CINCINNATI, OH, May 22, 2024 – Kao Collins Inc., a leading provider of innovative printing solutions, announced upgrades to its Universal Controller. Notably, the controller allows a single 9.3” X-BAR print module to print two 4.65” channels independently, marking a significant advancement in printing efficiency for high-speed industrial printing.

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The Universal Controller, compatible with both X-BAR print module and VERSAMARK DS6240 printheads, is designed to streamline printing operations by eliminating the need for multiple controllers dedicated to different print head types.

“We are excited to introduce these features to our Universal Controller, and support our customers with enhanced printing capabilities and greater operational efficiency,” said Mike Johnson, hardware R&D Manager.

Coming soon will also be the Universal Controller paired with a new print module capable of printing 600 x 600 dpi with longer throw distance for other industrial printing applications.

Universal Controller Overview

  • Job Format: Reads and prints variable data from PDF or IJPDS formats, ensuring accurate and dynamic printing capabilities.
    Familiar Interface: A user-friendly interface with GUI representation, similar to the Kodak 410 controller, requires minimal training for efficient use.
  • Comprehensive Control: Tach and Cue board with up to 8 inputs and 32 outputs, offers for precise control and monitoring of printing processes.
  • Cost-Efficient: No licensing fees or dongles.
  • Proprietary Document Synchronization: Seamless control across multiple printheads to ensure consistent and reliable printing results.

The Universal Controller is available now from Kao Collins Inc. and will be on display at drupa 2024.

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Kao Advanced Printing Solutions is a collaboration between Kao’s inkjet development and manufacturing facilities in Japan, Kao Collins in Cincinnati, OH, and Kao Chimigraf in Barcelona, Spain. We combine our expertise in all aspects of printing to offer eco-friendly and technically advanced solutions for both industrial inkjet and traditional printing applications. Our goal is to provide superior printing solutions to customers worldwide. For more information, visit


Kao Collins, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., provides solutions for the inkjet industry around the world, offering a full line of inks, services, and technical support. The company formulates and manufactures innovative inkjet inks for the leading thermal, piezo, and continuous printing systems. Since 1990 Kao Collins has helped customers and OEMs reduce costs and increase productivity with high-performance inks.