Loading tractored roll-feed forms

Before doing this procedure, ensure that the center front and center top covers of the printer are open so that you can access the forms input area and the transfer station.

If forms are loaded in Printer 1, you must remove them from the printer before doing this procedure. See Removing forms for instructions.

This procedure describes how to load tractored, roll-feed continuous forms that are loaded at the input area of the printer and processed through to the output area of the printer. Figure 36 illustrates the paper paths to use when loading tractored roll-feed forms.

Note:
If you are using preprocessing or postprocessing devices with the printer, some steps involving the source and final destination of the forms may change. The provider of the preprocessing or postprocessing devices supplies specific instructions for the initial loading and exiting of forms from the printer output area.

Because you will be working inside the printer covers, we recommend that you use the printer operator panel of the affected printer whenever possible, especially while working on Printer 1.

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<72> As you load forms, be careful to avoid injuries: The tractor covers are spring-loaded and can pinch if they snap shut unexpectedly. Moving forms, especially between the transfer station and the fuser entry area, can cause severe paper cuts.

Do the following steps to load tractored roll-feed forms:

Threading the forms

Do this procedure to thread tractored roll-feed forms between the forms input area and the transform station.

Procedure:

  1. Ensure that the transfer station is closed and latched.
  2. If you are loading a form with a different width, use the Tractor Control Knob to adjust the tractors close to the correct width. Use the scale just to the left of the tractor covers.
    adjust lower tractor covers
  3. When threading roll-feed forms, thread the forms from the roll feeder to the forms input area, as follows:
    1. Thread the forms under the lower roller and between the bar and the machine frame (1).
    2. Raise the pressure rollers and thread the forms over the urge unit driver roll (2). Leave the pressure rolls open.
    3. Thread the forms under the flap (3) and into the forms input area.
    paper path to the forms input area for tractored roll-feed forms
  4. Thread the forms from the forms input area and up to the splicing table, as follows:
    1. Open the tension gate (2).
    2. Thread the forms through the tension bars and rollers (1), leaving the tension gate (2) and roller open.
    3. Thread the forms over the forms guide (3) and across the splicing table (4).
    Paper path through the tension rollers for tractored roll-feed and fan-fold forms on Infoprint 4100 Models HS3 and HD5/6
  5. Open the lower tractor covers on the transfer station.
    open lower tractor covers

Aligning the forms on the tractor pins

Do this procedure to align the forms on the tractor pins.

Procedure:

  1. Locate the red line on the lower tractors.
  2. Place the forms on the tractor pins so that the form edge is as close as possible to the red line without covering it.
  3. If necessary, use the Tractor Control Knob to adjust the distance between the front and rear tractors:

    When the tractors are adjusted correctly, a sheet of forms should drop easily onto the tractor pins and lay flat. The pins should be centered in the tractor holes, without binding.

  4. Ensure that the forms are aligned correctly on the tractor pins. The first tractor hole on the front edge of the form should be on the tractor pin directly across from the pin holding the first tractor hole on the rear edge of the form.
  5. Check the position of the tractor pins in the tractor holes. If the tractor pins are pulling toward the outer edges of the form, and if you can see space between the pins and the inner edge of the tractor holes, the tractors are too far apart.
  6. Check the position of the form suspended between the tractors. If the middle of the form is slack, the tractors are too close together.
  7. Close the lower tractor covers.
  8. Adjust the rear paper-edge guide as follows:
    Note:
    This step applies to InfoPrint Models MS1, HS2, HS3, MD1/2, HD3/4, and HD5/6 when the Dual Toner Mark/Side Verify Sensor feature (FC 4570) is installed.
    1. Loosen the thumbscrew (2).
    2. Slide the rear paper-edge guide (1) to the correct location for the current paper width. The paper should be positioned against the vertical surface of the guide (3) so that the sensor on the bottom side of the sensor mounting plate can read side verify marks and registration marks, which are printed on the outside edge of the paper. The edge guide is also used to guide the paper in tractorless mode.
      rear paper-edge guide
    3. Tighten the thumbscrew (2).
      Note:
      The thumbscrew (4) adjusts the position of the Dual Toner Mark/Side Verify Sensor on the bottom side of the sensor mounting plate. It must be turned fully counterclockwise to position the sensor to read the side verify or registration marks at the outside edge of the paper (this is the default position). If you change the location of the marks (Forms -> Special Marks), you must adjust the position of the sensor. See Adjusting the rear paper-edge guide and Dual Toner Mark/Side Verify Sensor for more information.

