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Friday, October 21, 2011

Coming soon! Xerox Color Qube: The DOTC Review

For the last 30 days, I have kept output from a Xerox ColorCube, both 8.5x11 and 11x17, on the dash of the LandRover.

It sat in the Ontario(California, not Canada) extended stay parking lot, for a week.

The interior temps exceeded 100 degrees.

Happy to report, no runs, no drips, no errors.  As a matter of fact, the cracking along the fold closely resembles what happens when color toner is folded.

I anticipate installing an evaluation unit into one of my most important and discerning clients, within the next 30 days.

I know, I know, MpS has nothing to do with hardware - I got that.

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Hey...that's not a bad idea...

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  1. Using the windshield of a vehicle isn't an appropriate way to accelerate the test. Auto glass blocks most of the UV (why you don't get sunburned). Also test susceptibility to scratching toner from paper, as would happen when handling documents with staples. Ask the customer what their document retention policy requires, and the time frames.


  2. Larry

    Xlint observation.

    I will test in the direct, Vegas sunlight....on my way east.

    Thank you.

  3. Oh come on Larry - At the Xerox Facility in Wilsonville Oregon, the birthplace of Solid Ink, Xerox has a folder of prints from the very first solid ink printer developed in 1991 that have been stored in a metal four drawer filing cabinet. They were not stored in any special way and look identical to solid ink prints made yesterday. You can drive down there and take a look at them. They do tours all the time. All this stuff about heat and folding and scratching makes me think all we do in corporate America is write love notes coated paper and fold them up like 14 year old school girls before we put them in a oven for safe keeping. Solid Ink is a differentiators and the Japanese fast plastic crew needs to do their own R&D and come up with something to compete.

  4. Putting the printouts in a folder in a metal cabinet will block the UV for sure, and bet they are not folded either!
    That's why I asked what the retention policy is at the customer. There is a difference between Powerpoints or route maps that get thrown away at the end of the day, then printing medical imaging documents. If they are mailing the output to customers as part of a fulfillment process, folding and scratching is typical.
    Greg is responsible for making sure the solution he proposes works for the customer - reasonable to test and know the limitations of any product.



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