Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc., a leading manufacturer of superior quality inks and ink jet printing equipment, has introduced its new CoPilot® hi-resolution ink jet printing system. The CoPilot is an affordable solution for printing hi-resolution characters and other product information directly on porous or non-porous products.

Squid Ink’s CoPilot uses proven Xaar piezo technology to print up to 0.7” of hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great looking logos at 185 dpi and a 4.3″ full colour 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, multiple CoPilot printing systems can be connected via Ethernet or wirelessly and controlled through one central Orion print station.


The system is capable of running oil-based or solvent-based inks on a variety of substrates and provides midnight black print for increased bar code scannability. For non-porous applications, users have the option of utilising Squid Ink’s solvent-based CoPilot to print on a variety of non-porous products like plastics, glass, stretch wrap, metals and more. In addition, the ink system allows the CoPilot to print in a horizontal or downshooter position, or any angle in between without making changes to the printing system. Ink is supplied in convenient 200ml no-mess cartridges, which is nearly five times the volume of competitive thermal ink jet printing systems.

CE and TUV certified, the CoPilot features a durable touchscreen in stainless steel cabinet, industrial strength printhead construction, and print engines designed for industrial applications. 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 utilisation than competitive systems. Users can be confident that CoPilot’s rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments while providing superior quality print.


The CoPilot printing system offers competitive advantages over thermal ink jet-based printing systems. CoPilot users can expect 30 per cent larger print, increased throw distances, near 100 per cent ink utilisation, and the ability to print on a variety of porous and non-porous substrates. Best of all, the CoPilot utilises ink manufactured directly by Squid Ink, eliminating the high ink costs associated with thermal ink jet printhead OEMs.

The CoPilot is available now through Squid Ink’s worldwide network.

This content was sponsored by Squid Ink.