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Forms Are Broken Between the Printers

A jam occurring between Printer 1 and Printer 2 normally causes the forms to tear and separate. Printer 1 continues to print and dump forms out on the floor between Printer 1 and Printer 2. Printer 2 feeds forms and print until an END OF FORMS 078A Intervention Required Display/Touch Screen window appears, at which time both printers stop feeding forms.

The following procedure gives you a method of splicing the separated forms back together between Printer 1 and Printer 2, so that rethreading of Printer 2 and a postprocessing device (if installed) is not required.

These procedures assume that:

This is an image that illustrates how to thread without printing when forms are broken between the printers
  1. SELECT the No or Yes option within the Print While Threading? field.
  2. SELECT the Start push-button.
  3. If no forms were damaged by the separation and there is sufficient slack in the forms, splice the forms back together at the Printer 2 splicing table. See Splicing Forms for details.

    Go to step 5.

  4. If forms were damaged by the separation and must be removed or there is not enough slack to splice the forms back together, use either the Feed Forms or Printer 1 Feed Page push-buttons to advance the forms through Printer 1 a sufficient distance to splice the forms at the Splicing Table of Printer 2. The first selection of either the Feed Forms or the Printer 1 Feed Page push-button:
    1. Prints an alignment mark on a page in Printer 1, designated as an alignment page.

      If you are using perforated forms, the alignment mark is printed on the leading perforation of the page.

      Print a one-or two-bar pattern on the alignment page to show whether Side 1 or Side 2 of the form is printed on Printer 1.

    2. Feeds a fixed length of forms through Printer 1, either the length set in the Form Feed Length printer configuration item if you select the Feed Forms push-button or the length of one page according to the page length definition for the Form Name currently loaded if you select the Printer 1 Feed Page push-button.
    3. If you choose Yes to Print While Threading - Pages for the queued customer job are printed on Printer 1 starting on the page following the alignment page. Printer 2 process blank pages.
  5. SELECT the Forms are Connected push-button.
  6. SELECT the Feed to Align push-button on the Thread/Align Forms window. This essentially restarts the procedure.
    1. This prints an alignment mark on a page in Printer 1, designated as an alignment page.

      If you are using perforated forms, the alignment mark is printed on the leading perforation of the page.

      A one-bar or two-bar pattern is also printed on the alignment page to show whether side 1 or side 2 of the form is printed on Printer 1.

    2. This feeds a fixed length of forms through Printer 1.

      The fixed length is based on the "Length of Forms Between Transfer Points" configuration item length shown on the Configure Printer window under the Configure pull-down menu, and is a multiple of the current loaded Form Name page length that is closest to the "Length of Forms Between Transfer Points" length without exceeding it.

    3. If you choose Yes to Print While Threading - Pages for the queued job are printed on Printer 1 starting on the page following the alignment page. Printer 2 processes blank pages.

      If you choose No to Print While Threading - go to step 8.

  7. If the queued job is long enough and the fixed-length forms forward movement completes, go to step 8. If the queued job is too short to print all pages on Printer 1 for the complete "Length of Forms Between Transfer Points", the printing process ceases, the printers stop forward movement of the forms, and a message appears in the non-selectable Information field on window informing you that there is No Data to Print.

    In this case you may either:

  8. Visually verify that the alignment mark printed on Printer 1 is aligned to the appropriate form length mark on the input station alignment scale on Printer 2.
    1. If the alignment mark is aligned at Printer 2, check to see if there is a sufficient buffer loop of forms between Printer 1 and the Buffer/Flipper Unit. If you need to increase the buffer loop, change the "Length of Forms Between Transfer Points" printer configuration item. See the table item on page *** for more information.
    2. If the Printer 1 alignment mark is short of the appropriate forms length scale mark in Printer 2, SELECT the Printer 2 Feed Page push-button on the window as many times as necessary until the Printer 1 alignment mark is aligned at Printer 2.
    3. If the Printer 1 alignment mark is past the forms length scale mark in printer 2, first add some more buffer loop between Printer 1 and the Buffer/Flipper Unit by SELECTING the Printer 1 Feed Page push-button several times. Then SELECT the Cancel push-button on the window.
    You must now restart this Thread/Align Forms procedure.
  9. After you have visually verified that the Printer 1 alignment mark is aligned correctly on Printer 2, SELECT the Mark is Aligned push-button on the window.

    At the Verification window, SELECT the OK push-button.

    This informs the control unit that the alignment is complete.

    Important

    If your visual verification of alignment is incorrect, all following duplex customer print jobs are printed with incorrect alignment between the front and back of the pages.

  10. If a postprocessing device is installed and not threaded, SELECT the Feed Forms push-button on the window as many times as necessary to advance the forms sufficient distance to thread the postprocessing device.
  11. SELECT the Completed push-button on the window that removes this window.

    This completes this type of Thread/Align Forms procedure.

  12. SELECT the Ready push-button on the main Display/Touch Screen window to resume printing.