Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has installed a range of post-press product at the University of Glasgow’s Print Unit, including folding and creasing equipment and a specialist business card cutting machine, the CardXtra.
The Print Unit within the University of Glasgow undertakes the usual wide range of work associated with university in-plant units. With high quality print created on a Canon ImagePRESS C6010 digital printer, everything from basic stationery to significant sized publications are produced by the small team.
“We produce a surprising amount of business cards for our Schools, Colleges and Institutes within the University,” said Ray Dickson, Print Unit Supervisor at the University. “This assists the University in marketing itself while hosting and attending conferences and other events around the world, hence our investment in the CardXtra business card cutter from Morgana. Our School of Veterinary Medicine, for example, places orders for 5,000 cards at a time, and we were recently handling four separate orders for them at the same time – that’s a lot of business cards! Imagine how long that would have taken to trim on a standard guillotine. The CardXtra, however, just sits there, virtually unattended, cranking out trimmed cards all day long.”
Whilst the CardXtra is the most used finishing machine in the unit, the Morgana DocuFold Pro and AutoCreaser 33 are kept pretty busy too. The touch screen technology with common interface on these to two Morgana products has especially impressed Ray Dickson. “Whilst we have three full time staff, we swell our ranks at busy periods of the year with part-time operators. They come with less experience in print finishing, so the relatively simple operator interface of the Morgana folding and creasing products is a tremendous benefit.”
The Print Unit has to pay its way as a service department within the University. “We have to operate as a full-cost recovery service which means that we have to pay for ourselves and hopefully record a modest surplus too. The equipment that we invest in has to be productive and pay its way. All of the Morgana product that we have purchased has certainly done that – it’s fair to say that each product has proved an excellent investment and an essential piece of equipment.”
The fact that Morgana has a Scottish office was certainly a factor in the decision to purchase from the company. “If nothing else it gives the appearance that Scotland and Scottish businesses really matter to Morgana. Does it make a huge difference on a day-to-day basis? Probably not, the kit has proved very reliable, but it is comforting to know that help is at hand if we need it.
“Local based support was a factor in our decision making, along with build quality, reliability and ease-of-use. The Morgana equipment easily won our vote over the competition and it is to Morgana’s credit that much of the kit is British built!”
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. UK-manufactured 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, such as the DocuFold and Morgana Major, which offer new levels of automation and ease of use.
Morgana provides an unrivalled 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 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets. For further information on Morgana visit the company web site.