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Forms loaded through both printers

These procedures assume that:

  1. Select Forms -> Align Forms.
  2. Ensure that forms are properly threaded through printer 1 and printer 2. See Loading forms--auto load (duplex mode) for step-by-step instructions.
  3. If you would like to change the length of the paper between the printers, select the appropriate Feed Page key on the Align Forms panel or on the printer operator panel.

    To permanently change the length of the paper between printers, change the value of "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" on the Printer Setup panel (Printer Definition -> Printer -> Setup).

  4. Select Printer 1 Aligned on the Align Forms panel after you have visually verified that the forms are aligned. This makes Align Printer 2 active.
  5. Select Align Printer 2.
    1. This prints an alignment mark on a page in Printer 1, which is 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 both Printer 1 and Printer 2.

      The fixed length is based on the "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" configuration item shown on the Printer Setup panel. It is a multiple of the currently loaded Snapshot page length that is closest to its length without exceeding it.

  6. Visually verify that the alignment mark printed on Printer 1 is aligned to the correct form length mark on the input station alignment scale on Printer 2.
    Note:
    When forms are longer than 14" in size, the printer prints a dashed line with 14" next to it. Line this mark up with the 14" mark on the ruler in Printer 2. Otherwise, the alignment line would not reach the ruler.
    1. If the Printer 1 alignment mark is short of the appropriate forms length scale mark in Printer 2, select the appropriate Feed Page key on the Align Forms panel or on the printer operator panel, pressing as many times as necessary until the Printer 1 alignment mark is aligned at Printer 2.
    2. If the Printer 1 alignment mark is past the forms length scale mark in printer 2, add some more buffer loop between Printer 1 and the Buffer/Flipper Unit. Select the appropriate Feed Page key several times. Then select Cancel on the panel. You must now restart this Align Forms procedure.
  7. After you have visually verified that the Printer 1 alignment mark is aligned correctly on Printer 2, select OK at the verification panel. This informs the control unit that the alignment is complete.
  8. If a postprocessing device is installed and not threaded, select Advance Paper (NPRO) to advance enough forms to thread the postprocessing device.
  9. Select Close to close this panel.
  10. Select Start on the printer operator panel or on the Main touchscreen panel to begin printing.
    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.