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Evolution I

Evolution I

High Resolution Ink Jet Printer

EVOLUTIOIN I is a high resolution ink jet printer. It is the first in a series of printers that has been designed at a price competitive with contact style "roller coders" still being used in production today. For more information, please click on the link above.

Evolution is a High Resolution ink jet printer. It is the first in a series of printers that has been designed at a price competitive with contact style "roller coders" still being used in production facilities today.

A Complete System

EVOLUTION is complete and ready to install right out of the box. The system includes the mounting bracketry, a hand held controller with tactile keypad for message entry and the printhead module with internal product sensor.

Inkjet Technology by Hewlett Packard

Designed by Digital Design, the EVOLUTION is powered with ink jet technology by Hewlett Packard. This combination gives you the benefits of an affordable, compact and efficient design coupled with the reliability of printhead technology by Hewlett Packard. Digital Design is an authorized

HP PARTNER for HP Ink Jet Technology.

Optimum Print Resolution

EVOLUTION delivers bold, highly legible and fully formed characters in a print resolution of 300dpi at production line speeds of up to 200 feet per minute.

Variable Character Heights

Standard within the system is the ability to print a one line message in 1/2" characters, or two lines of text in 7/32" high characters. Selecting the character size is accomplished through the font key on the hand held controller. Additional font styles and character sizes are available as options.

Ink Supply
Built into the printhead is a 42cc ink reservoir. Once the ink in the cartridge is depleted, it can be removed, disposed of and a new ink cartridge inserted in just moments.

Breakaway Printhead Protection

On a typical powered conveyor or cast taper, corrugated cartons can sometimes come through off center or skewed. The horizontal mounting rod that holds the printhead module has been designed with a breakaway feature that moves the printhead out of harms way should the carton come in contact with it. A detent in the assembly allows you to securely snap the printhead module back into position after the misaligned carton has past.

Add-On Printheads

Adding another printhead is as simple as sliding it on. Each printhead module is manufactured with a dovetail slot on one side and a dovetail slide on the other. You can attach up to three additional printhead on a single bracket by simply inserting the slide on one into the slot on the other. A small RS485 data cable is then used to connect the modules. This allows the hand held controller to network all of the printheads on the production line.


EVOLUTION is supplied with a built in font style. Optional alternative font styles and character heights are available and can be downloaded into the printhead modules through flash card media. Logos are another option and up to three can be downloaded into the printhead module and the message through the same style flash card.

Networking Capabilities

The hand held controller has the capability of controlling up to 32 individual printhead modules through the use of a RS485 data cable. A small data cable is used to connect the individual modules on the same production line while a longer cable connects them to the printhead modules on the next production line in the manufacturing area. All of the modules have a discreet address which is used to identify them for message entry functions.Complete PC control on the EVOLUTION network through our EVOLUTION-NET software is available as an option.

Evolution Product Specifications

Standard System Includes

  • A controller with 4 line x 16 character LCD with tactile keypad for message entry.
  • A high resolution printhead module with complete mounting bracketry and internal product sensor for side coding applications.

Standard Operating Features

  • Alpha/numeric character set plus special characters
  • Ability to control up to 32 printheads via RS485
  • Bracketry capable of mounting up to 4 printheads
  • Character Heights: 1/2 (12.7mm) and 7/32" (5.5mm)
  • Message Length: 24 character in 1/2" height message 48 characters in 7/32" (24/line)
  • Print Resolution: 300dpi at 200 feet (61m) per minute
  • Programmable line speed
  • Programmable print direction
  • Programmable print delay for registration
  • Inter-character spacing
  • Inverted printing
  • Multiple language prompts: English and Spanish

Production Speed

  • Up to 200 feet (61m) per minute

Ink Supply

  • Cartridge volume: 42cc
  • Colors: Dark Blue, Cyan, Red, Green and Yellows
  • Low ink monitoring

Power Required

  • 110-240 VAC, 50-60Hz 0.5A


  • 50F - 104F (10C - 40C)
  • Up to 80% RH non-condensing

Physical Dimensions

  • Controller: 4.125" wide x 8.750" long x 1.5" deep
  • Printhead module: 2" wide x 4" deep x 3" high

Hardware Options

  • Add-on High Resolution printhead modules
  • Spring loaded carton follower Top coding bracketry
  • Floor stand
  • External product sensor
  • External encoder

Software Options

  • Alternative fonts: Downloadable via custom programmed flash card media
  • Logos: Ability to load up to EVOLUTION-NET software for PC

Special Software Package 1 includes:

  • Message storage: Up to 50 messages system wide
  • Automatic message repeat
  • Password protection

Special Software Package 2 includes:

  • Variable time formats
  • Variable date formats
  • Sequential numbering
  • Contents of Software Package No. 1