VIM Sees Successful Launch of Ink-jet CTP Solution
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.
Ken Bauman, Print Shop Production Supervisor for Boise State University, one of the first users in North America, commented:
“We installed the JT Plate system in April and it has met all of our expectations.
It was easy to install and use, required no changes on our presses, and meets all of our printing needs at a fraction of the cost of the other systems we looked at. It also eliminated chemistry, and the plates are recyclable, assisting us reaching our environmental goals of a zero waste stream. Overall, it has reduced our printing costs significantly.
“The JT Plate system is innovative, flexible, uses off the shelf equipment, and gives us the capability of proofing and poster work as well as creating our offset plates. It has performed reliably and consistently and the VIM support has been
excellent. A great system.”
“This is a technical breakthrough! Other supplier’s inkjet-imaged plates require that a special imaging ink and modified inkjet printer are used,” says Bieber. “Imaging the VIM-JT Direct Inkjet Plates is both easy and completely free of hazardous chemicals and solvent based inks. Because we use Epson inks and don't make any changes to the printer, the inkjet unit’s warranty is preserved. It also means that the same inkjet printer can still be used for conventional full-color proofing, so it can provide proofs for the plates, saving time, space and money.”