Baumfolder Corporation to Exhibit at Pack Expo 2014

baum pile folderBaumfolder Corporation continues to grow and provide unique solutions for several markets including equipment solutions for packaging, order fulfillment and select material handling applications. As a result of our growth in these areas, Baumfolder will be exhibiting one of our innovative solutions in the Baumfolder Corporation booth at the Pack Expo show in Chicago on November 2nd thru 5th.

We will be showing a BAUM deep pile feeder equipped with a designated bar code scanning system that can read multiple fonts to insure accuracy for inspection, matching and other applications. The BAUM deep pile feeder will also have a BAUM mobile delivery system at the exit end of the machine to collect and or transfer product after it has been fed and read by the bar code scanner. Baumfolder offers several more product solutions utilizing our modern manufacturing facility, in house design engineering, technical support and genuine replacement parts departments at our Sidney, Ohio, USA location.

We invite you to visit the Baumfolder Corporation booth #10804 in the Lakeside Hall at McCormick Place on November 2nd thru November 5th.

For more details on the Pack Expo show, go to

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

Creasing-Scoring for Digital Color

Creasing-Scoring for Digital Color

With the NEW Standard Horizon CRF-362, crease and fold digital output across a range of light and heavy weight stocks, coated and uncoated. Creasing and folding can be done in one pass for easy and accurate processing of a variety of applications.

Features at a glance:

  • Crease and fold up to 5,000 sheets/hour
  • Eliminates cracking on digital color output
  • Sizes up to 14.33″ x 34″
  • Capable of up to 10 lines per sheet

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

The Basic Theory of Buckle Folding

BaumFolder 714XLT UltraFold

If a sheet of paper is laid on a flat surface and driven into a stationary object, a buckle or a series of buckles will form along the surface of the sheet.

Theory of Buckle FoldingIf the paper is pushed into a narrow channel before butting up against the stationary object, the buckle that forms in the channel will be a much smaller size than free-forming buckles. At the end of the channel, however, larger buckles will again start to form.

If the channel is angled to produce a down-ward pressure, and two folding rollers, spinning as indicated above, are placed close to the end of the channel, the larger buckles that start forming there will always form down-ward and be pulled into the rollers, compressing into a fold.

Roll Bank ConfigurationOn a buckle folder (like 714), the sheet comes out of the feeder flat and enters the fold plate assembly where it comes to a stop against a stationary fold stop. A series of buckles then forms through the sheet. The buckles within the fold plate are kept very small by the narrow channel design. The buckle at the end of the plate, however, will be larger. The fold plate and rollers are configured such that the large buckle will always form downward where it is grabbed by the fold rollers and compressed into a fold. The picture shows the second plate deflected. This would mean a single fold.

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

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!


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 or contact us at 1-800-343-4231

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

Envelope Printing Tips and Advice

Article Provided by OKI Data
Envelope Printing Tips

The media selected for a specific print job plays an important role in delivering high quality results. In addition to the general quality of the media (texture, weight, composition), the physical design and construction of an envelope must be taken into consideration in striving to achieve optimum print quality.

This document highlights common envelope styles and the challenges imposed. In some cases, the envelope’s composition and construction may limit the type of graphic artwork and/or the positioning of the content for that envelope style. Some envelopes should be avoided altogether.

Envelope Styles and Considerations

Examples are given for standard business envelope (Com-10) but the details covered to apply to other sizes.

Side Seams

Generally, the preferred envelope design for laser-type printing. Provides a large surface area uninterrupted with folds and seams.

Diagonal Seams

Available in a wide variety of designs and fold patterns. Economical.


Window envelopes must be “laser” compatible. The clear window must be added to withstand the high temperature of the printer’s fuser. Misuse will damage the fuser.

Peal and Stick Sealing

Often includes premium quality media and good results.

This article was provided by OKI Data. For additional information and full article, please visit OKI Data online at

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

Sakurai to Exhibit at SGIA 2014

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

Receive a free Expo Pass!

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

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

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

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