Setting print registration

Things To Keep In Mind When You Adjust the Print Position:

Print jobs with data too close to the edges of the forms do not have the full adjustment range. If you attempt to adjust the print position off the page, Print Error Markers (PEMs) result, which are marks turned on by the host system. If PEMs are turned off, missing data can occur.

If the Adjustment Required Is Out of Range:

If more than 20 mm adjustment (from 0) is required, refer the application owner to the Planning and Configuration Guide.

  1. Once you have determined the adjustments for a particular form, you can save it in a Snapshot or make a note of the adjustment values on the Forms Identification Work Sheet (from the Planning and Configuration Guide).
  2. Be aware that occasionally some maintenance procedures can affect the print position. If this happens, adjust the print position as needed.

Do this procedure to align the front and back sides of duplex forms or whenever you print on preprinted forms. Setting print registration allows you to adjust the position of the image on the paper.

A print job must be queued so that print data is available to print test pages during this procedure. Visual verification of the results of moving the print data and print test portions of this procedure cannot be completed without available queued print data.

In printing, the term registration refers to the relative print positions of images that are printed at different times. For example, when you process preprinted forms, the registration is good if the new image printed by the system printer aligns correctly with the preprinted image (as shown in Figure 70.)

Print registration settings do not apply to print samples.

Figure 70. Example of good print registration
example of good registration

Print that extends beyond box edges and text that overlaps other text are examples of poor registration (as shown in Figure 71).

Figure 71. Example of poor print registration
Example of poor print registration

Print registration values are stored as part of a Snapshot. The adjustment remains in effect (even when the printer is powered off) until it is changed later by another Print Registration procedure or another Snapshot is loaded.


  1. Select Stop.
  2. Select Forms -> Print Registration to display the Print Registration panel.
  3. Select the arrows or type in numbers to change the print position. Values can be entered in PELs, inches, or millimeters.
    1. Remember that you are not moving the physical forms. You are moving the image on the paper.
    2. Be aware that the printed output can be rotated when it is printed.
    3. The values vary depending on the printhead resolution (PEL) selected for the printer. This value is set in the PDL - IPDS panel (Printer Definition -> Printer -> PDL -> IPDS).
  4. To print a few pages of the current job with the current registration values, do the following from the touch panel:
    This step and the remainder of the procedure can only be accomplished if a queued print job is available.
    1. Enter a value for X in Print X Pages, where X specifies the number of pages you want to print.
    2. Select Print. The printer uses the print registration values currently displayed on the Print Registration panel.
      You must wait while the printer receives the job from the host.
    3. Look at the pages just printed (located above the transfer station) to determine how much to adjust the print position, if at all.
  5. Select OK to return to the Main touch panel.
  6. Select Start on the printer operator panel or on the Main touch panel to begin printing.
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    1. After the printer has run for a few seconds, select Stop. Then look at the output to ensure that the print position is still correct. Sometimes the print position changes slightly when forms are moving at full speed.
    2. Most applications generate a few sample pages at the beginning of each job so that you can adjust the forms without losing any output. If you need more sample pages to test, ask the host system console operator to restart the job.