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IBM 4230 Heavy Duty Matrix Printer
Heavy Duty Desktop Printing - Twinax or Coax

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The User-Friendly Printing Solution
for Heavy Duty Printing Needs


PLEASE NOTE:
 The 4230 is a discontinued product.  The replacement products for the 4230  are the Tally 4347-i Series and CompuPrint 4247 Series of Matrix Printers. Please click on these two links above to be taken to these printers.

Description

A low-cost, heavy-duty workhorse, the 4230 family of serial matrix printers provides a wide range of printer placement options. It brings the ease-of-use and productivity advantages usually provided by higher-speed system printers down to the workstation environment.
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  • Speed: up to 600 cps

  • Continuous forms, cut sheet, automatic sheet feed and document on demand available

  • Up to six-part forms

  • Easy-to-use LCD operator panel, autoload, auto forms thickness adjustment

  • Supports popular datastreams IPDS, SCS, IBM ProPrinter and Epson FX

  • Quiet as some laser printers: 53 dBA

The IBM 4230 is available only as a refurbished product on a very limited basisIf you are interested in new Matrix Printers please click on the following links:

Highlights

  • Low cost, heavy-duty dot matrix printing solution

  • Flexible forms handling capabilities

  • Very quiet for office use

  • Superb reliability

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The IBM 4230 Printer family offers speed, reliability and durability that make it the right choice for the most demanding print environments and applications. With print speeds of up to 600 characters per second (cps), depending on model, and superb reliability, the IBM 4230 Printers out perform other impact printers.

Depending on model, the IBM 4230 Printers offer either a coaxial, twinaxial, coaxial/ASCII, or twinaxial/ASCII attachment. This flexibility provides a wide range of printer placement options.

The IBM 4230's compact size and low noise level make it well-suited to serve as either a high-speed office printer; a heavy-duty primary printer for small systems and LAN installations; or a workstation printer for larger systems and LANs.

Improved Productivity

The IBM 4230 Printer, with its auto-forms load, innovative forms handling features, and easy-to-use operator controls and menu selections, will improve productivity and virtually eliminate user frustration, paper jamming, and costly paper loss.

The IBM 4230 prints a wide range of applications by offering four print speeds and quality modes. The fast draft quality provides high speed for large print jobs. The near letter quality (NLQ) mode provides clean, crisp correspondence for word processing applications required in today's electronic office. Full all-points-addressable graphics capability exists for applications such as bar codes, bar charts and pie charts, scanned logos, forms designs, and CAD/CAM drawings.

User Benefits

The IBM 4230 Printer is a rugged, heavy-duty dot matrix impact printer that offers excellent price/performance. It brings the benefits and productivity features usually provided by higher-cost system printers down to the workstation environment. For example, custom setup profiles allow users to store and to retrieve as many as four different collections of printer setup values. This means users can switch instantly from one application to another and thereby improve user productivity and eliminate adjustment errors.

Printing Where You Need It

At only 53 dBA, the IBM 4230 is one of the quietest printers in its speed and price range - making it suitable for virtually any business environment. And with its small footprint, the IBM 4230 can be placed wherever a need for printing exists.

Versatile Forms Handling

The ability to use cutsheet paper allows full advantage of NLQ printing on letter-head paper for business correspondence applications. The automatic forms-thickness adjustment feature saves users from having to manually adjust the printhead gap and ensures consistent, high-quality forms printing and improved printhead reliability.

Additionally, interchangeable paper feed modules permit the IBM 4230 printer to be easily adapted to a variety of different forms applications including preprinted multi-part forms, labels, cardstock, checks, and mailer forms to name a few.

Summary

The IBM 4230 Printer is the work- horse of dot matrix printers and provides these key benefits:

  • High speed print output (up to 600 cps)

  • Reliability and ruggedness

  • Excellent print quality

  • Versatile paper handling

  • Workstation and LAN attachment

  • Easy-to-use features

    • Text message display (LCD)

    • Automatic forms thickness adjustment

    • Automatic forms loading

  • Quiet printing - one of the quietest printers in its class

  • Graphics capability, including bar codes

  • US Postal Service Postnet** bar code printing capability

  • Combination attachment capabilities on Models 4x3 and 5x3 selectable via operator's panel

  • Dual purpose feature provides document on demand

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IBM 4230 Specifications

Print Speed (cps)

Printer Model

4230-xx1 4230-xx2 4230-xx3
Fast Draft Mode 375 480 600
DP Mode 300 400 400
DP Text Mode 150 200 200
NLQ Mode 75 100 100
Print Options
Vertical spacing
Horizontal spacing
Maximum print line

Barcodes

Paper Handling

Forms Handling

  • Operator-changeable forms modules
  • Continuous forms up to 6 parts
  • Cutsheet
  • Document-on-demand/zero tear-off
  • Automatic forms loading

Paper Sizes

Interfaces/Emulations

Printer Model

101
1S2

102
1I1

4I3

4S3

201
2S2

202
2I1

5I3

5S3

Twinaxial

Yes

Yes Yes Yes        
4214 SCS

Yes

    Yes        
4230 IPDS    

Yes

         
Serial    

Yes

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

Parallel/Centronics    

Yes

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

Epson FX 1050    

Yes

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

Proprinter II XL    

Yes

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

Proprinter III XL    

Yes

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

4224 ASCII    

Yes

Yes

   

Yes

Yes

Coaxial        

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3268 SCS        

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3287 SCS        

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4224 IPDS        

 

Yes

Yes

 

4230 IPDS        

 

Yes

Yes

 

System Attachments
Printer Model:

1xx

2xx

4xx

5xx

AS/400, System/36  

Yes

 

Yes(1)

 
5x94 Control Units

Yes

 

Yes(1)

 
ES/9000, IBM 4300  

Yes

 

Yes

3174/3274 Control Units  

Yes

 

Yes

i-data 7913(2)  

Yes

 

 

Physical Characteristics
Dimensions
  • Width - 25.9" (658mm)

  • Depth - 15.6" (396mm)

  • Height - 12.4" (315mm)

  • Weight - 45 lb. (20.4 kg)

Power Requirements
  • 100-127 V, 1-phase, 50/60 Hz

  • 200-240 V, 1-phase, 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption

Idle Mode

Max. Typical

120 VAC 60 Hz

40 Watts

90 Watts

220 VAC 50 Hz

40 Watts

90 Watts

Environment Contitions

Idle Mode

Printing

Noise Emission

30 dBa

53 dBa

     
Supplies
Ribbon Cartridges

Ribbon Life

Part Number

Auto-Inking Ribbon

15 Million Character

1040580

High Yield Ribbon

9 Million Character

1040440

 

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