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At Home with Morgana: Digital Finishing Open House

In Digital Presses, Finishing on May 31, 2013 at 10:31 am

Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, is opening the doors of its showroom for demonstrations of the very latest post-press products, including the new System 2000S, the bookletmaker product first shown at the recent North Print & Pack exhibition. The event will take place on June 11th and 12th at Morgana Systems head office in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.


Alongside the System 2000S bookletmaker the company will show a full range of finishing equipment targeted at the digital printer, including the DigiBook 450 PUR binder – a product that has received much attention in the UK.

The new bookletmakers provide an extended range of performance variations from Morgana’s current DocuMaster products. With output capabilities right through to 3,000 booklets per hour, and the ability to create publications of up to 120 pages, the products can incorporate side-stitching, creasing, and a number of combinations of sheet and pre-printed sheets collation.

The open house will also provide an opportunity for visitors to see the Plockmatic PL4000 mail inserting system – an ideal system for printers seeking to expand in the direction of mail fulfilment for their customers. The Plockmatic PL4000 is a cost effective modular direct mail inserting system suitable for most mail applications. The system offers a modular concept providing maximum flexibility to meet most direct mail demands, and with the ability to fill envelopes with up to 12mm of documents. The PL4000 can handle most envelope types, including long edge or short edge flaps, from C4 down to DL, and is designed to handle up to 250,000 inserts per month.

Commenting on the event, Ray Hillhouse, Sales Manager for Morgana Systems, said: “With the recent release of the Systems 2000S and the arrival in the showroom of the PL4000 this is an ideal time for us to show off these products to printers keen to expand their businesses. The new bookletmakers provide real points of difference from the equipment that Morgana already supplies, whist the mailing system could offer a new and exciting direction for print businesses to move in. In addition to these, we have the latest version of our DigiBook 450 PUR binder to show. This is a highly productive PUR binder – an area of digital finishing that is growing at a fast pace. We will also exhibit a digital die-cutting solution for those who work with short-run packaging – a great product that really does help to bring packaging into the digital print world.

“Our showroom in Milton Keynes is an easy venue to reach, with the city’s well known convenient location close to the M1 and the main Euston to Birmingham railway line. We are looking forward to a busy two days.”

Further details on the event can be found at:

and a registration page will be found at:

About Morgana Systems Limited

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 see



WK360 Upgrades Original Xeikon Machine to Xeikon 6000

In Digital Presses on May 29, 2013 at 8:48 am


Xeikon has announced details regarding the purchase of a Xeikon 6000 digital colour press by WK360, Luton, a creative design and print business with a focus on retail and fashion.

An early adopter of the Xeikon technology, WK360 has traded back its 1997 Xeikon DCP/50D digital colour press in order to upgrade its capabilities to one of the very latest models. “Things have come a long way in that time,” confirmed Lawrence Palmer, Managing Director of WK360. “The weights of stock that we can work with, the colour control that we have on the new system, and the vastly superior resolution that is now possible: these all go to make the Xeikon 6000 a most impressive digital printing system.”

With a focus on point-of-sale production, one important aspect of Xeikon equipment has stayed exactly the same. “The ability to produce work up to B2 in size – and virtually any length of print – still sets the Xeikon digital print engine apart from the vast majority of machines on the market. We had the opportunity to review the market again, of course, but could find nothing that could compete with the price / performance package of the Xeikon. The quality of the product produced is now even better: and when you are producing POS product for the retail industry, especially within the fashion sector, you have the most colour conscious customers in the world. They demand only the best,” said Lawrence Palmer.

The print production work handled by WK360 consists of point-of-sale material for large retail chains, including colour critical work for fashion and home furnishing specialists – with runs often running into several hundred copies.

“The work for the fashion industry is very demanding in terms of colour requirements. The capabilities of the Xeikon combined with the latest FA toner really does help us to meet the expectations of such a colour critical market,” confirmed Lawrence Palmer.

Commenting on the latest installation at WK360, a delighted Danny Mertens, Business Development Manager Document Printing at Xeikon, said: “It is very good news for us when an existing customer decides to renew their product with another Xeikon machine. It shows that, after reviewing other products that are available in the market, there is still nothing better than a Xeikon digital colour press to produce the job.

“It is also a great delight to be able to please a market so colour critical as the fashion market. This is the very best of evidence for any other prospective purchaser of digital printing equipment.”

