The single-pass printer has been contracted by London-based global visual communications provider Delta Group
“We have had remarkable success as an early adopter of EFI’s single-pass technology on our first Nozomi solution, an EFI Nozomi C18000 corrugated board printer that we use to produce high-quality displays,” says Martin Shipp, COO, Delta Group. “The new 18000+ model for signage and display graphics enables printing on paper, styrene, corrugated plastic and more at very high speeds” (3,000-5,000 square meters per hour, or up to 1,000 1.2m by 1.4m sheets per hour. This is three to five times faster than other scanning head printers for display graphics production).
For businesses with high-volume demand, the new 71-inch (1.8-meter) wide printer represents an opportunity to grow profitability, capitalizing on the ability to deliver the lowest cost per square foot and a lower overall total cost of ownership. It is driven by an EFI Fiery NZ-1000 blade server digital front end offering next-generation color profiling technology.
“The team at Delta Group is once again on the leading edge of innovation in digital printing,” says Todd Zimmerman, VP and GM of Display Graphics, EFI Inkjet. “The range of capabilities Delta Group is obtaining with the EFI Nozomi 18000+ LED single-pass printer puts this company in a new category, above its competitors, in terms of advancing technical innovation and leadership in the signage market.”
The printer takes many of the innovations developed for the EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus printer and combines them with important enhancements: manual or full automation feeding and stacking; hybrid aqueous/UV primer for printing on adhesion-challenged materials; optional pre-white for reflective and colored surfaces; optional post UV coater for weatherability and UV protection.
Capabilities including pallet-to-pallet material automation, automatic registration and automatic nozzle plate cleaning enable users to handle burst capacity for print runs from one to several thousand or more.
Users can reduce their cost-per-square foot by eliminating the make-ready costs associated with analogue printing. The EFI Nozomi 18000+ LED also gives digital print display graphics providers that operate many different printers the ability to consolidate production onto a single high-speed platform. Not only can this shrink overall space and labor needs, the printer’s ability to reduce production waste brings a bigger environmental advantage to digital display graphics printing.
An on-board quality inspection system checks for color uniformity, as well as for nozzle out and other defects, to further ensure optimum print quality. The printer delivers a wide color gamut with up to seven colors with CMYK plus optional white, orange and violet inks.
Additionally, Fiery DFE and workflow features include high-end color management, fast HyperRIP performance, Adobe PDF Print Engine support, streamlined variable data management, Smart Ink Estimator software and Fiery Edge™ advanced color profiling.
First announced last year, the EFI Nozomi 18000+ LED printer won the 2021 PRINTING United Alliance Pinnacle Product Award in the single-pass printer category.
Scheduled for installation in Delta Group in Q3 2022, the new printer is the first of its kind to be installed in Europe and only the second in the world: the very first one is currently installed and running in North America.