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BERTL


Xerox-proprietary solid ink technology received the 2011 BERTL's Best award for Best Eco-Friendly Ink Technology. With solid ink's cartridge-free design and minimal packaging, there is less to manufacture, no empty toner cartridges to dispose of or recycle, and less storage space required than comparable laser devices. In fact, solid ink printers and multifunction printers produce 90 percent less waste during use than comparable laser devices.


October 11, 2011


BERTL


BERTL awarded the ColorQube 9300 Series multifunction printer a 5-Star "Exceptional" rating, noting the device's vibrant image quality, fast print and copy productivity and excellent ease of use. BERTL also noted the ColorQube 9300 Series Hybrid Color Plan enables monochrome and useful color pages at the same cost per page.


October 2011


Buyers Laboratory Inc.


The Xerox ColorQube 9200 Series multifunction printer was selected as a Pick of the Year by Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), receiving an “Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation.”


June 2009
color printing technology available only from Xerox. It was invented in 1986 in the Tek Labs and first brought to market in 1991.

Xerox Solid Ink is easy to use and produces stunning color print quality. It also:
  • Generates up to 90% less printing waste than comparable color laser printers.
  • Enables an incredibly low total cost of ownership.
Learn about Solid Ink's:
  • history
    • History

      1946

      Tektronix is founded in 1946 in Portland, Oregon. In addition to oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and video testing equipment, they make imaging and printing technologies.

      1986

      Tektronix embarks on a journey to solve the No. 1 customer complaint about color printing: high page costs.

      1986-1991

      Tektronix experiments with thermal inkjet with aqueous (water-based) ink limitations. And Piezo inkjet, which was the basis of Solid Ink waterless inkjet technology and causes fewer issues like show-through or paper curl.
    • History

      1991

      Tektronix launches its first Solid Ink product: Tektronix Phaser III. It prints about 1 page per minute in brilliant, graphic arts-quality color and is wildly successful.

      1999

      Tektronix conceptualizes its first tabloid/A3-size Solid Ink product.

      2000

      Xerox acquires the Color Printing and Imaging Division of Tektronix.
    • History

      2005

      The first letter-sized/A4 Solid Ink multifunction printer, the WorkCentre C2424, enters the marketplace.

      2007

      Xerox introduces the Phaser 8860 Solid Ink printer, which produces color pages for the same price as black and white.

      2009

      The world’s first tabloid/SRA3-sized Solid Ink multifunction printer, the ColorQube 9200 series, enables flexible pricing plans so customers don’t pay a lot for a little color on a page.
    • History



      Present

      More than 1 million Solid Ink machines are in use today, serving thousands of customers who produce more than 6 billion pages each year. Every year, Xerox works to lower running costs while improving performance and quality. Though Solid Ink technology originally was developed for the graphic arts market, it quickly appealed to general office users because of its simplicity and ease of use for everyone.
  • sustainability
  • running cost advantage

TheInk
 

To really understand what makes Solid Ink technology extraordinary, you have to start with the ink itself.

Solid Ink is formulated from a non-toxic, resin-based polymer, similar to a crayon. Solid Ink sticks are safe to handle and cannot spill, leak or smudge on your clothes.

Stringent manufacturing ensures colors are consistent from stick to stick and page to page. 100% of all ink is inspected.

Watch how simple it is to load Solid Ink sticks.

The cyan, magenta, yellow and black Solid Ink sticks are clearly numbered and specially shaped so they drop into the correct slots for easy loading.

You can load multiple Solid Ink sticks for long, uninterrupted printing and "top off" the ink at any time.

Because of Solid Ink’s cartridge-free design, its packaging is small enough to easily fit in your desk drawer. And there is no cartridge to deplete or dispose of.

 

The difference

Solid Ink's true advantages are in its differences from laser and inkjet technologies. Here's where Solid Ink is strong:

More consistent print quality page after page and on any media, including recycled paper.

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Easier to use with no cartridges to load and unload, and no mess.

Less waste with no cartridges to dispose of, and far less packaging.

Low run cost compared with color laser printing technology.

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No paper curling or wrinkling that often plagues inkjet and color laser printers.

Faster than inkjet technology.

No special paper needed, unlike some inkjet printers.

Prints a wider range of colors than most color laser devices.

Fewer parts so less can go wrong.

Other manufacturers don't know how to compete with Solid Ink and may spread misinformation about it.


Sustainability

  • Compared with color laser printing technology, Solid Ink generates up to 90% less printing waste because there are no cartridges to dispose of and less packaging to add to landfills.


    The cartridge-free design and minimal packaging also result in:
    • less to manufacture
    • less storage space
    • better transportation efficiency

  • Watch a video about Solid Ink's environmental benefits.



    "Solid Ink was born here in Oregon, and we take our commitment to the environment very seriously."

