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email: pwarzecha@viprofix.com

Our agents will be attending PRINT2017 this year at the McCormick place in Chicago.

Contact our Sales Manager Peter Warzecha to schedule an appointment with one of our sales representatives.

Common Risks to Avoid with Trendsetter CtP Systems

Every second of CtP downtime will cost your business money. If you are currently running a Kodak, Creo, or Heidelberg Trendsetter system, your equipment may be susceptible to a few risks that are easily avoidable.

Over the years, our field engineers have found that some of the older Trendsetter CtP models lack a cooling system for the carriage motor unit. This problem has been recognized by the manufacturer and a cooling kit upgrade has been recommended for all end-users. Failure to install this necessary upgrade will leave these systems prone to overheating and can cause serious failure. As the carriage motor overheats, it can shut down the entire laser head, rendering the Trendsetter inoperable. We recommend that anyone currently running an older Trendsetter contact our service department immediately and ask for free assistance determining if you need a cooling system installed. This relatively inexpensive upgrade may save you from serious production issues and thousands of dollars in downtime and repair costs in the future.

Older Trendsetters are have also exhibited SRAM chip data loss. The operating parameters of these Trendsetter CtP models are kept on a static SRAM chip that is powered by an internal battery. Over time, this battery will run out of power. When that happens, the SRAM chip loses stored information and can prevent your CtP from starting up and producing plates. Troublingly, your Trendsetter may not send any error message or warning prior to shutting down. Once this happens the parameters of the CtP are lost making it extremely difficult and costly to repair the system.

To remedy this potential failure, the parameters of your Trendsetter CtP need to be backed-up and the power source needs to be replaced. This service is actually quite complex and has to be performed by a trained CtP engineer. We recommend that you contact our service department for free assistance determining if your Trendsetter is at risk and to learn how to avoid major production issues. We offer an affordable solution that will help you avoid that risk and ensure plate production during the time of service.

As always, proper maintenance, addressing known issues and regular PM service will help continue to keep your CtP plate production interruption-free.

Differences Between CTP Laser Technologies

CtP Lasers

Platemaking technology has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. As the prepress segment of the printing industry has matured, so too have the technologies used to image plates. Thermal, Violet and to a lesser extent, UV lasers are currently the dominant technologies in plate imaging. Thermal platesetters are the most popular option among printers. While that is true, all three technologies have pros and cons that should be considered before deciding on a plate imaging system.

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What to consider when buying used CtP

Used CtP Equipment

Previously owned computer to plate equipment is a great option for many offset printers looking to save money on equipment costs. Used CtP is significantly less than a new CtP system while providing nearly the same level of functionality. Second-hand systems are usually between 30 to 70 percent less expensive than new devices. However, there are several factors printers should consider when buying a used computer to plate equipment.

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CTP Service Contracts just got less expensive

Service Credit

Many offset printers go without a service contract for their CtP system. This is usually because they are concerned about paying for service that they don’t use.

Service contracts can lower CtP downtime. A contract offers faster support and better access to parts. But is it really worth it? We believe that our customers should get what they pay for, so we’ve developed a new kind of CtP service contract. Our new service contract options give you credit for unused service. Read more “CTP Service Contracts just got less expensive”

Kodak to discontinue service on MPE CtP equipment

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Kodak has announced that they will discontinue service on all MPE CtP equipment as of December of 2016. This affects all printers using an older Trendsetter, Magus or Lotem platesetter that uses a SCSI interface. Service will also be dropped for SCSI based versions of Prinergy, EVO, and Connect software and hardware. If you are currently receiving technical support from Kodak, it may be time to make a decision. Our company will continue to offer parts, technical service, service contracts and upgrade options for all models of Creo or Kodak CtP. We also offer trade-in options toward newer equipment. Read more “Kodak to discontinue service on MPE CtP equipment”

Prevent down-time with regular CtP maintenance

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CtP systems need to be serviced every six months to maintain proper operation. Regular preventative maintenance (PM) is essential to avoid machine failure and stay in production.

Failure to regularly clean, oil and change filters on your CtP can allow dirt and debris to reach the laser element. This can cause the machine to malfunction or even burn out the laser head of a machine. Is it time to service your CtP equipment? Take advantage of our 25% discount for first-time customers on our PM service and keep your equipment running trouble-free. Read more “Prevent down-time with regular CtP maintenance”

Why you should upgrade from CtF to a Pre-Owned CtP System

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Having an in-house CtP platesetter is increasingly necessary to stay competitive as an offset printer.

Computer-to-Plate is a fully mature, mainstream technology. It’s stable, more efficient and offers a higher quality output than film-based plate production. Your competition has already lowered their costs, streamlined their production and shortened the time it takes to deliver a completed job by investing in CtP equipment. Increasingly, going direct-to-plate with an in-house system will be a requirement to stay competitive as an offset printer.

Over the past two decades, the majority of offset printers have successfully and profitably transitioned to computer-to-plate. During that time, customers have come to expect faster delivery and a higher quality product. The printing industry has seen more full-color orders, shorter print runs, and jobs submitted in native digital formats. With the exception of a few specialty cases, the arguments for moving from CtF to CtP are highly compelling. Overall, there is very little reason not to adopt this cost saving technology. Read more “Why you should upgrade from CtF to a Pre-Owned CtP System”

Alternatives for Film-Based Imagesetters

ctf imagesetters

Film-based imagesetters are largely a thing of the past for the majority of printers. However, film remains the best and sometimes the only prepress option for a handful of specialty applications. Screen printing and some large format work are such jobs.

One of the problems film users are faced with has been that imagesetters and film processors have been hard to replace. Pre-Owned machines are now all quite old and not likely to be reliable with spares difficult or impossible to get. Quality service can also be difficult to find.

Imagesetting film is becoming increasingly harder to source. Most major manufacturers have left, or are leaving the market. Fuji has recently announced that they will no longer be manufacturing film as of November 2016. Read more “Alternatives for Film-Based Imagesetters”

We have a new website

new website

Viprofix Prepress Solutions is always looking new ways to offer a better experience for our customers.

The new website features enhanced prepress equipment listings for New and Used Platesetters, and a new resource section that includes useful articles to help make an informed decision when buying or servicing your CtP equipment.


We still have all of the previous features that you have come to depend on, as well as a new mobile-friendly design that will help you find what you’re looking for much easier while on-the go.