Breathtaking HD Color now includes White or Spot Color!

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Breathtaking HD Color now includes White or Spot Color. More information here!  OKI C900 Series PDF

The OKI C941dn is now available for demonstration on April 30th & May 1st, 2014 from 10 am – 6 pm at the Jackson Area Career Center – Jackson, Michigan. For additional information or to register complete this form!

C941dn LED Digital Color PrinterNow you can demonstrate your creativity or broaden your printed offerings by producing materials on an incredible range of media in 4-color plus solid White or Clear gloss toners.

These processes – which used to require expensive printing equipment and outside resources – are available in-house and on demand with the C941dn, a unique 5-station multimedia production platform device from OKI.

The C941dn gives users the ability to create extraordinary mock-ups, stationery, invitations, brochures, packaging prototypes, point-of-sale material, watermarks, window graphics, labels, etc., in breathtaking HD Color that now includes White or Clear spot color!

Apply White toner first or last

Use white text and graphics on dark-colored media. Make 4-color images on dark media stand out by laying down White toner first and printing CMYK on top-the same technique used for producing vibrant 4-color images on translucent media or transparency film.

Two minutes from White to Clear

That’s all it takes to switch the 5th station of the C941dn from White toner to Clear Gloss toner-and back again. Each color kit comes with all you need to get spectacular effects on opaque, translucent or transparent media with no fuss. And the front-accessible compartment makes exchanging or replacing consumables even easier.

Visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net for additional information and product specifications.


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

Now Available for Demonstration!

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C941dn LED Digital Color Printer

C941dn 5-Color LED Printer - Now Available for demonstration on April 30th and May 1st, 2014 at the Jackson Area Career Center – Jackson, Michigan.

Onsite vendors include OKI Data Solutions, Ted Schaffer.

Time: 10 am – 6 pm [Wednesday & Thursday]

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Now available for demonstration on April 30th & May 1st, 2014 at the Jackson Area Career Center – in Jackson, Michigan. Register today to see the OKI C941dn in action!

The C900 Series lets you extend your in-house printing and presentation capabilities from the expected t the extraordinary. These affordable printing devices, with their ease of use and low total cost of ownership, enable you to produce stunning documents, offer new services, be competitive, and grow your business.

Multimedia: When it comes to variety, size and thickness of media, the C900 Series greatly extends the OKI heritage of media support. All three models easily handle 360gsm extra-thick card stock, 14-point polyester, magnetic media transparency films and much more-in sizes ranging from 3″ x 5″ index cards to 13″ x 52″ banners.

Production: C900 Series devices have affordable digital short-run capabilities. produce striking comps, one-offs and reprints at up to 50 ppm. and the C941dn has the added flexibility of being able to apply white text and graphics to dark media, and to place clear toner selectively on a design, with eye-catching results.

Platform: These devices represent a new design driven by an aggressive goal-to create rugged, affordable and flexible printers aligned with the direction of today’s print production marketplace. They feature short-run capacities and fast print speed, and deliver stunning output across the widest range of media.

For additional information visit us online.

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

Check out MBM’s top Selling Shredders!

Check out MBM’s Top Selling Cross Cut Destroyit Paper Shredders!

Destroyit cross cut shredders are the perfect balance between strip cut and high security models. By cutting the paper both vertically and horizontally, you end up with a smaller and more secure particle, meeting security levels 3 or 4.

Cross cut shred bins can also hold five times as much cross cut shred volume than it can of strip cut shred, thus being more space efficient and bag thrifty. Every cross cut model’s cutting shafts come with a lifetime warranty from MBM.

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Destroyit paper shredders from MBM set the standard for strength and durability. Destroyit shredders do more than just shred paper, they are an essential part of your security program. For additional information, contact MSL at 1-800-343-4231 or visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net.


