Category Archives: Coating & Laminating

MGI’s ‘Must See’ JETvarnish 3D Digital Spot UV Coater

The 2012 Graph Expo Must See ‘Ems winners have been announced and MGI’s JETvarnish 3D has been named as one of the most exciting technologies in postpress finishing. A committee comprised of some of the graphic arts industry’s leading experts, journalists and consultants choose the Must See ‘Em winners as those technologies which will have the greatest impact on the industry.

Must See Ems' 2012

The JETvarnish 3D stands out from other UV coaters with increased production speed (up to 3,000 sheets per hour) and exciting 3D spot embossing features. 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. The JETvarnish 3D will be revealed and available for demonstration at Graph Expo 2012 at MGI’s booth, number 3623.


Graph Expo will be help at McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL from October 7-10, 2012. MSL is attending Graph Expo and will be available to demonstrate the JETvarnish 3D and any other equipment we offer. If you are planning to attend Graph Expo 2012, or would like more information, please call our office at 800.343.4231. We are happy to set-up a demonstration or meeting.

MSL’s Final Digital Freedom Tour Dates

The final Digital Freedom Tour dates will be September 19th and 20th at the Ramada Plaza in Grand Rapids 3333 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 10am to 5pm. MSL’s Digital Freedom Tour features the MGI Meteor Digital Press. The Meteor’s construction brings a market exclusive ability to print in super format. Use this to your advantage and provide services that no other print manufacturer can. Super format is terrific for quad-fold brochures, banners, calendars, dust-covers and many other unique items. Show your customer your abilities and help them dream of the possibilities. The patented infrared pre-heater, powerful print engine and enhanced toner compositions give you the freedom to print on a wide variety of stocks and substrates. Print on unique materials like PVC, polycarbonates, Teslin, Yupo, canvas, labels and other synthetics. With the Meteor you are:

  • Free from costly clicks and contracts
  • Free of environmental risks and hazards
  • Free to print laser safe digital work
  • Free to print envelopes on a digital press
  • Free to explore new substrates

Meteor DP8700 XL Digital Press

The Meteor is not the only equipment available for demonstration on the tour. Alongside the Meteor MSL will also show:

  • Mitsubishi Thermal DigiPlate: Mitsubishi Imaging makes going green affordable with the eco-friendly Thermal DigiPlate, the 2-up CTP system ideal for small printers who want an environmentally friendly upgrade from analog and electrostatic plates. The Thermal DigiPlate System is eco-friendly because it is a truly processless system that uses thermal fusing technology to create a high-contrast image on the plate without chemical development, wash-off or ablation.

Mitsubishi Thermal DigiPlate

  • MBM Aerocut Programmable Finisher: Ideally suited for digital applications, MBM’s Aerocut slits, cuts, creases and perforates a wide variety of stocks, including brochures, business cards, post cards, greeting cards, CD jackets and more.

MBM Aerocut Programmable Finisher

  • Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 33: Provides the complete solution to the problem of cracking that occurs when folding digitally printed output. This automatic creaser is capable of handling conventionally printed card, laminates or cross-grained stock.

Morgana Autocreaser Pro 33

  • Morgana AutoFold Pro Digital Folder: free standing folding unit, the Autofold Pro was developed with both digital and litho printers in mind with its ability to fold both precreased sheets. Highly versatile, the Autfold Pro features a SmartScreen touch screen for simple operation.

Morgana AutoFold Pro

  • Dry-Lam FUJiPLA 3220 Automatic Laminator: This two-sided laminator features an automatic sheet feeder and will laminate and trim virtually unattended. Also capable of one-sided lamination, the ALM 3220 can laminate using a matte or gloss finish up to 5 mil.

Dry-Lam FUJiPLA 3220 Automatic Laminator

  • OKI DigiKing Digital Printer: The Digiking is an exciting product available only through MSL. Imagine printing full color envelopes, letterhead, and other unique items easily, efficiently, and economically. The abilities of the Digiking are like no other machine on the market.

