Hacketts of Cork, Ireland, has invested in two new models of finishing equipment from Printing & Graphic Equipment of Dublin, dealer for Morgana Systems. The new Morgana System AF350 Bookletmaker with AF602 Feeder replaces an earlier Duplo model and a new Morgana Autocreaser 33 Pro replaces an earlier existing Autocreaser.
Commenting on the latest Morgana purchase, Brian O’Loughlin, Hacketts Group Director said: “Our customers were requesting a booklet finish for higher page counts with a superior finish rather than the standard saddle staple. We have been outsourcing work to get the square backed finish that our customers required, however, logistically this was proving time-consuming with our supplier having plenty of additional work to schedule in and with a considerable volume of our own finishing work completed after hours it was becoming very apparent for us to have our own in-house solution to manage our customer’s expectations efficiently.
“Having reviewed the products on the market, we were very impressed with the samples from the BM350 Bookletmaker provided by Morgana, and have always had an excellent working relationship with Printing & Graphic Equipment, the Morgana dealer in Ireland. The new BM350 offered us everything we needed in a booklet maker with automated feeding”
Morgana recently introduced two new additions to its leading bookletmaking range with the release of the BM350 and BM500 –high capacity bookletmaking machines which are capable of producing books of up to 140 or 200 pages of 80gsm respectively. The BM350, which is installed at Hacketts, produces books up to 140 pages squared and trimmed in a single pass. The system includes the Morgana AF602 dual bin high-capacity feeder for continuous production. BM350 also incorporates the new full-colour touchscreen interface providing very clear visible instructions to the operator on all machine functions.
“The system, installed in June, is already serving us very well,” said Brian O’Loughlin. “The SquareFold and trim is a great facility giving a superb finish. It offers something different for the market,” added Brian. “Customers do not always fully understand it until we show them their own samples. As soon as they see it, they understand the benefits and want the square backed finish every time. It is producing some 3,000 to 4,000 books per week for us already and we are delighted with the speed and the final product outcome.
Work at Cork is being produced on a variety of digital print engines, and the Cork office employs 20 personnel with the group employing some 70 to 80 people throughout Ireland.
Commenting further, James Walsh, Morgana Systems Export Manager, 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. There is a definite need for higher page count booklets and booklets created using much thicker paper stocks. These latest product introductions extend the capabilities of our current set of bookletmakers.”
The new Autocreaser 33 Pro replaces the old model of creaser. The new machine gives a higher production speed and with the new SmartScreen machine set-up is quick and easy, even for non-experienced operators.
Hacketts was established in Dublin in 1954 by J.D. Hackett. It specialises in Digital printing and document management for design professionals, marketing and communication specialists, legal practices, construction and contracting firms, as well as educational institutions. Hacketts operates from four sites in Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Dún Laoghire.
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/