The New Production Class Series

Introducing The 2600 Production Class Series

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The 2600 Series does not look physically different than the 1600 Series machines. The visible difference is in the print quality!

Colordyne has introduced the 2600 Series, an upgraded print engine powered by Memjet technology, for its Production Class Digital Color Printing System and flexo retrofit program.

“The 2600 Series of Digital Production Class Printers raises the bar for quality and efficiency in comparison to our existing 1600 Series product line,” said Gary Falconbridge, CDT President and CEO. “Colordyne has not only increased image quality through improved resolution and screening but has also significantly increased print speed. Providing new and existing installations with the quality and throughput they have been looking for in the digital printing market.”

The 2600 Series print engine technology can be retrofitted onto existing CDT 1600-PC Laser Pro, Rotary Pro and Sprint units!

What are the Value Added Benefits of the 2600 Series?

The 2600 Series upgrade brings several value added benefits to the Production Class Digital Color Printing System, including:

  • Faster speeds: Run at full speed, up to 225 feet per minute (69 m/min; 45 ips), regardless of image content (160 ft/min, previously)
  • Improved print resolution: 1600 x 1375 dpi (up from 1600 x 1200 dpi)
  • Enhanced print quality: Send uncompressed files directly to the print engine
  • More powerful RIP: Faster data processing; no need to pre-RIP
  • RIP and print on-the-fly: Eliminate time to first label
  • Job chaining abilities: Switch print jobs continuously without stopping the machine
  • Industry-standard Harlequin RIP (HDS) Frequency Modulation (FM) Screening
  • PDF workflow: No need to change file formats
  • Larger ink containers: 55 L ink tanks per color an option (in addition to current 10 L ink tanks)4

The 2600 Series print engine technology can be retrofitted onto existing CDT 1600-PC Laser Pro, Rotary Pro, and Sprint units. The new 2600 Series print engine has been automatically fitted on all CDT engines built since the second quarter of this year.


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

The Perfect Pair Unite

The Perfect Pair Unite: The iFOIL Module has Arrived at MGI USA

MGI Oscars iFOIL GoldMELBOURNE, FL, USA (July 8th, 2014) – MGI Digital Graphic Technology is pleased to announce that the iFOIL hot foil stamping module has arrived at the MGI USA Headquarters and is demo ready.

The in-line complement to the innovative JETvarnish 3D UV spot coater, the iFOIL module opens doors to endless digital embossing and hot foil stamping solutions. Through a revolutionary digital process, the iFOIL makes hot foiling easy – requiring no plates, no dies and no make-ready. Thus allowing users to produce hot foil stamping and embossing jobs from one to thousands of sheets on the fly.

Utilizing not only visual elegance, but tactile excitement, the JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL module make the perfect pair. The duo can take print jobs to the next levels, adding luxury to everything from magazine covers, books, brochures, labels to invitations and packaging. Taking personalization to the next level, the iFOIL allows for the personalization of embossed hot foil, a never before seen finish.

For more information on the iFOIL, visit us online by Clicking Here or Contact Us directly.


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

Decorative Choice

Decorative Choice by Way of New Processes
By Jeff Peterson, Executive Director, Foil & Specialty Effects Association

Over the last several years, a great deal has changed in how the printed sheet can be enhanced and protected through specialty decorating processes. Technological advancements in the cold foil process, new specialty UV processes, and laser cutting technology are just part of what is now available to create spectacular designs that can stand on their own or enhance printed material such as cartons, greeting cards, invitations, folders, and much more.

Sheetfed Cold Fold Technology

Although cold foil is not brand new to the marketplace, the technology to apply it has become more reliable and has become very popular in the narrow-web flexographic market for label applications. Where it has seen more recent growth has been with the application of cold foil in-line with large-format sheetfed presses. This technology utilizes a tacky adhesive that is applied in the first printing head of a sheetfed printer. The foil is nipped to the adhesive and the foil carrier is stripped away, thereby applying the foil only where the clear adhesive is laid down. Press manufacturers are offering this technology on new presses and there are retrofit units on the market for existing presses.

The print finisher/foil stamper may look at this process as a competitive one to conventional foil stamping, but in reality it has much more of an effect on metalized board or paper. The cost of applying the cold foil to a standard carton stock and then overprinting the foil can be much more cost effective than using a metalized board for many applications. For applications where foil is utilized in just certain areas of the sheet or carton, even if overprinting is involved, traditional methods of hot stamping the foil and then overprinting is more cost effective. Applying cold foil in-line on a sheetfed press is best suited for coated stocks and does not perform as well on dry, porous stocks.

It must be pointed out that cold foil technology does not provide the overall brilliance that can be achieved with applying foil through traditional hot stamping methods. So there are limitations that will continue to keep traditional foil stamping a viable option for many applications.

