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On-Demand Book Production Company Achieves ROI After 11 Months with Challenge Machinery Book Trimmer

On-Demand Book Production Company Achieves ROI After 11 Months with Challenge Machinery Book Trimmer

Company Achieves ROI After 11 Months with Challenge Machinery Book Trimmer“Since we have installed the CMT-330, it has processed one-third of our total plant output, which is up to 350,000 books per month. Pretty good for a five-figure investment.” – Bruce Jacobsen, Executive Vice President, Bridgeport National Bindery

During its first 100 years in operation, Bridgeport National Bindery (BNB) served traditional library bindery clients. In 2003, the company installed its first digital printers and began serving the complete short-run book production needs of its rapidly growing on-demand customer base. A few years later, complete on-demand book production had become a significant part of BNB’s business. Most of BNB’s on-demand jobs were ultra small quantities, which led to a new set of operational challenges.

The Challenge

BNB had to find a way to reliably produce up to 8,000 perfect-bound books per day. Most of BNB’s jobs feature production quantities of 10 or fewer, in other words, 1,000 (or more) different jobs can flow through its perfect binding department each day. Reducing make-ready times to a bare minimum was a clear key objective.Click here to read more >>>

The Solution

BNB chose the CMT-330 three-knife book trimmer, Challenge Machinery’s premier book trimming solution for the shortrun, on-demand market. The CMT-330 integrates with perfect binding equipment for fully inline production. With the CMT-330, BNB could now consistently set up jobs in as little as ten seconds. Click here to read more >>>

The Results

Like many graphic arts companies, BNB usually expects to break even on capital investments within three to five years. However, eleven months after installing the CMT-330, Bridgeport calculated that the machine had already paid for itself. Click here to read more >>>


Customer Testimonial Provided by Challenge Machinery
Britt Cary
Sales Director, The Challenge Machinery Company


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

Standard Horizon’s New Multi-Function Systems Make Any Finishing Job Possible!

Standard Horizon's New Multi-Function Systems Make Any Finishing Job PossibleStandard Horizon’s New Multi-Function Systems Make Any Finishing Job Possible!

Make any finishing job possible

Say “YES” to virtually any job with a new line-up of Standard Horizon solutions from Mid-State Litho! Now you can perform multiple functions in a single pass for a vast and varied range of output possibilities. Each system can process a variety of finished product independently with efficiency and ease, or combine system capabilities to handle even more applications. Crease, Fold, Cut, Die-Cut, Perforate, and more to achieve ultimate production flexibility. The Sky’s the Limit!

MSL can help you automate your bindery for efficiency and profit.

  • STANDARD HORIZON CRF-362 CREASER/FOLDER

    CREASING AND FOLDING FOR DIGITAL PRINT
    Eliminates cracking on digital color output and accepts a wide range of coated, uncoated or laminated stocks from 24 lb. bond to 18 pt. on sheets up to 14.33″ x 34″. Features 7 selectable fold patterns and 6 selectable cover creasing patterns for perfect binding. Stores up to 200 jobs in memory.

    Crease and fold up to 5,000 sheets/hour. Optional perforating available. Ideal for restaurant menus, greeting cards, book covers, and marketing collateral. Learn more here >>>

  • STANDARD HORIZON RD-4055 DIE CUTTER

    ROTARY DIE CUTTING IN A COMPACT DESIGN
    Die-cut, kiss-cut, crease, perforate, slit, hole punch, and round corner on a wide range of substrates in one process for digital and offset prints. Up to 6,000 cycles/hour on sheet sizes up to 15.74″ x 21.65″. Repeat register function allows multiple-up applications from a single die pattern to minimize costs! Creasing also available for applications that require additional folding after die-cutting, such as boxes, pocket folders, and greeting cards. Learn more here >>>

  • STANDARD HORIZON SMSL-100 SMARTSLITTER

    CREASE, PERFORATE, AND CUT IN ONE PASS
    Introducing an all-in-one smart sheet processing system that can slit, gutter cut, edge trim,cross-cut, perforate, and crease all in one pass. Print mark registration adjusts for digital print image shift from sheet-to-sheet. Simple operation and easy job set-up via barcode. Ideal for greeting cards, table tents, invitations, and business cards. Skip perf feature can produce T- and L-perfs for tickets, coupons, and reply cards. Learn more here >>>


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

Packaging equipment for all types of industries

Packaging equipment for all types of industries

Packaging equipment for all types of industries

MSL now offers a complete and competitive line of packaging equipment for all types of industries. 

