Thanks to its purchase of the EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass press for direct-to-board printing, a St. Louis, Mo., U.S.-based custom product display and signage division of a corrugated packaging provider can now offer new, higher levels of supply chain and production efficiency on high-end display graphics.
Manufactured by Silicon Valley print technology company Electronics For Imaging Inc., the award-winning, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet press will give the company unprecedented new capabilities for fast-turnaround, print-on-demand products that reduce the warehousing and waste associated with analog printing. As a result, customers will gain much greater flexibility in customization and versioning for high-end display designs.
Print-on-demand versatility at ultra-fast production speeds
The signage and display producer’s production capabilities currently include analog direct-print flexo and litho-lamination as well as some short-run direct-to-digital printing. Presently scheduled to be installed and in production during the fourth quarter of 2018, the press significantly expands the producer’s digital capabilities for medium-run and versioned jobs that are too costly to produce using analog processes. Customers, in turn, will be able to capitalize on a key trend that digital print makes possible: more-targeted, high-quality display campaigns that drive better marketing results.
From analog to digital with superior-quality, grayscale imaging
The award-winning press features a single-pass, piezo grayscale inkjet writing system that delivers accurate, high-fidelity color, including excellent, consistent reproduction on solid areas.
With its 71-inch (1.8-meter) printing width, the EFI Nozomi press takes digital corrugated printing to new levels of productivity, operating at speeds up to 246 linear ft. (75 linear m.) per minute to print up to 10,000 35-by-35-inch (890-by-890-mm) boards per hour two-up. The company’s press will offer superior-quality, expanded-gamut imaging with matte, satin, or glossy finishes with six-color process imaging, plus white ink.
Additional EFI Nozomi features and benefits include:
- A 100% in-line image quality inspection system that actively manages and optimizes inkjet nozzle alignment and uniformity errors for the highest possible imaging quality.
- A high-productivity, permanent head architecture that eliminates the downtime associated with replacing consumable printheads.
- Compatibility with the broad range of boards the company produces, from N-flute to triple-wall board, and including traditional Kemi, mottled, bleach and kraft materials – with all of them printing full press-rated speeds.
- Assured sustainability with output certified for OCC recyclability and repulpability by the Western Michigan University Recycling, Paper and Coating Pilot Plant—a leading certification organization for corrugated recycling.