Label Expo 2014

Labelexpo Americas is the continent’s largest event for label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry.

With more products, more launches and more live demonstrations than any other event in our industry, there is no better place to see the latest technology in action.

Stop by and visit our vendors at Labelexpo Americas! Event will be held in Rosemont Illinois through September 9th and 11th. Located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Top Reasons to Visit the Label Expo

  • See live demonstrations of the latest machinery and materials.
  • Learn about global label trends and technologies.
  • Meet the world’s leading suppliers and network with industry experts

Xitron Booth #3823

Xitron products will be on display in no less than four booths when the show starts September 9th. Navigator F/P will make its North American debut in Xitron’s booth #3823, while Navigator Workflow will be shown as part of digital label systems manufactured by IPT Digital in booth #5611, Super Web Digital booth #1649, and Printware A&V booth #929. The widespread acceptance of Navigator Workflow reinforces its standing as an ideal product for this market segment.

Label Expo is a great opportunity to get a thorough demonstration of label and flexo prepress tools that match high end systems in features and functionality.

Colordyne Technologies Booth #6455

Visit Colordyne in booth #6455 as they introduce the 2600 Production Class series and unveil the 3600 Series press. The CDT-3600 Series joins the Production Class family of digital print systems solutions as a full-featured process color digital label and tag production system with an enhanced precision web handling system, powered by Memjet technology.

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

Graph Expo 2014 Free Registration

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 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

NEW Baum 20″ VFM

Baum 20 VFM First Station with StackerThe BAUM 20 VFM is a unique design that includes finishing modules that can be placed in-line with other equipment or offline with other VFM modules in order to provide complete finishing solutions.

The BAUM 20 VFM design incorporates the already well proven robustness and superior features of the popular BAUM 20 Pile feed 1st, 2nd and 3rd station folders.

The VFM 20 can handle light to heavy weight stocks. One big advantage of the VFM 20 series is the ability to score, slit and perforate heavier stocks without creating any curl in the sheet that is found when trying to run heavy stocks through a buckle folder to perform the same tasks.

On the BAUM 20 VFM, the stocks stay straight and flat as they travel through the slitter shafts versus the back-bending of a buckle folding machine as the heavier sheets try to conform to the radius of the folding rollers.

Slitter Shafts on Baum 20 VFM 1st StationEach BAUM 20 VFM unit has three sets of removable cartridge slitter shaft assembles that use the same tooling as the BAUM 20 folders.

The three slitter shaft design provides superior sheet control and alignment for multiple applications. This allows you to do multiple lines of scoring and perforating in a single pass. The three shaft design allows you to place your perforations and/or scores much closer together than on a single shaft design.

The BAUM VFM 20 series provides you with up to three versatile finishing modules that adapt to other BAUM products and to other manufacturers products to provide complete finishing solutions.

Since the 20VFM utilizes rotary scoring and perforating verses strike scoring and or perforating is much faster and more versatile. This with reduce your scoring and perforating costs considerably.

Some of the applications that can be done on the VFM 20 include:

  • Single or Multiple Lines of Scoring
  • Single or Multiple Lines of Perforating
  • Micro-Perforating
  • Timed Perforating
  • Edge Trimming
  • Center Slitting
  • Gutter Slitting
  • Timed Slitting
  • And More!

The BAUM 20VFM-1P 1st station module with pile feeder register, and scoring unit can be used with a BAUM CF20 Folder allowing you to do scoring, slitting, perforating and folding heavy weight stock all in one pass. The CF20 can handle heavier weight stocks due to its large diameter fold rolls and gear plate drive for the fold rolls.

The Baum 20 VFM series modules can be adapted to operate with the following equipment:

  • Baum CF20 Folder
  • Baum 20 8-Page Folder
  • Baum 20 16-Page Folder
  • Baum Mobile Delivery Stackers
  • Baum 20 RCS Receding Stacker
  • Baum MILT 20
  • Baum MIRT 20

The VFM series can also be adapted to:

  • UV Coaters
  • Laminators
  • And More!

The 20 VFM-1P 1st station module with pile feeder register, scoring unit can also be used in conjunction with the standard Baum 20 2nd station 8-page folder for light to medium weight stocks. The BAUM 20 VFM 2nd and 3rd station modules can be placed in line with other machines to provide accuracy, higher production, and labor savings.These modules can be independently powered and adjusted to various heights. BAUM delivery stackers can also be placed at the exit end to collect the finished products.

View the Baum 20 VFM here!

