Two New Cutting Tables from Morgana Systems

In Finishing on July 20, 2020 at 11:28 am

Morgana Systems, Milton Keynes, has announced the addition of two new models to its popular range of flatbed cutters. Firstly, there is a new smaller “entry level” version of the popular and versatile Optima system, and secondly a more automated new addition to the range, the Omnia, complete with an automated feeder.

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The Optima V50 is the latest and smallest of the current range of flatbed cutters and is designed for digital printers needing to cut a wide range of substrates in thickness up to 20mm but who are tight on floorspace.

The Omnia combines the versatility of the Optima products with regards to substrate range along with a newly designed sheet feeder and optical register system, meaning that the system can be set to run repetitive tasks without requiring an operator. The system can even be left to run unattended overnight.

Commenting on the new additions, Ray Hillhouse, VP Sales & Marketing for the Plockmatic Group Offline Business Unit, said: “These two new units further enhance our range of cutting tables. The Optima V50 addresses the entry level sector, where a small but highly versatile device is an essential ingredient. It’s an ideal starting point for those seeing the need for a cutting table.

“The Omnia breaks new ground in automating cutting table processes. For those businesses with a growing demand for repetitive tasks, Omnia can produce a great many tasks without the need for an operator to stand over the machine, including “lights out” production of work overnight.”

Optima V50

Optima V50 is the entry level cutting solution for short run cutting projects. Extremely compact and affordable, it’s the ideal solution for a company wishing to start producing mock-ups, prototypes, and small production lots without the need for die cutting.

Optima V50 is a single-head cutting system capable of swapping from one tool to another in less than 10 seconds without any adjustment. It comes as standard with a tangential cutting tool (cutting material up to 5mm thick), a creasing tool and a camera, which in combination with OptiCrop software, allows you to detect printing crop marks and perform contour cuts. An optional oscillating cutting tool will allow substrates up to 20 mm to be cut expanding the range of applications.

The Optima V50 can hold two A3+ sheets or a material whose maximum size is 55 x 80cm. The machine comes with a basement workbench, a vacuum bed for easier media holding, and a fold-away-pins system to aid easy alignment.

The product is equipped with a creasing tool and a set of nine different creasing and perforating wheels that can handle cardstocks and corrugated cardboards.


When you need to automate long and repetitive operations, Omnia is the ideal solution. Set the desired workflow, start the process, and then Omnia will carry out the project independently, without the need for an operator for hours. At any stage of the production process Omnia will recognize and report errors or malfunctions, avoiding any wastage of materials.

The oversized feeder and suction system automatically deliver materials into the cutting machine, which has a 600 x 800mm cutting table. The automatic crop mark detection allows a hands-free cutting process and a status indicator will notify the operator when the feeder has dropped to the minimum quantity so It can be reloaded. The feeder can stack up to 500 sheets of 300gsm card stock.

The QR Code feature improves workflow even further. The camera quickly detects the code, brings up the cut details, and then executes each project, eliminating cut lists.

Average speed per sheet is calculated in 30/45 seconds when cutting A3+ sheet and a medium complexity package design.

About Plockmatic Group

Plockmatic Group develops, manufactures and markets an extensive range of document finishing systems sold under the Plockmatic and Morgana brand names. These products work inline or offline together with the world’s best digital printing systems.

Plockmatic and Morgana make products to mail, fold, crease, perforate and bind documents with extraordinary precision, turning stacks of printed paper into the beautifully finished documents for your customers every day.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Plockmatic International, a part of the Plockmatic Group. The company supplies a wide range of innovative and market leading offline post-press equipment for customers involved in the many and varied activities of the printing industry throughout the world. Equipment is manufactured at a number of Plockmatic owned plants across the globe.

The sales, marketing, and service operations of Morgana Systems are headquartered in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK. This site is also the manufacturing base for the PowerSquare range of booklet makers engineered by Watkiss, another Group Company.

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. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of bookletmaking systems to meet every production requirement.

Current product ranges include the Morgana DigiBook range of PUR perfect binders, and the recently introduced collection of bookletmakers, which have been developed jointly with Plockmatic. These include the BM3035/3050 and BM5000 models, and the Watkiss developed PowerSquareTM 160 and 224 models, all delivering market-leading, cutting edge binding solutions.

Morgana Systems is a preferred offline finishing partner for all of the leading manufacturers of digital print engines, whilst the Plockmatic International produce a wide range of innovative inline finishing solutions for all leading engine providers.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at:


Heronswood Latest “2 for 1” Printer with RMGT 924 LED

In Offset Presses on July 14, 2020 at 9:18 am

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Tunbridge Wells-based Heronswood Press has announced details of the purchase of an RMGT 924 LED press to replace its two existing B2 format presses. The machine has been supplied through an MPL partner company and installed by the UK’s official RMGT distributor MPL, Surrey.

