EFI has launched its first dedicated single-pass corrugated press, the Nozomi C18000.  “We noticed that there are a lot of high-volume [corrugated] producers that don’t have inplant corrugation and use blank corrugated sheets, and we designed this machine to go after those applications,” said Scott Schinlever, senior vice-president and general manager, EFI Inkjet.

The Nozomi uses EFI’s cool-cure LED technology and takes its name from the Japanese bullet train.

The highly automated line is capable of 75 linear m/min, equating to 8,100sqm/hr. It can run 14pt board (around 0.4mm) up to the full range of corrugated flutes, including triple wall. It uses an inline primer unit and is available in up to seven colours, including white, has a 1.8x3m bed and a maximum resolution of 360x720dpi.

The Nozomi uses a Seiko printhead with four-level greyscale and full recirculation, running specially developed EFI inks. “One of the areas where we think we’re going to be unique in this market is the colour ‘pop’ of the LED-cured ink,” said Schinlever.

The Nozomi also features dynamic inline quality control with automatic ejection and has the option of top or bottom feeder. “The sweet spot for this product, given that it goes so fast, it will be not only short runs but also full inline production.”

“We view this as a complete replacement for analogue [flexo and litho].”

The machine has been in development for around 18 months and betas are set to go in later this year. Commercial shipping will begin in early 2017.