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Minuteman Press Bath Cuts a Great Shape with Optima V 250

In Finishing on January 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

UK’s largest Minuteman Press franchise, based in Bath, starts the New Year in great shape with the addition of a Valiani Optima V 250 flat-bed cutting table purchased from Morgana Systems.

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The Italian manufactured Valiani cutting tables are available in six models: the Mat Pro Ultra 80, 120 and 150 and the Optima V 80, 160, and 250, with the largest the Optima V 250 having a working area of 1,230mm x 2,520mm. All the models are available in a vacuum version for more demanding applications. A key features of the Optima V range are the patented tool change mechanism allowing tools to be changed in less than 30 seconds, meaning that the user can move from cutting to creasing, perforating, embossing, plotting, or writing and drawing very swiftly, a new fold-away clamping mechanism, and the ability to deal with multiple sheets. A range of software and hardware accessories allows each cutting machine to be customised for different production requirements.

The machines minimise waste and are suitable for a wide variety of applications, including frame mount-board cutting, boxes and displays, contour cutting, embossing, stickers, as well making prototypes, marketing products and mock-ups.

Speaking about the investment decision, Dave Dixon, Sales & Marketing Director at Minuteman Press Bath, said: “We needed something that was going to provide us with a quality short-run in-house cutting facility. Sending such work out just adds time and cost to a job, in addition to the fact that you lose control over production. We visited Drupa last year to see products that could fit the bill, and after visiting the Valiani factory in Italy, the Valiani Optima V 250 ticked all of the boxes for us.

“Short-run packaging, shaped business cards, folders and flyers, plus signage work were the initial areas of work that we had in mind, but we are already discovering a host of other possibilities. Almost immediately we picked up a job requiring cut tabs within a report and cut lettering from rigid PVC – the Valiani was able to handle that very quickly and very easily. In the packaging market we are talking to a number of companies about test cartons that they want to produce. The Valiani gives us a very cost effective solution to producing such ultra-short “proofing” runs.

“The potential of such a product is limited only by the imagination – and our in-house design team have very vivid imaginations!”

Blades for cutting and heads for creasing and perforating can be used, and materials from thin card through to rigid PVC can be handled by the unit. The larger sized cutting table at Minuteman is ideal for working with larger sized sheets, or ganging up to 15 x SRA3 sized sheets to cut in one pass.

Minuteman Press Bath, a Xerox Premier Partner, prints with a variety of Xerox digital presses, including the Xerox 1000i, as well as HP Latex and HP Inkjet wide format machines. Longer run two-colour work can be produced on an AB Dick litho press.

A team of 15 work at the now 19 year old business, located in the centre of Bath.

Commenting on the purchase, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “We are delighted that Minuteman Press Bath has become the first UK business to see the potential offered by the largest format Optima 250 cutting table. These machines offer a whole host of possibilities for printers and their customers. Graphic designers get very excited about the possibilities that are on offer, and the young team at Minuteman Press are already coming up with new and interesting applications.”

For more information on Minuteman Press Bath see the http://www.minutemanbath.co.uk web page. 

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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Twenty10 Digital Add DigiFold Pro for Faster Folding

In Finishing on November 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

Northampton-based Twenty10 Digital has added a Morgana DigiFold Pro to its finishing line-up in order speed through a growing amount of work requiring creasing and folding. The system was purchased from Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing.

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The Digifold Pro is the ideal product for creasing/folding heavier weight paper stock. It is designed specifically for the professional digital or litho printer with a need to crease and fold printed, heavy weight or cross grained stock.

Commenting on the purchase, Paul Riley, Managing Director of Twenty10 Digital, said: “Growing business from a greetings card client meant that we needed to take a closer look at our creasing and folding capacity. Whilst we had used the DocuMaster along with our Morgana Major folder, they are simply not fast enough to keep up with the growing volume of work that we were producing. What had been taking us five hours to produce using our existing devices can now be produced in one hour on the DigiFold Pro.”

In addition to the greetings card work, Twenty10 is also using the machine for folding an increasing volume of DL sized four-page work. “The DigiFold Pro is extremely versatile and flexible. Set-up is extremely fast, operation very simple to learn, and a skew facility allows for small adjustments in the crease and fold actions for printed sheets slightly off square, which can sometimes happen with digital print. This machine is another fine example of the robust, quality engineering provided by Morgana.”

Passing comment on this latest addition to Twenty10’s finishing suite, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Morgana Systems, said: “Twenty10’s award winning history is testament to the quality of work that the company produces, and we are delighted to be able to provide a wide range of Morgana products to help them achieve such excellence in the finishing department.”

