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IBM 4247 Multiform Matrix Printer
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IBM 4247 Multi-Form PrinterHigh-Speed, Reliable Printing and
Forms Flexibility on a Single Printer

PLEASE NOTE: The IBM 4247 is a discontinued product and only available as a refurbished product.  The NEW alternatives to the IBM 4247 are the CompuPrint 4247-Z03, the Printronix S828, and the Tally 4347i.   Please click on any of these three links to be taken to the respective pages for these new Desktop Matrix Printers.


    Fast, quiet, reliable printing at up to 700 characters per second

    Dual, continuous forms feed

    Automatic forms loading and thickness adjustment

    Multiple input form paths, including paper parking and linking

    High-quality printing on up to eight-part forms

    User-installable and switchable interface cards

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The IBM® 4247 multi-form, serial dot matrix printer combines high-speed, reliable impact printing with the ability to load up to six different types of forms in the printer at once. With print speeds of up to 700 characters per second (cps) and support for both cut sheet and continuous form paper, the 4247 is fast and flexible. Backed by IBM quality, reliability and service, this printer is an excellent choice for demanding print environments.

Versatility with forms and graphics

A powerful dot matrix printing design enables the IBM 4247 to print on up to eight-part forms. The IBM 4247’s ability to support up to six paper input sources, combined with paper parking, switching and linking helps maximize your printing options and increase your productivity.

The all-points-addressable graphics capability enables applications to print bar codes, bar charts, pie charts, scanned logos, forms and CAD/CAM drawings.

Multiple interfaces

With serial, parallel, twinaxial and Ethernet 10/100 BaseT user-installable and switchable interface cards, this printer is ready for your network needs — today and in the future. The 4247 supports IBM SCS and DSC/DSE datastreams, and optionally IBM Intelligent Printer Data Stream™ (IPDS™). You can help protect your investment in application software and forms inventory because the IBM 4247 offers a wide variety of emulations, including the popular IBM Proprinter® and Epson printers.

Easy to use and efficient

Operation is simple with automatic forms loading, forms thickness adjustment and paper selection. The straightforward design of the operator panel makes it simple to manage forms loading, alignment, selection and other printer settings. The operator panel features a 2x40 LCD display for easy-to-read menus and messages. The document-on-demand feature allows you to eject and then print on the very next form, thus minimizing paper waste.

IBM 4247 Specifications

Item Feature / Description
Print Speed (cps) Data processing mode, 10 cpi: 700
DP text mode, 10 cpi: 350
NLQ mode, 10 cpi: 175
Print Options Vertical spacing:
  • 136 or 8 lines per inch (lpi) selectable from operator panel for text
  • 3, 4, 6, 8 or 9 lpi selectable under program control for text
  • 1/114" 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:

  • Postnet, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-13, Code 3 of 9, Code 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, MSL Industrial 2 of 5 and Matrix 2 of 5
    — Various technologies to generate the bar code
Emulations Standard
  • Epson FX 80-110
  • IBM Proprinter III XL
  • IBM 2381 Personal Printer
  • Twinax: IBM 4224,4230
  • Twinax non-IPDS: IBM 4214, 4230
  • Coaxial IPDS: IBM 3268, 4224
  • Coaxial non-IPDS: IBM 4230
Paper Handling Up to six paper input sources
  • Can load two different continuous form types (8-part front, 4-part rear)
  • Manual cut sheet standard
  • Optional 1, 2, or 3 bin auto-sheet feeder
Form Features:
  • Paper parking, switching and linking
  • Automatic forms loading and forms thickness adjustment
  • Push or pull capability
Paper Sizes Continuous forms:
(up to eight-part forms using front feed)
  3" to 17" Width
  3" to 24" Length
Cut sheet forms: (up to four-part forms manual feed/three-part auto-feed)
  3" to 15" Width
  5" to 14" Length
Interfaces Serial (RS-232C, RS-422A), Centronics PC Parallel, Twinaxial, Coaxial, Ethernet 10/100 BaseT
Depth: 15.75" (400 mm) Width: 26.75" ( 679.5 mm)
Height: 12.25" (311.2 mm) Weight: 54 lbs. (24.55 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 55 dBA (in DP text mode); idling 24 dBA

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