Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has introduced a new addition to its leading bookletmaking range with the release of the BM500 – a machine capable of producing booklets of up to 200 pages.
With the continued growth in digital print, demands on post-press production have also increased. This latest Morgana machine is an off-line adaptation of a very successful in-line solution sold via Xerox and Ricoh to produce booklets with the mid-production digital print engines supplied by those companies.
Commenting on this latest addition to Morgana’s already comprehensive range of bookletmakers, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems, said: “We have seen significant demand for the in-line version of this machine through our partnerships with the print engine manufacturers. There is a definite need for higher page count booklets and booklets created using much thicker paper stocks. This pushes the capabilities of our current set of bookletmakers, which are primarily focused at producing up to 30 sheets of 80gsm.
“It therefore made sense for us to offer this as an off-line solution. We have linked it to our recently launched AF602 feeder, incorporating dual high-capacity bins, to provide the market with a unique solution to higher page count booklets at a very cost effective price.”
The BM500 can be supplied as a stand-alone hand-fed unit, or linked with either AF602 or other popular feeders in the Morgana range. There is also a BM350 available, which is built on a similar platform and can produce up to 35 sheets of 80gsm – giving booklets of up to 140 pages.
The BM500 will be the first Morgana bookletmaker to incorporate the new full-colour touchscreen interface that gives very clear visible instructions to the operator on all machine functions. The bookletmaker can also be supplied with a lead edge trimmer and with the Morgana Squarefold option for flat edged books.
Commenting further Hillhouse added: “The Squarefold option is a great addition to the system when producing thicker booklets – it gives a really great, perfect bound look to the book and offers the facility to display print added to the spine.
“The full-colour interface is yet another step forward in our attempts to offer the most operator friendly equipment. We anticipate that this design will be incorporated into all new machine releases.”
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: http://morgana.co.uk/