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

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.

User-Friendly System

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.

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

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

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

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

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


    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


    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