How to Check Your Roll Condition on Your Folder

How to Check Your Roll Condition on Your Folder

The fold rolls in your Baumfolder are the heart and muscle of your folding operation. Make sure these valuable investments are still able to give you the quality work your customer demand. This simple procedure can let you verify the condition of your rolls which will give you confidence on that next job.

To Check This Operation – Lock out the power supply to the folder so it can’t be started up while you have your hand in the folder.

As you use your folder for a length of time, the ink from the printing can build up and cause the rollers to become slick and to lose their grip. If you begin to have trouble holding a fold, raise the fold plate with the folder power locked off and the fold plate secure so it does not fall on your hand. Check the urethane section of the fold rollers to determine if this has happened. Use SURE WASH and clean the fold rollers. This difficulty to clean the rollers depends on the amount of ink on the rollers.

To check for wear, with power locked out so no one can start the folder, remove the fold plates. Insert several single strips of paper rolled by hand into the roll in a forward direction about half way. Have a single strip of the same paper in the Baum sets. Now pull on each strip of paper, (don’t pull all the way out). You should have the same tension on all the strips. There may be a very slight difference and still be OK. Put the fold plates back in their proper location.

Also, check for gouges or nicks created by severe jam-ups or using screw drivers to remove jams.


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

Challenge Machinery Paper Drilling Tips

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Important! To prevent the drill from overheating, always avoid drilling too slowly. The table should be brought up as rapidly as possible allowing the drills to easily cut through the paper. Also, adjust the vertical table guide to return the table to the down position as rapidly as possible to avoid spinning the drills in the stock.

Slotted Holes - Instead of punching slotted holes for five and seven hole universal binding work, save time and cost by drilling a 1/2 inch diameter hole in place of the slot. The slot is only intended to allow the post or ring to be used in either location, and the large hole permits this.

Plastic Bindings - Drilling holes for plastic bindings, instead of punching them, is practical and saves a great deal of time, particularly on long run jobs.

Keep Drills Sharp - A dull drill is the major cause of drill breakage and production tie-ups. Usually after three hours of drilling, depending on the type of paper being processed, the drill should be sharpened. A dull drill results in poor quality work.

Keep Drills Clean - A dirty and rusty drill will not permit the free upward passage of the drill chips. Pressure built up by a clogged drill will split or break the drill. To keep it free from dirt or rust, clean the drill of all chips after each use and apply a light oil to the inside and outside. Drills should be cleaned out immediately after each use. This is particularly true if a coated or varnished stock has been drilled. On these jobs the coating on the chips frequently fuse the chips into one solid mass when the drill cools, causing breakage the next time the drill is used.

Lubricate Drills - Lubrication assists in the passage of the chips and helps avoid overheating of the drills. Use readily available stick lubricants for this purpose. Hold the end of the stick against the side of the rotating drill. Be sure to touch the cutting edge with the lubricant also. Wipe off excess oil before drilling. CARE MUST ALWAYS BE TAKEN WHEN HANDLING DRILLS.

Keep Spindle Clean - Clean out the drill spindle frequently. This will prevent any buildup in the spindle of the drill.

Set the Drills Correctly - Do not cut too deeply into the cutting block. The drill should just touch the block and cleanly cut through the bottom sheet. During drilling, do not set the drill deeper into the block but change the position of the block frequently. Drilling deeper into the block dulls the drills quickly. Use a piece of chipboard underneath your stock. This will make handling the stock easier and will ensure that the last sheet is cut cleanly through.

Check for Drill Wobble - If spindles are badly worn or bent through misadjustment, have them replaced immediately. A wobbly or loosely held drill will break.

Check Your Drill Sharpener - The cutting edge of the sharpening bit should be inspected frequently to make certain that it is sharp and free of nicks. Never let a drill drop onto the sharpening bit. It will chip the sharpening edge. Use gentle pressure when sharpening – let the sharpening bit do the work. Check the sharpness of the drill after sharpening. The cutting edge should be razor sharp.

Just a little time and effort taken with each use of your paper drilling machine should result in trouble free operation over many years.