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

Creating an Ecosystem for Print Buyers

Creating an Ecosystem for Print Buyers
by Steve Barrett

In the modern world, we are bombarded by advertising. To capture the attention of the audience has become a formidable goal. Solid and consistent branding is more important than ever and the sheer volume of advertising has raised the bar to even gain someone’s attention in the first place. Print manufacturers, now more than ever, are required to be a part of the entire marketing process.

What does this mean for printers? A lot. This means that today’s marketing campaigns must be highly targeted, cross multiple mediums and they must also be vibrant enough to remain memorable. The bright side is that printers’ capabilities have blossomed over the last few years. Modern machines like the MGI Meteor DP8700XL can output highly visual printed pieces that can be tailored to their audience with variable data printing. It can also output envelopes that are a perfect match with flat work. This helps to maintain company branding.

Attention is critical. Novel approaches to advertising like bright digital-billboards and talking gas pumps have tuned our brains to overlook advertising. It’s harder than ever to awaken the brain’s reticular activation system, the section of the cortex that dictates attention. In print we have the same dynamic with our customers and printers are constantly searching for new and fun ways to snap our reader’s eyeballs onto our message. The MGI JetVarnish 3D is a prime example of this, the texture effect on print brings an otherwise flat message into our spatial reality.

Most print manufacturers are well aware of these dynamics and many have already incorporated them into their business models. Printers are no longer in the business of laying ink on paper. Instead it’s critical that we help our customer’s to develop these complex marketing campaigns and provide as many pieces of the puzzle as possible. If a print buyer needs to go anywhere else for a part of the campaign, they might just take the whole project with them.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net

Creating an Ecosystem for Print Buyers

Creating an Ecosystem for Print Buyers
by Steve Barrett

In the modern world, we are bombarded by advertising. To capture the attention of the audience has become a formidable goal. Solid and consistent branding is more important than ever and the sheer volume of advertising has raised the bar to even gain someone’s attention in the first place. Print manufacturers, now more than ever, are required to be a part of the entire marketing process.

What does this mean for printers? A lot. This means that today’s marketing campaigns must be highly targeted, cross multiple mediums and they must also be vibrant enough to remain memorable. The bright side is that printers’ capabilities have blossomed over the last few years. Modern machines like the MGI Meteor DP8700XL can output highly visual printed pieces that can be tailored to their audience with variable data printing. It can also output envelopes that are a perfect match with flat work. This helps to maintain company branding.

Attention is critical. Novel approaches to advertising like bright digital-billboards and talking gas pumps have tuned our brains to overlook advertising. It’s harder than ever to awaken the brain’s reticular activation system, the section of the cortex that dictates attention. In print we have the same dynamic with our customers and printers are constantly searching for new and fun ways to snap our reader’s eyeballs onto our message. The MGI JetVarnish 3D is a prime example of this, the texture effect on print brings an otherwise flat message into our spatial reality.

Most print manufacturers are well aware of these dynamics and many have already incorporated them into their business models. Printers are no longer in the business of laying ink on paper. Instead it’s critical that we help our customer’s to develop these complex marketing campaigns and provide as many pieces of the puzzle as possible. If a print buyer needs to go anywhere else for a part of the campaign, they might just take the whole project with them.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net

High-Quality Color Envelope Printing with Variable Data

High-Quality Color Envelope Printing with Variable Data

The OKI pro900DP/905DP digital envelope press produces high-quality color envelope printing with variable data and variable graphics in a single pass.

Your customers frequently ask you to print short-run quantities with variable data on a wide range of formats – including envelopes – in specific colors. You need a reliable asset on the shop floor to handle that.

The new OKI proColor™ pro900DP/905DP digital color press is the answer for spectacular color and great short–run performance.

schedule-demo-buttonWitness brilliant, consistent production color and customized output – including envelopes. Register today
to see the pro900DP in action!