OKI DigiKing

If you are interested in having a demonstration of any of our equipment, please call our Flint, MI location at 800.343.4231. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the last Digital Freedom tour date!

MGI Unveils JETvarnish 3D at Drupa 2012

MGI’s booth was buzzing with excitement this year at Drupa as they unveiled new, progressive technology which will change the world of print. One such technology was the JETvarnish 3D, a digital spot UV coater capable of spot embossing. The JETvarnish 3D will 3D emboss directly on digital, inkjet and even offset prints ranging from A3 / 11.69×16.54” to 20 x 29″, no coating or lamination required. This embossing technique creates a textured and raised effect which will inspire unique marketing applications, as consumers can both see and feel the texture produced by the JETvarnish 3D. The marriage between both visual and tactile appeal creates a unique, engaging and special experience for the consumer, which is every marketer’s dream.

JETvarnish 3D

The JETvarnish 3D is variable data capable, so printers can offer customers a personalized and versatile product. Professional printers appreciate JETvarnish’s cost effectiveness, whether running one print or one-thousand plus. Like other MGI products, the JETvarnish is environmentally friendly, ozone and solvent-free. Set-up is easy and does not require plates, screens or clean-up between jobs. Printers who need to focus on high-volume UVcoating sans the 3D embossing will appreciate the JETvarnish 3D’s high speeds, approximately three times faster than the original JETvarnish at up to 3,000 sheets per hour.

MGI’s JETvarnish 3D is currently available for order, installation beginning in fall 2012.

Petratto Customizable Finishing

Petratto and MSLWith 70 years of expertise in post-press equipment manufacturing, Petratto is one of the leading finishing equipment vendors. Petratto designs machines for creasing, folding, perfing, book binding, folder gluers, photobooks and more. Find out more about what Petratto and MSL can do for you and your business today. The options are almost endless.

Here are just a few examples of Petratto post-press equipment:

Cordoba3 Quarter Page



Petratto Customizable Finishing

Digital Freedom Update

Oakland Schools MSL’s Digital Freedom Tour has been scheduled to continue Wednesday, March 28th,  from 10am to 5pm. Our next stop will be at the Oakland Schools Summit Campus, 2214 Mall Dr. E, Waterford Township, MI 48328. Find directions,  a map of the Oakland School campus and a list of other featured equipment on our website. Stay tuned for further updates and announcements to find out when MSL will be bringing the Meteor DP8700 XL Digital Press and Digital Freedom to your area.

RSVP at 800.343.4231 or email

Notes on Aqueous Coating

Aqueous Coated Printed Sheet

Aqueous Coated Printed Sheet

Aqueous coatings are bigger than ever in today’s printing market. An aqueous coater is often built directly into a printing press because it is ideally applied immediately after the ink. The coating itself has numerous benefits including a beautiful glossy shine to the finished product and improved durability for jobs that might be going through the mail.  Benefits on the production side are quick dry-times that allow the job to be shipped out right away or flipped over and printed again in a short amount of time. There are many misconceptions in the world of aqueous coatings that we will address in this article.

Many variables exist in aqueous coatings. Differences in infra-red dryers, anilox application rollers, coating formulas, and mixes all play into the behavior and final look of the coating. All reputable coating suppliers offer guidelines for their coatings providing specific details and instructions to follow.

In addition to manufacturer specifications, there are many broader guidelines and general rules to follow. First we’ll start with the coating itself. Plan ahead; when shooting for a high gloss, large amounts of coating must be used. This will limit your options later on.  Jobs with a heavy coating applied for high gloss can only be coated on one side whereas lighter coatings can be done on both sides of a job.

Coatings are applied to the sheet by means of an anilox roller. An anilox roller is designed specifically for this purpose and has a special surface covered with a large number of tiny pockets or cells. The cells act as buckets to evenly disperse the coating on the sheet. Cell count is measured in LPI or lines per inch which is a count of the rows of cells per inch around the diameter of the roller. Cell depth is a specification exclusively for anilox rollers. Cell depth determines how much and how thick the coating applied to the sheet is.

