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Okidata Microline 320 Turbo Printer - forms don't maintain registration

Hi. We have a couple of these printers. They work fine when printing full pages, but when we use forms where the information has to be printed on certain lines of the page, over a period of time the registration will drift down the page. We typically print a hundred forms at a time and by about number 20, the registration is bad enough to require manual adjustment. Any suggestions?
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Richard

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  • rwalter Nov 07, 2008

    Thanks for your reply!



    Actually the forms are being fed through the bottom using an accessory form tractor feed/stand unit that provides a straight paper path. Previously the forms were heavier stock and required this. Now they are lighter stock but we are still using the tractor feed from the bottom.



    Regards,

    Richard

  • hjohnson435 Nov 24, 2008

    Our printer drops a line with each page and we have to readjust the forms. We too have the bottom form feed. It worked fine for a while and then started messing up. Have you found a solution?

    hugh johnson 
    little rock, Arkansas

  • Felix Lopez
    Felix Lopez May 11, 2010

    Are you using perforated forms? If so, have you set the paper feed knob for rear feed? This problem os common when the printer is set to friction feed.

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On older printers, tractor feed edges separate from the page while printing. Sometimes this can be a fluke, but other times it may point to a mechanical problem. Try taking the paper out of the printer and hitting the form feed button a few times. Watch the printer’s tractor feeds to make sure they are moving and are in synch with each other. Some printers use belts to move the tractor feeds and, over time, these belts wear, break, become smooth and slip, or become misaligned.

Environment can also contribute. Paper stored in a warehouse can weaken in intense heat or moisture. Carbon copy paper will especially cause this type of problem as one sheet's feeder edge can break away from the rest and peel slightly back. This will in turn slow the feed on one side as the edge buckles slightly under and may even skip to release pressure causing major alignment problems.

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