Morgana/Watkiss launch new book-making systems, cutters and die-cutters

The Watkiss PowerSquare 224.

The Watkiss PowerSquare 224 is a complete book-making system for digital and offset print applications available in three configurations – online, nearline or offline. In a single machine it combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming to produce SquareBack books of up to 224 pages thick. It features fully automatic settings for different book sizes and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thicknesses. For inline production, it works with all the major digital print engine manufacturers (including Kodak, Canon, Konica Minolta, Xerox and Ricoh) to deliver seamless booklet making solutions for production printing.

The Watkiss PowerSquare 160 with Feeder.

The Watkiss PowerSquare 160 is based on an open-architecture concept that provides for a complete booklet-making system that staples, folds, forms and trims in a single pass to produce added-value square-back books. It provides for the production of booklets from a wide range of sheet sizes and materials – including letter-sized landscape format and heavy cover stocks.

Also new to the North American market from the Morgana this year are the Morgana AutoCut and Morgana RDC Rotary Die-Cutter. A key product launch for the print-shop market, the Morgana AutoCut Pro is the latest in Morgana’s line of slit/cut/crease devices that can also be linked inline to its AutoFold folding system. As well as card-cutting applications, it can run in “crease only” mode at up to 5,000 sheets per hour.

Ray Hillhouse.

The Morgana RDC is the latest release from the OEM for the die-cutting sector. The product is aimed at commercial printers producing cartons, labels, and personalized items such as business cards, greetings cards, and postcards. “The RDC has been designed to meet the needs of today’s digital printers,” said Ray Hillhouse, VP of Offline Business at Morgana. “These companies are keen to handle as many finishing tasks in-house as they can. This unit provides the capability to die-cut, kiss-cut, score and perforate all in one pass if necessary, at speeds of up to 4,500 sheets per hour. By increasing services available, a printer has greater control of delivery times, rather than having to rely on third-party suppliers. Die-cutting is one of those capabilities that’s being demanded more and more as customers seek ways to make their print stand out from the crowd – and is also an excellent for printers to win new business.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.