If you are changing to a different size form on Printer 1, you must change the forms on Printer 1. See Changing forms settings on Printer 1. If you are using the Auto Load sequence to load the forms, you must set the form length at the stacker control panel. See Setting the forms length for Auto Load.

Changing forms settings on Printer 1

Do this procedure to select and load the correct Snapshot when you are changing to a different size form on Printer 1.

Note:
Do this step when loading forms in Dual Simplex mode or loading Printer 1 in Duplex mode.

Procedure:

  1. Select Forms -> Form Settings to display the Form Settings panel.
  2. If the name listed in the Form Name field contains the form definition you want to load, select Cancel.
  3. If the name listed in the Form Name field does not contain the form definition you want to load, do the following:
    1. Ensure that the length and width values are correct.
    2. Select Frequent Tasks -> Snapshots. You see a list of the currently defined Snapshots.
    3. If you are loading a Snapshot that has been previously defined, select the Snapshot you want to load from the Saved Snapshots area, and select Load.
    Note:
    If the Snapshot is not defined, see Working with Snapshots for more information about defining Snapshots.

If you are using the Auto Load sequence to load the forms, you must set the forms length at the stacker control panel. See Setting the forms length for Auto Load. If you are loading the forms manually, see Loading forms using the Forms Feed button.

Loading forms using the Forms Feed button

Hold the tension arm so that it stays aligned with the blue mark on the guide notch while you do the following steps. Otherwise, the 079A CHECK TENSION ARM 079A message appears when you turn on the forms path vacuum, and you must do the Check Tension Arm procedure.

Do this procedure to manually load the forms using the Forms Feed button on the printer control panel.

Procedure:

  1. Open all paper guides, tractor units, and feeding units to their widest position in both Printer 1 and Printer 2:
    adjust tractor units
    adjust tractorless feeding unit
  2. Swing the roller (3) into the open position by pressing down on (1) and (2).
    open roller, open gate, and engage tractorless pressure roller
  3. Open the gate by pushing in (4) and pulling up and out on (5).
  4. Engage the tractorless pressure roller (6) by moving it into the down position.
  5. Turn off the forms path vacuum by pressing the Vacuum Push Button in the forms input area. The Vacuum-Off warning indicator flashes and then stays lit.
  6. Use the Forms Feed keys on the printer control panel to feed the forms over the tension arm and into the preheat platen area, guiding them with your other hand. Keep feeding the forms until the scuff rollers grab them and feeds them into the forms exit area. Continue feeding the forms until there is enough length to allow you to splice the forms before feeding them into the post processor, or until there is enough length to reach the post processor.
  7. Ensure that the tension arm is aligned correctly. The mark on the tension arm (1) should be visible in the notch in the transfer station frame.
    tension arm alignment
  8. Turn on the forms path vacuum by pressing the Vacuum Push Button. The Vacuum-Off warning indicator flashes and then stays off.
  9. Raise the tension arm until you see the alignment mark in the guide notch.

Checking alignment of tractored forms

Do this procedure to check that the forms are aligned correctly on the tractor holes.

Procedure:

  1. Check the tractor holes on the forms between the transfer station and the fuser entry area. If the holes show signs of tearing, adjust the Tractor Control Knob as needed.
    checking forms alignment on the tractor holes
  2. Ensure that the forms-path vacuum is on (the Vacuum-Off warning indicator is off).

If you need to align the front and back sides of duplex forms, such as when you are printing on preprinted form, you must set print registration. See Setting print registration. Otherwise, you can start the printer. See Starting the printer.

Starting the printer

Do this procedure to start the printer from the touch panel or the printer control panel.

Procedure:

Press the Start key on the operator panel or select Start on the Main touch panel for the affected printer.

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