Evolution EV III High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

Digital Design Evolution EV III High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

At a Glance

  • Highly versatile high-resolution printing system
  • 7 inch full-color touch-screen controller
  • Stitch 4 Evolution III printheads to get a print area 2 inch high by 24 inch long
  • Print text, graphics, and barcodes in any combination of font styles and character heights
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Digital Design Evolution EV III High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer EV III High-Resolution Ink Jet System Print Sample EV I High-Resolution Ink Jet System

Create a Custom Print with a 7" Touch Screen

The Evolution III takes high-resolution ink jet printing to the next level. It features a 7" full-color touch-screen controller combined with a complete software package with the ability to print up to 1" high alpha/numeric characters in a variety of font styles, and barcodes and graphics up to 2" high.

The Evolution III is complete and ready to install right out of the box. The system includes a full-color touch-screen controller with stylus for message entry, one printhead module with internal product sensor, power supply for up to four printheads, and the mounting bracketry.


Customized Print Area
Stitching four of the Evolution III printheads gives you a total print area of 2" high by 24" long. Text, graphics and barcodes can be printed in any combination of font styles and character heights that are resident in the Evolution III controller. Positioning of the text or graphics is easily accomplished by touching the screen with the stylus and creating either a text box or graphics area.

Inkjet Technology by Hewlett Packard
Designed by Digital Design, the Evolution EV III is powered with thermal 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.

Optimum Print Resolution
Evolution EV III 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.

Standard Barcodes Included
I 2 of 5, Code 39, UPC-A, UPC-E, 128 B, 128 C, EAN 8, EAN 13, GS 1B, GS 1C, ITF 14, 2D Data Matrix

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
The Evolution III is capable of controlling up to 8 printheads, with 4 on each side of the production line. Adding another printhead is as simple as sliding it on. You can attach up to 3 additional printheads on a single bracket by inserting the dovetail slide on one into the dovetail slot on the other. Once the printheads are attached to one another, the optional printhead alignment tool can be used to align the printheads for stitching applications. A small RS 485 data cable is then used to connect the modules. This allows the touch-screen controller to network all of the printheads on the production line. The 4 printheads on the opposite of the line can only print the same message as those on the primary side. Each side of the production line requires a power supply and mounting bracket. One printhead module, mounting bracket and one power supply is included with the initial printer.

Font Styles Character Heights and Graphics
Evolution III is supplied with four built in font styles. Optional alternative fonts are available and can be downloaded into the controller through flash card media. Logos are another option, and up to 6 can be stored in the controller. Logos can be printed up to 2" in height. There are 12 built-in barcode symbologies included and can be printed up to 2" high. The barcode software in the controller allows you to set the quiet zone, bar width, interbar spacing, human readable information and more. Up to 3 different barcodes can be printed within the same message.

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

One 7" full-color touch-screen controller with stylus for message entry
One high-resolution printhead module with power supply
Internal product sensor
Complete mounting bracket for side coding applications

Standard Operating Features

Alpha/Numeric character set plus special characters
Ability to control up to 8 printheads (4 on each side of production line)
Bracketry capable of mounting up to 4 printheads
Print Resolution: 300dpi at 200 feet (61m) per minute
Font Styles: Arial, Swiss, Tahoma and Outline
Character Heights: 3/32" (2.4mm), 1/8" (3.2mm), 7/32" (5.5mm), 1/2" (12.7mm), 5/8" (15.9mm), 1" (25.4mm)
Message Area: 2" (50.8mm) high x 24" (609.6mm) long
Message Storage: Up to 325 messages in controller
Message backup via data flash card
Multiple font styles and character heights in message
Ability to store up to 6 logos in 2 bit bitmap black and white format
Ability to print up to 3 different barcode symbologies in the same message
Read/write ability to data flash card for message storage backup, download of logos, optional fonts and system upgrades
One USB port and RS232 port (for system expansion)
One RS 485 port for network communications, OEM's and system integrators support
Standard software includes programmable: line speed, print direction, print delay, inter-character spacing, message orientation, automatic message repeat, shift coding lot counter /sequential numbering, date offset, product counter, variable time and date formats, password protection
Multiple language prompts: English, Spanish
Flash card read/write ability in controller for message backup, system upgrades, downloads of optional fonts, logos and barcodes
One USB port, one serial RS 485 port and one serial RS232 port, for communications to support OEM's and System Integrators

Add-On Printhead

Add-on printheads can be used when additional lines of text or product information need to be printed onto one or both sides of the carton.
An add-on printhead can also be used when the application requires an alpha/numerical character of 5/8" or 1" in height.
Or 3-4 add-on printheads can be used when printing two lines of 5/8" or 1" high characters or logos and barcodes of up to 2" in height.
Up to four Add-On Printheads can be mounted onto a single mounting bracket.
A 7-inch communication cable is included with each add-on printhead module.
The 7-inch communication cable is inserted into the appropriate port on the printhead to allow communication with the controller.
When the application requires printing on the opposite side of the carton, the appropriate number of Add-On Printheads must be ordered individually.
A mounting bracket, 10-foot communication cable, power supply and power cord must also be ordered for the opposite side of the production line.

Hardware Options

Add-on high-resolution printhead modules
Mounting Bracket for opposite side of production line
Power supply for opposite side of production line
Spring loaded carton follower (for up to 2 printheads in a non-stitching mode)
Top coding bracketry
Floor stand (for up to 2 printheads in a non-stitching mode)
External product sensor
External encoder
External low ink beacon
Ethernet communication for linking to a host computer
8MB Data flash card for logos and message storage backup

Software Options

Alternative fonts: Font styles and character heights different than those supplied as standard with the Evolution III may be ordered and will be supplied on a data flash card.
Logos: Company logos or graphics may be ordered and will be supplied on a data flash card. Logos/graphics should be supplied to Digital Design in a 2 bit black and white bitmap format.
Barcodes: Additional barcode symbologies may be ordered and will be supplied on a data flash card.
Evolution III logo download package allows for logos/graphics to be downloaded by the end user from a PC to the controller or to a data flash card.
Evolution-Net software for PC control of network


Production Speed
Up to 200 feet (61m) per minute at 300dpi
Ink Supply
Cartridge volume: 42ml
Porous Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, UV Visible
Semi-Porous Colors: Black, Blue, Red
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: 7.250" wide x 4.625" high x 1.312" 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 III

Font Heights 1"
25.4 mm
72 pt
15.9 mm
45 pt
12.7 mm
36 pt
5.6 mm
15.75 pt
3.2 mm
9 pt
2.4 mm
6.75 pt
Arial Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Outline Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Tahoma Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Swiss Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard

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