Fuji Xerox's Technology in Color On-Demand Publishing Systems Receives Technology Prize

Awarded for the Technology of Transporting Lightweight Paper Through the Toner Transfer Area

March 26, 2015

TOKYO, March 26, 2015 — Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. has received the 2015 Technology Prize from the Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology for its technology of transporting lightweight paper through the toner transfer area in its color on-demand publishing systems (hereinafter, the Technology), which is implemented in VersantTM 2100 Press and VersantTM 80 Press, both launched in 2014.

The prize was given for enabling the Presses to be versatile in handling paper as thin as 52 grams per square meters (g/m2) while also realizing high print productivity of 100/80 pages per minute (ppm)Note1 using the transfer roll method—a method conventionally known to be difficult in balancing these two aspects.

With this Technology, Fuji Xerox realized a stable paper transport without causing paper jam, even with lightweight papers, from the second transfer area to the next process. During the second transfer process, toner particles are transferred from the intermediate belt to paper by an electric field. This process causes the paper to be charged with static electricity, which often causes papers, especially lightweight papers, to stick to the intermediate belt. To prevent this, the Technology reduces the influence of static electricity against paper by optimizing the structure of the toner transfer area and the electrical properties of its components.

In the existing productNote2, Fuji Xerox employed the transfer belt method to prevent lightweight papers from sticking to the intermediate belt; however, this method resulted in the second transfer mechanism to increase in size as the transfer belt method requires mechanisms to control the transfer belt as well as a complex cleaning system. The awarded Technology, therefore, also contributed to downsizing and reducing the cost of the Presses by eliminating the need to adopt the transfer belt method.

The Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology annually awards new, excellent technologies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the printing technology. This was the second time for Fuji Xerox to receive this prize since 2011 when the Company was awarded for its Belt-Roll High-Speed Fusing Technology.

  • Note1 Versant 2100 Press prints A4 non-coated sheets of 52g/m2 to 300g/m2 at 100ppm and 350g/m2 at 80ppm. Versant 80 Press prints A4 non-coated sheets of 52g/m2 to 220g/m2 at 80ppm.
  • Note2 Color 1000 Press
  • Note Xerox, Xerox and Design, as well as Fuji Xerox and Design are registered trademarks or trademarks of Xerox Corporation in Japan and/or other countries.

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