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Second PUR Plus High-Capacity Creaser for Belfast’s Northside

In Finishing on June 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Northern Ireland’s premier digital print business, Northside Graphics Ltd of Belfast, has added further Morgana finishing equipment in order to maintain its speed of delivery of digitally printed work.

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This latest investment consists of a Morgana DigiBook 200 PUR perfect binding machine – the second such machine for the Roundtower Industrial Estate premises – and a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 385 creasing machine, the first of the new high-capacity units to be installed in Northern Ireland. The new equipment has been purchased through and installed by Reprocentre NI, the Morgana dealer for Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the purchase decision, Richard Campbell, Operations Director at Northside in Belfast, said: “The recent purchase of a second Morgana DigiBook binder and high-capacity AutoCreaser has been made necessary by the huge growth in demand for PUR books from both Northside clients in Northern Ireland and from Northside’ s online business at the www.digitalprinting.co.uk web site.

“After working with the first DigiBook 200 for over a year, the purchase of a second machine was, for us, an easy decision and allowed us to keep up with the large growth in our customers’ demand for PUR bound books. We are able to produce any size and page content of book with quantities from 1 to 500 or more.

“The second Morgana DigiBook 200 has been purchased to replace an older PUR binder that had simply not been able to keep up with the quality, speed, and efficient production of the Morgana machine.”

Northside already has a number Morgana AutoCreasers and were about to purchase an additional machine to work alongside the new binder when the local dealer introduced the new Pro 385.

“The main benefit of the 385 is that we can crease covers for our PUR books in one pass rather than two thanks to its dual creasing capability, as well as produce other creased products faster than was previously possible. The new AutoCreaser Pro 385 sits with our two PUR binders so that we can quickly and easily crease all the covers for PUR bound books as we need them. The 385 is the first piece of equipment that we have bought without a live demo simply on the strength of our relationship with both Reprocentre and Morgana. We know and trust their products.”

Northside produce a wide range of digital print including leaflets, flyers, folders, labels, invites and booklets. The company currently employ 47 staff at the Belfast plant, providing a recently introduced 24-hour production capability. Northside’s current turnover is approximately £4 million per year.

Commenting on the installation, Bill Forde of Reprocentre NI, said: “We are delighted to have been able to assist Northside once again with the post-press equipment needs of the company. Having installed Northern Ireland’s first DigiBook 200 there almost a year ago, the need for a second such unit shows the growth of the customer, as well as their confidence in the equipment provided by Morgana. They now have the first AutoCreaser Pro 385 in Northern Ireland.”

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 200 is a truly innovative binding machine designed and built for today’s market requirements. It is easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel and icon graphics that allow the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds, including start-up and shut-down. Glue application is direct and hermetically sealed, without odour or toxic fume emissions, therefore not requiring extraction fans. The polyurethane glue is delivered via 2kg cartridges in a simple and waste-free manner.

AutoCreaser Pro 385

The introduction of a high-capacity vacuum top-feeder that can take a sheet pile of some 450mm is ideal for a busy print plant. Once the size and thickness of stock are entered, all other feeder functions including air and vacuum settings, and side guide positions are automatically adjusted for quick and easy setup of jobs. Stock of up to 0.4mm can be creased with virtually no cracking of the sheets or the toner on them.

As well as the new feeder, this version of the AutoCreaser will have a dual creasing blade and matrix, which is particularly useful if producing covers for perfect binding where the spine and hinge creases can be produced in one pass, or for those users who wish to change creasing profiles regularly. The new AutoCreaser Pro 385 can run at up to 8,500 sheets per hour.

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Come Fly Away! Print 2 Finish Event, Hendon

In Finishing on April 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Morgana Systems invite you to join them at Print 2 Finish at the RAF Museum, Hendon, on 17th and 18th May for a hands-on look at the future of the printing business.

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In a 24/7 online world, the future of print is evolving and becoming increasingly challenging. To meet customer demands and grow your print business you need integrated print applications that enable you to offer fresh products or services. Print 2 Finish gives you the opportunity to connect with like-minded organisations and industry leading suppliers of Production Print Technology, including Morgana, Konica Minolta, Vivid and EFI.

All attendees to the event will get free entry to the museum and a 4D theatre experience of the world famous Red Arrows aerobatic team, or alternatively enjoy a Eurofighter Simulator ride with either the Red Arrows – a thrilling flight with Red 7, or the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Join Morgana at the RAF Museum in Hendon and see how together we can help your business grow!

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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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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