EFI has completed an installation of its new EFI Nozomi 14000 LED product at UK-based corrugated packaging manufacturer Caps Cases.
The company is the first business in the world to acquire the 14000 model, a 1.4m, ultra-high-speed digital press designed for mainstream, high-volume packaging production.
The newly launched single-pass UV LED inkjet press now running at Caps Cases’ facility in Newmarket brings enhanced productivity, reliability, value and flexibility to the industrial packaging segment.
Printing at speeds up to 100 metres per minute, the Nozomi 14000 LED press is designed to deliver high uptime and reliability, with durable performance in heavy industrial production, direct to board on nearly all flute types.
The corrugated packaging press also boasts superior colour registration and Nozomi presses’ award-winning imaging quality.
Caps Cases managing director Trevor Bissett said the Nozomi is an exciting technology that it has had an eye on for several years.
“It is the first solution that has been suitable for us both in terms of the physical space that the machine demands, and in the quality that it can achieve. We will be able to alleviate some of the bottlenecks we have in our current process in ways that have not been possible with digital until now,” he said.
Along with offering the strongest technological solution, Bissett said he recognised EFI as an ideal partner for his business.
“Throughout the buying process, it was clear that EFI is a professional, supportive, and transparent organisation. We have been able to virtually design a system that EFI have then brought to life for us to ensure it fits our goals, production process, and physical space, so they have been very accommodating,” he added.
Caps Cases’ investment in the press is in keeping with its strong focus on customers’ needs. From Bissett’s perspective, this is a forward-thinking move aligned with company strategy to meet or exceed clients’ important multi-SKU and versioning brand requirements using superior high graphics production capabilities. “
We are definitely seeing increasing numbers of branding change requests and this machine will be a real feather in our cap when it comes to pitching to new and existing clients,” Bissett said.
The EFI Nozomi 14000 LED press is available in a range of configurations to complement packaging converters’ individual needs. Following consultancy from EFI, Caps Cases opted to start with a five-colour set-up, CMYK plus white ink, with the peace of mind that the company has the option of adding orange or violet inks at a later stage.
The press also leverages EFI Nozomi single-pass UV LED inkjet technology with enhancements that make it ideal for mainstream corrugated packaging work. The EFI Nozomi 14000 LED press also drives greater sustainability in corrugated converting, printing exact quantities needed in contrast to the significant overproduction and make-ready waste of analogue litho-lamination.
In addition, Caps Cases’ new digital production workhorse is driven by the EFI Fiery NZ-1000 blade server digital front end (DFE) on the latest Fiery FS500 platform, which provides the company with high-end colour management, exceptional imaging accuracy, higher productivity and intelligent automation features.
EFI Inkjet packaging and building materials vice-president and general manager Evandro Matteucci said, “The response to the Nozomi 14000 LED has been incredible, and it validates what we came to understand during the research and development process, as well as through ongoing dialogue with our corrugated packaging customers. There is an essential need in the market for a highly productive, reliable, and versatile industrial packaging solution designed for more compact production lines.
“We are thrilled that Caps Cases has become the first business globally to invest in and install the latest evolution of EFI’s breakthrough Nozomi platform. We are looking forward to supporting Trevor Bissett and his team as they increase productivity, alleviate bottlenecks, and deliver more value to their brand owner clients using the outstanding graphics quality and flexibility of our award-winning single-pass UV LED inkjet technology.”