OKI proColor 900DP Features:

  • Fast, short-run, digital envelope printer with exceptional color
  • Full-color envelopes with variable data printing
  • Handles paper stock up to 330 gsm, 12″ x 18″, banner printing up to 47.24″, cling film printing
  • Prints up to 36 ppm Color/40 ppm Mono
  • HD Color printer for breathtaking output – even on ordinary paper
  • Embedded EFI® Fiery® System 8e Controller with SmartRIP® technology for fast, automated color workflow and job management (pro900DP only)
  • Single Pass Color™ digital technology
  • Pantone® calibrated
  • High–capacity printing with High Definition (HD) Color printing technology
  • True 1200 x 1200 dpi(pro900DP) or 1200 x 600 dpi(pro905DP) print resolution for clear, sharp text and graphics
  • Designed for short–run production: High–Capacity Lift holds up to 4,000 sheets of 20 lb. bond paper

The answer to your short-run color printing needs – the pro900DP/905DP from OKI Data. Now available at MSL.

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

 

Baby’s life saved after 3D printed devices were implanted at U-M to restore his breathing

Article Provided by UofMHealth.org, March 17, 2014
Media Contact: Mary Masson 734-764-2220

Bioresorbable splints used for just second time ever, successfully improved breathing so baby can go home for the first time

Ann Arbor, Mich. – In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn’t prevent his breathing from periodically stopping.

His condition was so tenuous that often his parents could not hold him for fear of compromising his breathing. But after surgeons at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital implanted 3D printed devices to open up Garrett’s airways, his parents are now planning to take their son home to their house in Utah for the very first time.

Hollister and Green 3D printing

Garrett is just the second person whose life was saved with a new, bioresorbable device developed at the University of Michigan by Glenn Green, M.D., associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology and Scott Hollister, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and associate professor of surgery at U-M.

Garrett has a condition called tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve, which can put tremendous pressure on the airways. In Garrett’s case, he developed severe tracheobronchomalacia, or softening of his trachea and bronchi, and his airways collapsed to the point that they were reduced to just small slits.

The Petersons spent months watching their child stop breathing and turn blue sometimes four to five times a day – forcing medical personnel to resuscitate him with heavy medication or other interventions.

Garrett needed to be on a ventilator at pressure levels that had reached the maximum, and he was not improving. He was often on strong medication and even had been put into a medically-induced coma because he would work against the ventilator if he was awake.

“It’s really hard to watch your child basically suffocate and pass out before you could revive him and bring him back, over and over,” says Jake Peterson, Garrett’s father.

“Nothing would stop him from turning blue. Just lifting his legs for diaper change would collapse his airways and that was it. There was nothing we could do to help him,” says Natalie Peterson, Garrett’s mother.

The Petersons had read an article in May 2013 about the first baby saved by Hollister and Green’s device and believed Garrett’s case might be similar. That baby just celebrated his second birthday and continues to be free of all symptoms related to his tracheobronchomalacia.

The Petersons contacted Green at U-M.

“We thought this could be Garrett’s chance of not only getting home but also getting off a ventilator,” Natalie Peterson says.

During much of 2013, the Petersons went back and forth trying to decide if the 3D printed device was the right option. In December, Garrett’s condition took a turn for the worse. His gut was shutting down from the high ventilator pressures.  He had been in an intensive care unit for over a month and was in critical condition.

The Petersons decided to come to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“It was highly questionable whether or not he would survive,” Green says about Garrett’s condition.

“It’s horrible not knowing when your child is going to die. It’s horrible not knowing when one of these episodes is going to be the one he doesn’t make it through.”

Hollister and Green used provisions for emergency clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to create and implant a tracheal splint for Garrett made from a biopolymer called polycaprolactone.

Hollister created a 3D model of Garrett’s airway and specially designed splints for a custom fit on the baby’s bronchi.

Hollister was able to make the custom-designed, custom-fabricated device using high-resolution imaging and computer-aided design. The device was created directly from a CT scan of Garrett’s trachea and bronchi, integrating an image-based computer model with laser-based 3D printing to produce the splint.

