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First Integration of Group’s Technologies

In Digital Presses, Finishing on May 17, 2019 at 9:33 am

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Morgana Systems, Milton Keynes, a leading UK provider of equipment for offline digital finishing,has announced details of two new bookletmaker configurations that have been added to its product portfolio.

The Morgana PowerSquare™224VF and Morgana PowerSquare™160VF have been combined with Morgana’s VF Dual Bin feeder, a product initially developed by parent company Plockmatic, to provide two powerful entrants into the offline finishing arena.

The well-established PowerSquare™products were created, developed and are manufactured by Watkiss, based in Sandy, Bedfordshire. Both Morgana and Watkiss are now part of Plockmatic Group.

The Morgana PowerSquare™ 224 is a unique and innovative complete book making system for digital and offset print applications. It enables the production of books up to 224 pages. In a single machine it combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming, and trimming. It features fully automatic settings for different book size and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thicknesses. Up to 8 stitches can be placed along the spine of a book for special applications.

The Morgana PowerSquare™ 160 is the latest addition to the range meeting the needs of mid to high volume printers, and capable of producing booklets from a wide range of sheet sizes and materials, including A4 landscape format. The feeder sits at right angles to the main PowerSquare unit, giving a very compact footprint which can easily fit into the tightest of workspaces.

As well as the integration of the VF feeder, both units produce square-back booklets – a common feature now across the entire bookletmaking range from Morgana. These booklets have a formed spine, giving the look of a perfect bound publication, and making them much easier to handle and pack.

Both the Morgana PowerSquare™ models are available for demonstration in the Milton Keynes showroom.

Commenting on the integration of the Watkiss products, Ray Hillhouse, General Manager, UK Operations for the Plockmatic Group, said: “These exciting products provide Morgana with market leading bookletmaker technology to take to the offline post-press market. Since the integration of Watkiss into the Plockmatic Group, demand for their flagship PowerSquare 224 unit has never been higher.”

Whilst the Morgana team focus on offline finishing, inline versions of the Watkiss machines are being handled by Plockmatic, including OEM agreements.

Hillhouse continued: “The order book is full right now, and we continue to focus on increasing production at the Sandy site. We have added a great product range into our sales and distribution channels and now have much stronger interest from the print engine manufacturers to integrate the latest product in the range, the PowerSquare 160, in their range.

“Many of the print engines now coming to market can offer enhanced long sheet applications, and the PowerSquare 160 is ideally placed as a cost-effective solution to the increasing need for a wider range of inline booklet formats, such as landscape A4.”

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. The business is closely allied to Watkiss Automation, another innovative suppler of post-press equipment owned by Plockmatic Group, based in Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK.

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 Pro range and DigiFold Pro range of integrated creaser/folder solutions. 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.

More recent product ranges to find significant success across world markets include the Morgana DigiBook range of PUR perfect binders, and the Morgana BM350/500 high-capacity booklet makers, which have been developed jointly with Plockmatic.

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

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at: http://morgana.co.uk/

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John Brailsford Printers installs New Uchida AeroCut One

In Finishing on May 9, 2019 at 9:51 am

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John Brailsford Printers, “Yorkshire’s Favourite, Fast, Friendly Quick Printer!”, has purchased more finishing equipment from Morgana Systems in the shape of a Uchida AeroCut One multi-purpose finishing unit and a Canny Bander machine. The products were purchased directly from Morgana Systems, a leading UK provider of equipment for digital finishing, and follow on swiftly from a Pro 450 laminating system installed in November of last year.

The Rotherham and Barnsley shop-fronted business has been a long-time fan of the Japanese manufactured Uchida products, with the new AeroCut One replacing another similar unit that had been in use for seven years at John Brailsford Printers – that machine has now been sold to another printer to continue its productive life.

Commenting on the arrival of the new machine, John Brailsford, company owner, said: “Our previous Uchida had been a great servant to the business, but this new model comes complete with a bar-code reader, and that really is a game changer. We didn’t really appreciate the difference it would make until we had the machine installed for a trial period. Our Xerox print unit adds a bar-code to the regular job imposition before printing, and this contains all of the job information. The AeroCut One picks up on the bar-code and sets itself up for slitting, cutting and creasing as is required for the job. It’s amazing to see it in action. It’s fast, accurate and needs no operator intervention.”

John says the reaction of his team has been one of delight: “We should have bought this sooner! It’s easy to use, saves time on every job, saves any operator errors, and just moves the job speedily through production with the minimum of touch-points.

“As we often do, we looked at a number of machines, and sampled some of them with in-house trials. There was a Chinese manufactured machine that was certainly a lot cheaper than the Uchida, but it quickly became apparent to us that it was not sufficiently robust to give us good service. It might have been OK if you only whizzed two or three jobs a day through it, but we expect a machine to be capable of accurately running at top speed all day, for five days a week. I have no doubt that within and year or two we would have thrown it out and bought the Uchida anyway!

“The Japanese manufactured Uchida is a quality build – just what you would expect from Japan. It’s fast, reliable and 100% accurate.”

