EFI Corrugated Press Sold to US Converter

FREMONT, CA | Electronics for Imaging (EFI) reports that Complete Design & Packaging (CDP) an independent corrugated packaging provider in Concord, NC, will be the first business in the US to install EFI's Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED corrugated packaging press. CDP reportedly will use the six-color press for cost-effective, high-quality, direct-to-board digital printing that extends client brand presence in retail corrugated packaging. Installation of the press is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, with production operations going live by the end of the year. 

"There are a lot of flexo and litho lamination options out there today,” says Howard Bertram, president and co-owner of CDP, “but customers face limitations in their marketing without digital printing, and as a young, independent company, we want to be on the leading edge of that offering."

Bertram says the quality CDP saw touring the world's first EFI Nozomi C18000 corrugated package converting installation in Spain gave him and his business partner Scott Sumner confidence in the press's ability to deliver higher-throughput, single-pass productivity to clients requiring exceptional printing for greater shelf appeal.

"We chose EFI because of their strengths in R&D and their commitment to make things happen in the industry," says Sumner, CDP's VP and co-owner. "In addition to the productivity that comes with single-pass printing on the Nozomi press, Fiery technology was definitely a selling point for us. We could see how EFI's legacy with digital print color management will be a big plus for us developing our digital packaging business."

They found that the 71-in.-wide Nozomi C18000 single-pass press has the technology to deliver on that opportunity with its speed—up to 246 linear fpm with throughput to 6,600 2.6x3.3-ft boards/hr. The EFI Fiery NZ-1000 high-performance digital front end (DFE) for the press, based on new, scalable Fiery XB bladed architecture, is said to provide fast, efficient job processing to eliminate downtime spent waiting for jobs. Plus, the new DFE platform offers advanced Fiery job preparation and color management tools needed for superior quality, according to EFI.

CDP’s customers include food and consumer product manufacturers in a wide range of industries, and the company believes it will have the opportunity to help its customers drive greater sell-through and higher revenues using the Nozomi press to create high-impact, short- and medium-run regional- and demographic-focused designs that are not cost-effective to produce using analog processes.

EFI says the brands CDP serves will benefit from the press's capabilities to produce a wide color gamut, and the press's LED imaging capabilities provide brilliant, accurate color imaging on just about any board substrate. Packaging produced with the press is fully recyclable.

The press provides output with resolutions to 360x720 dots/in. with four-level grayscale imaging. A 100% in-line inspection system on the press reportedly is tied to robust print optimization technologies, including inkjet nozzle, alignment, and uniformity correction for the highest possible imaging quality. The permanent head architecture eliminates downtime associated with replacing consumable printheads. In addition, the press offers fully integrated top- and bottom-feed options. Patented system is said to handle media separation, lift, transport, and alignment at full press speeds with programmable features for faster, automatic feeding configurations on repeat jobs.

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