Squid Ink Manufacturing

Squid Ink is a manufacturer of coding and marking systems for product identification and traceability, providing superior quality ink and low maintenance printing systems.

Squid Ink began in 1991, supplying high quality ink jet fluids at a fair price, at a time when the industry standard for drop-on-demand ink was more than $300 per 5-gallon pail. Squid Ink was able to produce a superior quality product for less than half the price. We gave customers more value for their money and earned their trust.

Since then, this commitment to provide value-added products has grown and expanded to include printing systems as well as replacement inks. Our printers and ink are designed to print the highest quality bar codes, batch numbers, date codes, logos and large or small character text, directly onto corrugated cases, plastics, metals, glass, wood and other substrates.

And Squid Ink continues to design new products that are reliable, easy to use, and cost effective. Our latest example is the CoPilot, a new feature-rich printing system that offers multiple printheads, each with .7” hi-resolution capability. The CoPilot’s no mess ink cartridges offers users clean and reliable printing of bar codes, logos and razor-sharp small character text. Again, at the lowest cost per code in it’s class.

Today, Squid Ink continues to focus on it’s core purpose to “help companies deliver products to the world.” An expanding line of integrated products and services reflect Squid Ink’s commitment to meet new needs and new challenges, and ensure that customers have reliable systems for their packaging application.

Products:

Jetline DOD Printing System

Introducing the newest technology to combine with large character DOD printing in years. Say goodbye to outdated keypads and two-line backlit input devices and hello to full color touchscreens and USB connectivity. The Jetline offers the durability, versatility and productivity you have come to rely on from Squid Ink in a bold, new package featuring today’s updated technology. The Jetline offers more options for making your mark: water-based systems for printing on porous surfaces like corrugated cases, or solvent-based systems for printing on non-porous products like plastics, metals or more.

More Brain, More Brawn

The Jetline is upgraded with software features that coding and marking users need most: virtually unlimited message memory, user definable time and date, expiration date, and sequential code printing, as well as a shift organizer to automatically separate and code different work shifts within your packaging operation. The Jetline also comes standard with a shaft encoder input for packagers using a variable speed conveyer. Again, offering all of the functionality needed for even your most difficult coding and marking applications.

The Jetline utilizes Squid Ink’s patented microchanneling technology, eliminating the need for a costly array of fluid valves. Squid Ink’s proven plunger technology distributes ink through a series of channels, keeping production and maintenance costs to a minimum, especially when compared to the costly valve technology common in most ink jet printers today. As the newest addition to Squid Ink’s growing family of marking and coding systems, the Jetline gives users more choices for their coding applications.

The Jetline is designed to work as an integral part of your day-to-day packaging operation. Jetline’s new 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 the advanced user, multiple Jetline printing systems can be connected via Ethernet and controlled through one central Orion™ print station. Jetline’s easy-to-use touchscreen and user-friendly software makes everyone involved a smooth operator.

The Jetline is engineered inside and out for industrial strength operation. UL, CE, and CSA certified (pending), the Jetline features a durable touchscreen, heavy-duty high impact nylon cabinetry construction, and proven operation in the most extreme factory environments. In addition, the water-based Jetline utilizes Squid Ink’s patented SQ-60™ no-clog ink, allowing users to leave the ink in their printheads for an extended period of time without flushing or cleaning. You can be confident that Jetline’s rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments while providing superior quality print.

Rugged design. Low maintenance operation. User friendly software. Lower cost of ownership. Your benefits go on and on. When it comes to industrial ink jet printing, rely on Squid Ink to provide the right solution for your marking and coding needs

SQ/2 Scorpion DOD Printing System

The SQ/2 Scorpion ink jet printing system offers the durability, versatility and productivity that you have come to rely on from Squid Ink. SQ/2 Scorpion offers more options for making your mark: water-based systems for printing on porous surfaces like corrugated cases, or solvent-based systems for printing on non-porous products like plastics, metals or more. No matter what product you need to print, SQ/2 Scorpion has the functionality to get the job done right.

