【Mitsubishi Electric】 M8720 Kanji-Character Printer

The Mitsubishi Electric M8720, rolled out in 1994, was a kanji-character printer with an LED array chip with a higher emission efficiency to achieve a print speed of 5,200 lines per minute (when printing at 6 lines per inch), which was 1.5 times the speed of the previous M8350 model. The M8720 was marketed through Mitsubishi Electric’s OEM partners.

Additional features included a form overlay function, a function that condensed B4 prints to fit on A4 paper, a graphing and image function that could print both forms and documents together, and two typefaces, a Mincho face and a Gothic face.

Specifications of the M8720 kanji-character printer
Print process Xerographic process using an LED array
Print speed 5,200 lpm (at 6 lpi)
6,930 lpm (at 8 lpi)
Font memory size Basic configuration Text: 8,000 characters
Overlay: 4,000 characters
Full configuration Text: 16,000 characters
Overlay: 16,000 characters
Character sizes Kanji characters 7,9,12, and 24 points
Alphanumeric 10,12, and 15 characters/inch
Print resolution 240 x 240 dpi
Typefaces Mincho+ one additional typeface
Character spacing Kanji characters 2.5,5,6,7.5,8,10 characters/inch
Alphanumeric 10,12,15 characters/inch
Line spacing Kanji characters 3, 6, and 8 lines/inch
Alphanumeric 3, 6, 8, and 12 lines/inch
Overlay printing Yes
Graph printing CORE standard
Image printing Printing of uncompressed data and G III and G IV compressed data
Vertical / horizontal text Yes (but only for characters in text)
Condensed printing Prints reduced to 75%
Print media Folded paper with sprocket holes on both edges
Paper sizes Width 7 to 18 inches
Folded dimension 7 to 14 inches
Preprinted paper Acceptable
Specialty paper Acceptable for designed paper (including recycled paper)
Hopper sheet capacity 2,000 sheets (55 kg weight paper)
Stacker sheet capacity 2,000 sheets (55 kg weight paper)
Power supply 200 VAC three-phase  
Power consumption 8.5kVA
External dimensions (w x d x h) 1,600 x 870 x 1,250 mm
Emitted heat 8,598 kcal/hour
Weight 800kg
Operating conditions Temperature 15−35℃
Relative humidity 20−80%

M8720 kanji-character printer