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Work Smarter & Keep Your Distance with Xitron’s Navigator Workflow

If operators have to share a RIP PC with others, it may be problematic for management to enforce social distance and disinfectant protocols designed to keep everybody safe. After all, you can’t put a mask on a PC! Consider adding Navigator Workflow to your customer’s Harlequin RIP and bring all the functionality to each operator’s individual desktop computer. They’ll no longer have to share a workstation to ROAM, release jobs, or change output settings! For information about adding this economical and socially acceptable option.


Navigator Harlequin RIP & Workflow

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.

Building on this successful foundation, Navigator Workflow adds cross-platform functionality and user control from any workstation on the network. Protracted scalability enhances performance while maintaining the overall low cost of ownership.


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

Challenge TC & XT Touchscreen Console Cleaning Notice

Challenge TC & XT Touchscreen Console Cleaning Notice

TC & XT Touch Panel Cleaning Information:

  • Use a soft lint-free cloth
  • Cloth can be used dry or lightly dampened with mild cleaner or Ethanol
  • It is important that the cloth is LIGHTLY dampened and NOT wet
  • NEVER apply cleaner directly to the touch panel surface; if cleaner is spilled onto the touch panel, soak it up immediately with an absorbent cloth
  • Cleaner must be neither acid or alkali (neutral pH)
  • When using cleaner, avoid contact with edges of the film or glass and with the flex tail
  • Wipe surface gently and if there is a directional surface texture, wipe in the same direction as the texture
  • Never use acidic or alkaline cleaners, or organic chemicals such as:
    • Paint Thinner
    • Acetone
    • Tolulene
    • Xylene
    • Propyl
    • Isopropyl Alcohol
    • Kerosene
  • Suitable cleaning products:
    • Commercially pre-packaged:
      • Klear Screen
    • Commercially available off-the-shelf retail brands such as:
      • Glass Plus (made by Reckitt-Benckiser)
      • Glas & Surface Cleaner (made by Reckitt-Benckiser)
  • Use of incorrect cleaners can result in optical impairment of touch panel and or damage to functionality
  • Please Note: Most products contain 1-3% Isopropyl Alcohol by volume, which is within acceptable limits for Resistive Touch Panel cleaning use
  • CAUTION: Many products contain Ammonia, Phosphates, and or Ethylene Glycol, which are NOT ACCEPTABLE; check product content label carefully

This information has been provided with all TC/XT operated machines/kits. If you have any questions, please contact us at 810.238.7370 to speak to a customer service representative.


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

Air purifiers to protect against respiratory infections

IDEAL air purifiers help to contain the spread of pathogens

NOVEL SARS – COV-2 CORONAVIRUS
What can we do protect ourselves and others?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel virus from the Coronavirus family. It is genetically related to the SARS virus from 2003. Coronaviruses can affect people and animals and cause a range of different diseases, primarily respiratory infections (colds and coughs) right up to serious cases of pneumonia. The official name for the disease according to the WHO is ”COVID-19“ (”Coronavirus disease 2019“).

How is the NEW CORONAVIRUS Transmitted?

Experts are working on the basis that the virus is transmitted by human-to-human droplet inflection, mainly through respiratory secretions. The finest droplets of saliva or mucus remain suspended in the air for different periods of time and can be breathed in. There may be a risk of infection even before the first symptoms occur.

Viruses are most frequently caught through droplet infection. The pathogens are embedded in minuscule droplets of respiratory secretions and are transmitted by sneezing, coughing and speaking. Larger droplets descend and are transmitted within a radius of approximately one meter. Smaller droplets remain suspended in the air for a long time and can cause infection, even from a distance.

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Infection?

As with the influenza virus, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid contact with people infected with the virus, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly and boost your immune system. To generally reduce the concentration of viruses indoors, we recommend using air purifiers.

Situation for Companies & Employees

The fact is: There is a residual risk of being infected by people who have the virus but are not yet displaying any symptoms. This can happen during flights, when visiting trade fairs or in international meetings.

Why & How Do Air Purifiers Help?