To compliment the Uchida the company has also purchased an additional banding unit: “The Canny Bander sits beside the Uchida finishing unit so that we can band the business cards and postcards prior to packaging. It helps to present a neat, finished job to our customers – and they do comment on the presentation of the work when delivered.”

The AeroCut One from Uchida is a compact slitting, cutting and creasing unit. Creasing can be set at five different levels, while two single blade and two double blade slitters trim the top and bottom margins of sheets. The durable guillotine can handle stocks up to 400gsm. The patented Tri-Suction top-feed system can feed a variety of stock including coated papers. The Flex Mode even allows users to cut multiple sizes of cards from a page and add a desired number of creases. Two perforating wheels can also be added to the system.

Commenting on this latest order, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “The Uchida AeroCut One shows how automation can take a job swiftly through post-press production with the minimum of operator intervention. John Brailsford Printers illustrate perfectly how print companies can be set up to get the maximum production from staff and equipment to create a successful and profitable business.”

About John Brailsford Printers

It was 32 years ago that John Brailsford, 16 years old at the time, produced his first print job. The local commercial printers could not compete with the super quick turnaround, the great choice, and value for money that John Brailsford Printers provided and even today the company is proud to say that it still leads the way in offering customers, sharp, crisp quick printing, and digital imaging, with a professional unbeatable, super friendly customer service that has to be the best value in Yorkshire.

More than just a regular quick printer, the company has 12 experienced and qualified employees, coupled with the very best mix of the latest litho and digital equipment. The business runs two Presstek offset litho machines as well as Xerox digital printing equipment, from two print centres in Rotherham and Barnsley.

For more information visits the BrailsfordPrinters.com web site.

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 in territories 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 headquarters in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK. The business is closely allied to Watkiss Automation, another innovative suppler of post-press equipment owned by Plockmatic International, based in Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK.

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, and the DocuMaster total finishing system. 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.

More recent product ranges to find significant success across world markets include the Morgana DigiBook range of PUR perfect binders, and the Morgana BM350/500 high-capacity booklet makers, which have been developed jointly with Plockmatic. Morgana Systems is a preferred finishing partner of offline equipment for all of the leading manufacturers of digital print engines, both in UK and around the world.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at: http://morgana.co.uk/

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Willowbridge Labels Invests in Xeikon Label Discovery Solution

In Digital Presses on May 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Bury St. Edmunds-based Willowbridge Labels has announced that it has installed its first digital label production press. The Xeikon Label Discovery Solution entry-level package consists of a Xeikon 3030 – an entry-level web-fed digital label press – and the new entryDcoat, a digital converting line that can be used inline with the Xeikon or in offline mode.

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Willowbridge is a part of the specialist print and labelling group, Denny Bros. The Xeikon represents the company’s first investment in a digital production press. It will join three flexographic presses that will continue to be in use at the company.

Commenting on the new addition, Karl Seeley, Managing Director of Willowbridge Labels, said: “Flexo is still the core of our label production business but more and more customers are asking us for a fast delivery of short run labels. The Xeikon unit will help us to meet those demands, and produce them at a lower cost.

“Having surveyed the market, Xeikon was our first choice, though our parent company, Denny Bros, also use the same technology. We will now be in a position to support each other when either operation is in need of extra capacity.”

Another important factor behind the purchase decision was the ability to produce thermal direct labels with Xeikon’s QB-IC and QB-CH toners (often referred to as “Ice” toners), ideal for heat sensitive substrates.

“The move into the digital arena will allow us to produce an even more diverse range of label products for our customers,” added Karl.

Commenting on the new Label Discovery Solution entry-level package, Duncan Sargeant, UK Sales Area Manager for Xeikon, said: “The Label Discovery Solution is a turnkey label production system that provides everything needed for a label printer to offer an expanded range of services to their customers, and to experience the benefits digital production can bring to their business. In addition to enabling an affordable entry into this lucrative market, the Label Discovery Solution is a platform that can be field upgraded in terms of productivity as the business grows, ensuring long-term viability of the investment.”

The Xeikon 3030 digital label press is a dry toner solution ideal for producing labels for a broad range of applications using standard flexo substrates. This avoids the need to use specially treated materials, and eliminates any associated warehousing costs. The five-colour printing features CMYK and white, a special spot, or gamut-extending colour. Changing toner colours on the system is relatively straightforward: a clear benefit of dry toner compared to other printing technologies. In addition, dry toner is recognized as the best technology for food labels in terms of food safety due to its non-toxic nature. Xeikon dry toner has also received FDA certification for both indirect and direct food contact with dry food, which is unique in the digital landscape.

The entryDCoat is a compact converting unit consisting of a varnish, die-cut and rewind station. To limit start-up and tooling costs, the die-cut unit uses semi-rotary die-cutting technology. This ensures the lowest cost of converting without loss of productivity, while still delivering the well-known quality of conventional die-cutting. With semi-rotary die-cutting, costs can be reduced by as much as 50% with no need to acquire special tools and no set-up time as required with conventional die-cutting.

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