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IBM 4232 Matrix Printer
Matrix Printer with Parallel & Serial Interfaces

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Low cost, heavy-duty
dot matrix printing solution

 The 4232 is a discontinued product.  The replacement products for the 4230  are the Tally 4347-i Series , CompuPrint 4247 Series and Printronix S-Series Line of Desktop Matrix Printers. Please click on these three links above to be taken to these printers.


  • Low cost, heavy-duty dot matrix printing solution
  • Flexible forms handling capabilities
  • Very quiet for office use
  • Superb reliability
  • Click here or on picture for specifications

The IBM 4232 Printer offers speed and durability that make it suited for the most demanding print environments and applications. With print speeds of up to 600 characters per second (cps) and superb reliability, the IBM 4232 Printer out performs other impact printers.

With the availability of two industry standard open interfaces and the emulation of the popular IBM Proprinter and Epson** FX 1050, the IBM 4232 will attach to virtually all hardware systems and will support most application software packages.

The IBM 4232's compact size and low noise level make it well-suited to serve as either a high-speed office printer; a heavy-duty primary printer for small systems and LAN installations; or a workstation printer for larger systems and LANs.

Improved Productivity

The IBM 4232 Printer, with its auto-forms load, innovative forms handling features, and easy-to-use operator controls and menu selections, will improve productivity and virtually eliminate user frustration, paper jamming, and costly paper loss.

The IBM 4232 prints a wide range of applications by offering four print speeds and quality modes. The fast draft quality at 600 cps provides high speed for large print jobs while the near letter quality (NLQ) mode of 100 cps provides clean crisp correspondence for word processing applications required in today's electronic office. Full all-points-addressable graphics capability exists for applications such as bar codes, bar charts and pie charts, scanned logos, forms designs, and CAD/CAM drawings. The IBM 4202 Proprinter, IBM 4224 Printer, and Epson FX 1050 Printer emulations protect an investment in forms inventory and applications software.

User Benefits

The IBM 4232 Printer is a rugged, heavy-duty dot matrix impact printer that offers excellent price/performance. It brings the benefits and productivity features usually provided by higher-cost system printers down to the workstation environment. For example, custom setup profiles allow users to store and retrieve as many as four different collections of printer setup values. This means users can switch instantly from one application to another and thereby improve user productivity and eliminate adjustment errors.

Printing Where You Need It

At only 53 dBA, the IBM 4232 is one of the quietest printers in its speed and price range - making it suitable for virtually any business environment. And with its small footprint, the IBM 4232 can be placed wherever a need for printing exists.

Versatile Forms Handling

The ability to use cutsheet paper provides the full advantage of NLQ printing on letter-head paper for business correspondence applications. The automatic forms-thickness adjustment feature saves users from having to manually adjust the printhead gap and ensures consistent, high-quality forms printing and improved printhead reliability.
Additionally, interchangeable paper feed modules permit the IBM 4232 printer to be easily adapted to a variety of different forms applications including preprinted multi-part forms, labels, cardstock, checks, and mailer forms to name a few.


The IBM 4232 Printer is the work horse of dot matrix printers and provides these key benefits:

  • High speed print output (600 cps)
  • Reliability and ruggedness
  • Excellent print quality
  • Versatile paper handling
  • Workstation and LAN attachment
  • Text message display (LCD)
  • Auto-forms thickness adjust
  • Auto-forms loading
  • Zero Tear Bar:
  • Automatic Eject/Restore after timeout or data
  • Quiet printing - one of the quietest printers in its class
  • Graphics capability, including bar codes
  • US Postal Service Postnet** Bar Code printing certified

**Novell is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. Epson is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Postnet is a trademark of the U. S. Postal Service.

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IBM 4232 Specifications

Item Description / Feature
Print Speed (cps)

Fast draft mode: 600 cps
Data processing (DP) mode: 400 cps
DP text mode: 200 cps

NLQ mode: 100 cps 

Print Options

Vertical spacing:
? 6 or 8 lines per inch (lpi) selectable from operator panel for text,
    4, 6, 8, or 9 lpi selectable under program control for text

? 1/144" increments under program control available for graphics

Horizontal spacing:
? 10, 12, 15, 16.7, 17.1 and 20 characters per inch
? Proportional spacing is available in DP text and NLQ mode
Maximum print line:
? 13.6"
Bar codes:
? resident bar codes accessed via programming control sequence functions

    or by using bit image graphics PPDS commands with requisite host

? Postnet, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, Code 3 of 9, Code 128,

    Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, MSL Industrial 2 of 5 and Matrix 2 of 5

Emulations Standard
? Epson FX 1050
? IBM Proprinter II XL & III XL
? IBM 4224 Model 3XX
System Attachment AS/400 Attachment:
?AS/400 via ASCII Workstation Controller or PC Workstation
?348x, 3477, and 3197 AS/400 Display Stations
?Optional 1, 2, or 3 bin auto-sheet feeder
S/390 Attachment
? IBM 3174 via the Asynchronous Emulation Adapter 
? IBM 3482 InfoWindow II Display Station
? PC workstation

RISC System/6000 Attachment:

?Direct attach to RISC System/6000 or via workstation

PC Attachment: IBM Personal System/2 and compatibles

LAN Attachment: Ethernet and IBM Token-Ring via a PC or the IBM 4033 LAN adapter box or equivalent

Paper Sizes Continuous forms:
(up to 6-part forms using front feed)
?3" to 15" Width
?3" to 14" Length
Cut sheet forms: (up to four-part forms manual feed/three-part auto-feed)
?3" to 15" Width
?5" to 14" Length
Paper Handling Up to six paper input sources
?Operator changeable form module
?Manual cut sheet standard
?Optional 1, 2, or 3 bin auto-sheet feeder
Form Features:
? Automatic forms loading 
? Zero Tear-off
? Document on Demand
Paper Sizes Continuous forms:
(up to 6-part forms using front feed)
?3" to 15" Width
?3" to 14" Length
Cut sheet forms: (up to four-part forms manual feed/three-part auto-feed)
?3" to 15" Width
?5" to 14" Length
Interfaces Standard - Serial (RS-232C and RS-422A) and Parallel (Centronics Parallel)
Depth: 15.6"  Width: 25.9" 
Height: 12.4" Weight: 45 lbs. (20.4 kg)
Environmental Conditions ?Relative Humidity: 8% to 80% RH
?Temperature: 50? to 105? F (10? to 40.6?) 60? to 90? F (15.6? to 32.2? C) with auto-sheet feed
?Acoustics: printing 53 dBA (in DP text mode); idling 30 dBA
Supplies Auto-inking ribbon cartridge
P/N - 1040580, 15-million character life
High yield ribbon cartridge
P/N - 1040440, 6-million character life

Epson is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Postnet is a trademark of the US Postal Service.

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