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Harrier Goes for PUR with Morgana DigiBook 300

In Finishing on September 18, 2014 at 7:49 am

Harrier LLC, the UK’s foremost digital printing photobook specialist, based in Newton Abbot, Devon, has announced the purchase and installation of a DigiBook 300 PUR perfect binding machine from Morgana Systems.

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The company, well known for its significant installation of HP Indigo presses, houses a wide variety of finishing kit to produce photobooks and other digitally printed output for major high street and online brands. The company also prints for Truprint, itself a part of the Harrier LLC business.

The investment in the Morgana DigiBook 300 gives the company quality PUR binding for its larger product offerings, including XXL landscape books that can often extend to as much as 160 pages. “The Morgana product really hits the spot for our premium XXL landscape books. There really isn’t that much of a choice with regards to machines that can deliver a quality bind in that format,” said James Belton, Planning and Solutions Manager at Harrier LLC. “95% of our work is PUR bound – it provides the quality of bind that is essential for the digitally printed work that we produce.”

“Having reviewed the machines on the market, and had samples produced on the front-runners, Morgana’s DigiBook 300 came out way ahead of the rest. The quality of the milling station in particular put it out in front. With digital papers it is critical to significantly roughen the spine in order to produce the strength of bind that our customers expect, and that these high quality products deserve.

“The small footprint of the machine was an added bonus as well – it doesn’t take up that much floor space. We generally only assign one operator to the machine, though we can increase the output at particularly busy times by adding a second.

“Photobook products bound on the machine are typically runs of one, but can range in content from 20 pages up to 160 pages – that creates a sizeable publication. The side gluing capability of the DigiBook 300 is a big plus especially on larger page counts. It helps to provide that solidity of bind that we insist on and that delivers a product that is really going to last.”

Harrier LLC operates eight Indigo presses and a wide range of finishing solutions from its dual site production space in Devon, where the company employs a team of 150, swelling to over 300 at seasonally busy times.

“One of the reasons that we had the sample books produced is in order to put the finished products on our “page pull tester” to test the binding. We work to industry standard but the DigiBook 300 samples were so well bound that the test results far exceeded our standard expectations and in some cases actually went off the scale!”

Commenting on the installation at Harrier LLC on behalf of Morgana Systems, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director for the supplier, said: “It is a delight to see the DigiBook 300 positioned in such a demanding binding environment. The team at Harrier LLC were very thorough in their testing before selecting the right machine for the job, and that has to be to the credit of the DigiBook 300 – it is both rugged and hard working, making it very suitable to the demands of this extremely busy and quality conscious print business.”

About the DigiBook 300

The DigiBook 300 is suited to both traditional and digital printers who require short to medium runs of PUR perfect bound books to a truly professional standard. These innovative 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.

The DigiBook 300 is an innovative perfect binding machine designed and built for the very latest market requirements. It is easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel with icon graphics that allow the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds, including start-up and shutdown.

There are a thousand alphanumeric memories available, which enable repeat jobs to be saved for later recall, thus providing totally automatic setup in a few seconds.

About Harrier LLC

The company is the UK branch of District Photo, one of the largest photo product related producers in the US. Working with and drawing on the experience of its parent company, Harrier LLC has hand picked the most suitable equipment to create top quality prints and personalised gifts.

It is able to make the most of its photo processing background with its silver halide printing capability along with the largest fleet of HP Indigo presses under one roof in the UK. This printing capability, combined with dye-sublimation technology, gives the company the ability to offer a wide range of photo products.

The company also has a growing commercial printing business that sits perfectly alongside the long established photo print and photo gift production. The range is diverse. Photo gifts stretches beyond photobooks. It also includes photo canvas, made in the company’s own dedicated site from start to finish; photo calendars; mugs; posters; placemats; and so much more. The company has created a resilient multi-functional operation, benefitting from cross-functional innovation.

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 the company web site.

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Morgana Pro Tour Hits Newport and Bristol

In Finishing on September 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Morgana Systems Ltd, the Milton Keynes based finishing equipment manufacturer, has announced two new dates for its Pro Tour. Newport’s Parc Golf Club plays host to an event on September 9, 10:00 start, with Bristol Golf Club hosting the event two days later, September 11.