Anilox Roller Cells Magnified at 400x

Anilox Roller Cells Magnified at 400x

The viscosity will cause the look and behavior of your coating to vary. Viscosity is a measurement of how runny or thick your coating is. This is controlled by adding water. Viscosity is measured with a tool called a Zahn cup, which is essentially a bucket with a hole in it. Measurement is made by filling the Zahn cup with coating and using a stopwatch to measure how long it takes for the coating to run through. Viscosity will also vary based on the environmental temperature around the press. A cool coating will be thick and a warm coating will be runny. Most suppliers suggest an environment between 66 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit for an optimum performance. You should consult your supplier for mixing guidelines to control the viscosity of your coating.

In regards to drying your coating, it is generally recommended to maximize the airflow in the dryer rather than simply turning up the heat. Aqueous coatings dry by evaporation, and while heat accelerates evaporation, without proper airflow the surrounding air becomes saturated and moisture has nowhere to go. Excess heat in the dryer can cause problems like curling or in extreme cases can cause fire. As a general rule, it is recommended that coatings are dried at 95 degrees Fahrenheit on the first side and 90 degrees on the other side. Most manufacturers recommend that your heater never exceeds 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjusting the speed at which your press is running also has an impact on drying because of the simple fact that a slower sheet will spend more time inside the dryer. Work and Turn printing offers the best dry times.

When considering foil stamping, ink jet, laser printing, or ink over coating to name a few specialty applications, consult your supplier for specific information.

Don’t Forget!

Tomorrow and Thursday, Mid-State Litho will be having our Digital Freedom Tour Kick-Off Party. It all begins at 11am and goes until 6pm. Food will be catered by Alexander J’s Smokehouse. The party will feature the Meteor DP8700 XL Digital Press from MGI. Also available will be:

Horizon BQ-470 Perfect Binder

MBM Aerocut Programmable Finisher

Dry-Lam FUJiPLA ALM 3220 Automatic Laminator

Mitsubishi DPX4 Platemaker

OKI Digi-King Envelope Printing System

Rena T-750 Tabber & XT 3.0 Imager

Graphic Whizard GW6000 Finisher

Graphic Whizard Vivid-Coater XDC-530 Micro UV Coater

Graphic Whizard Creasemaster

All of MSL’s staff and sales team will be there to answer any questions, along with several representatives from our vendors. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

If you haven’t already, be sure to RSVP at or call 800.343.4231.

Food, Fun and Demos

Have you RSVP-ed for MSL’s Kick-Off Party yet? Next Wednesday and Thursday MSL will be celebrating Digital Freedom and the Meteor DP8700 XL Digital Press from MGI. We invite you to join us as we introduce the Meteor and demonstrate why this digital press will open new doors and expand your client base. The Meteor can give you the freedom you desire as a printer. Freedoms such as:

Free from costly clicks and contracts
Free to print in large, versatile formats
Free of environmental risks and hazards
Free to print laser safe digital work
Free to print envelopes on a digital press
Free to explore new substrates

RSVP to or call 800.343.4231

The Meteor is not the only featured machine MSL will be demonstrating. You can also expect to see the Horizon BQ-470 Perfect Binder, which is discussed further in the article below.

Also featured:

Aerocut Programmable Finisher
Ideally suited for digital applications, MBM’s Aerocut slits, cuts, creases and perforates a wide variety of stocks, including brochures, business cards, post cards, greeting cards, CD jackets and more.

FUJiPLA ALM 3220 Automatic Laminator
This two-sided laminator features an automatic sheet feeder and will laminate and trim virtually unattended.

Mitsubishi DPX4 Platemaker
The DPX4 offers a highly productive, fully daylight-operational and automatic computer-to-polyester plate system. It produces imaged, punched and processed plates that are cut-to-size and ready for immediate use.

Digi-King Envelope Printing System
Printing full color envelopes, letterhead and other unique items easily, efficiently and economically, the abilities of the Digiking are like no other machine on the market.

