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Carmel Frenkel invests in EFI Nozomi corrugated press


August 24, 2018
By PrintAction Staff

Israel-based packaging company Carmel Frenkel, a subsidiary of Hadera Paper, has purchased an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet corrugated packaging press from Electronics for Imaging (EFI).

This, according to EFI, makes Carmel Frenkel one of the first companies worldwide to have the complete EFI ecosystem for corrugated production with the Nozomi press, the EFI Fiery NZ-1000 digital front end (DFE), the EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system (MES) business and production management workflow and EFI Escada corrugator control software.

“That is the main reason why we went for the Nozomi press. We have invested considerable time and effort in evaluating the most-advanced digital corrugated technologies and, with this press, we know EFI is delivering an innovative technology that will be able to handle a variety of print jobs with faster throughput and high output quality,” says Guy Frenkel, CEO of Carmel Frenkel.

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Scheduled for installation in the fourth quarter of this year, the Nozomi press boasts high-quality output leveraging a single-pass, piezo grayscale inkjet writing system that delivers high-fidelity colour, including consistent reproduction on solid areas. The press delivers operating speeds up to 246 linear feet per minute, or up to 10,000 35 x 35-inch boards per hour two-up.

The 71-inch wide LED Nozomi press comes equipped with the advanced EFI Fiery NZ-1000 DFE print server and production system, which provides the ability to produce versioned/multi-SKU work or even personalized packaging at full speed, explains the comany. The Corrugated Packaging Suite MES workflow that Carmel Frenkel is also installing facilitates plant-wide management and integration of digital production for a full, end-to-end business and production framework to handle the company’s digital, analogue flexo, litho-lam and litho label operations.

With EFI’s digital printing technologies, Carmel Frenkel says it can reduce turnaround times for new projects from weeks or months to just days and produce smaller quantities or versions of jobs — something it says is too costly to achieve using analogue production methods.

“It is clear that the corrugated packaging market is evolving at a rapid pace and having the complete EFI ecosystem will definitely give Carmel Frenkel an innovative edge to continue to stay ahead of the market by delivering greater value to its clients,” said José Luis Ramón Moreno, vice president and general manager of Industrial Printing at EFI.