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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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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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Joined Up Workflow and New Press for Truprint Media

In Pre-Press on August 29, 2014 at 8:24 am

Truprint Media, Margate, has announced details of an upgrade to its pre-press department that allows one single software solution to output to proofing, computer-to-plate production, and digital printing. The StudioRIP Workflow product was supplied and configured by Prepress UK, the pre-press specialists based in Cheltenham and Brighton.

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The backbone of pre-press production at Truprint Media is an Agfa Palladio computer-to-plate system that had previously been running with an ageing Apogee workflow. As is often the case, an Epson proofer was running with its own separate RIP as were the company’s two digital printing presses, both Konica Biz Hub products – one monochrome and one colour.

Signs of ageing were beginning to have an effect on pre-press production. The company sought the thoughts of various suppliers with regard to a possible upgrade to the workflow. It seemed that most were more enthused about changing the CtP, which was actually working just fine. A long standing and trusted supplier to the company, Paperlinx, suggested that the team from Prepress UK go in and have a look at the situation to see if they could suggest a more affordable solution.

Anthony Underwood, Director of Truprint Media (pictured above, right), takes up the story: “We are delighted to have been introduced to the team at Prepress UK. They came in, appreciated our problems immediately, and were able to recommend a simple and straightforward solution based around StudioRIP Workflow. We now have full data integrity from proof to plate and from proof to digital print.”

Prepress UK Director Nic Chapman adds more background: “The Palladio had only produced 55,000 plates, which is not a huge amount for this quality of equipment – it was working just fine. We suggested a StudioRIP Workflow solution along with inp02 imposition software. This allowed us to configure a system that could send colour managed files straight to the Epson proofing device; this helped to ensure data integrity – which was already an improvement on the previous solution; and we were able send imposed PDF’s to the Konica digital engines as well.”

Commenting on the system in action, Anthony said: “Handling files for production is now a fast and accurate operation, no matter how the files were originated. In addition, the fast, simple imposition system speeds up the processing of files, automatically working out pagination and delivering pages for printing.”

One final enhancement to the Palladio will come in the form of a laser upgrade. “This will allow us to move to “chemistry free” plates,” said Anthony. “Add together the savings that we will make on the new breed of plates, the cost of buying chemistry, and the cost of having used chemistry removed, and it will virtually pay for the upgrade. The change will also mean enhanced environmental credentials for us as a business – customers are always keen to hear about green enhancements.”

Additional Printing Capability

In the same round of investment Truprint Media has upgraded its printing machinery, adding a pre-owned Komori 528 five-colour litho press. “With the new press we were able to recommend and install our PressProfiler package,” said Prepress UK’s Nic Chapman. “This provides automatic ink key pre-setting. It takes pre-press data from the system that we installed and feeds it into the printing press, setting up the ink ducts on the machine, enabling faster and more efficient make-ready. The whole package – pre-press workflow solution and the ink key setting package – was all installed and configured for less than £16,000.”

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 newer machines, integration with older equipment can involve the profiling software working in conjunction with Prepress UK’s unique CardWriter package.

“PressProfiler on the new press has given us immediate improvements from day one,” commented Anthony Underwood. “The new Komori has replaced an older Komori four-colour machine. Make-readies on that machine used to take close to an hour, but the combination of the 528 with PressProfiler has already reduced our preparation times dramatically to almost a quarter of that. With run lengths continuing to fall, such savings on make-readies are essential. This enhancement will pay for itself in no time at all.

“This set of investments really is going to make a huge difference to the way Truprint Media does business: the products and the know-how from Prepress UK have enabled us to take a huge step forward as a business, and all in a very cost-effective way.”

About Truprint Media

The business was established back in 1982 as Truprint Litho. Recently rebranded as Truprint Media, this highly experienced team of printers and graphic designers provides a total design to delivery print service for customers in Kent and beyond. The business has a great reputation and is well known for its friendly service; swift, creative ideas; speedy quotations incorporating affordable pricing; quality printing; and fast delivery.

Work focus incorporates the typical range of commercial printing, including full colour stationery, leaflets, brochures, newsletters, point-of-sale print, calendars, directories, folders and so much more. The company prints via conventional offset litho for medium to long runs and digitally for short runs, and offers an extensive range of specialist finishing, utilising state-of-the-art file to print technology, dedicated FTP uploading, and both on-line and hard copy proofing. The company is run by a team of three directors: Joint Managing Directors John Jordon, Ken Underwood and son Anthony Underwood. The company employs a total of 24 employees across pre-press, printing, and post-press.

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.

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