IPDS with Microplex printer

Perfect for:

  • Direct IPDS printing from IBM host or AS/400
  • Large print jobs on consecutive pages
  • Print without additional hardware
  • Upgrade from dot matrix printers to laser printer

Highlights / Features:

  • IPDS emulation directly in the firmware (embedded)
  • No special converter software necessary
  • Individual adaptation to your application
  • Accurate feedback - safe print
  • Direct connection to e.g. Info Print ManagerDirect connection to many IBM applications
  • Cost-effective and future-proof with firmware upd

IPDS is more than a page description language Microplex printers are able to „emulate“ without additional Print Server Boxes:

Complete IPDS printer range

Microplex offers a complete range of printers with integrated IPDS emulation across all technologies. Thus, all conceivable printing tasks can be printed directly from an IBM host, an AS/400 or an AFP software solution.There is no need for a separate IPDS box. The interaction between IPDS emulation, host and printer is thus very direct, bidirectional communication is fully supported.The page acknowledgements are made in a timely manner as soon as one page has been output from the printing unit, thus guaranteeing a page-accurate restart of a print job.Immediate IPDS printing is easily possible on systems using thermal print technolo-gy, laser print technology, single-sheet feeding and continuous paper feeding.Microplex printing solutions based on the Microplex MPC multi-intelligence control-ler offer many advantages for seamless integration with existing line printer applictations.

More than 30 years experience in developing IPDS firmware

The Microplex printers print complex and variable data that contains many barcodes, always at maximum speed, even under IPDS. Unlike external IPDS box solutions, the Microplex IPDS emulation is integrated directly into the firmware of the printer controller. For more than 30 years, Microplex has been developing printer controllers and related firmware. By directly coupling IPDS and the print engine, printer statuses and printed pages can be reported back to the sending host without resorting to a cumbersome and error-prone communication protocol.In addition to being used as an IPDS printer, a Microplex printer understands more than 30 emulations, such as: HP PCL5, IGP, Kyocera Prescribe, IBM Proprinter and many more. This makes a Microplex printer versatile.

Maximum speed with complex data (i.e. 2D-Barcode)

Directly integrated IPDS emulation

Flexible use of numerous other emulations

High profitability

Microplex printers

use all their capabilities to achieve optimized data streams (intelligent printing)

Cost advantage through Microplex printer

When printing your application on the appropriate printing system (thermal printer, continuous feed or cut sheet laser printer) you always use the most cost-effective materials and make the best use of the printer options and consumables. For example, labels are printed with thermal printers on inexpensive direct thermal material and not on expensive, heat-resistant laser printer labels.

Flexibility also with AFP printing solutions

Numerous emulations make the Microplex printers flexible.Direct connection to IPDS print pools, interaction with external spool systems, such as the Océ AFP Production Host under IPDS or other emulations such as PCL5 leave little to be desired.A multitude of printers installed worldwide in a variety of hardware environments such as IBM AS/400 (System i), System z, Info Print Manager, PRISMA production host and other AFP software solutions impressively demonstrate the flexibility of the Microplex IPDS printers.

Microplex Emulations open up new ways:

Parallel operation of PCL, IDOL and other Emulations allows the customer to benefit from new/modern emulations and to keep his existing applications ...

Further information can be found in our flyer about IPDS here!


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