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HP 7580B, 7585B, and 7586B Drafting Plotters - Selecting and Loading Sheet Media

Selecting Sheet Media
  note:
This information is contained in the HP 7580B, 7585B, and 7586B Drafting Plotters Operator's Manual (Section 2).
ISSUE: Before loading a sheet of plotting medium, be sure to select a size that the plotter can accommodate.
SOLUTION: The HP 7580 plotter accepts both ANSI standard sizes (A, B, C, and D) and ISO standard sizes (A4, A3, A2, and A1). The HP 7585 and 7586 plotters accept ANSI standard size A0 in addition to the above sizes.
All plotter models will accept a slightly larger range of sheet sizes than the standard sizes listed above. The most important factor in selecting the sheet size is that the right edge of the sheet must extend at least 12.7 mm (0.5 inch) over a grit wheel when the left edge of the sheet is against the paper stops. The side of the sheet that rolls back and forth across the platen must be at least 203.2 mm (8 inches) long and no longer than 1231.9 mm (48.5 inches) for all plotters.
After selecting the sheet size, determine whether to load the sheet with the long side (length) or the short side (width) along the platen. Remember that the right edge of the sheet must extend at least 12.7 mm (0.5 inch) over a grit wheel; this sometimes restricts the way that the medium is loaded. The following table shows whether to use the length or the width for loading standard media sizes into the HP 7580, 7585, and 7586 Drafting plotters.
HP 7580 plotter
HP 7685 and 7686 plotters
Standard Sheet Medium Size
Width along Platen
Length along Platen
Width along Platen
Length along Platen
A (8 l/2 x 11 inches)
No
Yes
No
Yes
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
B (11 x 17 inches)
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
A3 (297 x 420 mm)
C (17 x 22 inches)
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
A2 (420 x 594 mm)
D (22 x 34 inches)
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
A1(594 X 841 mm)
E (34 x 44 inches)
A0 (841 x 1189 mm)
-
-
Yes
No
Loading Sheet Media
  warning:
To prevent injury, ensure that hair, fingers, and clothing do not become entangled in the paper-moving mechanism.
ISSUE: Loading media into the HP 758XB drafting plotters.
SOLUTION: All media is loaded as follows:
  1. Turn the plotter on and load the carousel. The plotter will initialize and rotate the carousel as soon as power is on and the carousel has been inserted properly. The initialization process identifies the carousel type and the locations of pens in the carousel, in addition to establishing certain default values.
  2. Raise the carriage cover and slide a sheet of the medium into the plotter until approximately half of the sheet is hanging in front and half behind the plotter. Be careful to handle the sheet by the edges. If fingerprints are made on the surface, the pen inks may not adhere uniformly because of the oils deposited by your fingers. Place the left edge of the sheet against the front and rear paper stops.
  3. Align the white scribe mark on the right pinch wheel with the right edge of the sheet by manually sliding the pinch wheel into place. Note that the scribe mark must be located within the ranges indicated in the figures previously shown for acceptable sheet media dimensions. This ensures proper movement of the sheet. Do not attempt to slide the pinch wheel when it is in the down position.
  4. Close the carriage cover and press CHART HOLDto lower the pinch wheels. On the HP 7585 and 7586 plotters, the pinch wheels will not remain down if the scribe mark is not within an acceptable range for sheet media dimensions. All plotter models are inoperative with the carriage cover raised.
  5. Press VIEW or REMOTE, according to plotting requirements.
  6. Remove the sheet when the plotter is in the View operating state by pressing CHART UNLOAD. Hold the sheet by the edges to keep it from dropping to the floor as the pinch wheels raise.
  note:
Before removing the sheet, set the plotter in the View operating state. This is accomplished either by pressing VIEW or through program control. When the plotter is in the view state, the VIEW indicator lamp is on.

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