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Squid Ink intros CoPilot 256 inkjet printing system

By Canadian Packaging staff   

Automation Coding & Labeling Cogent Technologies Eastey Enterprises Engage Technologies PZ-1000 ink Squid CoPilot 256 inkjet printing system Squid Ink Manufacturing

New CoPilot 256 provides options for printing hi-resolution characters, barcodes, logos and more.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn.—Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc., a leading manufacturer of superior quality inks and ink jet printing equipment, introduces the new Squid CoPilot 256 inkjet printing system, offering users an innovative option for printing hi-resolution characters, barcodes, logos and more.

The CoPilot 256 inkjet printer is designed to print superior quality hi-resolution characters on either porous or non-porous surfaces.

With up to 2.8-inches of total print height and the ability to print on both sides of the substrate in a single pass, the CoPilot 256 is designed to work as an integral part of a user’s day-to-day packaging operation.

CoPilot 256’s 4.3-inches 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 256 printing systems can be connected via Ethernet and controlled through one central Orion print station.

The system is capable of running oil-based or solvent-based inks to print up to 2.8-inch (1.4-inch from a single head) of hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great looking logos at 185 dpi (dots per inch).

For non-porous applications, users have the option of using Squid Ink’s solvent-based inks for printing on a variety of products like coated cartons, plastics, glass, shrink wrap, metals and more.

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.

The CoPilot 256 is designed to meet the harsh demands of a user’s application. The printer features a durable touchscreen, industrial strength printhead construction, and print engines designed for industrial applications, not office applications. Its rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments while providing superior quality print.

The CoPilot also features a large 500ml cartridge or bag ink system. The generous ink volume allows users to keep their line running, reducing downtime and maximizing ROI (return on investment). The CoPilot 256 is available now through Squid Ink’s worldwide network of authorized distributors.

Squid Ink operates as a subsidiary of Engage Technologies, parent company of Squid Ink, Eastey Enterprises, and Cogent Technologies. Eastey ( is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty shrink packaging equipment and automated case sealing systems for packaging applications. Cogent Technologies ( manufactures infrared drying systems used to dry ink in the industrial and graphics industries.

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