Maxi Head Printer
Original Publication Date: 1983-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Existing wire matrix line printers, such as the IBM 5224 and 5225 models, utilize 64-wire matrix actuators positioned on a horizontal line and are capable of printing at 10 characters per inch and 6 lines per inch with a throughput of approximately 560 lines per minute. By placing the actuators in a single vertical head, a significant increase in throughput, that is, lines per minute, can be achieved because the actuator efficiency is improved. The actuator efficiency is defined as the lines per minute divided by the number of actuators.