Today at the Gil Hatch Center here in Rochester, NY, there is an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Xerox 914.
Ursula is here, along with over 150 retired Xerox employees who worked on the launch of the product. I was given the opportunity to show off our current technology, chat with this group of innovators, and see a Xerox 914 in person for the first time.
Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in projects and complain about everything we think should be done differently at a company. This might sound corny, but talking with this group and seeing— right in front of me— the Xerox copier that changed the way offices functioned forever, reminded me of the kind of company I work for…a company with a rich history and portfolio of innovative products I should be proud of and remember.
The Xerox 914 changed the way we do business, as well as the DocuTech, then iGen. What do you think (or hope) is coming next?
I would like to see a larger sheet size, maybe a “Super Sized iGen” that will print on a 19 x 25 sheet for 4 up full bleed runs. That would allow digital to be more competitive with some offset markets.
Yes Craig I agree but also adding the ability to run high volume envelopes which would integrate nicely with XMPie. This would enable an efficient solution for VDP marketing peices with the VDP envelopes.
I couldn’t agree more! VDP envelopes always catch my eye and many customers ask about running envelopes. We’ve shown the Kern EZMailer in our booth as a near-line solution which is designed for high volumes and creates envelopes w/no waste–It’s pretty crazy to watch. It would be nice to have an in-line solution to offer as well though… Great idea!
Absolutely! I didn’t put much thought into it though since there are solutions from other vendors, although they may not all be “high volume”.
Craig- Capability to run a 19″ x 25″ sheet would be awesome for sure.
When comparing digital presses, I think image quality (which is subjective anyway) is becoming less of a differentiator… so enhancements in productivity are key.
I’d like to see the following:
1) a Solid ink Production Printing system, to replace High Light Color
2) a Color Continuous Feed Printer with high IQ, in order to print labels (such as Indigo WS)
I’d like to see a 6 color iGen with a larger sheet size. 16×25 would be excellent, but 19×25 would be even better!
And then there is the Continuous Feed line of business that is now entering its 10th year. It took a few years for the “cut sheet kings” of the industry to catch on both internally and externally with customers. But this CF line is now a significant growth engine for the company with a ton of R&D being invested. So yeah after 8 new products in 9 years I bet we will see some pretty exciting stuff coming from that CF group in 2010. Stay tuned!
I guess with the Xerox 1000 coming on board you may get that 5 or 6 color faster than you think.
I´d like to see the following:
– own developped WF color device with Color Qube technology
– on-line variable spot coating for color devices
– new color device with 72x102cm (3b format)
A company in Europe is still using a Xerox 914 copier and wants to know where they can find toner. I worked on the 914 at Xerox in the early 70,s, and remember a bottle of toner was poured in the toner hopper, but cannot remember the toner part number.
Please e-mail me with more details on the customer with the 914. I can help check on the information: Ray dot Brewer at Xerox dot com – Ray Brewer, Corporate Historian and Archivist.
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