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Printer Characteristics

The Infoprint 4000 and Infoprint 4100 family of printers are nonimpact, all-points-addressable printers. These printers use a laser, electrophotographic print technology, and Advanced Function Presentation(TM) (AFP) licensed programs to create high-quality text and graphics printer output.

Nonimpact printing, combined with all-points addressability, allows graphics and many different type sizes and styles to appear on a single page. Text, images, and electronic overlays can be placed at any defined point on the page areas on which the printer can print. The printers can be used for text, image, graphics, optical character recognition (OCR), and bar-code printing. See System Characteristics for the print resolution (pel) of each model.

Using a duplex printing system, the output of the printers can have print on both sides of a form. The system consists of two printer engines in series, each printing on one side of the form with the forms inverted between them. You can use one or both of the printer engines in the system for simplex printing applications.

The printers use continuous-forms in a variety of sizes, styles, and weights, including preprinted forms (see System Characteristics for more information). The printers use an automatic assist for loading most forms. After printing, the forms may be stacked in the printer stacker or processed by an optional postprocessing device.

Up to three preprocessing and postprocessing device interfaces can be installed on Printer 1. Printer 2 can have two interfaces installed. This provides additional input and output capabilities beyond the standard forms input source and output stacker on the printer.

Note:
Infoprint 4100 Models HS2, HD3/4 can have up to four pre/postprocessing device interfaces per engine.

An Advanced Function Common Control Unit (AFCCU) controls the printing system, whether you select a duplex or simplex configuration. With the duplex models, the AFCCU(TM) is attached to the second printer engine in the configuration. The AFCCU is based on IBM's recognized RS/6000(R) technology.

Table 1. Host Attachments supported in the Infoprint 4000:
  • System/370(TM) parallel channels
  • ESCON(R) channels
  • Token Ring TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) TCP/IP LANs (AFCCU microcode levels 11.x and earlier only)
  • Ethernet TCP/IP LANs
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Table 2. Host Attachments supported in the Infoprint 4100:
Book Printing Statement Printing
  • Token Ring TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) TCP/IP LANs (AFCCU microcode levels 11.x and earlier only)
  • 10/100 Base T Ethernet TCP/IP LANs
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Token Ring TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) TCP/IP LANs (AFCCU microcode levels 11.x and earlier only)
  • 10/100 Base T Ethernet TCP/IP LANs
  • FICON(TM) channel
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • S/370(TM) parallel attachment
  • ESCON channels

(See Host System Attachment Choices for more information.)

Performance enhancements, such as the Advanced Function Image and Graphics (AFIG) feature, are integral to the AFCCU design. Additionally, the AFCCU extends the scaling performance enhancement for compressed images to all scaling factors, enabling the printing of compressed images at significantly higher levels of performance.

The printer can be used in z/OS, OS/390(R), MVS(TM), VM, VSE, OS/400(R), AIX(R), Windows(R) NT, and Windows 2000 operating environments, and can be channel-attached or Ethernet-attached to many different processors. For additional information, see Host System Attachment Choices.