>What is everyone using as their HIGH speed printer?  Are most shops
>going with Laser or Impact?  What kind of output do you get in terms of
>PPM and LPM?  Of course, I am looking for the More Bang for your Buck
>opinions.
We use a combination of IBM 3130's(30ipms) and IBM 4324's (24ipm).
The 3130's are used in the areas where we need the higher duty cycle.
We used to have an IBM 3825 (58ipm) and replaced it with 3 3130's
(90ipm aggregrate) and use the multiple print writer capability of OS/400
to balance - it actually works real well ( I was really suspicious).
3130's
can be expensive but you must not forget to look at the monthly duty
cycle (been there, done that).  You may get the right speed but
eventually you won't be happy.

One note, while we are happy the 3130's are a different beast to operate.
Similar to our 3825, it's a little more than a faster printer.  There is a
lot
of technology and functionality wrapped around it to make it different
than a faster desktop printer.  The 3130 essentially uses a small RS/6000
to manage and control.......fortunately you don't have to know anything
about AIX.

Regarding the 4324 - IBM is coming out with a refresh in February on the
Network Printer line.  I have not been made privvy to any of the details.
Perhaps someone else has?


Michael Crump
Technical Project Leader
Ball-Foster Glass Container Corp.






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