EFI has named Spanish packaging giant Hinojosa as the first customer for its Nozomi inkjet corrugated press. This is being built at the Creta print ceramic tile print operation in Spain, so a local company is a local choice for the initial site. As Hinojosa has earlier been the trial site for the Barberan Jetmaster inkjet press for direct to corrugated printing, EFI’s choice has additional appeal.
Interest in Nozomi has been high EFI CEO Guy Gecht told the annual Connect users conventional in Las Vegas last week, repeating comments made to financial analysts at the end of last year. There were further nods towards future applications for the flatbed single-pass high speed printer, but no definitive statements.
Hinojosa will receive its Nozomi C1800 at the end of Q1. It comes with a high performance Fiery Rip to handle multi SKU versioned designs without slowing the press. It is rated at 75 linear metres a minute at 360x720dpi resolution with water based inks that do not affect the recyclabiliy of the board.
The conference also heard announcements about a new roll to roll wide format LED UV printer, the Vutek 5R and 3R, 5 metre and 3 metre wide machines respectively. Both use UltraDrop technology to run at up to 400m2 an hour and up to 1200dpi resolution (though not at that speed).
The 1,000 delegates, the highest number to attend the event to date, also heard a great deal about the Internet of Things and EFI’s commitment to this technology and to artificial intelligence through learning algorithms in the MIS products.
Attendees also heard from Xerox chief executive Jeff Jacobson, a first public engagement since the division of the Xerox business at the start of the year. Xerox is also a key partner for EFI, using Fiery Rips in in Trivor and Brenva inkjet presses and in its iGen5.
EFI hopes to transform corrugated production through inkjet and its Nozomi C1800 single pass printer. The first user will be Spanish packaging giant Hinojosa which has experience in inkjet printing already.