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GenesisNews Best of 2012, Part Two

In Best of 2012 on December 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

It’s December 2012. Both the month and the year are drawing very swiftly to a close. It is therefore that time of the year when we take a little look back on those postings that were both of great interest and of great excitement! This retrospective will be created in two sections: a “Greatest Hits” as posted last week – the most read stories of the year – and our “Best of” stories. These are the releases that created a stir and had a certain difference about them! This review of the second half of the year starts in July:

AeroCut Quatro from MorganaJuly: Morgana Systems announced the installation of its latest multi-function device:  the AeroCut Quatro. This install was in conjunction with South of England digital dealer, Apogee Corporation Ltd. The multi-faceted finishing device was installed at Prizmatic Print Solutions Ltd, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, to work alongside a new Canon 9070 Pro digital print device.

Ryobi's 760E in four-colour configurationAugust: Litho print in far from dead, and Ryobi and Apex Digital Graphics were only too happy to point this out with the introduction of a new small-footprint, unitized construction machine for the B2-sector, the 760E. The new machines sits between the company’s two existing B2-format presses, the 750 Series and the entry-level 780E products, in both physical size and price.

BPIF Excellence AwardsSeptember: As the awards season begins to gather pace, Benson Group was up at the front picking up the trophies as per usual! Benson Box won the first for 2012 with victory in the BPIF Award for Lean Manufacturing.

microDot and plateOctober: Our friends at ccDotmeter were swift to announce their support for the BBC’s Children in Need fund raising efforts by contributing £50 for every microDot order received from October through to November 19, 2012.

Glossop Cartons directors Brian and Jakey Sidebottom with the Mitsubishi pressNovember: Glossop Cartons announced details regarding the installation of a second Mitsubishi printing press at its Glossop, Derbyshire premises. The four-colour Mitsubishi D3000LX B1-format litho press incorporates inter-deck UV drying, end of press coating, as well as IR and warm-air drying solutions. The machine was purchased from M Partners to fulfill a specific packaging production task.

Kodak Prosper, manroland web pressDecember: One name that has never been far from the headlines during 2012 is that of manroland. In December manroland web systems were back in the news for all of the right reasons with details of a Kodak Prosper inkjet unit being added to a Colorman coldest web printing solution at an Axel Springer company.

Surface and Windows 8Take a Look at Tech too! Our tech focus also offers a 2012 end of year summary from the team at TechCrunch: Windows 8, an avalanche of tablets, and Mountain Lion all feature.

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The Digital Press Installs Morgana DigiBook 150

In Finishing on December 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Peter Randall and his DigiBook 150 PUR binder

The Digital Press, Poole, Dorset, has purchased and installed a DigiBook 150 PUR perfect binding machine from Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing. The product replaces an existing hot-melt perfect binding system at the company.

Commenting on the purchase decision, Peter Randall, owner of The Digital Press, said: “The DigiBook 150 is ideal for the busy digital print shop that needs to invest in short-run perfect binding. We have a regular requirement to bind 200 to 300 page books with very short run lengths. Our previous hot-melt system was simply not reliable for binding that many pages, but other PUR systems are simply too large, too complex, and too expensive for runs that might be as low as just half-a-dozen copies.

“The DigiBook 150 is easy to set-up, and is perfectly suited to run from 6 to 200 copies – which covers just about all of our needs. It certainly offers the best value on the market in terms of perfect binding solutions.”

Typical work for perfect binding at The Digital Press includes pre-runs and preview copies of paperback books for publishers, or final proof copies of some publications; short-run manuals; and property booklets. “Already we have used the DigiBook 150 to up-sell customers to PUR binding,” said Peter Randall. “It is certainly a lot more robust than hot-melt, but is also a more attractive finish than wire-o-binding.” Digital printing at The Digital Press is created on a highly productive Xeikon 5000 machine.

