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How Printing Technology is Changing School Districts

How Printing Technology is Changing School Districts

By Terry Cruikshank

By integrating new printer technology, schools are realizing greater efficiencies and cost savings both inside and outside the classroom. Creative projects are finding a new home in schools with the ability to print in clear and white, and banner printing capabilities. Some projects previously requiring outsourcing can now be completed in-house.

Present-day schools can do much more than just make copies. In today’s tech-driven world, new printer technology allows schools to create in-house “print shops” (or communication centers as they are often called) delivering outputs such as invitations, envelopes and banners. In addition, programs, labels, posters and more can be quickly and efficiently created for theater, sporting events and other school activities. Students and faculty are excited and intrigued by the color options and collaborative projects they can create together right in their building.

Not only are the advantages to new printing capabilities creative, they’re practical too. They eliminate wasted time and the need to outsource certain materials on a regular basis.

Check out the photo below to see some samples of projects that can be printed using a “print shop” with the OKI C911dn. The possibilities are endless!

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Terry Cruikshank
Senior Marketing Manager
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Article Provided by OKI Data Americas


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

Kelvyn Press Goes Digital with MGI…

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81 Year-Old Commercial Printing Leader Expands Services & Revenue Streams with MGI Digital Printing & Finishing Technology

MELBOURNE, FL USA (August 31st, 2015) – Kelvyn Press, Inc. in Broadview, IL, started in a garage across from Kelvyn Park in Chicago many decades ago. It grew and moved into The Donahue Building in ChiTown’s storied “Printer’s Row” neighborhood. In 1968, the Malacina family took over the business and has since expanded nationally by creating a separate firm, called Financial Graphic Service (FGS) with a dedicated focus on government, financial, banking, securities, health care, legal and regulatory projects.

Kelvyn Press & MGI 2015 Print Industry Awards

In 2015, the Printing Industries of America (PIA) recognized the quality of Kelvyn’s work with MGI digital technology with a coveted “Premier Print Award” (popularly known as a “Benny” after Benjamin Franklin, the founding father and leading printer of the American Republic). Additionally, the Binding Industries of America (BIA) awarded them a Product of Excellence (POE) Award. The PIA also recognized the MGI iFOIL product in 2015 with an internationally prestigious “InterTech Technology Award” to match the one earned by the JETvarnish 3D in 2013.

Kelvyn Press & MGI Partnership: Digital Helps the Business Grow

After 80 years in business, Kelvyn Press invested in MGI technology in 2014 to launch a new Digital Print Department with the Meteor DP8700XL+ press and the JETvarnish 3D & iFOIL integrated finishing suite. They also upgraded the JETvarnish 3D with the T2 option – a second row of inkjet heads that can double throughput speed and Spot UV elevations up to 200 microns. Since then, the machines have not stopped running and their business has grown with new work producing brochures, catalogs, invitations, envelopes, business cards, books and many more profitable new enhanced print applications.

Printing Industry Trend: The Move to Digital Technology

Tony Malacina, Kelyvn’s Director of Operations, stated “Digital has been getting bigger each year. The whole industry is going digital. It is an inevitable business transition of technology. The MGI JETvarnish & iFOIL finishing solutions have opened up a whole new doorway to new business opportunities.”

MGI Digital Printing & Finishing Business Impact

“The MGI digital technology sells itself. Customers fall in love with their samples. We prepare “Before & After” samples of client work to highlight the dramatic impact & enhancement of the JETvarnish 3D Spot UV Coater & iFOIL products.”

“Working with the prototyping options of the JETvarnish 3D & iFOIL allows customers to play with ideas and experiment with different choices. The MGI digital technology brings out their creative spirit and helps them appreciate the value of print.”

“With MGI, there are so many foil, color, texture and substrate options to choose from. Customers love being able to pick and choose which variations of 2D spot coats, 3D enhanced textures and embossed foil coloring they want. We find this helps build good customer relationships, leads to more referrals and ultimately generates more revenue for the firm.”

MGI VDP Personalization & POD Customization Value:

“Clients can change their print selections and enhancement options to adapt to changing business conditions or market cycles. For example, for each season, the output can have a different theme for Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter – or an English or Spanish Version personalized for each recipient.”

Print Samples as Sales Tools:

“We’ve also created a gallery of samples in our visitor area. Customers get inspired to use their imagination for new projects – which leads to new revenue. With MGI digital printing & finishing technology, all we need is a PDF file to print a new brochure or publish a new book.”


MGI Media Contact:
Kevin Abergel
Vice President of Marketing & Sales
MGI USA, Inc.
k.abergel@mgiusa.com
+1 321 751-6755


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

Printing Gradients

Perfecting Your Gradients

 


In this day and age customers expect perfection. Whether it’s the color accuracy of a photo or the perfectly straight fold of a brochure, printers are always trying to squeeze the most out of their tools. In this article I want to cover a particularly difficult area of printing; gradients.

A gradient, in regards to printing, is a smooth blend from one color to another. Gradients can come in all shapes and sizes, they can also include more than two colors. Their use has steadily increased in our industry as designers have started taking advantage of the growing number of color printers in the field. Gradients bring a set of challenges to the printer, especially in digital printing.

