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Graph Expo 2015 Overview

Graph Expo 2015 Overview

Graph Expo 2015 OverviewGraph Expo is a trade show in flux, in more ways than one. As the headline North-American exposition for the printing industry, it represents a changing marketplace. Changes like customer expectations, never-before-seen applications, shorter run lengths and quicker turnarounds make shows like this more important than ever.

For those who haven’t heard, Graph Expo will be moving to Orlando in 2016 and the show will be held much later in September. This is a strategic move by the show organizers to help bring in more attendance from the Latin markets. Orlando International Airport is a great hub airport and coming landing place for flights from the south.

This year at the show we saw an incremental growth in the inkjet market. There were more inkjet engines than before and quality continues to improve. As inkjet matures it becomes more clear that web printing is the natural method. Inkjet combined with powerful VDP and inkjet software combined with roll-to-roll printing and roll-to-finish has become a huge draw for engineers in our industry.

The Standard Horizon and Hunkeler booth was exceptionally busy with interested parties watching roll to book solutions and the New SmartSlitter. MGI dazzled passersby with their beautiful spot-coating and digital foil machine called the Jetvarnish 3D. Oki demonstrated the New 5 Color C942 which prints a stunning white base color for unique applications on special substrates.

We are all looking forward to next year’s expo in Orlando. We’ll wait to see if there will be new energy from the changed venue and fresh audience. The schedule shows that in 2017 we will be back in Chicago for Print 2017. This four year occurrence is somewhat of a super show with a trend to international business and more foreign exhibitors.


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

NEW Horizon Rotary Die-Cut System

Horizon's NEW RD-3346 Rotary Die-Cut SystemThe NEW Horizon RD-3346 Rotary Die-Cut System is designed to meet the growing demand for short-run product. Compact and efficient rotary die-cut system reduces die cost with the repeat register function.

Suitable for small applications such as business cards and product tags. Flexible substrates can be run through for die cutting and kiss cutting for sheet thicknesses up to 0.35 mm / 0.013″.

Uniquely designed servo motor controlled “Repeat Register” feature allows multiple-up applications from single-up die to minimize die costs.

Now available for live demonstration at Graph Expo 2014! Registration for your FREE Attendee Badge has been extended – Register today!

Operation Console

The sheet size and die cutting position can be set through the intuitive touch screen. The graphical illustrations on the screen are simple and easy to understand. The error description will be displayed on the touch panel for quick error recovery.

Feeding and Registration

Vacuum belt feeding enables superior feeding with easy setup and operation. Sheets are firmly registered by the vacuum belt for accurate and consistent quality.

Die Cutting Section

Servo motor driven gripper rollers ensure the die cut position and also enables repeat register function to minimize die cost and imposition flexibility. Maximum production speed is 5,000 cycles per hour and up to 0.35 mm / 0.13″ thickness substrate can be run through.

Separator

The separator removes the waste from the finished product and delivers it into the waste bin. Only finished products is delivered on the delivery tray.

Delivery Section

Uniquely designed delivery catch tray neatly stacks finished product. Multiple up applications such as business cards can be stacked.


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

Horizon BQ-160 Binder + CRB-60 Cover Creaser

Horizon BQ-160 Binder + CRB-160 Cover CreaserBQ-160 Semi-Automatic Binder + CRB-160 Cover Creaser
Eliminate the problem of image cracking of heavier covers & digital printed sheets.

A cover creaser that communicates with the BQ-160 binder. Even heavy-weight cover stock can be used to build crisp, clean and tight books. The BQ-60 Semi-Automatic Binder with PUR capability in-line with the CRB-160 Cover Creaser which receives crease position data directly from the binder. The system is ideal for short-run digital photo books and other applications.

Product Features

  • Scoring position is set automatically according to the book thickness inserted into the BQ-160.
  • Clean and sharp creases can be made even with heavier and laminated stock.
  • Stand alone model is also available with an integrated touch screen operation console.
  • A wide variety of scoring patterns can be selected from the touch screen.
  • Suitable for crease covers, restaurant menus, greeting cards and all digital print applications.

Operation console – the CRB Creasers can be set-up through the BQ-160 color touch screen. Cover creasing and a variety of other creasing patterns can be selected from the touch screen.

Creasing section – creasing position is automatically set according to the book thickness inserted into the BQ-160. Depth of the creasing can also be set depending on cover thickness.

CRS-36 (Stand alone model) – a stand alone model is available with built in touch screen. Suitable for creasing restaurant menus, greeting cards and various types of heavier stocks.

Visit us online for additional product information/specifications.


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

High Quality Binding and Compact Desktop Design

High Quality Binding and Compact Desktop DesignSuperior binding strength and compact desktop design make this the ultimate office binder! The BQ-P60 gives you high quality binding and professional looking documents.