T-750 Tabber & XT 3.0 Imager
Rena In-Line Tabbers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate any mailing list. They all have the ability to single, double and triple tab as well as run clear, translucent or paper tabs. Rena Address Imagers lead the industry with their ease-of-use and versatile in-line design. The Envelope Imager’s advanced CPU crunches data like no other printer.

Graphic Whizard
GW 6000 Finisher
The most popular number/perf/score/slit machine in the industry. Operating at speeds up to 6000 sheets per hour, the “6000” makes fast and easy work of finishing needs.

Graphic Whizard
Vivid-Coater XDC-530 Micro
A low maintenance, ultra-violet cured coating system that produces a high quality finish to the printed sheet.

Graphic Whizard Creasemaster
The system impact-scores materials prior to making the fold, eliminating toner cracking on digitally printed stock.

Don’t forget about the food! The BBQ-style party will be catered by Alexander J’s Smokehouse. Find out more about the delicious menu planned for the event in the article Dinner and Demos!

Demos and Dinner

Everyone here at MSL has been busy getting everything in order for our big Kick-Off Party, featuring the Meteor DP8700 XL Digital Press. One of the most important aspects of any party? The FOOD! We are excited Alexander J’s Smokehouse will be catering our event. Flint based Alexander J’s offers BBQ-style food which we’ve all enjoyed at MSL on multiple occasions.  That’s why they were a natural and easy choice for us to make when deciding what sort of food we wanted to offer our guests at the Kick-Off Party October 19th & 20th. What better way to celebrate Digital Freedom than an All-American BBQ?

So what kind of food can you expect when we see you next Wednesday or Thursday?

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Listed on their menu as “The Cooper”, Alexander J’s famous pulled pork sandwich is made with apple-smoked pork shoulder, hand-pulled in large tender chucks topped with creamy cole slaw and mild BBQ sauce and served on a ciabatta bun. This sandwich has become a staple for MSL employee’s during lunch time, and we know you’ll love it as much as we do.
Chicken Wings
Is there anything more American than wings? Alexander J’s smoked fired wings are slow smoked, fried and tossed in sauce for perfection.
Homemade Chip
Not many restaurants make their own potato chips, and those that do rarely get them as right as Alexander J’s does.

Of course MSL will have a lot more to offer our guests that just a delicious meal. We will have a number of machines available for demo during the party. Along with the Meteor you can also expect to see:

Horizon BQ-470 Perfect Binder
MBM Aerocut Programmable Finisher
Dry-LamFUJiPLA ALM 3220 Automatic Laminator
Mitsubishi DPX4 Platemaker
OKI Digi-King Envelope Printing System
Rena T-750 Tabber & XT 3.0 Imager
Graphic Whizard GW6000 Finisher
Graphic Whizard Vivid-Coater XDC-530 Micro UV Coater
Graphic Whizard Creasemaster

If you haven’t RSVP-ed yet, call 800.343.4231 or email

What Are You Doing October 19th & 20th?

Join us October 19th & 20th, 11am to 6pm for our Digital Freedom Tour Kick-Off Party! BBQ-style catering provided by Alexander J’s Smokehouse, including pulled pork sandwiches on ciabatta buns, chicken wings and homemade chips. While enjoying good food, watch demos of MBM’s Aerocut Programmable Finisher, Standard Horizon’s BQ-470 Perfect Binder, Graphic Whizard’s VividCoater XDC-520 Micro along with their Creasemaster Pro, OKI’s Digiking Envelope Printing System and more! MGI’s new Meteor DP8700 XL Digital Press will be the featured. The Meteor provides printers with the freedom to print 13″ X 47″ documents, freedom from click charges, the ability to print laser safe digital work and envelopes on their digital press and the freedom to explore new substrates including plastics. MSL invites you to our home in Flint, MI, where you can count on great food and fun, all while you witnessing the amazing capabilities of the Meteor and other equipment. Allow us to show you why we think the Meteor is the best option available for printers looking to expand their client base and grow their business.

RSVP at or call 800.343.4231.