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

Challenge Machinery Paper Drilling Tips

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Important! To prevent the drill from overheating, always avoid drilling too slowly. The table should be brought up as rapidly as possible allowing the drills to easily cut through the paper. Also, adjust the vertical table guide to return the table to the down position as rapidly as possible to avoid spinning the drills in the stock.

Slotted Holes - Instead of punching slotted holes for five and seven hole universal binding work, save time and cost by drilling a 1/2 inch diameter hole in place of the slot. The slot is only intended to allow the post or ring to be used in either location, and the large hole permits this.

Plastic Bindings - Drilling holes for plastic bindings, instead of punching them, is practical and saves a great deal of time, particularly on long run jobs.

Keep Drills Sharp - A dull drill is the major cause of drill breakage and production tie-ups. Usually after three hours of drilling, depending on the type of paper being processed, the drill should be sharpened. A dull drill results in poor quality work.

Keep Drills Clean - A dirty and rusty drill will not permit the free upward passage of the drill chips. Pressure built up by a clogged drill will split or break the drill. To keep it free from dirt or rust, clean the drill of all chips after each use and apply a light oil to the inside and outside. Drills should be cleaned out immediately after each use. This is particularly true if a coated or varnished stock has been drilled. On these jobs the coating on the chips frequently fuse the chips into one solid mass when the drill cools, causing breakage the next time the drill is used.

Lubricate Drills - Lubrication assists in the passage of the chips and helps avoid overheating of the drills. Use readily available stick lubricants for this purpose. Hold the end of the stick against the side of the rotating drill. Be sure to touch the cutting edge with the lubricant also. Wipe off excess oil before drilling. CARE MUST ALWAYS BE TAKEN WHEN HANDLING DRILLS.

Keep Spindle Clean - Clean out the drill spindle frequently. This will prevent any buildup in the spindle of the drill.

Set the Drills Correctly - Do not cut too deeply into the cutting block. The drill should just touch the block and cleanly cut through the bottom sheet. During drilling, do not set the drill deeper into the block but change the position of the block frequently. Drilling deeper into the block dulls the drills quickly. Use a piece of chipboard underneath your stock. This will make handling the stock easier and will ensure that the last sheet is cut cleanly through.

Check for Drill Wobble - If spindles are badly worn or bent through misadjustment, have them replaced immediately. A wobbly or loosely held drill will break.

Check Your Drill Sharpener - The cutting edge of the sharpening bit should be inspected frequently to make certain that it is sharp and free of nicks. Never let a drill drop onto the sharpening bit. It will chip the sharpening edge. Use gentle pressure when sharpening – let the sharpening bit do the work. Check the sharpness of the drill after sharpening. The cutting edge should be razor sharp.

Just a little time and effort taken with each use of your paper drilling machine should result in trouble free operation over many years.


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!

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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

Swift Printing & Communications Increases Production

Pictured above (left to right): Walt Gutowski III, Pressman, Jessica Slaydon, Community Relations & Steve Hale, Art and Technology Director of Swift Printing

Pictured above (left to right): Walt Gutowski III, Pressman, Jessica Slaydon, Community Relations & Steve Hale, Art and Technology Director of Swift Printing

Swift Printing & Communications Increases Production with MGI Meteor DP8700S
Grand Rapids based printer expands printing capabilities with Meteor S

MELBOURNE, FL, USA (November 20th, 2014) – Swift Printing & Communications has experienced continued success with their MGI Meteor DP8700 S.

Family owned and operated, Swift Printing is a solutions-driven printer that has been serving the Grand Rapids area for over 60 years. Founded by Walt Gutowski Sr. in 1950 as a local commercial printer, Swift Printing has become a world leader in digital technology by making innovation a top priority. With a commitment to top-notch service, the Swift Printing team is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art solutions to exceed their customers’ expectations.

Always staying ahead of the curve, Walt Gutowski Jr. began searching for a press that would complement his current line of offset and digital presses while maintaining the highest level of quality. After thorough research and testing, Swift Printing decided to invest in a Meteor DP8700 S with the help of Mid-State Litho, a MGI certified dealer.

“The MGI Meteor S is a great compliment to what we currently have in place,” states Walt Gutowski Jr., Owner of Swift Printing. “It is the only machine we can trust to do letterhead and envelopes that are 100% laser safe all the time. Not only can we do our day-to-day business more efficiently, we have also seen a huge increase in our business for short run 4-color jobs because we now have the ability to run them on the fly.”

