EFI introduces smaller Nozomi

EFI has announced a new, more compact version of its Nozomi corrugated press, the Nozomi 14000 LED, which takes sheets up to 1.4 x 2.4m and is based on the existing C18000 Plus that can work with sheets up to 1.8 x 3m.

EFI has introduced this compact Nozomi 14000 LED.

The new smaller model has been designed specifically for corrugated packaging converters whereas the C18000 can handle display graphics and POS work as well as packaging. Richard Cotterill, global sales director for packaging at EFI, explains: “The format is more in keeping with cutters like the Bobst Master Cutter so this is designed to fit with the converting processes. We want to fit into existing production lines.”

He adds that the 14000 will print to the same substrates: “You can print with coated as well as uncoated materials, which is the big benefit of the LED.”

The Nozomi is a big machine that’s split into several modules that have to be assembled when the machine is installed. On the C18000 the printing unit is split across two of these modules but for the new 14000 model EFI has managed to contain the printing unit within a single module. However, to achieve this EFI has had to give up one colour channel so that the new machine can take up to six colours, whereas the larger Nozomi can be configured with up to seven. That means that most customers will have to choose between using CMYK plus either orange and violet to extend the colour gamut, or two whites for printing backgrounds at speed. Alternatively, you could opt for one white channel and one spot colour but that would depend on the productivity required when printing with white ink. 

Nonetheless, Fernando Tomas Badenes, global product director for Inkjet building materials and packaging division at EFI, explains that the advantage of having all the printing engine in a single module is that it improves the colour to colour accuracy and the printing registration.

He adds: “The idea is that if you go compact instead of modular then the installation is much easier and faster because we don’t have to assemble all the modules.” He continues: “The servicing is much simpler because we have less components.” 

The compact design also makes for a much smaller footprint, down from around 36 metres long for the C18000 to just 23.4 metres for the 14000, an important consideration for some converters. Badenes says that EFI has also improved the transport system for the new model. 

Otherwise, the new Nozomi uses the same Seiko printheads and the same ink as the C18000 Plus. It still runs at 75mpm at 360 x 720 dpi. In addition, there is also a faster ‘Eco’ mode for uncoated materials of 100 mpm with a lower resolution of 280 x 360 dpi.

EFI has also improved the curing system, essentially doubling the power of the lamps, in order to offer the higher speed and to ensure there is no variation across the boards, particularly with large areas of solid colour.

However, there are no plans to add any of these improvements such as the faster print mode and more powerful curing, to the more expensive C18000 model as EFI considers this to be a mature and reliable platform.

There are a number of further options, including: single or dual bottom feeders; a roller coater capable of applying varying amounts of primer; a varnish station that allows for a range of gloss or satin finishes; and a choice of full or bundle stackers.

Naturally, the new Nozomi comes with EFI’s latest Fiery NZ 1000 digital front end, based on the Fiery FS500 Pro platform. This works with EFI IQ, a, set of cloud business intelligence and management solutions. You can find further details from efi.com.


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