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Why Should I Upgrade My RIP?

Why Should I Upgrade My RIP?

Why Should I Upgrade My RIP?

Article provided by: Xitron, September 2018

It should come as no surprise that this is the most often-asked question when it comes to prepress RIPs and workflows. Given a couple of minutes, prepress managers, printing company owners, and even prepress operators can come up with a list of reasons/clichés against upgrading. By far, the most popular is, “There’s nothing really wrong with my current RIP.”

Depending on the kind of work you do, that may actually be true. If you’re running relatively simple jobs that are light on complexity or color content, a RIP upgrade may not pass the price/performance ratio test. But, if you handle a lot of jobs submitted from outside sources, you never really know what you’re going to get and that could spell trouble with a large dollar sign.

I recently heard from a user whose RIP software was several years old. His dealer had tried to convince him that he was overdue for an upgrade but he resisted spending the money to bring it current. Shortly thereafter he found himself eating a $6,000 print job because elements were missing and nobody noticed until the job was delivered. The PDF submitted for printing contained multiple transparency layers and his old RIP was not able to interpret it properly.

In this particular example you could fault the shop’s quality control as much as the RIP. After all, there are many prepress tools to help operators catch mistakes before its too late, not the least of which is good proofing method. But the fact remains, if your RIP is current, you eliminate the lion’s share of issues caused by inaccurate interpretation.


MSL
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
www.midstatelitho.net

Perrin Resort and Collegiate Apparel calls Xitron’s Navigator Workflow a “very good investment.”

Xitron's Navigator Workflow

Perrin Resort and Collegiate Apparel calls Xitron’s Navigator Workflow a “very good investment.”

Xitron’s Navigator Workflow

What do you call a project where saving about 37 hours of labor each day is an unexpected side benefit? Robert Kern, Illustrator and Designer at Perrin Resort and Collegiate Apparel calls Xitron’s Navigator Workflow a “very good investment.”

Perrin is an employee-owned screen printer, located in Comstock, Michigan, with over 200 employees. Perrin’s customers include theme parks, museums, airports, sports teams and resorts worldwide. To meet the demand, twenty M&R screen printing presses are fed by three M&R i-Image ST computer-to-screen imaging units that produce up to 900 screens a day.

Prior to the Xitron system being installed, color transitions (gradients) were a problem, according to Kern. “It wasn’t smooth transitioning between, for example, 10% and 40%.” The need for improved quality sent Perrin looking for solutions that would complement the built-in software on their CTS systems. Industry consultant Lon Winters of Print This, Inc, recommended the Navigator workflow.

After a six-month evaluation and study, Perrin determined the Navigator workflow greatly exceeded expectations.

>> Click here to read the full article


About Xitron Navigator Harlequin RIP

Xitron’s Navigator Harlequin RIP is a best-in-class implementation of Global Graphic’s Harlequin RIP technology. Providing prepress environments with fast, predictable, and reliable interpretation of PostScript, PDF, and EPS format files, Navigator is the most trusted name in RIP architecture with over 35,000 installations worldwide.

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MSL
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

Challenge Machinery – The Hole Truth

Challenge Machinery – The Hole Truth

For more than 50 years, the EH-3 has been the standard by which all other drills are compared. The legend continues…

The Challenge brand is well known for excellence in innovation, reliability and durability. The EH-3 model of paper drills have been the industry-standard for over 50 years, with over 50,000 units sold worldwide.

The rugged steel and cast iron design of the EH-3 provides accurate drilling for years to come. Powerful hydraulic operation minimizes operator fatigue and results in consistent, clean holes. The taper-fit shank design ensures that our drill bits will seat centrally and securely into the spindle. The EH-3 can drill 25% more stock on every stroke with its standard 2-1/2” drill bits.

The EH-3 utilizes an automatic-return of the drilling heads as standard equipment, minimizing the contact between the drill bits and the drilling block. This allows for longer intervals between sharpening and longer bit life. The Challenge EH-3 proudly displays the UL label, providing added assurance of our quality and safety. Proudly manufactured in the US, the EH-3 continues our legacy of providing assurance you made the right decision.

Click here for your instant brochure download or watch the video below!

 


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

Baumfolder at PRINT 2017

Baumfolder at PRINT 2017

Baumfolder Show PictureCome visit Baumfolder at Print 2017 booth #1568. Baumfolder’s booth will provide a customer meeting place to speak with equipment specialist, to help answer any questions you may have.

Get all the information and help needed to select the best Baumfolder Solution for your application. While you are at the show be sure to check out Baum’s folding, feeding and stacking equipment:

  • Baum 714XLT Table Top Paper Folder
  • Baum 20 Floor Model Paper Folder
  • Baum 20 IPF Independent Deep Pile Feeder
  • Baum 20 RCS Receding Delivery Stacker

Baumfolder continues to provide the best post press equipment in the world. Baumfolder will also be providing information on their latest solutions in the order fulfillment and E-commerce industry.

