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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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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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The Print Show: High-Capacity DigiFold & AutoCreaser

In Finishing on July 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, will give a UK show debut to the next generation DigiFold Pro and AutoCreaser Pro at this year’s Print Show event in Birmingham. The new machines take centre stage alongside the latest additions to the company’s bookletmaking systems.

Commenting on the new DigiFold Pro 385, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said: “The DigiFold has long been the benchmark product in the creaser / folder sector. With the improvements in speed and productivity for the current crop of digital print engines, Morgana needs to provide an additional option for our customers. After surveying our DigiFold users, we’ve been able to address what they need as their digital production grows.”

One of the key changes from previous DigiFold models is the introduction of a high-capacity vacuum top-feeder that can take a sheet pile of up to 450mm. Once the size and thickness of stock are entered, all other feeder functions including air and vacuum settings, side guide positions, and fold roller gaps are automatically adjusted for quick and easy setup of jobs. Stock of up to 0.4mm can be creased and folded with virtually no cracking of the sheets or the toner on them.

Another new feature is the dual creasing blades, the Morgana DynaCrease, for creasing and folding applications at over 6,000 sheets per hour, and one for “creasing only mode” which allows the widest range of applications to be produced on one machine.

Ray Hillhouse added: “The new Pro 385 model will top the DigiFold range providing a heavy-duty machine for longer run applications of both digitally and litho printed work – it’s exactly what our larger customers have been asking for.”

In addition to the new DigiFold Pro, the AutoCreaser Pro 385 will also be shown, similarly benefiting from the new high-capacity feeder. Hillhouse continued: “The AutoCreaser is still our best-selling machine and the new Pro 385 will take us into higher volume applications with a heavier duty machine.”

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.

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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