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Morgana to Distribute Valiani Cutting Tables

In Finishing on June 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, is delighted to announce the addition of Valiani Mat Pro flatbed automated cutting tables to its UK range of post-press products.

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The Italian manufactured cutting tables are available in three models: the Mat Pro Ultra 80, 120 and 150, with the largest having a working area of 1,515 x 1,051mm. All the models are available in a vacuum version for more demanding applications. A key feature of the Mat Pro Ultra is 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 or embossing very swiftly. A range of software and hardware accessories allows each cutting machine to be customised for different production requirements.

Click here to see the Mat Pro Ultra in action.

V-Studio is the Valiani Operating Software that drives the cutting, creasing, perforating and embossing operations, with specific modules available for particular tasks, such as packaging or board-mount applications.

Commenting on the reasons for adding the products to Morgana’s extensive range of finishing equipment, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “Many of our customers involved in digital production also produce large format printing. There is often a need for a cutting table for point-of-sales products and for ultra-short runs of digital packaging items, both for cut-sheet applications and large format. In addition to these, we have received interest from some of our die-cutting customers who are keen to make prototypes before going to the expense of having long run dies made. The Valiani range of cutting tables offers excellent value for money and great versatility.”

The Valiani products were initially introduced into Morgana’s sister companies PDF Sweden AB and PDF Baltics earlier this year. Both have had a great response from end users, with initial installations running extremely well.

As a business Valiani, based in Firenze, Italy, has almost 40 years experience in manufacturing cutting tables primarily for the framing industry, and has recently ventured into the graphics industry. The partnership with Morgana gives them instant access to a wide customer base entrenched in digital printing applications. Cutting thicknesses can be adjusted right through to a maximum of 5mm (5/16”) in 0.1mm increments.

Systems range from around £15,000 to £25,000, depending on configuration and software options.

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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JH Label Solutions Installs First NI Xeikon Label Press

In Digital Presses on June 2, 2015 at 9:54 am

Xeikon, manufacturing innovator in digital label printing, has announced details of the installation of its first digital label press in Northern Ireland with a Xeikon 3030 label press now in place at JH Label Solutions, Lurgan.

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JH Label Solutions (James Hamilton Group) were established almost seven years ago in order to produce high quality and fast turnaround labels for the food packaging industry, in which it was already involved. “Clear plastic packaging suddenly got very popular in the FMCG sector and that also that needed labelling,” said Keith Hamilton, Managing Director of JH Label Solutions (pictured above, right). “We relied on outsourcing labels prior, but eventually realized that there was a need in the market for a competitive, innovative, flexible with speed-to-market label printer. It was decided that we should buy our own UV flexographic press – we ended up with three in a very short time! Two eight-colour and one four-colour Nilpeter machines, as demand for our label output grew rapidly and as beverage customers also wanted our high quality and speed-to-market labels.”

“Digital is already beginning to follow a similar path. We recognised the trend in shorter run-lengths, multiple label types, and ever-tighter production deadlines. We had to react to our market and our customers’ market demands if we were to still lead the way in innovation, quality and speed. Label printing technology is moving very quickly and we needed to be at the forefront of it. We went to the Xeikon Café Exhibition towards the end of 2014, and they were able to show us the latest in digital printing technology.”

The Xeikon 3030 digital label press and offline Xeikon Dcoat finishing unit are now in production at the company’s Lurgan plant and Keith Hamilton is already surprised at the speed that the project is moving forward at: “The press was only up-and-running at beginning of February and already word is getting around and the machine is very busy,” added Keith Hamilton.

Xeikon 3030 is the narrow web entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. It is ideal for label converters looking to make their first move into digital production. In addition to prime label applications, the press is also suitable for producing promotional and transfer applications.

Xeikon 3030 has a variable web width ranging from 200 mm (7.9 inches) up to 330 mm (13 inches). It runs at a top speed of 9.6 m/min (31.5 ft/min) and can handle production volumes of up to 190 square meters/hour (294.5 MSI/hour). Based on customer requirements, the Xeikon 3030 can be field-upgraded to one of the higher speed and / or wider press models of the Xeikon 3000 Series.

