Morgana, which produces a range of finishing equipment for digital printers, has announced two new booklet makers that are essentially variations on the proven Watkiss PowerSquare design.
The Plockmatic Group, which owns Morgana, acquired Watkiss last year and has now taken the opportunity to add additional features from other parts of its portfolio. Thus the Morgana PowerSquare 224VF and Morgana PowerSquare 160VF have now gained the VF Dual Bin feeder, which was originally developed by Plockmatic. This allows the two PowerSquare units to be used offline.
The PowerSquare design can be used with both digital and offset print and offers stitching, folding, spine forming, and trimming in a single unit. The 224 unit can produce books up to 224 pages, and features fully automatic settings for different book size and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thicknesses. It allows up to eight stitches along the spine of a book for special applications.
The 160 model is mainly aimed at mid to high volume printers. It’s capable of producing booklets from a wide range of sheet sizes and materials, including A4 landscape format. The new feeder sits at right angles to the main unit, which makes for a very compact footprint. Ray Hillhouse, general manager of Plockmatic’s UK Operations, added: “Many of the print engines now coming to market can offer enhanced long sheet applications, and the PowerSquare 160 is ideally placed as a cost-effective solution to the increasing need for a wider range of inline booklet formats, such as landscape A4.”
As the name suggests, the PowerSquare models produce square-back booklets, with a formed spine, giving the look of a perfect bound publication, which makes them much easier to handle and pack.
Hillhouse concluded: “These exciting products provide Morgana with market leading bookletmaker technology to take to the offline post-press market. Since the integration of Watkiss into the Plockmatic Group, demand for their flagship PowerSquare 224 unit has never been higher.”
Plockmatic itself continues to sell the standard inline versions of the PowerSquare units.