Newprint expands Morgana fleet with triple installation

By Richard Stuart-Turner, Tuesday 20 February 2018

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Newprint has bolstered its finishing line-up after spending around £50,000 on three new Morgana machines.

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Prior: "We are now actively seeking more laminating work"

The Newmarket-based company took delivery of a DigiFold 385 in October, a 450 laminator just before Christmas, and an EBA guillotine last week.

The new kit has joined existing Morgana machinery including a BM500 bookletmaker, a KB 2000 perfect binding machine and an FSN numbering unit.

The DigiFold 385 is a high-capacity, standalone paper folding and creasing machine that employs a creasing rule and matrix – the DynaCrease – that eliminates tearing and, therefore, cracking. This device has replaced an older Morgana model at the firm’s premises.

The 450 laminator, which was previewed at Ipex in October and has recently been made commercially available, has replaced a hand-fed laminator from Vivid Laminating Technologies, which the company has sold on.

The 450 perforates the film, which is said to make sheet separation more effective and reliable. The system is also suction fed, which speeds up the laminating process.

Newprint managing director David Prior, who jointly owns the business with Paul Howe, said: “We first heard about the 450 from a Morgana representative at a local event.

“We went up to Ipex to see it and we fell in love with it. It’s great, you can load it up and virtually leave it alone – it was just what we were looking for.

“We are now actively seeking more laminating work, rather than shying away from it.”

Prior described the DigiFold 385 as “the ideal machine for us to move to”. He said: “We had a creasing system before, but DigiFold creases and folds, and it does both tasks very well.”

The new EBA guillotine has replaced a Polar 55EM, which was sold on.

“We wanted a guillotine with a bigger cut on it, rather than just 55[cm], because we sometimes get B1 sheets,” said Prior.

“The EBA gives us the greater cutting width without being a massive great machine, so it fitted into the space we have here.”

Newprint operates both litho and digital printing equipment, with its Ryobi 522HE press and two Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1070 printers producing a wide range of short-run general commercial work. With four full-time staff and one part-timer, the firm turns over up to £500,000 a year.

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