The AutoPilot Hi-Resolution Printing System

Squid Ink’s AutoPilot printing system will print up to .7″ of hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great looking logos. Users can run up to two printheads from a single touchscreen controller to maximize efficiency and print on opposite sides of a case if needed. The AutoPilot is capable of running oil-based or solvent-based inks to print on a variety of substrates. Best of all, AutoPilot’s 180 dpi print resolution meets your application needs for quality coding and marking.

The AutoPilot Advantage

Squid Ink introduces the AutoPilot™ printing system, a feature-rich hi-resolution printing system available at an entry level price. Squid Ink’s AutoPilot printing system offers several advantages over competitive HP® or Lexmark® – based printing systems. With the AutoPilot, users can expect 30% larger print, the ability to upgrade to a 2nd printhead, message programming via touchscreen user panel, the ability to print bar codes with standard systems, the ability to print on a variety of porous and non-porous surfaces, and much more.

Maximize Your Uptime

The AutoPilot is designed to meet the harsh demands of your application. TUV and FCC certified, the AutoPilot features a durable touchscreen, industrial strength resin printer construction, and allows the AutoPilot to operate in the most extreme factory environments. 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. You can be confident that AutoPilot’s rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments while providing superior quality print.

AutoPilot print sample

AutoPilot offers premium print quality for razor-sharp logos, small character text and scannable bar codes.

Ability to run up to two printheads from a single controller.

AutoPilot utilizes oil-based or solvent-based inks for printing on a wide range of porous and non porous surfaces.

200ml ink cartridges offer simple and clean ink changes.


    Print Technology – Piezo impulse printhead technology

    Maximum Print Height – .7” (1.8 cm) per printhead

    Vertical Print Resolution – 180 dpi capable of printing razor-sharp graphics, small character text, and scannable bar codes

    Horizontal Print Resolution – 180 dpi

    Print Speed – Up to 135 feet/min. (41 m/min.) @ 180 dpi

    Time & Date – Internal real time clock with battery back-up

    Product Sensor – Built in product sensors automatically manage triggering. Optional external photocell and/or encoder

    Communication Interface – Two USB host and one ethernet input

    Touchscreen – 12.1” (30 cm) full color touchscreen display

    Ink Cartridge Volume – 200ml

    Integrated Ink System – Allows mechanical rotation of printhead to accommodate tilt conveyors or web applications; 0-90 degrees counterclockwise (LEDs facing up); 0-45 degrees clockwise (ink cartridge facing up); 0-90 degrees (printhead facing down)

    Low Ink Indicator – LED on printer and message alert on touchscreen, LED light beacon optional

    Substrate Capabilities – Porous or Non-Porous surfaces

    Electrical Requirements – 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

    Agency Certifications – TUV, FCC


    ImageMaster TouchXF Software – Allows touchscreen controller to run two printheads

    Encoder – For operation with variable speed conveyors

    Bar Code Laser Scanner – allows scan and print message retrieval

    External Light Beacon – Indicates low ink levels


    Time & Date – Full time and date functionality including expiration date and Julian Dates.

    Item Numbering – Four counters plus daily counter with ImageMaster Touch software

    Shift Codes – Four programmable shift codes with automatic rollover

    Bar Codes – All standard bar codes including 2D

    Fonts – Arial, Arial Bold, Arial International, Arial Monospaced, Courier, Tahoma Bold, and Lucida resident fonts for use with variable data elements. Static elements in any Windows® font

    Logos – Any Windows bitmap in 1-bit (black/white) format

    Printing Features – Reverse, invert, inverse, rotate, repeat. Print on/off button

    Message Length – Limited by substrate length – up to 120”

    Number of Messages – 8GB storage space will store approximately 2000 messages

    Ink Usage – Automatically calculated for each message and displayed on touchscreen

    User Prompts – Prompts for user input at start of print job by manual

    Languages – English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Portuguse, Japanese, and German versions available