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Ormerods, Rochdale, Presented with Production Awards

In Offset Presses, Packaging on October 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

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Leading offset litho label printer, Ormerods Ltd of Rochdale, has become the latest recipient of silver “Productivity Print” awards from MPL Ltd, UK distributor for RMGT B1 presses, service provider for existing Mitsubishi machines, and a division of M Partners. The awards have been presented for two presses – one B1 and one B2 – that have enjoyed over two years of printing without loosing a day of production.

“I was very much a Heidelberg fan before I joined Ormerods some 12 years ago,” said Richard Parker, now Production Director at the company (pictured above). “The Mitsubishi machines, however, have convinced me that other equipment can be highly productive and very reliable. They will certainly be at the top of my shopping list when we come to invest in offset machinery again.

“Press reliability is becoming ever more important in today’s printing business. We need to produce to ever tighter deadlines and, in labels, delivery times are critical – we don’t want to stop a bottling line, for example, simply because our labels haven’t arrived on time.”

The B2-format six-colour plus double-coater Mitsubishi Diamond 1000 and the B1-format six-colour plus coater Mitsubishi Diamond 3000 deliver reliable, quality printing over a double-day shift at Ormerods – though the business can switch to 24-hour production at particularly busy times.

The near 140-year old business is still family owned, and a well-known employer in the Rochdale area. Henry Ormerod established the company in 1879 as a show card and label printers, primarily serving the local cotton industry in Rochdale and the surrounding areas. Label printing is still the mainstay of work produced, but other packaging and commercial work is also undertaken.

Commenting on the awards, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “We are delighted, of course, to be working with a printing business with such a rich heritage. Their Mitsubishi presses have certainly proved themselves over the years that they have been installed at Ormerods and, according to our service team, will continue to give them excellent production over the coming years. It is a delight to award such productivity, and we look forward to presenting gold awards in due course.”

About MPL & M Partners

In 2010 MPL took on the management of both sales and service for RMGT Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

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Morgana Release New Larger Format PUR Binder

In Finishing on September 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Morgana Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced the release of the DigiBook 300XLPro PUR binder – an updated version of its existing DigiBook 300. The machine incorporates several new features to address some specific applications posed by the market.

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Commenting on the new unit, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “The first important change to the new model is we have made it a single-phase machine. The previous version required a three-phase power supply, which limited its potential installation to larger print shops and factories that had access to three-phase power. The 300XLPro is now a 32-amp single-phase machine, and this will allow its installation in most commercial premises and print businesses.

“Another key change, and perhaps the most significant, is the book format. Several machines of the previous specification were sold with special extended cover kits to allow for the production of books larger than A4 size. We also had a number of requests for landscape A3 or 11”x17” finished size books.” (see UK Sales Manager Paul Williams opening an A3 publication bound on the 300XLPro)

The new DigiBook 300XLPro now has an even larger cover kit fitted as standard, and can produce books with a spine length of up to 450mm. This provides the ability to produce landscape SRA3 format books, with spine thickness of up to 50mm, thus opening up another whole range of applications.

“This latest addition further enhances our range of PUR binders – machines that have proven to be very popular with printers of all sizes both here in the UK and throughout the world,” added Ray Hillhouse.

Two additional options are now available for the 300XLPro: one is the gauze station, which will allow for the production of book blocks ready for case binding. The other option, that may be useful for customers producing longer runs, is the high capacity paper chip extractor. This unit has a 78-litre capacity for paper dust, allowing long uninterrupted runs of even the thickest books.

In addition to these changes, the machine is still equipped with the same hermetically sealed PUR glue application system. This system is the most efficient nozzle system on the market, with fast start-up and shutdown and minimal wastage. It has automatic cleaning and sealing of the head at the end of the production run.

The machine is available for order now, with a lead-time of approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

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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RMGT Seek to Establish True Cost of Service Contracts

In Offset Presses on September 7, 2017 at 7:47 am

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Japanese offset press manufacturer RMGT is launching a new initiative aimed at compiling a comprehensive understanding of the cost, benefits, and value of service contracts for litho presses, as often favoured and promoted by European equipment manufacturers. The survey being compiled will be supported by Surrey based MPL, RMGT’s European Technical Support Centre.

The survey will cover the full range of sheet fed printers from large international multi-site groups to small local print shops. Many of the target businesses have already volunteered to take part in the research.

The survey has been launched in an effort to gain a clearer understanding of why printers pay large sums for service contracts, particularly on new or nearly new equipment.

Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, (pictured above, right) explained further: “Service contracts seem to take a variety of forms – RMGT is keen to understand the differences and the costs involved. Printers that we have spoken to only recently are confused with regard to what is included and what is excluded from the contract.

“The RMGT mentality says “if our equipment breaks down, we re-design elements of that equipment so that it doesn’t”. RMGT reflect this in the printing equipment that they manufacture. It is very rare that a component fails, and even rarer that an RMGT press actually stops printing because of it. The development of the service contract has been heavily influenced by European manufacturers – RMGT feel the need to understand this part of the product package.”

The survey will seek to understand what printers want from a service contract, as well as how the pricing for such an element is calculated, and how printers measure the value of having a contract in place. “It is assumed that the price is created by the supplier multiplying the number of times that a machine will break down by the typical service call charge – but this would also depend, of course, if the cost of spare parts was included in the contract,” said Mark Stribley.

Questions posed within the survey focus on cost, understanding of what the contract covers, and whether the printer has a mechanism designed to measure the value of the service contract for a given piece of equipment.

“The service contracts provided by many press manufacturers have become an increasingly expensive addition to the cost of the machine. We view these as an expensive luxury for RMGT presses, but other suppliers seem to focus on the “benefits” that these offer the buyer of a new press. We know our own breakdown record and in our opinion RMGT users simply can’t justify a service contract to cover the rare occurrence of malfunctions.

“In these days of fine margins, printers have to examine the total cost of machine ownership, and that includes the true cost of a breakdown. It’s not just the annual cost of a service contract, or the price of an ad hoc visit from an engineer, plus the cost of any parts needed. It has to also include the costs involved in not being able to produce for a given period of time – the hourly rate, multiplied by the amount of hours that the press was not able to print – plus any overtime hours that need to be paid to get production back on track. You might argue that there could also be a sum added in for the potential of not being able to deliver a job on time, or even for losing a customer, but that is all rather difficult to quantify.”

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for RMGT Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

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