Squid Ink Lets You Have It Your Way 
The SQ/2 Scorpion ink jet printing system offers the durability,
versatility and productivity that you have come to rely on from
Squid Ink. SQ/2 Scorpion offers more options for making your
mark: water-based systems for printing on porous surfaces like
corrugated cases, or solvent-based systems for printing on
non-porous products like plastics, metals or more. No matter
what product you need to print, SQ/2 Scorpion has the functionality
to get the job done right.
True Versatility For Your Needs
SQ/2 Scorpion users have the option of choosing from several
printhead configurations. Five different print sizes are available:
3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″ or 1-3/4″ character height. All printheads are
capable of printing at 100% or 70% character height, offering 12
print sizes ranging from 1/4″ to 1-3/4″ in height. The 1″ and 1-3/4″
(1600 Series) printheads even offer split-line capability and the
option of printing full-size characters or half-size characters with the
same printhead. That’s three different character sizes from one
printhead. Whether you need separate printheads to print messages
on two sides of a box, or a single printhead to print split-line small
characters on one side of a box, the SQ/2 Scorpion provides a
solution. Best of all, each printhead is field-installable for future
upgrade to meet your application’s changing requirements.
More Brain. More Brawn.
The SQ/2 Scorpion is upgraded with software features that ink jet
users need most: increased memory locations for up to 128
messages, the ability to automatically print a manufacturing date
and an expiration date, as well as a shift organizer to automatically
separate and code different work shifts within your packaging
operation. The SQ/2 Scorpion also comes standard with a shaft
encoder input for packagers using a variable speed conveyer.
On the hardware side, the SQ/2 Scorpion features a built-in
central air gauge to view regulated air pressure within the system
and fine-tune your print quality.
User-Friendly System
The SQ/2 Scorpion is designed to work as an integral part of your
day-to-day packaging operation. SQ/2 Scorpion’s state of the art
input device provides quick and easy message programming and
retrieval for the 128 message locations of 128 characters each.
Resident software in the input device walks the user through a
series of prompts to program and save each message for printing
on-demand. If necessary, the input device can be removed to
prevent programming errors on the plant floor. The system also
can be programmed and maintained with a PC through a standard
RS-232 port. SQ/2 Scorpion’s easy-to-use design and user-friendly
software makes everyone involved a smooth operator.
Innovative Technology, Proven Reliability
SQ/2 Scorpion utilizes Squid Ink’s patented micro-channeling
technology, eliminating the need for a costly array of fluid valves.
Squid Ink’s proven plunger technology distributes ink through a
series of channels, keeping production and maintenance costs to a
minimum, especially when compared to the costly valve technology
common in most ink jet printers today.
Less Maintenance = Less Downtime
The SQ/2 Scorpion is engineered inside and out for industrialstrength
operation. Heavy-duty gauge, coated steel cabinetry
ensures continuous operation in rugged, real world environments.
In fact, the Series 1600 printheads, encased in sturdy, stainless steel
framework, are completely sealed and resistant to dust and water.
If the printer does fail, however, a fix can be completed in less than
five minutes. Quick and easy-to-install replacement printheads,
circuit boards and air pump modules minimize downtime and
eliminate costly service calls. Best of all, the water-based SQ/2
Scorpion utilizes Squid Ink’s patented SQ-60™ no-clog ink, allowing
users to leave the ink in their printheads for an extended period of
time without flushing or cleaning, making it the most cost-effective,
low maintenance ink jet printing system in it’s class.

