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Aligning tractorless forms

The printer aligns forms when you select Start, however at times you will need to align forms manually. Select this task when you load forms in duplex mode or when you receive an error in the Operator Messages area of the Main touchscreen panel.

  1. If the forms are not aligned, a message will appear on the touchscreen panel in the Operator Messages area that says Forms alignment required. Select the message and it will display the Align Forms panel.
  2. The printer can align itself in duplex mode if you receive a Forms Alignment Required error. It will align itself as the job is printed. Nothing happens initially when you select Start. If you are going to use this auto-align function make sure that Printer 1 is aligned and that the forms are draped correctly between the printers. The following restrictions apply:

Complete the following steps:

  1. Select Forms -> Align Forms.
  2. Ensure that forms are properly threaded through Printer 1 and Printer 2.
  3. Select Printer 1 Aligned on the Align Forms panel.
  4. Select Align Printer 2.
    1. Printer 1 prints a page with a dashed line (1). It also prints one or more pages of arrows (2) on both sides of the line pointing towards it.
    2. Printer 1 then prints a solid alignment mark on the alignment 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 printed on Printer 1.
    3. A fixed length of forms is fed through both Printer 1 and Printer 2. This length is based on the "Printer 1 to Printer 2 Distance" configuration item set in the Printer Setup panel.
  5. Open the left and center covers of Printer 2.
  6. Press the Forms Feed Reverse or Forms Feed Forward buttons (3) on the operator panel until the dashed alignment mark lines up with the end of the ruler at or near the 17" mark (4).
  7. Select OK at the verification panel of the touchscreen. The solid alignment mark on the alignment page automatically aligns with the ruler.
  8. Visually verify that the solid 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 Configuration Items" table in the Planning and Configuration Guide for more information.
  9. If a postprocessing device is installed and not threaded, select Advance Paper (NPRO), or select the appropriate 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 OK to close the panel.
  11. Select Start on the Main touchscreen panel or on either printer operator panel to resume printing.
    <85>For printers with microcode levels, version 11.6.128 and higher, both printers and attached pre and postprocessing equipment can be started from the main panel of the printer console and the printer operator panels. Visually assure that no other personnel are working on the system before starting the system.