About WK360

WK360 has been developing creative solutions to challenges facing marketing and creative professionals since 1979. Although the name has changed – the company used to be known as White Knight 360 – reflecting the changing market over the years, the company’s core family-based ideals remain the same:  valuing staff and customers’ and listening to both. WK360 offers a fusion of creativity, project management, technological expertise, and a really deep understanding of every market serviced. The company offer an impressive array of in-house services that combine the talents of industry specialists in the fields of design, artwork, repro, retouching, swatch matching, colour management, photography, web design, digital printing and print management.

About the Xeikon 6000

With true 1200dpi at 4-bits-per-dot resolution the Xeikon 6000 provides users with the very best in quality on a wide range of print media and formats. With printing speeds of up to 160 ppm and duty cycles of up to 5 million pages per month, the Xeikon 6000 is the dedicated total solution for a wide range of applications, from graphic arts, and quality direct marketing pieces to the most sophisticated web-to-print applications. The digital colour press can handle substrates from 40gsm through to 350gsm.

About Xeikon

Xeikon NV (XEI: AEX) is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.

As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces plate makers for newspaper offset printing applications. Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market. These proven CtP systems combine the latest exposure techniques with cost-efficient UV plate technology, high imaging quality and flexibility.

For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.
ThermoFlexX systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, color management, as well as workflow management.

All the Xeikon solutions are designed with the overarching principles of profitability, quality, flexibility and sustainability in mind. With these guiding principles and a deep, intimate knowledge of its customers, Xeikon continues to be one of the industry’s leading innovators of products and solutions.

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ccDotmeter at China Print 2013: Go East and Prosper!

In Pre-Press on May 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

UK technology company ccDotmeter has detailed a highly successful debut appearance at the China Print exhibition, which saw the company sell all ten pieces of equipment that they had on the stand, as well as taking a number of significant orders for the company’s unique measuring equipment. The show took place from May 14 to 18, at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Unofficial reports suggest that day one of the show welcomed over 64,000 visitors.


ccDotmeter used the show to release easyDot, the latest in its Centurfax line of dotmeter products. easyDot utilises popular off-the-shelf tablet technology to interface to a standard microDot microscope reader. The easy-to-read statistical data fed back from the tablet provides a highly accurate measure for checking a printable image on a litho plate.

Feedback via the easyDot Android tablet interface provides fast, accurate details of the dot percentage which in-turn enables efficient calibration of the output engine, whether that be a computer-to-plate device or a computer-to-film solution.

Commenting on the success of China Print 2013, Bob Leslie, managing director of ccDotmeter, said: “We were more than delighted with the way that the show went for us. I can honestly say that Paul Foster and I never stopped, and the vast majority of dems and discussions were with real prospects. It sometimes felt like “Open all Hours” – the till never stopped ringing! It is fair to stay that I have not been to a show as busy as that for a long-time.

“It was interesting to note that good old fashioned networking still works even in these distant territories. Paul and I were eating in a local, quiet bar one evening when we struck up a conversation with the next table. They turned out to be Ex-Crosfield engineers and ex-Centurfax scanner interface dealers. They visited us at the show the next day and purchased a unit. They also want to be a dealer.”

With regard to the reception of the products, Paul Foster, Sales Director for ccDotmeter, said: “It was fantastic to have so many visitors interested in seeing our dotmeter products in action, and understanding the benefits of the unit. We were run off our feet, and actually didn’t have time to visit as many other companies at the show as we had hoped for. It was certainly well worth the cost and the effort involved in getting to China, and we must thank Picon for their efforts in helping to make the whole thing happen for us.

“Perhaps the only disappointment: not as many UK companies exhibiting as we would have expected. Go East and prosper – that’s our message. We now have plenty of work to keep us busy in the next few months. The true success of the event will be known in 12 months time, but everything is looking extremely positive.”

Viewing your Print in Detail: microDot / easyDot

microDot is a combination of software developed by Centurfax – the originators of the dotmeter with the CCDot product – and a powerful, standard, digital microscope. This latest software – easyDot – creates an easy-to-use tablet interface for a microDot microscope.

The microDot device can connect to a PC via a USB connection for instant analysis of the percentage dot and image. The easy to install PC software can calculate screen ruling, percentage dot values and screen angles. The device and software are suitable for measuring dots on film, plate or printed paper.

The measuring unit is highly portable and lightweight. Users simply link to their PC when they want to download the images that they have gathered. Image dots of less than 10 micron are perfectly readable by microDot meaning that the unit is ideal for all types of screening, including FM, hybrid and AM. The device can be set up to read multiple colour plates.

Once an image has been downloaded to a PC it can be measured for percentage dot size, screen ruling and screen angle. Images can, of course, be stored on the PC for future reference, or for e-mailing to support personnel and suppliers.

The original Centurfax CCDot dotmeter product sold over 16,000 devices worldwide.

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