Sakurai to Exhibit at SGIA 2014

Visit Sakurai in Booth #4019
October 22-24th, 2014

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The Sakurai exhibit at SGIA will showcase a Sakurai Maestro MS-80A cylinder screen press running in-line with a Natgraph conveyorized hot air dryer and 90cm automatic sheet stacker.

Also featured will be the new CST screen imaging system now available from Sakurai. The system images and exposes the screen directly from computer-to-screen. Sakurai Maestro cylinder screen presses are available in sizes from 20.5″ x 28.5″ to 48″ x 63″ and are backed by responsive customer service, support, parts and training.

Sakurai MS-80SD with Optical Camera Registration and Monitor

The new Sakurai MS-80SD cylinder screen press with an industry-first optical camera registration system and monitor will highlight the Sakurai exhibit at SGIA ’12 in Las Vegas.

Sakurai MS-80SDSakurai’s technological advances for the Maestro MS-80SD include a CCD camera registration system and monitor, a Laser Positioning Assist for screen frame changes and a Numerical Indications system designed to improve registration and performance.

These exclusive new systems combined with the servo driven MS-80SD’s automated features allows Sakurai to offer the most precise cylinder screen press available today for industrial and multi-color overlay printing.

Sakurai MS-80A Cylinder Screen Press

See the Sakurai MS-80A cylinder screen press running live in Booth 1163

Highlighting the Sakurai exhibit will be an operating Sakurai Maestro MS-80A cylinder screen press equipped with a Sakurai stacker.

The MS-80A is one of Sakurai’s workhorse presses and is ideal for tagless labels, heat applied transfers, pressure sensitive applications and more. This high precision, high productivity screen press accepts sheets up to 31 5/8″ x 21 3/4″ and operates at speeds up to 3,600 IPH.


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

Baum Static Reduction Options

We’re coming up on the dry season which means more static. Baumfolder has many weapons to use in the fight against static build up which often starts with your paper and only gets worse when put through today’s modern digital presses. Often one has to employ many lines of defense with this age old enemy. Take a look at some of the offerings we have below. And as always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Baum 714XLT Static Reducer Kit

Static String KitThe Baum 714XLT Static Reducer Kit is mounted on the exit end of the folder to reduce any static charge buildup during the folding process. The Static Reducer’s special design utilizes heavy-duty magnets with a newly developed conductive cord that draws the static charge from the paper. The kit can be added to all Baum 714 tabletop folders, both old and new, for the Baum 714XLT Air Feed, 714XE Friction Feed and Ultrafold models. The part number for the 714XLT folder kit is FK2002081.

There is no drilling needed to mount this kit to the folder. You simply place it as shown in the photos below using the magnets to hold it in place.

Static Dissipation Bars

Static BarsConsists of two static bars and a power unit (115V / 60Hz). Neutralizes the electric charges by creating an ionization field around the two bars. Part number dependent upon machine. Contact us for additional information.


Static Tinsil, an old standby that still works well as well as the Ionix Tube.

For more information on Baum tabletop folding Static Reducer Kits, contact us at 1-800-343-4231.

Autonomy over Automation

Autonomy over Automation – By Steven Barrett

Manufacturing is one of the fastest changing parts of our society. Developments in products, materials, processes and procedures all have the ability to upset the status quo and usher in a new way of thinking about the same old stuff. Things don’t stop once we improve a process, instead they improve again. Today we’ll look at how automatic machines are now becoming autonomous.

Efficiency is key. Whether it’s less waste, cheaper materials, or faster output there is always room for more efficiency and as a natural order our processes relentlessly move towards it. We’ve seen milestones countless times but this latest one is a doozy. Major computational improvements combined with distinct process knowledge are turning automated equipment into autonomous equipment.

But what’s the difference? Equipment in manufacturing has been becoming automated for decades. The definition of these words are distinct yet close enough to leave some confusion. In terms of manufacturing I define automatic as a motor assisted function that does what a human typically would do manual. What makes autonomy special is that there’s a higher level of control over automatic functions; controlling them independently with a decision making process. In simpler terms, our equipment is getting smarter and beginning to make production decisions on its own.

There are also intelligent management systems that can oversee entire production scenarios. Tools like PXnet from Horizon give production managers a very detailed bird’s-eye-view of an entire facility or even multiple locations. Just having a view of the big picture can allow humans to observe processes under a new light, giving way to a whole new era of breakthroughs.

Specific equipment solutions are incorporating autonomy in new ways as well. Machines like the MBM Aerocut G2 or the Horizon CRF-362 are perfect examples. Both require a very minimal setup and of course the operator is still required to load and unload stock from the machine. However, once the machine begins its production, there are all kinds of things happening in the background that lead to seamless operation with minimal operator interaction. The Aerocut carries out no less than 4 separate operations on each sheet before delivering a finished product. The CRF-362 determines its own speed and gap settings, things that confuse new operators and cause management to worry about quality.

