band printer

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An obsolete type of impact line printer in which the font — characters and timing marks — is etched on a steel band. The operating principle, involving horizontal movement of the font, is similar to that of the earlier chain printer and train printer. Machines were available at speeds from 300 lpm to 2500 lpm, the higher-speed printers using a 64 character repertoire.

Subjects: Computing.

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