Technically Speaking…The “Magic” of Printing

Written by Joel Basa
eMarketing Manager
Xerox Corporation

I’m still amazed by the amount of engineering behind the printing process. It still seems like magic to me but to an engineer it’s not magic but instead a carefully calculated and designed series of subsystems to make a piece of paper accurately and consistently run its course and result in a printed piece.  Sensor positioning, air knifes, corrugating plates, vacuums…a few components that are part of the “magic” of printing.
We’d like to introduce a series of videos that we’ll be releasing the next few months called, “Technically Speaking.” The videos will cover a variety of topics with a more technical angle. The first video talks about the iGen4 Paper Path.  Scott and Mike take a more technical look at how paper is fed into this digital production press. Please let us know your thoughts.
What aspect of the printing process is the most “magical” to you?

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  1. Tom Davison January 12, 2012 -


    We have a Xerox 1000 Colour Press and it’s amazing how digital printing technology has come on in the last few years. Previously we had a Xerox 5000 and before that a 6060. We were going to make the jump into iGen but instead plumped for the Xerox 1000. It’s amazing though they’re quite similar now I come to look at it!

    • Joel Basa January 16, 2012 -

      Tom, the Color Press 1000 is an impressive digital press. There are many factors when deciding between two different presses such as the iGen4 and Color Press 1000. What is your print volume per month? What kind of space do you have available in your shop? Is clear dry ink a requirement? There are several other questions.

      It is amazing how digital printing technology evolves and continues to evolve.

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