EFI has taken to the CCE International Corrugated and Carton Exhibition to unveil its newest ultra-high-speed inkjet solution for the corrugated market – the EFI Nozomi 14000 LED press.
This advanced direct-to-board digital press leverages Nozomi single-pass UV LED inkjet technology with improvements that bring enhanced productivity, reliability, value and flexibility to the industrial packaging segment.
Available later this year, the 1.4m wide press runs at faster speeds – up to 100 linear metres per minute – with new productivity modes, offering remarkable throughput while meeting corrugated packaging manufacturers’ needs for more compact production lines.
The Nozomi 14000 LED also boasts a robust design for heavy industrial use, high reliability and high productivity. It aims to offer packaging converters high uptime plus the versatility to print nearly all board flute types, with enhancements to automatically reject damaged boards without stopping print production.
“This next evolution in EFI’s breakthrough Nozomi technology delivers a tailor-made solution to meet the current demands of the industrial packaging segment,” EFI packaging and building materials vice-president and general manager Evandro Matteucci said.
“This remarkable new press builds on the industry leading technology that defines our Nozomi platform to balance the many requirements crucial to successful day-to-day corrugated packaging operations in a manufacturing plant. The EFI Nozomi 14000 LED is the robust industrial solution the market has been waiting for.”
Users can choose from a range of configurations to complement individual needs, with single or dual bottom feeder options, a roller coater capable of applying varying amounts of primer, an optional varnish station that allows for a range of gloss or satin finishes, and full or bundle stacker options.
Available with up to six colours, including white, the EFI Nozomi 14000 LED press’ high-viscosity inks provide outstanding colour registration and coverage, and its high-speed, non-clogging, high-performance jetting printheads deliver accuracy and smooth colour gradients.
The new press also features image management and data collection software, as well as a new, intuitive interface. The latest-version EFI Fiery NZ-1000 digital front end (DFE) used to drive the press features the new Fiery system platform – Fiery FS500 Pro – for quick processing and outstanding colour management at full press speeds.
Plus, the Fiery DFE can connect users with EFI IQ, a robust suite of cloud business intelligence and management solutions.
Added capabilities for printers
EFI said the new press takes the EFI Nozomi capabilities used by packaging businesses worldwide to a broader swath of the packaging industry.
“Businesses from independent box plants and start-ups to integrated paper companies will find the EFI Nozomi 14000 LED to be a durable, reliable, sustainable and efficient digital alternative to analogue corrugated production,” the company said.
“It delivers energy-efficient productivity, with virtually no volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and up to 35 per cent lower energy consumption than flexo printing. The press also significantly reduces ink and board waste compared with flexo and litho-lamination. Plus, unlike analogue printing methods, it does not require water for cleaning, reducing converters’ costs and their environmental footprint.
“EFI’s expertise in industrial digital printing, and its broad installed base of single-pass equipment, make it the ideal consultative technology provider for converters making the move to digital corrugated packaging production.”
Beyond equipment installation, EFI offers a 12-week ramp-up and training programme, one-year warranty, and 24/7 remote and in-person service maintenance packages.
Nozomi 14000 LED users can also take advantage of additional professional services that help them get the very most out of their digital investments, including advanced training in prepress, colour management, sales and more.