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Hacketts Adds BM350 Morgana Bookletmaker

In Finishing on September 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm

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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.

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: http://morgana.co.uk/

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Addison Print Installs First UK Valiani from Morgana

In Finishing on September 10, 2015 at 10:34 am

Addison Print, Northampton, has announced details of the installation of the first Valiani cutting device from Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing.

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The Valiani Mat Pro Ultra V was first shown by Morgana at a recent open house event at its Milton Keynes premises. Addison Print directors Adam Matthews and Ian Harper had gone to the event to take a closer look at a new bookletmaker that was badly needed in the finishing department. “We discovered the Valiani completely by accident, having taken up Morgana’s open house invite to look at a new bookletmaker,” confirmed Adam Matthews.

“We couldn’t help notice the Valiani as it was taking centre stage and drawing quite a crowd. We saw what it could do and realised that it was exactly what we needed for one specific area of work that we were producing on a regular basis.

“We have customer that is a major producer of light bulbs for the country. They use us to help them to produce a large variety test packaging. That can involve a lot of awkward cutting tasks and expensive cutting forms. The Valiani is the ideal solution to the problem, as these marketing runs are just a few dozen copies. Of course, once we had seen what the machine could do we began thinking of a awful lot of other areas of work where the machine could be very useful.”

As an aid to the production of the light bulb packs the company added a third element to its purchase: a Vivid laminating device. The complete investment – the Valiani, the booklet maker, and Vivid laminating device – is valued in the region of £75,000.

The Vivid 530 lamination equipment provides for matt, soft touch and gloss lamination for both litho and digital production.

Taking up the story of the original reason for the visit to Morgana, Ian Harper said: “Our ageing booklet making equipment was in need of replacement, but these products have come a long way in recent years: this latest machine is able to handle both un-collated and pre-collated work, as well as create a square back finish to the final booklet – a set of features that really came into their own only a few days after installation.

“We needed to produce a staff handbook for a large toy store. The longer part of the run was printed litho and so we needed to collate the double page spreads into a book, add the cover, and then stitch and trim, but we were also able to finish the product with a square back thanks to this Morgana binder. Then we had a shorter run of the publication to produce for Ireland. This suited digital printing and therefore ran through the same binder as pre-collated sets with a cover added. The booklet was also finished with the square back option. The job was an ideal example of what this machine could do for us, and it only took an afternoon to do the whole job: without this product we would have had to put the job out for trade binding as our previous binder could not have handled it. I don’t like to think how many days that would have added to the production schedule!”

The Morgana System 2000 collator and bookletmaker is equipped with Morgana’s SquareFold unit, and is capable of producing up to 3,000 books per hour.

The Valiani has been put to good use in a variety of directions since its arrival in July. The company has been producing jig-saw products for a pre-school customer, and has been asked to produce test packaging for Brownie snack boxes for a major football club. “The product is ideal for producing marketing or sample pieces of packaging,” said Adam Matthews. “The light bulb customer, for example, takes samples of its latest packaging concepts into its customers and gauges opinion and gets reaction to a new line. We have also been using it to cut out bunting products for a long-standing client – this includes different shapes and sizes of personalised bunting. Whilst we have been producing wedding stationery for customers for some time, the arrival of this machine has meant that we have been able to create some unique cut-out wedding products and have also been able to add embossing to our range of capabilities – the Valiani can be used to produce a blind embossing effect on board products, with a range of tools to create different embossing designs.”

The Valiani can cut through a variety of thicknesses with no problem: Addison Print has been working with 3mm foamex recently. “It’s a very versatile machine and occupies such a small footprint, but offers a 1.5m x 1m flatbed working surface,” added Adam.

Digital production at Addison Print takes place with a Xerox J75 SRA3 printer, which is happy handling a range of substrates from 80gsm through to 350gsm, wide format work with a Mimaki solvent printer, whilst litho printing is handled with a two-colour Ryobi press complete with numbering and perforating unit. Addison Print produces a wide variety of commercial print with a team of just four full time staff and one part time.

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: http://morgana.co.uk/

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