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Kodak claims record CtP install

Germany’s WKS Group has become the first company in the world to install a new Kodak Magnus Q4800 Platesetter.

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Kodak says the Magnus Q4800 Platesetter is the largest machine of its kind

Featuring an XPL Pallet Loading System with four pallet stations for four different plate formats, the overall configuration of the machine is almost 19m long and 3.5m wide. 

This, Kodak says, makes it the biggest computer-to-plate (CtP) system ever to be installed anywhere in the world.

The device supports plate sizes up to 2.86m wide, while the configuration installed at WKS Group provides fully automatic XLF plate loading from four pallets with up to 4,800 plates online, which in turn enables over 10,000sq m of plates to run before reloading.

“The investment in such a huge CtP equipment configuration makes sense because it perfectly meets the current and future requirements of our Essen high volume production site in terms of plate sizes, throughput and fully automated operation,” says Frank Döding, business and operations manager of WKS Group’s Essen site. 

“We’re delighted that Kodak managed to install our new CTP solution right on schedule, especially during the continued difficult situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Giuliano Bianchet, vice president of sales for the European, African and Middle Eastern region at Kodak, adds: “The new Magnus Q4800 Platesetter is further proof that Kodak is investing heavily in advancing prepress and print technology, meeting our customers’ needs to drive productivity, cost effectiveness and growth as the industry evolves.”

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