On Jan. 31, 2014, Richard G. Ohye, M.D., the head of pediatric cardiovascular surgery at C.S. Mott, took on the intricate task of sewing two devices on two spots of Garrett’s airway, assisted by Green. The splints were sewn around Garrett’s right and left bronchi to expand the airways and give it external support to aid proper growth. Over about three years, the splint will be reabsorbed by the body.

“There we go, up and down,” said Green as the lungs began to inflate during the surgery. “We know the splint is working, he’s able to ventilate both lungs. I’m very optimistic for him.”

As he gets strong enough to breathe on his own for the first time, Garrett is on continually decreasing ventilator support, now at less than a quarter of the pressure needed before. He’s also done short stints completely off the ventilator.

Even if he needs some ventilator support for a little while longer, it’s low enough now that he can use a home ventilator and his gut is working again

“It is a tremendous feeling to know that this device has saved another child,” says Hollister. “We believe there are many other applications for these techniques, but to see the impact living and breathing in front of you is overwhelming.”

Hollister says it is hoped that Garrett will need about two to three years for his trachea to remodel and grow into a healthy state. That’s about how long this material will take to dissolve into the body, says Hollister.

Severe tracheobronchomalacia is rare. About 1 in 2,200 babies are born with tracheobronchomalacia and most children grow out of it by age 2 or 3, although it often is misdiagnosed as asthma that doesn’t respond to treatment.

Severe cases, like Garrett’s, are about 10 percent of that number. And they are frightening, says Green. A normal cold can cause a baby to stop breathing.

“Severe tracheobronchomalacia has been a condition that has frustrated me for years,” says Green. “I’ve seen children die from it. To see this device work, for a second time, it’s a major accomplishment and offers hope for these children.”

The Petersons say they are full of hope for the future. Garrett’s smiles have returned, and they are amazed that they could be home with their baby boy in just a few months.

“We needed to give him a chance and that’s what these splints have done,” says Natalie Peterson.

“And now he’ll show us what he can do.”

About C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Since 1903, the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that’s performed in the womb to complete emergency care that’s there when you need it, families from all over come to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for our pediatric expertise. In 2013, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was ranked eighth in the nation in Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. To learn more, go to www.mottchildren.org.
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital provides innovative care for children with a wide variety of complex airway disorders. Learn more here: www.mottchildren.org/airwaydisorders

Variable Data Printing

Variable Data Printing

Variable Data Printing
by Steven Barrett

Direct and targeted marketing has become the mainstay of print publishing in recent times. Creating a specific message for each individual recipient has profound results on the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. Gone are the days of mass marketing with long runs of static messages which blanket an audience. The future of marketing is individualized. We live in a time where in your mailbox, you might find a postcard from your local auto dealer highlighting just the right car for your demographic. Your soccer mom neighbor could receive an ad for a minivan whereas the lumberjack across the street’s ad shows a heavy duty truck. This form of targeted marketing has proven far more effective, efficient and exciting.

Variable Data Printing is a term used to describe the coming together of the printed piece with a database of information. Digital print engines have opened new doors in the VDP arena that bring some astounding capabilities to the table.  It requires marketing brain power to come up with thoughtful and creative ways to use the available data to make a judgement as to what message is most appropriate for the reader.

VDP comes in all shapes and sizes. The most basic of which is simple text such as a recipients first name at the top of a mailer or the printing of an address block for mailed pieces. More complex VDP can selectively print images or document layers based on certain fields in a database. An example of this might be the picture of a truck for male recipients and a minivan for women.

Modern digital printing equipment can print variable without a hitch. The real task lies in creating the VDP job. The largest requirement is to have a database of recipients, the more data in the database – the more complex the VDP can be. There are a wide variety of software packages that specialize in working with variable data. This has really become an industry unto itself with a full scope of software from the very basic to the extremely powerful. Robust software can select individual layers from PDF based on rules applied to the database (e.x . If gender is male then truck is selected)

The ultimate form of variable data printing is slowly emerging in the large retail world. Based on buying habits big box stores can deduce, for example, when a woman is pregnant and then swarm her inbox with coupons for diapers and baby food. Marketing on this scale requires vast databases and complex computing power to make determinations based on the data.

