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Xitron CTP installed under the volcano

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
By Print 21 Online Article

Bernie Hockings & Terry Mays from G2PSD with Joe Iava, Moore Printing, in Kokopo.

Brisbane supplier G2 Systems has completed its most remote installation of a Xitron CTP System – more than 2,500 kilometres away near an active volcano in Papua New Guinea.

G2 Print Supply Division client Moore Printing needed a replacement for its failed imagesetter on the remote location of Kokopo, the capital of the East New Britain province.

Kokopo lies in the shadow of a still-active volcano, which in 1994 destroyed the former capital Rabaul, about 20km away.

The area still sees small eruptions and earthquakes, which makes it a challenging environment for printing equipment.

Moore Printing needed to make plates for its GTO and KORD presses locally but the cost of a large CTP system was prohibitive. The Xitron CTP system, using an Epson P6070 printer, Navigator RIP and metal plate was the obvious answer, says Terry Mays from G2 PSD.

The system requires no chemistry or modification to the Epson printer but utilises the Xitron inkjet direct plug-in to image direct to inkjet receptive metal plates. The plates can be used without baking for runs up to 5000 impression or baked up to 10,000. There is no modification to the Epson hardware, so the unit is still capable of producing outstanding colour posters, internal signage, CAD drawings and more.

“This was certainly one of our more unique installations in Papua New Guinea,” says Mays. “We had never been to Kokopo but were amazed by the beauty of the landscape and the friendly people we met.

“In a remote location like this, it is essential the equipment is reliable and easy to maintain. The Xitron CTP system ticks all those boxes and gives additional output options for the local team to explore.”

Kokopo on the map

Beautiful Kokopo, with the volcano in the distance.

G2PSD offers a wide range of solutions for the printing industry in Australia and the Pacific Islands, including the Xitron range of RIP and workflow solutions, colour management, wide format output devices, plates, inks and general printing consumables.

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