Wimborne-based Dorset Digital Print has added to its finishing armoury, replacing an old DigiFold model with a new Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 50 to handle work produced on its digital and litho presses.

The pandemic has seen the company hit by a drop in workload, though it remained open to print work for local hospitals, with much switching to the Xerox digital presses for shorter runs.

Debbie Summers, joint director of the company, said of the new Morgana creaser, ‘We put it to work as soon as it was installed, creasing a six-page A4 brochure! A creaser is a critical tool in order to produce a clean well-folded printed product.

‘Like everyone else, we are looking forward to a return to something approaching normal in the near future. Up to last March things were going wonderfully for us as a company, and then, like many others, the work largely dried up.

‘Thankfully, we were able to help some customers by producing shorter runs of work via our digital printing service, rather than the long runs that they might have normally ordered. We are looking forward to the long runs returning very soon.’

The AutoCreaser was bought to support the increased volume of digital print, as it is designed to avoid the problem of toner print cracking when folded, while also handling litho printed card, laminates or cross-grained stock. The unit is operated via a touch screen and calculates fold positions based on sheet length and desired product type. It can produce up to 16 creases per sheet on stock from 0.4mm calliper, at up to 8500sph.

The unit joins a range of finishing equipment at Dorset Digital that includes folding, trimming, die-cutting, padding wire binding, drilling, stab stitching and saddle stitching. The company also offers its post-press expertise as a trade service for other local print businesses.

‘High quality printing is important, but that then needs fast and efficient finishing to a high standard to complete the work,’ added Ms Summers.