Aligning tractorless forms

The printer aligns forms when you select Start if the Auto Align field is set to "Yes". The Auto Align setting can be found by selecting Printer Definition | Printer | Setup from the console. 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 touch panel.

  1. If the forms are not aligned, the Align Forms Required message is displayed. Select the message and the Align Forms panel displays.
  2. The printer can align itself in duplex mode if you receive a Align Forms 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:

    • You cannot auto-align if you are using the UP3I intelligent pre- and postprocessing interface.
    • You must have the Side 2 Verify function enabled unless you are using tractorless paper.
    • Forms cannot be less than 3 inches in length.
    • Auto-align of a duplex system cannot be done if the system is out of paper.


  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 after you have visually verified that the forms are aligned. This activates the Align Printer 2 function.
    For forms narrower than 10 inches, hold the tension arm down so that it stays aligned with the blue mark on the guide notch while you do the following steps. Otherwise, the 079A CHECK TENSION ARM 079A message appears when you turn on the forms path vacuum, and you must do the Check Tension Arm procedure.
  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 (Printer Definition -> Printer -> Setup ).
  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).
    press forms feed buttons
  7. Select OK at the verification touch panel. 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. 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 paper advance (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 printer operator panel or on the Main touch panel to begin printing.
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