Specialty Coating and Films

UV coatings, both spot and flood, have been a popular choice for adding a protective shine to all types of printed materials. Recently, extensions to standard UV have surfaced, providing even more choices to enhance the printed sheet. One of these newer technologies is a process called Cast and Cure or film casting. This technology creates diffractive surfaces to produce high-gloss, matte, and holographic finishes with the use of UV coatings and specialty film and can be utilized on both sheetfed and web-fed applications.

The film casting process utilizes a specialty film that has micro-embossed holographic pattern. Once the UV coating is applied, the film lays over the top of the sheet before the coating is cured. Then the sheet with the film still applied runs through the UV dryer and is cured. The film is stripped away, leaving the holographic effect on the sheet. Because there is no actual transfer of a foil or material on to the substrate, the film can be reused several times before new film is needed.

In addition, there is now an array of specialty UV coatings available that can be applied with standard off-line UV coating equipment. These coatings included raised (embossed) UV that applies a heavy pattern (up to 5 mils) to the printed image. It provides both a visual and “special feel” to a printed piece. There are also glitter UV coatings where small metallic flakes can be added to the coating, providing a unique look and an alternative to the conventional glitter process. Thermochromic UV coatings that change colors with temperature change, as well as texture, pearlescent, and even glow-in-the-dark coatings are available.

A new digital process for applying UV has splashed onto the scene that applies the coating through a digital inkjet process versus traditional coating techniques. This technology can apply a flat UV or “raised embossed” spot UV effect to all types of printed materials, including stationary, brochures, greeting cards, folding cartons, and more. The process provides an economical UV solution for short to medium-sized runs and works well for digitally printed materials.JetVarnish 3D

Laminating films have seen many changes over the past few years as well. Films are no longer relegated solely to clear films used for protecting printed materials. Laminating films are now available in many metallic and holographic patterns that can be overprinted or foil stamped. Clear iridescent films are also available, providing a unique appearance when tilted from side to side. They are completely translucent, allowing graphics and text to show through and still provide a unique pattern with the film. Laminating films are an excellent choice when wanting to combine protection with a colorful enhancement. Depending on the application, the ability to provide rigidity to a printing piece in different thicknesses is one of the big advantages that laminating films offer over other decorating processes.

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting continues to grow as a decorative alternative and can provide extremely intricate cutout shapes and graphics. The technology has grown and costs have decreased, making laser cutting a more feasible option for greeting cards, stationary, packaging applications, and promotional mailings. Although laser cutting is making inroads into functional diecutting applications, especially in the digital arena, it is not a preferred process or competing process to standard diecutting. If a shape or printed sheet can be diecut conventionally, that is still the best option, especially in larger quantities. Laser cutting is an excellent choice to provide extremely detailed cuts for decorative purposes and is most cost effective for small-to medium-sized runs. The running speed for a laser cutting job can run from 200 to 2,000 sheets per hour, depending on the job requirements.

Currently, most laser cutting is done by specific companies specializing in the process that work closely with print finishers or packaging houses. However, as the cost of the machinery and technology decreases, adding laser cutting services through print finishers will begin to become a more viable option in the future.

Conclusion

Today, a multitude of effects and processes are available as enhancements to printing or as a standalone decorative processes. There are now a variety of high-visibility effects and finishing techniques to explore and to offer to customers-whether providing it themselves or working together with partners to provide the finished product. The key in today’s market and particularly in the current economic items is to offer a variety of services, including new innovative solutions for the customer.

 

 

 

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
www.midstatelitho.net

The New Heavy Duty Punch by Akiles

The New Heavy Duty Punch by AkilesHeavy Duty Punch by Akiles – Versamac+

The Versamac+ is a heavy duty punch with auto ejector and stacker from Akiles. Punches 875 pages per minute with 90 punch cycles per minute. Featuring 14 interchangeable die sets – this heavy duty punch will be on display at the GOA 2014.

Additional information has yet to be released but you can be the first to demo this equipment in Booth 831 starting today, February 27th – March 1, 2014 at the Graphics of the Americas Expo.

Technical specs and more information coming soon for the Versamac+.

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

 

 

 

Standard Superior Quality & High Performance

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Standard Superior Quality & High Performance

Standard’s paper folders are truly unique; you simply cannot find more user-friendly, productive, and reliable folders. Each one offers superior paper feeding across an extensive range of paper stocks. Desktop models offer easy fold roller and feed roller access for simple operator maintenance.

The innovative compact design of Standard desktop folders makes them suitable for almost any location, particularly those with sound level or space limitations.

