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Twenty10 Digital Installs DigiBook 200 PUR Binder

In Finishing on October 22, 2014 at 8:12 am

Twenty10 Digital, Northampton, has become one of the first UK print businesses to install a Morgana DigiBook 200 PUR perfect binding machine. Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, launched the DigiBook 200 earlier this year at Ipex 2014 as the latest addition to its popular PUR perfect binder range.

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The newest model in the range sits above the entry level DigiBook 150, featuring more automation than the basic version. As hinted at in the name, the product can bind up to 200 books per hour.

Commenting on the purchase, Paul Riley, Managing Director of Twenty10 Digital, said: “Nobody in the Northampton area has anything like this. We were struggling to find a quality PUR binding service that was even relatively local. We did find, however, that binding services that we were able to use wanted 30 or 40 overs for jobs of just a few hundred copies in order to set-up their equipment. That kind of additional print demand can make a huge difference between making a profit or not on a digital job!

“The only solution was for us to install our own short-run PUR solution. Twenty10 has been a Morgana customer for a good few years now, and their PUR products had a very good reputation in the industry. When we saw the DigiBook 200 in action we knew that it was the product to solve our difficulties. We have already started to bring in trade binding work from other print operations in the area. The fast set-up and quality bind produced by the DigiBook 200 is a fantastic combination.”

Passing comment on this latest addition to the PUR range, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “Customers like the range that we offer, but they had been asking for that perfect product: the one that sits just above entry level, but is not as expensive as the 300 books per hour model! We introduced the DigiBook 200 at Ipex earlier this year and it was extraordinarily well received. As with any new product, it took us a little while to get finished production machines out into the market, but the early orders are now being installed, and customers are delighted with the productivity and quality they are producing with the product.

“The book block measuring capability is typical of the features that have been added to this unit. It sets the heads automatically, meaning that users can switch from one size of book to another very swiftly and easily. The gluing heads are the same across the range, so the bind quality is identical.”

The DigiBook 200 handles spine lengths from 110 to 320mm and the maximum thickness is 50mm. Retractable spine milling means that the device can go from soft- to hard-cover binding at the flick of a switch. Side gluing for the cover hinge is adjustable depending upon the cover style required.

Adding further user comment, Paul Riley is especially pleased with the added flexibility the new binding system has provided: “We are more than happy now to consider a run length of one copy! One major new customer requires “prototype copies” of their entire catalogue before the final full run is produced. To print these press-proofs digitally and then bind them with DigiBook 200 is so easy and simple – and the customer is extremely impressed with the presentation. For another job that appeared this week, we had to remove the cover from an existing publication; print a new updated page; and then re-bind the product. It was only 100 copies, and that just would not have been possible to do with out the DigiBook 200.”

The company is also producing mechanics publications for Suzuki UK. Whilst a CD is made available to dealerships, mechanics far prefer a printed paper version of the books – they can find things a lot easier, the medium is far more portable, and users can add their own notes to a page if necessary. The significant thickness of the publications, along with the none to gentle handling in the workshop, demand quality PUR binding.

Demand for PUR binding from digital printers has been growing swiftly in recent years. The DigiBook range from Morgana Systems has proved extremely popular with print operations seeking a more effective and substantial bind than that offered by regular hot-melt devices.

Twenty10 Digital is used to finishing work with Morgana quality equipment – the company already runs a wide range of product from the Milton Keynes based manufacturer, including a CardXtra for business card and other small format jobs; a DocuMaster for bookletmaking; a Matrix laminator; Rhin-o-Tuff wire-o binding product; and a Morgana Major Folder.

PUR Range

The DigiBook range of machines are suited to both traditional and digital printers who require either short-run or production capacity PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard. The innovative DigiBook range of machines are equipped with a patented closed gluing system, where the spine and side gluing is applied by a slot applicator for the utmost binding quality and accuracy.

DigiBook machines are innovative bookbinding products designed and built for the very latest market requirements. They are easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel with icon graphics, suitable for the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds. These include both start-up and shutdown and use a new, innovative system that is covered by a number of international patents.

The applicator is direct, and is hermetically sealed, without odour or toxic fume emissions, meaning that no extractor fan is required. This solution allows for the use of polyurethane glue in cartridges of up to 3kg, all adding up to simple and waste-free binding.

