Bristol-based print business KB Digital is a long-standing Morgana customer, with current equipment including a Morgana Major folder and a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 50. KB Digital has further expanded its finishing capabilities with the purchase of a Morgana PowerSquare 160 booklet maker.
Commenting on the reasons behind latest addition, KB Digital owner Keith Bohr said, ‘Customers are always keen to find new ways to present their printed product. We see the A4 landscape capabilities of this booklet maker as an ideal solution to that need. Our Ricoh print engine is capable of producing long prints, so the PowerSquare 160 now gives us the capability to produce the finished article.
‘I did look at other suppliers’ products, but the ability of the Morgana unit to also produce a square-back finish to booklets made a big difference. It’s the sort of finishing touch that customers don’t know they need until they see it – then they are excited by it. It gives that paperback book look to a booklet or brochure, making it look superior to the standard folded finish.’
The PowerSquare 160 purchase was completed when Bohr ran a live job on the machine in Morgana’s Milton Keynes showroom. ‘Running real work is the best way to see a machine in action,’ said Bohr. ‘It was only a few hundred copies, so I took the job along to the demo. The machine was very easy to set up, and such a short run that it was produced in minutes, but it gave me the confidence to go ahead and place the order.’
Morgana PowerSquare 160 is an open-architecture, complete booklet making system that staples, folds, forms and trims in a single pass to produce added value SquareBack books. The system meets the needs of mid to high volume printers, and is capable of producing A4 landscape books. The machine can be hand fed, or configured with one or two precise and reliable vacuum feeders, each with a 270mm capacity. Optical mark recognition (OMR) is standard, with an option to add barcode readers. Finishing print jobs offline gives flexibility in the workflow and allows the unit to handle the output from multiple digital engines.
The PowerSquare 160 is flexible and versatile: it lets the user produce booklets from a wide range of sheet sizes and materials, including A4 landscape format and heavy cover stocks. Optional accessories for full bleed trimming and book stacking enable users to increase productivity and efficiency. The unit can produce a wide range of formats including A6, A5, A4, and A4 landscape on stock of up to 400gsm. Booklets of up to 160 pages of 80gsm, or up to a thickness of 8mm, can easily be produced, replacing the need for perfect binding for a great many publications.