United Carton Industries Company (UCIC) is achieving a breakthrough advancement in digital print for corrugated packaging with the installation of an EFITM Nozomi C18000 six-color, single-pass LED inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The new printer will reportedly bring opportunities for UCIC to enter new market segments, expand its customer base, and create a competitive advantage in the region.
“UCIC’s priority is to meet customer expectations, which are constantly increasing due to ever changing market conditions,” said UCIC President Mohnish Rikhy. “New technologies such as digital printing with EFI’s Nozomi C18000 printer help us meet these demands and stay ahead of the competition.”
The Nozomi C18000 printer will enable UCIC to begin transitioning HD flexo work produced in the company’s five plants in Saudi Arabia to digital. The migration to digital printing will also increase UCIC’s overall production capacity for point of sale displays. The Nozomi is especially beneficial in how it will empower UCIC to better handle shorter runs and changing customer demands.
UCIC decided to purchase the Nozomi for several reasons: “We were highly impressed with the dual feeding feature of the printer and the three different printing modes,” said UCIC Supply Chain Vice President Ali Jariwala. “We expect the collaboration between UCIC and EFI to be fruitful.”
The Nozomi C18000 offers three modes to optimize print quality and ink consumption: PHOTO mode allows matching of over 90 percent of PANTONE® Colors in six colors with no ink consumption limit, specifically aimed at high-end color reproduction; POP mode reduces the color gamut slightly but delivers the best quality while reducing ink consumption; and ECO mode works with a restricted color range and the lowest possible ink consumption. These print modes allow UCIC to address a wider range of production needs.
The 71” wide EFI Nozomi C18000 prints up to 246 linear feet per minute, printing up to 10,000 35×35” boards per hour two-up. Its single-pass, piezo inkjet imaging system delivers accurate, high-fidelity color, including excellent, consistent reproduction on solid areas. The Nozomi is also the leading single-pass corrugated production device in terms of power consumption efficiency after having achieved the Fogra ISO 20690 Standard. UCIC’s new printer includes a six-color configuration of Genuine EFI Inks (CMYK, orange and violet) for superior-quality, expanded-gamut imaging with matte, satin or glossy finishes.
For more information, visit nozomi.efi.com.