PCL printing

When you submit a print job through a PCL print driver and select a paper bin to print from, the driver generates a bin number and puts it into the data stream. Unfortunately, different drivers generate different bin numbers for the same bin. For example, one driver might make "Tray 1" equal to bin 4 and "Auxiliary tray" equal to bin 2, while another driver makes "Tray 1" equal to bin 1 and "Auxiliary tray" equal to bin 8. To add more difficulty, the generated PCL bin numbers can range from 0 to 59. While most drivers use low numbers (0 through 10), keep in mind the other possibilities.

During the transformation from PCL to AFP, InfoPrint Manager takes the bin number that the driver generated and compares it to the bin mappings you set. The pcl2afp transform inserts the AFP bin number that you assigned and sends the job to the destination you requested. The printer prints the job on paper from the bin you chose. As a result, it is essential that all of the users who submit jobs to a given InfoPrint Manager printer use the same driver. If they do not, the mappings you set up will not work correctly for them.

The first challenge for you in setting up the mappings is determining what bin number the PCL driver places in the data stream. For various InfoPrint printers, the drivers actually generate the same bin numbers. If you are using the PCL5e driver for an InfoPrint Network Printer 12, Network Printer 17, Network Printer 24, InfoPrint 20, InfoPrint 21, InfoPrint 32, or InfoPrint 40, the numbers listed in InfoPrint PCL5e bin numbers are placed in the data stream.

InfoPrint PCL5e bin numbers

Tray (what you select in Device Settings) PCL bin number (what the driver puts in data stream)
Automatically Select 0
Tray 1 1
Manual feed paper 2
Manual feed envelope 3
Auxiliary tray 4
Tray 2 5
Envelope feeder or Envelope tray 6
Tray 3 7
Tray 4 8
Tray 5 or 2000 sheet input tray 9

If you are using a different driver, the documentation that came with your printer might provide these numbers; look for a section on the PCL driver. Alternatively, if you are able to capture the PCL data that is sent to a specific bin in your printer, you can look for the bin number in the data stream. In some cases, however, it might be just as easy to use trial and error to determine the correct mappings. Again, keep in mind that PCL bin numbers can range from 0 to 59.

The second challenge is in determining the AFP bin numbers that correspond to your printer. AFP bin numbers range from 1 to 255, and are not standard from printer to printer. Some printers have hard-coded bin numbers: each bin on the printer actually has a number written on it. In other cases, the AFP bin numbers are more difficult to discover. In fact, the numbering scheme for some printers changes completely when you add one of the optional paper bins, and still other printers allow you to change the bin numbers yourself. As a result, it is difficult to predict exactly what the AFP bin numbers for your printers are. However, there are some guidelines that you can use.

  • Most AFP paper bins use numbers 1 through 10, with 1 being the biggest, topmost, or bottommost bin.
  • Envelope feeders/bins start at number 65 and can go up to 69.
  • The manual feed tray is usually number 100.

If you are printing to InfoPrint printers, the best place to find the default numbering schemes for each printer is the IPDS and SCS Technical Reference and the IPDS Handbook for printers that use the AFCCU, both of which are available from the Ricoh Web site at http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/. (Under Get support, click Product publications => IPDS Technical Reference and find the IPDS and SCS Technical Reference and IPDS Handbook for printers that use the AFCCU in the list.

If you find the AFP bin numbers for your printer in this documentation, be aware that the number is written in hexadecimal notation. You must convert the number to decimal before you put it in the mapping file. In addition, the numbers that are listed are the machine numbers, not the numbers the software requires. After you convert the number to decimal, add 1 to it to get the number that you should put in the mapping file.

Given this information, the best way to determine the correct AFP bin numbers is to start with these guidelines and use the trial and error method until you have the mappings set correctly.

For example, if you have a printer with three paper bins and a man