Most businesses require packaging equipment for their daily operations. Bakeries, printing companies and other commercial locations pack items. While that might seem obvious, choosing the right packaging equipment isn’t so simple. Therefore, MSL can help you find the right equipment to tackle this task in an efficient manner.

If you are deciding to install a new packaging line, check out a list of our products below:

Equipment Overview:

  • Adhesive Tape Sealers
  • Air Pillow Machines
  • All-In-One Sealers
  • Automatic L’Sealers
  • Bag Sealers
  • Bags-On-Roll Sealers
  • Band Sealers
  • Banding machines
  • Blister Sealers
  • Carton Erectors
  • Carton sealers
  • CD/DVD Overwrappers
  • Checkweighers
  • Slam Shell Sealers
  • Conveyors
  • Cutting Machines
  • Drop Sealer/Bag Opener
  • Filling and Capping
  • Friction Feeders
  • Horizontal Flow Wrapper
  • Impulse Sealers – Hand
  • Induction Sealers
  • Inkjet Printers
  • Label Dispensers
  • Labeling Machines
  • Mail Baggers
  • Metal Detectors
  • Pallet Wrappers
  • Pouch Sealer (Pick & Fill)
  • Poly Bundlers
  • Portable Sealers
  • Ribbon Blendors/Mixers
  • Semi-Auto L’Sealers
  • Shrink/Dip Tanks
  • Shrink Banding Tunnels
  • Shrink Sleevers
  • Shrink Tunnels
  • Side Seal Machines
  • Skin Packaging/Die Cut
  • Steam Shrink Tunnels
  • Strapping Machines
  • Stretch Wrap Machines
  • Tape Dispensers
  • Tray Sealing Machines
  • Vacuum Sealers
  • Vertical Form Fill Seal
  • Weigh Full Linear Scales
  • Weigh Scales
  • X-Ray Machines

Visit us online for more information at www.midstatelitho.net or contact us at 810-238-7370.


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

The NEW Photo Book Trimmer is here!

Challenge Machinery CMT-330 TC Photo Book TrimmerThe NEW Photo Book Trimmer is here!

CMT-330 TC Three-Knife Trimmer

The new generation of CMT-330TC three-knife trimmer features expanded capabilities making it the perfect machine to trim photo books. Featuring a 10.5″ color touch screen control panel for ease of use; Integrated bar code reading system for automated set up; Integrated in-line and near-line book feeding components; Graphical display of book path throughout the system; Automatic book size detection; Trims landscape formatted books up to 12″ x 12″ (305mm x 305mm), perfect for photo books; Powerful hydraulic powered cutting; Trims books up to 2″ thick; True three-knife on-demand book trimming.

The CMT-330 TC will be unveiled at Graph Expo 2016 in Challenge Machinery’s Booth #1025. Stop by and see their latest paper cutting equipment up close!

Features:

  • New 10.5″ Color Touch Screen control panel
  • New Integrated Bar Code reading system for automated set up
  • New Integrated In-line and Near-line book feeding components
  • New Graphical display of book path throughout the system
  • New Automatic book size detection
  • New – Trims landscape formatted books up to 12″ x 12″ – perfect for photo books!
  • Powerful hydraulic powered cutting
  • Trims books up to 2″ thick
  • True three-knife on-demand book trimming

Additional information coming soon. Visit our website for more information about Challenge Machinery’s NEW CMT-330 TC three-knife trimmer.


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

MBM Aerocut Velocity

MBM Aerocut Velocity

aerocut-velocityMBM’s Aerocut Velocity is the refined model of the Aerocut Classic slitter/cutter/creaser and features enhanced productivity and user-friendliness.

Feeding is an important and essential part for any print finishing device. This machine has an innovative patented feeding mechanism, that drastically reduces the risk of double feeds and mis-feeds. An optional perforating unit is located inside for an accurate registration.


