Gathering paper tray information

The first step in configuring InfoPrint Manager is to figure out :

  • How many paper trays does your printer have?
  • What is the AFP bin number for each tray?

    Guidelines for figuring out the bin numbers are provided below.

  • What kind of paper will you be loading into each tray?

    At a minimum, you should know what size paper will go in each tray. If you need to, you can also specify a color or weight of the paper.

Use this chart to record your data.

Paper tray chart

AFP bin number (in decimal notation) Paper tray on printer Paper loaded
100 Manual feed tray  

There is trial and error work involved in figuring out the correct bin numbers. 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. Still other printers allow you to change the bin numbers yourself. As a result, it is nearly impossible 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 in the IPDS and SCS Technical Reference and the IPDS Handbook for printers that use the AFCCU.

Important: 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 (they're the IPDS bin numbers, not the AFP bin numbers). After you convert the number to decimal, add 1 to it to get the number that you should put in the mapping file.