Digital Design Evolution I

EVOLUTION I is an extremely low cost Industrial High Resolution ink jet printer designed around the Thermal Ink-jet technology from Hewlett Packard. EVOLUTION I delivers the lowest TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of any competitive ink jet printing system available. Our EVOLUTION Dot Calculator can show you how low your TCO can be.

  • EVOLUTION I is delivered as a complete system and includes a handheld controller, printhead module with built in product sensor and a flash card reader, mounting bracketry, and power supply.
  • EVOLUTION I prints bold, highly legible ASCII characters, graphics and barcodes.
  • EVOLUTION I starts out as a very basic system that will print only what is entered into the hand held controller.
  • EVOLUTION I is a fully expandable system. The addition of optional software packages transforms the standard printer to one that rivals much higher priced hi-res large character printers meant for secondary carton coding and is also a viable alternative to small character continuous ink jet printers and laser coders.
  • EVOLUTION I can print one line of 1/2 “(12.7 mm) high characters or two lines of 7/32” (5.5 mm) characters.
  • EVOLUTION I includes two standard fonts. Optional style fonts are available in a variety of character sizes.
  • EVOLUTION I is the ideal choice for those applications where only a lot number, product code or other non-variable text is required.
  • With EVOLUTION I, the choice is yours. It can be either a very basic system, a fully featured printer or anywhere in between.
  • HANDHELD CONTROLLER for entering messages, system configuration, and displaying data from the printhead.Built into the controller are:
    • One Serial RS485 port for communication with the printhead.
    • Backlit WYSIWYG LCD display .
    • Alpha/numeric tactile keypad.
    • Memory for message’s storage.
  • PRINTHEAD MODULE with built-in:
    • Two Serial RS485 ports for communication with the controller and any other external device.
    • Internal Product sensor.
    • Flash card reader for: optional software, optional fonts and logos download .
    • Dovetail slot/slide for add-on printheads.
    • Standard Font:
      • character style: Arial.
      • character heights: 1/2” (12.7mm) and 7/32”(5.5mm).
    • Print Resolution of 300 dpi up to 200 feet per minute (61m/min).
    • Distance between the printhead and substrate up to 1/4″(6.4 mm).
    • Storage and print logos and barcodes in bitmap(*.bmp) file format.
    • Prints Up to:
      • A one line message of 24, 1/2”(12.7 mm) ASCII characters, or
      • A two line message of 24, 7/32”(5.5 mm) ASCII characters per line
    • Standard software includes programmable: line speed, print delay, inter-character spacing, print direction, message orientation, product detection and external encoding.
    • Multiple Language promts prompts(English, Spanish, French and German).
    • Embedded EVP (Evolution Communication Protocol) for OEM and SYSTEMS INTEGRATION.
  • POWER SUPPLY 110-240VAC(60hz), 0.5A.
  • MOUNTING BRACKETERY for side coding applications.
  • NETWORKING of up to 32 individual printhead modules via an RS485 data link through either the controller or our: Optional EV-NET software

Add-On Printhead:
  • The ADD-ON PRINTHEAD is used when additional lines of text or product information needs to be printed on the carton or product.
  • It includes the printhead module, 7 inch communication cable and a power supply.
  • The printhead module simply slides on the the existing printhead using the dovetail slide and slot on the sides of the printhead. A set screw locks the printhead modules into position.
  • Up to four printheads modules can be mounted onto a single mounting bracket.
  • The 7 inch comunication cable is inserted into the appropriate ports on the printhead to allow communication with the controller.
  • The ADD-ON PRINTHEADS WITH BRACKET is used when product information needs to be printed on the opposite side of the carton.
  • It can also be used on additional line production lines within the manufacturing facility.
  • It includes: the printhead module, power supply and a mounting bracket assembly.
  • A communication cable of the appropiate length must be ordered separately if connecting the additional printhead modules onto a network of EVOLUTION printers. 
Optional Software Packages:
Four Optional Software Packages are available for the EVOLUTION I printer. It may be ordered with the original system or field upgraded via a flash card through the built-in flash card reader. This transforms the basic printer from a very simple system to one that rivals much higher priced hi-res large character printers meant for secondary carton coding. It is also a viable alternative to small character continuous ink jet printers and laser coders.

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  • Message Storage: Store up to 50 messages in the hand held controller.
  • Automatic Message Repeat: Allows the message to be continuously repeated at intervals of up to 20 inches.
  • Password Protection: Gives a supervisor the ability to password protect the printer to prevent unauthorized tampering with the message or operating parameters.
OPTIONAL SOFTWARE PACKAGE 1.5 (Part # EV1-SW1.5) includes:
  • Extended Message Length: Expands the message length to one line of 48 characters of 1/2″ (12.7mm) characters and up to 96 characters (48 per line) in the 7/32″ (5.5mm) character height.
  • Expanded Memory: Will store up to 100 messages and operating parameters in the controller.
  • Sequentially Numbering: Sequential number your products with up to 9 digits.
  • Variable Date Formats: Date code your products in either a numerical, alphabetical or Julian Date format. Delimiters of (: / .) are selectable.
  • Variable Time Formats: Time coding in military style (15:30:29) can be entered into the message for precise production tracking. Delimiters of (: / .) are selectable.
  • ADDED VALUE: Software features found in software packages 1 and 1.5 are included in this package.
  • Shift Coding: Breaks the production day into 6 or less individual shifts with either an alpha or numerical character.
  • Date Offset: Allows for automatic rollover of expiration dates up to 999 days from the current date.
  • Product Counter: Counts the number of printer products within a programmed time period.
  • ADDED VALUE: Software features found in software packages 1, 1.5 and 2 are included in this package.

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