Universal Display Systems, or UDS, a point of sale signage printer based in Poland, has invested in an EFI Nozomi C18000 single pass corrugated printer to help it expand.
Ninety-five percent of UDS’s production is corrugated POS products, such as floor and counter displays, produced for retail chains and FMCG producers, as well as some packaging. Currently, this is printed on two Koenig and Bauer offset presses, a five-colour KBA 162a and a six-colour KBA 164, combined with a Kodak prepress system and using stocks ranging from 80 to 600 gsm.
Andrzej Bączkowski, owner and president of the board of UDS, explained: “We’ve been observing the technology of digital printing for years and the Nozomi is the first digital machine for printing on corrugated board that makes economic sense for us.”
Daniel Dzbański, head of R&D at UDS, says that the colour management system delivers high quality output from the first sheets, noting: “In addition, it has recently been equipped with a Photo mode, and that will allow us to achieve up to 97% compliance with the Pantone palette with six colours. This is an ideal feature for printing corrugated display materials where saturation and vivid colours are key.”
UDS is expecting to install its Nozomi later this month. UDS will use it to expand into low-volume corrugated packaging as well as to develop its export activities, giving UDS a competitive advantage in Central Europe. The company has taken on extra sales reps to help with this.
UDS was set up in 1986, though it’s only been using the UDS name since 2006, and is a family owned business that currently employs more than 600 staff plus a further 200 temporary workers for production peaks. UDS has a sales office in Warsaw and a 20,000 square metre production plant near Nowy Kaweczyn in central Poland.
The Nozomi C18000 is a single pass inkjet printer, designed specifically for printing direct to corrugated boards up to 1.8m wide. It can print at up to 75 linear metres per minute and offers resolution up to 360 x 720dpi. It comes with an EFI Fiery front end. There’s an option to print in one or two lanes, which requires a top feeder to double the sheet throughput.