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Manchester Metropolitan University adds Morgana DigiBook 150 Perfect Binder

12-11-2013

IT Print Services at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has purchased and installed a DigiBook 150 PUR perfect binding machine from Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing. The product replaces an ageing hot-melt perfect binding system from Horizon.

The DigiBook 150 is an entry-level PUR perfect binding machine designed with digital print in mind. It is capable of approximately 150 cycles per hour, it can bind publications with spine thicknesses from 2mm through to 50mm, in book sizes up to 380 x 320mm.

Commenting on the purchase decision, Paul Squires, IT Print Services Manager at MMU, said: “The DigiBook 150 is ideal for our busy University print service as the PUR technology produces the strength of bind that our staff and students need. It is also able to cope with a range of different substrates without weakening. Our most demanding task is binding students’ end-of-course books: these contain their project work, and will be reviewed by examiners and opened numerous times by both students and teachers. We found that hot-melt binding was not really meeting our high standards of production nor meeting our customers’ expectations.  

“Our students have high expectations and we believe we have the skills and equipment to meet those challenges. They have every right to expect the course books that they assemble of their work to be produced with the best equipment, reflecting this investment.”

MMU IT Print Services needs to meet these challenges with high standards and a focus to meet high expectations with the production demands for high volume and MFP print of more than 43 million pages per year. The service supports some 34,000 students and over 3,000 teaching staff.

The MMU IT Print Service handles a wide range of work, as is typical of a University print section. “Much of our work is focused on quality not quantity,” adds Paul Squires. “The Morgana DigiBook 150 helps us to maintain the quality aspect perfectly for our bound books, whether the run is a one-off or needs 2,000 copies.”

The DigiBook 150 is the entry-level product of the Morgana PUR range. A key feature of the 150, and across the DigiBook range, is the patented glue application system. Spine and side glue is applied using an adjustable slot applicator allowing accurate control over both functions to give the best possible results. All the machines have an hermetically sealed glue and cleaning system which gives the quickest possible start-up and shutdown of the system with minimal glue wastage.

PUR is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available, offering several additional advantages over other hot-melt adhesives. When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area these can often compromise the strength of a typical hot-melt perfect binding. PUR is resistant to this 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 stocks.

Commenting on the installation at MMU, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director of Morgana Systems, said: “This is the ideal unit for a University print unit that is handling such a wide range of work. There really is nothing else on the market with the type of glue system to compete with the DigiBook 150 product. The unit offers few fancy settings, but for the run lengths needed by a large percentage of digital printers these are simply not necessary. Where even more productive solutions are required, we have the DigiBook 300 and 450.”

PUR Range

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 which 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.

Bill Brown from Morgana Systems

Morgana's Bill Brown with the recently installed DigiBook 150

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