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The Evolution LX™ Ink Jet Printer Series

Evolution LX Ink Jet Printer

EVOLUTION 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.

A Complete System

EVOLUTION 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.

Lexmark Inkjet Technology

Designed and manufactured by Digital Design, EVOLUTION 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.

Optimum Print Resolution 300 or 600dpi

EVOLUTION LX delivers bold, highly legible and fully formed characters in a print resolution of 300 or 600dpi at production line speed of up to 200 feet per minute.

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.

Two LX Versions Available

EV1-LX-SYS starts off as a basic system that will print either one line of 1/2" high characters or two lines of 7/32" characters. No additional software is included as standard. There are a number of software options for the EV1-LX that add memory, extended message length, sequence numbering, time and date formats, and more. Please see our Options Brochure for a complete listing and description.

EV2-LX-SYS is a fully loaded system which includes all of the optional EVOLUTION I software as standard. EV2-LX can print one line of 1/2", two lines of 7/32", three lines of 1/8" or four lines of 3/32". Eight of the more popular barcode symbologies built in to the EV2-LX. These barcodes include: I 2 of 5, Code 39, UPC-A, UPC-E, 128 B, 128 C, EAN 8 and EAN 13. Data Matrix is available as an option.

Optional fonts sizes and styles are available for all both models.

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 LX printheads are compatible with EVOLUTION I and II printheads and can be added on to existing systems in the field.

Technical Specifications

Standard/Optional Hardware and Software Features EV1-LX-SYS EV2-LX-SYS
Hand Held Controller Standard Standard
Printhead Module with internal product sensor Standard Standard
Alpha/Numeric Character Set with special characters Standard Standard
Ability to control up to 32 printheads via RS 485 Standard Standard
Character Heights: 1/2" in one line, 7/32" in two lines Standard Standard
Character Heights: 1/2", in one line, 7/32" in two lines, 1/8" in three lines, 3/32" in four lines N/A Standard
Alternative font styles and character heights Optional Optional
24/48 Character message length per line of text 24 48
Message Storage: Up to 100 messages in Controller Optional Standard
Programmable line speed, Print direction and Print delay Standard Standard
Inter-character spacing, Inverted print Standard Standard
Variable Time and Date formats, Sequential numbering, Shift coding, Date offset, Automatic message repeat, Password protection Optional Standard
Multiple language prompts: English and Spanish Standard Standard
EV-Net Software for PC control of up to 32 Evolution printers Optional Optional
Mounting bracketry for side coding applications Standard Standard
Mixed Raster Printing N/A Standard

Production Speed

Up to 200 feet (61m) per minute @ 300dpi

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

Environmental

50°F - 104°F (10°C - 40°C)
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

Software Options

  • Alternate font heights and styles
  • Logos
  • Evolution-Net
  • Message storage, extended message length, date and time formats, sequence numbering and more.
  • See our Options Brochure for a complete description

Hardware Options

  • Add-on printhead modules
  • Spring loaded carton follower
  • Top coding bracket
  • External sensor
  • External encoder
  • External Low Ink Beacon

Networking Capabilities

The hand held controller has the capability of controlling up to 32 individual printhead modules through via a RS 485 data link. The printhead modules have a discreet address which is used to identify them for message entry functions and are inter-connected with a CAT 5 style cable. Complete PC control of the EVOLUTION network through our EVOLUTION-NET software is available as an option.

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