“We are blending our history and new technology together on our digital presses by mixing old heritage letterpress work and new age printing. The Meteor S fit our needs perfectly- with its outstanding quality and versatility we knew the Meteor S would be a seamless fit,” continued Gutowski. “We are proud of our history, our community, and our print shop. With our new capabilities we are confident that we will be able to keep our customers one step ahead.”

For more information, please visit http://www.mgiusa.com and http://www.midstatelitho.net.


Swift Printing & Communications
404 Bridge Street, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
PH: 616-459-4263
www.swiftprinting.com

About Mid-State Litho

Mid-State Litho, Inc. (MSL), a certified MGI dealer, has been serving the printing and graphic arts community for over 30 years. Specializing in equipment and supplies for offset printing, digital printing, print finishing, binding and bookletmaking, plastic card production, mailing, packaging and more, MSL has solutions for all printing and finishing needs. In addition, MSL has a team of experienced, qualified account executives who make finding the right equipment solution for the job their number one priority.

About the MGI Group

The MGI Group is composed of MGI Digital Graphic Technology, headquartered in Paris (Ivry-sur-Seine), France, and KÖRA-PACKMAT, located in Villingendorf, Germany, and CERADROP, located in Limoges, France.

Founded in 1982, MGI Digital Graphic Technology designs, manufactures and markets a full and innovative range of award-winning digital presses and a complete line of versatile finishing solutions.

MGI has a portfolio comprised of several thousand customers in a wide range of sectors, including graphic industry professionals, Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, plastic card manufacturers, silk screeners and photo labs.

A leader in the professional graphic equipment market, MGI is registered on the Euronext Paris Alternext stock exchange (ALMDG). They received the prestigious OSEO “Innovative Company” & “OSEO Excellence” labels respectively in 2009 & 2012 in recognition of their expertise and innovation in the graphics & finishing industry. In addition, MGI has won thirteen international product awards from 2008-2012 related to technological innovation, including the 2010 Siemens Innovation Grand Prix and the 2011 Engineering Prize for their color inkjet technology.

MGI USA, based in Melbourne, Florida, is MGI’s fully owned subsidiary that services the North and South American, Caribbean and Asia Pacific markets.

KÖRA-PACKMAT is an industrial manufacturing company which specializes in the development of offset sub-systems. With four business units that cover feeding systems, paper transport systems, film wrapping machines & ultrasonic sealing systems, KÖRA-PACKMAT has a worldwide presence that is represented through a network of distributors and a subsidiary based in Singapore.

CERADROP is a cutting-edge company founded in 2006, by members of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) the world-renowned laboratory, and in under just seven years has become the French leader in inkjet equipment for printed electronics market and 3D printing.

Like MGI on Facebook and follow MGI on Twitter @MGI_USA to stay up to date on the latest MGI news & innovations.

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Media Contact:

Holly Haley
Marketing Coordinator
MGI USA, Inc.

JETvarnish 3D wins the ‘Packaging Innovation Award’

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MGI Wins the ‘Packaging Innovation Award’ with the JETvarnish 3D & iFOIL

MGI Digital Graphic Technology is pleased to announce that the Pack Experts Committee has awarded the iFOIL with the “Innovation Award” at 2014 Packaging/Emballage Exhibition (MGI booth on Hall 6, G135).

This year’s 1,500 exhibitors submitted over 208 innovative products to the Pack Experts Committee.The Committee consists of industry experts, many from large international companies with worldwide expertise, such as: L’Oréal, Coca-Cola, and Nestlé. The top 8 entries were given the prestigious “Innovation Award,” including the MGI iFOIL solution.

The Packaging/Emballage Exhibition, held from November 17th-20th in Paris-Villepinte (France), is expecting over 100,000 visitors this year to see the packaging & handling industry’s best. With an average annual growth rate of 10%, the packaging industry is making great strides in packaging functionality and innovation.

Working in-line with the JETvarnish 3D, the iFOIL uses a revolutionary 100% digital process to create embossed hot foil effects. The duo take print jobs to the next level, adding luxury to everything from packaging, magazine covers, books, brochures, to invitations and labels. The innovative technology used by the pair has drawn a lot of international awards due to their unique inkjet technology and the 100% digital process.

