EFI Launches Nozomi C18000 Plus Single-Pass Digital Inkjet Corrugated Printer

EFI Launches Nozomi C18000 Plus Single-Pass Digital Inkjet Corrugated Printer

EFI has launched Nozomi C18000 Plus, the next generation of its single-pass digital inkjet corrugated printer. The ‘Plus’ model builds on the performance features of the Nozomi C18000 with significant improvements to deliver greater productivity, quality, and versatility for post-print corrugated packaging and display operations.

Key enhancements for the 71in-wide, direct-to-board LED UV inkjet printer include a new advanced transport feed and patented vacuum table systems that eliminate warping while maximising printer productivity and uptime. The Nozomi C18000 Plus has an improved post-print quality inspection system to help users monitor quality and quickly identify inkjet nozzle issues or other defects.

The printer can now detect and recover from jams within seconds, with automated continuation of jobs in sequence – an important factor in variable-data work. An improved rush-proof feature can generate and output a proof within 90 seconds while another job is running on the printer.

Operating at speeds up to 75 linear m/min, and producing up to 10,000 890 x 890mm boards per hour two-up, new coater options include a quick-change anilox coater for improved performance. In addition to its standard CMYK inkset, the printer is available with optional orange, violet or white inks for an imaging gamut of up to 97% of Pantone Colors.

Nozomi C18000 Plus also includes important VDP, ink savings, and Cloud-based management capabilities for the printer’s EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE). Job processing is cited as 5% faster thanks to the latest version of the EFI Fiery NZ-1000 DFE. In addition to the speed improvement, the blade-server based DFE features Adobe PDF Print Engine 5 for quick, high-impact colour rendering and smoother edges on graphics.

The Fiery NZ-1000 DFE Smart Ink Estimator tool accurately analyses image data for more precise control of ink costs. Fiery Edge, EFI’s next-generation profiling technology for Fiery-driven printers, is included as well. Fiery Edge provides powerful ink-saving technology that combines GCR and black generation controls with proprietary technologies so users can further reduce ink costs with no visible loss to image quality. Plus, a Fiery Intensify within Edge is a reliable, high-quality rendering intent innovation that can increase colour and saturation while maintaining neutral greys and realistic skin tones.

Integration with EFI IQ, a new suite of free and paid applications, gives Nozomi C18000 Plus users the ability to better manage their operations by extracting value from operational data. This includes the EFI IQ Dashboard for a personalised view of the day’s digital printing activities; EFI Insight for deep historical data in an easy-to-use, interactive environment; and EFI Notify, which enables automatic distribution of reports and provides users important alerts for production-blocking events.

Evandro Matteucci, vice president and general manager, Packaging and Building Materials, EFI, commented, ‘Without exception, users worldwide consistently achieve double-digit increases in production year over year thanks to the Nozomi C18000’s ability to meet or exceed brands’ strict throughput and quality requirements.

“The corrugated packaging world has never been the same after the appearance of EFI Nozomi technology, and we are excited to help our customers achieve even greater successes with the new EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus,” said the company. Nozomi C18000 Plus is available immediately, while current EFI Nozomi users can purchase the Plus model as a field upgrade.

Chris Fernando

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