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John Brailsford Printers Adds Laminator Pro 450

In Finishing on November 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm

John Brailsford Printers, “Yorkshire’s Favourite, Fast, Friendly Quick Printer!”, has added a Morgana Laminator Pro 450 in order to speed up and automate its laminating capability. The product was purchased directly from Morgana Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing.


The Rotherham and Barnsley shop-fronted business has always had laminating in-house, but had generally been catering for smaller runs. Commenting on the arrival of the new machine, John Brailsford, company owner, said: “As the business has expanded the run lengths for laminating have increased. We also saw the need, with typical runs of 1,000/2,000 copies, for more automation. Our short run solutions required hand feeding, so taking a person out of the process actually made the new machine a very cost-effective solution from day one.

“We looked at a range of machines, and sampled some of them with in-house trials. What became immediately apparent to us was that a number of products were not sufficiently robust to give us a reasonable life expectancy. The quality of the feeder was also an issue with some machines.”

Although a user of a number of Morgana products, John hadn’t Initially considered Morgana for laminating, “Even though we have had purchased a number of products from the company, and still run Morgana numbering and creasing equipment, I wasn’t aware of them providing quality laminating solutions. Having discussed the issue of laminating with our Morgana representative she was able to offer us an in-house trial of their latest Laminator 450 product.

“We had the machine delivered and after a couple of days training we were producing perfect results. We ran the machine for six weeks before Morgana came back to ask the question. Safe to say, the machine didn’t come out again!”

Designed for easy operation, the Laminator Pro 450 is a unique high-pile automatic feed laminator. It features an integrated compressor and pneumatic system for high quality print lamination up to 450mm working width. This revolutionary new compact machine combines speed and ease of operation with quality.

This deep pile, automatic suction feed system can achieve speeds of up to 1,875 SRA3 sheets per hour. A micro-perforation and scissor roller cutting system provides for perforation and separation of sheets.

The Laminator Pro 450 is ideal for the on-demand printer. It is both easy to set up and very versatile, being capable of foiling and spot gloss as well as straightforward laminating.

John Brailsford adds: “The foiling provided us with excellent results from day one – much better than other systems that we have tried in the past, as it is better suited to a wider range of stock, and is overall a more predictable process.

“The foiling process is only suitable for working with digitally printed work, as the foil adheres to the toner. Whilst it is a £1,500 add on, being able to offer foiling to customers is most definitely an added-value capability.”

The team at Brailsford’s also discovered that whilst the product is promoted as an SRA3 solution, they have been able to run SRA2 sheets through the machine and achieved very acceptable results. “It would only be efficient for very short runs, but that is all we would ever need,” added John.

Commenting Laminator 450, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “The Laminator 450 and 450 Pro offer a range of printers the ideal in-house laminating solution. First shown on the Morgana stand at Ipex last year, we have been delighted with the interest that has been shown in the product.”

About John Brailsford Printers

It was 32 years ago that John Brailsford, 16 years old at the time, produced his first print job. The local commercial printers could not compete with the super quick turnaround, the great choice, and value for money that John Brailsford Printers provided and even today the company is proud to say that it still leads the way in offering customers, sharp, crisp quick printing, and digital imaging, with a professional unbeatable, super friendly customer service that has to be the best value in Yorkshire.

More than just a regular quick printer, the company has 12 experienced and qualified employees, coupled with the very best mix of the latest litho and digital equipment. The business runs two Presstek offset litho machines as well as Xerox digital printing equipment, from two print centres in Rotherham and Barnsley.

For more information visits the BrailsfordPrinters.comweb site.

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:




PRINT18: Morgana & Watkiss to Launch New Post-Press Product

In Finishing on September 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Watkiss 160 and feeder

The Plockmatic Group, including Morgana USA and Watkiss, will be showing an extensive range of equipment for offline and inline finishing, including a number of new product launches (booth #1436).

The recently acquired Watkiss company, included in a Plockmatic exhibit for the first time, will be showing its PowerSquare™ 224 and the new to market PowerSquare™ 160 (pictured above) booklet makers.

The Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224 is a unique and innovative complete book making system for digital and offset print applications. It is available in three configurations: online, nearline or offline. In a single machine it combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming to produce SquareBack™ books of up to 224 pages thick. It features fully automatic settings for different book size and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thickness.