The events will showcase Morgana finishing equipment for digital printers as well as exhibits from friends at Vpress, Roland, and GMG Colour. Print companies of all shapes and sizes are welcome to come and experience this excellent range of latest solutions.

The Pro Tour will see a focus on both PUR binding, with a Morgana DigiBook 200, and bookletmaking, with the very latest System 2000 product alongside the unique Morgana Square Back finishing unit. Other popular post-press products on show will include the CardXtra Plus business card cutting machine and the essential tool for digital print production, the AutoCreaser 33.

Speaking about the events, Wendy Baker, Marketing Project Manager at Morgana Systems, said: “Morgana Systems is the technological leader in finishing for digital print. We don’t wait for a trend to emerge onto the market – instead we come up with finishing solutions that lead the way in speeding up print production.”

She continued: “Finishing is the last thing you do with a job, but the first thing your customer sees. Poor finishing can ruin a prestige piece of digital print, whereas a well-finished piece of work can impress even the most demanding of clients. At the Morgana Pro Tour events we will be demonstrating a wide range of print finishing systems designed specifically for digitally printed documents to give any print producers customers’ the best possible results. The event will also allow visitors to see product from a number of other excellent partners.”

The Morgana Systems DigiBook 200 PUR perfect binder 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.

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.

Full details of the events:

THE PARC GOLF CLUB, Church Lane, Newport, Gwent NP10 8TU
Tuesday 9th September from 10.00am – 5.30pm

THE BRISTOL GOLF CLUB, St. Swithins Park, Blackhorse Hill, Almondsbury, Bristol BS10 7TP
Thursday 11th September from 10.00am – 5.30pm

Registration details can be found at:

http://www.morgana.co.uk/news-and-events/pro-tour-newport-bristol/

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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Come Taste the Brand (and Bacon) at Benson Group

In Packaging on September 8, 2014 at 7:32 am

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, will be demonstrating the flexibility of its packaging solutions at Packaging Innovations 2014, London, with some exciting new formats and developments. Breakfast will be served all day on the Benson Group stand D7 on September 30 and October 1 at the Design Centre, Islington.

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Packaging Innovations, London, 2014 will feature a new Benson Group exhibition stand, allowing the company to show more unique and exciting packaging developments. Show visitors will be able to speak directly to the company’s pack design experts as well as gaining a deeper understanding of Benson Group’s production expertise.

Microwaveable Packs: Benson for Breakfast!

The very latest introduction to the Benson Group range of packaging solutions comes in the form of microwaveable packs. Developments in specific substrates are now providing solutions that will make every consumer stand up and take notice. Microwaveable solutions offer speed, convenience, and efficient energy use – that has to be a winning combination for all! To demonstrate the product at the show, the great smell of bacon will tempt visitors to find out more – come and take a breakfast snack and see the solutions in action.

But Benson Group is about much more than a free breakfast: in particular, on Wednesday 1st October visitors can come to the newly designed stand throughout the day to discuss cooking solutions with an expert from parent company, Graphic Packaging International, to find out more about cooking solutions products, including both microwaveable and ovenable cartons.

Tasty Treat in Store

Following the debut of the company’s “food to go” product range at the NEC in February, Benson Group will be showing off further expansions to this range. Inspired by the culinary innovations within the hybrid foods arena, the range now includes some revolutionary designs ideal for meal solutions at any time of the day. Produced in conjunction with the Benson Verso TM reverse printing production process, and market leading cooking technologies from Graphic Packaging International, there is a lot to discuss with the Benson Group team on stand D7. Come and discover a tasty (on the go) treat!

Eye-catching Elegance

Benson Group was delighted to announce recently that the packaging created by the company’s Medica Packaging team for the Baylis & Harding Great Body Firming Cream has been shortlisted in the Cosmetics and Personal Care Pack category for the 2014 Luxury Packaging Awards. Visitors to the Benson Group stand will be able to see the Baylis & Harding pack, as well as other high-end personal care cartons.

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Another product taking centre stage in the healthcare sector of the exhibit will be the recently released luxury Benson PanoramicTM pack.

Benson PanoramicTM is a new 360-degree viewable pack that allows premium products to be viewed from any angle, creating the ideal luxury carton for high-end food, spirit and personal care gift packaging.

Visit stand D7 to see elegant eye-catching luxury cartons on show.

About Benson Group

producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food and beverage processors are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs over 900 UK based employees across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the company web site.

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