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Universal printer pre- and postprocessing interface (UP3I)

The universal printer pre- and postprocessing interface (UP3I) is an industry standard intelligent LAN interface that connects production printers, inline pre- and postprocessing devices, workflow managers, and remote operating stations. UP3I uses the industry standard IEEE 1394a "Firewire" connectivity architecture to provide high speed two way communications between the printer control unit and pre- and postprocessing devices.

Universal Printer Pre- and Postprocessing Interface UP3I (FC 4730)

With the UP3I feature enabled, you can check the status of your UP3I devices and enable or disable them from the printer console:

For additional information, refer to the Planning and Configuration Guide.

UP3I provides the following improvements:

System requirements

The following items are required to fully implement UP3I:

The following printer models support UP3I:

IBM ships the following items:

You need to order the following items from other vendors:

Make sure you use pre- and postprocessing devices that are UP3I capable.

Table 9. UP3I device configurations
ic3mc296
ic3mc297

PPFA UP3I support

UP3I functionality must be written into your FORMDEF.

A UP3I finishing interface is being added to Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA). The function is supported at the print file and document level by coding the keyword "UP3I" and its related parameters on the Form Definition, and at the medium level, using "UP3I" and its parameters on the COPYGROUP command. For specific information, refer to the IBM Page Printer Formatting Aid: User's Guide:

  1. Go to http://www.printers.ibm.com.
  2. Under Products and services select Printing software.
  3. Under Print application creation software select Page Printer Formatting Aid/370.
  4. Under Product resources select Library.

Conduit support for UP3i

Infoprint Manager and Print Services Facility (PSF) for OS/390 and z/OS provide conduit support for UP3I, meaning that you can submit jobs that have UP3I functionality written into the formdef through these applications.

For more information about the Infoprint Manager:

  1. Go to http://www.printers.ibm.com.
  2. Select Support and Maintenance.
  3. Under Reference information, select Manuals and publications.
  4. Under Software publications, select Infoprint Manager for AIX or Infoprint Manager for Windows and select GO.

For more information about the PSF for OS/390 and z/OS products:

  1. Go to http://www.printers.ibm.com.
  2. Select Support and Maintenance.
  3. Under Reference information, select Manuals and publications.
  4. Under Software publications select Print Services Facility (PSF) for OS/390 and z/OS and select GO.