About Baumfolder

Baumfolder Corporation is a leading producer of equipment for post-press bindery, finishing equipment, mailing equipment products and contract assembly. Almost a century of experience keeps us at the forefront of our industry. Our many years in business and having shipped over 100,000 systems give Baumfolder unprecedented insight into achieving customer satisfaction.

Product portfolio includes tabletop folders, floor model folders, perf/score/slitting equipment, deliveries/stackers/transports, independent feeders, loaders, stitchers, presses, cutters, and drills. Click here for additional finishing solutions from Baumfolder >>>


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

Andes Flatbed Cutter Auto-Load System

Andes Flatbed Cutter Auto-Load System

CET Color’s NEW 5′ x 10′ Andes flatbed cutter features a multi-functional head for quick tool changing. Available functions include oscillating, creasing, cutting, drawing, kiss cutting, routing, V-cutting, rotary cutting for fabric, and foam oscillating. The machine is compatible with materials such as Dibond, and more.

The Andes flatbed cutter also features an automated conveyor system that places sheets in position from the NEW Auto-Loader. Check out the video above or see additional Andes flatbed cutter features/options below:

  • New auto-load system now available
  • Six vacuum zones
  • LCD touchscreen
  • Maximum speed of 47″ per minute
  • Multi-functional head
  • Cutting thickness up to 2.36″
  • Conveyor system for ease of material removal and increased productivity
  • Custom configuration options are available
  • Vision registration and camera included
  • and much more!

Produce high quality results consistently and efficiently with the NEW Andes flatbed cutter. Custom configurations are available, ask your account executive for additional information or visit us online. Download your copy of the Andes brochure right here >>>


MSL
5459 Fenton Road
Flint, MI 48507
midstatelitho.net

Get spot color matching right with Navigator Northstar

navigator-northstar-bannerGet spot color matching right with Navigator Northstar


Navigator Northstar is a Harlequin RIP and workflow package designed to “bolt on” to color printers lacking workflow tools and robust color correction capabilities. An alternative to print drivers or down-market RIPs, Navigator Northstar brings the professional level of color adjustment and control necessary to use these printers in a production environment where the final product (printed material) is sold.

What is Navigator Northstar?

Navigator Northstar combines a Navigator RIP, a two-client/one RIP workflow license, and a plug-in that will drive many Memjet-based printers, or the OKI 931/941 models.

The Navigator RIP communicates with the output device through a network connection, which means the printer can be physically located anywhere it’s convenient to the user. Since the workflow client software is compatible Mac or PC, the printer can be controlled from anywhere on the network.

Jobs are submitted to the RIP through the workflow’s drag-and-drop interface where the operator has an opportunity to select standard printing options such as rotation, copy count, halftone screening, and calibration.

However, Northstar deviates from the standard printer driver control by incorporating a professional color management tool which allows the operator to visually match spot colors on each individual job and adjust the color based on a series of printable swatches. The adjustments can be added to a library and used later (should the job repeat), or even on new jobs containing that particular color. Color accuracy can be achieved through built-in paper profiles, custom color profiles generated by the user, a global color change tool, or through a unique spot color matching routine that allows the user to visually adjust color accuracy on a job-by-job basis.

Integration:

Navigator Northstar supports a number of printers that incorporate Memjet’s Northstar print head. A separate plug-in will also support the OKI 931/941 series of toner-based printers.

Printers who have already purchased an OKI 931/941 can add Navigator Northstar to instantly improve color accuracy and fidelity.


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

CET Color Announces New Roll-to-Roll Printer

CET Color Announces New Roll-to-Roll Printer

CET Color Roll-to-Roll Wide Format PrinterAtlanta, Georgia, USA; May 2017 – CET Color – a manufacturer of wide-format UV flatbed and hybrid printers, announces the latest in their line of equipment. The 3200UVRTR printer is a 126″ roll-to-roll UV printer which has 2 Kyocera print heads and can boast up to 4. The unit has the capability of C, Y, M, K, Lc, Lm and WW; this unit supports Onyx or Caldera RIP software.

This 3200UVRTR is able to print on various substrates including backlits, banners, mesh, vinyl and etc. This unit also features a built in light source so you can back light your material before it goes to the take up reel, making this unit leading edge technology for the UV market.

Javier Mahmoud, CET Color Vice President of Sales and Marketing, says, “the market demand feedback from our dealers has been very strong on a roll-to-roll UV solution. We are very proud to announce this 126″ roll-to-roll UV that has the capability of printing dual rolls of media at the same time.”

CET Color offers a complete line of wide format UV printers, as well as recently introduced flatbed cutter, for use on a broad range of substrates. Their 80,000 square-foot facility, located in Atlanta, GA, includes an extensive warehouse and printer assembly hall, in addition to a large demonstration center.

CET Color
4450 Commerce Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30336


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