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Print Material

The size limitations and options for Infoprint 3000 forms are listed in Table 1.

The printer can print on many special-purpose materials, such as preprinted forms and some adhesive labels. The inks, printing media, adhesives, and other components that make up these special materials must withstand the printer fusing temperature and mechanical action; therefore, be sure to thoroughly test any preprinted forms and adhesive labels you plan to use for your printing applications.

Printing on adhesive labels is supported only on Model ES1 and Models ED1/ED2 in dual simplex mode.

The IBM Forms Design Reference for Continuous Forms Advanced Function Printers contains information to help you select print materials. Work closely with your IBM marketing representative while you are selecting what kinds of forms and special-purpose materials to use. Your marketing representative can give you technical help, share information from other successful printer users, and help you design your own labels and special materials. Refer to Selecting and Testing Forms for more information.

Forms must have a basis weight of 60 to 160 g/m2 (16 to 42 pounds) for simplex operations and 60 to 105 g/m2 (16 to 28 pounds) for duplex operations. Basis weight is the weight in pounds of a ream (500 sheets) of paper cut to a given standard size. In most environments, 75 g/m2 (20-pound) forms usually perform best for the printers. Form weight is listed in Table 1.

The stacker on these printers can stack forms from 7 to 14 inches (178 to 356 mm) long. You also can stack forms of less than 7 inches if you fold them correctly. For instructions for printing on various size forms, see Continuous Forms.

When you use fanfold forms in duplex printing mode, use a postprocessing device behind Printer 2 instead of the printer stacker. This prevents stacking problems caused by the occasional loss of the original fold direction after the paper travels through both printers and the Buffer/Flipper Unit.