How to use the Fastback 15xs with the PowisPrinter

posted this on May 30, 2016

You can set up the PowisPrinter(TM)next to a Fastback®binder, so that after your strip prints, it goes directly to the binder for binding. Which means you can print and bind in one easy step! Once you have the two machines docked, you don’t have to worry about refeeding the strip into the binder to bind a document. And you can save time binding multiple books with the same title, because the printer can print a strip while the previous book (with the same width and title) is being bound. Fancy, huh?

Fastback Binder Docking Kit

If you plan to dock your Fastback Model 11 or Model 15xs to the PowisPrinter, you will need to contact your authorized Powis Parker Fastback Dealer. They will know the details regarding the service modification to your Fastback binder that allows the Fastback binding machine to talk to the PowisPrinter.

Docking the PowisPrinter to a Fastback Binding Machine

1. Make sure that your Fastback Model 11 or 15xs binding machine has been modified to talk to the PowisPrinter.

2. Place the PowisPrinter’s alignment tab close to the Fastback Binding Machine’s Binder Strip Guide. For a Model 11, align the printer to the binder so that the binder’s strip guide end is nestled in the inside corner of the top alignment tab. For a Model 15, use the bottom alignment tab.

3. Position the two machines so that there is access to the PowisPrinter’s front door.

4. If you have a Model 15, place the 6″ long purple cylinder onto the keyboard’s foot and place the keyboard in front of the Fastback binder. For the Model 11, place the keyboard on top of the front panel of your Fastback binder.

5. Run the keyboard cable directly to the back of the binder, then over to the printer’s bottom Input Port.

Printing With a Docked PowisPrinter

When docked, the PowisPrinter(TM) and a modified Fastback binder sense each other’s presence, which explains how you can print and bind in one smooth operation.

1. Load the book into the binder and press the green BIND button to activate the book clamps. (If you need help, follow steps 1-5 on page 7 of the Fastback Model 11 user’s manual, or steps 1-4 on page 3 of the Fastback Model 15 user’s manual.)

2. Now go to your PowisPrinter keyboard. Enter the text you wish to print, and if desired, modify the font type, size, or style. Press ENTER. The screen says: (Press Print or use zone keys in left corner to add text to other zones). There are two methods of printing and binding a document when the PowisPrinter is docked to a Fastback binder. If you use Method A, you can print and bind the strip in one operation. Method B, on the other hand, allows you to print the strip, review what it looks like, and then re-feed it to bind the document. This article will detail the steps for binding with Method A.

3. Press the PRINT & BIND key to print the Binderstrip. After printing, it will be sent directly to the Fastback binder for binding.

4. The keyboard display now tells you to insert the correct strip size.

5. The PowisPrinter will now print on the Binderstrip, and eject it directly to the Fastback binder for binding.

6. When the binder’s book clamps open, remove the bound document and place it spine down in the Cooling Rack. Allow it to cool for five to seven minutes.

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