There are several guidelines you can follow to get the most out of your gradients. The most effective method for improving your final results starts at the design stage by adhering to some basic guidelines. Things like making sure it’s a vector element and dictating values that won’t clash with the natural dot gain from the print engine. There are also some steps you can take at the last minute to improve your results right at the print engine.

Firstly, vector gradients are far superior to raster artwork. In a nutshell, raster artwork is comprised of pixels with a defined resolution. Each individual pixel has its own color designation. A raster gradient could be described as a picture of a gradient. Vector gradients are mathematically defined. A vector gradient is essentially a line with points along its axis with color anchors. This more simple method of creating a gradient is far simpler and more forgiving once it hits the print engine. Vector gradients allow the RIP system in the print engine to do its own calculations of all the colors in between the defined anchor points. In essence it gives the printer a degree of flexibility to smoothly draw the fade based on its own math. A raster gradient comes predefined and the printer simply outputs what it receives, which isn’t always a good fit for the printer (Figure 1).

Second, we’ll talk about color limits and dot gain. This can be a deep topic but there are some simple rules to keep things simple. This part focuses on the color choices and what specific colors are used within the gradient. Simply speaking, you want to avoid having your gradient reach the limits of the color channel. That is to say, your lowest and highest color values should be within the center 80% of the full range of color (Figure 2).

When venturing outside of this safe range you are likely to experience a phenomena when printing where your gradient will have a hard step. This occurs when the color values defined in the artwork cross over the dot gain that happens during printing. Printers have a word for this, it’s called plugging. Basically what’s happening is the artwork is calling for such a high fidelity dot that it falls outside of what’s possible for the printer to reproduce (Figure 3).

Those tips are great if you have the luxury of going back to the source document. Often times, trouble doesn’t arise until crunch time when a job is due. In that situation, options are limited to changes on the output side. There are a couple things you can do to help improve your results.

Calibration is critical for smooth gradients. Calibration, or more specifically linearization, is your first line of defense when having trouble printing a gradient. A proper linearization forces the print engine’s output to be true to dot. When a machine falls out of calibration you can start to see unwanted shifts in small ranges of color. On most printers, the calibration or linearization process is rather user friendly and it’s just good practice to keep the printer calibrated.

If you’re still struggling to print a smooth gradient and your printer is well calibrated you may need to explore running at a lower line screen. Printing at a lower LPI will increase the size of the dots comprising the printed image. This can help to ease the load on the print engine and help it to produce a smoother looking gradient. It can have some adverse effects on other elements in the job but this trade off can help in some situations. If your print engine or RIP system allows, you can also experiment with alternate dot shapes, such as stochastic or a line shaped dot.

Gradients can be difficult, in many ways, they are one of the toughest elements to print. With a bit of planning ahead you can circumvent many problems by just changing some properties of the gradient. In a pinch you can also experiment with the output settings of the engine and get out of trouble.


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

The New Production Class Series

Introducing The 2600 Production Class Series

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The 2600 Series does not look physically different than the 1600 Series machines. The visible difference is in the print quality!

Colordyne has introduced the 2600 Series, an upgraded print engine powered by Memjet technology, for its Production Class Digital Color Printing System and flexo retrofit program.

“The 2600 Series of Digital Production Class Printers raises the bar for quality and efficiency in comparison to our existing 1600 Series product line,” said Gary Falconbridge, CDT President and CEO. “Colordyne has not only increased image quality through improved resolution and screening but has also significantly increased print speed. Providing new and existing installations with the quality and throughput they have been looking for in the digital printing market.”

The 2600 Series print engine technology can be retrofitted onto existing CDT 1600-PC Laser Pro, Rotary Pro and Sprint units!

What are the Value Added Benefits of the 2600 Series?

The 2600 Series upgrade brings several value added benefits to the Production Class Digital Color Printing System, including:

  • Faster speeds: Run at full speed, up to 225 feet per minute (69 m/min; 45 ips), regardless of image content (160 ft/min, previously)
  • Improved print resolution: 1600 x 1375 dpi (up from 1600 x 1200 dpi)
  • Enhanced print quality: Send uncompressed files directly to the print engine
  • More powerful RIP: Faster data processing; no need to pre-RIP
  • RIP and print on-the-fly: Eliminate time to first label
  • Job chaining abilities: Switch print jobs continuously without stopping the machine
  • Industry-standard Harlequin RIP (HDS) Frequency Modulation (FM) Screening
  • PDF workflow: No need to change file formats
  • Larger ink containers: 55 L ink tanks per color an option (in addition to current 10 L ink tanks)4

The 2600 Series print engine technology can be retrofitted onto existing CDT 1600-PC Laser Pro, Rotary Pro, and Sprint units. The new 2600 Series print engine has been automatically fitted on all CDT engines built since the second quarter of this year.


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

Mitsubishi – Computer-to-Plate

category_header_equipmentMitsubishi – Computer-to-Plate

Mitsubishi Imaging’s Graphic Arts Materials division provides commercial and in-plant printers with high quality imaging products, technical expertise and the latest offset and digital solutions in CTP, Proofing, Digital Printing and Workflow.

