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EFI launches new version of Nozomi corrugated printer

EFI has unveiled an upgraded version of its single-pass digital inkjet corrugated printer. The new EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus has significant improvements from its predecessor aimed at enabling even greater productivity, quality and versatility for post-print corrugated packaging and display operations. The new Plus model includes variable-data, ink savings and cloud-management capabilities for the printer’s EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE).

Improved Transport Feed and new coater options

Key enhancements for the 71-inch wide, direct-to-board LED UV inkjet printer include new advanced transport feed and patented vacuum table systems that eliminate warping while maximizing printer productivity and uptime.

The Nozomi C18000 Plus features an improved post-print quality inspection system to help users monitor quality and quickly identify inkjet nozzle issues or other defects.

The printer can also detect and recover from jams within seconds, with automated continuation of jobs in sequence, an important factor in variable-data work. Nozomi C18000 Plus printer’s 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 meters per minute, producing up to 10,000 890x890mm boards per hour two-up – the printer also features new coater options, including 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 colours.

Latest version of DFE and EFI IQ integration

Job processing for the Nozomi C18000 Plus is 5% faster thanks to the latest version of the EFI Fiery NZ-1000 DFE used to control the printer. In addition to 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 also features Smart Ink Estimator, an advanced solution that 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 solution within Edge is a rendering intent innovation that can increase colour and saturation while maintaining neutral grays and realistic skin tones.

There are several additional Fiery products included with the EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus, such as Fiery JobFlow Base, which automates repetitive job setups; Fiery Spot Pro, which helps ensure maximum accuracy of brand and other spot colours; and Fiery FreeForm Create, a visual variable-data print creation application.

The Nozomi Plus is integrated with EFI IQ, a new suite of free and paid applications. The suite includes the EFI IQ Dashboard for a personalized 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. “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,” said Evandro Matteucci, vice president and general manager, Packaging and Building Materials, EFI. “The Plus printer, its superior Fiery DFE enhancements, and our new, comprehensive service, support and training offering extend the remarkable market advantages our customers have today.

The EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus is available now. Current users of EFI Nozomi printers can also purchase the Plus model as a field upgrade. For more information about direct-to-board, single-pass digital corrugated production printing using EFI Nozomi technology, visit nozomi.efi.com.

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