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The Digital Press Upgrades to DigiBook 300


Peter Randall from The Digital PressThe Digital Press, Poole, Dorset: twelve months on from installing a DigiBook 150 PUR perfect binding machine, the company has announced that it has upgraded the unit to a DigiBook 300 from Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing. The enhancement will enable the business to potentially double its throughput of bound books.

Commenting on the decision, Peter Randall, pictured left, owner of The Digital Press, said: “The DigiBook 150 was the ideal starting point for us with PUR. We had been using hot-melt prior to that purchase, and it really was not suitable for short-run perfect binding of digital work. Now, just one year on, we have out-grown the DigiBook 150! Typical runs for us have now grown to 400 or 500 copies: that is perhaps just a bit too much for the 150 due to the amount of handling in the process. The DigiBook 300 is a lot more automated, making it ideal for that size of order.

“The DigiBook 300 speeds up the whole set-up process, is easier to use with less manual intervention, and the adjustable milling capability provides a much better solution for section work: we can mill up to 2.5mm which provides for significantly better adhesion.

“We are expecting some longer print runs to bind early in 2014: they will be a breeze now with the DigiBook 300. I have to add, however, that the 150 is still a great product – it is ideal for organisations handling very short runs of digitally produced books, and offers a very affordable entry point for PUR. The great thing about buying such a device from Morgana is that you can then progress to the next model in the range as your business in this sector grows.”

Typical work for perfect binding at The Digital Press includes pre-runs and preview copies of paperback books for publishers, or final proof copies of some publications; short-run manuals; and property booklets. “The additional capacity provided to us by the new machine will allow us to offer binding as a service to other digital print companies in the area,” added Peter Randall. “We had anticipated doing this with the first PUR machine, but we never really found the time!” Digital print production at The Digital Press is created on a highly productive Xeikon 5000 machine.

DigiBook 300 is capable of producing up to 300 books per hour with spine thicknesses from 2mm through to 50mm, and binding length from 100mm up to 450mm. The angled work surface keeps books in a vertical position.

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 The Digital Press, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “This order just shows how quickly the demands for high quality PUR binding can grow once a print business has the facility. Just 12 months ago Peter installed his first DigiBook and was delighted with his new capability. Now, he can see the benefit of speeding up the whole process in order to process even more finishing work.”

For more details on The Digital Press see www.thedigitalpress.co.uk/ or call them on 01202 300 666.

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 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.

“PUR binding for digital is a real growth area for finishing equipment providers. We have seen significant interest since we announced the DigiBook 300 at the end of 2011, and have been delighted at the growth of interest during the course of this year,” said Quen Baum, Managing Director of Morgana Systems. “With us now having a full range of PUR binders, we have a model to suit everyone’s production requirements. I expect to receive a strong interest from both our UK and international audiences.”

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