The IBM 4232 is Pennant Systems* new heavy-duty, unattended, impact dot-matrix printer capable of printing at 600 characters per second (CPS). The IBM 4232-302 is intended to replace IBM 4224-30X printers in environments such as the IBM mainframe, the IBM AS/400*, the IBM RISC System/6000*, the IBM Personal System/2*, and local area networks. The 4232 can be used for printing data processing, office, or internal business documents as well as for printing bar codes, labels, and multipart forms. These applications are commonly used in most industries but are especially popular in Service Sector industries such as insurance, finance, shipping, health care, retail, and wholesale.
Model Abstract 4232-302
The IBM 4232-302 offers a 600-cps heavy-duty serial/parallel-attached Matrix Impact Printer.
Pennant Systems is extending the IBM 423X Printer family with the new IBM 4232, a heavy-duty impact matrix printer capable of printing 600 characters per second (CPS).
This new printer complements the capabilities of the 4224 and 4230 models by providing improved price/performance, full compatibility with the IBM 4224-3XX plus IBM 4202 emulation resulting in a complete ASCII printing solution with the "look and feel" of the IBM 4230.
The 4232 printer may be used as a workstation printer for the larger AS/400* systems, RS/6000* or Personal System/2* environments and as the primary shared printer for smaller AS/400 systems and LAN environments.
The IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer provides both 4202 and 4224-3XX emulation modes. These are selectable from the operator panel.
The IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer provides IBM PC ASCII (Centronics) Parallel, RS-232-C Serial, and RS-422A Serial host interfaces.
The 4232 can be offered as a workstation printer or as a shared printer in a distributed printing environment. In addition, the 4232 is well-suited for printing in harsh environments (for example, warehouses or shipping docks) - environments in which other printing technologies often cannot compete.
All of the paper handling options and features available on IBM 4230 printers are also available on the new IBM 4232 Printer.
The 4232-302 is the only model offered.
The IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer is a replacement for the IBM 4224-30X Printers. The IBM 4232 prints in fast draft print quality mode at 600 CPS, offers simultaneous serial and parallel attachment capability, the 4230 "look and feel," and an attractive price.
Business Solutions - Enable Customer's Competitive Advantage
Because the new 4232 printer offers a lower-priced entry product for heavy-duty, high-speed printing, businesses will spend less money for mid-range printing needs, thereby improving their competitive advantage.
Business Solutions - Enabling New Applications
The new IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer is an IBM heavy-duty ASCII printer which supports the same forms handling options as the 4230 (for example, Continuous Forms Module (CFM), Dual Purpose Module (DPM), Document Insertion Device (DID), and Auto Sheet Feed (ASF)).
The 4232 supports the Novell-certified IBM 4033 LAN adapter and may also attach to LANs via LAN-attached IBM PS/2's or IBM PC-compatible personal computers.
Growth Enablement - Increased Capacity/Performance Improvement
The new IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer provides a low-priced migration path from older, slower 4224-30X printers. This high-speed model allows businesses to expand their printing volume while minimizing their investment in upgrade equipment.
This product is included in Category A, Discount Group 4 of the AS/400 Systems Exhibit (AS400), Category E of the Systems I/O Exhibit (SIO), Category A of the Advanced Workstation Systems Exhibit (AWS-20), and Category A, Discount Group 5 of the Workstations and Related I/O Exhibit (WKSN2-20). Customers with existing Volume Discount commitments in these categories of the exhibits may order the announced product as additional quantities to, or as direct substitutes for, any other machines in the same category subject to availability.
For further information regarding volume orders, contact your IBM marketing representative.
Model Description 4232-302
600 cps Heavy Duty Serial/Parallel-attached Matrix Impact Printer.
Model Summary Matrix
Print Model Speed Attachment Ports Paper Types ----- ------- ---------- ----- ----------- 302 600 cps IBM MF; PC; Parallel; Cut sheet; RS/6000; serial continuous AS/400; PS/2
Customer Setup (CSU)
The CFM, DPM, or DID Conversion Kit, #4010 is a customer set up MES kit as is the ASF Conversion Kit, #4015.