The Velocity is twice as fast and includes more adjustments than base Aerocut Classic with a greater (4”) sheet capacity.The robust all-metal construction keeps top level accuracy and finishing quality on every job. Includes 268 preset cutting jobs and up to 150 additional custom programs can be stored in memory.

The Velocity is an ideal solution for finishing, especially for short-run digital printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, invitations, greeting cards, leaflets, tickets and more. Flex mode allows operators to cut multiple size cards from a page and add the desired number of creases on these; It enables designers and printers to create new aspects of applications. Self-correcting cut mark registration function and air suction feed system ensure accurate cuts every time.

Channel creasing allows the Velocity to offer world-class quality creases on digitally printed stocks. Creasing pressure can be adjusted in 5 levels instantly by shifting the lever. Magnetic paper guides are easily adjustable for various stock sizes. The handy business card collection tray snaps into place for neat stacking of finished cards.

The Velocity also features 2 single blade slitters to trim the top and bottom margins, and 2 double blade slitters for center gutters and precise accuracy. The durable blades cut stocks up to 400 gsm. The air-suction top feeding system easily feeds coated, digital, gloss and other stocks precisely without damage. Includes the Lytrod VisionDirect software to simplify the task of formatting, imposing, and adding personalized information to documents for fast and efficient cutting on the Velocity.


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

Standard before Graph Expo

orange-county-convention-centerStandard before Graph Expo

Standard is in the final stages of preparation for a successful Graph Expo in Orlando. With 4,000 square feet of exhibit space, Standard will have an equipment-packed booth and plenty of Standard experts on hand to welcome everyone during the show.

Standard will be showing a complete line-up of slitting/creasing, die-cutting, perfect binding, trimming, folding, saddlestitching, inspection systems, and continuous-feed print solutions – all processing a variety of new unique applications. Check out Standard’s equipment showcase below.

Equipment in the Standard Booth:

  • SmartSlitter
  • RD‐4055 Rotary Die Cutter with Dual Magnetic Cylinder NEW (See below for more information)
  • RD‐3346 Rotary Die Cutter
  • CRF‐362 Creaser/Folder
  • BQ‐270V Single‐clamp Perfect Binder
  • BQ‐470 Four‐clamp EVA Perfect Binder
  • HT‐30C Three‐side Trimmer
  • HT‐1000V Three‐knife Trimmer
  • StitchLiner 5500 Saddlestitcher with two VAC‐1000 Towers
  • StitchLiner 6000 Digital Saddlestitcher (as part of continuous‐feed Roll‐to‐Booklet solution)
  • SPF‐200L Landscape Bookletmaker + TBC‐200L Top & Bottom Cutter + HOF‐400 High Speed Sheet Feeder
  • AFC‐566FG Folder
  • AF‐406F Small Format Folder
  • APC‐610 Cutter
  • VIVA Inspection Systems throughout the booth
  • pXnet Bindery Management System

Improve your die cutting process with easy change over, simple operation and flexibility across a wide range of products with the NEW RD-4055. The NEW RD-4055 Die Cutter now features a dual magnetic cylinder for more complex creasing patterns and provides a higher quality score. Also handles a wide variety of packaging applications!

Save money with the uniquely designed servo motor controlled “Repeat Register” features that allows multiple-up applications from single-up die to minimize die cost. Die-cutting and kiss-cutting can be performed at the same time by using a die which has two different blade heights making the RD-4055 ideal for making stickers and labels.

Creasing can be achieved to avoid image cracking. Suitable for boxes, pocket folders and greeting cards which require an additional folding process after die cutting.


Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to see Standard’s equipment up close. Interested in Standard’s VIP Demonstration Program at Graph Expo? Click here to register>>>


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

The Ultimate Weapon for Digital Printers

The Ultimate Weapon for Digital PrintersThe Ultimate Weapon for Digital Printers

Demo the the NEW MBM Aerocut Velocity at our Open House on September 14-15, 2016!

The Aerocut Velocity is one of the top-end slitter/cutter/creasers in the industry. The Aerocut Velocity has the capability to perforate stocks both across and along feeding direction by adding on optional perforating units.