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

Colordyne to Unveil New 3600 Series

new 3600 series

Upgraded press features enhanced web handling system for increased speed and resolution, allowing for a wider range of applications

BROOKFIELD, WI – Aug. 21, 2014 – Colordyne Technologies™ (CDT), a leader in providing digital printing end-to-end solutions, will unveil its new 3600 Series press, the next generation in disruptive digital color printing, at Labelexpo-Americas 2014 in Rosemont, Ill. The CDT 3600 Series joins the Production Class family of digital print system solutions as a full-featured process color digital label and tag production system with an enhanced precision web handling system, powered by Memjet™ technology.
The CDT 3600 Series Laser Pro

The CDT 3600 Series provides the latest in proven closed loop tension control technology and is available with low cost inline finishing options and configurations. The innovative product also brings several benefits to the Production Class Digital Color Printing System including, but not limited to, enhanced print quality; increased resolution of 1600 x 1375 dpi; drastically reduced RIP times; speeds up to 225 ft/min (69 m/min); and a more user-friendly interface. The new CDT 3600 Series web handling system also provides flexibility and modularity for custom configurations and future faster speeds.

“We consistently seek to provide our customers with the most precise and efficient products in the digital printing industry,” said CDT President and CEO, Gary Falconbridge. “The CDT 3600 Series upgrade does just this as it brings new features and benefits consistent with our core value of providing the fastest print speeds and highest resolution at the lowest capital cost. We are pleased to partner with such a well-respected company on the enhanced web handling system, which makes this high-quality product the best on the market.”

CDT partnered with Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) on the new press, which features the PCMC-created web handling system. The new partnership with PCMC, a global leader in tissue converting, packaging, flexographic printing and non-wovens technology, reaffirms the high quality and high precision offered by the CDT 3600 Series. The cutting edge web handling system allows for digital upgrades and enhancements as they are available in the future to be implemented easily and cost effectively. This, in turn, protects and ensures customers that what they purchase today will not become outdated technology.

Director of Sales for PCMC, Rich Rogals, said, “PCMC is excited to collaborate with Colordyne and provide our long established history and expertise in web handling, converting and line integration to the Colordyne family of digital products. By capitalizing on each company’s core capabilities and strengths, the Colordyne offering becomes a highly productive and predictable digital solution for the end user.”

The CDT 3600 Series is available in similar configurations to CDT’s existing Production Class platforms and is customizable to provide solutions for customers with unique application needs. Visit Colordyne’s booth #6455 at Labelexpo-Americas to see the booth running live September 9-11th, 2014.

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

Micro-Perf Finishing for Table Top & Folder Models

Micro-perf is special, very fine perforation that tears clean when pulled apart. This perforation is used for stocks that need perforations and must be fed again through copiers and printers.

There are kits available for both 7/8” and 1-1/8” shaft sizes. The key to whether your machine can utilize a micro-perf is dependent upon if your machine has adjustable slitter shafts. The adjustment occurs in the center to center distance between the shafts. Because the micro-perf crushes the paper between a blade and a hardened metal ring, a fine adjustment is necessary to prevent tearing the paper or damaging the blade.

There is now an adjustable slitter shaft assembly available for 714 folders which can allow your table top machine to run a micro-perf assembly. This will work on certain 714 parallel machines starting with the “XE” in 1991. You can contact us to find out if your particular machine is capable of this upgrade.

Our friendly Parts Analysts can provide more information about these and other accessories. Contact us today!

Visit Baum at Graph Expo 2014. Located at the McCormick Place, Chicago, IL USA. Baum will be in booth #4704, September 28 – October 1, 2014. We look forward to seeing you there!

Need tickets to Graph Expo? Register today for your Free Attendee Badge.

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

Bookletmakers and PUR Binding in focus at Graph Expo

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL USA
Visit Morgana Systems at Graph Expo in Booth #4013

Register today for your Free Graph Expo attendee badge!

Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced details of its exhibit for GRAPH EXPO 2014. The company can be found at booth #4013, close to its major customer base, the digital print engine manufacturers.

Morgana Systems USA will have a strong presence at the show where the product range will be significantly enhanced with latest product introductions in heavy duty bookletmaking and a brand new addition to the PUR binding range.

Dual Bin for faster feeding

Product on show at the event will include the latest version of the System 2000S bookletmaker, featuring the high capacity dual bin feeder offering a flexible solution for a wide range of booklet types and sizes. The AF602 air assisted feeder has a capacity of up to 21″. Pre-collated sets can be placed into both bins or covers can be placed into one bin when they need to be merged with collated sets. The heavy-duty bookletmaking section comes complete with stitching heads and the unique Morgana Squarefold to give a professional perfect bound effect to the book.

New PUR Binder makes a debut

Making its show debut in the US, the new DigiBook 200 PUR Binder is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is accurately applied by a slot applicator. The DigiBook 200 provides up to 200 books per hour, and up to 2″ thick, with automatic block measuring, clamp setting and nozzle adjustment.

