How do I use the repeat button with the Powis Printer?

posted this on May 24, 2016

When using the PowisPrinter software for your Powis Parker Fastback Powis printer the repeat button allows you to title and bind a series of the same-thickness books. For example, if you have twenty copies of a manual to title and bind, use REPEAT. It makes the binding job lots easier, and is quick, quick, quick. Keep in mind that the REPEAT button is for multiple print-and-bind jobs only. If you want to print and bind a single document, use PRINT & BIND; if you want to print many strips of the same title, use PRINT. But if you’ve got seven pamphlets to print and bind, REPEAT’s the button for you.

Here’s how to take advantage of this great feature:

1. First make sure the printer and binder are docked.

2. Design your title.

3. Press the Print icon in the Design Window, or go to File Print.

4. Put your first book in the binder, and press the green Bind button. You must have a clamped book in the binder to activate REPEAT.

5. In the computer’s Print Window, make sure the Design Window and the Fastback Information boxes match. If they don’t, press Ask & Update to update your design to match the book in the binder. Once you have reviewed your updated title in the Design Window, press the Print icon to return to the Print Window.

6. In the Print Window, press REPEAT. (If REPEAT is grayed out, make sure the binder and printer are properly aligned.)

7. A box appears, asking how many times you want to repeat the print-and-bind job. Enter a number directly in the box, or use the up and down arrow keys to change it. You can repeat a job up to 200 times.

8. Press OK.

9. When prompted, insert a strip into the printer.

10. The printer prints the strip, then forwards it to the binder for binding. Once the binder has accepted the strip, insert another strip into the printer.

11. While your next strip is printing, remove the bound book from the binder and place it in a cooling rack.

12. Insert your next book into the binder, and press the green Bind button to clamp it.

13. The printer now forwards the next strip to the binder. The printer always makes sure the binder is ready before forwarding a printed strip. Say you inserted a strip, and it printed, but you haven’t removed the last bound book from the binder. The printer will wait until you remove the completed book and clamp the new one before sending the strip to the binder. This prevents jammed strips, books with multiple strips, and general chaos. Repeat this process until you have finished your entire job. If you lose track of how many strips you’ve printed, check the top of the Print Window. It tells you how many strips remain, and lets you know when the job is finished.

REPEAT only works on same-thickness books. During a Repeat cycle, if you put a book in the binder of a significantly different thickness, the Repeat cycle ends and a message appears on your computer screen. This safety feature prevents errors, and requires you to restart REPEAT to continue with the correct book.

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