With automatic sheet feed (ASF) installed:
IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer with continuous forms or dual-purpose module features:
IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer with automatic sheet feed or document insertion features:
Noise Emission: Operating Idle --------- -------- 4232 without ASF installed: Sound power level (LWAD): 7.0 bels 4.5 bels Sound pressure level (LpAm): 53 dBA 30 dBA 4232 with ASF installed: Sound power level (LWAD): 7.0 bels 4.5 bels Sound pressure level (LpAm): 55 dBA 30 dBA
The overall throughput depends on the emulation mode (for example, 4202 or 4224), print mode, application program, system response time, and the type of print operation being done. Any print operation that requires multiple passes or a reduction of horizontal dot spacing causes a reduction in the throughput.
Some print operations that affect throughput are:
The 4232 uses an internal print management feature to guard against overheating the print head due to the quantity of dots being printed. During extended printing of dense lines, or during extended printing of long line lengths, this temperature safeguard may cause the speed of the print mechanism to decrease, lowering overall throughput proportionally.
The 4232 is supported in Proprinter II XL (4202) emulation mode by most application software. The following deviations from 4202 emulation should be noted:
The IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer supports the Essay font (i.e., proportional spacing) in DP Text and NLQ modes only. Certain characters and code pages are unprintable in fast-draft print quality.
The RS-232C serial interface will attach to:
The RS-422A serial interface will attach to:
The IBM PC ASCII (Centronics) Parallel interface will attach to:
IBM 4232 Impact Matrix Printer ASCII Software Support
The IBM 4232-302 can use the IBM Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS)* in a Proprinter II (4202) emulation when attached to Serial (RS-232C/RS-422A) interfaces or the IBM PC ASCII (Centronics) Parallel interface. 4224-emulation may also be available. In 4224-emulation mode, the 4232 will support PPDS bar code and vector graphics commands. For more information, reference 4224 RPQ 8V0428 or the "IBM 4232 Product and Programming Description", publication order number GA24-4385.
The following systems support the 4232-302:
System Software - Minimum Level Data Stream/Emulation ---------- ------------------------- --------------------- IBM PS/2 OS/2 1.1 PPDS/4202 or 4224 OS/2 LAN Server 1.0 PPDS/4202 or 4224 OS/2 Extended Services 1.0 PPDS/4202 OS/2 Communications Manager/2 1.0 PPDS/4202 DOS 3.3 PPDS/4202 or 4224 Microsoft** (4) Windows** 3.0 (4) PPDS/4202 (5) PC Support/400 W/S Function V2.2 PPDS/4202 IBM RS/6000 AIX Version 3.1.5 PPDS/4202 or 4224 IBM AS/400 (5) OS/400 V2.3 Host Print Transform PPDS/4202 (5) OS/400 V2.2 PPDS/4202
IBM 4232-302 IBM OS/2, IBM AIX, and Novell NetWare** LAN Operating System Support via the IBM 4033 LAN adapter
The IBM 4232-302 will support the following via attachment to the IBM 4033 LAN adapter:
System Software - Minimum Level Data Stream ---------- ------------------------- --------------------- Token Ring(1) OS/2 LAN Server 1.2, 1.3 PPDS Ethernet(2) OS/2 LAN Server 1.2, 1.3 PPDS Token Ring(1) IBM AIX Ver. 3.1.5 PPDS Ethernet (2) IBM AIX Ver. 3.1.5 PPDS Token Ring(3) Novell (5) NetWare** (5) 2.2, PPDS 3.11 Ethernet (4) Novell NetWare 2.2, 3.11 PPDS 1) The IBM 4033 Model 001 provides support for Token Ring 4/16MBps data rate. 2) The 4033 Model 002 provides support for Ethernet 10BaseT 10Mbps data rate. The 4033 Model 003 provides support for Ethernet 10Base2 and 10Base5 10Mpbs data rate. 3) The 4033 Model 011 provides support for Token Ring 4/16Mbps data rate. 4) The 4033 Model 012 provides support for Ethernet 10BaseT 10Mbps data rate. The 4033 Model 013 provides support for Ethernet 10Base2 and 10Base5 10Mbps data rate. 5) Paper bin #4 is not selectable when the IBM 4232 with the Auto Sheet Feed feature installed is attached to an AS/400. In addition, only the 4202 supported PPDS commands are supported when the IBM 4232 is attached to an AS/400.
