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Printer And Copier Development Progression
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Printer And Copier Development Progression

The development of printing technologies has a long and interesting history that dates back to 220 AD, when woodblock printing was the order of the day. From that time to the 15th century, many people have played important roles in the industry that has led to the new technologies we now enjoy today. For example in 1463, Johannes Gutenberg's work on printing press catapulted the whole industry to another level. This was the beginning of good things to follow. Most of the offset printing techniques such as flexography used in the industry were based on this new technology.

In the 20th century, the introduction of xerography by the Xerox Corporation was the beginning of a whole new dimension to printing technologies. This was the development that changed the industry up until now. Admittedly, the xerography did not really make the impact it was envisaged to make until the 1959. Within that year the company introduced its landmark product by the name Xerox 914 photocopier.

Xerox 914 was the first of its kind in the industry. The product used the electro-photography technology developed by Chester Carlson. At the time, this was seen as a major breakthrough, but it was only a matter of time before it became a thing of the past. In 1963, the development of the Xerox 813 came to the market. This new product was the first ever desktop copier in the history of copier technology development. The vision of Carlson to make copiers available for offices on their desks was finally alive. A decade later, the company had another breakthrough with the introduction of the first color copier, basing their design on some of the technologies of the 914.

From these accounts, it is very clear that the contribution of Xerox to the development of printing and photocopier technologies is immeasurable. Since 1973 when the first color copier was developed, the whole industry is following in the footsteps of Xerox. It has led to the development very sophisticated technologies.

Currently, the industry is seeing more interest in the area of digital printers and copiers. These are printers that no longer make use of analogue technologies. Instead, they incorporate the technologies of scanners and laser printers. The main advantage of digital printers and/or copiers is the effective manner in which they process data. They are fast and able to produce quality documents compared to its analogue counterparts.

It is therefore not surprising that industry analysts are counting on it to make impressive sales for manufacturers and dealers alike.


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