MBM – Did you know?

MBM - Did you know?

As spring inches closer and closer, we wanted to share a few interesting facts and tips on shredding to help get you ready for some good spring cleaning!

 

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Did You Know: According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now the public domain. Any piece of material may be taken without permission.

Tip: Use shredded paper in your compost pile.

Tip: Donate shredded paper to animal shelters.

Did You Know: Approximately 1 bag of cross cut paper shreds equals 5 bags of straight cut paper shreds.

Security and liability are concerns for every business owner. Eliminate risk with MSL’s Flint Shredders’ line of commercial paper shredders and hard drive shredding machines. We carry a wide model range and variety of paper shredders. Contact us for additional information or CLICK HERE to check out our models.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
Flint Shredders

5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net
www.flintshredders.com

Preventative Folder Maintenance

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3 Reasons for Preventative Folder Maintenance + Incentive = Do It Now

Why perform preventative maintenance a folding machine? Is this expense necessary and what are the benefits? The answers are quite simple.

  1. It is important to meet the deadlines promised to your customers. Having a piece of equipment break down in the middle of an important job can result in paying employees to work overtime or, even worse, you can’t deliver on time, losing that important clients’ future business forever. Doing regular preventative maintenance can eliminate or greatly reduce this possibility.
  2. A folder like any piece of equipment, is a major investment for your company that should be maximized and protected. With care, a BAUM folder should last for years if you take care of it. However, the failure to do such simple things as clean the pump filters, regular lubrication, checking for worn belts, etc. can greatly shorten the life of your machine and/or result in an unexpected breakdown at the worst possible time. A Preventative Maintenance schedule can help you protect this investment and minimize unscheduled down time.
  3. It is cheaper to maintain your folder on an ongoing basis. It’s expensive to have parts flown in overnight when a belt breaks or a bearing seizes up because you didn’t inspect it or lubricate it properly. By having a preventive maintenance program you are in control of when your folder is down for maintenance.

Efficient and Money Saving Tune-Up Kits for Folders

Baumfolder has tune-up kits available for its Table Top and most Floor Model Folders. These tune-up kits contain the commonly needed parts that should be changed for preventative maintenance. The kits can save you a considerable amount of money compared to buying the individual parts.

Article Provided by Baumfolder Corporation. Click here to view our Baumfolder products.


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

Be Profitable with BAUM Pile & Continuous Feed Folders

Be Profitable with Baum Pile & Continuous Feed Folders

Be Profitable with Baum Pile & Continuous Feed Folders

Now is the time to help ensure your profitability. In our 2nd enews of this series, we remind you of the profitability that comes with great equipment.baum-20-comp_4

Pile & Continuous Feed Folders Keep Your Project Moving

The Baum 20 PFF and Bum 20 CFF series folders can make you more profitable by using our latest technologies:

  • Exclusive Baum ifold touch screen technolgy with maintenance reminders
  • “How to” set up screens
  • Job memory storage capability
  • Minimal maintenance due to the latest designs
  • Easy setup and loading of equipment
  • Paperless roller gapsets

For more ideas on feeding your profitability contact our product specialists. 

Rebuild Your Baum 714 for Profitable Production 

Our kits are a great way to rebuild your trusty Baumfolder 714 back to factory specifications. We use the same genuine Baumfolder parts made from the original prints and used in the production of our new 714’s.

Here are some of the items included in our kit: 

  • Toner release urethane fold rolls
  • Gears
  • Bearings and shims
  • Stacker tapes
  • Drive belts
  • Feed and retard tires (friction feed models)
  • Sucker tires (A & B versions)
  • Sheet detect tab (air feed models)
  • Pull out tires

Get your folder back in top running condition. Your MSL Service Department is ready to help! Contact us today for additional information and pricing.


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

The Ultimate Tabletop Folders

The Ultimate Tabletop FoldersThe Ultimate Tabletop Folders

BAUM continues to provide the most reliable and rugged tabletop folders in a compact and convenient design.

