B-Reliable with Baum 714XLT Ultrafold Tabletop Folder

B-Reliable with the Baum 714XLT Ultrafold Tabletop Folder

B-Reliable with Baum 714XLT Ultrafold Tabletop Folder

Your service to your customers, can only be as reliable as your equipment. We get that your reputation for reliability is important.

So here’s a quick reliability overview of our industry-standard folder, the Baum 714XLT Ultrafold:

  • Provides well proven, reliable, features that continue to make this folder an industry standard
  • A unique design that includes full 1/4″ thick tooling plate machine frames, instead of the thin, stamped sheet metal frames on other manufacturer’s folders
  • Includes heavy gauge sheet metal buckle plates that are durable and long lasting construction for reliable folding year after year, after year
  • A reliable gear drive with sealed ball bearings for maintenance-free operation

This machine is so reliable that Baum provides a 3 year parts warranty.

For more information on the Baum 714XLT visit us online or contact us at 1-800-343-4231.

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

Increase Productivity with the Right Set Up of Your Older Baum Folders

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Increase Productivity with the Right Set Up of Your Older Baum Folders

Baum takes price in making equipment that lasts and lasts, so the chances are good that your company still has an older Baum folder on your floor.

This week, Baum is bringing you the basic set up guide for ensuring that your older folder is set for peak performance and profitability. If you currently use a Baum 2015, 2018 or 2020 folder, this guide is for you. Use it as a refresher, or training tool.

Download your copy of the guide here!

Article provided by Baumfolder –  April 22, 2015

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

Small-Format, Fully-Automated Folder

The AF-406F Small Format, Fully-Automated Folder

Application Flexibility, Especially for Insert, Outsert, and Pharmaceutical MarketsAF-406F-1-Announcement

The Standard Horizon AF-406F is a small-format fully automated 6-buckle folder with pile feed and suction head with an optional 6-buckle second unit that can be added straight or cross-wise, for sheet sizes from 1.97” x 3.94” (2.36” with optional device) up to 16.92” x 25.98”. Small folds down to .79” can be performed. This provides application flexibility, especially for the insert, outsert, and pharmaceutical markets.

AF-406F Features

  • Automated make-ready in seconds.
  • Select sheet size and fold pattern on the LCD touchscreen.
  • Superior suction feed system and feed table control provides stable feeding operation.
  • Perforation/score navigator makes perforation/score setting simple.
  • Fully automated roller gap setting.
  • High speed feeding without scratching.
  • 7 pre-set fold patterns.
  • 200 custom jobs can be stored in memory for easy recall.
  • A user-friendly color touch-screen control panel displays all common fold formats and sheet sizes for easy selection and automated setup.
  • 6+6 Buckle modular concept allows simple to complex fold patterns.
  • Feeding system combines a rotary vacuum feeder with front and rear adjustable air separation.
  • High quality buckle plates are specially coated to reduce friction and static to maintain fold accuracy.
  • Three kinds of folder rollers available depending upon application.
  • Right-angle conveyor allows complex folding such as DL folds.
  • The system can be further enhanced with Horizon’s pXnet bindery control system which integrates JDF Workflow from upstream devices.

Advanced automated functions saves time with minimal make-ready. Visit our Standard Horizon AF-406F product page by clicking here! 

Still have questions? Please contact us today.

5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

Be Green: Save Your Resources

Spring is here. Is your production greening up as quickly as the grass? At Baumfolder, they continue to add more features to their reliable and trusted products to help increase your profits and also meet the needs of today’s marketplace. Here are just a few ways Baumfolder can help you save your resources and green-up this spring:

A One Sheet Test Mode

The BAUM 20 PFF pile feed, BAUM 20 CFF continuous feed, and the BAUM 714XA Autofold tabletop folders, all incorporate a special “One Sheet Test Mode” feature for setup. This unique feature saves waste by only feeding one sheet when this mode is enabled. In today’s world of shorter run lengths and personalized printing, having a “One Sheet Test Mode” saves time, saves paper, and saves money. All of these combined can help you Be Green.

Learn more about Baum’s folders….

5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

Second Pass Folding on Baum 714 Folders

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Here is information on Second Pass Folding operations for BAUM 714 XLT Ultrafold and BAUM 714XA Autofold Tabletop Folders.

