John Brailsford Printers installs New Uchida AeroCut One

In Finishing on May 9, 2019 at 9:51 am

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John Brailsford Printers, “Yorkshire’s Favourite, Fast, Friendly Quick Printer!”, has purchased more finishing equipment from Morgana Systems in the shape of a Uchida AeroCut One multi-purpose finishing unit and a Canny Bander machine. The products were purchased directly from Morgana Systems, a leading UK provider of equipment for digital finishing, and follow on swiftly from a Pro 450 laminating system installed in November of last year.

The Rotherham and Barnsley shop-fronted business has been a long-time fan of the Japanese manufactured Uchida products, with the new AeroCut One replacing another similar unit that had been in use for seven years at John Brailsford Printers – that machine has now been sold to another printer to continue its productive life.

Commenting on the arrival of the new machine, John Brailsford, company owner, said: “Our previous Uchida had been a great servant to the business, but this new model comes complete with a bar-code reader, and that really is a game changer. We didn’t really appreciate the difference it would make until we had the machine installed for a trial period. Our Xerox print unit adds a bar-code to the regular job imposition before printing, and this contains all of the job information. The AeroCut One picks up on the bar-code and sets itself up for slitting, cutting and creasing as is required for the job. It’s amazing to see it in action. It’s fast, accurate and needs no operator intervention.”

John says the reaction of his team has been one of delight: “We should have bought this sooner! It’s easy to use, saves time on every job, saves any operator errors, and just moves the job speedily through production with the minimum of touch-points.

“As we often do, we looked at a number of machines, and sampled some of them with in-house trials. There was a Chinese manufactured machine that was certainly a lot cheaper than the Uchida, but it quickly became apparent to us that it was not sufficiently robust to give us good service. It might have been OK if you only whizzed two or three jobs a day through it, but we expect a machine to be capable of accurately running at top speed all day, for five days a week. I have no doubt that within and year or two we would have thrown it out and bought the Uchida anyway!

“The Japanese manufactured Uchida is a quality build – just what you would expect from Japan. It’s fast, reliable and 100% accurate.”

To compliment the Uchida the company has also purchased an additional banding unit: “The Canny Bander sits beside the Uchida finishing unit so that we can band the business cards and postcards prior to packaging. It helps to present a neat, finished job to our customers – and they do comment on the presentation of the work when delivered.”

The AeroCut One from Uchida is a compact slitting, cutting and creasing unit. Creasing can be set at five different levels, while two single blade and two double blade slitters trim the top and bottom margins of sheets. The durable guillotine can handle stocks up to 400gsm. The patented Tri-Suction top-feed system can feed a variety of stock including coated papers. The Flex Mode even allows users to cut multiple sizes of cards from a page and add a desired number of creases. Two perforating wheels can also be added to the system.

Commenting on this latest order, Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, said: “The Uchida AeroCut One shows how automation can take a job swiftly through post-press production with the minimum of operator intervention. John Brailsford Printers illustrate perfectly how print companies can be set up to get the maximum production from staff and equipment to create a successful and profitable business.”

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 web site.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Plockmatic International, a part of the Plockmatic Group. The company supplies a wide range of innovative and market leading offline post-press equipment for customers involved in the many and varied activities of the printing industry in territories throughout the world. Equipment is manufactured at a number of Plockmatic-owned plants across the globe.

The sales, marketing, and service operations of Morgana Systems are headquarters in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK. The business is closely allied to Watkiss Automation, another innovative suppler of post-press equipment owned by Plockmatic International, based in Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK.

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, and the DocuMaster total finishing system. 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.

More recent product ranges to find significant success across world markets include the Morgana DigiBook range of PUR perfect binders, and the Morgana BM350/500 high-capacity booklet makers, which have been developed jointly with Plockmatic. Morgana Systems is a preferred finishing partner of offline equipment for all of the leading manufacturers of digital print engines, both in UK and around the world.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at:


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