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Newprint Returns to Morgana for More Finishing

In Finishing on February 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Newprint, Newmarket, has returned to Morgana Systems, the UK’s largest manufacturer of finishing equipment for the digital print sector, for additional post-press product. A DigiFold 385, the recently released Laminator 450, and an EBA guillotine have been added to existing Morgana products at the busy Newmarket print shop.

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Existing Morgana equipment at Newprint includes the BM500 bookletmaker and KB 2000 perfect binding machine, along with an FSN numbering unit.

DigiFold 385 is Morgana’s easy to use, high capacity, stand-alone paper folding and creasing machine. The original DigiFold has been one of the company’s best selling products since it was first introduced back in 2001. Morgana DigiFold products employ a unique creasing rule and matrix, the DynaCrease, that eliminates tearing and, therefore, cracking.

Commenting on the new additions, David Prior, Managing Director of Newprint (pictured above), said: “We saw the new Lamintor 450 at last years Ipex exhibiton – it was just what we were looking for. Our existing laminator needed to perforate the whole of the substrate, rather than just the film. On heavier weight stocks that could cause problems and, as it was a hand fed unit, it was difficult to clear a problem whilst feeding the machine. It could become a slow process.

The new Laminator 450, delivered just before Christmas, perforates the film, making sheet separation far more effective and reliable. It’s also a suction fed system, speeding up the whole process. “We are now actively seeking more laminating work, rather than trying to avoid it!”

With regard to the DigiFold 385, David added: “We didn’t need to see it in action. We have worked with Morgana for many years and know the product range. This was the ideal machine for us to move to. We had a creasing system before, but DigiFold creases and folds, and it does both tasks very well. The high capacity model means that we can load the machine and, once we have set the machine up, we can just let it run – no need to keep loading prints into the feeder.”

Commenting on one of the first installations of the Laminator 450 product, Morgana’s Ray Hillhouse said: “We are delighted to have been able to assist David with his laminating issue – the Laminator 450 and 450 Pro offer a range of printers the ideal in-house laminating solution. First shown at Ipex last year, we have been delighted with the interest shown in the product.”

Printing at Newprint consists of both litho and digital equipment, with two Konica Minolta 1070 machines producing a wide range of short-run general commercial work. A team of four full-time and one part-time employees take on work from a range of local customers.

For further information on Newprint visit www.newprint.co.uk

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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Morgana Releases Laminator 450 & Pro 450

In Finishing on February 12, 2018 at 9:38 am

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Morgana Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced the release of the Morgana Laminator 450 and Pro 450 models. The product was previewed late last year at both The Print Show and at Ipex and received an enthusiastic reception.

This new high-performance compact machine combines speed, ease of operation and quality, making it the ideal solution for the in-house commercial laminating requirements of many print businesses. Two versions are available, with the Pro 450 featuring a high pile automatic feeder.

Commenting on the new unit, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “Lamination continues to grow in popularity. It protects the printed page, making it more durable, whilst also enhancing the appearance of books, boxes, and business cards. Many printers outsource the task to trade finishing houses, but this adds days onto the production schedule, as well as additional cost to the job. A compact, quality solution is being called for by a great many printers that we see.

“Designed for easy operation, the Laminator Pro 450 has a unique “heavy duty” high pile automatic feeder for true load-and-go operation. It features an integrated compressor and pneumatic system for high quality print lamination, on litho and digitally printed work measuring up to 450mm x 700mm. It is the ideal laminator for small to medium sized digital and offset print operations.

“For those handling shorter run lengths, the Laminator 450 entry-level version offers semi-automatic operation, a manual feed, with an option to add the deep pile stacker at a later date.”

Measuring just 1,700mm x 730mm the compact, single-phase Laminator Pro 450 has been designed to be both efficient and cost-effective, helping print producers to offer an all-in-one service to customers. Printers will be able to avoid the costly set-up charges and mark-ups that go with outsourcing lamination work to a trade finisher. With its fast production speed and simple to use set-up, the Laminator Pro 450 is the perfect investment for “on demand” print shops.

Utilising its deep pile automatic suction feed system, the Laminator Pro can achieve production speeds of up to 1,875 landscape SRA3 sheets per hour, allowing printers to undertake jobs requiring higher quantities and faster turnaround times with minimal set-up, wastage and supervision.

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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Prepress UK Launches PressReporter

In Offset Presses on February 1, 2018 at 9:26 am

Prepress UK, the pre-press specialists based in Cheltenham and Brighton, has announced the introduction of PressReporter, a software based solution to maximise productivity by providing a view of what is happening across all of a users Heidelberg presses in real time, without the need to stand in the print room, or keep popping in to see what is happening.

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Press Reporter continually shows the current press status of each machine: what job is on the press, how long it has been on the press, how many sheets have been run, how many times the press has stopped, why the press has stopped, and how much waste there has been. It also provides an easy to view timeline of press productivity and events, and this is all achieved automatically, without the need for any manual input.

The product is intended for any Heidelberg machine equipped with the Press Center console, as well as Heidelberg CP2000’s that have the Management Gate option.

Prepress UK’s Andrew Aldridge explains further: “Whilst newer Heidelberg presses do come with some basic reporting, it is usually limited to the last 100 jobs and only shows full details for jobs run in the past 30 days – ours offers an unlimited history of all data. They also don’t present all the messages and events from the press in an easy to understand visual timeline.

“PressReporter can detect and group sheets and sections of the same job automatically and, where possible, calculate the working style so that we can report not just “impressions” but actual sheets of paper used, which is obviously easier to use for costing and estimating purposes.

“PressReporter’s user interface has been created with HTML and Javascript, meaning that all of this information can be available to anyone who needs to know, using a standard Web browser anywhere on a companies network, including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.”

All of that means PressReporter allows people within a company to respond quickly to any unforeseen changes on the press, such as a damaged plate, a paper misfeed, drying taking longer than expected, or plates not arrived from prepress.

The product enables people who are scheduling work for the press to see if jobs are falling behind – maybe needing a job to be moved to another press that is ahead of schedule. It allows management to make quick, precisely informed decisions based on up to minute information coming from all of a company’s printing presses.

For estimators PressReporter offers the ability to look back through the complete job history of the press to see exactly what the costs of a job were the last time it was printed, or similar jobs, when quoting for new work. The search facility makes it easy to find any job and know immediately how much press time and paper it took.

In the current climate where every cost needs to be understood and minimised PressReporter can help a business find and understand those unexpected non-productive periods and enable informed organisational decisions to ensure maximum productivity on press.

The company is working closely with Colt Press, Witham, Essex, to fine tune the product. Paul Haddow, MD of Colt Press comments: “Our three year old Heidelberg XL75 five-colour is now connected to PressReporter and we are delighted with the results. A business of our size needs to get the basic information on press and job performance quickly and accurately. Our sales team especially have found it useful to be able to see job details on press – whether that is comparing actual performance data to the quote, or keeping a client informed on job progress.

“The new Heidelberg is our key production tool, so it is important to know that we are maximising its capability all of the time – PressReporter can help us to do that. I can only imagine its capabilities would be even more important and beneficial in a multi-press situation.”

Nic Chapman, Sales Director for Prepress UK, added: “We believe that this is the most affordable comprehensive productivity package for Heidelberg presses available. In our initial trials of the software, production managers and business owners expressed their delight at how much information was available to them instantly, and via the full range of devices – computer, tablet and even phone. We believe this is a “must have” package for a great many printers in the UK.”

PressReporter from Prepress UK is priced from £4,500 including hardware and installation.

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.

See www.prepressuk.com for more details.

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