The purchase of a new, ultra-high-speed LED single-pass inkjet EFI Nozomi C18000 digital direct-to-corrugated press will allow Arkansas-based Lamb & Associates Packaging, Inc to offer more efficient, streamlined packaging supply chains for high-graphic products. Installation will commence next month.
Lamb & Associates is passionate about providing customers with the right products for their business and the excitement surrounding the addition of the EFI Nozomi C18000 continues to grow. Integrating the new digital press into the machine lineup will allow Lamb & Associates to affordably produce high-graphic, multi-SKU/versioned, direct-to-board products that previously demanded high set-up costs, more waste, and longer turnaround times. The digital press will also open the door for smaller-quantity orders that have, at times, been too expensive to manufacture using analogue methods.
‘We are always looking for the new things people want and the technology to support those things,’ said Lamb & Associates president Kyle Lamb. ‘Some time ago, we started offering litho-laminated products, but we saw digital coming as well. It is the future and will change our industry forever.’
Lamb noted that some of the company’s high-graphics clients are looking for 500 to 1000 boxes, and those quantities have not been cost effective in the past. ‘The Nozomi gives us a way to save customers money while giving them the high-quality graphics they are looking for to make their products stand out. We can also produce work fast, something all of our customers want these days.’
Many of Lamb & Associates’ customers are also looking to do more versioning because of language, geographic, seasonal events, as well as other considerations. ‘They can now run seasonal programmes or change languages on-the-fly without having to redo all the art,’ said Jerry Lamb. ‘I also think this will be a great way for smaller companies, who need smaller quantities of materials, to do the kind of graphics they couldn’t afford before, and that will grow our customer base as well. It’s an exciting time to be in business, and we are eagerly awaiting our new EFI Nozomi C18000 so we can get started.’
The 1.8m (71 inch) wide EFI Nozomi press operates at speeds up to 75 linear metres (246 linear feet) per minute, printing up to 10,000 890 x 890mm (35 x 35 inch) boards per hour two-up. Its single-pass, piezo inkjet writing system delivers accurate, high-fidelity colour, with excellent and consistent reproduction on solid areas. Lamb & Associates’ new press will include a six-colour configuration of Genuine EFI Inks (CMYK, orange, and violet) for superior-quality, expanded-gamut imaging with matte, satin or glossy finishes.
The press also features a 100% in-line image quality inspection system to identify and correct inkjet nozzle alignment and uniformity errors for the highest possible imaging quality. A robust, high-productivity, industrial head architecture eliminates the downtime associated with replacing consumable print heads.
The EFI Nozomi press is compatible with a broad range of boards from N-flute to double-wall, foam core, Re-board, Coroplast, also including traditional Kemi, mottled, bleach, and kraft materials. In addition, it is the only ultra-high-speed, single-pass corrugated inkjet press to have its output certified for OCC recyclability and repulpability by the Western Michigan University Recycling, Paper and Coating Pilot Plant – a leading certification organisation for corrugated recycling.
EFI’s Fiery NZ-1000 – the ultra-fast digital front end (DFE) print server and production system used to drive the press – provides exceptional print and colour quality, advanced colour management, and efficient job management to produce versioned and variable print runs at engine-rated speed.