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Twenty10 Digital Add DigiFold Pro for Faster Folding

In Finishing on November 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

Northampton-based Twenty10 Digital has added a Morgana DigiFold Pro to its finishing line-up in order speed through a growing amount of work requiring creasing and folding. The system was purchased from Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing.

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The Digifold Pro is the ideal product for creasing/folding heavier weight paper stock. It is designed specifically for the professional digital or litho printer with a need to crease and fold printed, heavy weight or cross grained stock.

Commenting on the purchase, Paul Riley, Managing Director of Twenty10 Digital, said: “Growing business from a greetings card client meant that we needed to take a closer look at our creasing and folding capacity. Whilst we had used the DocuMaster along with our Morgana Major folder, they are simply not fast enough to keep up with the growing volume of work that we were producing. What had been taking us five hours to produce using our existing devices can now be produced in one hour on the DigiFold Pro.”

In addition to the greetings card work, Twenty10 is also using the machine for folding an increasing volume of DL sized four-page work. “The DigiFold Pro is extremely versatile and flexible. Set-up is extremely fast, operation very simple to learn, and a skew facility allows for small adjustments in the crease and fold actions for printed sheets slightly off square, which can sometimes happen with digital print. This machine is another fine example of the robust, quality engineering provided by Morgana.”

Passing comment on this latest addition to Twenty10’s finishing suite, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Morgana Systems, said: “Twenty10’s award winning history is testament to the quality of work that the company produces, and we are delighted to be able to provide a wide range of Morgana products to help them achieve such excellence in the finishing department.”

Morgana DigiFold Pro employs a unique creasing rule and matrix, the DynaCrease, that eliminates tearing and, therefore, cracking on a digitally printed sheet. By using this patented technology DigiFold Pro is able to crease and fold over 6,000 A4 sheets an hour. This excellent throughput speed is achieved by creasing the sheet without stopping it, yet maintaining an accuracy of +/‐ 0.1mm.

Controlled by the same innovative seven-inch SmartScreen panel as the rest of the Morgana Pro range, DigiFold Pro is instructed how long the sheet is and which crease and fold to produce. All settings and adjustments are made using the SmartScreen and, as only symbols are used, operation couldn’t be simpler.

Twenty10 Digital is used to finishing work with Morgana equipment – the company already runs a wide range of product from the Milton Keynes based manufacturer, including a DigiBook 200 PUR binder for perfect bound products; a CardXtra for business cards and other small format jobs; a DocuMaster for bookletmaking; a Matrix laminator; Rhin-o-Tuff wire-o binding product; and a Morgana Major Folder.

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 won 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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Hapa Announces Two Additions to Inkjet Range

In Digital Presses on October 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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Swiss-based Hapa AG, the global leader of innovative packaging printing solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has announced the release of two additions to its drop-on-demand piezo inkjet range of products.

The compact MedJet 470 is print unit designed to integrate easily onto continuous or intermittent motion packaging machines. The single-colour UV DOD piezo inkjet is designed with the medical packaging industry, and uses solvent-free UV curing inks.

MedJet 470 is suitable for printing onto a wide range of substrates, including aluminium foil, paper-backed foil, PVC, medical paper, and Tyvek. The system is targeted at the production of blisters, deep-draw blisters, trays, and pouches.

The second new arrival is the BlisterJet CMYK for printing text and graphics in four spot colours or CMYK process images. The product is an addition to the already successful BlisterJet product, suitable for two colour printing. BlisterJet products are focused on producing print onto blister and deep-draw blister products, and are the ideal print products to aid late-stage-customisation of pre-filled packs.

The fully digital UV DOD piezo inkjet system provides perfectly sharp print quality in a single pass, and is suitable for printing onto aluminium foil, paper-backed foil, PVC, and Tyvek.

Low-Migration Ink Products for DOD

Working in conjunction with Hapa equipment, the company is also able to offer high quality ink products through its Hapa Ink division. The division addresses a key concern for the packaging world: the unwanted transfer of ink substances and taint from packaging to product. Customer-specific low-migration ink is formulated by Hapa Ink to suit substrate, application, and production risk-levels. The company can also offer a complete service to ensure compliance and security.