The iFOIL and the JETvarnish 3D perform the following jobs:

  • Spot UV Varnish 2D/3D
  • From 3 to 200μm embossing
  • Hot foil embossing process for up to 3 simultaneous colors
  • Variable data both for Spot UV Varnish & Foiling
  • Up to 3,000 B2 size sheets an hour

For additional information on the JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL, please visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net.


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

Soft Paper Cutting Demonstration Video by Challenge

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Soft Paper Cutting Demonstration Video by Challenge

Watch the material ‘lift’ when under clamping force and you can see the same thing happening to the material in front of the knife. There are several things that you can do to help minimize the lifting.

First, you reduce the pile size. In this video example, they are using a 3″ pile of very thin, flimsy paper (phone book-like). They recommend under 2″ (as a starting point).

Secondly, set the backgauge to fixed dimension in this case, it is set to 1-1/2″.

Reduce the clamping pressure to the minimum setting and cut your strips one at a time  and set them aside. Doing this maintains a solid surface that is completely holding flat virtually all of the material while cutting.

Now you can reposition the backgauge (if necessary) to the next dimension. In this case, they left it at 1-1/2″. If you watch closely you can see that the paper is not firmly held flat.

Following these suggestions should help increase your final product quality.

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

NEW Digital Finishing System – MBM AeroCut Nano

NEW Digital Finishing System – MBM AeroCut Nano

MBM AeroCut NanoStable air suction feed system featuring InstaSet Bar and touch screen for accurate slitter positioning.

Stable air feed mechanism takes a wide range of paper stocks. Cuts and cross cuts prints in one pass. Elevated feed table separates digital stocks to avoid mis-feedings, damages and roller marks. Density sensor for true double feed detection. 2 single blade margin slitters and 2 double blade gutter slitters are easily adjustable for various stock sizes. InstaSet bar indicates and fixes slitter positions accurately. Intuitive touch screen holds 16 pre-programmed jobs and 40 customized jobs.

Product Features

InstaSet Bar - Unique InstaSet bar indicates and fixes slitter positions accurately and can be easily adjusted manually without tools.

Stable Feed Mechanism - Stable upper-belt air suction feed system elevates separate digital stocks to avoid mis-feedings, damages and roller marks.

Intuitive Touch Screen - The touch screen control module comes pre-programmed with 16 jobs and can store up to 40 additional custom programs.

For additional information about the MBM AeroCut Nano, visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net.


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

Why Bundling? Why Felins?


Every packaging decision hurts or helps our planet.

Felins has a passion for creating alternative sustainable packaging solutions and believes that packaging is fundamentally exciting and environmentally important!  We offer non-traditional bundling solutions that increase throughput, protect product quality and integrity  and significantly reduce packaging material and labor costs for our customers worldwide.

Check out the video to the right for a brief overview of the different bundling technologies that Felins provides.


Why Paper & Plastic Banding?

Often referred to as the most elite form of bundling, banding has historically been used to showcase and protect delicate, high-end printed materials. Because of the many advantages, banding has grown as an elegant, cutting edge sustainable packaging solution.  As an alternative to strapping, banding provides reduced packaging costs, increased productivity, and the reduced labor costs commonly attributed to strapping.  In addition:

• Paper bands can be removed without using a cutting tool
• Transparent plastic bands showcase your product
• Labels can be eliminated by printing directly on the band
• Banding won’t damage the corners and edges of your product
• Diverse selection of banding materials and machine options


Why Rubber Banding?

We focus on providing an alternative and more efficient way to apply rubber bands to your product. Felins’ Automatic Rubber Banding (ARB) Machine loads, stretches and applies each band from a continuous roll of hundreds of elastic bands. Like other Felins bundling solutions our Automatic Rubber Banding Machine do not damage your product.  It also:

  • Increases productivity
  • Offers custom automated system options
  • Eliminates repetitive motion injuries
  • Provides allergen and latex free options for medical products

Felins offers a variety of banding machines and banding materials ranging from easy to use table top banding machines to fully automated banding systems. For additional information, visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net.