Sydney Stone launches Morgana’s next generation DigiFold Pro 385 and AutoCreaser Pro 385

Ray Hillhouse.
Ray Hillhouse.

Canadian Print finishing leader Sydney Stone (Mississauga, Ontario), Distributor of Morgana products across Canada, has announced the latest product launch from the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing – the next generation DigiFold Pro 385 and AutoCreaser Pro 385. “The DigiFold has long been the benchmark product in the creaser/folder sector,” said Ray Hillhouse, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Morgana. “With the improvements in speed and productivity for the current crop of digital print engines, Morgana provides an additional option for our customers. After surveying our DigiFold users, we’ve been able to address what they need as their digital production grows.”

Morgana DigiFold PRO 385.
Morgana DigiFold PRO 385.

One of the key changes from previous DigiFold models is the introduction of a high-capacity vacuum top-feeder that can take a sheet pile of over 17.7”. Once the size and thickness of stocks are entered, all other feeder functions – including air and vacuum settings, side guide positions and fold roller gaps – are automatically adjusted for quick and easy set-up of jobs. Stocks up to 0.4 mm can be creased and folded with virtually no cracking of the sheets or the toner on them.

Morgana AutoCreaser PRO 385.
Morgana AutoCreaser PRO 385.

Another new feature is the Morgana DynaCrease’s dual creasing blades for creasing and folding applications at over 6,000 sheets per hour, plus one for “creasing only mode” which allows the widest range of applications to be produced on one machine. In addition to the new DigiFold Pro 385, users of the AutoCreaser Pro 385 will also benefit from its new high-capacity feeder. “The AutoCreaser is still our best-selling machine and the new Pro 385 will take us into higher-volume applications with a heavier duty machine,” Hillhouse added.

Michael Steele.
Michael Steele.

“Some of our customers had been using the previous generation machines for longer runs of offset or digital work. This new model will enable them to load the pile feeder and let the machine run,” said Michael Steele, Managing Director of Sydney Stone. “The high level of automation here is going to greatly benefit business owners with a goal of maximizing efficiency while producing output of unparalleled quality.”

As well as the new feeder, this version of the AutoCreaser will have a dual creasing blade and matrix, which is particularly useful if producing covers for perfect binding where the spine and hinge creases can be produced in one pass – or for those users who wish to change creasing profiles regularly. The new AutoCreaser Pro 385 can run at up to 8,500 sheets per hour.

Sydney Stone was established in 1951 and since that time, has grown to become one of the premier Canadian distributors of print finishing equipment and supplies throughout the world, importing and representing brands such as Morgana, MOHR, EBA, Vivid, Watkiss and Duplo, to name a few. With a focus on the short-run and medium-run print market, Sydney Stone offers solutions to the many challenges found in this segment.

Morgana  provides a huge range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units, to sophisticated, multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013, its product portfolio has grown via a wide range of booklet-making systems. Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has developed new solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include its AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialty folders.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.