Loading tractorless 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 tractorless, 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 37 illustrates the paper path to use when loading tractorless 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.

You will do the following steps to load tractorless roll-feed forms:

Threading forms

Do this procedure to thread tractorless forms from the forms input area to the transfer 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 tractors
  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 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 gate (2) and roller open.
    3. Thread the forms over the forms guide (3) and across the splicing table (4).
    4. Thread the forms just past the tractorless pressure roller (5) and lower the roller onto the paper.
    5. Close the tension gate (2).
    paper path for tractorless roll-feed forms on 4100 Models HS3 and HD5/6
  5. Open the lower tractor covers on the transfer station.
    open lower tractor covers

Adjusting the tractorless feeding unit

Do this procedure to adjust the tractorless feeding unit when loading tractorless forms.

Procedure:

  1. Adjust the tractorless feeding unit (drive roller, pressure roller, and vacuum belt unit slots (1)) to the same position according to the following:
  2. Adjust all tractor units. To adjust a unit, press the blue button (5) while grasping the unit and slide it to the outermost position.
    Note:
    Make sure the tractor slot (2) is in the tractorless feed mode (3). Position (4) is tractor feed mode.
  3. Ensure that the forms are aligned correctly.
  4. Close the lower tractor covers.
  5. 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 loading the forms manually, see Loading forms using the Forms Feed button.

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.

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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