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Award-Winning EFI Nozomi 18000+ LED Single-Pass Printer for Display Graphics Commercially Available

With a first successful installation completed and a second to come soon, the new EFI™ Nozomi 18000+ LED single-pass printer for point of sale and display graphics producers from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. stands to redefine productivity and new opportunity in signage production. The 71-inch (1.8-meter) wide printer, running three to five times faster than all other scanning head printers, is the first single-pass, ultra-high-speed digital printer designed and built for the sign and display graphics market.
The printer is now commercially available worldwide: A Nozomi 18000+ LED single-pass printer currently installed and running in North America, and a second printer to be installed in Q3 at a customer location in Europe.
Leveraging the capabilities of the market-leading EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus printer for direct-to-board corrugated packaging production, the Nozomi 18000+ LED printer delivers high-end output on a wide range of media in quantities other digital solutions cannot match. For businesses with high-volume demand, it represents an important opportunity to grow profitability, capitalizing on the printer’s ability to deliver the lowest cost per square foot and a lower overall total cost of ownership.
Driven by an EFI Fiery blade server digital front end offering next-generation color profiling technology, the printer can print on synthetic media and paper-based materials at speeds up to 1,000 sheets or boards per hour. Its unparalleled throughput helps users drive profitability in a wide range of high-volume signage applications.
A winning combination of quality and speed
First announced last year, the single-pass printer won the 2021 PRINTING United Alliance Pinnacle Product Award in the single-pass printer category. The printer takes many of the innovations developed for the EFI Nozomi C18000+ LED printer – the most-awarded and market-share-leading single-pass inkjet offering for the corrugated packaging space – and combines them with important enhancements: Manual or full automation feeding and stacking; Hybrid aqueous/UV primer for printing on adhesion-challenged materials; Optional pre-white for reflective and colored surfaces; Optional post UV coater for weatherability and UV protection.

Capabilities including pallet-to-pallet material automation, automatic registration and automatic nozzle plate cleaning enable users to handle burst capacity for print runs from one to several thousand or more, offering new opportunities and better capacity for display graphics print providers.
Better quality at a lower TCO
This printer provides a broad application range for display graphics production, with extreme efficiency. Users can reduce their cost-per-square foot by eliminating the make-ready costs associated with analogue printing. The EFI Nozomi 18000+ LED also gives digital print display graphics providers that operate many different printers the ability to consolidate production onto a single super-high-speed platform. Not only can this shrink overall space and labor needs, the printer’s ability to reduce production waste brings a bigger environmental advantage to digital display graphics printing.
Speed doesn’t compromise quality with the Nozomi 18000+ LED printer. An on-board quality inspection system checks for color uniformity, as well as for nozzle out and other defects, to further ensure optimum print quality. The printer delivers a wide color gamut with up to seven colors with CMYK plus optional white, orange and violet inks.

Additionally, Fiery DFE and workflow features include high-end color management, fast HyperRIP performance, Adobe PDF Print Engine support, streamlined variable data management, Smart Ink Estimator software and Fiery Edge™ advanced color profiling.
For more information, visit www.efi.com.

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