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Loading Forms (Simplex or Dual Simplex Mode)

Do this task when any of the following situations occur:

This section provides step-by-step instructions for loading forms in a Model ES1 printer or Models ED1/ED2 in dual simplex mode. Loading Forms (Duplex Mode) contains instructions for loading form in an ED1/ED2 printing system in duplex mode. These instructions are for loading boxed, continuous forms that are loaded at the forms input area.

If preprocessing or postprocessing devices, or both, are used with the printing system, steps involving the continuous forms source or the final destination are different from the instructions given here. Because each preprocessing or postprocessing device is unique, you should use the specific instructions for the initial loading from a preprocessing device to the printer or forms handling in a postprocessing device following the printer that accompany the preprocessing or postprocessing device.

This is an image that illustrates steps for loading forms in simplex or dual duplex mode
This is an image that illustrates cautions when loading forms

To load forms, do the following:

  1. Open the top and center front covers if they are not already open.
    This is an image that illustrates how to open the top and center front covers
  2. Open a box of forms and place the box in the input bin against the front edge.
  3. AT THE STACKER:
    This is an image that illustrates how to place the box in the input bin
  4. Slide the form width handle to the farthest left position (18 on the scale).
  5. Turn the form length knob until two lights on the form length display indicate the correct length of the forms you are loading. For example, for 11½-inch-long forms, the light for 11 inches and the light for ½ inch are on.
    Note:
    Forms that are greater than 14 inches long require postprocessing equipment.
    This is an image that illustrates how to load forms
  6. Release the transfer station latch and raise the transfer station to its upright position.
    This is an image that illustrates how to release the latch of transfer station and raise it to upright position
  7. Swing the lower static discharge brush to the left.
  8. Pull the forms to the right of the static discharge brush up to the transfer station.
  9. Pull the forms over the forms guides.
    This is an image that illustrates where to pull the forms
  10. Open the two lower tractor covers.
  11. Guide the forms under the transfer station brushes and up to the tractor area.
  12. Place the forms on the front tractor pins and close the tractor cover.
  13. Slide the blue rear lever on the adjustable tractor assembly until the rear tractor is approximately the width of the forms.
  14. Place the forms on the rear tractor pins and close the rear tractor cover.
    Note:
    Verify that the holes are aligned correctly.
  15. Slide the rear blue lever on the adjustable tractor assembly until the forms are smooth and taut between the front and rear tractors.
  16. Press down firmly on the blue lever to ensure the rear tractor assembly is locked in place.
  17. Press and hold the Forms Feed button to feed approximately 1.3 meters (4 feet) of forms, enough to reach the tension arm.
  18. Lower the transfer station and latch it.
    This is an image that illustrates how to place forms
  19. Open the two upper tractor covers.
  20. Pull the forms tightly over the transfer station.
    Attention!

    If the forms are not pulled tightly over the transfer station, the photoconductor drum may be scratched. It is easily damaged and is very expensive to replace.

    When the transfer station is in its full upright position, the drum is automatically covered to prevent damage to the drum.

  21. Place the holes of the forms on the top tractor pins.
    This is an image that illustrates how to place the holes of the forms on the top tractor pins
    This is an image that illustrates the relation of feed holes and tractor pins
  22. Ensure that the feed holes on the forms are centered on the tractor pins and not beginning to tear. If tearing is evident, adjust the rear tractor assembly until the feed holes are centered on the tractor pins.
    This is an image that illustrates how feed holes on the forms are centered on the tractor pins
  23. Carefully close the tractor covers.
    This is an image that illustrates how to close the tractor covers
  24. Fold the forms at the first perforation to make a double thickness.
    Note:
    Use the original fold of the form. Do not fold the forms opposite to the original fold.
    This is an image that illustrates how to fold the forms at the first perforation
  25. Pull the forms over the tension arm and feed the double thickness into the fuser.
  26. Press and hold the Forms Feed button to feed several feet of forms into the stacker.
    Note:
    If forms do not feed straight into the fuser, release the tension on the stacker feed rollers and straighten the forms.
    This is an image that illustrates how to feed forms into the stacker
  27. Open the stacker gate (1). Check that the forms are folding correctly (on their original folds). Press the Forms Feed button to feed additional forms into the stacker if necessary.
    This is an image that illustrates how to check forms are folding correctly
  28. Slide the stacker forms width handle close to the edge of the forms without wrinkling the forms.
  29. Close the stacker gate.
  30. AT THE TRANSFER STATION:
    This is an image that illustrates the position of transfer station
  31. Press the Forms Feed push-button to line up a page perforation with the forms scale on the rear tractor cover until the perforation is aligned with the correct number for the length of the form you are loading.
    This is an image that illustrates how to line up perforation with forms scale
  32. Determine the folding direction of the first perforation (2) below the slots (1) on the input forms guide.
    This is an image that illustrates how to determine the folding direction of first perforation
  33. Close the top and front covers.
  34. At the Display/Touch Screen:
    This is an image that illustrates the display touch screen
  35. If you have changed to a different-size form, SELECT the Assign Form to Load... procedure from the Options pull-down menu.
  36. If the form name in the Select a Form Name box is the form you are loading, SELECT the Cancel push-button. If the form name is not in the Select a Form Name box, SELECT the Search push-button.

    A keyboard appears so you can enter the name of the form you are loading.

    Note:
    The search function is case sensitive. That is, you must enter the form name exactly, including any capital letters, as it was originally defined.
  37. When you have found the correct form name, SELECT the OK push-button.
  38. If you have changed to preprinted forms or labels, check the forms alignment and the location of the print on the page. See Adjusting the Print Position.
  39. If necessary, enable the host attachment.
  40. SELECT the Ready push-button to continue.