This form of development is exponential, it’s constantly building on itself and each step just leads us to higher goals. It’s a pleasure of mine to watch these things happen in the industry I love working in. It can be a struggle for those who are late to adopt modern equipment, they are left competing on an uneven battlefield. It’s also difficult to know when the time is right and have the gusto to pull the trigger in uncharted territory. It leaves me humble about my customers and their struggles as I try to explain the benefits of buying into automation while they grapple with costs and risks.


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

Morgana to Launch the NEW DigiBook 200

Morgana DigiBook 200 Morgana to Launch the DigiBook 200 at Graph Expo

Visit Morgana in Booth #4013.

Morgana will use the Graph Expo event to launch the DigiBook 200 in the US. The 200 was first shown at IPEX earlier this year, with units shipping in Europe since July. The DigiBook 200 perfect binder is suited to traditional and digital printers who require short to medium runs of PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard. The DigiBook 200 is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is automatically applied by a slot applicator for the utmost binding quality and accuracy.

PUR is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available and offers several additional advantages over other binding adhesives. When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area these can compromise the strength of typical hotmelt perfect binding. PUR is resistant to this and will form a super-strong bond with all weights and finishes of paper stocks. In addition PUR works well with synthetic and recycled-content stock.

Key Product Features:

  • Up to 200 books per hour
  • Touch screen operation with automatic set up
  • Binding length (spine) from 4.3″ up to 14.9″
  • Spine thickness from 0.03″ to 1.96″
  • Adjustable spine preparation by sophisticated milling and notching device
  • Paper chip extractor
  • Patented hermetically sealed PUR application system for a spine and side gluing with automatic glue cut-off
  • Automatic cleaning and sealing of the glue head
  • Electronic connection to Morgana Autocreaser Pro for cover creasing

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

Morgana to Launch the DigiBook 200 at Graph Expo

Morgana DigiBook 200 Morgana to Launch the DigiBook 200 at Graph Expo

Visit Morgana in Booth #4013. Register for your VIP Demo today at Graph Expo!

Morgana will use the Graph Expo event to launch the DigiBook 200 in the US. The 200 was first shown at IPEX earlier this year, with units shipping in Europe since July. The DigiBook 200 perfect binder is suited to traditional and digital printers who require short to medium runs of PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard. The DigiBook 200 is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is automatically applied by a slot applicator for the utmost binding quality and accuracy.

PUR is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available and offers several additional advantages over other binding adhesives. When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area these can compromise the strength of typical hotmelt perfect binding. PUR is resistant to this and will form a super-strong bond with all weights and finishes of paper stocks. In addition PUR works well with synthetic and recycled-content stock.

Key Product Features:

  • Up to 200 books per hour
  • Touch screen operation with automatic set up
  • Binding length (spine) from 4.3″ up to 14.9″
  • Spine thickness from 0.03″ to 1.96″
  • Adjustable spine preparation by sophisticated milling and notching device
  • Paper chip extractor
  • Patented hermetically sealed PUR application system for a spine and side gluing with automatic glue cut-off
  • Automatic cleaning and sealing of the glue head
  • Electronic connection to Morgana Autocreaser Pro for cover creasing

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

Morgana – Solutions for fast and flexible finishing.

Morgana Systems USA will have a strong presence at Graph Expo 14 where the product range will be significantly enhanced and expanded following the recent acquisition by Plockmatic.

Visit Morgana in Booth #4014 at Graph Expo!

Morgana will be showing a wide range of our market leading offerings. This will include:

System 2000S with its high capacity dual bin feeder offers a flexible solution for a wide range of booklet types and sizes. The AF602 air assisted feeder has a capacity up to 21″. Pre-collated sets can be placed into both bins or covers can be placed into one of the bins when they need to be merged with collated sets.The heavy duty booklet making section comes complete with stitching heads and the Morgana Squarefold to give a professional perfect bound effect to the book.

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 unrivaled 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.

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

CardXtra Plus Automate many of your 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 cutter 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, their parent company, Plockmatic will have a strong representation at the show with their wide range of inline solutions.


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

PUR Binding in Focus

Morgana: Bookletmakers and PUR Binding in Focus

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morgana2000_11046999A complete new range of bookletmakers will take center stage, including the System 2000S—a product that is capable of producing booklets of up to 120 pages. The system will be fed by the ACF510, a hybrid feeder capable of feeding pre-collated sets from a digital print engine, collating litho printed sections, or indeed combining both into a finished book product. The heavy-duty bookletmaking section comes complete with wire stitching heads, fore-edge trimmer, and the Morgana Squarefold 2000 to give a professional perfect bound effect to the finished product.