Paper Folders

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The Standard Horizon EF-35 provides a clear choice for tabletop suction feed folding needs. Capable of folding 30,000 sheets per hour, the EF-35 delivers both command and control to the operator for every folding job. Complete with combination rubber and steel folding rollers and self-compensating gapping, the EF-35 is as easy to set up as it is to operate. The steel folding rollers encompass horizontal machining found on paper folders that can cost 4-5 times more, the grooving on the rollers provides positive sheet grip while minimizing scratching and scuffing on today’s advanced digital stocks. This unique folder, serves the traditional print markets as well, with its great range of stock capabilities and productive throughput.

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The Standard Horizon PF-40L combines high-volume suction feed capabilities with intelligent automation. A 1,000 sheet capacity top-fed system provides reliable mark-free feeding of digitally printed sheets.  The PF-40L’s push-button control panel enables any user to set-up for the six most popular fold patterns of standard cut-sheet sizes.  The paper size range for the PF-40L is from 5” x 5” to 12.6” x 24.8” and thicknesses from 13 lb. bond to 60 lb. cover without requiring pre-scoring or creasing.  Memory capacity allows for easy programming of ten unique fold patterns and/or non-standard sheet sizes to be recalled at any time.

Standard offers a full range of document finishing solutions to guarantee the professional results you’re after! For additional information visit MSL online at www.midstatelitho.net

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

 

 

Continuous Roll Digital Color Printer

Continuous Roll Digital Color Printer
Eliminate label inventories with digital print.
With the CDT 1600-C, print on demand has never been easier. Using digital print allows you to eliminate pre-printed label inventories and reduce costs. In one step, add color to your tags and labels, integrate variable data, and print what you need, when you need it.
Designed for secondary and logistics labeling, as well as private labeling and branding, the CDT 1600-C is the fastest digital color tag and label printer in its class. Powered by Memjet technology, the CDT 1600-C prints at 12 inches per second, with print quality up to 1600 x 1600 dpi.
Print full digital color at the same cost as thermal transfer.
Capable of printing full digital color at the same cost as thermal transfer, the Colordyne family of printers provides a custom solution for your business. Printing labels and tags in full color offers endless possibilities for branding and messaging. The CDT 1600-C allows you to print today for tomorrow’s production.
Add value by printing labels in full color.
Meeting and exceeding the needs of the tag and label print industry, the CDT 1600-C presents an affordable and scalable solution for a variety of industries and applications. The CDT 1600-C prints rich colors at full-bleed and excels in printing readable small fonts and sharp barcodes. Colordyne adds value to your business by providing digital printing, variable data, and color management solutions.
Use the CDT 1600-C for high volume, full color industrial solutions.
  • Print labels and tags on demand and eliminate pre-printed label inventory
  • Reduce supply chain errors by using color to increase picking accuracy
  • Add more control over your labeling operations by moving your production in house
  • Tap into new branding opportunities by printing your shipping label in color to build brand awareness
  • Increase your profitability by offering private labeling
  • Increase effectiveness of retail shelf tags through the use of color labels

See the CDT 1600-C in action!

Applications:

  • In-house label production
  • Private branding
  • Copy changes made instantly, with no plate or copy changes
  • Variable data and barcoding
  • Roll-to-roll, fanfold, or continuous labels
  • Improved supply chain management

For additional product information, please visit Mid-State Litho, Inc. at www.midstatelitho.net or at 810-238-7370.

 

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

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 NEW OKI C941dn is now available at MSL for live demonstrations. The C941dn allows you to print White or Clear toner first or last. Easy to use, handles up to 360 gsm extra-thick cardstock, and so much more. Go beyond 4-color with White or Clear toner – contact us today for additional information or visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net.

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

High Quality Binding and Compact Desktop Design

High Quality Binding and Compact Desktop DesignSuperior binding strength and compact desktop design make this the ultimate office binder! The BQ-P60 gives you high quality binding and professional looking documents.

Features of the BQ-P60

  • Easy Operation: The display Indicator lambs on the operating panel guide you through the simple operating steps
  • High Productivity: 180 books/hour
  • Professional Binding Quality: A cover is glued to the book spine then clamped to create an attractive finished appearance
  • Flexible Binding Styles: Choose from three different binding styles
  • Comfortable Operation: An integrated smoke extractor and filter system is a standard feature to clean the air and remove any glue odors from office environments
  • Eco-Friendly: Low temperature glue and eco-mode, reduces power consumptions

Simple and easy to use, the BQ-P60 allows you to finish fast with push-button operation. (1) Choose the binding style and insert the book block. (2) Press the start button. (3) Insert a cover, then press the start button. (4) The book is finished!

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Three different binding styles are supported:

  • Binding with cover: a cover and a book block are bound with hot-melt glue
  • Binding with tape: simple book bound with cloth tape
  • Pad binding: simple binding used for making memo-pads

For additional product information, please visit us online at www.midstatelitho.net or contact us at 1-800-343-4231

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