The ML8580S used a 24-pin x two-row multi-layer head (48-pin head) from Oki Data to reach 230 characters per second, the fastest speed for an impact printer. In its fastest mode, it printed at 400 characters per second, which rivaled the speeds of line printers.
The two-row multi-layer head double-struck characters in the fast duplicate mode to make up to eight duplicates including the original. By striking twice with different pins in the multi-layer head, thin lines appeared continuous and even complex characters looked sharp and crisp. Because of this powerful and clear duplicating feature, the ML8580S worked with a wide range of duplicate forms and was perfectly suited for daily large-volume printing of sales slips and delivery statements.
The ML8580S had five internal paper routes made possible by a horizontal paper feed. As a result, it was possible to automatically switch between cut forms and continuous forms. It was also the first Oki Data serial impact printer with LAN connectivity.
|Print process||Dot-matrix impact process with both bidirectional (short-distance) printing and single-direction printing|
|Resolution||48 pins・180 dpi|
|Line feed direction||Forward|
|Interface||IEEE 1284-1994 bidirectional parallel interface, 10BASE-T|
|Input power supply||100 VAC ± 10% (50/60 Hz)|
|Power consumption||In operation
(kanji local test print)
|Idling||15W or less (in power-save mode)|
|Operating noise level||60dB|
||Fine-quality ANK||345 characters/s （600 characters/s）|
|High-speed ANK||600 characters/s （600 characters/s）|
|Double-byte kanji characters||230 characters/s （400 characters/s）|
|Paper width||345mm（13.6 inches）|
|Duplicates||Normal mode||Original + 5 duplicates (paper width 0.36 mm or less)|
|Fast duplicate mode||Original + 7 duplicates (paper width 0.48 mm or less)|
|Built-in typefaces||Mincho, roman, san-serif, Courier, OCR-B equivalent|
|External dimensions (w x d x h)||668×415×310 mm|