SQ/2 Scorpion users have the option of choosing from several printhead configurations. Five different print sizes are available: 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″ or 1-3/4″ character height. All printheads are capable of printing at 100% or 70% character height, offering 12 print sizes ranging from 1/4″ to 1-3/4″ in height. The 1″ and 1-3/4″ (1600 Series) printheads even offer split-line capability and the option of printing full-size characters or half-size characters with the same printhead. That’s three different character sizes from one printhead. Whether you need separate printheads to print messages on two sides of a box, or a single printhead to print split-line small characters on one side of a box, the SQ/2 Scorpion provides a solution. Best of all, each printhead is fieldinstallable for future upgrade to meet your application’s changing requirements.

The SQ/2 Scorpion is upgraded with software features that ink jet users need most: increased memory locations for up to 128 messages, the ability to automatically print a manufacturing date and an expiration date, as well as a shift organizer to automatically separate and code different work shifts within your packaging operation. The SQ/2 Scorpion also comes standard with a shaft encoder input for packagers using a variable speed conveyer. On the hardware side, the SQ/2 Scorpion features a built-in central air gauge to view regulated air pressure within the system and fine-tune your print quality.

The SQ/2 Scorpion is designed to work as an integral part of your day-to-day packaging operation. SQ/2 Scorpion’s state of the art input device provides quick and easy message programming and retrieval for the 128 message locations of 128 characters each. Resident software in the input device walks the user through a series of prompts to program and save each message for printing on-demand. If necessary, the input device can be removed to prevent programming errors on the plant floor. The system also can be programmed and maintained with a PC through a standard RS-232 port. SQ/2 Scorpion’s easy-to-use design and user-friendly software makes everyone involved a smooth operator.

SQ/2 Scorpion utilizes Squid Ink’s patented microchanneling technology, eliminating the need for a costly array of fluid valves. Squid Ink’s proven plunger technology distributes ink through a series of channels, keeping production and maintenance costs to a minimum, especially when compared to the costly valve technology common in most ink jet printers today.

The SQ/2 Scorpion is engineered inside and out for industrial strength operation. Heavy-duty gauge, coated steel cabinetry ensures continuous operation in rugged, real world environments. In fact, the Series 1600 printheads, encased in sturdy, stainless steel framework, are completely sealed and resistant to dust and water. If the printer does fail, however, a fix can be completed in less than five minutes. Quick and easy-to-install replacement printheads, circuit boards and air pump modules minimize downtime and eliminate costly service calls. Best of all, the water-based SQ/2 Scorpion utilizes Squid Ink’s patented SQ-60 no-clog ink, allowing users to leave the ink in their printheads for an extended period of time without flushing or cleaning, making it the most cost-effective, low maintenance ink jet printing system in it's class.

CoPilot Hi-Resolution Printing System
CoPilot Hi-Resolution Printing System

Squid Ink introduces the CoPilot printing system, a feature-rich hi-resolution printing system available at an entry level price. Squid Ink’s CoPilot printing system offers several advantages over competitive HP® or Lexmark® - based printing systems. With the CoPilot, users can expect 30% larger print, increased throw distance, 5 times larger ink volume, the ability to upgrade to a 2nd printhead, and much more.

The system is capable of running oil-based or solvent-based inks to print up to 185 dpi at 135ft/min on a variety of substrates and provides darker print for increase scannability. For non-porous applications, users have the option of utilizing Squid Ink’s solvent-based CoPilot to print on a variety of non-porous products like plastics, glass, stretch wrap, metals and more.

CoPilot’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, multiple CoPilot printing systems can be connected via Ethernet or wirelessly and controlled through one central Orion print station.

The CoPilot is designed to meet the harsh demands of your application. CE and TUV certification pending, the CoPilot features a durable touchscreen in stainless steel cabinet, industrial strength printhead construction, and print engines designed for industrial applications, not office 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 utilization than competitive systems. You can be confident that CoPilot’s rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments while providing superior quality print.

