Using registration marks for tractorless printing

Do this procedure to define or specify registration marks used for tractorless printing. Use the Edit window to change the size and location of the mark.

When using the tractorless registration mark, a short line is printed to help align the form when tractorless paper is used. Since there are no tractor holes and there may or may not be perforations in the paper, these marks help the printer find the top of each form. Front and back sides of duplexed pages can be aligned in this way.

For Printer 1, when printing in Duplex mode, tractorless marks must be preprinted on the form and enabled using the Form Settings panel (Forms -> Form Settings). Select Yes for Tractorless and select Marks... to display the Marks window. In the Marks window, select Yes for Preprinted Registration Marks.

Figure 80. Placement of registration marks for tractorless forms
placement of registration marks for tractorless forms

For Printer 2, the marks may be preprinted on the form or printed on the form by Printer 1. If they are preprinted, they must be enabled using the Marks window as described for Printer 1 above. If the marks are printed by Printer 1, they can be enabled using the Edit window.

Note:
When printing on tractorless forms, the registration mark must be positioned so that it can be read by the toner mark/side verify sensor. For this reason, you should specify a value for Offset that will restrict the placement of the mark to ensure that it will be read by the sensor.

Procedure:

  1. Select Forms -> Special Marks to display the Special Marks panel.
  2. Select Registration Marks for Tractorless Printing in the Special Marks window.
  3. If you want to make changes to the registration mark, select Edit... to display the Edit window and use the following fields to change the size or location of the mark.
  4. Select OK to save your changes.
    Note:
    When Same Side Printing is set to Yes for duplex data, the registration mark is automatically positioned to an equivalent position on the opposite side of the page so that the mark can be read by the sensor. This could change the mark alignment position and its offset value in the Across Paper Feed Direction.