Morgana Systems has launched a new booklet maker, the BM500, capable of producing booklets of up to 200 pages. Essentially it’s an offline version of a booklet maker that Morgana sells on an OEM basis through Xerox and Ricoh resellers for use with their digital printers.
It’s the first Morgana booklet maker to incorporate the new full-colour touchscreen interface that gives very clear visible instructions to the operator on all machine functions. Ray Hillhouse, Sales & Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “We anticipate that this design will be incorporated into all new machine releases.”
It can be bought as a stand-alone hand-fed unit, or linked with a feeder such as the AF602. The booklet maker can also be supplied with a lead edge trimmer and with the Morgana Squarefold option for flat edged books.
Morgana does sell directly a smaller version, the BM350, which can produce up to 35 sheets of 80gsm – giving booklets of up to 140 pages.
Morgana also announced a record sales year for 2014, with turnover increasing by 20% compared to 2013. Managing Director Quen Baum attributed this to some recovery in export markets and new products from Plockmatic, which owns Morgana.
The company has restructured itself, setting up two new business units – Offline Sales and Inline Sales – within the combined Morgana and Plockmatic organization. Hillhouse becomes vice president of the Offline Business Unit based in the UK, while Scott Russell will head the Inline and Mailing Business Unit, which will be based at the Plockmatic headquarters in Stockholm. Quen Baum will become Senior Vice President for Business Development, responsible for growth through product development and potential technology acquisitions. Group CEO, Jan Marstorp, explained: “Adding the Morgana organisation to the group has doubled the turnover of Plockmatic. We need this new structure to recognise the importance of the offline business to our overall growth plans.”