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CoPilot 256

The CoPilot 256 Hi-Resolution Printing System

The CoPilot 256 ink jet printer is designed to print superior quality hi-resolution characters on either porous or non-porous surfaces. With up to 2.8” 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 your day-to-day packaging operation.

Increased Application Versatility

CoPilot 256’s 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, a virtually unlimited number of CoPilot 256 printing systems can be connected via Ethernet and controlled through one central Orion™ print station.

User-Friendly System

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

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

Item Numbering – Sixteen counters, one of which can be a daily counter and production counter

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 in variable data elements. Static elements in any Windows® font

Logos – Most image files supported with Orion Graphical Interface Software

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

Message Length – Up to 180”

Number of Messages – 4GB storage space will store approximately 1000+ messages

Ink Usage – Shown in Orion™ PC Software

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

Bluetooth Connectivity – For connectivity with Bluetooth keyboards

Wireless Connectivity – For wireless connection between PC or tablet and printer controller

Database Capability – Ethernet communication protocol for external communication

Languages – English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian




Print Technology – Piezo impulse printhead technology

Maximum Print Height – 1.4” per printhead, 2.8” total

Vertical Print Resolution – 185 dpi capable of printing razor-sharp graphics, small character text, and scannable bar codes

Horizontal Print Resolution – 205 dpi

Print Speed – Up to 135 feet/min. (41 m/min.) @ 205 dpi

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

Product Sensor – External diffuse beam photocell standard

Communication Interface – One USB host and one Ethernet input

Touchscreen – 4.3” (10.9 cm) full color touchscreen display

Ink Cartridge Volume – 500ml cartridge or bag

Low Ink Indicator – Message alert on touchscreen, LED light beacon optional

Substrate Capabilities – Porous or Non-Porous surfaces

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

Operating Environment – 34°F – 104°F (1° – 40°C)

Agency Certifications – CE, TUV, FCC

Encoder – For operation with variable speed conveyors

Bar Code Laser Scanner – Allows scan and print message retrieval

External Light Beacon – Indicates low ink levels

Wireless USB Device and Router – For wireless connectivity

Windows Tablet – Pre-loaded with Orion software; includes mounting bracket with swivel arm, USB to ethernet cable and stylus

Conveyor Mounting Bracket – Provides stable mount to conveyor or other material handling equipment

Floorstand – Includes mounting brackets and legs with leveling feet; 59” (1.5m) total height

Pigmented Ink Agitation System – Allows for printing of pigmented inks

Starter Kit – Includes ink, cleaner and flush solution, printhead wipes, hand cleaner and latex gloves

A 4.3” full color touchscreen provides access to the systems internal messages and print functions.

The system has the flexibility to be configured to print horizontally, at an angle, or in down shooter position.

The CoPilot 256 utilizes oil-based or solvent-based inks for printing on a wide range of porous or non-porous substrates.

The bag ink agitator system is an ideal solution for users printing with pigmented inks.

Manage messages wirelessly using the optional 10.1” full color touchscreen with Orion Software

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