Splicing tractored forms

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.

Do this procedure to splice a new supply of boxed tractored forms to the last page of the previous supply of forms. Roll-feed forms are typically spliced at the roll (on the unwinder).

Note:
This procedure is for tractored forms. Splicing cannot be done at the splicing table if the hardware for printing tractorless forms is installed.

The controls you need to accomplish this task are available on both the Main touch 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.

Procedure:

  1. Open the center front and center top covers of the printer.
  2. Select Stop on the printer operator panel or on the Main touch panel for the affected printer.
    Note:
    Do not switch power to the printer off during this process.
  3. If you are changing from roll-feed forms to boxed fan-fold forms, do the following to remove the roll-feed forms:
    1. Cut the roll-feed forms just below the end-of-forms sensor in the input area.
    2. Attach the input end of the form to the printer frame using a magnet. Ensure that the end-of-forms sensor is not covered by the form in the input area.
  4. If you are splicing fan-fold forms, locate a supply of boxed fan-fold forms and have it available near the forms input area.
  5. Locate a fresh roll of splicing tape.
  6. Open the tractor covers.
  7. Loosen the thumbscrew on the rear paper-edge guide with the toner mark/side verify sensor (1) (see Figure 55).
  8. Move the rear paper-edge guide (2) to the proper paper width so that the tractor holes are aligned with the guide pins (3) on the front and rear guides. Press down on the metal plate (6) (see Figure 55).
  9. Lift the paper out of the tractors and push it up so that the trailing edge aligns with the center of the splicing table tape slot. There should be some slack in the forms (3) .
    Note:
    This step cannot be performed if the hardware for printing tractorless forms is installed. Instead, advance the paper and splice to the right of the splicing table.
  10. Align the tractor holes with the front and rear guide pins.
  11. Move the Splice Lever to the "Splice" position to turn on the splicing table vacuum. You see the 0782 SPLICE LEVER DOWN message.
    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.
  12. If you are splicing fan-fold forms, move the box of fan-fold forms into the forms input area.
  13. Open the tension gate by pushing in (1) and pulling out on (2) (see Figure 56).
  14. Thread the new forms to be spliced as shown in the threading diagram on the printer. See Paper paths for detailed instructions on threading forms through the paper path.
    Note:
    Tractored forms must be spliced at a perforation that is centered between tractor holes. Ensure that the fold direction of the new forms is the same as the fold direction of the currently-loaded forms. If necessary, tear off a page of the new forms.
  15. Move the new forms into position. Align the leading edge of the new forms with the center of the splicing table tape slot. Align the tractor holes with the front and rear guide pins.
  16. Close the tension gate.
  17. Ensure that the forms are aligned squarely on the tape slot and secure them using the splicing 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 tape them.
  18. 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.
  19. Move the Splice Lever to the "Run" position to turn off the splicing table vacuum.
  20. Take up the slack in the paper web and align the forms on the tractor feed pins.
  21. Press the blue button (4) to release the web support guide so that it covers the guide pins at the front of the splicing station. 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.
  22. Close the tractor covers.
  23. Lift the paper off the rear guide pins and move the rear paper-edge guide with the toner mark/side verify sensor to the run position. See Adjusting the rear paper-edge guide and Dual Toner Mark/Side Verify Sensor.
  24. Close the center front and center top covers of the printer.
  25. Select Start on the printer operator panel or on the Main touch panel for the affected printer.
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