What can companies do to actively protect their employees (and business partners)? The risk of human-to-human transmission is not easy to avoid. Placing air purifiers in your meeting rooms, offices, the lobby and other shared rooms can be an effective addition to the package of measures. IDEAL air purifiers help to significantly reduce the concentration of viruses in indoor air. Thanks to their highly efficient, multi-stage filters, the AP PRO models almost entirely eliminate pathogens and pollutants from indoor air – and don‘t release them again. This is ensured by various physical effects, such as the ”diffusion effect“, which cause viruses to land directly in the filter fibers, where they remain suspended.

What do you get out of this? Peace of mind for your employees – and your business partners.   


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

MSL COVID-19 Action Plan

MSL will continue normal business operations as a supporting vendor provided there are no State or Federal direction to the contrary. Our account executives and technical staff are working their normal hours to assist our customers. Please note that MSL technicians will be dispatched on a case-by-case basis.

Safety is our number one concern and we are taking the concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously. As the situation continues to evolve, the health and safety of our customers, employees and partners remain a top priority as does our commitment to serving our customer needs.


MSL & Sales COVID-19 Action Plan:

In response to the COVID-19 virus, we are following the CDC Guidelines. MSL will have the following policy and procedures in place as of March 16th, 2020 until further notice:

  • Phone, email and remote support are a great first line of defense for all of our customers – technicians will be dispatched on a case-by-case basis
  • Contacting customers to verify every service call
  • Signature-free service tickets upon request
  • Enhanced sanitation procedures and perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Mandatory – All employees must call into work and report if they have a fever over 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, cough or any other contagious symptoms prior to coming to work
  • Any employee that finds out they have been in the proximity to an infected COVID-19 person must report this to MSL management
  • MSL requires active hand washing and have instructed employees on proper cough containment techniques
  • No handshaking or other types of person to person contact and recommend the use of social distancing strategies
  • Notify our customers if there is a longer than normal response time to their service needs

What you can do to help:

  • Customers can chat about repairs with a technician
  • Customers can request email and remote support
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the work place
  • Utilize social distancing techniques

Our goal is to work with you to keep our teams safe and to keep our collective businesses running during this challenging period. We are committed to the safety of our outstanding employees and supporting you, our customers. We are all in this together, and we appreciate your business.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact management 810.238.7370 or you can email support at support@midstatelitho.net.


Subject to change based on Federal and State guidelines. Please check back for additional information and updates. Last updated March 17th, 2020.


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

Meet the Rhin-O-Tuff Onyx 4000 Plus

Entry-Level Machine for Low to Medium Volume Usage

Meet the Rhin-O-Tuff Onyx 4000 Plus. The Onyx 4000 Plus binding machine from Rhin-O-Tuff is a compact, desktop machine that accommodates 11 inch interchangeable dies. Able to handle comb, wire loop, plastic coil, Velo bind from GBC, and three-hole loose-leaf binding methods it offers 12 die patterns for the best finish.

The punch can accommodate 20 plus sheets, depending on the weight of the paper and punch pattern you select. Since the Onyx 4000 Plus features open sides, it can process paper longer than 11 inches, which makes it a versatile entry-level machine for low to medium volume usage.

Product Features Include:

  • Auto Reversing Feature to Reduce Jams
  • 12 Interchangeable Die Patterns:
    • Comb
    • Wire Loop
    • Plastic Coil
    • Velo Bind GBC
    • 3-Hole Loose Leaf
  • Easy, “Paper to Pin” Sight Alignment, for Balanced Hole-to-Edge Margins on Odd-Sized Applications
  • Punch Capacity Rated up to 20 Sheets of 20 Pound (80 gsm) Paper
  • Uses 11 inch (A4) Size Dies with Open Sides for Wider Sheet Punching Capability
  • 20 Cycles per Minute
  • Smooth, Quiet, Power on Demand Operation
  • Use Foot Pedal or Versa Switch

With a three-year warranty, and a very competitive price, no other solution in its class can match its price performance.


