Bookletmaking at Bishop Grosseteste University
The Reprographics Department at Lincoln-based Bishop Grosseteste University has announced details of an investment in post-press equipment consisting of a Morgana BM350 bookletmaker and Morgana DigiFold Pro creasing and folding system.
Commenting on the purchase decision, Alan Stacey, Reprographics Manager at Bishop Grosseteste University, said: “We have been producing an increasing amount of booklet work for our University and the cost of placing this work with outside sources was steadily increasing to the point where it made sense for us to look at purchasing equipment in order to bring the work in-house. We looked at a number of suppliers, but Morgana was the one that ticked all of the boxes.
“The BM350 is a proper commercial printers bookletmaking system. The air-fed system provides for fast and efficient feeding of printed pages into the binder, and the square-back option gives that high-quality look to our publications. It also makes them a lot easier to stack!”
Features such as the manual feed allow for very short run booklets – one or two copies – to be produced without any set-up, although Alan is also very impressed with the software side of the system: “The software is easy to use with on-screen prompts to aid very fast and efficient job set-up.”
BM350 is capable of producing stitched booklets of up to 140 pages. The patented folding mechanism employed provides a sharp and professional finish. It can work with standard A4, A3, B4, SRA4, and SRA3 paper sizes, as well as custom sizes.
With regard to the DigiFold Pro, Alan adds: “When it comes to creasing and folding work the DigiFold is a powerhouse – it copes with a wide range of stocks and is also very easy to set-up and to use.” The department also uses the unit for perforating tasks.
Morgana DigiFold Pro employs a unique creasing rule and matrix, the DynaCrease, that eliminates tearing and, therefore, cracking on a digitally printed sheet. By using this patented technology DigiFold Pro is able to crease and fold over 6,000 A4 sheets an hour. This excellent throughput speed is achieved by creasing the sheet without stopping it, yet maintaining an accuracy of plus or minus 0.1mm.
Controlled by the same innovative seven-inch SmartScreen panel as the rest of the Morgana Pro range, DigiFold Pro is instructed how long the sheet is and which crease and fold to produce. All settings and adjustments are made using the SmartScreen and, as only symbols are used, operation couldn’t be simpler.
In addition to providing a full range of print services to the University the Reprographics team also provide internal service and support 48 colour copiers and printers across the site. “Copiers and printers are of great value to our customers for very short runs, but for anything larger we are on hand to provide a fast and efficient printing service,” said Alan Stacey.
Commenting on the installation, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “The BM350 is the ideal bookletmaker for a busy reprographics department where fast turnaround is very much the order of the day. Morgana offers a wide range of offline bookletmaking products suitable for both in-house and commercial print operations.”
Bishop Grosseteste University was established in January 1862 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012.
BGU is a top three university for student employability with over 97% of leavers in work or study six months after graduating (2014/15 DLHE – read more here).
BGU is the 2nd highest ranked public university in England for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016 – read more here).
BGU has over 2,300 students, including undergraduate, postgraduate and research, with over 280 students at collaborative partners across Lincolnshire.
To learn more about Bishop Grosseteste University visit www.bishopg.ac.uk