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About the printer operator panel

The printer operator panel is on the left front cover of the printer. It serves as an auxiliary display. The printer operator panel may be more convenient to use than the touchscreen panels for some tasks.

Figure 5. Printer operator panel
Printer operator panel

About the display

The printer operator panel contains a 2-row area that displays status and operator messages when the panel is in status mode. It also displays tasks that require an operator response when the panel is in menu mode.

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About the function keys

The function keys on the printer operator panel duplicate some system controls available on the Main touchscreen panels. In dual simplex mode, the function keys let you control the printer on which the operator panel is mounted. In duplex mode, the function keys let you control both printers.

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Notes:
  1. Use the appropriate Feed Page key while doing the align forms procedures (Forms -> Align Forms). See Aligning tractored forms and Aligning tractorless forms.
  2. Each Feed Page key on the printer operator panel is functionally equivalent to the push button on the Align Forms panel.
  3. The Start, Stop, and Check Reset keys on the printer operator panel are functionally equivalent to the push buttons on the Main touchscreen panel.
Using This Control: Does This:
Menu Use this key to change the display area of the operator panel to menu mode. Select Menu again to return the panel to status mode.

In menu mode, the display area lists tasks that require an operator response. You can use these menu function keys instead of the equivalent key on the touchscreen panels.

The tasks displayed depend on the state of the printer. Tasks that may be displayed are:

  • Printer 1 Aligned
  • Align Printer 2
  • Printer 2 Aligned
  • Added 1 Bottle/Cartridge of Toner
  • Added 2 Bottles/Cartridges of Toner
  • Added 1 Bottle of Oil

This key is not active when the panel is in status mode.

Menu Use this key when the display is in menu mode to confirm the task displayed in the display area. This key is not active when the panel is in status mode.
Move Up
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Use this key in menu mode to scroll up through the list of tasks in the display area. This key is not active when the panel is in status mode.
Move Down
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Use this key in menu mode to scroll down through the list of tasks in the display area. This key is not active when the panel is in status mode.
Print Page Use this key to print one page of a customer job and then make the printer Not Ready. Before you can use this key, host attachments must be enabled, a customer job must be queued, and the printer must be Not Ready. This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Feed 1 Page Printer 2
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Use this key to feed one page in Printer 2. This key can be selected multiple times; each press causes one page to feed. This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Feed Multiple Pages Printer 2
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Use this key to feed multiple pages in Printer 2 in a duplex system. Specify the number of pages to feed on the Align Forms panel (Forms -> Align Forms). This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Feed 1 Page Both Printers
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Use this key to feed one page in both printers in a duplex system or a single printer in simplex mode. This key can be selected multiple times; each press causes one page to feed. You can also use this key to move forms forward to the next top-of-form position (NPRO page). This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Feed Multiple Pages Both Printers
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Use this key to feed multiple pages in both printers in a duplex system or a single printer in simplex mode. Specify the number of pages to feed on the Align Forms panel (Forms -> Align Forms). This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Feed 1 Page Printer 1
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Use this key to feed one page in Printer 1. This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Feed Multiple Pages Printer 1
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Feed multiple pages in Printer 1. Specify the number of pages to feed on the Align Forms panel (Forms -> Align Forms). This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Start Use this key to make the printer ready to print. When the printer is ready (or started), menu mode keys are active but many of the other operator panel functions are disabled.
CAUTION:
<85>For printers with microcode levels, version 11.6.128 and higher, both printers and attached pre and postprocessing equipment can be started from the main panel of the printer console and the printer operator panels. Visually assure that no other personnel are working on the system before starting the system.
Stop Use this key to stop printing and to make the printer Not Ready.
Note:
For printers with microcode levels below version 11.6.128, when you use this key to stop printing, you must restart printing from the same printer operator panel.

Also use this key to stop the NPRO forms movement started by the NPRO key.

This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
NPRO Use this key to move forms forward through the printer. The distance that forms move depends on how your printer is configured. For more detailed information, see Using the NPRO function to advance forms. This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.
Check Reset Use this key to inform the control unit that the response to an operator intervention or failure condition is complete. This key does not put the printer into Ready status. This key is active when the panel is in status mode or menu mode.

About the indicators

The indicators on the printer operator panel communicate status from the printer.

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This Indicator On: Means That:
Power The printer has power.
Ready The printer is ready to print.
Receiving The printer is receiving data from the host system.
Buffer Data is in the buffer and available for printing.
Wait The printer is in service or diagnostic mode. See the display on this printer operator panel or the touchscreen for a message.
Attention The printer requires operator intervention. See the display on this printer operator panel or the touchscreen for a message.