Printer Parts 101: Automatic Document Feeder

Printer Parts 101: Automatic Document Feeder

Today’s part we will be looking at is the Automatic Document Feeder or ADF.  Some printers can do more than simply print and can have multiple functions and are “jack of all trades” machines, these are known as Multi-functional Printers or MFP for short.  These printers can scan, fax and print using an ADF.  Paper is fed into the ADF which then automatically scans the document to be printed or faxed. This part usually sits on top of the printer and is easily accessible.  As in the your printer’s paper trays, ADF’s have internal rollers to help guide the paper thru.  Sometimes if the paper jams this might mean you need to replace these rollers also known as ADF kits.

There are two kinds of  automatic document feeders capable of two-sided (duplex) scanning: a reversing automatic document feeder or RADF scans one side of a page, then flips it and scans the other side. A duplexing automatic document feeder or DADF scans both sides in one pass.

These are some printer models that have ADF units:

HP Color Laser Jet CM6040F MFP
HP Color Laser Jet Enterprise Flow MFP M880z
HP Color Laser Jet M577DN MFP 
HP Color Laser Jet M577F MFP 
HP Laser Jet Enterprise M527DN MFP
HP Laser Jet Enterprise M527F MFP