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

Challenge Titan Paper Cutter Series

Titan Programmable Paper Cutters

The Titan Paper Cutter Series continues the Challenge tradition of innovation, delivering large cutters features and sophisticated yet easy to use controls in convenient smaller format sizes. Models are available in 20 inches / 50.8 cm, 23 inches / 58.4 cm, and 26-1/2 inches / 67.3 cm cutting widths.

The Titan’s solid cast iron and steel construction provides years of quality cutting. The solid one inch thick metal tables provide a strong work surface necessary in a production environment.

The fully programmable Titans are accurate to within +/- 0.002 inch (0.05mm). For manual adjustments, the line-light indicator projects onto the stock to quickly allow for visual alignment. A low-pressure foot pedal clamping system provides safe control of the clamp where pre-cut clamping is needed, such as holding slick stock in place of verifying cut position.


Barcode Reader

Titan cutters with the TC control system can add an optional barcode reader to run multiple production lots quickly and efficiently. Once the job arrives at the cutter, simply scan the barcode printed on the job ticket or in the bleed area and the cutting program will instantly load into the machine. The barcode contains all cutting commands, or it can refer to pre-programmed job name already stored in memory.


Titan 200 – 20″ Cutter

Challenge Titan 200 TC

This budget conscious 20 inch manual backgauge paper cutter meets the toughest safety standards in the industry today. When it comes to choosing your next paper cutter, this one is easy…step up to a Titan 200!


Titan 230 TC – 23″ cutter

Challenge Titan 230 TC

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.


Titan 265 TC – 26″ Cutter

Titan 265 TC 26" Cutter

The Titan 265 is based on a solid cast iron and steel construction for maximum durability. Featuring a powerful hydraulic clamping and cutting that yields up to 26 cuts per minute!


The Titan Series are safe, productive, and durable machines that fit almost any budget.  Stop wasting valuable production time using that old cutter. Step up to a Titan Series cutter today! 

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

Titan Series Paper Cutters

Titan Series Paper Cutters – Large Cutter Features in Small Format Sizes

Titan Series Paper Cutters

Delivering large-cutter features in convenient, small-format sizes!

From the budget conscious 20″ manual backgauge model to the programmable versions of the Titan Series, these hydraulic powered cutters offer large guillotine features in a compact footprint.

Featuring cast-iron and steel construction, quality American manufacturing, and many low-maintenance features, the Titan Series provides years of trouble-free operation. These are safe, productive and durable machines that fit almost any budget. 

The Titan Series Paper Cutters continue the Challenge tradition of innovation, delivering large cutter features and sophisticated yet easy to use controls. Models are available in 20″, 23″ and 26.5″ cutting widths.


Titan 200 – 20″ Paper Cutter

Challenge Titan 200 TC

The Titan 200 is based on a solid cast iron and steel construction for maximum durability. Featuring light-safety curtains, enclosed rear table, two-hand cut buttons, and knife safety latch. Fully hydraulic cutting and clamping.


Titan 230 TC

Titan 230 Paper Cutter

The Titan 230 TC features a solid cast iron and steel construction for maximum durability. Category 4 light safety curtains, enclosed rear table, two-hand timed non-repeat cut buttons, and a knife safety latch.


Titan 265 TC

Titan 265 TC Paper Cutter

The Titan 265 features a solid cast iron and steel construction for maximum durability. Industry – exclusive UHMW gib surfaces, composite bushings, and a one-inch thick solid metal table require virtually zero maintenance for years of trouble-free operation.


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

Horizon CRF-362 Creaser Folder

Creasing and folding productivity through intelligent automation

Standard Horizon’s creasers and folders are specially designed to handle the unique requirements of digital print. With digital print friendly processing, quick set-up and changeover for shorter production runs, Horizon’s fully automated creasers and folders save setup time with minimal make-ready. 

In a world where offset and digital operate side-by-side, Horizon delivers solutions flexible enough to finish both.

Check out Horizon’s latest in creasing and folding below!

