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Alliance Packaging invests in EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass corrugated packaging press

PKBR Staff Writer Published 10 April 2018

US-based Alliance Packaging has invested in EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass corrugated packaging press in a bid to enhance its production operations.

Alliance Packaging, which is an independent corrugated box manufacturer, is installing high-speed press from Electronics For Imaging (EFI) at its headquarters facility in Seattle.

The new 71in (1.8m) wide press has an operating speed of up to 246 linear feet (75 linear meters) per minute, and holds capacity to print up to 10,000 35x35in (890x890-mm) boards per hour two-up.

EFI Nozomi C18000 press features single-pass and piezo grayscale inkjet writing system that delivers accurate and high-fidelity color, as well as helps to maintain  consistent reproduction on solid areas.

The press is comprised of six-color configuration of Genuine EFI Inks CMYK, orange and violet) for enhanced quality and expanded-gamut imaging with matte, satin or glossy finishes.

At present, Alliance Packaging uses two-step printing and lamination process for high volumes of analog and litho-lamination production on boxes and corrugated displays. The process needs a longer turnaround times and higher set-up costs.

The new press will help to reduce most of that work with direct-to-board digital printing, helping clients to produce the required quantities.

EFI’s Fiery NZ-1000 ultra-fast digital front end (DFE) print server and production system will allow Alliance Packaging’s service experts to rapidly and accurately develop new designs.

EFI Nozomi C18000 includes in-line image quality inspection system that manages and optimizes inkjet nozzle alignment. It is also compatible with Alliance Packaging’s various board products, including N-flute to double-wall board and Kemi, mottled, bleach and kraft materials.

Alliance Packaging president Scott Younger said: “We are excited about this press because it is the only digital press available today that allows us to double-down on our strategy of short lead times mixed with high-end graphics.

“We chose EFI because of their incredible customer service, the quality of the Nozomi, and the press’s ability to produce high-end work at an economical price point.”