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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

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!

Spring 2014 Issue of the Standard Newsletter!

Standard Horizon Spring 2014 NewsletterWe invite you to check out the spring issue of Standard’s FinishLine newsletter, packed with new customer success stories, industry updates, and the latest product introductions in feeding and finishing! We hope this publication will serve as a valuable resource for your business.

In this issue…

  • Featured Article: EBSCO Media Birmingham, AL expands into the custom book publishing arena with the Horizon BQ-470 PUR Perfect Binder, HT-30 Three-side Trimmer, and a new Standard Hunkeler Cut/Stack solution.
  • Ask the Expert: Standard’s Customer Service Team offers 110 years of combined experience serving Standard customers, dealers, and partners with dedication to outstanding support.
  • Show Wrap-up: Standard showed various finishing solutions – BQ-270 Binder, BQ-280PUR Binder, HT-30 Three-side Trimmer, and the CRF-362 Creaser/Folder – and also premiered the Horizon SmartStacker in-line with the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press at Dscoop.
  • Customer Snapshots: Puerto Rico-based Model Offset Printing has been using Standard Horizon technologies to grow its business since the 1980s, while BR Printers’ Kentucky production facility relies on its new Standard horizon BQ-470 Perfect Binder with in-line HT-1000V zero make-ready three-knife trimmer to excel at their book-of-one projects.

If you did not receive your copy of Standard’s FinishLine newsletter in the mail, download your copy here >>> Standard Horizon Spring 2014 FinishLine

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

set up in as little as 14 seconds


Designed for commercial printers, in-plant printers, and binderies, the Standard Horizon AF Series Floor Model Folders include advanced set-up automation, including gap settings, through a user-friendly color touch-screen control panel. Up to two hundred different jobs can be stored in memory with set-ups accomplished in as little as fourteen seconds. Precise stepper motors drive end stops and fold plates to the exact location for the sheet size and fold style selected.

Consistent Fold Quality

AF Folders ensure consistent fold quality with steel and soft-formed polyurethane combination rollers.

Reliable and High Speed

An advanced rotary suction-feed system guarantees fast, smooth feeding of a very wide range of stocks.



The AF-406A small-format automated 6-buckle folder with pile feed and suction head has an optional 6-buckle second unit that can be added straight or cross-wise…for sheets down to 1.99″ x 3.94″. This provides application flexibility, especially for the insert, outsert, and pharmaceutical markets.


The NEW AF-566T4F Buckle-buckle folder is a fully automated folder that can store up to 200 custom jobs in memory for easy recall, with automated make-ready in as little as 14 seconds. it is equipped with 6 buckles on the first station and 4 on the second station – which can be added straight or at an angle – for maximum application flexibility.

Click Here to view all Standard Horizon AF Folders!

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

Crease, Perforate, Slit, and Gutter Cut in One Process

Introducing The Standard Horizon CRA-36 Auto-Creaser

Crease, Perforate, Slit, and Gutter Cut in One ProcessThe NEW Standard Horizon CRA-36 AutoCreaser processes high quality creasing with an automated feeding function.

Perforation can be performed by simple unit replacement. Rotary perforation, edge trim and gutter cut also possible in one pass as option. Designed for digital and offset printed sheets, the CRA-36 eliminates cracking common with digital print, cross grain and UV coating.

Features/Benefits Include:

  • Reduces costly labor steps and increases productivity for short run application
  • Quick and easy automatic setup via touchscreen without skilled labor
  • Job memory storage for common formats and repeat applications
  • Up and down creasing in one pass
  • Maximum of 10 matrix creases in one pass
  • Maximum of 10 cross perforations in one pass
  • Rotary blade perforation in feed direction (optional)
  • Rotary blade slitting, edge trim and gutter cutting (optional)
  • Perforate, crease, slit and gutter cut in one process


Applications include greeting/note cards, menus, tri-fold brochures, book covers and dust jackets, coupons, tickets and more!

The NEW Standard Horizon CRA-36 will be available soon! Visit us online for additional information at www.midstatelitho.net.

