CoPilot 500


The CoPilot 500/500HS Hi-Resolution Printing System

Squid Ink’s CoPilot 500 printing system is designed to print superior quality hi-resolution with up to 2.8” of print height per printhead and the ability to run up to 2 printheads from one controller. The CoPilot 500 offers a versatile, yet cost effective solution for your coding and marking applications.

Application Versatility

The system is capable of running oil-based or solvent-based inks to print up to 5.6” (2.8” from a single head) of hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great looking logos at 180 dpi. For non-porous applications, users have the option of utilizing Squid Ink’s solvent-based ink to print on a variety of non-porous products like coated cartons, polystyrene, and more. Squid Ink’s PZ-1000 ink for porous substrates offers ultra-low maintenance, eliminating the need for auto-priming functions and offering better ink utilization than competitive systems.

Engineered For Maximum Uptime

The CoPilot 500 is designed to meet the harsh demands of your application. The printer features a durable touchscreen, industrial strength printhead construction, and simple ink delivery system for industrial applications. You can be confident that CoPilot 500’s rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments while providing superior quality print. The CoPilot 500 also features a large 500ml cartridge. The generous ink volume allows users to keep their line running, reducing downtime and maximizing ROI.

CoPilot 500 print sample

The CoPilot 500 utilizes oil-based, or solvent-based inks for printing on a wide range of porous or non-porous substrates.

Run up to two printheads from a single controller.

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

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


    Print Technology – Piezo impulse printhead technology

    Maximum Print Height – 2.8” (7.1 cm) per printhead, 5.6” (14.2 cm) total

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

    Horizontal Print Resolution – 205 dpi

    Print Speed – CoPilot 500 (oil-based) 205 ft/min; CoPilot 500HS (oil-based) 300 ft/min; CoPilot 500 (solvent-based) 150 ft/min

    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 – Status 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) oil-based; 62°F – 100°F (17° – 37°C) solvent-based

    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 heights

    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 Software

    Logos – Most image files supported with Orion software

    Printing Features – Reverse, invert, rotate, repeat; print on/off button

    Message Length – Up to 120” (3.05 m)

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

    Ink Usage – Show in Orion 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