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TG Print Wins Trade Business with DigiBook 200

In Finishing on January 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm

TG Print & Design, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, has become the latest UK print business 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 last year at Ipex 2014 as the latest addition to its popular PUR perfect binder range.

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The company prints both litho and digital work and offers its binding services out to the trade. Litho work at TG Print & Design is handled with a Heidelberg XL75, with a combination of Konica Minolta 6000 and MGI Meteor machines handling the digital throughput. Wide format production is undertaken on both EFI flat-bed and HP equipment. The business is on target to achieve a £3 million turnover in its current financial year.

Commenting on the latest Morgana purchase, Dave Duhig, Managing Director of TG Print & Design, said: “We had been considering the benefits of bringing PUR binding in-house for some time. We have an excellent relationship with the team at Morgana, and they offered us a trail of the DigiBook 200, suggesting that this machine would be more than capable of handling the work that we needed to produce, with the quality of bind that we were looking for. The trial was a great success – in fact it was so good that we picked up two new trade jobs because of it!”

The DigiBook 200 joins a range of other Morgana equipment, including an AutoCreaser, DigiFold Pro, and one of the suppliers laminating products.

“In addition to winning new trade work, the DigiBook means that we are saving money on placing PUR work out ourselves, and keeping a much tighter hold on production schedules. The fact that we can now produce PUR binding at a more cost effective price means that we have been able to tempt a number of customers to try it – they then become hooked on the quality of bind they get back.”

Commenting on the performance of the machine, Dave added: “We might not use it for several days, but when we need PUR it is available immediately, and like everything we buy from Morgana, it is reliable, efficient, and affordable.”

Short-run work completed on the DigiBook 200 at TG Print & Design has included the production of advance copies and even proof copies of publications. “It makes a big difference to how customers view you as a supplier when you turn up with a couple of finished books rather than a whole bundle of loose sheets,” said Dave.

Passing comment on this latest machine order from the PUR range, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “We have been delighted over the last year with the reception of the DigiBook 200. TG Print illustrates yet again that the product offers the ideal solution for print businesses seeking quality PUR binding for short to medium-run work. The quality of bind, the speed of production, and the cost of the system are making it an essential tool for today’s fast turnaround print business.”

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.

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.

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 TG Print & Design

The company started life as a small printing operation in 2000. Now based in prestigious offices in Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, the business has shown steady growth over the years, and can boast a national client base. Offering 24-hour turnaround on many jobs, along with a highly competitive pricing structure, has put TG Print in the premier league of UK printers. An ever-growing range of printed products includes security foil tickets, banners, roller banners, and canvas prints mounted on frames.

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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Apex Announces New Automated CtP Solutions

In Pre-Press on January 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

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Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, the official Ryobi Mitsubishi representative for presses up to SRA1 format, has signed an exclusive CtP and plate distribution deal with Chinese pre-press manufacturer Cron covering UK and Ireland.

Apex is to sell and service Cron’s thermal and UV platesetters, which are available in 26-inch, 36-inch, 46-inch, and 72-inch formats. The company will sell Cron’s Blackwood UV plates, but will continue to market thermal plates from Fujifilm for the time being.

“As pre-press followers with be well aware, Cron has had previous attempts to break into the European market, but without gaining real traction,” said Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex Digital Graphics. “Three years ago they came to market with a product that didn’t have much in the way of automation – it simply didn’t take off. This latest suite of product has everything you could ask for, plus a bit more!”

Apex’s expertise in CtP stretches back some 20-plus years when the company was at the forefront of direct-to-plate imaging, and was eventually responsible for the installation of over 500 DPX System CtP units in the UK. More recently the company has been working with Screen with regard to metal-based plate CtP.

Cron currently provides models from B3 through to VLF (very large format). All machines are available with up to three plate cassettes, or one high-capacity supply cassette, plus an auto-feeder. The UV CtP can work in daylight removing the need for a specialised production room. At the core of the Cron units is a precision-manufactured suction drum complete with punching unit.

Plates are output onto a conveyor that will take them direct to a stacker for “processless” plates, or to a Glunz & Jensen processor, incorporating a Cron automated replenishing system that monitors the pH and conductivity, adding fresh developer as required. All of Cron’s CtP devices will connect to any workflow or RIP that can output a TIFF file.

Plenty of Plates

Output speeds vary depending on the number of laser diodes configured in the particular unit. “The number of lasers can vary from 16 to 96. In B2 size plate terms, a 16 laser machine will image 14 plates per hour, whereas a 96 laser machine will image 56 plates per hour,” said Bob Usher.

Usher believes that this latest range of equipment, used in conjunction with the excellent and consistent plates being produced by Cron, could offer a 30% saving over what he describes as the “big three” producers. Cron itself is in the process of launching a “major assault” on Europe and North America in a bid to break the oligopoly of Agfa, Fujifilm and Kodak.

