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Morgana Employee in Fund Raising Ride

In Finishing on July 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, in conjunction with Bianchi Cycles, were pleased to support Morgana employee Baljit Walia when he participated in a 130 mile cycle ride with SACA, journeying from Birmingham to London on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July. The group rode 100 miles on Saturday and 30 miles on Sunday.

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Baljit (above, centre, with Bianchi jersey) joined Morgana in April of this year. The post-press specialist is part of the Grimaldi Industries Group that owns both Morgana Systems and Bianchi Cycles.

This year Baljit completed the 130-mile journey on an Italian Bianchi bike with a jersey top and bottoms also supplied courtesy of the company.

Back in 2003 he also completed a 130-mile bike ride from Birmingham to London on a Raleigh bike – a cycle that he had bought for £40. After seeing how the money he raised benefited children’s charities Baljit was determined to do another ride with a hope of raising more funds and also keeping himself fit!

This was Baljit’s 10th year riding with SACA, who were on this occasion raising money for Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Radiotherapy Ward who see hundreds of children for their radiotherapy each year. Every year a children’s charity is selected as the beneficiary. Over the last 30 years the ride has raised in excess of £380,000 in aid of various children’s charity groups.

The Yearly Challenge

SACA, a 100% volunteer charity organisation, is the main organiser of a fundraising event. In 1984 a group of 14 aspiring youths decided to establish a challenge that could help both local and national children’s charities. They considered a number of sporting events that would test both their determination and personal fitness. They also considered the key element of working as a team and supporting each other. The challenge would require endurance, fitness and careful planning. They set the standard for what has now become a yearly summer event lasting for two days. The Birmingham to London cycle ride now attracts riders from all over the country, as well as international riders, each year and involves months of planning and adherence to safety management disciplines.

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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High Page-Count Bookletmakers Center Stage

In Finishing on July 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

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Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced details of its exhibit for GraphExpo 2015. The company can be found at booth #2448, close to its major customer base, the digital print engine manufacturers.

Morgana Systems USA will have a strong presence at the show where the equipment range will be significantly enhanced with latest product introductions in heavy-duty, high page-count bookletmakers, with product being shown for the first time at Graph Expo.

Bookletmaker for up to 200-Page Publications

Product on show at the event will include the BM500, a machine capable of producing booklets of up to 200 pages. It is the first Morgana bookletmaker to incorporate the new full-colour touchscreen interface giving very clear visible instructions to the operator on all machine functions. The bookletmaker can be supplied with a lead edge trimmer and with the Morgana Squarefold option for flat edged books. It is partnered by the BM350, a similar platform producing booklets of up to 35 sheets of 20lb – equating to 140 page pubications.

Vacuum Feed Option

Morgana will preview for the first time the new VF602 vacuum fed version of their twin bin high capacity feeder. Commenting on this, Ray Hillhouse, VP of Offline Sales, said: “We are very excited about this new addition to the range. The air-assisted AF602 was launched at GE last year and has been very successful, but some applications are simply more suited to a vacuum feeding head, so now we have it! The feeder is initially available for the 2000 Series bookletmakers, but will be available for the new BM500 later this year.” 

Bar Code Reading System

Both VF602 and AF602 feeders can now be equipped with a Bar Code Reading system for variable data applications. Hillhouse adds: “We’re being asked for barcode reading from sectors where there is a need for absolute set integrity or the need to produce booklets with variable page counts, such a personalised financial reports. This system answers these needs perfectly.”

Perfect Binding for Ultra-Short Runs

Morgana will be showing its DigiBook 200 perfect binding solution, as debuted at the show last year. The binder is ideal for short and ultra-short runs of books with spines measuring up to 2 inches.

Get Smart with SmartScreen

Morgana’s exhibit will feature several machines from their Pro range of creasers and folders, all controlled with the SmartScreen touchscreen. The market leading AutoCreaser 33 will be shown with the latest software, which includes an application specifically designed for perfect bound cover production. The larger sized AutoCreaser Pro 50 will be running with the AutoFold Pro inline folding unit. The AutoFold Pro can be added to any existing Morgana creaser or to other manufacturers creasing machines.

The DigiFold Pro creaser/folder will be on show and continues to be the market leader in class, offering unrivalled production in terms of quality and accuracy. This machine can crease and fold stock up to 0.015″ thick without cracking the toner or stock surface.

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 Systems in the USA is located at 3909 Upland Way, Marietta, Georgia, telephone 866 463 5060.

For further information on Morgana see http://www.morganausa.com The site incorporates many video demonstrations of the latest products.

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PressSave Brings Surprising Digital Boost to PWPFS

In Pre-Press on July 10, 2015 at 9:38 am

Hoddesdon-based commercial printer PWPFS Print & Design has become the latest printing business to seek the savings offered by PressSave and PressProfiler software products from Prepress UK, independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software based in Cheltenham and Brighton.

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PressSave Colour Server is the highly affordable way to automatically optimise all PDF and image files to reduce unnecessary ink coverage, standardise colour, and save as much as 25% in overall ink volume.

PressProfiler examines digital files received from any workflow and generates ink key pre-setting data to save time setting-up an offset litho printing press at job changeover. A single copy of PressProfiler can feed multiple presses. Accurate ink key pre-setting gives a shorter make-ready, uses fewer run-up sheets, and takes less time before correct colour is achieved on the press.

Following installation of the software solutions and an initial period of use, Steve Donoghue, Director of PWPFS Print & Design, said: “We have certainly noticed a distinct improvement in press set-up time since the arrival of PressProfiler. The improved make-ready has allowed us to reach saleable printed sheets quickly, reducing waste as a result. With PressSave we are certainly using less ink, though right at the moment it’s hard to be precise on exactly the size of saving that we will make over time. I will be monitoring ink usage over several months in order to put a financial amount on the savings, but they are certainly there.”

Litho production at PWPFS is centred on a Heidelberg CD74 press, whilst digital print output utilises a Kodak Nexpress solution.

“One thing that took us by surprise with the installation, however, was that the software has enabled us to present the digital press with files that produce more accurate output,” added Steve Donoghue. “It doesn’t actually affect our costs, as we pay for the press on a cost-per-copy basis, but flat tints have always been a bit of an issue on digital. By running the files through PressSave we are achieving a flatter more even tint on the print.”

Alex Andrews, Digital Print Manager at PWPFS, confirmed the benefits of PressSave in the digital department: “PDF’s from the customer can often comprise of a mix of RGB and CMYK files. Tints of black created in RGB are converted in the RIP as CMY images – no black – often producing a rather dirty black, or yellowy black print, even though they had looked fine on the computer screen at the customers. By passing the files through PressSave we have found that these tints are converted correctly to the required percentage of black. This, of course, delivers a much improved printed product – ideal for the customer, so great for us too.”

Simple to Use

PDF or image files are simply placed in a hotfolder and PressSave takes care of the rest, delivering back a colour optimised file, ready for planning and output.

Get Saving Right Now

Printers are urged to call Prepress UK to discuss how they can start saving almost immediately by optimising files for predictable colour and ink savings every time they print: call 08450 520 701.

About PWPFS Print & Design

The £2.2 million turnover business employs a team of 22 personnel producing litho print on a 24-hour five-day week and digitally printed work in 12-hour split shifts. PWPFS Print & Design is a commercial print business offering graphic design, pre-press and post-press facilities in-house. The company is able to provide swift turnaround of work for a wide variety of commercial customers. The company is now steadily growing its web-to-print activity via a VPress solution. Visit http://www.pwpfs.com for further information on the company.

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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