Get Smart with SmartScreen

Morgana will be showing several machines from their Pro range of creasers and folders, all controlled with the SmartScreen touchscreen. The market leading AutoCreaser 33 will be shown with the latest software, which includes an application specifically designed for perfect bound cover production. The larger sized AutoCreaser Pro 50 will be running with the AutoFold Pro inline folding unit. The AutoFold Pro can be added to any existing Morgana creaser or to other manufacturers creasing machines.

The DigiFold Pro creaser/folder will be on show and continues to be the market leader in class, offering unrivalled production in terms of quality and accuracy. This machine can crease and fold stock up to 0.015″ thick without cracking the toner or stock surface.

Quick cutting with CardXtra Plus

CardXtra Plus automates many of finishing tasks in this one versatile cutting and creasing unit. 250 business cards can be finished in less than 2 minutes. A small job such as this would previously have needed 18 cuts on a guillotine, but can now be offered as a “while you wait” service.

In addition to the extensive range of offline and near line solutions from Morgana USA, parent company Plockmatic will also have a strong representation at the show with its wide range of inline solutions.

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

Printing Gradients

Perfecting Your Gradients


In this day and age customers expect perfection. Whether it’s the color accuracy of a photo or the perfectly straight fold of a brochure, printers are always trying to squeeze the most out of their tools. In this article I want to cover a particularly difficult area of printing; gradients.

A gradient, in regards to printing, is a smooth blend from one color to another. Gradients can come in all shapes and sizes, they can also include more than two colors. Their use has steadily increased in our industry as designers have started taking advantage of the growing number of color printers in the field. Gradients bring a set of challenges to the printer, especially in digital printing.

There are several guidelines you can follow to get the most out of your gradients. The most effective method for improving your final results starts at the design stage by adhering to some basic guidelines. Things like making sure it’s a vector element and dictating values that won’t clash with the natural dot gain from the print engine. There are also some steps you can take at the last minute to improve your results right at the print engine.

Firstly, vector gradients are far superior to raster artwork. In a nutshell, raster artwork is comprised of pixels with a defined resolution. Each individual pixel has its own color designation. A raster gradient could be described as a picture of a gradient. Vector gradients are mathematically defined. A vector gradient is essentially a line with points along its axis with color anchors. This more simple method of creating a gradient is far simpler and more forgiving once it hits the print engine. Vector gradients allow the RIP system in the print engine to do its own calculations of all the colors in between the defined anchor points. In essence it gives the printer a degree of flexibility to smoothly draw the fade based on its own math. A raster gradient comes predefined and the printer simply outputs what it receives, which isn’t always a good fit for the printer (Figure 1).

Second, we’ll talk about color limits and dot gain. This can be a deep topic but there are some simple rules to keep things simple. This part focuses on the color choices and what specific colors are used within the gradient. Simply speaking, you want to avoid having your gradient reach the limits of the color channel. That is to say, your lowest and highest color values should be within the center 80% of the full range of color (Figure 2).

When venturing outside of this safe range you are likely to experience a phenomena when printing where your gradient will have a hard step. This occurs when the color values defined in the artwork cross over the dot gain that happens during printing. Printers have a word for this, it’s called plugging. Basically what’s happening is the artwork is calling for such a high fidelity dot that it falls outside of what’s possible for the printer to reproduce (Figure 3).

Those tips are great if you have the luxury of going back to the source document. Often times, trouble doesn’t arise until crunch time when a job is due. In that situation, options are limited to changes on the output side. There are a couple things you can do to help improve your results.

Calibration is critical for smooth gradients. Calibration, or more specifically linearization, is your first line of defense when having trouble printing a gradient. A proper linearization forces the print engine’s output to be true to dot. When a machine falls out of calibration you can start to see unwanted shifts in small ranges of color. On most printers, the calibration or linearization process is rather user friendly and it’s just good practice to keep the printer calibrated.

If you’re still struggling to print a smooth gradient and your printer is well calibrated you may need to explore running at a lower line screen. Printing at a lower LPI will increase the size of the dots comprising the printed image. This can help to ease the load on the print engine and help it to produce a smoother looking gradient. It can have some adverse effects on other elements in the job but this trade off can help in some situations. If your print engine or RIP system allows, you can also experiment with alternate dot shapes, such as stochastic or a line shaped dot.

Gradients can be difficult, in many ways, they are one of the toughest elements to print. With a bit of planning ahead you can circumvent many problems by just changing some properties of the gradient. In a pinch you can also experiment with the output settings of the engine and get out of trouble.

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

714 Ultrafold Set Up Tips

BaumFolder 714 UltraFold

The 714 Ultrafold is a very popular table top folder designed to be robust and easy to setup. Below are several tips that can help you set up this folder to run properly for your next job. These are just a few of the more common issues that people come across when setting up a machine.