The Xeikon Dcoat post-press unit that was provides for laminating, varnishing, die-cutting, and stripping. The unit is being used in an offline configuration.

“As is our style, we wanted to be at the forefront of the digital label business in Northern Ireland. We did major market research on digital machines around Europe and analysed their advantages and disadvantages and Xeikon stood out as the supplier of choice – they understand our ethos of innovation, technology, quality and speed-to-market solutions. We did see the Xeikon machines installed at some of their current customers, and they were very honest with us about the benefits of going digital, all of which helped us with our decision,” added Keith Hamilton.

Commenting about the machine installation on behalf of Xeikon, Filip Weymans. Director Segment Marketing and Business Development Labels and Packaging at Xeikon, said: “It is great to get our first machine into Northern Ireland, and to have been able to convince Keith and the team at JH Label Solutions that Xeikon is the perfect partner for them. Similar to what happened when they moved into flexographic label printing, I am sure that it will not be long before they are looking for a second Xeikon to support their digital move!”

About JH Label Solutions

JH Label Solutions are unique in many ways. We recognise the part our product contributes to your business and therefore we give every label unique attention. We focus on providing the perfect print solution. Whether you are a large production facility or a small corner shop, we can cater for every need. Consulting with the Brand Owners, Design Companies, Production Facilities and Contract Packers we ensure that, not only will our customers get a cost effective product but also one that functions perfectly in the production environment.

For further information on the company visit the web site here.

About Xeikon
Xeikon is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.

As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces plate makers for newspaper offset printing applications. Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market. These proven CtP systems combine the latest exposure techniques with cost-efficient UV plate technology, high imaging quality and flexibility.

For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.
ThermoFlexX systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, colour management, as well as workflow management.

All the Xeikon solutions are designed with the overarching principles of profitability, quality, flexibility and sustainability in mind. With these guiding principles and a deep, intimate knowledge of its customers, Xeikon continues to be one of the industry’s leading innovators of products and solutions.

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Morgana to Join APME 2015 May Conference

In Finishing on May 21, 2015 at 9:15 am

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Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced that it will exhibit at this years Association of Print Managers in Education (APME) conference, which will take place from Sunday May 31 through to Wednesday June 3 at Shrigley Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

The aim of the conference is to provide a full and topical programme to stimulate debate and to provide real developmental sessions that keep APME members informed of current trends across design and print amidst the culture of change that will never quite be “business as usual”.

For its part, the post-press for digital print specialist plans to show a range of the latest finishing equipment suited to such customers, including BM60 compact bookletmaker, which will be shown with the PL104 square back option, the recently introduced AeroCut Nano small format cutting device, and the Bindomatic 7000 thermal binder for fast and efficient finishing of documents.

Conference Theme: “A Culture of Change”

As a vital cog in the wheel, university print and creative teams must adapt. They must provide new and creative solutions to standards that are higher than ever before, and be certain that they are are providing cost-effective services that equal value for money.

Universities are dynamic, living breathing environments that push the frontiers of knowledge. They inspire. Universities also have to balance the books and generate surpluses to support world-changing research as well as the costs of teaching and learning.

Many APME members have to manage far more than traditional print or copying. Together they span photography, video, creative design, scanning, and distance learning for example, and are likely to want to branch out further if they can demonstrate value.

From 2015, universities in England will be able to recruit as many students as they like. Competition between institutions nationally and globally is accelerating. Innovators will stand the best chances of recruiting the best students, attracting/retaining the best staff and offering the best experiences. The stakes are high. Printed marketing materials must stand out and be produced to higher standards that ever before.

Commenting on the decision to show the company’s products at the APME event, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems, said: “Along with the continued growth in digital print, demands on post-press production in the education sector have also increased. This event will give Morgana a tremendous opportunity to both show and discuss our latest products for this ever more sophisticated market. It will be a delight to meet with both old friends and new from the APME membership.”

Full details of the APME 2015 Conference can be found here.

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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