TG Print wins New Trade Business with DigiBook 200
TG Print & Design, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, has become the latest UK print business to install a Morgana DigiBook 200 PUR perfect binding machine. Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, launched the DigiBook 200 last year at Ipex 2014 as the latest addition to its popular PUR perfect binder range.
The company prints both litho and digital work and offers its binding services out to the trade. Litho work at TG Print & Design is handled with a Heidelberg XL75, with a combination of Konica Minolta 6000 and MGI Meteor machines handling the digital throughput. Wide format production is undertaken on both EFI flat-bed and HP equipment. The business is on target to achieve a £3 million turnover in its current financial year.
Commenting on the latest Morgana purchase, Dave Duhig, Managing Director of TG Print & Design, said: “We had been considering the benefits of bringing PUR binding in-house for some time. We have an excellent relationship with the team at Morgana, and they offered us a trail of the DigiBook 200, suggesting that this machine would be more than capable of handling the work that we needed to produce, with the quality of bind that we were looking for. The trial was a great success – in fact it was so good that we picked up two new trade jobs because of it!”
The DigiBook 200 joins a range of other Morgana equipment, including an AutoCreaser, DigiFold Pro, and one of the suppliers laminating products.
“In addition to winning new trade work, the DigiBook means that we are saving money on placing PUR work out ourselves, and keeping a much tighter hold on production schedules. The fact that we can now produce PUR binding at a more cost effective price means that we have been able to tempt a number of customers to try it – they then become hooked on the quality of bind they get back.”
Commenting on the performance of the machine, Dave added: “We might not use it for several days, but when we need PUR it is available immediately, and like everything we buy from Morgana, it is reliable, efficient, and affordable.”
Short-run work completed on the DigiBook 200 at TG Print & Design has included the production of advance copies and even proof copies of publications. “It makes a big difference to how customers view you as a supplier when you turn up with a couple of finished books rather than a whole bundle of loose sheets,” said Dave.
Passing comment on this latest machine order from the PUR range, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “We have been delighted over the last year with the reception of the DigiBook 200. TG Print illustrates yet again that the product offers the ideal solution for print businesses seeking quality PUR binding for short to medium-run work. The quality of bind, the speed of production, and the cost of the system are making it an essential tool for today’s fast turnaround print business.”
The DigiBook 200 handles spine lengths from 110 to 320mm and the maximum thickness is 50mm. Retractable spine milling means that the device can go from soft- to hard-cover binding at the flick of a switch. Side gluing for the cover hinge is adjustable depending upon the cover style required.
Demand for PUR binding from digital printers has been growing swiftly in recent years. The DigiBook range from Morgana Systems has proved extremely popular with print operations seeking a more effective and substantial bind than that offered by regular hot-melt devices.
The DigiBook range of machines are suited to both traditional and digital printers who require either short-run or production capacity PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard. The innovative DigiBook range of machines are equipped with a patented closed gluing system, where the spine and side gluing is applied by a slot applicator for the utmost binding quality and accuracy.
DigiBook machines are innovative bookbinding products designed and built for the very latest market requirements. They are easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel with icon graphics, suitable for the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds. These include both start-up and shutdown and use a new, innovative system that is covered by a number of international patents.
The applicator is direct, and is hermetically sealed, without odour or toxic fume emissions, meaning that no extractor fan is required. This solution allows for the use of polyurethane glue in cartridges of up to 3kg, all adding up to simple and waste-free binding.
About TG Print & Design
The company started life as a small printing operation in 2000. Now based in prestigious offices in Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, the business has shown steady growth over the years, and can boast a national client base. Offering 24-hour turnaround on many jobs, along with a highly competitive pricing structure, has put TG Print in the premier league of UK printers. An ever-growing range of printed products includes security foil tickets, banners, roller banners, and canvas prints mounted on frames.
The DigiBook 200 installed at TG Print & Design, shown here with Leda Struga - Digital Mac Operator and Chloe Fisher - Assistant Office Manager