714XA The BAUM 714XA offers all of the rugged features of the popular manual setup BAUM 714XLT folder and then adds automation and state of the art features to meet today’s demanding needs along with modern styling. The 714XA is designed to meet the needs of all printing and imaging folding applications with these key features:

    • PLC touch screen control panel
    • Feed table extension that can handle longer sheet lengths, enabling tri-folding of 25.5″ long sheets from brochures, etc.
    • Six pre-programmed fold settings
    • Programmable memory settings for 20 custom folds
    • Batch counter that can count up or count down

  • Variable batch data entry
  • Total counter
  • PLC touch screen control panel with pictographs and color display
  • Sound covers standard
  • Flip deflector, non-marking fold plate technology
  • Diagnostic messages/fault detection
  • Jam detection using input and output sensors
  • Motorized delivery stacker
  • Automated fold plate setup

The BAUM 714XLT is rugged and compact. With a convenient size, this easy to setup folder is ready to go to work for you anytime and anyplace you need it. It can easily handle coated stocks as well as high-speed copier and laser printed stocks.

  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Built-in totalizing counter
  • Easy make-ready:
  • Handy fold-chart for easy fold pan set-ups
  • Scales on fold plates for accuracy
  • Stacker scales for easy set-up of delivery
  • “Easy-set” sheet caliper
  • Multiple air adjustments

Scoring/ Perforating and Slitting on the 714XLT Ultrafold 1st Station Folder

There are multiple ways to complete scoring, perforating and slitting applications on the 714XLT  Ultrafold 1st station folders. All 714XLT Ultrafold 1st station folders are equipped standard with a set of easily removable “Fixed” center to center slittershafts that are an assembly. All new 714XLT Ultrafold 1st station folders are equipped with tooling for this “Fixed” slittershaft design as standard equipment. The tooling provides the capability to perform either one line of standard “soft” scoring or one line if piercing perforating using a 41 tooth blade.

Click here for more information on BAUMFOLDER and additional tabletop models.


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

MGI Plastic Card Solutions

MGI Plastic Card Solutions

MGI offers full plastic card solutions with the PressCard Pro & PunchCard pro. This compact pair will allow your customers to laminate and die cut short runs of plastic substrates such as PVC, Polycarbonate, Vinyl, and Synthetic Papers. Our plastic card solutions create new opportunities in Plastic Cards, RFID Cards, ID Cards, Business Cards, Outdoor Signage, POP and more!

The Card Factory

Plastic card production solutions can add to your bottom line. For the first time in the plastic card segment, a digital device can go head-to-head with offset in terms of run length, color capabilities, and speed (up to 8,000 cards per hour), while maintaining a cost below industry standards, even on the shortest runs.

MGI’s JETcard 3D is a true card factory and can replace up to 5 different pieces of equipment traditionally used in the plastic card production chain: litho press, lamination press, die cutter and encoder/personalization printer. Click here for more information on the JETcard 3D.

Imagine what you could do with an MGI. Visit MGI at Graphics of the Americas 2015! Register here for your free expo passes. 


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

Be the First to See MGI’s Revolutionary New Products GOA 2015!

See the DF-Pro at GOA 2015

Be the first to see MGI’s Revolutionary New Products at GOA 2015!

CUTTING | TRIMMING | CREASING | PERFORATING

The DF Pro is the perfect inline finishing solution for your Meteor Digital Press. This option allows you to finish all your printed jobs in one pass, saving you both time and money by having professionally printed and finished products ready for delivery. Finish up to 47 inches with trimming, cutting, up and down creasing, even strike perforation.

Product Advantages: 

  • Easy to Setup
  • Interchangeable Tools
  • Touch Screen
  • Horizontal & Vertical Cutting
  • Positive & Negative Creasing
  • Horizontal & Vertical Perforating
  • Offset Feeder Table
  • User Friendly Interface

Digital Finisher Pro is the perfect finishing solution for your Meteor Digital Press. This option allows you to print and finish most of printed jobs in one pass, saving you both time and money by having professionally printed and finished products for delivery.

Register for the Graphics of the Americas 2015 Expo today at no cost! Complete the form to receive your free pass.


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

Join Akiles Products at Graphics of the Americas

Join Akiles Products at Graphics of the Americas

Join Akiles Products at Graphics of the Americas

Akiles is your number one source for binding, laminating, and finishing products.

Akiles is headed to Miami Beach for the 2015 Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference! If you’ve never been to GOA, this is the year to attend. Here’s your chance to get product information on hundreds of brands and educational experience you need to make solid decisions – CLICK HERE to register for FREE!