For inline production Watkiss work with all the major digital print engine manufacturers to bring you seamless booklet making solutions for production print, including Kodak, Canon, Konica-Minolta, Xerox, and Ricoh.

The show will be the US launch for a second Watkiss product, the PowerSquare™ 160. The machine is based on an open-architecture providing for a complete booklet making system that staples, folds, forms and trims in a single pass to produce added value SquareBack™ books. The machine will provide for the production of booklets from a wide range of sheet sizes and materials, including letter-sized landscape format and heavy cover stocks.

New to the US market from the Morgana company this year will be the Morgana AutoCut and Morgana RDC (rotary die-cutter).

A key product launch for the print shop market, the Morgana AutoCut Pro is the latest in Morgana’s line of slit/cut/crease devices, which can also be linked inline to the AutoFold folding. As well as card cutting applications, it can run in “crease only” mode at up to 5,000 sheets per hour.

Morgana RDC is the latest release from the company in the die-cutting sector. The product is aimed at commercial printers producing cartons, labels, and personalised items such as business cards, greetings cards, and postcards.

Commenting on the introduction, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “The RDC has been designed to meet the needs of today’s digital printers. These companies are keen to handle as many finishing tasks in-house as they can. This unit provides the capability to die-cut, kiss-cut, score, and perforate, all in one pass if necessary, at speeds of up to 4,500 sheets per hour.

 “By increasing the services on offer a printer has a greater control of delivery times, rather than having to rely on third-party suppliers. Die-cutting is one of those capabilities that is being demanded more and more as customers seek ways to make their print stand out from the crowd, and is an excellent facility for a printer to use to go and win new business.”

Another “first” at the show will be the new DigiBook 300XLPro. This PUR binder can produce landscape 12” x 18” softcover books in up to 2” thick and will also be making book blocks for casing into hard cover books of the same format. The latest developments in bookletmakers being shown with bar code reading for variable data book production.

In addition to these new products the Morgana AutoCreaser Pro and DigiFold Pro lines continue to set the benchmark for creasing and folding in their sector. The latest developments in both ranges – the Pro 385 products – will be shown with a new cross perforation system, along with a new version of the ever-popular AutoCreaser Pro 33.

About the Plockmatic Group

The people of the Plockmatic Group develop, manufacture, market and support an extensive range of document finishing systems sold under the Plockmatic, Morgana and Watkiss brand names. These products work inline or offline and complement the world’s best digital printing systems.


Plockmatic Group acquires Watkiss Automation Ltd

In Finishing on September 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Plockmatic Group, one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of document finishing technology, has acquired Watkiss Automation Ltd based in the UK.

Plock Watkiss 2 sml

The acquisition extends the Plockmatic booklet making range into the high-end market segment where digital prints are created using both toner and advanced high-speed inkjet technology. Watkiss machines are sold by the world’s leading printing systems  manufacturers under the PowerSquare brand. The newly acquired company also sells offline booklet making systems through a worldwide network of dealers, plus a range of selected finishing products through a direct sales team in the UK.

Watkiss Automation is a leader in the development and manufacture of high-end booklet making systems known for their robust engineering. Most recently, the company has launched the PowerSquare PSQ160 that operates both offline and inline in a compact footprint and supports the increasingly popular landscape booklet format.

The company will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Plockmatic International AB and will be part of the Plockmatic Group which includes the well-known Morgana range of finishing systems. The Swedish firm’s CEO, Jan Marstorp (above, right), will head the expanded group of companies.

“Customers the world over are using Watkiss systems to serve the growing requirement for digitally printed product manuals, promotional materials and customized catalogs often produced around the clock,” says Marstorp. He adds, “We’ve built a worldwide supply chain, marketing, sales and service organization unique in the industry, and it’s ready to make these powerful systems available to even more customers.”

Paul Attew, Sales Director of Watkiss (above, left) says, “Our team has spent years building a business around our customer’s requirements. We believe Plockmatic is best-positioned to look after our customers and serve new ones. We know the business is in great hands, and Plockmatic has what it takes to grow it to its full potential.”

The Plockmatic Group of companies is part of Grimaldi Industri Group, a diversified Stockholm-based holding company.

“The acquisition of Watkiss demonstrates our commitment to our customers, and to the document finishing business,” says Salvatore Grimaldi, owner and CEO of Grimaldi Industri. “This significantly expands our offerings and will help our customers deliver more value to their customers. I’m delighted to welcome Watkiss to our group ofcompanies.”


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