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IBM InfoPrint 6500-v05 Line Matrix Printer, 500 LPM

Manufacturer: IBM

Part # 6500-v05

Availability: IN STOCK

REFURBISHED 90 days Warranty


Price: $1,700.00

IBM 6500-v05 Line Matrix Printer 500 LPM

Today’s rapidly changing business environment requires reliable printing solutions that meet the increasing demands for efficiency and manageability associated with high-volume printing applications. While some companies are facing increased operating expenses and reliability concerns as a result of switching to laser printing solutions, many others continue to leverage the proven value of industrial impact printers.

The InfoPrint 6500-v05 line printer offers reliable high performance printing in virtually any office or supply-chain environment, as well as support for a wide range of media types—all with a low total cost of ownership. This printer is a feature rich, versatile impact printer that is available in an enclosed cabinet design. Models with enclosed cabinets provide acoustic levels that are quieter than many laser printers. Feature and functionality upgrades further improve this already reliable and efficient printer.

Providing a User Friendly Design

The printer features a high-function, multilingual operator interface with built-in attention light, blue touch-point controls and an auto-platen stop recall device, which helps to ensure the proper gap adjustment following a forms reload.

Key Features

Model Number: 6500-v05
Print Speed: 500 LPM
Enclosure: Floor Cabinet
Hammer Bank: 28 Hammers

Output Control

The printers have the following output control features:

-Six modes for printing text:
  • Near-Letter Quality (NLQ)
  • Near-Letter Quality San Serif
  • Data Processing (DP)
  • Draft
  • Optical Character Recognition Font A (OCR A)
  • Optical Character Recognition Font B (OCR B)

**OCR A and OCR B support 120 and 180 PEL, with 120 PEL the default value.

- Selectable forms length and width

- Character attribute specification:

- Selectable pitch: normal, expanded, and compressed

- Emphasized (shadow) printing

- Automatic underlining and over scoring

- Superscript and subscript printing

- Double high and wide printing

- Resident multinational character sets

Graphics and Vertical Formatting

Several graphics and vertical formatting features are available:

Three built-in graphics generators:

- IBM Proprinter III XL bit-image graphics

- Epson FX dot graphics mode

- P-Series Plot

Programmable electronic vertical formatting provides rapid vertical paper movement to specified lines for printing repetitive and continuous forms. You can use the following methods:

- Vertical tabbing in Serial Matrix, Proprinter III XL, and Epson FX emulation modes

- Electronic Vertical Format Unit (EVFU) in P-Series emulation mode

Protocols and Emulations

A protocol is a set of rules governing the exchange of information between the printer and its host computer. These rules consist of codes that manipulate and print data and allow for machine-to-machine communication. A printer and its host computer must use the same protocol. As used in this manual, protocol and emulation mean the same thing.

Most impact printers are single ASCII character codes to print text, numbers, and punctuation marks. Some characters, both singularly and in groups are defined as control codes. Control codes instruct the printer to perform specific functions, such as underlining text, print subscripts, setting page margins, etc. The main difference between most printer protocols is in the characters used to create control codes and the ways in which these characters are formatted.

When the printer executes the character and control codes of a particular printer protocol, it is “emulating” that printer. If the printer uses the Proprinter III XL protocol, for example, it is emulating an IBM Proprinter III XL printer. If the printer is using the Epson FX printer protocol, for example, we can also say it is in Epson FX emulation mode.

There are additional emulations that are provided as optional features, such the Code V and IGP emulations.

Ribbon Specifications

Note: The ribbon life is based on IBM tests conducted in accordance with ANSI Standard X3A.182. Actual ribbon life may vary depending upon the user quality criteria, printer condition, machine settings, paper quality, and bar code requirements. Label yield depends on label format, bar code symbology, and other parameters. Label yield with high-performance scanning equipment may exceed these yields. Use only the ribbons listed below.

P/N 39U2551

  • Description Ribbon, 6pk, IBM, 6500
  • Length(Yards) 100
  • Ordering Ribbons 6500-vxx Models



Maximum print speed (lpm)

IBM 6500-V05 Fast draft mode: 500; DP mode: 375; NLQ mode: 200; Acoustics: 50 dBA/62 dBA

Form specifications

Continuous form width: 3" to 17" (7.6 cm to 43.2 cm) with tear strips

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

Horizontal and vertical fine-scale forms adjustments

One-to-six part forms

Dual-position lid on pedestal to allow quick access to forms

Printer emulations

Standard: IBM Proprinter; Epson FX-1050; P-Series XQ; Serial Matrix

Optional: Twinax: 4234 Models 2, 8 and 12; 5225 Models 1, 2, 3 and 4; COAX: 3287 Models 1 and 7, 4234 Models 1, 2 and 11; InfoPrint Solutions Company IPDS; Code V/IGP; ANSI 3.6; Telnet 5250/3270

Physical characteristics


Models v05: 41"/27"/29"/225 lbs. (103.3 cm/68.6 cm/73.7 cm/102.1 kg)


Standard: RS-232; IEEE 1284/Centronics Parallel 

Optional: RS-422; Coax/Twinax (SCS or IPDS); 10/100Base T Ethernet (ASCII or IPDS); Wireless Ethernet;

Auto switching between active interfaces

Power consumption

IBM 6500-v05

Nominal power at 120 VAC: 167 watts2

Environmental operating conditions

Relative humidity

15% to 80% (non-condensing)


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


All purpose Ultra Capacity ribbon: 50 million characters


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