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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.

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

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

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

5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

Challenge Machinery – Got Digital?


Challenge Machinery – Got Digital? Today’s print market places great demands on your business. Investments in cutting-edge wide format, inkjet, and digital print engines ensure you meet your customer’s diverse needs. Finish your upgrades with a Challenge Titan 230.

The Titan 230 is built on a foundation of solid cast iron and steel construction for maximum durability. UHMW gib surfaces, composite bushings, and a one-inch thick solid tool aluminum table require virtually no maintenance for years of trouble-free operation.

The Titan 230 meets the toughest safety standard in the industry today. Category 4 light safety curtains, enclosed rear table, two-hand timed non-repeat cut buttons, and a knife safety latch contribute to our UL and CE certification.

The intuitive menu-driven controller allows variable mode data entry with up to 99 jobs / 9,801 total cut position storage. Advanced label cutting and the sheet division assistant allows for even the most novice operator to program complex jobs. Optional electronic clamp pressure control further reduces waste. Machine self-diagnostics and error indication walk the operator through any difficulties.

Proudly manufactured in the US, The Titan 230 continues our legacy… assurance you made the right decision.

  • Full hydraulic clamping and cutting
  • Solid cast iron and steel construction ensure years of trouble-free operation
  • Solid 1-inch thick tool aluminum table offers the strong work surface required in your production environment
  • Bright Red LED line light is easy to see and needs no replacement
  • Fully programmable controller offers intuitive operation and up to 9,801 total cut position storage

Extended Information:

Safety – Standard equipment includes the finest Category 4 light curtain to monitor the cutter opening. These self-checking beams ensure the highest degree of safety for the operator.

Speed – The keypad features an advanced, light touch variable speed pinpoint backgauge control to quickly position stock. Depending on the portion of the pin-point control you touch, the backgauge moves forward to backward at varying speeds. Or, simply type the desired position and press the “Send” key. The computer positions the backgauge prior to each cut for maximum productivity.

Durability – Since designing our first paper cutters in 1887, Challenge has become well known for building machines that last. The Titan’s solid cast iron and steel construction provides maximum durability. Our one inch thick solid cast tool grade aluminum table provides the strong work surface requires in a production setting.

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