Switching between tractored and tractorless 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.

This procedure describes how to switch the type of forms without having to manually reload the forms already in the printer. This procedure assumes you already have forms loaded in the printer and you are switching from tractorless to tractored forms or from tractored to tractorless forms. Paper paths illustrates the paper paths on InfoPrint 4100 models for tractorless and tractored roll-feed and fan-fold 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 switch between types of forms:

Feeding new forms through the printer

Do this procedure to splice new forms to the old forms and then feed the new forms through the printer. You can splice the new forms you want to use, tractored or tractorless, to the old forms. Doing this allows you to switch forms without manually reloading the printer.

Procedure:

  1. Splice a new supply of forms to the trailing edge of the old supply before it enters Printer 1. The forms will most likely be of a different size, so line up the forms at the front edge (the edge closest to the operator).
  2. 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
  3. Swing the roller (3) into the open position by pressing down on (1) and (2).

    The following graphic shows the InfoPrint 4100 Models HS3, and HD5/6.

    open roller, open gate, and engage tractorless pressure roller
  4. Open the gate by pushing in (4) and pulling up and out on (5).
  5. Engage the tractorless pressure roller (6) by moving it into the down position.
  6. Press the Forms Feed button on the Printer 1 control panel to feed the forms through Printer 1 until you have enough slack between Printer 1 and Printer 2 to feed the forms through Printer 2.
  7. Press the Forms Feed button on the Printer 2 control panel to feed the forms through Printer 2

Adjusting the printer for new forms

Do this procedure to adjust the printer for new forms after feeding new forms through the printer. By adjusting the printer for the new forms, you can avoid receiving error messages associated with the change.

Procedure:

  1. Use the Tractor Control Knob (6) to adjust the tractors close the correct width. Use the scale just to the left of the tractor covers.
  2. If your new forms are tractored, locate the red line on the lower tractor. Place the forms on the tractor pins so that the form edge is as close as possible to the red line without covering it. 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. Verify that the forms are aligned correctly on the tractor pins.

  3. If you are using tractorless forms, adjust the tractorless feeding unit (drive roller, pressure roller, and vacuum belt unit slots (1)) to the same position according to the following:
  4. Adjust all tractor units. Make sure the tractor slot (2) is in the tractorless feed mode (3) for tractorless forms or position (4) for tractored forms.
    1. To adjust a unit, press the blue button (5) while grasping the unit and slide the unit to the correct position.
      adjust tractor units
      adjust tractorless feeding unit
  5. If you are using tractored forms, leave the roller (3) in the open (tractored) position. If you are using tractorless forms, swing the roller into the closed (tractorless) position.
    open roller, open gate, and engage tractorless pressure roller
    Note:
    If the Tractorless Steering Assembly (RPQ 8B5010) is installed on the tractorless pressure roller assembly, you can turn the knob to adjust the steering in case of forms jams.
  6. Close the gate (5).
  7. Adjust the rear paper-edge guide as follows:
    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 sensor on the bottom side of the sensor mounting plate. It must be turned fully counterclockwise to position the sensor to read the registration mark at the outside edge of the paper (this is the default position). If you change the location of the registration mark (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.
  8. If you are using tractorless forms, engage the tractorless pressure roller (6).
  9. If you are using tractored forms, disengage the tractorless pressure roller (6).
  10. Ensure that the forms are aligned correctly and the printer is adjusted properly.

Loading the correct forms settings

Do this procedure to load the correct forms settings after you have adjusted the printers. Forms settings are specified using the Form Settings panel. Form settings are also contained in a Snapshot, so if you prefer, you can load a Snapshot that contains the settings in just one step.

Procedure:

  1. If you are not using Snapshots, and you want to change the currently loaded form, do the following:
    1. Select Forms -> Forms Settings to display the Form Settings panel.
    2. Change the values in Width, Length, Form Name, as needed.
    3. Select OK to save the current form settings.
  2. If you are using Snapshots and the form settings you want to use are already contained in a Snapshot, do the following:
    1. Select Frequent Tasks -> Snapshots. You see a list of the currently defined Snapshots.
    2. Select the Snapshot that contains the form settings you want to load.
    3. Select Load.
    4. Select OK.
    Note:
    If you are using Snapshots but the form settings you want to use are not currently contained in a Snapshot, refer to Creating Snapshots for information about saving the form settings you created in Step 1 into a new Snapshot.