For more information please consult "IBM LAN Connection for Printers and Plotters Planning and Installation Guide" (SA40-0588).
The 4232-302 will provide non-English characters in the same quality level, pitches, and fonts as English characters with only three exceptions. Arabic, Thai, and Cyrillic are not available in the Essay font (i.e., proportional-spacing). Furthermore, the Essay font can only be printed in DP Text or NLQ modes for the supported code pages.
The 4232 will support the following resident Code Pages and Character Sets:
| | U | E | A | | ASCII | S | M | G | |-----------------| | E | | LANGUAGE | GCSGID | CPGID | | A | | --------------------------|--------|--------|---|---|---| Arabic X/A | 994 | 864 | | * | | Austrian/German | 980 | 850 | | * | | Belgian | 980 | 850 | | * | | Brazilian | 980 | 850 | | | * | Canadian French | 993 | 863 | | | * | Cyrillic | 985 | 855 | | * | | Danish/Norwegian | 995 | 865 | | * | | English (UK)/Ireland | 980 | 850 | | * | | Finnish/Swedish | 980 | 850 | | * | | French/French Azerty | 980 | 850 | | * | | Greek (new) | 998 | 869 | | * | | Greek (old) | 981 | 851 | | * | | Hebrew | 992 | 862 | | * | | Icelandic | 991 | 861 | | * | | Italian | 980 | 850 | | * | | Latin 2/ROECE | 982 | 852 | | * | | Netherlands | 980 | 850 | | * | | OCR-A (1) | 968 | 876 | * | * | * | OCR-B (1) | 969 | 877 | * | * | * | PC Multilingual | 980 | 850 | * | * | * | Portugal | 990 | 860 | | * | | South Africa | 980 | 850 | | * | | Spanish | 980 | 850 | | * | | Spanish Speaking | 980 | 850 | | | * | Swiss | 980 | 850 | | * | | Thai | 966 | 874 | | | * | Turkish | 987 | 857 | | * | | USA/Canada | 919 | 437 | * | | * | Note (1): OCR-A and OCR-B fonts can only be printed in NLQ print mode.
Character Configurations (Fonts)
The 4232-302 will provide print quality levels, character spacings, and character configurations (resident fonts) as follows:
Note: The above fonts and print quality levels will include all characters defined by the Resident Code Pages described in "Character Sets" above unless otherwise noted. Any quality level can be printed at either 6 or 8 lines per inch (LPI).
The publications listed below are shipped with the product. Additional copies are available immediately.
Note: The "Guide to Operations" package (SBOF-4877) includes the User's Guide, the Operator Panel Instructions, and a binder with insert and tabs.
For a current list of publications, refer to the appropriate publications option on your respective HONE system, or contact your local IBM representative.
Features -- Specify/Special/Exchange
No Charge Specify Codes
Two lengths of power cords are available.
Specify #9250 for 6.0-ft (1.8-m) power cord with nonlocking plug
for 2.8m (9 ft) power cord with nonlocking plug.
#9251 is the default.
Special Feature Codes -- Chargeable
Continuous Forms Module (CFM - F1) (#4001)
Provides an operator changeable "drop in" mechanism optimized for handling continuous forms utilizing pull tractors. For customers whose applications require continuous forms but do not require any "document on demand" (DOD) capability, this module is the best choice. The right hand tractor is adjustable to accommodate forms width from 3 inches to 15 inches. Forms length can be from 3 inches to 14 inches. Up to 6-part forms may be used. Limitations: Forms less than 6 inches in length or width and forms greater than 12.5 inches in length should be tested for satisfactory stacking. This CFM feature cannot be installed in the 4232 simultaneously with other forms handling features (#9502, #9503, #4002, #4003, and #4004). Maximum: One. Field Installation: Yes. Customer Setup: Yes.
