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IBM 6400-050 Line Matrix Printer, 500 LPM

Manufacturer: IBM

Part # 6400-050

Availability: IN STOCK

REFURBISHED 90 days Warranty


Price: $1,195.00

IBM 6400-050 Line Matrix Printer Speed 500 LPM

The IBM 6400 line matrix Cabinet printer attaches to a wide spectrum of IBM systems — from IBM mainframes/parallel servers to PCs. The new models offer the following:

  • A printspeed of up to 500/375/200 LPM in Draft, DP (Data Processing), and NLQ (Near Letter Quality) print modes respectively.
  • Support all features currently available on the 6400.
  • Offer a new internal Ethernet adapter not available on previous IBM 6400 models.
  • Can be easily managed remotely with the new Printer Management Utility program.
  • Printer throughput in lines per minute (LPM) is a factor of the selected font. Printing speed is independent of the number of characters configured in the character set repertoire. Print lines containing bold/emphasized (shadow) printing or elongated (double high) attributes will print at approximately one-half the rate shown above.

This model is an extremely versatile, cost-effective printer. It offers as standard the IBM
Proprinter III XL and Epson FX 1050 graphics emulations, as well as the Printronix P-Series, Printronix P-Series XQ Variant, and Printronix Serial Matrix emulations. This model can also be attached via ASCII, coax, twinax, Token Ring, or Ethernet to such diverse hosts as IBM S/390, AS/400, RS/6000, IBM PC and Netfinity servers, IBM-compatible PCs, non-IBM systems supporting the ASCII serial/parallel interface, and LANs.

The following optional features are offered:

  • IBM coax/twinax attachment to many IBM systems
  • Ethernet 10BaseT and 10Base2 Adapters
  • Multi-Platform Interface (MPI) coax/twinax attachment, enabling the 6400 to replace many non-IBM printers that are coax- or twinax-compatible, and attached to IBM systems
  • IBM Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) support for IBM coax or twinax attachments, providing compatibility with selected IPDS-capable printers

Complements the Existing IBM 6400 Family

The IBM 6400-050 joins the 6400 family in providing reliable impact line printers. The 6400 family has models with maximum print speeds from 500 to 1500 lpm, and with an array of features which can be used to customize the printer for use in many applications, and for many attachments. The breadth of the 6400 Printer Family offers common features across the range of printer speeds, and allows users to select an open pedestal design, when or if that model better meets their needs. This family approach allows customers to fill all line matrix printing requirements from one vendor.

IBM 6400-050 Line Matrix Printer Speed 500 LPM

Print Options

Vertical spacing-3, 4, 6 or 8 lines per inch, or as selected by host

Horizontal spacing-10, 12, 13.3, 15, 16.7, 18 or 20 characters per inch

Paper Specifications

Continuous form width: 3" to 17" (with tear strips) (7.6 cm to 43.2 cm); when using rear exit, the maximum is 16 inches

Continuous form length: 3" to 24" (7.6 cm to 61 cm)

One to six-part forms

Horizontal and vertical fine-scale forms adjustments

View function for print verification

Optional Graphics Features

Code V and IGP Printronix Emulation


Printer Emulations


Epson FX 1050

IBM Proprinter® III XL

Printronix P-Series and P-Series XQ Variant

Printronix Serial Matrix


Twinaxial IPDS: IBM 4234-008, 4234-012

Twinaxial non-IPDS: IBM 4234-002, 5225-001, or 5225-004

Coaxial IPDS: IBM 4234-007, 4234-011

Coaxial non-IPDS: IBM 4234-001 or 3287-001

System AttachmentsStandard (ASCII)

AS/400® using the ASCII Workstation Controller port on 9402(except Model Y10), 9404 and 9406

3197, 3477, 3486/87/88 Terminals (parallel port only)

3174 Controller (Asynchronous Emulation Adapter)

ES/9370TM using the ASCII Subsystem

Micro Channel® 370 using ASCII serial or parallel port

RISC System/6000® using ASCII serial or parallel port

LAN Connections to Token-Ring and Ethernet via the Network Print Server feature

IBM PCs or PS/2®s using the ASCII serial or parallel port

IBM-compatible PCs using the ASCII serial or parallel port

Non-IBM Systems using the ASCII serial or parallel port

Optional (Twinaxial, Coaxial)

AS/400 using the Twinaxial Workstation port on models 9402, 9404 and 9406Advanced 36® using Twinaxial Workstation Controller

Advanced 36® using Twinaxial Workstation Controller

System/36TM using Workstation Controller port on models 5360, 5362, 5363 and 5364

5394 and 5494 control unit using Workstation port

3174 Controllers (Release 3.0 or higher)

ES/9370, ES/9000® Processors using the Workstation Subsystem Controller port (FC 6020 or 6120)

S/390® Parallel Transaction Servers via 3174 Controller

Optional (LAN)

Ethernet LAN using the internal Ethernet NIC feature

Physical Characteristics

IBM 6400

Models 050


27" (68.6 cm)


29" (73.7 cm)


42.5" (108 cm)


225 lbs. (102 kg)

Power Requirements

100/120/220/240 AC nominal, 50/60 Hz

240 watts typical maximum

ENERGY STAR® compliant

Environmental Conditions

Operational limits:

Relative humidity: 10% to 90% RH

Temperature: 50 degrees to 104 degrees F (10 degrees to 40 degrees C)


General Purpose Ribbon-average life: 20M or 30M DP characters

High Contrast Ribbon-average life: 20M or 30M DP characters: With visible light: 2500 or 3600 AIAG-B3 labels With infrared light: 1300 or 1800 AIAG-B3 labels


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