The BAUM 714 XLT Ultrafold and BAUM 714XA Autofold air/vacuum feed tabletop folders have unique operational design features that enable what is called “Second Pass Folding” for select folding impositions.

The term “Second Pass” refers to folding a sheet in one direction in a single pass, collecting the folded sheets, and then sending the already folded sheets back through the BAUM folder again for a second pass at a right angle from the previously created folds in the first pass.

Second pass folding is meant for very low volume folding jobs due to the requirements of the job. Second pass folding is for right angle folding. It is recommended that during the first pass, a line of scoring be performed where the creases are to be for the fold(s) for the second pass. Note that in second pass folding you will have to fold against the grains in the paper in one of the passes. It is always best to add the score(s) to insure consistent folding from sheet to sheet. BAUM 714XLT Ultrafold and 714XA Autofold folders are provided with a “soft” score tooling capability with the standard fixed center slitter shafts provided with the equipment. Optional adjustable slitter shafts for more precise and defined scoring and or the use of Technifold creasing tooling are available from Baumfolder.

Purchase a second slittershaft assembly from BAUM to use to reduce your setup time . If you need to convert back and forth from standard folding without scoring tooling and back to right angle second pass folding several times, an additional set of slittershafts enables you to make a quick changeover by simply replacing the slittershafts and not having to take the time to remove and re-install tooling and pullout tires.

Examples of Second Pass Folding:

11 x 17 beginning sheet size folded in half on the first pass to become a two panel fold of 8-1/2 x 11 size.  If the final intended fold is to be an 8-page signature where the final fold size is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, a single line of scoring is needed on the slittershafts on the first pass.  If the final intended fold is to be an 11×17 folded down to a #10 letter fold size of 3-5/8 x 8-1/2 inches, you will need two lines of scoring on the first pass.

If the volume of second pass folding increases on a regular basis, you can also add a BAUM 714XLT Ultrafold 8-page right angle folder to your existing 1st station BAUM 714 Ultrafold folder.

Article Provided By Baumfolder; please call to confirm what is needed to adapt the equipment.

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

Perfect Creases for Digital Printing Output


Perfect Creases for Digital Printing Output

To ease bindery and production woes while adding versatility, a fine line of Technifold finishing tooling is available from Baumfolder. For use with your digitally printed material, the EZ-Fit and EZ-Fold Tri-Creasers completely eliminate fiber cracking on stock ranges from 90# text and up and produce a crease that is as good as, or better, than a letterpress. Easily produce multiple crease settings for any imaginable print/stock combination; and watch the tools work like magic on difficult, toner based, digital output.

The BAUM 20 Versatile Finishing Module (link to product page) with 1-1/8 adjustable shafts is the newest product to accommodate these waste-saving tools. Other BAUM models, with specific-sized, adjustable center-distance capable shafts include:

  • BAUM 714XLT
  • BAUM 15, 18 & 20 Pile Feed Folders
  • BAUM 20 Auto Set, Continuous, and Inline Feed Folders
  • BAUM 20 Legend Continuous and Pile Feed Folders
  • BAUM 26 Continuos Feed Folders
  • BAUM 30 Continuos Feed Folders

Please Note: Technifold finishing tools will only work on specific-sized, adjustable, center-distance shafts.

Perfect Perfing

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


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

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

Article Provided by Baumfolder – March 24, 2015

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

Be Profitable with Fast Finishing

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Quick Overview of High Speed Finishing Solution

The BAUM 20 VFM is a Baumfolder solution providing a Versatile Finishing Module, tailored to your applications. A high speed rotary scoring/slitting/perforating machine, the VFM utilizes a BAUM 20 Pile Feeder and Baum 20 VFM Angle Folderregister, connected to a new scoring module that contains 3 sets of heavy duty shafts. This solution accommodates a variety of tooling and enables multiple lines of scoring, perforating, and/or slitting in
20VFM-Slitter-Shaftsa single pass.

Do you need to score, slit, or perforate at 90 degrees? A 2nd station VFM is available with the same scoring module, but with a cross-carrier to register the job from the first section. This allows for job completion without reloading. Learn more about the BAUM 20 Versatile Finishing Module.

Technology is constantly changing; let us help you learn how you can justify replacing some older, out-dated equipment with equipment designed for the future.

For more information about Baum’s 20VFM Folder contact our product specialists at 1-800-343-4231! 

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

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!



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

Preventative Folder Maintenance


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

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