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The Plockmatic Group Purchase KGS srl

In Finishing on April 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

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The Plockmatic Group, owners of UK digital finishing specialists Morgana Systems, has announced that it has completed the purchase of KGS srl.

KGS has manufactured and supplied a range of PUR binders to Morgana Systems for five years. For the last two years Morgana has been the only customer of KGS, taking 100% of the company’s production, with the units being sold under the Morgana brand as the DigiBook range of PUR Binders. Above image shows Jan Marstorp, CEO of The Plockmatic Group (left) and Marco Tumaini, Managing Director of KGS.

The KGS business was formed in 2010 by ex-Heidelberg employees to design and manufacture closed tank PUR binders. The innovative closed tank technology gives users the ability to manufacture small runs of books “on demand” while keeping start-up times and glue wastage to an absolute minimum.

The KGS factory, located in Mestrino, Italy, will continue to manufacture the market-leading range of innovative PUR binders, capable of providing productivity from 150 books per hour to 450 books per hour.

The unique, patented technology of the machines allows PUR books to be produced quickly and easily in all print environments. The binders are simple to use and ideal for the production of digital books in run lengths from one to thousands. In addition to the automatic operation of the binders, the automatic cleaning adds to their appeal.

Commenting on the acquisition of KGS, Ray Hillhouse, VP of Sales & Marketing for Morgana, said, “We have been selling the KGS manufactured products for several years now and have seen the market grow significantly over that time. We have taken the total production from the factory for the last two years, selling PUR binding products throughout the world, and now need to increase production to meet the continually growing demand from new and expanding markets.

“Owning the company will allow our expertise in supply chain and production to help KGS grow, while simultaneously reducing costs. Savings will be directly passed on to our customers and dealers.”

The full range of DigiBook PUR perfect binders will be on display at Drupa on the Plockmatic Group stand – Hall 8B, Stand A66.

About The Plockmatic Group

The Plockmatic Group, based in Stockholm Sweden, is a worldwide supplier of finishing solutions to the print and mailing markets. With over 40 years of experience, the company has built up a strong and solid reputation as an efficient and flexible solutions provider for offline and inline applications. The Plockmatic Group is a leader in the innovation, development and manufacture of new equipment and technology. The Group’s two key business units are Plockmatic International and Morgana Systems Limited.

Plockmatic International focuses on inline booklet making and feeding solutions for a growing base of print engine manufacturers, and also supplies a range of mail inserting solutions.

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of products designed specifically to overcome the challenges of finishing digitally printed work. Since its acquisition by The Plockmatic Group in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of offline booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

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Flexpress Invests in RMGT LED-UV Technology

In Offset Presses on April 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

Leicester-based Flexpress Ltd has detailed its installation of two new Ryobi presses, both equipped with the latest LED-UV curing technology. The B3-format 524GX press with LED-UV replaced a similar format 524GX, whilst the SRA1-format 924 with LED-UV replaced a B2-format Ryobi machine, with the increase in sheet size allowing the business to handle an even wider range of work.

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The products were supplied and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, the official RMGT (Ryobi) representative in the UK for presses up to SRA1 format, and the exclusive CtP and plate distributor for the Chinese pre-press manufacturer CRON for both UK and Ireland, and a company that has enjoyed a near 20-year relationship as an equipment supplier to Flexpress.

Commenting on this latest investment, Flexpress Managing Director Steve Wenlock said: “The big benefit of LED-UV for our business is the fact that the drying is instant. We work from a fairly small unit and therefore we can’t really afford stacks of paper sitting around the floor for too long, so the idea is that we can turn jobs around quicker, be even more responsive to our customers need, get the paper out of the door faster, and to an even higher quality than before is something that should positively delight our customers.

“From a customer angle, time is the number one advantage,” Steve explains. “No customer says I’m going to give you more time to produce this job! Speed of turnaround is ever more critical: LED-UV technology will allow us to move work quickly on to the next stage of production, whether that is backing-up or finishing the job for delivery.”

The new presses join a recently installed Cron computer-to-plate device, also supplied by Apex, ensuring a cost effective production system from plate production through to finished job. The 36-inch UV platesetter is able to image and process UV metal plates for Flexpress’s SRA1 and B3 printing equipment.