The DigiBook 150 is the entry-level product. It is capable of approximately 150 cycles per hour, it 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 a hermetically sealed glue and cleaning system which gives the quickest possible start-up and shutdown of the system with minimal glue wastage.

PUR is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available, offering several additional advantages over other hot-melt adhesives. When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area these can often compromise the strength of a typical hot-melt 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 stocks.

Commenting on the installation at The Digital Press, Ray Hillhouse, Sales Manager of Morgana Systems, said: “This is the ideal unit for a print business the size of The Digital Press. If a small to medium sized print business is seeking an entry-level PUR binding solution, there really is nothing else on the market with this type of glue system that competes with the DigiBook 150 product. The unit offers few fancy settings, but for the run lengths needed by a large percentage of digital printers these are simply not necessary. Where more productive solutions are required, we have the DigiBook 300 and 450.”

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 which 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.

“PUR binding for digital is a real growth area for finishing equipment providers. We have seen significant interest since we announced the DigiBook 300 at the end of 2011, and have been delighted at the growth of interest during the course of this year,” said Quen Baum, Managing Director of Morgana Systems. “With us now having a full range of PUR binders, we have a model to suit everyone’s production requirements. I expect to receive a strong interest from both our UK and international audiences.”

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units up to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Latest products from Morgana also incorporate JDF readiness and the ability to handle variable data input.

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. For further information on Morgana see http://www.morgana.co.uk

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GenesisNews Best of 2012, Part One

In Best of 2012 on December 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It’s December 2012. Both the month and the year are drawing very swiftly to a close. It is therefore that time of the year when we take a little look back on those postings that were both of great interest and of great excitement! This retrospective will be created in two sections: a “Greatest Hits” as posted last week – the most read stories of the year – and our “Best of” stories. These are the releases that created a stir and had a certain difference about them! The “Best of” will be a calendar based re-run of the year, split into two sections, beginning, quite reasonably enough, in January:

FinePrint CtPJanuary: Our friends at Apex Digital Graphics were already busy in January, announcing the installation of CtP equipment at Fineprint, Basingstoke, moving that customer into the world of metal plate production.

Colin Davies, left, and Simon StirlandFebruary: Derbyshire-based litho print business Stirland Paterson Print Group announced that it hadjoined forces with CRI Digital, formerly of Radford, Nottingham. CRI used the Christmas and New Year break to move into the Ilkeston, Derbyshire, site while a new Xeikon 6000 digital colour press was being installed in the factory at the same time.

Andrew Webster: now in training!March: Andrew Webster, co-founder and director of Morgana Systems, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, announced details of a charity bike ride that he was to undertake in July. Andrew completed his epic trip, setting the foundation for a great year of British cycling!

PUR for all at Drupa!April: With Drupa on the horizon Morgana Systems detailed the expansion of its DigiBook PUR binding range. The show would feature three models including the already released DigiBook 300. Drupa saw the launch of the entry level DigiBook 150 and the flagship DigiBook 450 model, complete with cover scoring and other such luxury items!

Mark Kerridge outside the Benson Box plant, BardonMay: Heidelberg announcements at the Drupa show included an order for a new XL 106 for Benson Group, the packaging specialists based in Bardon, Leicestershire. The new press will join two XL 105’s at the Benson Box plant, which are already putting 18,000 sheets per hour on the floor each. The new XL 106 is due to be installed in the first quarter of 2013.

Ryobi B2 format press fitted with Kodak Prosper headsJune: Drupa 2012 provided the platform for a joint announcement from Ryobi and Kodak regarding the release of a unique hybrid printing solution, marrying the strengths of Ryobi’s B2 sheet-fed offset-litho printing equipment and Kodak’s Prosper S5 Imprinting Systems. The first such system is already operating in a commercial printing environment in Japan.

Take a Look at Tech too! For a summary of the best moments in tech development this year, we can heartily recommend this view of the year from Engadget. Everything from Kodak and Chapter 11 through to Windows 8 and the Surface tablet. No surprises that Raspberry Pi is served for dessert!

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