Evolution EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

Digital Design Evolution EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

At a Glance

  • Extremely low cost case printing solution
  • Complete high-resolution printing system includes mounting bracketry, hand-held controller, printhead module with product sensor and power supply
  • One line print of 1/2 inch characters or two lines of 7/32 inch characters
  • Ideal for lot number, product code, or other non-variable text
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Digital Design Evolution EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer
EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet System
EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet System
EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet System

Low-Cost High-Resolution Printer for Lot, Date, or Product Codes

Delivered as the lowest total cost of ownership of any competitive ink jet printing system available, the EV I complete printer system includes a hand-held controller, printhead module with built in product sensor and a flash card reader, mounting bracketry, and power supply.

As a basic system that prints only what is entered into the hand-held controller, the EV I is a fully expandable system. The addition of optional software packages transforms this 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.

The Evolution EV I is the ideal choice for those applications where only a lot number, product code, or other non-variable text is required.


Inkjet Technology by Hewlett Packard
Designed by Digital Design, the Evolution EV I 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.

Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
Delivers the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of any competitive ink jet printing system available.

A Complete System
The Evolution I 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, a printhead module with internal product sensor and power supply.

Optimum Print Resolution
Evolution EV I delivers bold, highly-legible and fully-formed characters in a print resolution of 300 dpi at production line speed of up to 200 feet per minute.

Variable Character Heights
Print a one line message in 1/2" characters or two lines of text with the 7/32" high characters. Selecting the character size is accomplished through the font key on the hand-held controller.

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

Breakaway Printhead Protection
A typical powered conveyor or case taper corrugated cartons can sometimes come through skewed or off center. The horizontal adjusting 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 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 printheads on a single bracket by inserting the slide on one into the slot on the other. A small RS 485 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 EV I is supplied with a built in font style. Optional alternative fonts are available and can be downloaded into the printhead modules through flash card media. Logos are another option, and up to 3 can be downloaded into the message via the data flash card.

Networking Capabilities
The hand held controller has the capability of controlling up to 32 individual printhead modules through the use of a RS 485 data cable. A small data cable is used to connect the modules on the same production line while a longer cable connects them to the next production line in the manufacturing area. The printhead modules have a discreet address which is used to identify them for message entry functions. Complete PC control of the Evolution EV I network through our Evolution-Net software is available as an option.

Complete Standard System Includes

Handheld Controller
For entering messages, system configuration, and displaying data from the printhead
Backlit WYSIWYG 4 line x 16 character LCD display
Alpha/numeric tactile keypad for message entry
Memory for message's storage
Printhead Module
Alpha/Numeric character set plus special characters
Standard Character Style: Arial
Character Heights: 1/2" (12.7mm) and 7/32" (5.5mm)
One Line Message: 24 ASCII characters of 1/2" height
Two Line Message: 48 ASCII characters of 7/32" height (24 per line)
Print Resolution: 300dpi at 200 feet (61m) per minute
Internal product sensor for side coding applications
Two Serial RS485 ports for communication with the controller and any other external device
Flash card reader for optional software, optional fonts, and logos download
Bracketry capable of mounting up to 4 printheads
Dovetail slot/slide for add-on printheads
Distance between the printhead and substrate up to 1/4" (6.4 mm)
Storage and print logos and barcodes in bitmap(.bmp) file format
Standard software includes programmable: line speed, print delay, inter-character spacing, print direction, message orientation, inverted printing, product detection, and external encoding
Multiple language promts (English, Spanish, French, and German)
Embedded EVP (Evolution Communication Protocol) for OEM and Systems Integration

Add-On Printhead

Includes printhead module, 7-inch communication cable, and power supply.
Used when additional lines of text or product information needs to be printed on the carton or product.
The printhead module simply slides on the the existing printhead using the dovetail slide and slot on the sides.
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 port on the printhead to allow communication with the controller.

Add-On Printhead with Bracket

Includes printhead module, power supply, and mounting bracket assembly.
Used when product information needs to be printed on the opposite side of the carton.
Also used on additional production lines within the manufacturing facility.
A communication cable of the appropriate length must be ordered separately if connecting the additional printhead modules onto a network of Evolution printers.

Hardware Options

Add-on high-resolution printhead modules
Spring loaded carton follower
Top coding bracketry
Floor stand
External product sensor
External encoder

Software Options and Special Packages

Software Options
Alternative fonts: Downloadable via custom programmed flash card media.
Logos: Ability to load up to 3 logos into the message downloadable via flash card media.
Evolution-Net software for PC control of network.
Special Software Package No. 1
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".
Password Protection: Gives a supervisor the ability to password protect the printer to prevent unauthorized tampering with the message or operating parameters.
Special Software Package No. 1.5
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.
Special Software Package No. 2
Sequentially Numbering: Sequential number your products with up to 9 digits.
Variable Date Formats: Date code your products in either a numerical (05/10/12), alphabetical (May 10, 2012) 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.
Special Software Packages 1 and 1.5.
Special Software Package No. 3
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.
Special Software Packages 1, 1.5, and 2.


Production Speed
Up to 200 feet (61m) per minute
Ink Supply
Cartridge volume: 42cc
Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow
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 1.500" deep
Printhead module: 2" wide x 4" deep x 3" high

Please contact Pro Pac or call 888-318-0083 for your printing and date-coding equipment.

Standard and Available Fonts for the EV I

Font Heights 1/2"
12.7 mm
36 pt
11 mm
31.5 pt
9.5 mm
27 pt
5.6 mm
15.75 pt
4.8 mm
13.5 pt
4 mm
11.25 pt
3.2 mm
9 pt
2.4 mm
6.75 pt
Arial Standard n/a Available Standard n/a Available Standard Available
Outline Available n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Available n/a
Tahoma Available n/a Available Available Available n/a Available Available
Swiss Available Available n/a Available n/a Available Available Available

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