Brought to you by VDP

At this time, most all print manufacturers should be offering at least basic variable data printing to their customers. The market demand for targeted messages is steadily growing and the tools to create them are getting better every day.

Keep an eye on this exciting segment of our industry because it won’t be long before it’s all we do.


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

BQ-470 Fully Automated 4-Clamp Perfect Binding System

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Fully Automated 4-Clamp Perfect Binding System

Standard Horizon Perfect Binders feature cutting edge automation that lets you set up via a user-friendly color touch screen control panel. Tight manufacturing tolerances, precise cover feed systems and powerful nipping jaws combine to produce strong square binds, reliable performance and a long trouble-free machine life.

The 4-clamp BQ-470 Perfect Binder dramatically increases productivity with fully automated set-up. It can bind up to 2.5” thick books at speeds up to 1,350 books per hour. Quick-change interchangeable glue tanks allow switching between EVA and PUR adhesive in mere minutes. Maximum glue penetration and a superior side glue application system ensure a high quality look and strong, square binds on every book the BQ-470 makes.

The binder’s LCD touch screen allows for instant switching from one book size to another. The BQ-470 supports multiple adhesives to meet varying customer requirements. This Perfect Binder fits a sweet spot for short and medium run professional-quality book production with a full automation and touch-panel.

As an exciting add on, the HT-70 Three-Knife Trimmer operates off-line to trim perfect bound books to size speeds up to 1,000 cycles per hour.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net

Investing in Automated Ink Key Presetting

Xitron KeySetter WorkflowInvesting in Automated Ink Key PresettingPressroom Capital Investment – View the Complete Article Here!

Printers are faced with having to take a look at their businesses today more than ever before and decide how to make improvements to their business while maintaining profitability in a tightening economy. Capital expenditures for printers are a fact of doing business. Today, printers must carefully examine those expenditures to determine if a real return on investment exists or if the investment sets their business apart from the competition, both of which are reasons for investment. While some investments are capitalized over a relatively short period of time, perhaps three to five years, other investment such as in a press, is a much longer investment, often in the 10+ year range and cost hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars.

While printers like to think that a press investment for 10 years would require no incremental investment, the reality is this is not the case. With the rapid changes in technology, printers must find new ways to make their pressroom investments even more profitable. Finding ways to make improvements can often be very puzzling. View Ink Key Presetting Savings video by clicking here!

Reduce Labor Cost and Material Waste

While the lease cost of a press is a fixed monthly amount, there are also variable costs associated with every job, the largest of which is the cost of the paper. Another variable cost is the press hourly rate especially as it relates to the press operator’s salary and benefits.Paper represents approximately 20% or more of the cost of any printed job. Reducing the cost of paper and the time to print the job can result in real savings to a printer along with the gain in productivity.

Make-ready savings of up to 90% on repeat jobs

The way to reduce the cost of paper in a job is to reduce the amount of waste in a job. Waste is typically generated during the initial setup of the job as a result of the time it takes to bring the color up to the correct level for printing. While the latest presses generally support automatic ink key settings using CIP3 or other data, many older presses did not include ink key presetting as a standard. Ink key presetting was offered by the major press manufacturers however, these solutions were often very expensive additions and cumbersome. Ten years ago technology in the prepress department was not always capable of producing the necessary files or data required for these presetting options on the press, thus most printers opted not to include this option in their purchase.

Using an automated system such as KeySetter Connect can reduce the make-ready time and materials by as much as 90%. Typical savings on new jobs can be between 30-50% making your pressroom more profitable.

KeySetter System Choices

  • KeySetter Lite - Chart-based
  • KeySetter Pro - Proprietary press console file formats
  • KeySetter Connect - Direct connect to press console

Contact us to receive your Free downloadable brochure. If you have any further questions and would like to talk to our sales department, please contact us at 1.800.343.4231.

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