Computer-to-Plate Mitsubishi Imaging offers the industry’s most innovative, affordable and Eco-Friendly Computer-to-Plate technology, including our processless and chemistry-free Thermal DigiPlate System and our SDP-Eco1630IIIR automated platesetter.

As the premier manufacturer in polyester plate technology, we offer our benchmark SilverMaster® and Silver DigiPlate™ plate materials plus the sustainable green technology of our processless Thermal DigiPlate system.

Proofing Small and medium-sized commercial printers need high quality,consistent color proofing. With high quality Mitsubishi Diamond Proof papers designed specifically for proofing, customer achieve accurate color proofing with products from the leading supplier of inkjet proofing media.

Digital Printing Our expansive portfolio of Mitsubishi branded Diamond Jet and Diamond Proof inkjet substrates provide high-performance proofing and a full range of digital printing applications. With over 30 years experience in inkjet development and 100 years in paper manufacturing, our papers will rival the best in the industry and perform consistently, delivering results you can count on.

Workflow Mitsubishi offers SDP Smart Tools workflow solutions and other right-sized proofing solutions to help customers achieve fast, consistent output to their proofers and platesetters. SDP Smart Tools integrates and automates prepress tasks to cut down on mistakes, save time and reduce costs – which helps customers meet their efficiency and quality goals.

For additional product information contact MSL at 1-800-343-4231 or contact our sales department at sales@midstatelitho.net. Visit us on the web at www.midstatelitho.net.

Tired of sharing each print with your vendor? Say ‘No’ to Click Charges!

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No more click charges!

Register for MSL’s Remote Demo Today!

 

With the MGI’s Meteor Dp8700 XL, you will never pay click charges. You only pay for the supplies you use when you use them. You print with the lowest cost of operation in the industry and make more money.

Operate on a model that is similar to that of an offset press, allowing for tremendous production cost savings and no stressful monthly minimums or overage charges. You pay for what you print, it’s that simple.

If you are thinking of a Digital Press and have questions, RSVP your demo today! MSL will demonstrate the features and advantages of the Meteor DP8700 XL in their 2013 Remote Demo;  at Weber’s Inn on April 30th & May 1st.

MGI Meteor DP8700 XL

Visit Mid-State Litho at www.midstatelitho.net or contact MSL at 1-800-343-4231

Mid-State Litho’s 2013 Remote Demo will Feature the Impressia

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Impressia Digital Multi-Media Print Systems are the affordable way to go digital and meet the demand for fast full color letterhead, cards, envelopes, forms, brochures, mailers, labels, banners and more. The complete turn-key solutions allow you to print on a wider variety of media and sheets sizes, so you can produce more in-house, and on-demand. The Impressia Series is driven by the iQueue Ultimate Workflow that automates prepress production from multiple user workstations.

  • Lowest cost per print in the industry
  • Prints on a wider variety of media and sheets sizes
  • Higher print speeds (up to 75 full color envelopes per minute)
  • Higher resolution (up to 2400)
  • Includes iQueue 7 Ultimate Workflow

More Media Choices Outstanding media flexibility allows you to offer your customers more and helps eliminate costly outsourcing.

  • Prints on a variety of stocks including: Uncoated, coated, NCR, card stocks, textured stocks, label stocks and envelopes (Bar-4, standard #10, laser safe window and large envelopes).
  • Most feed trays can handle sheet sizes from 3.625″ (92 mm) x 5.125″ (130 mm) up to 11″ (279 mm) x 17″ (432 mm).
  • Print oversized sheets / banners up to 12″ (304 mm) x 49.6″ (1260 mm) – manual feed.

iQueue 7 Ultimate Prepress Workflow with Advanced Color Matching Tools

  • Includes Multiple User Network / File Sharing
  • Amazing Spot Color Matching Technology with New Spot Color Creator
  • Independent CMYK / Density Adjustment
  • Imposition, Tiling, Marks, Nudge and Page Rotation
  • Apply Screening for CMYK and Spot Color elements
  • Job Cost Estimating, Archiving and more

Standard and Optional System Configurations The Impressia Series Digital Print Systems are available in a variety of configurations to suit your production and budget needs.

 

Request your Xanté Impressia information package CLICK HERE! or contact us at 1-800-343-4231.

Email us at sales@midstatelitho.net

Imagine What You Could Do With MGI…

MGI JetVarnish 3D

MGI JETvarnish3D – 3D Spot UV Coater

This revolutionary machine has changed the way the graphics industry views spot UV coating.  It provides a 100% digital solution that simplifies the spot UV process, allows for personalization and costs drastically less than traditional silk screen or offset methods.

The new JETvarnish 3D pushes the limits of traditional spot UV coating with a new 3D effect that varies in thickness depending on application requirements, providing a unique advantage to finished documents not only in appearance but by its unique and tactile feel.

If you would like to receive additional information about MGI JetVarnish 3D contact MSL at 1-800-343-4231 or you can email us at sales@midstatelitho.net