The Velocity is twice as fast and includes more adjustments than base Aerocut Classic with a greater (4”) sheet capacity.The robust all-metal construction keeps top level accuracy and finishing quality on every job. Includes 268 preset cutting jobs and up to 150 additional custom programs can be stored in memory.

The Velocity is an ideal solution for finishing, especially for short-run digital printed applications, such as business cards, post cards, invitations, greeting cards, leaflets, tickets and more. Flex mode allows operators to cut multiple size cards from a page and add the desired number of creases on these; It enables designers and printers to create new aspects of applications. Self-correcting cut mark registration function and air suction feed system ensure accurate cuts every time.

Channel creasing allows the Velocity to offer world-class quality creases on digitally printed stocks. Creasing pressure can be adjusted in 5 levels instantly by shifting the lever. Magnetic paper guides are easily adjustable for various stock sizes. The handy business card collection tray snaps into place for neat stacking of finished cards.

The Velocity also features 2 single blade slitters to trim the top and bottom margins, and 2 double blade slitters for center gutters and precise accuracy. The durable blades cut stocks up to 400 gsm. The air-suction top feeding system easily feeds coated, digital, gloss and other stocks precisely without damage. Includes the Lytrod VisionDirect software to simplify the task of formatting, imposing, and adding personalized information to documents for fast and efficient cutting on the Velocity.

>>Click here to learn more about MBM’s Aerocut Velocity.


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

Morgana’s Grand Opening

Morgana’s Grand Opening

Morgana is a quality manufacturer of various production machines for the digital printing industry. With Morgana’s specialties in folding, creasing, perfect binding and other finishing processes they were a perfect fit for a distribution partnership with Mid-State Litho. The AutoCreaser Pro and DigiFold Pro have been core machines for print production facilities from all over Europe and North America with all distribution and support coming from their UK headquarters. This year, North American US headquartered support just became reality.

Announcing the opening of their new facility, Morgana invited all dealers to their US based grand opening located in Rochester, New York and MSL’s Steven Barrett and Shawn Libert were in attendance.

The New Facility

Morgana’s new facility is a training center; showroom; warehouse; technical support center and it will become the base for all of the company’s operations. What does this mean exactly? Having the technical center in the US will allow Morgana to better support and demonstrate the full range of binders and finishing equipment; a place to test customer applications; and a parts/supply distribution center that is geographically a lot closer than the UK and business hours that allow for greater ease of communication.

Equipment Showcase

In addition, Morgana showcased the features and benefits of the new AutoCreaser Pro 385 and DigiFold Pro 385. Both machines feature a deep pile feeder that allows stacking of up to 17.72” of paper to enable longer runs and a SmartStep table drop for fast loading of shorter runs.  The patented automated air separation system allows for greater production, by avoiding time spent by the operator adjusting the air system for optimal feed performance. The automated gap set system also gives the operator more time to box up finished pieces and to prepare the next job to be finished. With a simpler interface, the setup of jobs is quicker and more intuitive, allowing for faster setup times and less waste from incorrect programming.

Overall, the grand opening was a huge success and we extend a big thank you to our vendor partners and foresee a bright future for our industry!


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

The Fastest Meteor Super Format Digital Press Ever at Drupa

MGI to Launch the Fastest Meteor Super Format Digital Press Ever at Drupa 2016

Published Thursday, 12 May, 2016

New High-Speed Meteor DP1000 Digital press Offers 100 ppm, 18pt Substrate Thickness and 47″/1200 mm Sheet Capabilities with Inline Finishing Options

FRESNES, France (May 12th, 2016) – MGI Digital Technology has announced the worldwide release of the new high-production Meteor DP1000 digital press. The DP1000 is the sixth generation of MGI Meteor digital presses and now complements the existing DP8700 XL+ and DP8700 S+ solutions for a powerful full range of production presses with high-speed, plastic, synthetic & paper substrate and application diversity.

The range of supported size formats goes up to 13×47 inches. This extremely long format capability, unique in the market of high-volume digital printing, allows for the production of panoramic 5 panel gatefold documents such brochures, signs and banners on substrate stocks ranging from 80 to 450 gsm/ m².