“Quality is the other important aspect: because sheets exit the machine dry, set-off issues are eliminated – something that can occur all too easily if a job is being rushed through, even in a company that is focused on quality production, especially when working with uncoated stock. The process also means that there is no absorption of ink into the stock, which means less ink is used as well as faster drying.

“The instant drying offered by LED-UV also means that we can consider printing on a wider range of substrates, such as plastics. We do produce such work already through our Indigo press, but higher volumes of such work will be significantly more cost effective to produce on a litho press. We believe that there is a growing market for this type of work.”

Why RMGT / Ryobi?

Commenting on the choice of presses for this latest investment, Steve Wenlock references Ryobi’s pioneering role with the technology: the company first exhibited the potential of LED-UV back at the Drupa show of 2008. The company has continued to develop and refine the technology since then, whilst both ink suppliers and the press competition have been playing catch-up.

“We have worked with Apex and Ryobi for nearly 20 years. We know Ryobi as a leading press manufacturer and Apex as a supplier that really supports its customers. Ryobi are undoubted leaders in this technology, so why would we need to look elsewhere? Our operators know the Ryobi architecture and technology already, so it is just a matter of adding the LED-UV knowledge on top of the extensive printing knowledge that they already have.”

Inking Up The Press

All of the leading ink suppliers now offer product for the LED-UV market, and all are working hard to establish their product as the ink of choice.

“We are working closely with Toyo inks,” said Steve Wenlock. “They seem very focused on providing quality products backed with good service. They have outlined workshops and training for our press operators. They are a supplier that is keen to invest in LED-UV.”

Inks for the process are referred to as “duct stable” inks, meaning that there is no need to wash up at the end of the day or re-ink first thing in the morning – a real time saver, and something that will win the hearts of press operators for sure!

The Cost Equation

According to Steve the cost equation is likely to be different for each print company. A range of factors will need to be considered. For those already using existing UV solutions, the electricity costs for LED-UV will be a huge winner, but for those entering UV printing for the first time, the savings on production speed may well be the deciding factor. Yes, ink costs will be higher, but with no need for spray powder or seals, the savings on such consumables can help offset these increases, along with the fact that drying is no longer relying on a degree of absorption of ink into the printed stock, meaning that less ink will be used on each job.

The performance of LED-UV technology on a litho press brings the process much closer to digital production in many ways, but with the creation of the best possible print quality and stock flexibility. Printers seeking to invest in litho equipment need to seriously examine the benefits offered by LED-UV in great detail before finalising their decision.

About Flexpress

Flexpress produces a wide range of general print for the education, local government and manufacturing businesses, including banners, flyers, leaflets, booklets, business cards and posters. The company also runs an HP Indigo 5600 and a range of Océ digital presses, an Océ Arizona 360GT flatbed UV printer for large-format jobs, and finishing equipment including guillotines, laminators, cutters and perfect binders. The business has a team of 27 and a turnover of £2m, which it is hoping to boost to £2.5m with this latest investment.

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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Drupa: Morgana Announces Upgrade for DigiBook 150

In Finishing on April 1, 2016 at 9:15 am

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Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced that among the many post-press products on show on its Drupa stand this year will be a series of enhancements to its popular Morgana DigiBook 150 entry level PUR perfect Binder.

The DigiBook 150 has been upgraded to incorporate some of the features of the higher specification DigiBook 200 model. Key additions to the machine include automatic book block clamping and a new glue nozzle system, which has been upgraded to give better control of the spine and side glue application.

Commenting on the enhancements, Ray Hillhouse, VP of Sales said: “There is great demand for the entry level machine both in the UK and in many of our export markets, however, it needed some productivity enhancements and a new user interface to bring it in line with the others models in the range, and to take advantage of the latest changes in PUR glue.”

Hillhouse continued: “This is the first of many upgrades to the DigiBook range which will be shown at DRUPA. With the DigiBook 150 costing around £20,000 it makes PUR perfect binding a cost effective option for even the smallest printers.”

Morgana offer a wide range of perfect binding equipment. The binding technique known as perfect binding is used to create books with a similar appearance to that of a paper backed book. With PUR the book blocks are milled on the spine to enable the paper to absorb the adhesive. The books are trimmed on three sides to produce a professional finished result.

The Morgana DigiBook 150 is an entry level PUR binder and is ideally suited to traditional and digital printers who require short runs of PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard.

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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