Unveiled recently and now shipping, the SpeedSetter VM4 is part of a complete, turnkey CTP system which also includes RIPit’s powerful OpenRIP Symphony core RIP, including imposition and trapping; and economical options for proofing and screening. The VM systems are also available with “ImagerQ” a 1-bit TIFF server for customers with an established investment in existing workflows. Customers can also add a photopolymer plate processor.
Exxtra president Michael Sterflinger says they are looking forward to showing the SpeedSetter VM CTP series solutions at the exhibition.
“We have received very positive feedback from our initial installs in Europe and North America,” he says. “Customers are saying we’ve hit the mark with our SpeedSetter VM CTP by providing a very simple to use and affordable solution without compromising quality. Most all are pleasantly surprised that they’re up and running in a day or less with SpeedSetter CTP.”
The SpeedSetter VM4 is the big brother to the original SpeedSetter VM, 2-Up Violet Metal CTP platesetter. The VM4 was engineered using the same design principles as those applied to the SpeedSetter VM, already a proven, simple to use, reliable, and low cost workhorse – but now in a larger, 4-Up+ format.
RIPit founder and president, Wayne Wasulko says the SpeedSetter VM4 exemplifies RIPit’s old fashioned, customer first driven development philosophy. “The SpeedSetter VM series is designed specifically for small and mid sized printers offering them all the bells and whistles of an advanced digital workflow in a very complete, open, economical and flexible system,” explains Wasulko. “The door to high quality, 4-Up CTP is now open, enabling RIPit customers the ability to compete in markets that they were prevented from entering prior due to the high cost of the market’s a la carte options.”
Also to be seen at Ipex is the new SpeedSetter VM-News version, which allows for an even larger plate size (panorama) to accommodate most double truck web press plates used by many newspapers, and a lower operating resolution for additional productivity where higher linescreen work is not a requirement.
This will be launched alongside the SpeedSetter VM-Plus – the high productivity two-page version of the original SpeedSetter VM, delivering 35 plates per hour at 2540 DPI for small format, high volume plate users.
The SpeedSetter VM series systems are manually loaded and unloaded internal drum devices tightly integrated with the award winning RIPit OpenRIP Symphony workflow and a photopolymer plate processor. This comprehensive workflow system rapidly makes the printer more productive while offering more production control; all at a very cost effective price point with high return on investment. Additional workflow components such as inkjet proofing (KOOLKolor) options, imposition (StripRITE), Adobe In-RIP-Trapping (with ZoneTrap), PerfectBLEND Hybrid Screening, and other time and cost saving, quality-enhancing modules can be added at any time.
In addition to controlling close to 100 imagesetters, platesetters, printers and plotters natively, OpenRIP Symphony can also control a wide range of PostScript and TIFF-in devices from a single interface. RIPit’s core OpenRIP technology sets the standard for a flexible, straightforward prepress workflow; and Symphony extends it to copier, printer, and out-of-shop work, as well.
The newest version of OpenRIP Symphony includes a “Simplified Color Management” feature; preflight enhancements; TIFF Input; and a greatly expanded set of PerfectBLEND AM/FM hybrid screening choices for offset printing as well as enhanced features specifically designed for flexographic printing applications.
Also available is ImagerQ - a 1-bit TIFF server that can drive the SpeedSetters from non-RIPit workflows where the investment in existing workflows makes changing difficult.
At Ipex RIPit and Exxtra can be found in Hall 7 at Stand B53.