Carlisle Container Company acquired an EFI Nozomi 14000 LED single-pass inkjet corrugated packaging press from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The business will install the new press in a facility adjacent to its main plant scheduled to open in early 2023.
“We implemented digital printing in the early days, acquiring our first VUTEk printer in 2004,” said Carlisle Container CEO Diane Wolf. “Back then, we could print eight to ten 4×8-foot sheets per hour, and over time we updated technology to continue increasing throughput and quality. The Nozomi was the next logical move for us, and it will be a game changer.”
Currently, turnaround times for litho lamination jobs at the company range from four to six weeks. “With the Nozomi,” Wolf said, “we believe this will be reduced to an average of 7 to 10 days. That is a huge improvement. Last year, we purchased over 75,000 litho labels, and all of that will convert to digital very quickly.”
Many flexo packaging jobs at Carlisle Container will also be more efficient and cost-effective to print digitally as well once the Nozomi printer is installed. “Any flexo boxes that have three or four colors or are flood coated will go digital. The reduction in set-up time, the elimination of having to sometimes run two passes and the improvement in print quality are just more features that make this asset so important,” Wolf explained. “We expect our Nozomi volumes to grow quickly with the current type of work we are doing, as well as new work that we could not attract before.”
The EFI Fiery NZ-1000 blade server digital front end (DFE) used to drive the press uses the latest Fiery FS500 platform technology, offering color management, imaging accuracy, and automation features.
Comparing the Nozomi to the company’s present digital print operations, Wolf noted, “With subscription boxes, it’s all about the speed with which you can deliver. And when you go from 48 linear feet per minute to 328 linear feet, it’s night and day.”
With the high-capacity digital capabilities coming, Wolf also said she is having very different, promising conversations with customers and prospects. “When I go to a company and tell them I can take their lead time from six weeks to six days, and oh, by the way, you can have cost-effective runs of 1,000, customers immediately recognize how this presents them with many more options.”
“This is the first Nozomi press purchased in the Mid-Atlantic, and our team is eager to help Carlisle Container grow with our leading-edge technology and with business development services we provide to help users show the value of digital to their customers and prospects,” said Evandro Matteucci, vice president, Packaging and Building Materials, EFI. “Diane and her team will create exciting opportunities delivering everything new that becomes possible with this highly advanced, single-pass Nozomi 14000 LED solution developed specifically for converters’ mainstream packaging production needs.”