    –Jim Rise, president, Xerox North American Resellers, also known as "The Father of Solid Ink"
  • If 1 million ColorQube multifunction printers replaced 1 million laser devices, then:



    It could provide a year's worth of electricity to enough homes to house the entire population of San Francisco.
    It would be like 450,000 cars had been taken off the road.
    A pile of laser consumable garbage that would have stretched around the world would be eliminated.
  • Not only is Solid Ink cartridge-free, but it is certified to contain 30% bio-derived renewable material by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM).
    The packaging is made from post-consumer waste. The tray is made from 100% recycled content and the box is 45% recycled content. 100% of the packaging can be recycled locally.







  • Solid Ink prints beautifully on plain paper and recycled paper, including Xerox Business Recycled Paper.

  • The Solid Ink printing process was designed to be as efficient as possible:



    The imaging process produces nearly 100% ink-to-page transfer.

    Easy-to-use EarthSmart print driver settings let you select the most environmentally conscious print options.
    Intelligent Ready technology helps you optimize energy usage by learning your workgroup's usage patterns and moving to low-power mode during downtime.
  • Solid Ink printers meet stringent criteria to receive qualifications from ENERGY STAR and EcoLogo.

    Learn more about Solid Ink's environmental benefits:

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  • Some solid ink products have been shown to have a lower total lifetime energy investment than comparable laser printing devices. Total lifetime energy includes the energy invested over the printer's life cycle in raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, customer use, and end-of-life disposition.

  • Saving paper

    GreenPrint software comes bundled for free with Solid Ink printers. It automatically detects unnecessary pages, such as those with only a web address, and lets you select the pages you need to print, helping you reduce paper and ink usage.


    Choose duplex (two-sided) printing to further reduce paper consumption by using both sides of a page.
  • See how Solid Ink technology helps organizations achieve their sustainability goals.
    Medical Mutual of Ohio knows Xerox ColorQube is right for their business, the environment and their members.
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Print more color for less


  • Cartridge-free Solid Ink lowers running costs by drastically reducing the number of items customers must replace. That's why we're able to offer color page prices for less.

    "The (Solid Ink) writing system is much less complicated compared to Xerography with fewer moving components and fewer replaceable supplies, which translates to the potential for lower overall operating costs."

    – InfoTrends
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    If you print lots of color pages, Xerox solid ink printers and multifunction printers can help you realize a significant savings on 70% of the color pages you print every day. You get exceptional value, with a total cost of ownership that's hard to beat.


  • We offer two ways to save money on color printing, depending on which Solid Ink printer model you choose.
    If you like the simplicity of metered billing, then the Hybrid Color Plan is for you. It classifies documents based on the actual amount of color used. You'll no longer pay full-color prices for low-color documents.

    The three tiers of the Hybrid Color Plan:


    Black + Useful Color.
    Billed at the black-only rate.


    Everyday Color.
    Billed at slightly more than the black-only rate.


    Expressive Color.
    Billed at the current market rate for color.
    Hybrid Color Plans are available on these products:
  • We offer two ways to save money on color printing, depending on which Solid Ink printer model you choose.
    Typical office document color distribution
    Office color documents can be classified by the amount of color used. According to Xerox research, the breakdown of color documents in a typical office environment is:

    30% Useful Color

    Black + Useful Color.
    Billed at the black-only rate.

    Hybrid Color Plans are available on these products:
  • We offer two ways to save money on color printing, depending on which Solid Ink printer model you choose.
    Typical office document color distribution
    Office color documents can be classified by the amount of color used. According to Xerox research, the breakdown of color documents in a typical office environment is:

    40% Everyday

    Everyday Color.
    Billed at slightly more than the black-only rate.

    Hybrid Color Plans are available on these products:
  • We offer two ways to save money on color printing, depending on which Solid Ink printer model you choose.
    Typical office document color distribution
    Office color documents can be classified by the amount of color used. According to Xerox research, the breakdown of color documents in a typical office environment is:

    30% Expressive Color

    Expressive Color.
    Billed at the current market rate for color.

    Hybrid Color Plans are available on these products:
  • We offer two ways to save money on color printing, depending on which Solid Ink printer model you choose.
    Use these tools to see how much you could save with a ColorQube Hybrid Color Plan.
    ColorQube A4/letter-size MFP

    Hybrid Color Plans are available on these products:
  • We offer two ways to save money on color printing, depending on which Solid Ink printer model you choose.

    If you prefer to buy Solid Ink sticks when you need them without being on a metered contract, consider paying as you go. You’ll get color for the same price as black and white.

    Pay as you go with:
  • See how our customers are saving money with Solid Ink.

    Medical Mutual of Ohio does more for their members by increasing efficiency and lowering printing costs.

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    Xerox ColorQube 9300 series Steyr case study
    Case study:
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Ease of Use

See how ColorQube wows the printing industry.

With Solid Ink printers, there are no big, bulky print cartridges, or fusers, fuser oil or imaging units like you would find in a typical color laser printer.

Besides Solid Ink sticks, the only other replaceable item is a maintenance roller/cleaning unit, which lasts for tens of thousands of pages and only needs to be replaced a few times throughout the life of your device. You can replace this yourself without making a service call, unlike many laser printer parts.