Featured equipment will include binding equipment, bookletmakers, corner rounding equipment, paper trimmers, and more.

Check Out Akiles NEW ProLam Ultra-X Series @ GOA:

akiles_prolam_ultra_x10_front_angleThe Akiles ProLam Ultra-X Series laminators possess superior quality and functionality combined with commercial grade design. Its multiple roller heat system produces professional, crystal-clear and bubble-free pouches ever time.

Product Details:

  • 10 Roller Heat System
  • Removable Cover
  • LCD Control Panel
  • Settings Guide
  • 13″ Capacity
  • Air Cooling System
  • Programmable Memory Settings

Commercial grade 6 or 10 roller laminator with programmable memory settings, laminates up to 14 mil! View the Akiles ProLam Ultra-X Series laminators in action:


For additional product information, visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net.


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

New Features for the Baum 20 Series Folders

Are you in the market for a New Floor Model Folder?
Check Out the New Features for the Baum 20 Series Folders:

1. New Paperless Roller Gapsets! No need to tear stripes of paper. The new control informs you where to turn each dial to the proper setting per roller. Adjustment knobs are located across the top of the folder frames for easy reach. Operator does not have to walk around machine for setup. Baum knobs are easier to use than pressing levers and inserting strips of paper.

2. New Baum iFold Tutorial is now standard feature on the Baum 20 PFF and CFF models. The Baum 20 PFF and CFF “Informates” the folding process! You can spend a lot on automation and still have to know how to load paper and still make those minor manual adjustments that automation cannot provide. The Baum iFold bridges the gap between a manual folder with no imformaiton and an automated folder by providing information!

3. New Extended Mobile Delivery Stacker that has 33% more collection length than previous Baum 20 Series Folders enabling longer collection times.

4. New Mobility Kit is Standard on the Mobile Delivery Stacker. Previous Baum 20 series stackers were standard as a hang-on delivery stacker. This makes the transition of moving the delivery stacker back and forth from the 1sat station to the 2nd or 3rd station much easier by simply rolling the mobile stacker to its location. The mobile kit also includes an adjustable height settings to enable better shingling/stacking of products that may tend to want to spring open as they exit the folder.

5. New Micro-Adjust Paperstop setting for all active fold plates. Now those very small incremental fold length changes are easier to achieve using the NEW micrometer knob settings that were not available on previous Baum 20 series folders.

6. New Variable Batch within a Batch feature  standard on the BAUM 20 PFF and CFF models. Enables you to have a full load on the feeder and program multiple batches of different quantities to be folded one after another.

7. NEW Touch-Screen Control Panel with colored pictographs and easy to navigate control screens.A very user friendly control screen that enables more information and control of the folding process than ever before.

8. NEW Optional AccuSlit Kit for better control for sheet slitting

9. NEW Optional Perf/Slit/Perf Kit for multiple-up applications

10. NEW Optional Stream Separator Table for 2-up and or sheet acceleration applications

11. NEW Optional Register Gluing Kit for LH edge gluing on the 1st station folder.

Contact us today for additional information on the Baum 20 folders. We look forward to hearing from you!


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

MGI to Highlight Upgraded JETvarnish 3D Spot UV Coater…

MGI JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL

 

MGI to Highlight Upgraded JETvarnish 3D Spot UV Coater & New Meteor Digital Press at Graphics of the Americas

MELBOURNE, FL, USA (January 27th, 2015) – MGI Digital Graphic Technology is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the 2015 Graphics of the Americas show in Miami Beach February 26th-28th.

Amid the many technologies to be highlighted at GOA’s 40th anniversary show, MGI will be sure to stand out amongst the competition with their full line of innovative digital printing and finishing solutions at Booth #614.  MGI will have two award winning duos: the JETvarnish 3D spot UV coater with inline digital foiling iFOIL module and the multi-substrate Meteor DP8700 XL+ digital press with the brand new inline DF Pro finishing system.

MGI’s JETvarnish 3D,  is now more powerful with a new field upgradeable option, allowing for doubling (“T2”) production speeds and the ability to digitally coat up to 300 microns in one pass on formats up to 52x105cm (20”x40’’).  In addition to the increased speed, the new barcode reaction camera system will allow users to digitally emboss or spot varnish variable data by reading printed barcodes and recalling the correct images in the workstation to varnish with ease.

