Available later this year, the four-colour, 1.4m wide EFI Nozomi 14000 SD prints paper, synthetic media and board at speeds up to 30 linear metres per minute. At that speed, customers will be able to produce up to 740 1.4 x 2.4m sheets per hour.
‘Last year at FESPA Global, we featured the industry’s first single-pass inkjet printer designed for the display graphics market, the EFI Nozomi 18000+ LED printer,’ said EFI Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ken Hanulec. ‘After learning more about the needs and successes of our customers with the 1.8m printer, we meticulously created this truly innovative, 1.4m wide version that gives a larger share of the market the ability to fully transform their business with super-high-speed and premium-quality imaging in a lower entry point, single-pass solution.’
Using this printer, established display graphics shops will gain the capacity and speed to replace multiple scanning-head devices, each requiring one or two operators, with a single Nozomi production line operated by a two-person crew. And as their volume needs grow, users will be able to add speed and fully automated loading with a vision and inspection system to push productivity up to 70 linear metres per minute or 1845 sheets per hour.
The EFI Nozomi 14000 SD printer’s capabilities include:
– High image quality with a 720-dpi effective resolution, including full gradients and brilliant colours.
– Consistent and accurate colour with the ability to produce 97% of the Pantone® colour gamut, G7 support tools, Fogra PSD certification and more.
– Capacity of 2 to 5 million square metres of production annually with average ink usage of 4.5 grams per square metre.
– Compatibility with a wide range of substrates, ranging from polystyrene, foamboard and corrugated to folding carton, card stock and canvas.
The EFI Nozomi 14000 SD printer also delivers superior sustainability with 45% more efficient production per kW hour compared with analogue printing. It reduces the media waste of overproduction up to 30% compared with analogue printing. Its environmentally friendly LED inks are GREENGUARD certified with no odor or VOCs.
The base configuration features an analogue UV or water-based primer station, registration table, printer with LED curing, up to 6 printing bars and an advanced vision camera, and is available with several ink options, including CMYK, CMYK+W, CMYK+O, CMYK+OV and CMYK+W+O. Finally, an optional post UV or water-based analogue coater can be added for final treatment of the printed output.
This Nozomi 14000 SD printer reflects EFI’s continued leadership and innovation in single-pass inkjet technology. EFI developed its first Nozomi single-pass printer for corrugated packaging in Spain in 2016, and within a few years captured the lead in market share with 50 Nozomi printers sold worldwide today.
The EFI Nozomi 18000+ LED printer brought a new level of digital productivity to the sign and display space, with installations completed or in process at some of the industry’s leading signage producers in the U.S. and U.K.
‘Overall, EFI has more than 1,500 single-pass engines installed globally in five different vertical markets, including corrugated, sign and display graphics, ceramics, textiles and industrial decoration,’ said Hanulec. ’As we gained more experience with the sign and display graphics applications various Nozomi customers have been producing, we collected customer feedback that has given our engineers the insights needed to create this next highly versatile breakthrough single-pass solution for display graphics.’
EFI presented details about this new innovation at the FESPA Global Print Expo, 23-26 May in Munich.
The new EFI LED thermoformable ink announced at FESPA extends the company’s long history of innovation and development as a world-leading manufacturer of digital inkjet inks for industrial and display graphics applications.
EFI Transform-TF LED thermoforming ink is an extremely flexible, UV LED curable digital ink for first-surface interior and second-surface exterior/backlit applications where common thermoplastic is specified for deep-draw thermoforming. The ink, which offers outstanding elongation characteristics for heat bending and routing without chipping or adhesion problems, is available now for the EFI Pro 30f flatbed and EFI VUTEk® 32h hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer models.
EFI Transform-TF ink will be available for EFI VUTEk h3 and h5 printers in Q3. EFI Transform-TF ink is part of a full portfolio of inks and coatings available from EFI, including EFI Armor coatings and the award-winning EFI UltraClear Coat, a versatile spot or full clear coat ink available with EFI LED roll-to-roll printers that can be used for decorative, high-quality effects on prints or as a final coating to protect graphics against abrasion, chemicals and fading. UltraClear Coat prints inline, simultaneously with the image – without slowing down production speeds in certain printer models – in gloss or matte finishes.