Electronics For Imaging announced that an independent corrugated packaging provider will be the first business in the U.S. to install EFI’s breakthrough, ultra-high-speed production printing technology, the EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED corrugated packaging press. The packaging provider will use the six-color press for cost-effective, high-quality, direct-to-board digital printing that extends client brand presence in retail corrugated packaging.
Installation of the press is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, with production operations going live by the end of the year.
The 71-inch wide EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass press boasts exceptional speed, producing up to 246 linear ft. per minute with throughput up to 6,600 2.6-by-3.3-ft. boards per hour. The EFI Fiery NZ-1000 high-performance digital front end (DFE) for the press, based on new, scalable Fiery XB bladed architecture, will provide fast, efficient job processing to eliminate downtime spent waiting for jobs. Plus, the new DFE platform offers advanced EFI Fiery job preparation and color management tools needed for superior quality.
The award-winning press provides high-quality output with resolutions up to 360×720 dots per inch with four-level grayscale imaging. A 100% in-line inspection system on the press is tied to robust print optimization technologies, including inkjet nozzle, alignment and uniformity correction for the highest possible imaging quality. Plus, the Nozomi press’s permanent head architecture eliminates the downtime associated with replacing consumable printheads.
EFI is the only manufacturer to offer fully integrated top- and bottom-feed options for a digital corrugated packaging press. The Nozomi press features this patented system, which handles media separation, lift, transport, and alignment at full press speeds with programmable features for faster, automatic feeding configurations on repeat jobs.
The EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet press is part of a complete ecosystem for corrugated production available from EFI with leading edge inks, the Fiery DFE and an EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system workflow.