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

FREE Product Video from Standard

New Equipment at Standard

FREE Product Video from Standard

We are pleased to share some information on our latest products and invite you to view a product video now. We’d be happy to assist you in evaluating new solutions for your bindery and would like to arrange a visit with you soon. Please call Mid-State Litho at 800-343-4231 with any immediate needs.

Request your FREE DVD or view a Product Video now!


Standard's BQ 470 HT 80

Perfect Binding & In-line 3-knife Trimming
Easily handles trimming of variable thickness books, one after another, for true on-demand book production.
StitchLiner HO Flores_225
Standard Horizon StitchLiner + HOF
Saddlestitching for Digital Output
The HOF-20 allows you to feed pre-collated digitally-imaged sheets into the StitchLiner for complete booklet processing in one step!

AF_566T4F_PerfectFolderStandard Horizon AF-566T4F
Fully Automated Buckle-Buckle Folding

New 6+4-buckle modular concept allows for simple to complex fold patterns. Short make-ready with fully automated set-up, including roller gap adjustment. User-friendly design and large color touch-screen. View a Product Video Now > >


BQ160_225Standard Horizon BQ-160
Affordable PUR Perfect Binding

With single-person operation, the BQ-160 with PUR capability can bind at speeds up to 180 cycles per hour with books up to 1.57″ thick. Ideal for personalized photo book production! View a Product Video Now > >

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What’s New at Mid-State Litho? Check it out now!

Now, Variable PUR Perfect Binding in a Compact<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

What’s New at Mid-State Litho? Check it out now!

Variable PUR Perfect Binding in a Compact Footprint from Mid-State Litho Inc.Standard Horizon’s newest perfect binder is specially designed to handle the unique requirements of digital print – with digital print friendly processing, quick set-up and changeover for shorter production runs, book-of-one capability, and even in-line verification for document integrity. The BQ-280 also uses environmentally-friendly PUR glue which meets the requirements of Lay-Flat binding for both offset and digital prints as well as coated stock. Easily handles the production of digitally printed books, personalized photo books, smaller sample runs, and other ultra short-run work!Watch a Product Video now!Or, call 810-238-7370 to arrange a personal demonstration in your area.

Standard Horizon BQ-280PUR Professional Quality with a Compact Design
Book-of-one production capability with single-person operation – designed specifically for short-run, high quality PUR binding! Features fully automated set-up and sensor-activated digital caliper system for consistent measurement of book block thickness. Handles extended spine length up to 15.5″. Production speeds up to 400 books/hour!
Watch a Product Video Now > >
Standard Horizon BQ-280PUR

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PRINT 13 – Standard’s VIP Demonstration Program

Standard VIP Demo Program


Print 13 – Standard VIP Demonstration Program

The countdown is on…PRINT 13 is just three short months away and Standard is gearing up for another exciting show! In its impressive 8,100 square-ft. booth, Standard will feature an all-star line-up of perfect binding, folding, saddlestitching, inserting, inspection systems, and continuous-feed print solutions for the digital and offset markets.

Standard will also be running 15-minute presentations several times throughout each day to showcase their newest equipment.

Equipment at the Show will include the following:

  • NEW BQ-280 PUR Single-Clamp Perfect Binder
  • NEW HT-1000V Three-Knife Trimmer
  • BQ-270V Single-clamp Perfect Binder
  • (2) BQ-470 Four-clamp Perfect Binders
  • BQ-160 PUR Perfect Binder + CRB-160 Creaser
  • NEW SmartStacker
  • pXnet Bindery Management System

As always, we would like to invite you to take advantage of Standard’s VIP Demonstration Program. If you are attending the PRINT and would like to see Standard’s equipment line-up firsthand, contact MSL today at 1-800-343-4231!

Remember, space is limited and all PRINT attendee’s must RSVP for Standard’s VIP Demonstration Program by August 2, 2013. For additional information you can also contact MSL at sales@midstatelitho.net
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