Morgana Systems, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced details of its latest AeroCut Quatro installation, which took place in conjunction with South of England digital dealer, Apogee Corporation Ltd. The multi-function finishing device has been installed at Prizmatic Print Solutions Ltd, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, and is working alongside a new Canon 9070 Pro digital print device to provide fast, efficient print and finishing.
Both the Canon engine and the AeroCut Quatro were seen in action by Neil Adshead, Managing Director of Prizmatic, during a recent trip to Drupa in Dusseldorf, Germany: “It was my first visit to the Drupa show, and the exhibition was a most exciting experience. We knew that we needed a faster and more efficient print engine to service our growing digital print customer base. Having seen the engine in action at the show with our supplier, Apogee, we then realised the need to increase our finishing capacity as well. The Uchida AeroCut Quatro, as supplied by Apogee through their Morgana connection, was the logical step for us to take.”
Prizmatic had been using a Uchida BC10 A4-format business card cutter. “We new the manufacturer, and we also new Morgana well, having used one of their creasing products for many years,” added Neil Adshead.
“The fact that we can switch between jobs so easily using pre-defined templates makes moving from job to job very quick and easy. The ability to carry out creasing, cutting and perforating tasks with one simple to operate machine means that we can finish work extremely quickly – and that is what digital print production is all about.”
Neil has been running the Prizmatic business for the last six years, though the company has been active for some 10 years prior to that producing large format and point-of-sale material. Work undertaken at the business still includes exhibition, sign-making, POS and other large format work, but also now incorporates general digital print production.
“As part of our general commercial offering, we have created a unique kit of wedding stationery that we can print all in one pass: the personalised invite, place name, thank you card all fit onto one printed sheet. The high quality print and finishing offered by our new production equipment is going to be ideal for these packages. We are currently finalising a series of standard stationery graphic designs to make the selection process even easier for the customer.”
As a further point of difference for this package yet another piece of Uchida equipment can be used to add foiling to the print.
Work for Prizmatic comes mainly from the Sussex area, with the company’s new trade counter boosting the general commercial side of the business, catering for walk-in customers. For further information on the company call 01444 239 000.
The deal for the print engine and finishing unit was put together by Apogee Corporation Ltd. Full details of the company can be found at: http://www.apogeecorp.com/about/
The AeroCut Quatro, manufactured by Uchida in Japan, provides for variable cutting, slitting and creasing of products, and includes a perforation module as standard. Capable of handling sheet sizes of up to 365 x 520mm in standard mode and 900mm in flexible mode, the AeroCut is able to produce a wide range of finished products from its pre-programmed templates or from bespoke templates for specific non-standard jobs.
Ray Hillhouse, UK Sales Manager for Morgana, commenting on the addition of the AeroCut Quatro to Prizmatic’s equipment line-up, said: “The AeroCut Quatro is ideally suited to Prizmatic’s application, handling a wide range of digitally printed work. Whilst Neal will use some of the 260 pre-programmed job formats, the machine is easily programmed for the bespoke jobs that Prizmatic have. Instant finishing has never been easier, more accurate, or more productive.”
Cutting accuracy of the AeroCut is ensured through the use of a register mark detection system. This system reads the image position on the sheet ensuring a perfect cut every time, whilst the creasing mechanism is fully adjustable to accommodate different thicknesses of stock. An optional side/stop perforating attachment can be added to allow perforation in both directions on the sheet.
At the recent Drupa show the AeroCut Quatro was demonstrated using a unique plug-in to Adobe Illustrator, whereby the machine cutting and creasing parameters can be sent directly from the desktop to the device ensuring accurate set-up relative to the printed job.
Morgana provides an unrivaled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units up to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Latest products from Morgana also incorporate JDF readiness and the ability to handle variable data input.
Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 85% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.
For further information on Morgana see the company web site.