The SQ/2 large character ink jet system prints high quality dot-matrix characters on a variety of products at a cost-effective price. The SQ/2 offers the lowest price per printed character in the industry today. Users can choose between two models: a water-based model for printing on porous surfaces like corrugated cartons, or as a solvent-based system for printing on non-porous product like plastics, stretch wraps, metals and more.


  • Run one or two print heads from the same controller
  • Easy-to-use software walks you through a series of prompts to program and save messages for printing
  • Simple to operate, virtually maintenance-free, and field upgradeable with modular components and options
  • Two models: water-based for porous surfaces or solvent-based for non-porous surfaces
  • Industrial strength hand-held input device for easy message input
  • Ability to run two print heads, allows printing on one or two sides of the product

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Technical Specifications
Printer Type Large character ink jet printer
Character height 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″ (1cm) in 5 x 5 matrix, or
.375″ (1cm) in 7 x 5 matrix; .25″ (.6cm) in 5 x 5 matrix
Character set 61 character ASCII set
Print speed 20 feet/minute (6.1m/minute) to 200 feet/minute (61m/minute) line speed; optional extended character.
Width firmware allows for print speeds slower than 20 feet/minute
Message length 60 characters per message; 64 memory locations
Communication RS-232C, 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 start, 1 stop, Asynch
Software features 24-hour clock, Julian date, counter, lot counter
Operating features Dot size, print delay, character width, photocell on/off, invert print, reverse print, purge routine
SQ/2 exchange program Eliminates the need for costly service calls and minimizes downtime; troubled 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 3″ (7.6cm) H x 1.6″ (4.1cm) W x 7″ (17.8cm) L; dimensions are for the printhead only – an additional 3″ (7.6cm) is needed for the ink line and cabling which extends from the back of the printhead
Product sensor Diffuse beam photocell (24v) or hardware sinking signal
Electrical requirements 220/240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 1.6 amp
Cabinet construction Industrial gauge coated steel
Operating environment 38°F (3°C) to 122°F (50°C)
Substrate capabilities Porous or Non-Porous surfaces
Air requirements No external air needed
Ink capabilities Porous: Squid Ink SQ-60™ no-clog ink Non-Porous: Several Squid Ink solvent based fluids to meet adhesion and dry time needs
Ink volume .5 (1.89 liters) gallon bottle standard; available upgrade (water-base ink only) to 5.0 gallon pail (18.93 liters)