Apex, as might be expected, has run a number of test installations of Cron equipment in the run up to this announcement. “Our first install has been running for over three months on the same chemistry,” claimed Bob Usher, commenting on the installation at a commercial printer running circa 20,000-square-meters of plates per year.

“We’ve got the plates running successfully in live installs, with no batch-to-batch issues, and we’re talking about plates that could offer a saving of £1.50 to £2.00 per square metre over the gang of three.”

Cron makes a Blue plate for standard inks and a Red plate for UV inks. Tests at Apex indicate that the Blue plate can print in excess of 30,000 impressions with UV ink. “We printed a test run of 34,000 on the Blue plate with UV inks before we saw the 50% dot go below 40%,” said Bob Usher. “The Red plate will go on and on – certainly it would be capable of handling a run of 250,000 to 300,000 on a UV press.”

See Cron in Hemel Hempstead

Apex has already taken orders for five Cron platesetters and installed three. The company is also expected to feature one machine at its March open house event, taking place at its Hemel Hempstead showroom. Currently this is expected to be a 36in Cron UVP-3632GX, which will be demonstrated at the “Real Print and Finish” open house running from March 10th to 12th, where the company will team up with finishing specialist IFS.

Apex is already signed up to sell FFEI’s RealPro workflow, which it will demonstrate with the Cron UVP-3632GX platesetter at the “Real Print and Finish” event, with the plates then being run live on a five-colour Ryobi 755G B2 LED-UV press.

“We’re very confident in the plates,” said Usher. “If people want to come and print a job of 200,000 – as long as they supply the files and the paper – we’re happy to do that to demonstrate the durability of the plate.”

The list price for the 36in platesetter plus processor, which will take three plate sizes – 510 x 400mm, 745 x 605mm and 920 x 640mm – is around £68,000.

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 Ryobi Mitsubishi 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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Billingham Press Latest to Install DigiBook 200

In Finishing on January 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Tees Valley-based Billingham Press has become the latest UK print business 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 last year at Ipex 2014 as the latest addition to its popular PUR perfect binder range. The Billingham Press purchase was made via Morgana dealer for the North East, Inkland.

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Commenting on the purchase, Ian Dodds, Managing Director of Billingham Press, said: “We have been enjoying an increasing demand for our digitally printed work, and whilst we have a fully operational bindery for our litho printing, digital really demands equipment that is specific to short-run production.

“We began working with Morgana equipment some 18 months ago with the purchase of a DocuMaster bookletmaking machine. The square back capability of the system makes it ideal for a wide range of design agency booklet work that we produce – typically A4 or A5 in size, with runs in the region of two to four hundred copies.

“Having taken the decision to then seek an efficient in-house perfect binding solution, Morgana were naturally one of the companies that we approached.”

Whilst Billingham Press had never been involved in perfect binding production on-site before, the cost, the lead time, and the amount of overs being asked for by trade suppliers prompted Ian and his team to seek a more effective solution.

Ian tasked son Thomas Dodds – who has only been working in the business for a couple of years – to review the market. “Thomas saw product from a number of suppliers, including Duplo and Morgana, and his conclusion was that the Morgana DigiBook product provided the best solution for our needs,” said Ian Dodds.

Local Morgana dealer Inkland, already a pre-press supplier to Billingham Press, took the order and delivered the Morgana DigiBook 200.

“We are not producing huge volumes of work on the machine as yet,” said Ian. “But the work that we have produced – typically short-run booklet work – shows a tremendous quality of bind. The machine offers great flexibility, and our staff tell me that it is a very user friendly machine: easy to learn and simple to operate.”

Passing comment on this latest machine order from the PUR range, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “We have been delighted over the last year with the reception of the DigiBook 200. The product offers the ideal solution for print businesses seeking quality PUR binding for short-run work.”

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.

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.

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 Billingham Press

Established in 1942 by Mr H. Dodds, grandchildren Ian Dodds and Susan Stokes now run the 24-hour print business, aided by 29 experienced and dedicated staff members. Billingham Press works to the most demanding of schedules and offer the most competitive of prices. Confidentiality of embargoed, sensitive or personal information is guaranteed at all times. In addition to an ever-increasing range of production equipment, the company is delighted to offer a new online quoting and ordering system, demonstrating a commitment to changing customer needs and new technologies. The business is fully equipped to provide both high quality litho and digital printing.

About Inkland

Morgana dealer Inkland was founded in 1979 and has since become the largest independent graphic arts and commercial print solution provider in the North East. The company is a member of the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF). Its commitment to customer service has previously been rewarded with the BPIF “Supplier of the Year” excellence award. From the outset Inkland sought to supply only from recognised leading manufacturers, thereby providing customers with high quality and consistent supply together with independent, impartial advice.

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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