1. Isn't it easier to use a copier?
Plain and simple, no. To the casual user, the digital duplicator has the look and feel of a traditional plain paper copier. Adding the supply components (ink and masters) it is a clean operation. The inks boxes are placed entirely inside the machine; there is no squeezing of tubes or spillage that can occur.

2. My copier gives me my first copy in about 5 seconds, while a duplicator takes about 25 to make that first copy. How can the duplicator be more productive?
Once the digital duplicator begins printing it can reach a speed of up to 130 sheets per minute. When you make thirty copies of a document the digital duplicator will be finished earlier.

3. I heard that my copier can be hooked up to our network, does a digital duplicator have the same flexibility?
Yes, digital duplicators can be connected to both stand-alone computers or most popular networks depending on your preference at a price range for as little as $1,400 to $4,500 depending on your needs.

4. How quiet are digital duplicators compared to copiers?
Today's duplicators are at about the same noise level (65-75 db) as an office copier with three or more times the speed and production capabilities.

5. My salesman told me that I should buy his copier because it is "Energy Star" compliant, is the digital duplicator?
When it comes to energy conservation, digital duplicators easily beat out their copier counterparts. Unlike a copier, the digital duplicator is completely dormant in standby mode and does not consume energy to keep a fusing element warm. Notably, all digital duplicators have a built-in "Energy Save" function that reduces the negligible amount of power used in standby mode by up to 85%. Because their power consumption is so low Energy Star does not have a classification for digital duplicators. Never the less, a digital duplicator's level of power consumption over its lifetime is estimated to by 60-700% lower than a copier printing equal amounts of copiers.

6. Aren't the duplicators harder and messier to take care of?
A digital duplicator does not take specialized operator skills to run, install supplies or clear an occasional misfed sheet. Duplicators can actually be cleaner in the office than copiers because they do not have fans circulating black toner dust particles around due to clogged or aging filters, and they definitely do not emit any ozone's.

7. How does copy quality and drying time compare to copiers?
Digital duplicators come in 300dpi, 400dpi and 600dpi versions, the output quality is close to or equal to that of similarly priced copiers. The digital duplicator uses ink, not toner. The sheets dry very quickly and are ready for distribution within 30-60 seconds after printing has finished.

8. Is it true, we can print on envelopes with digital duplicators?
Printing envelopes in no more difficult for a digital duplicator than printing onto paper, just set the one feed tray setting to the correct position and go. Printing your own envelopes will save you a lot of money versus ordering from a printer.

9. Does a digital duplicator print both sides automatically?
No, not automatically. Duplexing with a digital duplicator requires that the paper be flipped and reloaded into the feed tray to print the second side by hand. Even with this extra operator involvement the digital duplicator will out produce a 60 cpm digital copier on a run length of just 50 duplexed copies.

10. With all this production and savings, should I replace all my copiers?
No, for short copy runs you still need a copier, as the savings you achieve with the digital duplicator will be on run lengths of 25 or more per document or printing that can't be done on the copier. The digital duplicator will make that copier last longer by doing the bull work of longer runs.

2011-05-10

Isn't it easier to use a copier?

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