Bypass tray setup

Do you experience jamming frustrations when printing from the bypass tray? If so, you’re not alone. This is a common problem users face. Most often, this is not user error, but rather a setup error on the device itself. In this blog, we will explain how to properly set up your Lanier, Ricoh, or Savin device to print from the bypass tray.

What is the Bypass Tray?

The bypass tray, also known as the multi-purpose tray or general-purpose tray, is a tray on your copier that can be used to print jobs on media that cannot be run from the main trays of your device. This is typically found on the side of the device, sometimes as an optional pop-out drawer.

Bypass Tray

Examples of media that should be printed from the bypass tray include:

  • Cardstock
  • Glossy
  • Bond
  • Cover
  • Label
  • Transparency
  • Envelopes

Your copier is not designed to print on any of these media types through the main trays. The paper goes through fewer sets of rollers when using the bypass tray. For this reason, the bypass tray can print on a variety of media, if it is set up properly.

What Media Can Be Run Through the Bypass Tray?

When selecting a media to run through your copier it is important to ensure the media is supported by the equipment. To check this, you will want to refer to the operator’s manual for your device to review the recommended paper sizes and types.

If you don’t have access to the operator’s manual, a manual can be accessed from Lanier’s website. First, click Support and Downloads. Second, simply enter your model number into the search bar, then select manuals.

While the model number of your device is fresh in your mind, take a second to see if your device’s driver is up to date, avoiding any possible vulnerabilities. More information can be found here.

Another thing to check is the packaging of the paper itself. It’s important to see if the media says it can be used for the copy or photocopy process or if it says inkjet paper. Do not use paper that is intended for inkjet printing in a photocopier device. Photocopier devices use toner rather than ink in the printing process. The different paper types are more suited for their intended type of printing.

If you are still unsure about the media you wish to use, contact our service experts for some insight as to what media we find to be the most successful.

How to Set Up the Bypass Tray

The operator’s manual has step by step instructions to assist in setting up your copier’s bypass tray. However, we wanted to lay this out for you simply. Here is a quick set of instructions to set up the bypass tray using a heavy stock.

Instructions for Use of Bypass Tray in Classic Copy Mode

1. Check if the media is supported by the device

2. Load paper in the bypass tray

3. Press # on the number pad to set the size and type of media

4. Select the correct media size
When setting paper size, there are two settings for 8 ½ x 11 paper, LEF and SEF. Be sure the select the correct feed setting based on how you have the paper loaded in the tray. If the feed type is not set correctly, the machine will jam.

5. Click OK

6. Select the correct media type

You can find more information about the media on the paper ream packaging.

For thicker stocks, Thick 2 is a good setting to start with. If you have issues with your stock, for example, the toner isn’t setting causing smudges, you may need to choose a higher thick setting. If the problem is still not corrected, that stock is likely too thick or not a compatible media.

7. Click OK

For your convenience, we have included a printable version of the instructions, below. Hopefully, these tips will help keep you running smoothly, however, if you continue to run into issues we are here to help!