This section describes 4247 Printer’s characteristics. The 4247 Printer is a tabletop, serial, impact, matrix printer that prints text, images, graphics, and bar codes at up to 700 characters per second, depending on the model and print quality selected. Selecting the Printing Medium This section describes how to select the various available paper sources on the 4247-001 Printer for Coaxial and Twinaxial applications, using the SCS or IPDS support in the printer.
Note: For the ASCII data streams supported over the parallel port, select the same paper source as on the 4247 Model A00 Printer. Specifying the Source of the Medium for a 4247-001 Printer Although the 4247-001 printer is a continuous forms printer, options can enable it to support a second continuous forms source, or an automatic cut sheet feeder source, or both. The maximum possible paper sources for the 4247-A00 are:
Front Continuous forms paper fed through the front of the printer. This uses either the Front Push, Rear Pull, or Push-Pull tractor configurations.
Rear Continuous forms paper fed through the rear of the printer. This is only with the Rear Push tractor configuration.
ASF Bin 1
Automatic Sheet Feeder Bin 1
ASF Bin 2
Automatic Sheet Feeder Bin 2
ASF Bin 3
Automatic Sheet Feeder Bin 3
Manual cut sheet
4247-A00, Selecting Paper Sources Compatible with Other Printers
Many non-impact cutsheet printers, 4230, or 42 x 4 printers with an automatic sheet feed (ASF) option have existing applications that use media ID values 1-3, specified in an AFP Form Definition, or in job control language, DDS or Printer Files that support a DRAWER or BIN parameter. To configure the 4247 printer so that you can print these jobs without changing the application or job submission, put the 4247-001 printer into either the 4230-emulation or the 4224-emulation mode and have ONLY the ASF paper handling device attached.
Note 4247-A00: No tractors can be installed. In this configuration, the paper sources are identified by the host application as follows:
ASF Bin 1
Media ID = 1
ASF Bin 2
Media ID = 2
ASF Bin 3
Media ID = 3
4247-A00 Media Specifications
The 4247 Impact Printer accepts the following media:
Continuous forms:Up to eight-part forms using front feed
Cutsheet forms:up to four-part forms manual feed, three-part auto feed
Continuous forms:3 inches to 17 inches (76mm to 432mm)
Cutsheet forms:4.5 inches to 17.5 inches (102mm to 444mm) manual; 6 inches to 12 inches (152mm to 305mm) automatic
Continuous forms:3 inches to 24 inches (76mm to 609mm)
Cutsheet forms:4 inches to 24 inches (102mm to 609mm) manual, 5 inches to 14 inches (127mm to 356mm) automatic
3 inches to 24 inches (76 mm to 609 mm) continuous forms, 5 inches to 14 inches (127 mm to 356 mm) cutsheet
The parallel interface will attach to:
RS/6000 workstations (excluding POWERserver 930).
Token Ring or Ethernet networks via the Network Print Server features.
IBM PS/2 and IBM Personal Computer LPTx ports and to a Token Ring or Ethernet LAN via one of these computers.
IBM-compatible PCs utilizing the parallel interface.
AS/400 twinax terminals including IBM 348x InfoWindow II display stations, IBM 3477 InfoWindow display station, and IBM 3197 display workstation.
3482 InfoWindow II display.
The Coax interface (feature 4170) will attach to:
IBM 3174 Controller - Terminal port (using Release A5.5 or later, Release B4.0 or later, Release C6.0 or later).
ES/9370 Processor Workstation Controller (feature code 6020 or 6120).
ES/9371 Processor - 3270 Adapter.
ES9000 - 9221 Workstation Subsystem Controller (feature 6120).
Token Ring or Ethernet networks via the i-data 7913 RPQ for the IPDS datastream.
The Twinax interface (feature 4140) will attach to:
4247-A00, System support via Parallel Attachment
The 4247-A00 can use the IBM Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS) in IBM 4202 Proprinter III XL or IBM 2381 Personal Printer emulations by choosing the corresponding device driver for the systems listed below as supporting the PPDS datastream and the corresponding emulation on the Operator panel. In Epson FX emulation mode the 4247-001 can print files coded for the Epson FX-1050 using the Epson ESC/P printer control language.
Also, native 4247 support is provided for AIX and the Host Print Transform function in OS/400. The following systems support the 4247-001:
4247-A00, Using ‘forms’ parameters When users specified forms, prior to the 4247 printer, for continuous forms printers with only a single continuous forms paper source, they used the FORMS parameters in JCL or, for the AS/400, the FORMTYPE parameter. You can still use this method to direct the operator change to the correct forms for the job. But you cannot use this method to cause the printer to switch between the Front and Rear continuous forms sources.
4247-A00, Operator-Adjustable Forms
To align data on preprinted forms, the 4247 Printer operator can adjust the physical top and left margins, which will offset the page image on the printing medium. The horizontal (left margin) adjustment range is from −6.9 mm (−0.27 inches) to +38.35 mm (+1.51 inches). The vertical (top margin) adjustment range is from −30.5 mm (−1.2 inches) to +38.1 mm (+1.5 inches). This adjustment does not affect the size of the valid printable area; however, using this adjustment can produce positioning errors if the horizontal adjustment is too large for the form being used.
4247-A00, Print-Quality Levels for IPDS Models
The 4247 Printer allows you to select different levels of print quality. Higher quality corresponds to slower print speeds. To select a print-quality level, use the QUALITY subcommand on the COPYGROUP command in the form definition. To use Fast Draft Quality, you must enable it using a printer configuration menu on the operator panel. Refer to your printer publications on how to do this. If the printer is not configured, all requests to print using Fast Draft will automatically be printed in DP Quality. Specify the values shown in Table 92 on the QUALITY subcommand to get the correct print-quality level.
4247-A00, Printer Capabilities
The capabilities of the 4247 Printer are different from those of most of the other printers supported by PSF in the following ways:
Differences in the contents of the character sets in the fonts provided by PSF and in the symbol sets resident in the 4247 Printer may result in inconsistent printed output between the two types of fonts.
Although the 4247 Printer can print with downloaded symbol sets, it uses only resident symbol sets when driven by PSF.
The PSF for OS/390 and PSF/VSE default fonts specified with the CHARS parameter in the PRINTDEV statement cause errors in which PSF issues messages saying “resource not found”. Change or override the CHARS parameter to use a 4247 Printer symbol set.
The 4247 Printer prints both text and images in only 0° character orientation. All other orientations other than 0° are supported for graphics. The 4247 Printer does not support rotated fonts.
The 4247 Printer prints images with 144-pel resolution..
The 4247 Printer does not support multiple subgroups within a copy group in a form definition. Printing of multiple copies of individual pages within a subgroup is not supported.