SQ/2 Scorpion Printing System Components
• Controller cabinet and ink delivery system
• One or two printhead(s) and printhead mounting bracket(s)
• Printhead data cable(s) and ink line(s)
• Photocell product sensor and photocell mounting bracket
• Industrial-strength handheld input device

SQ/2 Scorpion Printing System Specifications

Printer Type – Large character ink jet printing system
Printhead Options – Users have the option to use up to:
two SQ/2 printheads, or one 1600 Series printhead
Character Heights
SQ/2 Series Printheads (7-channel dot matrix characters)
• .75″ (1.9cm) in 7 x 5 matrix; .5″ (1.3cm) in 5 x 5 matrix, or
• .5″ (1.3cm) in 7 x 5 matrix; .375″ (1.0cm) in 5 x 5 matrix, or
• .375″ (1.0cm) in 7 x 5 matrix; .25″ (.6cm) in 5 x 5 matrix
1600 Series Printheads (16-channel dot matrix characters)
• 1.75″ (4.5cm) in 16 x 10 matrix, with split-line capability
to print two lines of the following size characters: .75″ (1.9cm)
at 7 x 5 matrix; .5″ (1.3cm) in 5 x 5 matrix, or
• 1.0″ (2.5cm) in 16 x 10 matrix, with split-line capability
to print two lines of the following size characters: .375″ (1.0cm)
at 7 x 5 matrix; .25″ (.6cm) in 5 x 5 matrix
Character Set – 61 character ASCII set
Print Speed – Up to 200 feet/minute (61m/minute) line speed
Message Length
128 character length per message; 128 memory locations
RS-232C, 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 start, 1 stop, Asynch
Software Features
Counter, lot counter, 24-hour clock, 8 or 12 hour programmable
shift code, Julian date, 3-letter month name, 3-letter weekday name,
expiration date, expiration month, expiration day, expiration year,
expiration Julian date
Operating Features
Dot size, print delay, character width, photocell on/off/repeat, invert
print, reverse print, purge routine
Shaft Encoder Output
Resident software allows communication with shaft encoder for use
with variable speed conveyors
Component Modularity
Eliminates the need for costly service calls and minimizes downtime;
printheads and components can be replaced in less than 5 minutes
Controller Dimensions
12″ (31cm) H x 12″ (31cm) W x 5.25″ (13cm) D
Controller Weight
10.5 lbs. (4.8kg)
Printhead Dimensions
SQ/2 Series Printheads: 3″ (7.6cm) H x 1.6″ (4.1cm) W x 7″ (17.8cm) L
1600 Series Printheads: 2.5″ (6.4cm) H x 1.5″ (3.8cm) W x 7″ (17.8cm) L
Dimensions are for the printhead only – an additional 3″ (7.6cm) is
needed for the ink line and printhead cabling which extends from the
back of the printhead
Product Sensor
Diffuse beam photocell (24v) or hardware sinking signal
Communication Interface
Two RS-232 ports for connection to input device, host PC,
and PLC for input from scale, scanner or external alarm
Air Pump
Internal air pump module provides necessary air pressure;
external air not recommended
Electrical Requirements – 90-120 VAC, 50/60Hz, 4.0 amp
Cabinet Construction – Industrial gauge coated steel
Operating Environment
Water-Based Ink: 32oF (0oC) to 120oF (50oC)
Solvent-Based Ink: 0oF (-18oC) to 120oF (50oC)
Substrate Capabilities – Porous or Non-Porous surfaces
Ink Capabilities
Porous: Squid Ink SQ-60™ no-clog ink
Non-Porous: Several Squid Ink solvent based fluids to meet your
application needs for adhesion and dry time
Ink Volume
.5 gallon (1.9 liters) bottle standard; available upgrade
(water-base ink only) to 5.0 gallon (18.9 liters) pail

SQ/2 Scorpion Optional Accessories
Spare Parts Kit – Includes spare printhead, card cage and PC board pack, air pump module, data cable and master cap
Starter Kit – Includes ink, cleaner for flushing the system, spray bottle for cleaner, hand cleaner and wipes for the printhead
5-Gallon Pail Upgrade – Upgrades ink supply to 5.0 gallons (water-base ink only)
PC Software – Communications software for PC integration
Shaft Encoder – Allows for operation with variable speed conveyors
Rollaway Stand – Provides mount for the SQ/2 Scorpion controller, designed with caster wheels for transportation within plant
Installation and Training – On-site installation and training available