About Twenty10 Digital

The philosophy behind the business was to bring together the very best people, technology, and processes to create work that everybody involved could feel extremely proud. The company employs a total of six personnel generating a turnover in excess of £500,000. Twenty10 has been nominated for several national print awards, and has made a huge impact on the digital print world. The business is quickly setting the standards for others to follow.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units through to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at: http://morgana.co.uk/

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CS Labels Switches to Canon for Proofing

In Wide Format on October 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

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CS Labels, Willenhall, West Midlands, the award winning digital label printing business, has announced details of its latest equipment acquisition – a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 6450 large format printer. The machine has been added to provide colour accurate proofs for the company’s suite of Xeikon label printing presses. The printer was purchased from and installed by Canon reseller M Partners Wide, the large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, a division of M Partners Limited.

The new printer replaces an ageing Epson device. The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 6450 provides up to twelve colour printing with a media width of 24 inches, and has been purchased complete with built-in spectrophotometer for a total colour matching solution.

Colour Quality from Canon

Commenting on the purchase, Neil Churchill, Studio Manager at CS Labels, said: “When the Epson finally broke down we were quoted a staggering £900 to get it fixed. We took the opportunity to look at the proofing market to see which machine we should replace it with. Having read good reports of the Canon products, we requested prints from some of our sample files. The results were outstanding. The colour quality from Canon was extremely impressive.”

CS Labels brought in M Partners Wide, the Canon reseller, for further discussions. “We were very impressed with their attitude and with what they had to say. They were able to install the product on an extended trial for us in order for us to test our various file formats and job types on the machine. It passed all of our tests.

“The M Partners Wide experts were able to produce profiles for us so that we could match the output from our Xeikon machines exactly – in fact they provided a range of profiles to work with the different stocks that we print on. At one time we would have proofed very colour critical jobs on the Xeikon label printer, but that is expensive, both in terms of machine time and substrates. Now it is a faster and 100% accurate solution to proof the work on the Canon,” explained Neil.

Neil was also impressed by the support provided by M Partners: “They use a remote log-in to call up our system and fix any software issues – we are back an running again in minutes. M Partners have been very responsive on the few occasions that we have needed their support and advice – it’s so much better to deal with a company where you can speak to individuals, and you know that they are UK based.”

Adding his thoughts with regard to Canon’s offering, Simon Smith, Managing Director of CS Labels, commented: “Neil was impressed by the quality, and that is important for our business. I was also very taken with Canon’s ability to provide machine-to-machine colour accuracy. It means that we could place a printer into a customer site and send them files to print out with total confidence.”

Canon Large Format from M Partners Wide

Commenting on behalf of M Partners Wide, Murray Lock, joint managing director, said: “I have known Simon and the CS Labels team for some time, so was aware of their needs for quality colour and an effective solution. I am delighted that M Partners Wide was able to provide the right hardware and back-up support package. The Canon colour quality is being recognised by an ever increasing audience – I am convinced that they have established a new bench-mark for large format colour.”

About M Partners and M Partners Wide

The creation of the M Partners Wide division is the latest development from M Partners, as the company seeks to bring its unique distribution format to the wide format market. The company recently announced its distribution agreement with Korean manufacturer DGI.

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. In 2014 it has taken over the parts distribution centre for Mitsubishi products within the new Ryobi MHI combined printing equipment business. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. 2011 saw the business expand into the digital market following an announcement regarding MGi digital printing and finishing equipment; and market-leading post-press inspection equipment from Mabeg.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

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ABC Print Orders UK’s First Ryobi LED-UV Press

In Offset Presses on October 9, 2014 at 7:58 am

Hereford-based ABC Print Group Ltd has ordered the UK’s first Ryobi LED-UV press, with the compact drying unit being incorporated into an order for a Ryobi 924 SRA-1 format offset litho printing press. The equipment has been purchased from, and will be installed by, Apex Digital Graphics, the UK distributor for Ryobi printing equipment.

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The four-colour version of Ryobi’s popular 920 Series provides for a maximum vertical paper size is 640 mm, enabling the eight-up printing of A4 size pages and A1 size posters. The versatility of the press extends to stock thickness, with the 920 Series being capable of handling paper ranging from 0.04 mm onion-skin to heavy 0.6 mm card stock.

Above photo shows (left to right): Mike Wooding, Apex Sales Director Southern Region; Neil Handforth, Apex Sales and Marketing Director; Mike Greene, ABC Print Group, Managing Director; Kohei Yatsumoto, Ryobi, International Sales and Marketing Manager; Takaki Yamada, Ryobi, International Sales and Marketing; Garrett McGibney, ABC Print Director; Bob Usher, Managing Director, Apex.