As the newest addition to Squid Ink’s growing family of marking and coding systems, the CoPilot gives users more choices for their coding applications. In addition, the CoPilot utilizes ink manufactured directly by Squid Ink, eliminating the high ink costs of HP or Lexmark systems. Any way you look at it, Squid Ink’s CoPilot provides users with an affordable solution to meet their ink jet coding needs.

Rugged design. Low maintenance operation. User friendly software. Low cost of ownership. Your benefits go on and on. When it comes to industrial ink jet printing, rely on Squid Ink to provide the right solution for your coding and marking needs.

PZ Pilot Touch Hi-Resolution Printing System
PZ Pilot Touch Hi-Resolution Printing System

Squid Ink’s PZ Pilot Touch is a feature-rich printing system designed to print hi-resolution characters, razor sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great looking logos at 185 dpi. The PZ Pilot Touch offers more options for making your mark: oil-based systems for printing on porous surfaces like corrugated cases, or solvent-based systems for printing on non-porous products like plastics, metals or more.

The PZ Pilot Touch is designed to work as an integral part of your day-to-day packaging operation. A simple, easy-to-use 12.1” full color touchscreen controller with ImageMaster Touch software provides a quick and easy way to program, edit, and recall messages right at the production line. The PZ Pilot Touch comes with 2GB of memory, more than enough room to store all the messages your application requires.

The PZ Pilot Touch utilizes industry proven piezo printhead technology to print up to four lines text at 135 ft/min. Users have the option to run up to two .7” printheads from a single touchscreen controller to print on two sides of a product, and the ability to network up to 10 printers utilizing Squid Ink’s ImageMaster Net software. The Pilot Touch printheads small footprint allows users to add the system to areas on the line where most printing equipment can’t fit.

The PZ Pilot Touch is engineered inside and out for industrial strength operation. Heavy-duty cabinetry and printhead bracketry ensure continuous operation in the most abusive industrial environments. In addition, the PZ Pilot Touch is designed as a modular system. Quick and easy-to-install replacement printheads, circuit boards and ink system modules minimize downtime and service calls. A fix can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

If you’ve wanted to begin coding your products or expand your operation, but felt your budget restricted you from doing so, the PZ Pilot Touch offers a new level of economy. As the newest addition to Squid Ink’s family of marking and coding systems, PZ Pilot Touch makes industrial ink jet printing totally accessible for a broader range of applications. PZ Pilot Touch also utilizes ink manufactured directly by Squid Ink. This eliminates high costs currently associated with product marking and saves your company money. Any way you look at it, Squid Ink’s PZ Pilot Touch provides users with an affordable solution to meet their product marking needs.

Rugged design. Low maintenance operation. User friendly software. Lower cost of ownership. Your benefits go on and on. When it comes to industrial ink jet printing, rely on Squid Ink to provide the right solution for your marking and coding needs.

PZ Pilot Plus Hi-Resolution Printing System
PZ Pilot Plus Hi-Resolution Printing System

Squid Ink’s PZ Pilot Plus printing system is a perfect fit for manufacturers and contract packagers who are looking to print high-quality bar codes, clean and clear logos and razor-sharp text. Users select between systems designed to print on porous or non-porous surfaces, providing the ultimate level of flexibility and versatility that customers have come to expect from Squid Ink.

Squid Ink’s innovative PZ Pilot Plus offers a simple alternative for your case coding and product marking applications. PZ Pilot Plus is capable of printing up to 8 lines of print, for a total print height of up to 1.4″, on virtually any porous or non-porous substrate. PZ Pilot Plus requires minimal setup and is available with a portable, easily adjustable stand, or with mounting brackets that allow you to easily bolt it right to a conveyor. Best of all, the handheld input device and software is designed for people who run packaging lines, not computers, making everyone involved a smooth operator.

Using industry proven shared-wall technology, the PZ Pilot Plus offers better print quality than competitive high-resolution printing systems. With 256 addressable jets, PZ Pilot Plus boasts 180 dpi print resolution. The result is a system that produces razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and the cleanest logos and graphics on the market today.

