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Colourgraphic Arts Adds PUR from Morgana

In Finishing on November 26, 2015 at 11:11 am

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Bordon, Hampshire-based Colourgraphic Arts has equipped itself with a PUR binder and creasing device from Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing. The DigiBook 450 represents the top of the range PUR device provided by Morgana, whilst the AutoCreaser Pro 50 will speed up the production of short-run work at the company.

Following a recent steady increase in higher pagination work the Hampshire litho and digital print producer had been placing an increasing amount of perfect binding with external suppliers. With a 1.5 hour drive to the nearest provider the process was beginning to have an impact on speed of turnaround for urgent jobs: “We have a focus on bringing as many processes in-house as we can, so it just made sense for us to make PUR our next investment,” said Vince Scardarella, Managing Director of Colourgraphic Arts.

Commenting on the purchase process, Dronz Arigho, production manager at the company, said: “We were able to review the full Morgana range of PUR binders at the company’s Milton Keynes showroom, including the 200 and the 300, but our business focus is always on best quality and speed of service, so it made sense for us to go for the top of the range. The DigiBook 450 gives a production speed of up to 450 books per hour. This comes into its own when we are finishing the longer run litho printed work.”

To further aid faster finishing, the company included a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 50 in its order. Whilst the company continues to use cylinder press for its longer run cutting and creasing requirements, much of the shorter run work doesn’t warrant the set-up time needed on that machine. “Where we have a digitally printed run of 50 sheets that needs creasing the AutoCreaser is the perfect solution – we can run the job in the time it would take the cylinder press to make-ready,” said Vince Scardarella.

“We often work with thicker materials when producing high quality products – substrates such as 170gsm coated stock definitely need creasing before further finishing stages are carried out. A dedicated creaser is important to producing a top quality job.”

With over seven years of digital print experience, the company currently uses two Canon ImagePress production machines, along with a five-colour Heidelberg Speemaster CD B2-format litho press. The company produce a wide range of commercial colour print, including books, periodicals, promotional, and brochure work.

Commenting on the order, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “We often focus on the advantages to the digital printer of the DigiBook range – fast make-ready and the sealed glue tank, making them ideal for short run production – but the DigiBook 450 model is also ideal for those producing longer run work via litho. The guys from Colourgraphic were able to see the benefits of the additional automation offered by this top of the range model.”

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 450 perfect binding machine is ideally suited to litho and digital printers that require medium to long runs of PUR perfect bound books to a high standard. This innovative machine is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is applied by a slot applicator for the utmost bringing quality and accuracy.

About Colourgraphic Arts

Established in 1982, Colourgraphic Arts has successfully grown from its beginnings as a reprographics and printing company into a dynamic organisation offering integrated marketing solutions, with an enviable reputation for quality. The company prides itself on taking on the work that others find difficult to produce.

The company offers a truly in-house approach to production, and employs a dedicated and professional staff of 15 with a wealth of knowledge spanning graphic design, pre-press, printing and finishing.

Based in Bordon, Hampshire, the company enjoys easy access to London and the South Coast via the A3 and M3.

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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Your Print Solution invests in Morgana PUR Binding

In Finishing on August 24, 2015 at 11:33 am

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Digital print business Your Print Solution, High Wycombe, has announced the installation of a DigiBook 200 PUR binder from Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing.

The unit represents the first venture into PUR binding for the company. The Morgana DigiBook 200 is the perfect match for the short to medium production runs undertaken at the High Wycombe digital print company.

Commenting on the purchase decision, Steven Brown, Managing Director of Your Print Solution (pictured above), said: “We had looked at hot melt binding as a solution, but the latest range of Morgana’s PUR machines really impressed us with the quality of bind produced and the range of materials that it could handle.

“We had been using a short-run fast bind solution previously, working with EVA glue, but we were finding this unsuitable for larger publications and certainly troublesome for digitally produced pages on certain stocks. PUR seems to be able to cope with just about anything we need to bind, delivering a solid, reliable finished publication.”

Typical binding work at the company can be anything from runs of one through to 200 copies or more. The DigiBook 200 handles spine lengths from 110mm to 320 mm and a maximum thickness of 50mm.

“During this first few weeks of operation with the DigiBook 200 our team has been able to test out the product on a wide variety of work, including a run of brochures consisting of 300 copies. Production has been fast and the strength of bind is fantastic.

“This new machine will help us move into the short-run digital photobook market, where the business-to-business sector will be in sharp focus for us. We are also intending to expand our trade binding services as there are currently no other short-run PUR capabilities in this area,” added Steven Brown.

In addition to producing digital print via its Indigo 7000, the company also produces a comprehensive range of wide format work via the latest HP Designjet L26500. The near-ten-year-old business employs a team of 17 at its West Wycombe Road premises. The PUR binder joins a Morgana DigiFold machine and a host of other finishing solutions including bookletmaking, folding, case-bound book production, and wire-o-binding.

Web-to-print is an important focus for the company. Its largely bespoke system manages the print requirements of a number of major customers, including Wimpy, Twentieth Century Fox, and YMCA. Taking the work it produces for Wimpy as an example of the power the system brings to job preparation, Steven Brown explains: “We produce four different menus per restaurant, for 150 locations, but as they are all franchised businesses each has its own pricing: that is quite a challenge, but it’s the sort of thing that our web-to-print system helps us to produce quickly, accurately and effectively.”