Morgana DigiFold Pro employs a unique creasing rule and matrix, the DynaCrease, that eliminates tearing and, therefore, cracking on a digitally printed sheet. By using this patented technology DigiFold Pro is able to crease and fold over 6,000 A4 sheets an hour. This excellent throughput speed is achieved by creasing the sheet without stopping it, yet maintaining an accuracy of +/‐ 0.1mm.

Controlled by the same innovative seven-inch SmartScreen panel as the rest of the Morgana Pro range, DigiFold Pro is instructed how long the sheet is and which crease and fold to produce. All settings and adjustments are made using the SmartScreen and, as only symbols are used, operation couldn’t be simpler.

Twenty10 Digital is used to finishing work with Morgana equipment – the company already runs a wide range of product from the Milton Keynes based manufacturer, including a DigiBook 200 PUR binder for perfect bound products; a CardXtra for business cards and other small format jobs; a DocuMaster for bookletmaking; a Matrix laminator; Rhin-o-Tuff wire-o binding product; and a Morgana Major Folder.

About Twenty10 Digital

The philosophy behind the business was to bring together the very best people, technology, and processes to create work that everybody involved could feel extremely proud. The company employs a total of six personnel generating a turnover in excess of £500,000. Twenty10 has been won for several national print awards, and has made a huge impact on the digital print world. The business is quickly setting the standards for others to follow.

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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New US Headquarters for Plockmatic Group

In Finishing on August 10, 2016 at 8:27 am

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The Plockmatic Group, owners of Plockmatic International and Morgana Systems Limited, are pleased to announce the opening of its new US headquarters based in Rochester, New York.

The new facility will house offices, a training centre, a showroom facility, and a warehouse, and will become the base for all the company’s operations in the US. The office will be located at the new Lehigh Crossing Office Park and is scheduled to open on August 1st 2016 with a series of open house events for partners and dealers.

The Plockmatic Group goes to market in North America through two business units: Plockmatic International, with a focus on the inline sector of the post-press equipment market, partnering with the key engine manufacturers to offer unique cost effective inline booklet making solutions. They also cover the mailing sector, selling inserting systems directly and through OEM partnerships.

The second business unit is Morgana Systems. This part of the business looks after all the offline products, including folders, creasers, offline booklet makers and PUR perfect binders. Product is taken to market through a key dealer network across the US and Canada.

Announcing the opening of the new office, Jan Marstorp, CEO of the Plockmatic Group, said: “The new Rochester facility gives us a base for all of our North American operations. We have big plans for growth in this market and need to increase our infrastructure and systems to provide even better support to our partners, our dealers and the customers they serve.”

In addition to long standing collaboration with Xerox and Ricoh, Plockmatic has recently announced new partnerships at Drupa with Canon and Konica Minolta. Commenting on the new facility in Rochester, Scott Russell, VP of Inline Sales, said: “The new facility in Rochester is key to our growth in the USA. We currently train over of 100 manufacturer’s technicians every year on this site, and that’s set to increase. We also offer second level technical support to our OEM partners from this base and have simply outgrown our current premises. This new office gives us a larger base to work from as we bring new partners on board, and also gives us direct control over our logistics for the region.”

The offline part of the Plockmatic business is handled by Morgana Systems – a business that has a huge base of machines in the US supported by a key dealer group. VP of Sales for the offline business, Ray Hillhouse, said: “We needed this new US facility to offer the better support to our dealer base. Previously our machine logistics were based in Canada and our parts distribution was from the UK. Having our own warehouse and staff in the US will allow us to provide a much more efficient service to our dealers, and in turn, to our base of end users.” Hillhouse continued: “Previously training was conducted either in the UK or at one of our dealers sites. Just having the technical centre alone will give us a much better opportunity to run in depth courses on all our products.”

The Plockmatic Group recently announced the purchase of KGS srl, the Italian-based manufacturer of PUR perfect binders for Morgana. Hillhouse added: “Having recently acquired KGS, we can now really increase the volume of PUR binders we are placing in North America. Having the new showroom in Rochester will allow us to demonstrate the full range of binders, and give us a place to do specific customer testing on their applications.”

About The Plockmatic Group

The Plockmatic Group, based in Stockholm Sweden, is a worldwide supplier of finishing solutions to the print and mailing markets. With over 40 years of experience, the company has built up a strong and solid reputation as an efficient and flexible solutions provider for offline and inline applications. The Plockmatic Group is a leader in the innovation, development and manufacture of new equipment and technology. The Group’s two key business units are Plockmatic International and Morgana Systems Limited.

Plockmatic International focuses on inline booklet making and feeding solutions for a growing base of print engine manufacturers, and also supplies a range of mail inserting solutions.

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of products designed specifically to overcome the challenges of finishing digitally printed work. Since its acquisition by The Plockmatic Group in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of offline booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

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