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Morgana System 2000 Booklet Maker installed at Halton Borough Council

01-11-2013

New bookletmaker set to attract more work at council

Halton Borough Council has upgraded its post-press output with a System 2000 bookletmaker from Morgana Systems following a recent upgrade of its digital print output.

The Cheshire council, which has installed print devices from Konica Minolta two months ago, looked at several booklet systems, before deciding on the Morgana device, according to principal reprographics officer Alan Argent.

"It is highly versatile and requires the minimum of adjustment to cope with the wide range of work we produce," said Argent. "Even though the machine has been in only a few weeks we have managed one urgent request from our local theatre that we could never have coped with in-house before the arrival of this unit. They needed programmes in a last minute rush: we turned the entire job around inside a day."

Halton’s digital department upgraded their colour and a black and white machines to three Konica Minoltas - a Bizhub C6000 colour machine and two Bizhub Pro 951 black and white models - to print booklets for internal departments.

Argent said the efficiency of the new booklet making system may attract commercial work beyond its usual customer base, such as local schools. The Morgana replaced a Watkiss bookletmaker, which was used alongside a two-colour Komori litho press before Halton went digital four years ago.

"The System 2000 can produce booklets up to 120 pages, with output of up to 3,000 booklets an hour though our typical runs are in their hundreds," he said. "We can now offer more on the finishing side so maybe we can attract more work."

The system is fed by the hybrid Morgana ACF510 feeder capable of feeding pre-collated sets from a digital print engine, collating litho printed sections, or combining both into a finished book product. The heavy-duty booklet making section comes with heavy duty stapling heads and fore-edge trimmer.

Morgana marketing director Ray Hillhouse said: "The needs of this installation show the difference in post-press requirements when making the change from litho to digital. Older-style binding kit just can’t compare with efficient booklet making systems made with digital production in mind."

Halton Andy Rhodes operates the Morgana System 2000 at Halton Borough Council

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