Safety First!

    • Before working on the folder, DISCONNECT ALL ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY TO THE FOLDER to prevent the accidental start of the folder.
    • Check to make sure that you have the correct tools to complete the job.
    • For the reasons of safety, long hair must be tied back or otherwise secured, garments must be close fitting and no jewelry, such as rings or necklaces, may be worn while adjusting or setting up equipment.
    • Injury may result from being caught up in the machinery or jewelry catching on moving parts. Take all necessary steps so this doesn’t happen.

714 UltraFold Set Up714 UltraFold Set Up Tips:

  • Check to see if pump has sufficient suction. If not, enough, check the following.
    • Check and clean air filters
    • Check hose connections from pump for cracks and blockages. Repair as necessary.
  • Make sure guides are positioned properly. Paper should not be too tight or loose in feeder.
    • Too tight and it will not feed properly.
    • Too loose and the folds will be inconsistent.
  • Check that the caliper assembly is 90° relative to the feed table.
  • Check that the air tube holes (front blow) are pointing towards the scribe line. When the air is turned on, the bottom sheets should be blown down to the sucker wheel.
  • Check the gap underneath the sheet detector tab.
    • Insert two thickness of paper between the caliper tab and the sucker wheel.
    • Turn the gap knob counter-clockwise to tighten or clockwise to loosen.
    • Set the gap knob until there is a slight drag on the paper.
    • Remove the paper and the correct gap is now set.
    • When you load the feeder, the printing will be up.

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

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

OKI C900 Series

OKI Data C900 SeriesArticle Provided by OKI Data Americas, Inc.

OKI Data Americas announces a new category of digital printing technology with the introduction of its Multimedia Production Platform – a series of production-quality A3 color devices with innovative features and functionality that will revolutionize the office and commercial printing industries, alike. These new devices go far beyond the capabilities of traditional digital color printers, adding game-changing media handling that includes transparent media, magnets, banners and heavyweight cardstock – all within a single, compact unit. By defining this new space within the market, OKI further establishes itself as a leader in LED digital printing innovation.

Within the Multimedia Production Platform is the innovative new C900 Series. This latest series of groundbreaking digital color products includes three new A3 models – one of which features an industry-first LED five station toner configuration that supports white or clear spot color printing capabilities. All were developed to meet a wide range of graphic arts and commercial printing needs.

“OKI is excited to announce its pioneering new Multimedia Production Platform. We are re-defining LED digital color printing by introducing a new category of devices that can handle a truly impressive range of media,” said Carl Taylor, Vice President of Marketing for OKI Data Americas. “A key to the enhanced performance of these new OKI devices is our proprietary Single Pass Color technology which allows for faster print speeds, superior color resolution and registration, and expanded media handling capabilities.”

One of the benefits of OKI’s new Multimedia Production Platform is the users’ ability to expand input and output capabilities with the addition of an optional EFI Fiery XF server, feeders, stackers and other supplemental hardware for use with certain devices.

The new C900 Series units from OKI  includes the C911dn, C931dn, and C941dn, offering best in class high-definition color print quality, high volume productivity and diverse media handling abilities at a low running cost. Features include print speeds of up to 50 pages per minute1 and toner yields of up to 38,000 pages, delivering fast, reliable and cost-effective output. Handling a recommended monthly print volume of 25,000 pages, the C900 Series meets the needs of large, demanding workgroups.

These new printers further underscore OKI’s technological leadership and ability to deliver innovative, high functioning, and high quality printing solutions to an evolving marketplace.

The revolutionary new C941dn LED digital color printer features a five station toner configuration with cyan, magenta, yellow and black, plus white or clear in the fifth position; this provides an expansive new world of printing capabilities and revenue-generating opportunities. In fact, the C941dn from OKI is the first LED printer in its class to offer white or clear spot color printing and other productivity-enhancing capabilities, and is available with an EFI Fiery XF server.

Similarly, the C931dn digital color printer supports an optional EFI Fiery XF server. Designed for large workgroups and office use, the C931dn offers full color, high resolution printing capabilities, and handles a wide range of media for maximum output flexibility at a low total cost of ownership (TCO). In fact, the TCO for the C931dn is 25 percent lower versus comparable models.

The C911dn offers improved speed, print quality and performance over its predecessor. As with all C900 Series models, the C911dn features a more robust chassis, improved user interface featuring a high resolution color LCD display, and higher capacity toners for a low cost per page.

Taylor continued, “These new production-grade printers from OKI bring on-demand color printing capabilities in-house, and are ideal for companies that require high-quality output, media handling flexibility, and color consistency.”

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