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6th September 2017, Fremont, CA

CDP to install EFI single-pass corrugated press

Complete Design & Packaging becomes first US business to purchase the EFI Nozomi single-pass inkjet corrugated press.Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has announced that Complete Design & Packaging (CDP), an independent corrugated packaging provider based in Concord, NC, will be the first business in the US to install EFI's ultra-high-speed production printing technology, the EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED corrugated packaging press.

CDP will use the six-colour press for cost-effective, high-quality, direct-to-board digital printing that extends client brand presence in retail corrugated packaging. Installation of the press is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, with production operations going live by the end of the year.

CDP's founder, Howard Bertram, started the business in 2002. Today, the company offers high-end analogue flexo and litho lamination corrugated printing for retail packaging applications. "There are a lot of flexo and litho lamination options out there today, but customers face limitations in their marketing without digital printing, and as a young, independent company, we want to be on the leading edge of that offering," said Bertram.

Delivering higher-throughput

The quality CDP saw touring the world's first EFI Nozomi C18000 corrugated package converting installation in Spain gives Bertram and Sumner confidence in the press's ability to deliver higher-throughput, single-pass productivity to clients requiring exceptional printing for greater shelf appeal.

"We chose EFI because of their strengths in R&D and their commitment to make things happen in the industry," said Sumner, who is CDP's vice president and co-owner. "In addition to the productivity that comes with single-pass printing on the Nozomi press, Fiery technology was definitely a selling point for us. We could see how EFI's legacy with digital print colour management will be a big plus for us developing our digital packaging business."

The 71-inch wide EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass press has a speed of up to 246 linear feet per minute with throughput up to 6,600 2.6x3.3-foot boards per hour. The EFI Fiery NZ-1000 high-performance digital front end (DFE) for the press, based on new, scalable Fiery XB bladed architecture, will provide fast, efficient job processing to eliminate downtime spent waiting for jobs. Plus, the new DFE platform offers advanced EFI Fiery job preparation and colour management tools needed for superior quality.

CDP's customers include food and consumer product manufacturers in a wide range of industries, including the home improvement and home electronics fields.

Accuracy, versatility and recyclability

According to EFI, the brands CDP serves will benefit from the press's capabilities to produce a wide colour gamut with its six-colour inkset, plus a white ink scheduled to be released shortly after the press is installed. The press's LED imaging capabilities are said to provide accurate colour imaging on just about any board substrate, including traditional Kemi, mottled, bleached and kraft materials.

Packaging produced with the press is fully recyclable, with printed output meeting a leading industry standard – certification for OCC recyclability and repulpability from the Western Michigan University Recycling, Paper and Coating Pilot Plant.

The press provides high-quality output with resolutions up to 360x720 dots per inch with four-level grayscale imaging. A 100% in-line inspection system on the press is tied to robust print optimisation technologies, including inkjet nozzle, alignment and uniformity correction for the highest possible imaging quality.


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