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Splicing Forms

Do this task when you need to splice a new supply of forms to the last page of the previous supply of forms without reloading forms.

The controls you need to accomplish this task are available on the Display/Touch Screen of the affected printer.

You need the following items when you splice forms:

Operator Tips
  1. Splicing tape that has been exposed to air for more than 24 hours tends to lose its adhesive quality. If the tape does not seem sticky, discard the roll and use a new one.
  2. You must splice forms at a perforation that is centered between tractor holes. In forms with 1/3-inch or 2/3-inch length increments, this occurs only every third form. Therefore, you may have to discard several blank forms to achieve tractor-hole alignment on both the currently-loaded forms and the new forms.
  1. SELECT the Stop push-button on the Display/Touch Screen window for the affected printer.
    Note:
    Do not switch power to the printer off during this process.
  2. This is an image that illustrates how to open the center front and center top covers of the printer
  3. Open the center front and center top covers of the printer.
  4. Locate a new supply of forms (either roll-feed or fan fold). Ensure that the new forms are exactly the same kind as the forms that are already loaded.
  5. Make the new supply of forms available in the forms input area.
    This is an image that illustrates how to supply new forms in forms input area
  6. Locate a fresh roll of splicing tape. Splicing tape can be kept in the small storage area on the splicing table (1).
    This is an image that illustrates how to locate a fresh roll of splicing tape
  7. Move the Splice Lever to Splice to turn on the splicing table vacuum. You see the following message: SPLICE LEVER DOWN 0782
    Operator Tip

    When the splicing table vacuum is on, you should hear a hissing sound and feel suction if you put your finger on the tape slot.

    This is an image that illustrates how to turn on the splicing table vacuum
  8. Position the moveable rear guide pins by doing the following:
    1. Turn the knurled knob counterclockwise to loosen the moveable pins.
    2. Slide the moveable pins so that their front edge is aligned with the width mark that corresponds to the width of the forms you are splicing.
    3. Turn the knurled knob clockwise to lock the moveable pins in place.
  9. Operator Tips
    1. When the printer senses the end-of-forms condition, there are usually several pages of forms between the input stack area and the transfer station.
    2. You must splice forms at a perforation that is centered between tractor holes. In forms with 1/3-inch or 2/3-inch length increments, this occurs only every third form. Therefore, you may have to discard several blank forms to achieve tractor-hole alignment on both the currently-loaded forms and the new forms.
  10. Unroll some of the splicing tape.
    This is an image that illustrates how to unroll splicing tape
  11. With the adhesive side up, put the free end of the tape on the splicing table tape slot, aligned with the width mark that corresponds to the width of the forms you are splicing.
  12. Continue unrolling tape on the tape slot. The vacuum holds the tape in place on the splicing table.
  13. Cut the tape by using the serrated blade at the front edge of the splicing table. Ensure that the tape is aligned squarely on the tape slot, and that the edge of the tape does not extend beyond the rear form-width mark.
  14. Put the splicing tape back into the storage area under the splicing table vacuum.
    Operator Tip

    Splicing tape tends to lose its adhesive quality when it is touched. Avoid touching the adhesive with your hands. Also, keep tape away from the forms until you are ready to actually attach them to the tape.

    This is an image that illustrates how to align the tractor holes with front and rear guide pins
  15. Move the last page of the currently-loaded forms into position. Align the tractor holes with the front and rear guide pins to the right of the tape slot. The edge of the form is at the center of the splicing tape.
  16. If you are using fan-fold forms, ensure that the fold direction of the new forms is coordinated with the fold direction of the currently-loaded forms (see the figure above). If necessary, tear off a page of the new forms (see Operator Tips on page 7b).
  17. Fold back the first page of the new forms. Ensure that the print surface of the folded page faces up, and the print surface of the bottom page faces down.
  18. Move the new forms into position. Align the tractor holes with the guide pins to the left of the tape slot. The folded perforation is at the center of the tape, against the edge of the currently-loaded forms.
  19. Unfold the first page of the new forms, and align its tractor holes on the guide pins to the right of the tape slot. Be sure that the first page of the new forms overlaps the currently-threaded forms, as shown in the illustration.
  20. Press firmly on the forms and tape along the tape slot to ensure that the print surfaces of both forms are securely attached to the splicing tape.
  21. With the first page of the new forms unfolded, carefully tear off the overlapping new forms page.
    This is an image that illustrates how to tear off new overlapping forms page
  22. To turn off the splicing table vacuum, move the Splice Lever to the Run position.
  23. Lift the spliced forms off the guide pins.
    Important

    The spliced forms jam if you do not lift the forms off the guide pins.

  24. Ensure that the splicing tape does not cover the tractor holes.
  25. Ensure that the splicing table is clear of debris.
  26. Ensure that the new forms are correctly loaded. They should pass from the input area, over the forms guide, and under the static brush on the left side of the splicing table.
    This is an image that illustrates the display touch screen
  27. To advance the spliced area through the transfer station, SELECT the NPRO Page option on the Operate pull-down menu on the Display/Touch Screen as many times as necessary until you see the splice on the upper tractors.
  28. Check forms alignment at the lower tractors. See Checking the Forms Alignment.
  29. Close the center front and center top covers of the printer.
  30. If you are splicing forms for a duplex printing system, go to Threading and Aligning Forms.
  31. To continue printing, SELECT the Ready push-button for the affected printer.