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Splicing forms on the Infoprint 4100

Do this task when you need to splice a new supply of forms to the last page of the previous supply of forms.

The controls you need to accomplish this task are available on both the touchscreen panel and on the printer operator panel of the affected printer. Because you work with mechanisms inside the printer covers, we recommend that you use the printer operator panel.

You need the following items when you splice forms:

Note:
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.
  1. Select Stop on the printer operator panel or on the Main touchscreen panel for the affected printer.
    Note:
    Do not switch power to the printer off during this process.
  2. Open the center front and center top covers of the printer.
  3. Locate a new supply of forms. Ensure that the new forms are exactly the same kind as the forms that are already loaded.
  4. Make the new supply of forms available in the forms input area.
  5. Locate a fresh roll of splicing tape.
  6. You must depress the metal plate (3) under the paper to make the tractor pins available on the front of the printer.
  7. Move the Splice Lever down to turn on the splicing table vacuum. You see the following message: 0782 SPLICE LEVER DOWN
    Note:
    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 .
  8. Notes:
    1. When the printer senses the end-of-forms condition, there are usually several pages of forms between the input area and the transfer station. You may tear off extra pages as long as the edge of the last page was from a perforation that was centered between tractor holes.
    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.
  9. Ensure that the paper is aligned squarely on the tape slot and secure with tape.
    Note:
    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.
  10. Remove the excess paper and join the ends of the forms.
  11. Press firmly on the forms and tape along the tape slot. Ensure that the print surfaces of both forms are securely attached to the splicing tape.
  12. Move the Splice Lever to the forms feed position to turn off the splicing table vacuum.
  13. Make sure you retract the metal plate to cover the tractor pins and ensure that the splicing tape does not cover the tractor holes.
  14. Ensure that the splicing table is clear of debris.
  15. Ensure that the new forms are correctly loaded. They should pass from the input area and over the forms guides on the left side of the splicing table.
  16. To advance the spliced area through the transfer station, press NPRO on the printer operator panel of the affected printer as many times as necessary until you see the splice on the upper tractors.
  17. Close the center front and center top covers of the printer.
    Note:
    IBM recommends that you do an Align Forms procedures before you continue printing.
  18. Select Start on the printer operator panel or on the Main touchscreen panel for the affected printer.
    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.