In the packaging sector, public health and safety have to be at the forefront. It must be guaranteed that no ink substances in excess of quantities designated and regulated as harmful, transfer onto pharmaceuticals, foods, and cosmetics. To this end, Hapa Ink develops low-migration, solvent-free UV drop-on-demand inks that mitigate the risk of diffusion and set-off migration. The inks are specialised to each customer’s substrates, application, and production processes. Any ink-quantity levels can be supplied, no matter how large or how small.

The development and production of inks is done in a single lab, where a team of specialists put years of practical experience to work on low-migration inks.

Combining extensive know-how of printing systems and technologies, industry regulations, and sub-regulations, Hapa Ink can fulfil orders for inks that meet EU food safety standards. All low-migration inks from Hapa Ink contain materials on the Nestlé Positive List.

Highest Print Quality and White Opacity

Whether CMYK, white, or spot-colours, inks from Hapa Ink deliver the highest printing quality for a virtually unlimited range of applications. The inks meet cover requirements in a single pass of printing.

About Hapa and Hapa Ink

Hapa’s on-demand and late-stage-customization printing solutions improve lean production. It’s UV flexographic, UV DOD inkjet, and hybrid printing systems have long established Hapa as the global leader of in-house packaging-print solutions in the pharmaceutical industry.

Growth in the cosmetics, food, medical, and ink industries is dynamic. Hapa Ink is a department of Hapa. It develops, produces, and delivers individualized inks that are printing on plastic, aluminium, glass, and labelling materials of types.

The growth of the Hapa Ink division, and its expansion into the FMCG industries is dynamic. More than 170 Hapa employees work at the company headquarters near Zurich, Switzerland, and in sales and service centres worldwide.

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LGP Moves to SRA1 and LED-UV with 16th Ryobi

In Offset Presses on September 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

LGP Print Limited, formerly known as Leeds Graphic Press, is to take delivery of its 16th new Ryobi machine in November of this year. It will arrive in the shape of an SRA1-format RMGT 924 LED-UV press, and it will be accompanied by a Cron CtP system, with both items purchased from Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead.

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The four-colour version of Ryobi’s popular 920 Series boasts a maximum sheet size of 920 x 640mm, enabling eight-up A4 printing, as well as the ability to produce 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.

Commenting on the investment, LGP Print Managing Director Philip Stead, said: “For our previous press purchase back in 2007 we had taken the decision to move away from SRA3 and expand in format up to an SRA2 sheet size – it paid great dividends for us as a business. We had a similar decision to make again, and having weighed up the pro’s and con’s we have decided to once again move up to a larger sheet size in order to offer an even wider range of print services to our customer base.

“Coupling the larger sheet size with the LED-UV made an awful lot of sense to us – we will get dry to the touch sheets exiting the press, meaning that we can back up jobs immediately or send the work straight to the finishing department, with no waiting time. The technology also means that we will have few concerns about working with the ever wider range of challenging substrates that customers are now demanding – some of which can pose tricky drying issues with standard litho presses.”

The new press will provide additional pressroom firepower and will sit alongside the SRA2 format five-colour Ryobi 685 at the near 40-year-old Leeds printer. Five 52cm format presses will bring the Ryobi line-up at LGP to a total of seven machines – probably Europe’s largest Ryobi installation.

Philip Stead has been monitoring the development of LED drying since it was first shown by Ryobi back in 2008: “The technology had developed and matured in that time. It certainly has a significant role to play in the future of litho printing with customers providing every shorter lead times for an ever more colourful range of print requirements. Digital printing has given the customer the impression that any job can be produced almost instantly – no matter what quantity, finish, or substrate they might require. LED-UV does at least give litho printers the chance to meet those demands to a degree!”

LGP Print produces a wide range of commercial work with both digital and litho equipment from its Leeds base.

The LED-UV curing 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 all major ink suppliers. This last couple of years has seen a growing 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, and consequently means no extraction ducting is required– another significant cost element. The stunning productivity and quality of the process are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

Commenting on the order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “Having worked with Philip and LGP Print over many years, it has been a pleasure to have played a part in the growth and expansion of the business. Following the successful move to SRA2 back in 2007, we are now looking forward to seeing the company prosper further in the SRA1 market and especially with LED-UV.”

LED-UV curing systems are now commonplace for press orders being taken by Apex, with a host of installations now in action throughout the UK.

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 RMGT range of printing presses through to SRA1 format and Cron metal-based platesetters. Apex also distributes 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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.

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