Dual Purpose Module (DPM - F2) (#4002)
Provides an operator changeable "drop in" mechanism for handling both long continuous forms jobs and "document on demand" (DOD) tearoff applications. The DPM allows the user to remove (tear off) the individual printed form without wasting a blank form each time forms are removed from the printer. The DPM is required for applications which require the Document on Demand function. The DPM is recommended for applications which need a combination of long continuous forms jobs and the Document on Demand function. The CFM is recommended for all continuous forms applications which do not require the DOD function especially when unattended printing is the only mode of operation. The right hand tractor and feed rolls are adjustable to accommodate forms width from 3 inches to 15 inches. Forms length can be from 3 inches to 14 inches. Limitations: Up to 6-part continuous forms may be used., Forms less than 6 inches in length or width and forms greater than 12.5 inches in length should be tested for satisfactory stacking. Applications requiring more than six forms to be fed before separation (tear off) should be tested for satisfactory operation. No limitations exist to limit the printable area on forms. This feature cannot be installed in the 4232 simultaneously with other forms handling features (#9501, #9503, #4001, #4003, and #4004). Maximum: One. Field Installation: Yes. Customer Setup: Yes.
Note: For both the CFM and the DPM, five- and six-part forms should be tested on an individual basis for acceptable feeding, registration, and print quality before production. Likewise, for optimum performance, printing should be restricted to 6.4 mm (0.25 in.) from all edges, holes, or folds on the forms.
Document Insertion Device (DID - F3) (#4003)
Provides an operator changeable "drop in" mechanism to handle
individually inserted forms.
Includes a snap on guide for the left edge of the form.
The right hand set of feed rolls is adjustable to accommodate
width from 3 inches to 15 inches.
Forms length can be from 7 inches to 14 inches.
Limitations: Forms over 13 inches wide should be tested for
feeding and registration.
2- to 6-part forms should be tested for satisfactory feeding,
registration, and print quality.
Multi-part form sets must not be fastened with staples, and must
glued only at the top edge securely enough to prevent form
separation while passing through the printer.
This feature cannot be installed in the 4232 simultaneously with
other forms handling features (#9501, #9502, #4001, #4002, and
Field Installation: Yes.
Customer Setup: Yes.
Automatic Sheet Feed (ASF - F4) (#4004)
The IBM 4230/4232 Auto Sheet Feeder provides an operator
mechanism for automatic feeding of cut sheets.
Complements NLQ printing for business correspondence applications.
Includes three automatic input bins and one manual input bin.
Each automatic bin holds up to 220 sheets of variable width 80g/m2
(20 lb) single-part paper.
Multi-part forms (up to 4-part) can also be used.
The manual bin allows feeding a single sheet of variable width
either single or multipart.
The output stacker holds up to 250 sheets of 80g/m2 (20 lb)
paper, stacked in sequential order.
Bin selection can be controlled by the host system or from the
All operator control is from the 4232 operator panel; there are no
controls or indicators on the ASF device.
Limitations: This device cannot be installed simultaneously with
forms handling features (#9501 #9502 #9503 #4001 #4002 #4003).
Also, AS/400 system support for paper bin selection can only
of the three bins provided with the ASF.
See ASF paper/forms specifications below.
Field Installation: No, see #4015 for field installation.
Customer Setup: Not applicable.
EuroReady Serial/Parallel ASCII #4959
Provides capability to print the euro common currency symbol. Maximum: One. Field installation: Yes. Customer Setup: No.
ASF Paper Specifications
Paper meeting the following specifications is acceptable for use in the ASF. All other paper must be tested by the customer for suitable performance.
Paper Handling Conversion Kit (#4010)
Provides parts to convert a printer ordered with #4004 (Auto Sheet Feed) to other forms handling features, #4001, #4002 and #4003. Maximum: One. Field installation: Yes. Customer Setup: Yes.
Paper Handling Conversion Kit (#4015)
Provides parts to convert a printer ordered without #4004 (Auto
Feed) to ASF capability.
Consists of the ASF device, cover parts, and supporting
Field installation: Yes.
Customer Setup: Yes.
A line cord is provided with the printer.
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