Configuring trays for PCL Secondary printers

Mapping input tray numbers between the PCL Secondary and the printer is different than mapping input trays between IPDS printers and the printer. For an IPDS printer, InfoPrint Manager gets the available trays from the printer. For the PCL Secondary, you must configure the trays you want to use because InfoPrint Manager cannot query the printer and must mimic an IPDS printer to capture formatting information:

Sample input bin mappings for PCL4, PCL5, and PCL5c

AFPDS tray #1 tray #1
AFPDS tray #2 tray #4

Sample input bin mappings for PCL6

Bin# Location
1 Auto Select, based on paper size
2 Manual Feed
3 Multiple Purpose Tray
4 Upper Cassette
5 Lower Cassette
6 Envelope Tray
7 Third Cassette

The PCL Secondary has limitations that apply to input trays that might limit your ability to perform certain tasks. Because it supports an older version of the IPDS Load Copy Control (LCC) command, the PCL Secondary is limited in what it can do with copies. When printers support the older version of the LCC command, IPDS uses an Execute Order Homestate Select Input Media Source (XOH-SIMS) command each time a medium map changes. The PCL Secondary's older version of the LCC command limits you to specifying one input tray for each LCC command. Because each XOH-SIMS command overrides the previous one, you cannot specify multiple copies of each page from different trays on the PCL printer. For a complete example of how this works, see the psf-tray-characteristics actual destination attribute description in the InfoPrint Manager: Reference.

For example, if you were to try and print a job with a form definition that specifies multiple input bins for each page, you might be able to print successfully using an IPDS printer that supports these specifications, but be unable to print that same job to a PCL or PPDS printer through the PCL Secondary. With the printer using the PCL Secondary, InfoPrint Manager uses an XOH-SIMS command each time the form definition changes the medium map.