The JETvarnish 3D “T2” can be connected to MGI’s award-winning iFOIL module to create 100% digital hot foiling inline. The iFOIL does not require use of dies, plates or make-ready, allowing this innovative duo create a tactile elegance never seen before on demand. The JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL’s combined abilities produce a revolutionary new process for personalized foil in short runs, generating never before seen opportunities.

MGI will also be showcasing the newest member to the Meteor family of digital presses, the Meteor DP8700 XL+, which brings a sizeable upgrade in quality, format sizing, thicknesses and more. The Meteor DP8700 XL+ is a versatile toner-based digital press with true multi-substrate capabilities for paper, plastics & envelopes. Designed to maximize production & ease of operation, the Meteor DP8700 XL+ boasts a variety of value-added capabilities including laser-safe prints, offset comparable output, and ability to print up to 47″ long.

Also available for live demonstrations, the DF Pro, a newly developed finishing solution that works inline (or offline) with the Meteor digital press to create a fully finished piece from start to finish. The DF Pro can reach up to 4,260 finished sheets per hour, and for any given document up to 20 distinct operations can be applied all in one pass, such as: horizontal and vertical cutting, positive and negative creasing, and horizontal and vertical perforating. The ability to complete jobs in one pass, will save both time and money, making the DF Pro a valuable addition to the Meteor digital press line.

To see the JETvarnish 3D “T2” with iFOIL and Meteor DP8700 XL+ with DF PRO in live production, visit MGI at Booth #614 during Graphics of the Americas on February 26th – 28th in Miami Beach, FL.

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.

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Media Contact:

Holly Haley
Marketing Coordinator
MGI USA, Inc.
h.haley@mgiusa.com
+1 321 751-6755

What’s in Store for Print in 2015?

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By Deborah Corn | January 12, 2015

Greetings Earthlings, Prink Geeks and Citizens of the Printerverse! It’s a new year and while I am sure you have been planning for it, it’s always nice to hear some print prognostications from a wide range of industry pros. You can use this info to validate your direction or adjust it, seek out events to help you understand these topical subjects better, and even find help to implement them into your business. Personally I am using this post as a guide to creating conversations with you, bringing these topics to life through our weekly #PrintChat, and partnering up with experts to provide free educational opportunities.

While I would never refer to myself as an industry expert, this is my site and one of the perks of ownership is that I can add my thoughts here – so I am going to! My 2015 CMYK Manifesto is coming out in January’s News From The Printerverse, so make sure you are subscribed!

After mine, the comments below are posted in the order I received them. Happy New Year and Print Long and Prosper in 2015!

Deborah Corn – Intergalactic Ambassador To The Printerverse, Print Media Centr / @PrintMediaCentr

Print and Paper are going to be directly in the line of fire as far as “the environment” even more in 2015. Consumers find going “paperless” a quick and easy way to feel environmentally responsible, and brands will need to show they care by providing even more paperless engagement and options in their marketing and packaging. It is up to us to help customers print smarter so resources aren’t wasted, and help educate customers and consumers that using paper and printing responsibly won’t leave the earth barren of trees and depleted of oxygen. Supporting Two Sides (select the country that applies to you) is a fantastic way to make sure we set the record straight, and help end corporate greenwashing. Visit the site and consider joining as a member for as little as $250 for the year. “Click. Share. Bust Some Myths” as often as you can through your channels… we are all in this together!

Cary Sherburne – Senior Editor and Director of Services, WhatTheyThink.com@csherburne 

2015 will be another year of both consolidation and transformation for the printing and publishing industries. As the global consumer base increasingly turns to mobile communications for securing and communicating information and entertainment, there will be an increasing array of opportunities for both print service providers and publishers to find innovative ways to monetize new, mobile-oriented services.

Despite the many years of consolidation these industries have undergone, 2015 is already shaping up to be a busy year in terms of events, both for customers and analysts/journalists. This is a sign that despite, or perhaps because of, the many disruptive forces we have been dealing with, the supplier community sees opportunity and is investing in these events to keep the momentum going.

All in all, 2015 should be an exciting year – and a vibrant run-up to drupa 2016, where we can hope to see even more innovation surface.

