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Colourgraphic Arts Adds PUR from Morgana

In Finishing on November 26, 2015 at 11:11 am


Bordon, Hampshire-based Colourgraphic Arts has equipped itself with a PUR binder and creasing device from Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing. The DigiBook 450 represents the top of the range PUR device provided by Morgana, whilst the AutoCreaser Pro 50 will speed up the production of short-run work at the company.

Following a recent steady increase in higher pagination work the Hampshire litho and digital print producer had been placing an increasing amount of perfect binding with external suppliers. With a 1.5 hour drive to the nearest provider the process was beginning to have an impact on speed of turnaround for urgent jobs: “We have a focus on bringing as many processes in-house as we can, so it just made sense for us to make PUR our next investment,” said Vince Scardarella, Managing Director of Colourgraphic Arts.

Commenting on the purchase process, Dronz Arigho, production manager at the company, said: “We were able to review the full Morgana range of PUR binders at the company’s Milton Keynes showroom, including the 200 and the 300, but our business focus is always on best quality and speed of service, so it made sense for us to go for the top of the range. The DigiBook 450 gives a production speed of up to 450 books per hour. This comes into its own when we are finishing the longer run litho printed work.”

To further aid faster finishing, the company included a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 50 in its order. Whilst the company continues to use cylinder press for its longer run cutting and creasing requirements, much of the shorter run work doesn’t warrant the set-up time needed on that machine. “Where we have a digitally printed run of 50 sheets that needs creasing the AutoCreaser is the perfect solution – we can run the job in the time it would take the cylinder press to make-ready,” said Vince Scardarella.

“We often work with thicker materials when producing high quality products – substrates such as 170gsm coated stock definitely need creasing before further finishing stages are carried out. A dedicated creaser is important to producing a top quality job.”

With over seven years of digital print experience, the company currently uses two Canon ImagePress production machines, along with a five-colour Heidelberg Speemaster CD B2-format litho press. The company produce a wide range of commercial colour print, including books, periodicals, promotional, and brochure work.

Commenting on the order, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “We often focus on the advantages to the digital printer of the DigiBook range – fast make-ready and the sealed glue tank, making them ideal for short run production – but the DigiBook 450 model is also ideal for those producing longer run work via litho. The guys from Colourgraphic were able to see the benefits of the additional automation offered by this top of the range model.”

PUR Binding from Morgana

PUR is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available. When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area of printed pages these can compromise the strength of typical hot-melt perfect binding. PUR overcomes this issue and will form a super-strong bond with all weights and finishes of paper stocks. In addition PUR works well with synthetic and recycled-content stock.

The DigiBook 450 perfect binding machine is ideally suited to litho and digital printers that require medium to long runs of PUR perfect bound books to a high standard. This innovative machine is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is applied by a slot applicator for the utmost bringing quality and accuracy.

About Colourgraphic Arts

Established in 1982, Colourgraphic Arts has successfully grown from its beginnings as a reprographics and printing company into a dynamic organisation offering integrated marketing solutions, with an enviable reputation for quality. The company prides itself on taking on the work that others find difficult to produce.

The company offers a truly in-house approach to production, and employs a dedicated and professional staff of 15 with a wealth of knowledge spanning graphic design, pre-press, printing and finishing.

Based in Bordon, Hampshire, the company enjoys easy access to London and the South Coast via the A3 and M3.

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:



Prepress Provide Colour Continuity for Harcourt

In Pre-Press on November 13, 2015 at 8:25 am

Harcourt Colour Printers, Swansea, turned to the experts at Prepress UK, the pre-press specialists based in Cheltenham and Brighton, in order to create a level playing field in the world of printed colour reproduction. The installation of ColourLinx at the Swansea company has brought colour continuity to the wide range of output devices in use at the company.


The move is already paying dividends for the print producer as it gains new business and sees former clients returning with more work. Harcourt Colour Printers represents Prepress UK’s first installation of the impressive ColourLinx product.

“ColourLinx has allowed us to get a firm handle on colour output across all devices,” summed up Ian Harcourt, Managing Director of Harcourt Colour Printers. The company employs the now increasingly typical complex mix of flat bed, wide format, toner-based and offset litho production equipment. “When we are producing work for customers, production can span several or even all of these devices: it has been a challenge to confidently match colour across all of the various processes, but now ColourLinx has solved that issue for us.”

In addition to providing the tools to enable colour-matched accuracy, Prepress UK has also been able to introduce potential savings on offset consumables with ColourLinx, with a reduction of some 20% of on-press ink usage anticipated. ColourLinx automatically optimises all PDF and image files to reduce unnecessary ink, standardize colour, and save the user between 10% and 40% of ink volume. Not only does the process reduce ink costs it also cuts drying times, reduces set-off, and further aids the control of colour.

Ian Harcourt and his team had looked at other colour management solutions: “The one that we particularly focused on was very capable, but the price was totally ridiculous. The colour experts at Prepress UK were able to understand our problems and provide a software solution through ColourLinx that was both effective and affordable.”

Commenting on behalf of the supplier, Nic Chapman, Sales Director of Prepress UK, said: “We are delighted with the way this first installation has gone. Harcourt Colour Printers are quite typical of a great many printers now employing a wide range of technologies to produce their work. ColourLinx can control the output for all devices giving the print company confidence that colour management issues are now the thing of the past.”

“One of the main benefits of ColourLinx software in respect of on-going costs is that we give the end-user the tools to create their own profiles, meaning that they can become completely self-sufficient with out the need to pay for a supplier to come back when they need to create additional profiles.”

Passing comment regarding his customers’ reaction, Ian Harcourt said: “ColourLinx has given us the confidence that we needed to be able to talk to customers about true colour consistency across all of their work. We are winning work because of the quality of colour accuracy and consistency that we can now provide for them.”

About ColourLinx

ColourLinx is able to standardise all output devices within a production company, including digital, wide format, and litho. These technologies are increasingly having to be used in a mixed print environment: posters with flyers; litho covers combined with digital text pages. ColourLinx is the affordable solution to create consistency.

The package brings colour continuity making all of a users output devices print to the same standard, within the tolerances of the different machines. Output devices are then able to print to the same colour standard that has been chosen within an organisation, meaning that if a print company is mixing wide format with digital and litho, all output will match.

The software can also be used to check the colour accuracy of each device to the chosen standard, providing a report on colour compliance. ColourLinx also provides the tools needed to create additional profiles, making the user self-sufficient. If a user decides to change inks, buy a new machine, or just change substrate there is no need to go back to a supplier to buy a profile: users can create everything they need.

ColourLinx also cuts down on ink usage on a litho press, reducing the ink bill. ColourLinx automatically optimises all of your PDF and image files to reduce unnecessary ink, standardising colour, and saving between 10% and 40% ink volume. Four benefits are delivered in one: reduced ink costs, shorter drying times, drastically reduced potential for set-off, and easier to control colour.

About Harcourt Colour Printers

Now in its 23rd year of business, Swansea-based Harcourt Colour Printers employs a team of 22 personnel and produces a wide range of commercial colour printing for a customer base that is centred in Wales but stretches out to the South West of England as well as Bristol and the M5 corridor.

For further information on Harcourt see or call 01792 588 292.

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support. If you have a pre-press problem, let Prepress UK solve it for you. Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

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