most importantly though, Navigator Server provides this functionality to as many operators as needed . . .concurrently. Instead of only one person having access at a time (and having to physically go to the RIP platform in order to interact with it), Navigator Server provides client software that allows them to control all RIP functionality right from their own desktop.

The increase in usability and productivity is measurable. If you haven’t looked at Navigator’s workflow module, take a few minutes to check it out. It’s available for almost any Harlequin RIP and is easily installed and configured.

This article was written by Pat French at Xitron. MSL is an authorized distributor of Xitron software. Visit Xitron’s blog by clicking here!


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