Harrier LLC, the UK’s foremost digital printing photobook specialist, based in Newton Abbot, Devon, has announced the purchase and installation of a DigiBook 300 PUR perfect binding machine from Morgana Systems.
The company, well known for its significant installation of HP Indigo presses, houses a wide variety of finishing kit to produce photobooks and other digitally printed output for major high street and online brands. The company also prints for Truprint, itself a part of the Harrier LLC business.
The investment in the Morgana DigiBook 300 gives the company quality PUR binding for its larger product offerings, including XXL landscape books that can often extend to as much as 160 pages. “The Morgana product really hits the spot for our premium XXL landscape books. There really isn’t that much of a choice with regards to machines that can deliver a quality bind in that format,” said James Belton, Planning and Solutions Manager at Harrier LLC. “95% of our work is PUR bound – it provides the quality of bind that is essential for the digitally printed work that we produce.”
“Having reviewed the machines on the market, and had samples produced on the front-runners, Morgana’s DigiBook 300 came out way ahead of the rest. The quality of the milling station in particular put it out in front. With digital papers it is critical to significantly roughen the spine in order to produce the strength of bind that our customers expect, and that these high quality products deserve.
“The small footprint of the machine was an added bonus as well – it doesn’t take up that much floor space. We generally only assign one operator to the machine, though we can increase the output at particularly busy times by adding a second.
“Photobook products bound on the machine are typically runs of one, but can range in content from 20 pages up to 160 pages – that creates a sizeable publication. The side gluing capability of the DigiBook 300 is a big plus especially on larger page counts. It helps to provide that solidity of bind that we insist on and that delivers a product that is really going to last.”
Harrier LLC operates eight Indigo presses and a wide range of finishing solutions from its dual site production space in Devon, where the company employs a team of 150, swelling to over 300 at seasonally busy times.
“One of the reasons that we had the sample books produced is in order to put the finished products on our “page pull tester” to test the binding. We work to industry standard but the DigiBook 300 samples were so well bound that the test results far exceeded our standard expectations and in some cases actually went off the scale!”
Commenting on the installation at Harrier LLC on behalf of Morgana Systems, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director for the supplier, said: “It is a delight to see the DigiBook 300 positioned in such a demanding binding environment. The team at Harrier LLC were very thorough in their testing before selecting the right machine for the job, and that has to be to the credit of the DigiBook 300 – it is both rugged and hard working, making it very suitable to the demands of this extremely busy and quality conscious print business.”
The DigiBook 300 is suited to both traditional and digital printers who require short to medium runs of PUR perfect bound books to a truly professional standard. These innovative machines are equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is applied by a slot applicator for the utmost binding quality and accuracy.
The DigiBook 300 is an innovative perfect binding machine designed and built for the very latest market requirements. It is easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel with icon graphics that allow the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds, including start-up and shutdown.
There are a thousand alphanumeric memories available, which enable repeat jobs to be saved for later recall, thus providing totally automatic setup in a few seconds.
The company is the UK branch of District Photo, one of the largest photo product related producers in the US. Working with and drawing on the experience of its parent company, Harrier LLC has hand picked the most suitable equipment to create top quality prints and personalised gifts.
It is able to make the most of its photo processing background with its silver halide printing capability along with the largest fleet of HP Indigo presses under one roof in the UK. This printing capability, combined with dye-sublimation technology, gives the company the ability to offer a wide range of photo products.
The company also has a growing commercial printing business that sits perfectly alongside the long established photo print and photo gift production. The range is diverse. Photo gifts stretches beyond photobooks. It also includes photo canvas, made in the company’s own dedicated site from start to finish; photo calendars; mugs; posters; placemats; and so much more. The company has created a resilient multi-functional operation, benefitting from cross-functional innovation.
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.