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Defining Forms

Use this procedure to define forms. You can add, change, or delete form definitions.

You must define forms to the printer before you can load them. You can define forms in advance as a separate procedure. You can also define forms while you are actually loading the forms.

The printer can store 1024 form name definitions in duplex and simplex modes, and 1024 additional form name definitions for each printer in dual simplex mode for a total of 3072 form name definitions for the complete system. Five form names come standard with each system and appear on the Define Forms panel on the Display/Touch Screen.

Use the Form Identification Work Sheet before installation of the printer to define the forms your installation is planning to use. Continue using the forms during the life of the system to add additional forms definitions.

Form names that are defined and stored while the printer is in duplex mode are listed and available for assignment/change/deletion only in duplex mode. Likewise, a form name that is defined and stored in either Printer 1 dual simplex or Printer 2 dual simplex mode are listed and available for assignment/change/deletion only when the printer is in simplex mode.

To define new forms or delete existing forms, do the following:

  1. Ensure that the printer is in Not Ready status.
  2. SELECT the Configure pull-down menu on the main Display/Touch Screen window.
  3. SELECT the Define Forms procedure. You see the Define Forms window, which lists the forms that are currently defined and information about the form name that is highlighted in the list.
    The Define Forms function is not available if the Assign Forms to Load or Print Adjust screen is displayed. Only one of these three screens appears at any time.
  4. To find a particular form name, SELECT the Search push-button. A keyboard appears so you can enter the form name.
    Use care when you define a form name. Searching for form names is case sensitive; that is, if capitol letters are used to define the form, you must use them to enter the form name for a search.
  5. With the form name selected, do one of the following:
  1. The following items on the Form Characteristics pop-up window are grayed out and cannot be changed:
  2. For form width, specify the total physical width by including the 0.5-inch tractor hole carrier strips on both sides of the form.

    For Models ED1/ED2, the following form widths are allowed:

    For Model ES1, the following form widths are allowed: 204 to 457 mm (8.0 to 18.0 in.).

    Specify the width in millimeters or inches. If you use millimeters, do not use a decimal point. If you use inches, fractions must use a decimal point (enter 13½ as 13.5).

  3. For length, specify the length of the form in the process direction (parallel to the tractor holes). You can specify length in millimeters or inches and in lengths from 77 to 432 mm (3 to 17 in.).
    For 25- or 28-inch Forms

    You can define the forms length up to 28 in. by using the Special Features option on the Options pull-down menu.

    For 25-in. forms length, SELECT Feature 8B2929.

    For 28-in. forms length, SELECT Feature 8B2930.

    After you have selected the feature you want, SELECT the Install push-button, then SELECT the Enable push-button.

    Using either of these features can cause an impact on performance.

    Specify the length either in inches to two decimal places or in millimeters as a whole number. The printer rounds the length you enter to the nearest one-sixth inch, and displays it on the screen.

    For related information, see Appendix A. Valid Form Lengths in Inches.