Main touch panel

The operator console displays on a flat-panel display that has a built-in touch-sensitive interface. The operator console is located above the control unit on Printer 2.

The Main touch panel on the operator console shows a graphic of the printing system with any pre/postprocessors attached to the system, status and message areas that give information about the printing system, tabs for viewing additional information and selecting other tasks, and buttons for operating the system. The touch-sensitive interface allows you to touch a button, tab, or graphic on the touch panel, or to use the mouse or the keyboard.

Figure 102. Main touch panel on the operator console
Main touch panel

Touching any of the components in the graphic displays a window that gives information about that component. For example, touching the printer graphic displays a window that shows detailed status for the printer. Touching a gauge displays a window that allows you to specify that you've added a consumable or a supply, such as toner or fuser oil. In addition, if either printer is in an error state or has a warning message posted, the graphic for that printer will change color.

When you have a question about what to type or select for a particular field, touch the field to select it and select F1 on the keyboard (or press and hold the left mouse button for two seconds). This displays a small Help window that describes the selected field and allowable entries.

Help is provided for most of the touch panels and windows that you will view or use on the operator console. To display the general help system, select the ? at the top of the Main touch panel. When a task panel or window is displayed, select the Help button at the bottom of the panel or window. This displays a Help window inside a help system browser. The Help window contains information about how to use the panel and may contain links to more detailed instructions and procedures. See Using the help system for more information.

Select the Alt+Tab key to toggle between the Help window and the operator console. Select the Alt+F4 key to close the Help window.

The following notation is used to indicate the order in which tabs or buttons are selected to navigate to the desired panel or window: Tab name -> Tab name. For example, selecting Forms -> Align Forms displays the Align Forms panel. Selecting Forms a second time displays the Main touch panel.

Figure 103 shows the locations of the tabs, buttons, Status area, Current Settings area, and Operator Messages area.

Figure 103. Location of tabs, buttons, and areas on the Main touch panel
Location of tabs, buttons, and areas on the Main touch panel
Some of the printer console panels appear only for user IDs that have Administrator authority level. Administrator panels are indicated with the following notation in the Help topics:

Administrator panel

Graphics and gauges

Select a graphic or gauge on the Main touch panel to display more detailed information about the selected object. You can touch the touch-sensitive screen or use the mouse to select the graphic or gauge. The following graphics and gauges can be selected:


The following tabs are provided on the Main touch panel:

Select a tab at the top of any console panel to display additional tabs on the left side. These tabs control access to additional functions. Select a tab on the left side to navigate to the desired panel. Some panels provide buttons that display a secondary window in front of the console panel; these windows also provide additional functions. To return to the Main touch panel, select the tab at the top of the console a second time.


The following buttons are provided on the Main touch panel:


The messages that appear in the Status area display the overall status of both printer engines (Receiving, Not Ready, or Ready) and the status of attached pre- and postprocessors.

Current Settings area

The Current Settings area displays the name of the loaded Snapshot, the form size, the print data protocols enabled (if any), and the printer resolution.

Operator messages

The Operator Messages area displays icons representing errors, warnings, and informational messages along with text. The messages could refer to jams, toner replacement, forms replacement, and so on.

If your forms are not aligned, a message will inform you that forms alignment is required. Select the message to display the Align Forms panel.

A clock at the bottom left of the panel shows the time and date. The printer administrator can set the time and date using the Printer - Date/Time panel (Printer Definition -> Printer -> Time/Date). The printer administrator can set the date format for a particular locale by selecting the language on the Printer - Basic panel (Printer Definition -> Printer -> Basic).