Evolution EV II LX High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

Digital Design Evolution EV II LX High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

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Digital Design Evolution EV II LX High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer EV II LX High-Resolution Ink Jet System EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet System EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet System

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At a Glance

  • Low cost case printing solution
  • Complete high-resolution printing system includes mounting bracketry, hand held controller, printhead module with product sensor and power supply
  • Greater print distance and higher ink yield than original Evolution I
  • Must print on porous surfaces
  • One line message of 1/2 inch, two lines of 7/32 inch, three lines of 1/8 inch, or four lines of 3/32 characters
  • Print simple product identification, date, time, and sequential numbering, eight of the most common barcodes, and logos and graphics

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Print Lot and Date Codes & Barcodes with Greater Print Distance and Higher Ink Yield

The Evolution II LX is the next generation in high-resolution ink jet printers. The LX series delivers greater print distance and higher ink yield per cartridge with the same features as the original Evolution I.

The Evolution II LX is a low cost industrial high resolution ink jet printer designed around the thermal ink jet technology from Lexmark. The EV II LX delivers the lowest initial cost of ownership, and total cost of ownership of any competitive ink jet printing system available. A savings of approximately 20% can be realized with the Lexmark ink cartridge. This savings is the result of better ink efficiency in the cartridge and a lower cost of the cartridge itself.

As a basic system that prints only what is entered into the hand held controller, the EV II LX 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.


Inkjet Technology by Lexmark
Designed and manufactured by Digital Design, Evolution II LX is driven with ink jet technology by Lexmark. This combination gives you the benefits of an affordable, compact, and efficient design coupled with the reliability of printhead technology by Lexmark.

Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
Delivers the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of any competitive ink jet printing system available. A savings of approximately 20% can be realized with the Lexmark ink cartridge. This savings is the result of better ink efficiency in the cartridge and a lower cost of the cartridge itself.

A Complete System
The Evolution I LX 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 300 or 600 dpi
The Evolution II LX delivers bold, highly legible and fully formed characters in a print resolution of 300 or 600 dpi at production line speed of up to 240 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.

Standard Barcodes Included
Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 39, UPC-A, UPC-E, 128 B, 128 C, EAN 8, EAN 13

Ink Supply
Built into the printhead is an internal 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 seconds. And, the printhead drivers developed by Digital Design for the Lexmark cartridge deliver an approximate 20% increase in the number of printable characters.

Breakaway Printhead Protection
Cartons traveling on a typical powered conveyor or going through a case taper can sometimes come through skewed or off center. The horizontal adjusting rod that holds the LX 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 allow you to securely snap the printhead module back into position after the misaligned carton has passed.

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 II LX 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 II LX 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
One serial RS485 port for communication with the printhead
Backlit WYSIWYG 4 line x 16 character LCD display
Alpha/numeric tactile keypad for message entry
Message Storage: Up to 100 messages in controller
Printhead Module
Alpha/Numeric character set plus special characters
Standard Character Style: Arial
One Line Message: 48 ASCII characters of 1/2" (12.7mm) height
Two Line Message: 96 ASCII characters of 7/32" (5.5mm) height (24 per line)
Three Line Message: 144 ASCII characters of 1/8" (3.2mm) height (24 per line)
Four Line Message: 192 ASCII characters of 3/32" (2.4mm) height (24 per line)
Programmable print resolution of 300 dpi or 600 dpi up to 240 feet per minute (73m/min)
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
Print distance up to 3/8"(9.5 mm)
Storage and print logos and barcodes in bitmap(.bmp) file format
Print mixed-raster(combined character heights) messages
Print user created logos/graphics in bitmap format in either 1/2" (12.7 mm) or 7/32" (5.5 mm) heights
Standard software includes, programmable: line speed, print direction, print delay, inter-character spacing, message orientation, automatic message repeat, lot counter, sequential numbering, shift coding, date offset, product counter, variable time and date formats, password protection and multiple language prompts in English, Spanish, French, and German
Embedded Evolution Communication Protocol (EVP) for OEM and systems integration
Flash card reader for optional software, optional fonts, and logos download
Dovetail slot/slide for add-on printheads

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 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 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

One optional software package is available for the Evolution II-LX printer. This can be ordered with the original system purchase or field upgraded via a flash card as need arises.

2D Barcode Simbology
Data matrix package (Part #EV2-SWDM1) to generate and print data matrix simbologies
Version ECC200
Recognition of bar codes that are up to 60% damaged
Area-efficient matrix
Programmable size of the matrix up to 1/2" x 1/2"
Encoding message in the matrix up to 48 alpha-numeric characters
Characters, numbers, and text data may be encoded


Production Speed
Up to 240 feet (73m) per minute
Ink Supply
Cartridge volume: 42ml
Porous Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, UV Visible
Semi-Porous Colors: Black, Blue, Red
Non-Porous Color: Black
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: 2.5" wide x 4" deep x 3" high

Standard and Available Fonts for the EV II LX

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