More Options For Making Your Mark
Squid Ink’s Vector XII modular ink jet printing system
allows manufacturers and contract packagers to print up
to 12 lines of code at a cost-effective price. Squid Ink lets
you have it your way: standard dot matrix characters, or
Squid Ink’s innovative, new hi-definition characters. Dot
matrix characters are the industry standard for ink jet
coding. Hi-definition characters are bolder, easier to read,
and can be seen accurately from greater distances. In
addition, users can select between 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, Vector XII has the functionality
to get the job done right.
Out With The Old, In With The New
Vector XII is an innovative new replacement for the
Marsh® ML8 or Patrion™ systems, Diagraph Series One™
or Telemark™ systems, and Videojet Maxum™ printing
systems. If your operation is struggling to maintain
outdated printing equipment or are frustrated with
manufacturers who no longer support this equipment, be
sure to give us a call. You will be pleasantly surprised to
find the new level of quality and performance offered by
the Vector XII.
User Flexibility
Vector XII users have the option of choosing from several
different printhead combinations. Two different printhead
sizes are available: 1″ or 1 3/4″ character height. Each
printhead is capable of printing at 100%, 40%, or 26%
character height, offering six print sizes ranging from
1/2″ to 1 3/4″. Users also have the flexibility to run up to
6 different printheads of any size at the same time. No
other system has this versatility. All of these components
are field installable for future upgrade to meet your
application’s changing requirements. And unlike any other
DOD printing system in the industry, Vector XII offers up
to 12 lines of print from a single controller.
User-Friendly System
The Vector XII is designed for simple day-to-day
operation. Vector XII’s state-of-the-art input device
provides quick and easy message programming and
retrieval for up to 128 messages. Resident software
accessed from the hand-held input device walks users
through a series of prompts to program and save each
message for printing on-demand. The system can also be
programmed and maintained with a PC through a
standard RS-232 port. Vector XII’s easy-to-use design
and user-friendly software makes everyone involved a
smooth operator.
Innovative Technology, Proven Reliability
Patented micro-channeling printhead technology
eliminates the need for a costly array of fluid valves.
Squid Ink uses its own plunger technology and
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 Vector XII is engineered inside and out for industrialstrength
operation. Status LED’s verify proper operation
of the power supply and CPU boards. Industrial-strength
enclosures and dust/moisture-resistant-coated steel
cabinetry ensure continuous operation in harsh, real
world environments. Easy-to-install replacement
printheads and PC boards minimize downtime and
eliminate costly service calls. Best of all, the Vector XII
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 its class.

Vector XII System Components
• Controller cabinet
• Ink delivery system
• Up to 6 printheads and printhead mounting brackets
• Printhead data cables and ink line kits
• Photocell product sensor and photocell mounting bracket
• Industrial-strength hand-held input device

Vector XII System Specifications
Print Type – Large character dot matrix ink jet printing system
Printhead Options – Users have the option to use up to:
• Six V-1600 Series Printheads, or
• Six V-1600HD Series Printheads
Character Sizes –
V-1600 Series Printheads (16-channel dot matrix characters)
• 1.75″ (4.45cm) at 100% 16 dot height, 0.70″ (1.77cm) at 40%
7 dot height, or 0.46″ (1.16cm) at 26% 5 dot height with
split-line capability to print two lines of text
• 1.0″ (2.54cm) at 100% 16 dot height, 0.40″ (1.01cm) at 40%
7 dot height, or 0.27″ (0.68cm) at 26% 5 dot height with
split-line capability to print two lines of text
V-1600HD Series Printheads (32-channel hi-definition characters)
• 1.75″ (4.45cm) at 100% 16 dot height, 0.70″ (1.77cm) at 40%
7 dot height, or 0.46″ (1.16cm) at 26% 5 dot height with
split-line capability to print two lines of text
Character Set – 61 character ASCII set
Print Speed – 20 feet/minute (6.1m/minute) to 300 feet/minute
(91.44m/minute) line speed depending on message length
Message Length – 128-character length per message per board
pack; 128 memory locations
Communication – 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,
character boldness, photocell on/off/repeat/encoder input, invert
print, reverse print, purge routine
Encoder Output – Resident software allows communication with
shaft encoder
Component Modularity – Eliminates the need for costly service
calls and minimizes downtime; printheads and components can
be replaced in less than 5 minutes
Printhead Dimensions – 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
Product Sensor – Diffuse beam photocell (20v) or hardware
sinking signal, other photocell options available upon request
Electrical Requirements – 90 – 240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 8 amp
Cabinet Construction – Industrial-gauge-coated steel
Operating Environment – 30°F (0°C) to 122°F (50°C)
Substrate Capabilities – Porous or non-porous substrate printing
capability, specify at time of order
Ink Volume – 5-gallon (18.93 liter) pail or 17-gallon (64.35 liter)
returnable container

Vector XII Optional Accessories
Spare Parts Kit – Includes spare printhead, board assembly, data cable, ink line kit and master cap
Starter Kit – Includes ink, cleaner for flushing the system, spray bottle for cleaner, hand cleaner, printhead wipes and 70mm cap wrench
PC Software – Communications software for PC integration
Shaft Encoder – Allows operation with variable-speed conveying systems
Bar Code Laser Scanner – Allows scan and print message retrieval
Low Ink Light Beacon – Beacon notifies users of low-ink situations
Turbo-Dri Drying System – Facilitates quick drying on non-porous surfaces
Floor Stand – Includes mounting bracket and legs with leveling feet, 57″ (1.5m) total height
Installation and Training – On-site installation and training available