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Black Dog Installs Second Xeikon Press

In Digital Presses on March 31, 2015 at 11:14 am

Xeikon, manufacturing innovator in digital printing, has announced details of an installation at Black Dog, Ware, Hertfordshire. The commercial print business has taken its second Xeikon digital print engine in order to expand its production capacity as it serves a wide variety of print markets.


Commenting on the purchase of the second Xeikon press, Steve Winn, Managing Director of the business, said: “A second unit really does take us up a division in the digital production league. It gives us significantly more flexibility and provides further production capability alongside the original machine. Two presses mean less frequent media changes, as well as the obvious advantage of being able to focus on one longer-run job whilst the second press handles the more immediate short-run tasks.

“Whilst our Xeikon has been very consistent and highly reliable, it is also true to say that a good number of print buyers in large organisations prefer to entertain a supplier with more than one output unit – for some, two machines are essential!”

Black Dog focuses heavily on print format as well as quality and service as its key differentiators. “We train our staff to appreciate that every single job that we handle is critical to the customer, and should be treated as such. We take a pride in every step of production, to the point where we actually video the work in progress and mail those images to the client – some companies might tell the customer that the work is on the press – we go that one step further and actually show the job in production!”

With regard to the format aspect of its approach, Steve adds: “Xeikon does give us a real edge with regard to the size of job that we can run on the press – anything up to B2 poster sized work can be printed on our presses, as well as substrates of virtually any length.”

One of the UK pioneers in digitally printed wallpaper because of this “any length” production capability of the Xeikon digital press, Black Dog now carries the licence for the printing of Dr Who themed wall coverings from the BBC. The business also has strong connections with a number of designers who specialise in bespoke and designer wallpaper product.

Steve Winn believes that this product is still in its infancy: “As a business we saw the potential in this area very early in our digital life, and have certainly received significant interest in production of both bespoke murals as well as the Dr Who themed wall coverings. However, it really is still very much undiscovered. We are convinced there is a lot more potential in the sector, and we are keen to further exploit the potential of the Xeikon technology in this market.”

As another typical example of its focus on format and the unusual, Steve offers a sizeable brochure produced for male fashion outlet Foxhall of London: “This product really gets noticed! It is a 30-page A5 size concertina fold brochure that we now produce on a regular basis. It makes recipients stop and look simply because of its highly unusual format.” Run length currently only runs into a few hundred copies, making digital the only reasonable print method, but the Xeikon print engine, in combination with a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro50, make this challenging production format a relatively simple one for the company to produce.

Regular throughput for Black Dog includes a wide range of agency and direct customer general commercial work. The Black Dog team of six personnel is focused on fast and efficient turnaround of work, with an internally developed digital job progress board steering operators through the vast range of jobs in hand

Commenting on Black Dog’s second Xeikon unit, Monika Olbricht, Sales Director Europe Document Printing at Xeikon, said: “We are delighted that Black Dog has been able to expand to a second unit. They have a long association with Xeikon equipment, and use the product to great effect. They understand the benefits of our hardware and take them to market very effectively. They have produced a huge volume of very excellent work on their first machine due to their focus on the potential of format and their excellent creative capabilities. We look forward to even more eye-catching products being produced now that they have expanded to two units.”




Impression IT Adds Morgana DigiBook 200

In Finishing on March 16, 2015 at 9:07 am


East Sussex-based digital printing specialist Impression IT has become the latest UK print business to install a Morgana DigiBook 200 PUR perfect binding machine. Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, launched the DigiBook 200 last year at Ipex 2014 as the latest addition to its popular PUR perfect binder range. Impression IT has purchased the PUR solution to replace a hot-melt perfect binding system.

Commenting on the purchase business owner John Davis (pictured above) said: “The vast majority of our production is focused on training materials. These are typically short-run books that need to be durable. PUR binding is the ideal solution for finishing these products. It also allows us to use a wider range of substrates – particularly heavier stock weights and coated materials.”

John explains that he had been searching for the most effective solution for sometime. Whilst he was attracted to the DigiBook 150 product from Morgana Systems, it did require manual feeding. The introduction of the DigiBook 200, offering significantly more automation, provided the perfect machine for the job.

“Our customers can order anything from 25 up to 500 books from us, often at short notice. Whilst they are not huge runs, these publications are the key ingredient of their training courses so they have to be presentable, durable, and able to last the pace,” added John Davis. “We have been delighted with the results that we can now produce using the DigiBook 200, and have been impressed by the service received from Morgana’s service team.”

Printing at Impression IT takes place via two Canon printing units – a 135 monochrome machine and an ImagePress 6010. The company also runs a Mimaki large format unit.

Passing comment on this latest machine order from the PUR range, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “We have been delighted over the last year with the reception of the DigiBook 200. The product offers the ideal solution for print businesses seeking quality PUR binding for short-run work with an effective level of automation.”

The DigiBook 200 handles spine lengths from 110 to 320mm and the maximum thickness is 50mm. Retractable spine milling means that the device can go from soft- to hard-cover binding at the flick of a switch. Side gluing for the cover hinge is adjustable depending upon the cover style required.

Demand for PUR binding from digital printers has been growing swiftly in recent years. The DigiBook range from Morgana Systems has proved extremely popular with print operations seeking a more effective and substantial bind than that offered by regular hot-melt devices.

PUR Range

The DigiBook range of machines are suited to both traditional and digital printers who require either short-run or production capacity PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard. The innovative DigiBook range of 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.

