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Faster Make-Ready & Less Waste at Woodrow

In Pre-Press on July 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

City printer Woodrow Press Ltd, Surrey Quays, SE16, has expanded its press firepower with the addition of a second Heidelberg SM74 five-colour press. The new machine joins an existing five-colour SM74 and replaces a two-colour machine. The new press has been equipped with PressProfiler from Prepress UK from day one, and the powerful and easy to use ink coverage and ink zone calculation solution will also be added to the existing five-colour press.

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PressProfiler examines digital files received from any workflow and generates ink key pre-setting data to save set-up time on an offset litho printing press at job changeover. A single copy of PressProfiler can feed multiple presses. Whilst the pre-press data can be fed directly into the press console of the newer press, the integration with the existing SM74 will involve the profiling software working in conjunction with Prepress UK’s unique CardWriter package.

The package allows press minders to check preview images of the job they will be running without leaving the press, before loading the pre-setting data into the printing machine. Accurate ink key pre-setting gives a shorter make-ready, uses fewer run-up sheets, and takes less time before correct colour is achieved on the press. The consistent data also helps to achieve highly consistent printed results.

Commenting on the decision to add PressProfiler, Martin Ince, Production Manager (pictured above, left) at Woodrow Press, said: “The addition of the second five-colour press means that we have the essential back-up and additional capacity that we needed to move forward as a business. The decision to add PressProfiler was an essential move in our opinion: speed, reduced waste, and greater colour consistency are all critical issues for any printers. This package does it all for us, and at a fraction of the cost of similar kit from the press manufacturer.”

Some 80% of the work undertaken at Woodrow Press comes from the financial sector, with investment banks being a major source of business. “We have to work hard to win business in this area, but we focus on providing a quality service, quality print, and a fast turnaround. We like to build strong relationships with clients – it benefits both the supplier and the customer in the long run,” said Rob Allen, Managing Director of Woodrow Press (pictured above, right).

“The addition of PressProfiler makes a real difference to the way we produce print,” adds Rob Allen. “The addition of PressProfiler and a densitometer really does start to turn printing into a science rather than the more traditional “black art”. I am convinced that this combination of press and pre-press data will help to fuel the next phase of growth for our business.”

Woodrow Press is closing in on a £2 million turnover this year with a team of 12. The business has shown steady growth in recent years and a similar increase in profits. The company began life in 1979 with premises under the Arches of London Bridge.

Commenting on the success of PressProfiler, Nic Chapman, Sales Director of Prepress UK, said: “It is always a delight to see both managers and operators welcome PressProfiler with open arms. Whilst second-user presses often represent excellent value for printing companies, it is getting more and more essential for printers to be able to offer three critical elements: faster job changeover due to ever decreasing run-lengths, reduced wastage due to the cost of both inks and substrates, and greater consistency of print quality because that’s what the customer demands. PressProfiler helps to deliver all three for a very economical price – certainly when one compares its cost against similar equipment from the press manufacturer.

“Rob contacted us early in his buying process to ensure that PressProfiler would be suitable for the machine that he was intending to buy. It was, but worryingly for some printers, the very latest Heidelberg presses, including the XL 75 and very late SM 74’s are now encrypted. This means that only Heidelberg themselves can connect from a customers workflow to the press. For many printers this can be prohibitively expensive.”

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support.

If you have a pre-press problem, let Prepress UK solve it for you. Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

See www.prepressuk.com for more details.

ENDS

Morgana and Konica in Manchester for Pro Tour

In Digital Presses, Finishing on July 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

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Morgana Systems Ltd, the Milton Keynes based finishing equipment manufacturer, has announced details of a two-day event taking place in conjunction with digital engine supplier Konica Minolta. The event will be staged at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on July 22nd and 23rd.

The Pro Tour will see the “roadshow” debut of both the DigiBook 200 PUR perfect binder from Morgana and the new Konica Minolta bizhub C1100.

Speaking about the event, 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 / Konica Minolta Pro Tour we will be demonstrating a full range of print finishing systems designed specifically for digitally printed documents to give any print producers customers’ the best possible results.”

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.

This Pro Tour event in Manchester will also feature partners Rosefox Papers, Vpress, and Compass Finance, plus a host of guest speakers, including print experts Matthew Parker, Neil Falconer, and Charlotte Graham Cumming.

Full details at: http://morgana.co.uk/news-and-events/pro-tour/

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/

ENDS

Looking for a Great Finish? Morgana Open Days

In Finishing on July 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Morgana Systems Ltd, the Milton Keynes based finishing equipment manufacturer, has announced details of a series of open days at its Milton Keynes premises taking place from July 7th through to July 11th.

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The Great Finishing Event will showcase the latest range of post-press equipment suited to both digital and offset litho printed work. Following an extremely busy Ipex show earlier this year, the company will again offer an opportunity for visitors to the open days to get a close up viewing of some of the “stars of the show”, the new DigiBook 200 perfect binding machine and the System 2000 bookletmaker featuring the new AF602 dual bin feed option, allowing both digital and offset produced work to be combined within the same booklet.

Free DigiCreaser with a DigiBook 150

As a special offer during the event the company will be giving a free Morgana DigiCreaser with every order for a Morgana DigiBook 150 PUR binder. This entry level perfect binding machine has been extremely popular with UK print focused businesses and inplants since its launch two years ago.

The DigiBook 150 is capable of approximately 150 cycles per hour, and can bind publications with spine thicknesses from 2mm through to 50mm, in book sizes up to 380 x 320mm. A key feature of the 150, and across the DigiBook range, is the patented glue application system. Spine and side glue is applied using an adjustable slot applicator allowing accurate control over both functions to give the best possible results. All the machines have an hermetically sealed glue and cleaning system which gives the quickest possible start-up and shutdown of the system with minimal glue wastage.

Pre-Owned Product Offers

Special offers will abound for visitors to The Great Finishing Event, with the company looking to clear space in its Milton Keynes factory to enable more room at the facility for newly manufactured machinery. A good number of pre-owned finishing products will be available for visitors to view and “test drive”.

For further details on The Great Finishing Event call 0800 1381 882 or to register for the event, visit www.morgana.co.uk/events/finish

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/

ENDS

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