Commenting on the installation at Your Print Solution, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “DigiBook 200 is fast becoming the UK’s short to medium run perfect binder of choice, and Your Print Solution has the perfect mix of work for the machine. It will be the ideal finishing solution to help them into the photobook market.

“As many companies have recognised, hot melt binding is not the ideal system when dealing with short-run digitally printed output. The unique range of DigiBook PUR products from Morgana offer the ideal solution for printers that need to produce quality binding for digitally printed publications.”

For further information on Your Print Solution call 01494 372 800, or visit the http://www.yourprintsolution.co.uk web site.

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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Shiremoor Press Adds Konica Digital from Apex

In Digital Presses on August 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

Shiremoor Press, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has announced details of its first venture into professional digitally printed output with the addition of a Konica Minolta C1085. The product was supplied and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead and Leeds, a UK distributor for Konica Minolta and the official UK distributor for Ryobi MHI presses up to and including SRA1 format, and the exclusive CtP and plate distributor for the Chinese pre-press manufacturer CRON for both UK and Ireland.

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The four-colour Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1085 is capable of producing up to 85 A4-pages per minute, and can handle stock thicknesses from 55gsm through to 350gsm. The machine is focused on high productivity with high-quality suction paper feed and registration systems, as well as providing for stable image reproduction with inline automatic density control.  The C1085 uses an enhanced imaging system, closed-loop colour controls and the latest generation of Konica’s Simitri HD toner, which combine to produce colour consistent results. Post-printing the equipment is equipped with de-curler, stapler and stacker, and booklet maker.

Having reviewed a variety of digital machines on the market, the Konica Minolta product stood out because of its consistent results and the fact that Apex Digital Graphics could supply and install the equipment. Apex was the preferred supplier of the solution due to the long-standing relationship that Managing Director Keith Whisson and the rest of the Shiremoor Press team had with the company: “I know that I can trust Bob, Neil and the guys at Apex: we have purchased pre-press and printing equipment from them in the past and I know that they are a reliable company to deal with. The after-sales service is first class. If they say a product will do something, they make sure that it does!”

“Everything has fallen into place regarding our new digital venture,” added Keith. “We were seeking a reliable, skilled digital operator, and a guy who had previously worked as a lead demonstrator for a digital equipment supplier in New Zealand turned up: he is excellent and is already making the kit sing. It’s a bit like Newcastle United advertising for a footballer and Ronaldo turning up!”

The company has also recruited Ian Gordon, a former Digital Operations Director with Tangent in the North East (the former Ravensworth Digital site). “Ian has a long history of managing high-quality, highly productive digital print operations. His knowledge and skills will be an invaluable asset to us as we seek to grow this side of the business,” commented Keith.

In addition to the personnel, work has also started to arrive in significant quantities: “Enquiries for digital print are taking off really well – which is ideal of course. Both existing customers and new clients seeking fast turnaround are impressed by the quality of the output.”

The business will focus its efforts on a mix of trade work, point-of-sale and retail focused print. It has already produced a small quantity of variable data to date, though it does envisage that this will expand as customers learn more about its potential. “We are not on the hunt for the small orders though,” confirmed Keith Whisson. “We are actively seeking orders where we can provide a full service solution to clients.”

The company’s fast turnaround, high-quality, full colour litho print expertise dates back to the introduction of the Heidelberg DI press in 1999. The company’s Apex experience includes its five-colour Ryobi 750 Series B2-format press, installed back in 2006.

Adding further thoughts to his digital move, Keith Whisson said: “Digital needs good technical support: though the equipment has come along way in recent years, none of these machines are 100% reliable. We know that Apex has the support structure to ensure that the Konica Minolta will deliver.”

The company has calibrated the Konica Minolta digital engine to produce colour to the same ISO-based standards as its Ryobi press and proofing system to ensure consistent colour across the board. The company commissioned to do the work were highly impressed at the accuracy of the Konica Minolta: they said that, in their opinion, it was within the tightest tolerances of being a high-end proofer.

Commenting on the installation for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director for the supplier, said: “We are delighted that Keith and the team selected Apex as the supplier of equipment for its digital venture. As a print focused business they could clearly see the benefits of having a business relationship with a supplier that understands the needs of a printer, rather than buying product from a “box shifter”, where quality support would come at a premium. With Apex, first class product support comes as standard.”

About Shiremoor Press

Forty-six year old Shiremoor Press, based on the Camperdown Industrial Estate in Newcastle, print a wide range of commercial items, including marketing materials and short-run packaging work for customers in and around the UK.

Shiremoor Press work 24-hour shifts in order to meet customer demands and offers a full print service, including its own studio for job preparation and in-house finishing equipment.

For further information on the company call Shiremoor Press on 0191 216 9990 or visit the www.shiremoor-press.co.uk web site.

About Apex Digital Graphics 

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi Mitsubishi range of printing presses through to SRA1 format and Cron metal-based platesetters. Apex also distributes the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.

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