Commenting on the decision, Nigel Room, managing director of Heronswood Press, said: “The A1 format will allow us to print eight A4 pages to view, meaning that we will be able to print twice as much work that we could on the B2 format. Add the LED instant drying producing dry-to-the-touch sheets, and the pile can be turned immediately ready for instant back-up – providing for overall faster production than two B2 presses.

“Add to that the reputation of ultra-reliability for RMGT – we’ve spoken to users who have had zero downtime due to machine failure in two years – and we have the ideal single press configuration.

“If the press is reliable that means that we don’t let our customers down. It also means, of course, that we can enjoy tremendous savings on our fixed costs by running one single offset machine for our larger format litho work – something that every printer is desperate for as businesses begin to surface post-lockdown.”

The LED-UV drying system also means that the company can compete on a level playing field with the turnaround times of digital.

“The unusual sheet size, the high print quality, the reliability, and space requirements of the machine – it takes up no more room than one of our outgoing B2 presses – all made it a straightforward choice. We now have space to consider expanding other areas of our business.”

Heronswood, which has an annual turnover of £1.2m and employs 10 staff, will use the machine to print general commercial work.

Commenting on behalf of MPL, Mark Stribley, joint managing director, said: “One critical aspect of shrinking from two presses to one is the reliability of the single machine. Current RMGT press users can already testify as to what that means. These machines are designed and built to run. First time users are astounded at how little they need to spend on service, support, and spares. Reliability is built in to RMGT presses. Machines are designed and built to the same standard, and with the same know-how, as a Mitsubishi aircraft – and air travel is an industry where failure is simply not an option.” Mitsubishi is the M in RMGT!

About Heronswood Press

Tunbridge Wells printer Heronswood Press is a family-owned and managed company that has operated successfully now for over three decades.

About MPL

In 2010 MPL took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi 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. MPL 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.

MPL 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.



Digital Printers: Paying for Not Printing?

In Digital Presses, Offset Presses on May 4, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Many businesses are seeing the world in a different light in these crazy days of lockdown, furlough, queuing for a supermarket, long hair, and daily government updates. Printers are certainly no exceptions.

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Print is – and will be in the new future – an essential business for the promotion and marketing of companies right across the board. Newspapers are certainly playing an important part of lockdown – bringing trustworthy, reliable news to the masses. And so, after we emerge, blinking in the sunlight, will marketing materials, local newsletters, customer information pages, personalised mail, and more. These will all be key items of printed work that will serve to remind target markets of products and services.

Digital printing businesses have grown significantly in recent years. Targeted at short run work, personalisation, and fast turnaround jobs, the tech giants behind the digital print machines have illustrated a mastery in creating complex contracts that generally create one winner – a clue: it’s not the printer! Smoke and mirrors have been successfully employed to squirrel away negatives for the printer, who has been allowed to enjoy a few small victories en route to the final agreement.

However, our current unforeseen situation has highlighted one specific area of such contractual obligations that could seriously damage printers the world over: the previously agreed minimum monthly click charge. The contract specifically details an amount of prints that will be produced – a standing charge you might call it. The large digital printer manufactures are generally faceless organisations that can hide behind contracts with little room for flexibility.

Whether the printer produces zero or precious little work for weeks on end, the machine supplier will still expect his “pound of flesh” – the payment previously agreed to. The minimum monthly click charge requires payment, even though a business might be making no money at all. In short, we have a situation that ensures digital printers are being charged for not working!

For many it might well be the case of shutting the stable door well after the horse has bolted, but undoubtedly there will be businesses that need to review the costs of digital and litho. Litho typically presents no such click charge. Perhaps the jump to digital was made too soon?

Personalisation – the run of one – is the single area that litho can’t compete with, but the vast majority of printers using digital equipment do not have any great volume of personalised print work. That still remains a specialised service.

Litho printing, when compared, only costs when you print. A cost that increases in competitiveness as the print run grows in number. With increased automation and the low cost of consumables, litho is becoming increasingly competitive on those small runs that were previously considered digital work.

The advances that have been made in UV instant drying – specifically LED-UV – to produce dry-to-touch prints at the delivery end of the press takes away the digital advantage of immediacy of print.

So, a cheaper to run press, with matched instant print service, and no risk of paying for not printing: perhaps litho still presents opportunities in new the changed world.


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