EFI Announces Alliance Packaging into the Digital Age with Direct-to-Corrugated
Monday, April 9, 2018
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
Packaging is adopting high-end, direct-to-board digital printing with the
purchase of an EFI™
Nozomi C18000 single-pass corrugated packaging press from Electronics
For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). The ultra-high-speed press is a
groundbreaking offering in the digital corrugated packaging space because of
its high production capacity and its complete integrated system.
Alliance Packaging – the Northwestern U.S.’s largest independent corrugated box
manufacturer – is installing the breakthrough digital production press at its
Seattle headquarters facility to provide its customers with new capabilities
that will reduce waste, cost and turnaround time. The second-generation,
family-owned 500-employee business focuses on high-end corrugated applications
and specializes in fast turnaround times, intricate designs and
"We are excited about this press because it is the only digital press
available today that allows us to double-down on our strategy of short lead
times mixed with high-end graphics,” said Alliance Packaging President
Scott Younger. "We chose EFI because of their incredible customer service,
the quality of the Nozomi, and the press’s ability to produce high-end work at
an economical price point.”
Unprecedented efficiency for direct-to-board digital printing
Shipped in March with installation scheduled for completion in May, Alliance
Packaging’s new 71-inch (1.8-meter) wide press takes digital corrugated
printing to new levels of productivity. Operating at speeds up to 246 linear
feet (75 linear meters) per minute, the Nozomi C18000 can print up to 10,000
35x35-inch (890x890-mm) boards per hour two-up. Its single-pass, piezo
grayscale inkjet writing system delivers accurate, high-fidelity color,
including excellent, consistent reproduction on solid areas. Alliance
Packaging’s press will include a six-color configuration of Genuine EFI Inks
(CMYK, orange and violet) for superior-quality, expanded-gamut imaging with
matte, satin or glossy finishes.
Alliance Packaging currently does high volumes of analog, litho-lamination
production on boxes and corrugated displays – work that requires a two-step
printing and lamination process with longer turnaround times, higher set-up
costs and more waste. The new press will give the company the power to migrate
much of that work to efficient, direct-to-board digital printing produced in
the exact quantities that clients need.
The press also opens the doors to important new premium-quality offerings that
are too costly to produce with analog methods, such as targeted, versioned or
multi-SKU retail packaging that drives higher sell-through on consumer goods.
EFI’s Fiery® NZ-1000 – the ultra-fast digital front end (DFE) print server and
production system used to drive the press – will give Alliance Packaging’s
design service experts a way to quickly and accurately produce new designs.
Alliance Packaging customers, in turn, will gain a streamlined process for
launching new products and implementing changes to meet evolving product
Additional features and benefits of Alliance Packaging’s digital press include:
100% in-line image quality inspection system that actively manages and
optimizes inkjet nozzle alignment and uniformity errors for the highest
possible imaging quality.
high-productivity, permanent head architecture that eliminates the
downtime associated with replacing consumable printheads.
with the broad range of boards Alliance Packaging produces, from N-flute
to double-wall board, and including traditional Kemi, mottled, bleach and
kraft materials – with all of them printing full press-rated speeds.
the rules in sustainability and supply chain management
The EFI Nozomi press also gives users a significant sustainability advantage in
digital print, as it is the only ultra-high-speed, single-pass corrugated
inkjet press to have its output certified for OCC recyclability and
repulpability by the Western Michigan University Recycling, Paper and Coating
Pilot Plant – a leading certification organization for corrugated recycling.
"We are excited to partner with Alliance Packaging to deliver a high-end,
digital production solution that can outperform any other single-pass,
direct-to-board technology available today,” said José Luis Ramón Moreno,
vice president and general manager, EFI Industrial Printing. "Alliance
Packaging serves many of the leading brands and businesses that call the
Pacific Northwest home, and this EFI Nozomi installation has the potential to
transform and significantly improve those companies’ packaging strategies.”
Alliance Packaging’s EFI Nozomi press is the ninth EFI Nozomi transaction
completed and shipped as of the end of March 2018.
Alliance Packaging’s new ultra-high-speed inkjet press is part of a complete
ecosystem for corrugated manufacturing available from EFI, with leading edge
inks, Fiery DFE technology and a complete EFI
Corrugated Packaging Suite business and production management workflow. For
more information about advanced digital corrugated packaging production with
EFI technologies, visit www.efi.com.
EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading
the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. We are passionate
about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and
boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the
manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized
documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a
comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and
streamlines the entire production process. (www.efi.com)