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VIM to Launch a New Cost-Effective CTP System, the JT Direct Plate

August 25, 2009

MCCORMICK PLACE, CHICAGO—08/25/2009—VIM Technologies, a leading innovator in digital plate technology, is launching a new CTP system at PRINT 09 that images VIM polyester and aluminum plates on a standard Epson inkjet printer. Called VIM-JT Direct Plate, the breakthrough technology provides small- and medium-sized printers with an affordable Computer to Plate (CTP) solution that streamlines their offset printing workflows to make printing more profitable.

The advancement means for the first time printers can cash in on all the cost- and time-saving advantages of CTP technology, without having to invest in an expensive dedicated platesetter and without employing any chemical processing or special inks.

The VIM-JT Direct Plate System allows printers to significantly reduce their production costs without compromising quality at a time when they are increasingly under extreme pricing pressures. “Printers worldwide have to compete against digital media while they are still reeling from the financial crisis,” says Avigdor Bieber, founder and CEO of VIM and a successful innovator in the digital imaging and printing industry. “VIM-JT Direct Plate makes printing more cost competitive, so it helps printers win more jobs and improve profits at a time when that matters most.”

The JT Direct Plate System

The JT Direct Plate system is composed of the customer’s choice of an Epson Stylus Pro printer, a VIM RIP, a curing unit and a starting kit of JT Direct Plates.

The Epson Stylus Pro printers supported include the popular 3800, 4880, 7880 and 7900 models. No modifications to the inkjet systems are required. The plates are imaged using Epson’s Ultrachrome K3 or HDR aqueous pigmented ink and then heated in a simple curing unit for two minutes before going to press.

The JT Direct Plate VIM RIP software includes all the controls needed for an efficient and flexible workflow system. It supports multiple printers, printer and press calibration, integrated soft and hard copy proofing, a range of high quality screening options, digital archiving, and networked production. The VIM RIP is a customized version of Wasatch’s SoftRIP SP, and is a comprehensive package, including VIM Documentation, Utilities and Imaging configurations.

Available in a wide range of two-up and four-up sizes, the VIM-JT polyester and aluminum plates can be used on virtually any small- to medium-size offset press with conventional dampening.  The polyester plates are available in 40-meter rolls now and the aluminum VIM-JT Direct plates will ship in Q4 2009. Both plates use the VIM proprietary coating technology to provide high quality, process-free printing results.

 

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