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Preprocessing and Postprocessing Device Interfaces

Preprocessing and Postprocessing Device Interfaces allow you to attach special equipment to help automate the handling of forms input or forms output (or both) to the printer. Preprocessing equipment is on the forms input side (for example, a roll feed) and postprocessing equipment is on the forms output side (for example, a folder, burster, trimmer, stacker, take-up roll, and MICR or color printer).

Each of the printers has three interface ports. These ports may be equipped with Preprocessing/Postprocessing (Pre/Post) or Advanced Function Postprocessing (AF Post) interfaces.

In duplex models, Port 1 in each printer has a Preprocessing/Postprocessing interface, which is standard. You may select optional Pre/Postprocessing or Advanced function postprocessing interfaces to equip Ports 2 and 3. (In Printer 2 with Side 2 Verify installed, only Port 2 is available.)

In the IS1 and IS2 Simplex Models - One interface is standard and two are selectable.

Things to Remember About Pre/Postprocessing Equipment:
  1. When using preprocessing equipment, be sure that attachment cables do not interfere with forms under the printer. See Space Requirements for cable placement.
  2. When using 457-mm (18-inch) wide paper, the distance between the back edge of the paper and the back of the machine is about 0.6 cm (0.25 in.). This means that some of the powered-assist rollers (urge units) used with other IBM(R) printers may not work. Be sure to discuss this with your pre- or postprocessor vendors.
  3. Be sure that any preprocessing or postprocessing devices you order operate at the same resolution (DPI) as the printer.
  4. With Duplex Configurations - To avoid static drag between the paper and the floor, IBM recommends that you install a conductive floor plate in front of each urge unit between the printer leveling pads. The floor plate is connected to the printer frame with a grounding strap. Normally, preprocessor vendors supply these plates. The plate should be approximately 61 cm x 152 cm x 0.71 mm (2 ft x 5 ft x 0.028 in.).

Refer to Defining Interfaces and Preprocessing or Postprocessing Devices for more information concerning the Pre/Postprocessing interfaces.