If maintenance issues are consistently slowing down your production line and are costing you critical time and money, the PZ Pilot Plus is the flexible and reliable alternative you’ve been looking for. PZ Pilot Plus is a fully modular system that allows users to make a fix in less than five minutes, therefore eliminating the need for costly service calls or complete system repair. For most applications, daily maintenance is reduced to a one-time, 30-second printhead purge that is quick and easy to do.

Tired of inconsistent print on your cases? Unlike competitive high-resolution printing systems, PZ Pilot Plus’ printhead technology is not susceptible to vibration and will not easily lose its prime. In addition, PZ Pilot Plus’ compact printheads don’t require a lot of space in crowded package printing environments. You can be confident that PZ Pilot Plus’ rugged design will withstand the most abusive industrial environments.

If you have wanted to start printing logos or highresolution bar codes on your products, but felt your budget restricted you from doing so, the PZ Pilot Plus offers a new level of economy. PZ Pilot Plus allows users to eliminate the need for pre-printed cases or expensive labeling equipment by printing specific product information directly onto the substrate. In addition, PZ Pilot Plus utilizes ink manufactured directly by Squid Ink, eliminating the costs caused by multiple layers of distribution. Any way you look at it, Squid Ink’s PZ Pilot Plus provides users with an affordable solution to meet their ink jet printing needs.

AutoPilot Hi-Resolution Printer
AutoPilot Hi-Resolution Printer

Squid Ink’s AutoPilot printing system will print up to .7″ of hi-resolution characters, razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes, and great looking logos. Users can run up to two printheads from a single touchscreen controller to maximize efficiency and print on opposite sides of a case if needed. The AutoPilot is capable of running oil-based or solvent-based inks to print on a variety of substrates. Best of all, AutoPilot’s 180 dpi print resolution meets your application needs for quality coding and marking.

Large Character Water-Based DOD Fluids

Squid Ink manufactures water-based DOD inks for use in printers manufactured by Marsh®, Videojet®, Diagraph®, Matthews®, Loveshaw®, and others. Customers using Squid Ink DOD fluids experience longer machine life, less downtime, and lower maintenance costs than when they use competitive products.

Our water-based DOD inks produce fast drying, high quality marks on absorbent surfaces such as corrugated boxes, papers, wood products, fabrics and more..

Large Character Solvent-Based DOD Fluids

Squid Ink manufactures solvent-based DOD inks for use in printers manufactured by Marsh®, Videojet®, Diagraph®, Matthews®, Loveshaw®, and others. Customers using Squid Ink DOD fluids experience longer machine life, less downtime, and lower maintenance costs than when they use competitive products.

Our solvent-based DOD inks produce fast drying, high quality marks on non-absorbent surfaces such as corrugated boxes, papers, wood products, fabrics and more..

Hi-Res and Piezo Fluids

As an innovative leader in the industry, Squid Ink has been instrumental in formulating inks for today’s newest technologies. Our hi-res inks are fully compatible with the formulations used in hi-res and piezo printers manufactured by Marsh®, Videojet®, Diagraph®, Foxjet®, Domino®, Matthews®, Imaje®, HSA® and others. Our inks are formulated to meet or exceed the specifications and performance of OEM inks.

Our hi-res and piezo inks offer a dark print which enhances bar code scannability, small character printing, and crisp, clean graphics.

CIJ Fluids

Squid Ink manufactures superior quality CIJ fluids designed for a wide variety of CIJ printing systems. In fact, Squid Ink offers the most complete line of CIJ replacement fluids in the industry today. Our replacement fluids include formulations for the most common printing systems, and are packaged in 100% compatible, direct replacement containers.

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We offer a full family of Large Character and Hi-Resolution printing systems for the product identification and packaging industry.
We offer a full family of Large Character and Hi-Resolution printing systems for the product identification and packaging industry.
We manufacture ink and ink printing equipment for substrates like corrugated cases, plastics, metals, etc

Contact Info:

info@squidink.com

Phone: 800-877-5658

Fax: 763-795-8856

Locations:

7041 Boone Avenue
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
United States
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