The System 2000S will be shown with the optional CST unit. This unit can edge-trim the sheets before the bookletmaking section, meaning the work can be taken straight from the press to the finishing unit with no need to trim the edges on a guillotine. This helps to make the whole process much more streamlined. The CST comes complete with a creasing mechanism helping to eliminate cracking on digital print or cross grained cover stock.

PUR for short-run

digibook300_11046997Another significant debut on the Morgana stand will be the U.S. launch of the DigiBook 300 PUR perfect binding machine. The unit can produce up to 300 8.5×11″ books per hour. A patented solution controls the application of the PUR glue with a sealed nozzle system. This makes DigiBook 300 extremely quick and effective to set-up and shut down—ideal for very short runs of PUR bound books, as often required in the digital printing world. The machine will be shown producing a wide range of digitally printed and litho printed jobs on coated stock, and will be shown producing book blocks with end-papers ready for casing into hard-cover books.

SmartScreen for touch control

In addition to these launches, Morgana will be showing several machines from their Pro range of creasers and folders, all controlled with SmartScreen touchscreen software. The market leading AutoCreaser Pro 33 will be shown with the latest software incorporating an application specifically designed for perfect bound cover production. It is also available with an option of side-stop perforating, ideal for applications such as draw tickets or tear-off vouchers. The larger format AutoCreaser Pro 50 will be running with the AutoFold in-line folding unit. AutoFold can be added to any existing Morgana creaser, or creasing equipment supplied by other manufacturers.

Crease and fold in one unit

The market leading DigiFold Pro creaser/folder will be on display 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. A wide range of folds can be simply selected by touching the fold icon and entering the paper size—the machine then takes care of the remaining set-up automatically.

In addition to the extensive range of off-line and near-line solutions from Morgana USA, its parent company Plockmatic will have strong representation at the show with a wide range of in-line solutions. Bookletmaking systems will be shown in the Ricoh and Xerox booths producing a wide range of booklets, including options for full-bleed trimming and Squarefold production.

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

 

Visit MGI at Graph Expo Booth #3013

The award-winning JETvarnish 3D takes digital spot UV coating to a new dimension, featuring increased throughput for flat spot UV jobs and amazing 3D raised effects.

Ideal for operations with offset and digital presses up to 52 x 105 cm format, the JETvarnish 3D is the perfect solution for 3D or traditional flat spot UV coating on runs from one to thousands.

Open the doors to digital embossing and hot foil stamping with your JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL solution.

Through a revolutionary digital process, the iFOIL eliminates the need for films, dies and make-ready, allowing you to produce hot foil stamping and embossing jobs from one to thousands of sheets with both very high profitability and ease of use.

From magazine covers, books, brochures, labels, to invitations and packaging, offer new services and exceptional benefits to your customers.


The JETvarnish 3D “T2″ (Twin Head) and iFOIL module duo will be running live production demonstrations at the MGI Booth #3013 at Graph Expo. An in-line complement to the innovative JETvarnish ED UV spot coater, the iFOIL module opens doors to endless digital embossing and hot foil stamping solutions.

In addition to the JETvarnish 3D “T2″ and iFOIL pair, MGI will have their Meteor line of digital presses.

Register for your MGI VIP Demo today!

 


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

NEW Horizon Rotary Die-Cut System

Horizon's NEW RD-3346 Rotary Die-Cut SystemThe NEW Horizon RD-3346 Rotary Die-Cut System is designed to meet the growing demand for short-run product. Compact and efficient rotary die-cut system reduces die cost with the repeat register function.

Suitable for small applications such as business cards and product tags. Flexible substrates can be run through for die cutting and kiss cutting for sheet thicknesses up to 0.35 mm / 0.013″.

Uniquely designed servo motor controlled “Repeat Register” feature allows multiple-up applications from single-up die to minimize die costs.

Now available for live demonstration at Graph Expo 2014! Registration for your FREE Attendee Badge has been extended – Register today!

Operation Console

The sheet size and die cutting position can be set through the intuitive touch screen. The graphical illustrations on the screen are simple and easy to understand. The error description will be displayed on the touch panel for quick error recovery.

Feeding and Registration

Vacuum belt feeding enables superior feeding with easy setup and operation. Sheets are firmly registered by the vacuum belt for accurate and consistent quality.

Die Cutting Section

Servo motor driven gripper rollers ensure the die cut position and also enables repeat register function to minimize die cost and imposition flexibility. Maximum production speed is 5,000 cycles per hour and up to 0.35 mm / 0.13″ thickness substrate can be run through.

Separator

The separator removes the waste from the finished product and delivers it into the waste bin. Only finished products is delivered on the delivery tray.

Delivery Section

Uniquely designed delivery catch tray neatly stacks finished product. Multiple up applications such as business cards can be stacked.


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