CRF-362 Creaser / Folder

Creasing and folding - Horizon CRF-362 Creaser Folder

The Horizon CRF-362 Creaser / Folder has been designed to handle the unique requirements of creasing and folding digital color output across a wide range of light and heavy weight stocks, coated or uncoated.


CRA-36 AutoCreaser

Creasing and folding - Horizon CRA-36 AutoCreaser

Multiple functions are built into a compact system. The Standard Horizon CRA-36 enables creasing, perforation, slitting and gutter/edge trimming all in one pass!


AF-406F Small Format Folder

Creasing and folding - Horizon AF-406F Small Format Paper Folder

The Standard Horizon AF-406F is a versatile and flexible folding machine that performs diverse folding operations and adds a new dimension to the pharmaceutical folder with short make-ready and intuitive operation.


Take creasing and folding to the next level with Horizon’s Automated Creasers & Folders! Deliver the highest quality finished applications with greater efficiency than ever before.

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

Creasing & Folding In One Pass

Creasing & folding in one pass

Avoid cracking of digitally-printed stocks with the Horizon CRF-362

The Horizon CRF-362 Creaser / Folder has been designed to handle the unique requirements of creasing and folding digital color across a wide range of light and heavy-weight stocks, coated or uncoated.

Capable of up to 10-crease lines on a sheet, the CRF-362 uses an impact scoring technology that eliminates or minimizes cracking of the stock on printed image.


Quality Creasing

Suitable for creasing covers, restaurant menus, shop cards, invitation cards and laminated sheets. The impact creaser avoids cracking on digitally-printed applications.

High quality creasing helps to prepare high quality perfect bound book covers. Spine, hinge and flap creases can be properly produced by selecting up or down creasing.

Up to 10 creasing lines can be performed in one pass. Creasing depth can be adjusted. Up and down creasing are performed in one pass. Creasing positions can be adjusted in increments of 0.1 mm / 0.004 inch.


High Quality Folding

Two fold knives are equipped for high quality folding, even on heavy stocks. Six different folding patterns can be set up simply by using the icon based touch screen.

Set-up and changeovers, including fold pattern, creasing number, and up/down crease selection, can be easily achieved through the high resolution color touch screen designed for simple and intuitive operation.


Touch Screen Panel

Up to 200 jobs can be stored in memory for easy recall. The system can handle paper weights up to 400 gsm for creasing without folding (350 gsm with folding) and sheet sizes up to 14.33″ x 34″. Enjoy speeds up to 5000 sheets per hour with one crease and one fold.

Horizon CRF-362 Creaser / Folder – Creasing & Folding In One Pass

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

Horizon CRF-362 Creaser Folder

Specialty Folding – CRF-362

Are you ready for the next generation in creasing and folding?

The Standard Horizon CRF-362 Creaser / Folder has been designed to handle the unique requirements of creasing and folding of digital color output across a wide range of light and heavy-weight stocks, coated or uncoated.

Specialty Folding - CRF-362 Creaser Folder

Crease and folding can be done in one pass for easy and accurate processing of a variety of applications such as restaurant menus, greeting cards, book covers, and marketing collateral.


CRF-362 Benefits Include:

Pre-Confirgured Patterns

The CRF-362 comes configured with 7 selectable fold patterns and 6 selectable cover creasing patterns for perfect binding including spine, hinge, and flap creasing.

Eliminate Image Cracking

Capable of up to 10 crease lines on a sheet, the system uses an impact scoring technology that eliminates or minimizes cracking of the stock or printed image.

Add-in Perforation

The CRF-362 can also easily handle perforations with the optional PRF-36 Perforation Unit

Easy Setup & Changeover

Set-up and changeovers – including fold pattern, creasing number, and up/down crease selection – can be easily achieved through the high resolution color touchscreen designed for simple and intuitive operation.

Broad Paper Range

The system can handle paper weights up to 400 gsm for creasing without folding (350 gsm with folding) and sheet sizes up to 14.33” x 34”.


For more information on Standard Horizon’s CRF-362 from Standard Horizon, please contact us at 810.238.7370 or click here!


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