Features of the BQ-P60

  • Easy Operation: The display Indicator lambs on the operating panel guide you through the simple operating steps
  • High Productivity: 180 books/hour
  • Professional Binding Quality: A cover is glued to the book spine then clamped to create an attractive finished appearance
  • Flexible Binding Styles: Choose from three different binding styles
  • Comfortable Operation: An integrated smoke extractor and filter system is a standard feature to clean the air and remove any glue odors from office environments
  • Eco-Friendly: Low temperature glue and eco-mode, reduces power consumptions

Simple and easy to use, the BQ-P60 allows you to finish fast with push-button operation. (1) Choose the binding style and insert the book block. (2) Press the start button. (3) Insert a cover, then press the start button. (4) The book is finished!

easy-operation

Three different binding styles are supported:

  • Binding with cover: a cover and a book block are bound with hot-melt glue
  • Binding with tape: simple book bound with cloth tape
  • Pad binding: simple binding used for making memo-pads

For additional product information, please visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net or contact us at 1-800-343-4231

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

Visit Standard at Graph Expo! Register today.

It’s Smooth Sailing to the Ultimate Finish…
Visit Standard at Graph Expo and See How!

Join Zeno Office Solutions, Inc. for a Finishing Demonstration at Graph Expo!

Zeno Office Solutions, Inc. will be in Standard Booth 1923 at Graph Expo in Chicago where we’ll demonstrate a complete line-up of Horizon finishing solutions. These systems are specially designed to efficiently navigate the unique requirements of shorter, variable production runs – guaranteed to provide a smooth workflow in the bindery and a competitive edge for your business!

Register for Your Free Pass into the show, or Schedule a Demonstration now!

Graph Expo 2014
September 28 – October 1
McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL
See a Video Preview Now!

Featured Solutions from Horizon…

RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter 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. Repeat register function allows multiple-up applications from a single die pattern to minimize costs.

CRF-362 Creaser/Folder 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″. Crease and fold up to 5,000 sheets/hour. Optional perforating available.

AF-406F Automated Small-Format Folder Features 6 fold plates and optional 6-buckle second unit for sheet sizes from 1.9″ x 3.1″ up to 16.9″ x 25.5″. Performs small folds down to .78″ – ideal for pharmaceutical, inserts, and outserts. Speeds up to 30,000 sheets/hour.

For more information or to set up an appointment, call us at 800-343-4231. Visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net for additional product info.

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

It’s Smooth Sailing to the Ultimate Finish…

It’s Smooth Sailing to the Ultimate Finish…
Visit Standard at Graph Expo and See How!

Join Zeno Office Solutions, Inc. for a Finishing Demonstration at Graph Expo!

Zeno Office Solutions, Inc. will be in Standard Booth 1923 at Graph Expo in Chicago where we’ll demonstrate a complete line-up of Horizon finishing solutions. These systems are specially designed to efficiently navigate the unique requirements of shorter, variable production runs – guaranteed to provide a smooth workflow in the bindery and a competitive edge for your business!

Register for Your Free Pass into the show, or Schedule a Demonstration now!

Graph Expo 2014
September 28 – October 1
McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL
See a Video Preview Now!

Featured Solutions from Horizon…

RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter 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. Repeat register function allows multiple-up applications from a single die pattern to minimize costs.

CRF-362 Creaser/Folder 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″. Crease and fold up to 5,000 sheets/hour. Optional perforating available.

AF-406F Automated Small-Format Folder Features 6 fold plates and optional 6-buckle second unit for sheet sizes from 1.9″ x 3.1″ up to 16.9″ x 25.5″. Performs small folds down to .78″ – ideal for pharmaceutical, inserts, and outserts. Speeds up to 30,000 sheets/hour.

For more information or to set up an appointment, call us at 800-343-4231. Visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net for additional product info.

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

It’s Smooth Sailing to the Ultimate Finish…

It’s Smooth Sailing to the Ultimate Finish…
Visit Standard at Graph Expo and See How!

Join Zeno Office Solutions, Inc. for a Finishing Demonstration at Graph Expo!

Zeno Office Solutions, Inc. will be in Standard Booth 1923 at Graph Expo in Chicago where we’ll demonstrate a complete line-up of Horizon finishing solutions. These systems are specially designed to efficiently navigate the unique requirements of shorter, variable production runs – guaranteed to provide a smooth workflow in the bindery and a competitive edge for your business!

Register for Your Free Pass into the show, or Schedule a Demonstration now!

Graph Expo 2014
September 28 – October 1
McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL
See a Video Preview Now!

Featured Solutions from Horizon…

RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter 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. Repeat register function allows multiple-up applications from a single die pattern to minimize costs.

CRF-362 Creaser/Folder 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″. Crease and fold up to 5,000 sheets/hour. Optional perforating available.

AF-406F Automated Small-Format Folder Features 6 fold plates and optional 6-buckle second unit for sheet sizes from 1.9″ x 3.1″ up to 16.9″ x 25.5″. Performs small folds down to .78″ – ideal for pharmaceutical, inserts, and outserts. Speeds up to 30,000 sheets/hour.

For more information or to set up an appointment, call us at 800-343-4231. Visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net for additional product info.

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

Register for Graph Expo today!

Graph Expo 2014

Graph Expo 2014 Free Registration with MSL

Graph Expo 14, together with co-located show CPP Expo, is the most comprehensive “selling” trade show for Digital, Inkjet, Offset, Flexo, Gravure and Hybrid technologies, products and services for the Commercial, Transactional, Converting and Package Printing, Publishing, Mailing, In-Plant, Photo Imaging, Marketing and Industrial Printing industries this year!

