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Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc. (squidink.com), a leading manufacturer of superior quality inks and ink jet printing equipment, introduces the new CoPilot® hi-resolution ink jet printing system. The CoPilot is an affordable new solution for printing hi-resolution characters and other product information directly on porous or non-porous products.
Squid Ink’s CoPilot uses proven Xaar piezo technology to print up to .7” of hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great looking logos at 185 dpi and a 4.3″ 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, multiple CoPilot printing systems can be connected via Ethernet or wirelessly and controlled through one central Orion print station.
The system is capable of running oil-based or solvent-based inks on a variety of substrates and provides darker print for increase scannability. For non-porous applications, users have the option of utilizing Squid Ink’s solvent-based CoPilot to print on a variety of non-porous products like plastics, glass, stretch wrap, metals and more. In addition, the ink system allows the CoPilot to print in a horizontal or downshooter position, or any angle in between without making changes to the printing system. Ink is supplied in convenient 200ml no-mess cartridges, which is nearly 5 times the volume of competitive thermal printing systems.
CE and TUV certification pending, the CoPilot features a durable touchscreen in stainless steel cabinet, industrial strength printhead construction, and print engines designed for industrial applications. In addition, Squid Ink’s PZ-1000 ink for porous substrates offers low-maintenance performance, eliminating the need for auto-priming functions and offering better ink utilization than competitive systems. Users can be confident that CoPilot’s rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments while providing superior quality print.
The CoPilot printing system offers competitive advantages over HP® or Lexmark® based printing systems. CoPilot users can expect 30% larger print, the ability to upgrade to a 2nd printhead, the ability to print bar codes with standard systems, and the ability to print on a variety of porous and non-porous substrates. Best of all, the CoPilot utilizes ink manufactured directly by Squid Ink, eliminating the high ink costs associated with HP or Lexmark systems.