Squid Ink unveils a large format printing system

CoPilot Gemini features Squid Ink’s largest printhead

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the CoPilot Gemini (Squid Ink)

Squid Ink Manufacturing, a manufacturer of coding and marking systems for product identification and traceability, has introduced the CoPilot Gemini, a large format printing system designed to print superior quality hi-resolution characters on porous or non-porous surfaces.

The CoPilot Gemini is designed for label replacement and features Squid Ink’s largest printhead with up to 5.6” of print height. Printing at 360 dpi, the CoPilot Gemini will print GS1 barcodes with ease. Additionally, the CoPilot Gemini utilizes the same active ink system found in Squid Ink’s CoPilot Max printing system, allowing users to tilt or rotate the printhead in any direction without making height adjustments to the ink supply.
 
The system prints hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great-looking logos at industry-leading 360 DPI vertical resolution at speeds up to 220 ft per minute. For increased runtime, the CoPilot Gemini features a large 500ml snap-in cartridge, allowing users to swap ink cartridges in seconds. The generous ink volume, quick-change ink cartridge, and user-friendly touchscreen design allow users to keep their line running, reducing downtime, and maximizing ROI. 

The CoPilot Gemini is available now as an oil-based system for printing on porous substrates like uncoated corrugated and in the near future as a solvent-based system for printing on a variety of non-porous substrates. With up to 5.6” of print height and print speeds up to 220 ft per min, the CoPilot Gemini provides a cost-effective solution for making a mark on a wide variety of products and substrates.

The CoPilot Gemini features a 4.3” full-color touchscreen that allows users to access 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 USB, Ethernet, wireless, or optional Windows tablet. The tablet is ideal for users who want message creation and editing functionality on the production floor.

The CoPilot Gemini controller features increased processing power to print the messages users want when they want to print them. In addition, faster GUI response time and near-immediate message rendering times allow the Gemini to keep up with the demands of a fast-paced manufacturing environment.

The CoPilot Gemini printing system is available now through Squid Ink’s worldwide network of authorized distributors.

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