Less than 5 weeks left until Graph Expo and if you have not registered for your Free Attendee Badge, you can do so by selecting the link below and completing the form: Register for Graph Expo Here!

When: September 28 – October 1, 2014

Where: McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL USA

Show Dates & Hours:

  • Sunday, September 28, 12 noon – 5 pm
  • Monday, September 29, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesday, September 30, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday, October 1, 10 am – 3 pm

Check out our vendors at Graph Expo 2014:

  • Standard #1923
  • Morgana #4013
  • Challenge Machinery #3621
  • Akiles Products #4048
  • Baum #4704
  • Deluxe Stitcher Co. #3940
  • Drylam #3963
  • Ferris State University #4945
  • MBM Corporation #4051
  • MGI #3013
  • Mitsubishi Imaging #1643
  • Okidata #4231
  • Rena #2602
  • James Burns (Foliant) #1941

For a complete list of vendors, visit www.graphexpo.com. Housing for Graph Expo 14 is open, visit Graph Expo’s hotel and travel section here!


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

Die-cut, Kiss-cut, Crease, Slit, Perforate, Hole Punch and Round Corners

Meeting the Growing Demand for Short-Run Product

NEW Rotary Die-Cut System for Digital & Offset Print! Horizon RD-4055 Die-Cut System

New Horizon RD-4055 can die-cut, kiss-cut, crease, slit, perforate, hole punch, and round corner with various substrates.


Standard is pleased to announce the New Horizon RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter. It is designed to meet the growing demand for short-run die-cut product, with the ability to die-cut, crease, perforate, slit hole punch, and round corner in one process for digital and offset printed sheets. This system features easy change-over and simple operation. Both setup and control can be done through an intuitive touchscreen that displays easy-to-understand graphical illustrations. Vacuum belt feeding enables superior feeding. And, an ultrasonic sensor is used for double-feed detection on a wide range of substrates.

Die-cutting and Kiss-cutting can also be performed at the same time, which makes the RD-4055 ideal for producing stickers and labels.

Feeds, die-cuts, and separates in one pass at speeds up to 6,000 cycles/hour.

Creasing can be achieved to avoid image cracking making it suitable for boxes, pocket folders, and greeting cards which require an additional folding process after die-cutting. Lastly, a “Repeat Register” function allows multiple-up applications from a single-up die to minimize costs. Even run up to five repeats in a single pass! Now that’s a die cutter!

The New RD-4055 offers flexibility across a wide range of products including labels, pop-up mailers, packaging, folders, stickers and more! VIEW MORE

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

Best Kept Secret in Folding 2

Best Kept Secret in Folding, Part II | By Doug Barrett

If you are folding digital print, automation is a must. In the old days when folding offset work you had a nice stack of set up stock you could use to set up your folder. That is not the case with digital. I cannot tell you how many times I see a printer waste 50-100 sheets to get a fold just right on a 50-100 sheet run. The difference with digital is that the 50-100 thrown away for set up cost exactly the same as the ones that were delivered. Chances are you had to go back to the print engine to run more to complete the count due to waste.

The price of an automated folder is higher but the cost of ownership and production is far lower. When doing super short runs the setup time and waste is more critical than the run. When doing fold jobs that are 500 or less the set up can be far longer than the run on a manual folder. With long print runs that were folded, you sold folding time and included or charged a fee for setup. In today’s digital print world you are selling the setup not the running of the job. A really good folder operator might be able to set up a trifold in 5-10 minutes plus a few sheets of waste and then the folder will run for 5 minutes while the 500 sheets are run.

That same job on a Horizon folder will be set up and tweaked in about 2 minutes maximum with no more than 1 or 2 sheets of set up waste. Then the machine will run the job in 5 minutes. Complicated folds on manual folders can take hours to dial in and a lot of skill that only experienced folder operators have. I can teach anyone to easily dial in complicated folds using the touch screen interface and the tools that Horizon gives you.

You can buy a manual folder for about half of the price of fully automated. It is very difficult for buyers to understand that they should spend the extra money for automation. They look at the price and say, “I can set up a lot of jobs for the extra money.” That is true to a point but these machines will last 20 years. Every day that you use the automation you will be paid back with time savings and the near elimination of waste of expensive digital output for complicated fold set ups. Horizon folders are “time machines”, I say that because every time your operator touches the Horizon you get paid back for your intelligent investment in an automated folder.

This is a pure case of  the price of the machine being higher but in the long run being the lowest cost of ownership and operation. When I say higher priced I am comparing Horizon to competitive manual folders. If you compare apples to apples the Horizon will be more automated and be less money.  None of the other folder manufacturers even have the same degree of automation that Horizon folders have.

Don’t get caught up in the big names of the past, those guys don’t come close to Horizon and what they bring to the market today. When you buy from the traditional folder manufacturers you are buying the name. When you buy Horizon you are getting the ultimate in automation and that pays you back every time you turn it on.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself!