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VIM Sees Successful Launch of Ink-jet CTP Solution

September 30, 2009
CHICAGO—September 30, 2009—VIM Technologies, a leading innovator in digital plate technology, successfully launched 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 CTP technology provides small- and medium-sized printers with an affordable 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 solvent based inks or liquids.

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 who visited our exhibit   were very impressed with our live demonstrations,” says Avigdor Bieber, founder and CEO of VIM and a successful innovator in the digital imaging and printing industry. “But they were even more enthusiastic about the cost savings VIM-JT plates deliver.  The smaller shops know they have to move up to a computer to plate workflow in order to compete, but they don’t want to waste money on an expensive platesetter and the toxic processing that goes with it. They came to Print09 looking for streamlined solution, and they found it at the VIM Technologies booth.”

Streamlined CTP

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 before going to press.

The JT Direct Plate VIM RIP software provides 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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