Squid Ink: CoPilot® 500 Inkjet Printing System

Versatile, cost-effective coding and marking system is designed to print superior quality hi-resolution characters on porous surfaces.

Versatile, cost-effective coding and marking system is designed to print superior quality hi-resolution characters on porous surfaces.
Versatile, cost-effective coding and marking system is designed to print superior quality hi-resolution characters on porous surfaces.

Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of superior quality inks and inkjet printing equipment, introduces the new CoPilot®500 Inkjet Printing System.It is designed to print superior quality hi-resolution characters on porous surfaces. With up to 2.8 in. print height per printhead and the ability to run up to two printheads from one controller, the CoPilot 500 offers a versatile, yet cost-effective solution for coding and marking.

The CoPilot 500 features the new 502 series print engine from Xaar®, a developer of piezoelectric technology for the industrial inkjet market. The inclusion of the 502 series engine allows more print flexibility including binary and greyscale printing, faster print speeds at lower levels of resolution, and user-defined print droplet size output ranging from 15 to 75 picoliters. In addition, the new larger 2.8 in. printhead helps users looking to replace the high cost of labels for their case coding needs.

CoPilot 500’s 4.3 in. full color touchscreen provides access to the system’s internal messages and print functions. Messages are created and edited on Squid Ink’s easy-to-use Orion™ PC Software and transferred via Ethernet or USB device. For larger applications, a virtually unlimited number of CoPilot 500 printing systems can be connected wirelessly or via Ethernet and controlled through one central Orion print station. For user’s on-the-go, Squid Ink offers a 10.1” full-color Windows®tablet with Orion software for mobile programming within the facility.

The system is capable of running oil-based inks to print up to 5.6 in. (2.8 in. from a single head) of hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and appealing logos at 200 dpi. Solvent-based systems to print on non-porous surfaces will be available in the near future. For manufacturers looking for more printer mounting flexibility, the CoPilot 500 printhead can be positioned in multiple positions including horizontal, down shooting, and side shooting. For current CoPilot 382 users running 2.1 in. printheads, a controller software upgrade will allow them to run the larger 2.8 in. CoPilot 500 series printheads.

The CoPilot 500 is available now through Squid Ink’s worldwide network of authorized distributors.

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