4 Mar, 2019

Digital drives growth for CSI

The successful single-pass digital corrugated production launch leads CSI to purchase two additional EFI Nozomi presses.

Visual Impact PrePrint, LLC the Digital Division of US based Corrugated Synergies International, LLC (CSI), is following its successful launch of high-volume, high-graphic direct-to-board corrugated printing on a Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet press with the purchase of two additional Nozomi presses. Based in Santa Teresa, N.M., Visual Impact is North America’s first dedicated sheet feeding company, according to CSI.

CSI’s first Nozomi press, an ultra-high-speed corrugated production solution from Electronics for Imaging, Inc., (EFI), allowed the Renton, Wash.-based company to capture significant new market opportunities with its new, high-volume trade printing operation in Santa Teresa.

In 2019, CSI is on pace to become the world’s largest user of Nozomi presses, with one new press scheduled for installation at a facility in the Las Vegas area, and another new press to be installed at a yet-to-be-revealed location.

New Market Opportunities

CSI launched its first press, which is used to produce both packaging and corrugated displays, this past summer at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

“We are having great success with our first Nozomi in New Mexico,” says CSI Vice President of Manufacturing and Print Jeffery Dumbach. “After receiving a significant number of requests for quotes, samples and proofs, the word really got out about the press’s amazing capabilities. We are getting orders for display work and club retail packaging, and our newest contract is for a double-sided e-commerce packaging application. Overall, our volumes are increasing every month.”

The New Mexico facility, which has 20 employees, provides high-end, direct-to-board trade printing for a wide range of clients across the western U.S. It is the first phase of an ambitious growth strategy for the New Mexico operation, which is in the process of adding a corrugator to serve domestic clients as well as meet surging corrugated packaging demand for clients in Mexico.

Analog to Digital

Dumbach reports that the Nozomi allows the company to replace litho lamination jobs with direct-to-corrugated printing. “The larger digital volumes, extreme high quality and faster time to market enabled by the Nozomi have driven many of our customers to take on jobs they probably would have turned down before because of the limited capacity that exists with multi-pass digital,” he says. “Our customers are blown away with the image quality and the pop of Nozomi print with its high gloss. We’re happy, and we have some very happy customers.”

The 1080mm wide single-pass LED inkjet press operates at speeds up to 75m per minute – or 10,000 890 x 890mm boards per hour two-up. The press features a single-pass, piezo inkjet writing system that delivers accurate, high-fidelity colour, including consistent reproduction on solid areas. An EFI Fiery® NZ-1000 digital front end (DFE) used to drive the press provides blazing performance, outstanding colour accuracy, efficient job management and the ability to produce versioned or variable work at full speed.

CSI Vice President of Manufacturing and Print, Jeffery Dumbach.

 

Integrated Workflows

CSI is the first company to have the complete EFI corrugated technology portfolio, with the Nozomi press and Fiery DFE both integrated into EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite business and production management execution system workflow software operating at multiple facilities. With the workflow software, the company is establishing a full, end-to-end business and production framework that includes digital production and the company’s analog flexo, singleface litho-lam and litho label operations.

“We are extremely pleased with the expansion of our relationship with CSI and look forward to helping them grow their volumes of digital print with additional, ultra-high-speed, single-pass Nozomi presses,” says Frank Mallozzi, EFI Chief Revenue Officer. “It is always exciting to see customers reach new market frontiers with our integrated portfolio. The Nozomi presses and the complete EFI ecosystem of packaging technologies will give CSI the power to capture the untapped potential for growth in corrugated.”

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