Evolution EV IV High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

Digital Design Evolution EV IV High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer

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Digital Design Evolution EV IV High-Resolution Ink Jet Printer EV IV High-Resolution Ink Jet System

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At a Glance

  • Prints up to one inch high alphanumeric characters as well as barcodes and graphics
  • 4.3 inch color touch screen controller
  • Includes a color touch screen controller with stylus for message entry, one print head module with internal product sensor, power supply, and mounting bracket
  • Delivers bold, highly legible, fully formed characters at 300 dpi up to 110 feet per minute

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Print 1" High-Resolution Characters from a Single Print Head

Ability to print up to 1" alpha/numeric characters, as well as barcodes and graphics, with a single printhead. Manufacturers printing on secondary packaging that require a 1" print can now do so without adding additional printheads, benefiting from crisper codes, easier system setup that runs with little-to-no maintenance, and lower total cost of ownership.

The Evolution IV, like its predecessors in the Evolution product line, uses thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology to deliver a high-resolution print with a clean, self-contained system that is easy to install in just minutes. The Evolution IV is the first system of its kind to pair a one-inch printhead with an integrated ink supply in a 128ml cartridge. The proprietary cartridge design, conceived and developed by Digital Design, decreases the time required for cartridge changes, reduces downtime on the packaging line, and eliminates the maintenance and repair schedules required of other types of inkjet technologies.

The Evolution IV was specifically designed for case coding or case marking applications that require taller print, crisper bar codes, and larger graphics. As with the complete Evolution product line, the Evolution IV can incorporate multiple printheads controlled from a single controller, extending the solution to address the needs of most case coding scenarios.

The simplicity, cleanliness and reliability of the Evolution IV, coupled with taller print height makes it an excellent choice for packaging operations teams looking to streamline their marking and coding processes. The Evolution IV eliminates expensive printhead repairs, messy ink-laden conveyors, and unnecessary production line downtime.


Inkjet Technology by Hewlett Packard
The Evolution EV IV is powered with thermal ink jet technology proprietary to Digital Design.

A Complete System
The Evolution IV is complete and ready to install right out of the box. The system includes a touch screen controller, print head module with built in product sensor and a flash card reader, mounting bracketry, and power supply.

Optimum Print Resolution
Evolution EV IV delivers bold, highly legible and fully formed characters in a print resolution of 300 dpi at production line speed of up to 110 feet per minute.

Print up to Four Lines of Text
Print a one line message in 1" characters, two lines of text in 15/32" high characters, three lines of 5/16" or four lines of 7/32". All four character heights are selectable 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, GS1B, GS1c, ITF14, 2D Data Matrix

Ink Supply
Built into the printhead is a 128ml ink supply. Once the ink in the cartridge is depleted, it can be taken out, disposed of and a new ink cartridge inserted in just minutes.

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 IV network through our Evolution-Net software is available as an option.

Complete Standard System Includes

Touch Screen Controller
For entering messages, system configuration, and displaying data from the printhead
One serial RS485 port for communication with the printhead
Backlit WYSIWYG LCD display
Alpha/numeric tactile keypad for message entry with 16 special characters
Message Storage: Up to 200 messages in controller
Printhead Module
Two serial RS485 ports, one input for communication with the controller and one output for interconnection or signaling to external peripherals
Alpha/numeric character set plus special characters
Print distance up to 3/8" (9.5 mm)
Standard font style is Arial
Optional font options are Swiss, Tahoma, and Outline
One Line Message: 48 ASCII characters of 1" (25.4mm) height
Two Line Message: 96 ASCII characters of 15/32" (11.9mm) height (24 per line)
Three Line Message: 144 ASCII characters of 5/16" (7.9mm) height (24 per line)
Four Line Message: 192 ASCII characters of 7/32" (5.5mm) height (24 per line)
Print mixed-raster (combined character heights) messages
Print user-created logos/graphics in bitmap format in either 1" (25.4 mm) or 15/32" (11.9 mm) heights
Print Resolution: 300dpi at 110 feet (33.5m) 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
Dovetail slot/slide for add-on printheads
Storage and print logos and barcodes in bitmap(.bmp) file format
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 (standard) French and German (optional).
Embedded Evolution Communication Protocol (ECP) 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.


Production Speed
Up to 110 feet (33.5m) per minute
Power Required
110-240 VAC, 60Hz, 1.7 A Output 12Vdc at 5A
50F - 104F (10C - 40C)
Up to 80% RH non-condensing