Light Board Package Printing Capability

The ability to print on stocks on stocks with 18 pt. thickness and weights of 450 gsm means that the Meteor DP1000 can produce brilliant colors on board stock for small to medium-sized folding carton and box designs. This will be a tremendous benefit for package printers searching for a high-speed solution with variable data printing (VDP) options, as well as commercial printers seeking a cost-effective path to enter the world of packaging.

Worldwide Release @ Drupa 2016

The Meteor DP1000 will be demonstrated live at the MGI (Hall 5, Booth 21) at the upcoming drupa 2016 international print trade fair from May 31st to June 10th in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Unique High-Speed Press & PostPress Finishing Integration

The MGI Meteor DP1000 can be integrated inline with the MGI DF Pro solution for an inline solution combines a new unique high-performance (100 pg/m) digital printing press and finishing system in one package. The Meteor DP1000 & DF Pro product suite delivers fully printed and finished documents in a single pass, all completed on the same equipment. The Meteor DP1000 & DF Pro system also eliminates all the traditional extra worksteps, time and complications of moving output to different work environments for finishing and job completion.

Improved Job Productivity & Turnaround Times

The DP1000 & DF Pro solution can produce a remarkable variety of graphical output – including up to 20 different finishing functions for photos, advertisements, full bleed letterheads and direct mailing jobs that are already creased, cut and trimmed when they come off the press. It can even produce complex folding packages and documents with strike perforated finishes for knock-out, punch-piece components. This solution is designed for high-volume production environments with speeds up to 100 pg/min (including finishing) and a duty cycle of 1 million pgs. per month.

Drupa Press Conference

A Press Conference will be held on Tuesday May 31st at 3:00 PM to discuss new MGI corporate announcements, the growing Konica Minolta global alliance and new product strategies (Located in Room 8 of the Press Conference Centre – CCD South).


For more information visit www.mgiusa.com.


MSL
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstateltiho.net

Standard Horizon at drupa 2016

Standard horizon at drupa 2016

Standard Horizon will “Change the Focus” to Finishing at drupa 2016″

Andover, MA – Standard Finishing Systems will partner with Horizon International of Japan at the upcoming drupa event in Düsseldorf, Germany May 31 – June 10 to demonstrate the most comprehensive display of finishing equipment at the fairgrounds. Under the theme “Change the Focus,” Horizon will unleash the hidden value of post-press. The goal is to help our customers comprehend and plan finishing steps at the beginning of the print process, to enable end-to-end automation and production efficiency. Horizon’s 16,000 square foot booth will be the largest in Hall 6, and the single largest exhibit dedicated to post-press at drupa. Twenty-four working systems – including the world premieres of a new perfect binder and folder – will be organized into various zones featuring perfect bind, stitch, fold, and digital applications. Live presentations will also highlight four innovative Smart Finishing Solutions, each one capable of processing conventional and digitally printed output.

As Horizon’s exclusive North American distributor, Standard will demonstrate to its customers a different way to think about finishing. “Post-press should be front-of-mind when conceiving an efficient production workflow, but it’s often an afterthought,” says David Reny, Executive Vice President of Standard. “Customers who can zoom-up to see the complete life cycle of the printed product – from creation through finishing – will increase productivity and profitability in the long run. We’ll be showing intelligent in-line and near-line systems that offer flexibility and investment protection well into the future.”


Live Presentations Emphasize Smart Finishing

Six live presentations will be hosted daily in the Horizon theatre that will focus on finishing from the point of job creation for a efficiency, less waste, and much more. This is where Horizon will unveil the highly versatile, hybrid Smart Binding System. Click here to read full article

World Premiere in Perfect Binding

Horizon will demonstrate a complete line-up of multi-function finishing systems that can be used independently or in combination for a vast and varied range of output possibilities. Standard Horizon will demonstrate the SmartSlitter, SmartConnect System, RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter, SPC-4055 separator unit, and the ST-4055 high capacity stacker for lightweight stock and complicated shapes. Click here to read full article


Article Provided by Standard Horizon: May 2016
Click here to read full article from Standard Horizon


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