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Local company becomes first in U.S. to use Inkjet Corrugated Press

Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017
by Independent Tribune

Complete Design & Packaging, an independent corrugated packaging provider based in Concord, will be the first business in the U.S. to install a high-speed production printing technology.

Electronics For Imaging’s Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED corrugated packaging press is a six-color press, and CDP will use it for 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 analog flexo and litho lamination corrugated printing for retail packaging applications. CDP currently does some prototyping and very short-run digital work on a multi-pass flatbed inkjet printer, but after spending the past year examining emerging trends among clients and prospects, Bertram and his business partner, Scott Sumner, sought ways to help customers capture a broader range of brand-building opportunities with high-end, regionalized, localized and customized packaging.

“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, who is the president and co-owner of CDP.

The quality CDP saw touring the world’s first EFI Nozomi C18000 corrugated package converting installation in Spain gave 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,” Sumner, CDP’s vice president and co-owner, said. “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 color management will be a big plus for us developing our digital packaging business.”

They said they found that the 71-inch wide EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass press has the technology to deliver on that opportunity with its exceptional speed: up to 246 linear feet per minute with throughput up to 6,600 2.6x3.3-foot boards per hour.

CDP’s customers include food and consumer product manufacturers in a wide range of industries, including the home improvement and home electronics fields. The packages the company produces can be found at The Home Depot, Sam’s Club and other warehouse clubs and big box stores throughout the Southeast.

The brands CDP serves will benefit from the press’s capabilities to produce a wide color gamut with its six-color inkset, plus a white ink scheduled to be released shortly after the press is installed. The press’s LED imaging capabilities provide accurate color 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 award-winning press provides output with resolutions up to 360x720 dots per inch with four-level grayscale imaging. A 100 percent in-line inspection system on the press is tied to robust print optimization technologies, including inkjet nozzle, alignment and uniformity correction for the high imaging quality. Plus, the Nozomi press’s permanent head architecture eliminates the downtime associated with replacing consumable printheads.

EFI is the only manufacturer to offer fully integrated top- and bottom-feed options for a digital corrugated packaging press. CDP’s Nozomi press will feature this patented system, which handles media separation, lift, transport and alignment at full press speeds with programmable features for faster, automatic feeding configurations on repeat jobs.

The EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet press is part of a complete ecosystem for corrugated production available from EFI with leading edge inks, the Fiery DFE and an EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system workflow.

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