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Forms and the Forms Path

Form refers to pages on which the printer can print. Forms can be blank paper, preprinted paper, adhesive labels, cards, or any other printable material that meets the required specifications. Paper is a specific fiber-based material that is used for forms.

The term forms path refers to the entire route that forms travel while they are being processed. The forms path begins in the forms input area and ends in the stacker area. Figure 1 shows the forms path for a simplex printer and the major elements within the printer engine. Note that the path looks a bit different if you use preprocessing or postprocessing devices attached to your printer.

Figure 1. Forms Path Through a Printer Engine
This is an image that illustrates a generalized forms path through a printer engine when a printer is being used for simplex printing and is using boxed fan-fold forms.

For simplicity, Figure 1 shows a generalized forms path when a printer is being used for simplex printing and is using boxed fan-fold forms.

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Transfer Station
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Fuser
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Stacker Pendulum
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Output Stacker Area
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Postprocessor
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Input Forms Area