Three-year-old Knole Academy, Sevenoaks, Kent, has expanded its reprographics capability with the purchase and installation of a suite of finishing equipment from Morgana Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing. The products include a System 200e bookletmaker, a DigiCreaser, and an EBA compact guillotine. The post-press hardware sits alongside a Konica Minolta BizHub digital printing machine. Both the Konica Minolta and Morgana equipment were provided by London-based reseller Ethos Communications.
Commenting on the Academy’s new capabilities, Christine Hewitt, Office Manager, was full of praise: “Adding professional finishing equipment to the excellent printing capabilities of the Konica Minolta machine almost turns us into a fully fledged repro studio! The bookletmaker creates very professional looking stitched products, and is ideal for our newsletters and prospectus products, as well as the day-to-day output of student programme booklets and exam papers.”
Knole Academy came into being three years ago with the merging of two existing educational establishments. The all-ability school is in the process of adding new, state of the art facilities including sports, performance space, and vocational training areas that will cater for the future needs of students from across the Sevenoaks district.
The System 200e with ACF510 represents the cutting edge of bookletmaking, with the flexibility to produce booklets by combining printed work from both digital and litho sources, as well as combine coated or laminated covers. The product included patented two step roller system that gives a sharp fold without marking or tearing the sheet. The user-friendly operator interface, featuring a large LCD programmable display, can also operate downstream modules. The bookletmaker is capable of producing up to 3,000 finished books per hour, or up to 4,000 collated sets per hour.
“We are getting up to speed with the operation of the equipment quickly, and are looking forward to handling work that used to cause us some difficulties: our sixth form course guides, for example, are on 2/3rds A4 width stock. With the new guillotine and the bookletmaker these will be much easier for us to produce,” said Christine Hewitt.
The creasing device is set to assist the office with production of many publications, including a number of tri-fold leaflets that are produced.
“Once we had made our decision regarding equipment, Ethos, the supplier of our Konica Minolta printing product, was able to provide the Morgana machinery. We are delighted with the equipment: it’s exactly what we needed.”
The office uses its printing equipment to create an income stream by servicing the needs of a number of local primary schools and even some nearby businesses.
Full details of Knole Academy can be found here.
Ethos Communications is one of the largest independent providers of managed print services, office and mobile communications, business broadband, managed network services and franking solutions in the UK.
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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 the company web site.