Print Efficiently 2014, Hemel Hempstead, October 7 to 9 and 21 to 23

Star of the show at the current Print Efficiently 2014 event is a Ryobi LED-UV unit which is being demonstrated as part of a B2-format Ryobi 755G press. The drying system was pioneered by Ryobi, with the company unveiling its first such product at Drupa in 2008. Developments in ink technology and manufacture have now caught up with the huge potential offered by LED-based UV drying equipment. LED-UV ink is now available from a host of major ink suppliers, four of which are being demonstrated by Apex at Print Efficiently 2014. This year is likely to see the commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK, where it will follow Japan and a number of European countries. The environmental benefits of the technology and the significant cost savings through reduced power consumption are the two outstanding benefits of the equipment. Adding LED-UV also eliminates the need for powder spray, and removes ozone from the process, with the required ducting for extraction – another significant cost element. The stunning productivity and quality of the technique are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

Commenting on the order for the UK’s first Ryobi LED-UV equipped press, Mike Greene, Managing Director of ABC Print Group, said: “Myself and co-director, Garrett McGibney, were immediately attracted to the technology when we saw it at Ipex earlier this year. Putting ink on paper correctly, in this day and age, is relatively easy – drying, however, is a different issue.

“Most drying solutions that produce a dry-to-the-touch sheet tend to be a big draw on electricity, as well as being hungry on consumables such as coatings or varnish. We all know how the cost of power has increased hugely in recent years, so anything that can minimise consumption has to have huge potential. LED-UV minimises the power costs, improves the process by eliminating the need for consumables, and speeds the drying of sheets – a win-win-win situation!”

ABC Print Group is considered to be the UK’s largest B3-format printer, with equipment that includes the UK’s first ten-colour perfecting B3 press. The company is also familiar with the service and support of Apex Digital Graphics, having utilised DPX Systems polyester-based CtP equipment for many years.

“We had no hesitation about returning to Apex for equipment. They are an excellent company to do business with, and have a great support team,” added Mike Greene.

“The move to the SRA1 format, with the Ryobi 920 press, made all kinds of sense to us. Both Garrett and I are historically familiar with SRA1 machines, and so immediately understood the benefits of the format when Apex began discussions. It means that we can print eight x A4 pages to view, and with the LED-UV added, have a dry to the touch sheet out of the back of the press – the productivity gains of the configuration will be huge to a business like ours, and the savings on both maintenance and cleaning by not having to use powder powder are also important.

“At ABC Print we always aim to keep ahead of the curve with regard to the technology that we bring into the business. This new press configuration is certainly something that we believe will give us an edge over the competition, and will allow us to offer something special to our customers.”

Commenting on the order on behalf of Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted of course to have secured an order for the UK’s first LED-UV unit, as well as another 920 Series press. We are convinced that the combination will be a real winner for ABC Print Group. Ryobi’s LED-UV unit really does take drying technology to a new level, with its ability to aid the process on just about any stock, and with significant savings on running costs compared to any other fast drying technique.”

Apex Digital Graphics is showing the Ryobi LED-UV solution in conjunction with a Ryobi 755G press in its showroom during the current Print Efficiently 2014 event in October at its Hemel Hempstead premises.

About ABC Print Group

ABC Print Group occupies floor space of over 14,000 square feet, containing state-of-the-art printing facilities. It is the largest B3 printing business in the UK with 17 units in operation.

MD Mike Greene sums up the business: “For us printing remains a passion. It is a diverse industry and it becomes the crossroads linking technical, commercial and creative skills.

“We work in partnership with our clients to produce the best annual reports, brochures, business stationery, consumer packaging, direct mail, exhibition media, folders, leaflets, newsletters, prospectuses, signage, tourism and visitor guides. Our commitment to repeatable accuracy and quality enables us to provide a superior finished product every time, whilst understanding ever shrinking budgets.

“As Managing Director I am proud to have such a great team working for the company who will ensure that buying print is as easy as ABC.”

For further information on ABC Print Group call 01432 760 700 or visit the http://www.abcprintgroup.com web site.

About Apex Digital Graphics 

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi range of printing presses and ECRM polyester platesetters. Apex also distributes the Screen range of thermal and violet platesetters, and the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the Apex web site.

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