EFI recently highlighted its portfolio of advanced corrugated packaging production technologies. Part of the highlights included the launch of new print modes for the EFI Nozomi C18000 – the ultra-high-speed, single-pass inkjet corrugated board press.
The solutions were showcased at the recent All4Pack trade show in Paris. ‘EFI's new print modes for Nozomi and our new white ink further strengthen our overall portfolio for efficient corrugated production with the industry's best digital print engine and packaging workflow solutions,’ said José Luis Ramón Moreno, vice president and general manager, EFI Industrial Printing. ‘All4Pack visitors are coming away from our stand with new ideas about how leading-edge digital capabilities can have a revolutionary effect on their businesses.’
Corrugated packaging workflow products on display included EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite business and production software, and EFI Escada, a product in the Suite that helps packaging companies maximise the potential of their operation, from corrugator and process control to full traceability and reporting.
Show attendees were able to experience Nozomi's new white ink feature. While the Nozomi press prints up to six colours (CMYK, orange and violet), it now includes a newly available white ink option that significantly increases users' capabilities.
With the white ink, packaging converters can create impressive photographic images and vivid colours directly on brown kraft board liner. The high-end, powerful EFI Fiery NZ 1000 digital front end (DFE) driving the Nozomi press simplifies the process of creating spot or flood white layers for print jobs.
In addition, the press now offers three new modes to optimise printing capabilities and ink consumption:
- PHOTO mode allows matching of up to 97% of PANTONE® Colours in six colours with no ink consumption limit – an ideal feature for printing corrugated display materials where saturation and vivid colours are key.
- POP mode reduces the colour gamut slightly, without a significant difference in the final appearance, and is ideal for photographic printing where ink saving is an important criterion.
- ECO mode works with a restricted colour range and the lowest possible ink consumption. It is intended for printing packaging where lower cost is a critical factor. Even when using uncoated boards and simple graphics, it is possible to achieve significant ink saving with excellent print results.
The new print modes help customers address a wider range of production needs. Not only can users leverage the high-end quality that recently earned the Nozomi press Product of the Year honours for single-pass inkjet devices from industry association SGIA, but they also can cost-effectively take digital production beyond premium shelf-ready packaging and display applications by economically producing less-sophisticated colour designs.
EFI's workflow for corrugated production, the Corrugated Packaging Suite, is an end-to-end, comprehensive software offering for box plants, sheet plants, sheet feeders and corrugated display businesses. The Suite integrates with EFI Fiery DFEs, the Nozomi press and other digital production devices.