David Murphy – WW Marketing Director, HP Inkjet Web Press division / @DavidJMurphy

Remember when the market shifted from dumb phones to smart phones? CRTs to LCDs? Dial-up to broadband? DVDs to flash drives? In 2015, we will start to see the beginnings of a seismic shift in print from offset to inkjet. Quality, media versatility, and application expansion will give more print providers, brands, agencies, and publishers the ‘aha’ moment, inspiring them to shift more work to high-quality production inkjet for improved impact and ROI.

Mr. D. Eadward Tree – Chief Arborist at Dead Tree Edition / @DeadTreeEdition

Postal rates next will be more unpredictable than they have been in a long time. This article explains it pretty well: http://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/2014/09/postal-rates-in-2015-could-rise-or-fall.html. With the updated information in this article, we could have a rate increase in April and then a larger rate decrease in the summer when the “temporary” surcharge goes away. But you know how things go with the government: “Temporary” taxes have a way of becoming permanent ones — in this case either from a court order or because Congress decides that mailers should pay for its bad decisions.

And another: Sales of printed books will do well next year, perhaps increasing. But traditional offset book printers will suffer, as more book printing shifts to digital presses, especially for print on demand.

Nigel Cliffe – Driving improved business-to-business return from Social Media at Value Exchange Ltd / @nigelcliffe

Personalisation, across all channels, will be of increasing importance in 2015.

Mass marketing used to be tolerated – just one of those things you had to bear. Now it damages brands. Period. We receive so many messages in our day that those untargeted messages have moved from being acceptable to unnecessary, to damn right annoying.

Engagement is the buzzword for 2015 – genuine one-to-one communication. 2015 will be the year in which marketers will change their efforts to converting opportunities one by one – not by throwing enough at the wall and hoping it sticks. With the exception of a very few, developing business is not about numbers, but about seeking genuine engagement with a few.

Meeting hundreds of people as I do in my world of LinkedIn training for business to business solutions I ask a simple question. “How many new clients would it take to make you very successful next year?” One a week? One a month? The numbers are rarely beyond two figures. Why then do we mass market our effort to so many people hoping a moment of magic will occur? For that’s what it would take for a random connection to do business with you. No – you are far more likely to do business with someone with whom you have created a genuine relationship through Know, Like, Trust.

So there we have it – the year in which the pendulum swings towards the arc of personalization! Oh, and picking up the ‘phone will come back into fashion

Pat McGrew M-EDP, CMP – Evangelist, (Print, Inkjet, Production Mail) at Hewlett-Packard / @PatMcGrew

2015 is the year before drupa so a lot of things will slow down to get ready for big announcements there. But, that doesn’t mean nothing cool will happen. New solutions with higher resolution across a variety of platforms, printers adopting new media to print on, and great new finishing solutions will come to the floor to change the market perception of what printing using digital technologies really means. The first big WOWs should start in January and keep on coming!

Catherine Doggett – National Marketing and Sustainability Manager, K.W.Doggett Fine Paper / @kwdoggett

More value add. Paper and print as the message/the experience rather than just a medium to deliver printed words on. Less transactional work and more wow factor on shorter runs. More trade printing. More digital.

Nathan Doggett, National Sales Manager, K.W.Doggett Fine Paper / @kwdoggett

Print has really expanded now into many new areas – so lots more paper diversification to continue next year.  Clients want more choice and are always chasing new stocks and machine technology is dictating this. New machines/ new paper sizes/new substrates.  Lastly, tactile stocks have been making a comeback for a few years and I think this will continue. People want their print to stand out. Smaller print runs with a powerful/interesting feel and look. Think Buffalo/SKIN/Matter/Knight Vellum – touch/feel/excite/spec/boom town!!

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Joanne Gore – Director of Marketing, Avanti / @avantisystems

I predict that 2015 will see a turning point in the Print industry, as we begin to integrate both online and offline marketing strategies for both end-users as well as ourselves. As I recently wrote in “News from the Printerverse”, we are an industry with a rich history in craftsmanship and (very) old-school technology. And although we have struggled over the years, we have the opportunity to marry some of these old-school techniques with new school ideas. We’re going to start seeing more and more cross-over, with the incorporation of QR codes and AR (Augmented Reality), resulting in the best of both physical and virtual worlds.

