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IBM InfoPrint 6500-v5P Line Matrix Printer, 500 LPM

Manufacturer: IBM

Part # 6500-v5P

Availability: IN STOCK

REFURBISHED 90 days Warranty


Price: $1,950.00

InfoPrint 6500-v5P Line Matrix Printer Speed 500

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-v5P 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. Providing printing at speeds up to 500 lines per minute (LPM), the 6500-v5P is a feature rich, versatile impact printer that is available in an open pedestal design. The open pedestal design minimizes floor space requirements and optimizes access to forms. Feature and functionality upgrades to both designs further improve these already reliable and efficient printers.

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. Enhancements to the pedestal design also include increased accessibility for ribbon loading and heavy duty casters for improved mobility.

Model Number: 6500-v5P
Print Speed: 500 LPM
Enclosure: Pedestal
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

  1. IBM Proprinter III XL bit-image graphics
  2. Epson FX dot graphics mode
  3. 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 here, 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

Ribbon, 6pk, IBM 6500

Length(Yards) 100

6500-vxx Models


Maximum print speed (lpm)

IBM 6500-v5P

Fast draft mode: 500; DP mode: 375; NLQ mode: 200; Acoustics: 50 dBA/62 dBA


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, 20 characters per inc

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 v5P: 35.5"/24.6"/30"/120 lbs. (90.2 cm/62.5 cm/76.2 cm/54.4 kg)


Standard: RS-232; IEEE 1284/Centronics Parallel


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


Auto switching between active interfaces

  Power Consumption


Model v5P: Nominal power at 120 VAC: 167 watts

Power requirements

Auto-ranging 120/240 VAC; 50/60 Hz


Environmental Operating Condition

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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