Aligning tractored forms

In duplex printing, the printer will normally automatically align forms when you select Start if the Auto Align field is set to "Yes". The Auto Align setting can be found by selecting Printer Definition | Printer | Setup from the console. However, at times you will need to align forms manually.

Do this procedure to align tractored forms in duplex mode and whenever the Align Forms Required message displays in the Operator Messages area of the Main touch panel.

Procedure:

  1. Make sure that the forms are aligned correctly in Printer 1 and that the forms are draped correctly between the printers.
  2. Select Start. Although nothing happens initially when you select Start, the printer will align itself as the job is printed.

Note:

The following restrictions apply to using the auto align function:

Note:
  1. Proper completion of this task is important to ensure that Printer 2 prints side 2 pages correctly opposite the side 1 pages that were printed by Printer 1.
  2. Side 2 Verify functionality prints verification marks on side 1 and then reads those marks in Printer 2 to ensure that side 1 is aligned with side 2.
  3. You can print numbers next to the verification marks on both sides of the pages by using the Side Verify Page Numbers item on the Printer - Setup panel. You can then visually inspect these marks to ensure that sides 1 and 2 of the forms are properly synchronized. See Verifying synchronzied duplex printing for tractored forms and the "Printer Configuration Items" table in the Planning and Configuration Guide for more information

Select one of the following alignment procedures to load forms in duplex mode or when you receive an error in the Operator Messages area of the Main touch panel:

Aligning forms in both printers

This procedure assumes that:

Do this procedure to align forms that are loaded through both printers in a duplex system.

Procedure:

  1. Select Forms -> Align Forms to display the Align Forms panel.
  2. Ensure that forms are properly threaded through Printer 1 and Printer 2.
  3. If you would like to change the length of the paper between the printers, select the appropriate paper advance (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 activates the Align Printer 2 function.
  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 being 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 current loaded Snapshot page length that is closest to the "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" 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 paper advance (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 paper advance (feed page) key several times. Then select Cancel on the panel. You must now perform this Align Forms procedure again.
  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 the panel.
  10. Select Start on the printer operator panel or on the Main touch panel to begin printing.
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Aligning forms with no forms in Printer 2

This procedure assume that:

Procedure:

  1. If there is not enough slack to load forms through both printers, select the appropriate paper advance (feed page) key on the Align Forms panel or on the printer operator panel, to advance enough forms through Printer 1 to load Printer 2.
  2. Select Forms -> Align Forms to display the Align Forms panel.
  3. Select Printer 1 Aligned on the Align Forms panel after you have visually verified that the forms are aligned. This activates the Align Printer 2 function.
  4. 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 being printed on Printer 1.

      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.
    2. This feeds a fixed length of forms through Printer 1.

      The fixed length is a multiple of the current loaded Snapshot page length that is closest to the "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" without exceeding it.

  5. When enough forms have moved through both Printer 1 and the Buffer/Flipper Unit, with enough of a loop buffer to allow you to auto load Printer 2, do the following:
    1. Remove power from the urge init of Printer 2. The Urge Unit cannot be threaded with the roller moving.
    2. Thread forms through the urge init.
    3. Restore power to the urge unit.
  6. Load the forms in Printer 2. See Loading forms to select the appropriate load procedure.
  7. 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.
    1. If the alignment mark is aligned at Printer 2, check to see if there are enough forms between Printer 1 and the Buffer/Flipper Unit. If you need to increase the buffer loop, change the "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" printer configuration item. See the item in the Printer Definition Items table in the Planning and Configuration Guide for more information.
    2. If the Printer 1 alignment mark is short of the appropriate forms length scale mark in Printer 2, select the appropriate paper advance (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.
    3. 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 by selecting the appropriate paper advance (feed page) key several times. Then select Cancel on the panel. You must now perform this Align Forms procedure again.
  8. 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.
    Note:
    If your visual verification of alignment is incorrect, printing will not be allowed to occur.
  9. If a postprocessing device is installed and not threaded, select Advance Paper (NPRO), or select the appropriate paper advance (feed page) key on the Align Forms panel or on either printer operator panel, as many times as necessary to advance the forms enough to thread the postprocessing device.
  10. Select Close to close the panel.
  11. Select Start on the printer operator panel or on the Main touch panel to begin printing.
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Aligning forms when forms are broken between printers

This procedures assume that:

A jam occurring between Printer 1 and Printer 2 normally causes the forms to tear and separate. Printer 1 continues to print and dump forms out on the floor between Printer 1 and Printer 2. Printer 2 feeds forms and prints until an 078A END OF FORMS message appears on Printer 2. At that time, both printers stop feeding forms.

The following procedure gives you a method of splicing the separated forms back together between Printer 1 and Printer 2 so that re-threading of Printer 2 and a postprocessing device (if installed) is not required.

Procedure:

  1. Do one of the following depending on whether the forms can be spliced:
    1. If the forms were damaged during the separation and there is sufficient slack in the forms, splice the forms together at the Printer 2 splicing table. See Splicing tractored forms.
    2. If forms were damaged by the separation and must be removed or there is not enough slack to splice the forms together, select the appropriate paper advance (feed page) key on the Align Forms panel or on the printer operator panel, to advance the forms through Printer 1 enough to splice the forms at the Splicing Table of Printer 2.
  2. Select Forms -> Align Forms to display the Align Forms panel.
  3. Select Printer 1 Aligned on the Align Forms panel after you have visually verified the forms are aligned. Then select Align Printer 2 or press the appropriate paper advance (feed page) key on the Printer 1 operator panel. This restarts the alignment procedure.
    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 being printed on Printer 1.

      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.
    2. This feeds a fixed length of forms through Printer 1.

      It is a multiple of the current loaded Snapshot page length that is closest to the "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" without exceeding it.

  4. 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.
    1. If the alignment mark is aligned at Printer 2, check to see if there are enough forms between Printer 1 and the Buffer/Flipper Unit. If you need to increase the buffer loop, change the "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" printer configuration item. See the item in the Printer Definition Items table in the Planning and Configuration Guide for more information.
    2. If the Printer 1 alignment mark is short of the appropriate forms length scale mark in Printer 2, select the appropriate paper advance (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.
    3. 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 by selecting the appropriate paper advance (feed page) key several times. Then select Cancel on the panel. You must now perform this Align Forms procedure again.
  5. 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.
    Note:
    If your visual verification of alignment is incorrect, printing will not be allowed to occur.
  6. If a postprocessing device is installed and not threaded, select Advance Paper (NPRO), or select the appropriate paper advance (feed page) key on the Align Forms panel or on either printer operator panel, as many times as necessary to advance the forms enough to thread the postprocessing device.
  7. Select Close to close the panel.
  8. Select Start on the printer operator panel or on the Main touch panel to begin printing.
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