DigiBook machines are innovative bookbinding products designed and built for the very latest market requirements. They are easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel with icon graphics, suitable for the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds. These include both start-up and shutdown and use a new, innovative system that is covered by a number of international patents.

The applicator is direct, and is hermetically sealed, without odour or toxic fume emissions, meaning that no extractor fan is required. This solution allows for the use of polyurethane glue in cartridges of up to 3kg, all adding up to simple and waste-free binding.

About Impression IT

Started in 2000, Impression IT runs with a staff of five from its St Leonards office. The company works with clients from around the world, specialising in high quality printing and last-minute delivery all over the UK and beyond. In addition to its training focused customers the company also produces work directly for authors seeking a self-publishing partner.

See for further information on the digital print company.

About Morgana Systems Limited

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:


Central Colour Sign for Fourth Mitsubishi Press

In Offset Presses on March 9, 2015 at 9:07 am

Central Colour, Nottingham, has announced details of an order for a new Ryobi Mitsubishi B1 press: a V3000 LX six-colour complete with coater and extended delivery. The order represents the company’s fourth Mitsubishi press purchase. The machine was ordered through Ryobi Mitsubishi B1 press distributor M Partners Ltd, Surrey.

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Richard Limer, Joint Managing Director of Central Colour, discussing the press choice, said: “We have enjoyed exceptional reliability from our current and our previous Mitsubishi equipment – our existing machine has clocked up some 140 million impressions since installation six years ago and has not let us down once in that time.

“Our focus is on the highest quality print. We are especially strong in the automotive sector, where we print for eight leading vehicle producers, and we also have important clients in the fabric sector. Both are colour critical markets, meaning that our printing has to be 100% accurate in terms of colour reproduction. We are also very focused on fine line screen work. The new press will help us to push that area to new highs beyond the industry standards.”

Referencing the order process Andy Baxter, Joint Managing Director, said: “In order to ensure that we were still buying the best, we did review other presses in the market and carried out a detailed analysis of the strengths. They were impressive but other aspects including the after-sales service just confirmed that we were already using the most reliable brand of press in the market.”

The new press, scheduled for delivery in July, comes hand-in-hand with a factory extension at Central Colour: “We have reviewed our use of space here and have made a few adjustments in order to show off the new machine in the best possible light,” said Richard Limer. “Customers visit on a regular basis to press-pass work in production. The machine, with its uniquely styled construction, deserves to be shown off to our visitors.”

With colour critical work in mind, the new machine will be equipped with the MCCSe closed loop colour control system for improved make-ready times. The system uses a predictive control algorithm to calculate the difference between measured and target values and automatically adjusts for colour across the whole press. It provides real-time optimum ink key settings from start to finish for each job.

Ryobi Mitsubishi’s Colour Navigator software will also be incorporated providing a very simple but very precise way of matching areas and spot colours across a printed sheet. It controls colour and register functions to ensure a perfect match for those areas or spot colours chosen for control.

The six-colour plus coater configuration offers Central Colour the ultimate in flexibility confirms Richard: “We regularly have a demand for one or two spot colours, one of which might be a metallic. The last unit is also often utilised to create a dual coating effect – an increasingly popular demand from the design community.”

The press will also feature a maintenance free gripper system. This consists of a torsion bar system that is employed in conjunction with oil-less bearings, eliminating the need to lubricate the gripper shaft. In practise this means no maintenance, the obvious reduction of downtime for not having to do this, along with the added benefit of eliminating the possibility of oil contamination on the sheet surface.

With a turnover approaching £3.5 million, Central Colour’s team of 28 personnel help it to operate with a 24/5 shift pattern. The company has both pre-press and post-press operations in-house.

Commenting on the new press order, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd, the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “We are delighted that the stability and reliability of Mitsubishi has once again shone through when compared to the competition. Central Colour produces highly demanding, quality conscious colour print and needs the most reliable and consistent of press platforms. M Partners and Ryobi Mitsubishi are delighted to be able to provide that.

“Central Colour appreciate that the on-going service costs, such as maintenance contracts and the need to hold a spare parts stock, are expensive considerations that Mitsubishi press owners do not needs to be overly concerned about.

“The consistent performance offered by Ryobi Mitsubishi equipment not only reduces the amount of year-on-year spend on both service visits and spares to a mere trickle, it also gives the user added confidence in the performance of their equipment. There is no time lost in production, which means what has been scheduled gets produced. Machine breakdowns can be a significant problem for some print producers – especially when the demands from management are for fewer machines on the floor, as we are currently witnessing. Equipment that is purchased simply has to be productive and hassle free. We believe that Ryobi Mitsubishi presses fit the bill!”

About Central Colour

Central Colour has developed an enviable reputation for producing high quality work and providing a first class printing service. The company produces work for some of the country’s leading brands and creative agencies, who are benefitting from Central Colour’s expertise and ability to produce outstanding and innovative results within the cost restraints that everybody has to consider when producing a project. Recent and continual investment throughout the company helps it to achieve the desired quality with the minimum of fuss and with maximum efficiency. Central Colour’s approach to environmental care means that all work is produced responsibly.

For more details about Central Colour see

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named Ryobi Mitsubishi business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector, and Steinemann laminating products. More recently, 2011 has seen the business expand into the digital market following an announcement regarding MGi digital printing and finishing equipment; and market-leading post-press inspection equipment from Mabeg.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.


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