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Finishing

Pelican Print flying high with Morgana

Aylesbury-based digital, litho, and large-format printer Pelican Print has invested in a new Morgana PowerSquare 224 booklet maker.

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The Morgana PowerSquare 224 can finish books at a maximum thickness of 10.4mm

Pelican Print says it plans to use the machine for the production of SquareBack books of up to 224 pages as part of its digital print operation.

The unique SquareBack finish for books or booklets is able to carry print on the spine, which Morgana says gives an appearance similar to that of perfect bound books, while the finished shape makes books and booklets easier to handle, stack, store and pack.

The maximum finished book thickness of 10.4mm is nearly double that of conventional booklet making machines, Morgana says, while it is still being capable of producing a variety of sizes and sizes of booklets, right down to a sheet size of 120 x 200mm. 

Gary Pople, head of digital services at Pelican Print, first viewed the machine at a Morgana open house event at the end of 2021, and recommended the company invest in the new technology. 

“Gary investigated the options, and the Morgana PowerSquare was the machine that ticked all of the boxes,” Pelican Print managing director Scott Brookes says, adding: “When I saw the machine in action I was immediately impressed by its capabilities and its productivity.

“The SquareBack feature on saddle-stitched work really stood out for me. It means that we can now produce a product with all of the visual appeal and storage benefits of a perfect bound book, but at a nearly half the price, and in a fraction of the time that it would take to be produced by conventional perfect binding.”

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