I also believe that now, more than ever, the future is wrapped in the Cloud. The focus will continue to be customer-centric, with printers requiring instantaneous access to all aspects of a job as it moves through the shop, while eliminating breaks in the workflow. Investing in cloud-based software, which also works as a solution to their Print MIS concerns, is the way to go to ensure the biggest “bang for their buck”.  Companies who have not moved forward and/or invested in this technology will quickly lag.

Trish Witkowski – Chief Folding Fanatic, Foldfactory.com / @foldingfanatic

With all of the privacy issues and technology breaches we’re seeing in the digital space – and the ease and frequency in which they seem to be happening, I think we’re going to see a rediscovery of mail. Privacy is one of its greatest benefits, so my prediction is that there will be renewed interest in mail as a private and targeted marketing and communications medium.

Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America / @agfagraphics 

When we look forward to 2015, there are a number of trends that point to continued solid growth opportunities in the UV Sign & Display market. Overall, customers are focusing on productivity, efficient end-to-end integration and ROI.

Print service providers (PSPs) will continue to buy more productive equipment and see the value of automation (automated board feeders/ABF, etc). Workflow is gaining importance. PSPs are becoming fully integrated with workflow solutions that improve file delivery, offer consistent color management and link them to their upstream clients via web-to-print. Successful PSPs know the ultimate goal is to increase customer satisfaction, gain efficiencies and save time.

Customers are looking to expand their application scope and broaden their market reach into the world of industrial inkjet. Digital inkjet manufacturing is becoming feasible on existing inkjet printing platforms. Examples include printing doors, cabinet fronts, touch sensors or personalized sporting equipment.

In the mid-segment and high-end market, businesses will continue to expand by offering printing capability with finishing, tooling, mounting and multi-media utilizing various inkjet technologies to remain relevant and grow.

Chloe Mahendra-Fuji, Print Diva / @ChloePrintDiva

2015 will be the breakout year for conversion of a lot of print that doesn’t need to happen on high end offset presses to great, equivalent digital presses. It’s a new generation of print buyers and print specifiers, and they are finally getting on board the digital train. From packaging to posters,  direct mail marketing to in store signage, digital gives you the flexibility, color reliability, and innovative substrate alternatives. I can’t wait!

Ron Pergande – Director of Digital Media, GPA Specialty Substrates / @RedCoolerRon 

I think disruptive print communications will continue to grow in popularity and evolve in the coming year. Innovations such as 3D printing and augmented reality are taking print to another level, challenging the boundaries of traditional print while adding value to it. These innovations are also making it possible to engage audiences in more dynamic ways and across a variety of media to make messages more memorable.

Greg Kestler – Director of Technical Products for Pressure Sensitive Paper & Printable Films, GPA Specialty Substrates / @AskGPA

Point-of-sale and point-of-purchase graphics have been strong in the recent past, and I anticipate that this will not change in 2015. These tried and true applications will continue to thrive, and I also believe packaging will continue in popularity.

Stephanie Gaddin – CEO, Dolphinworxs@dolphinworxs

2014 saw the explosion of web-2-print , vendors seemed to pop up almost monthly, with everything from simple shopfront ordering systems, branded for print, all the way up to massively complicated and highly integrated web stores where clients could design, approve, order and pay for their print.

What I am most excited about for 2015 though is the evolution of the Print MIS as a tool for smaller businesses, and what the fierce competition means for the printing industry as a whole. Lots of software vendors means there is a good strong market for software products in printing ; what a good indicator of an industry that is not dying!

Many people have taken steps to move online (or into the cloud if you want to use the latest buzzwords), either by shifting their hardware infrastructure offsite into managed servers, or simply by using tools such as managed email accounts, online CRM packages, or online accounting. Once we make that mental shift, it becomes easier to grasp the value of an integrated MIS that is not only offsite, but managed and hosted for you.

Many people keep predicting massive growth in the “cloud”, I believe we may have finally reached a mass acceptance and I predict a tipping point in 2015. I think that by December 2015 more printing companies will have moved “into the cloud” than not.

Smaller companies will choose managed solutions including online software, larger companies will want more finely grained technical control and will choose offsite managed servers that are accessed remotely, but still “in the cloud” none the less.

I also predict a much bigger International Print Day celebration, we will trend in Australia, and possibly even the planet this year. Viva #IPD15!

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