The entire system was controlled by an electronic sub-system ESS of a proprietary Xerox design. Corporate Information Corporate Information. XRX is celebrating the 25 th anniversary of a product line that forever changed printing and transformed the way people work in the office by connecting the dots between documents and electronic office equipment. This page was last edited on 25 October , at Join the thousands of printing executives who are already part of the WhatTheyThink Community.

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Although no one really envisioned what DocuTech would ultimately become when work began inthere were a number of engineers working on all of the different concepts that would ultimately go into a digital publishing system.

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The entire system was controlled by an electronic sub-system ESS of a proprietary Xerox design. Join the thousands of printing executives who are already part of the WhatTheyThink Community.

Please offer your feedback to Cary. The DocuTech is an improved version of the DT, with a Sun Microsystems workstation controller replacing the original controller and scanner. Inbefore the program was even really underway, he worked with a group doing exploratory concept work on digital publishing that led to the inception of the formal DocuTech program aroundand he stayed involved in the program through the late s, when he moved to the Intellectual Property Operation.

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By Jo Oliphant on Nov 16, As a docurech specialist on this product in the early 90’s it was a complete joy to work with. No one wanted to be responsible for it not meeting the mark or timeline.

The system’s scanner module allowed document scanning in a number of modes including manually from the platen or automatically using a 23 page-per-minute recirculating document feeder. Log in or register to access your WhatTheyThink Account. Skip to main content. That was one of the most amazing work experiences we had ever had.


This was done to distinguish it from the DocuTech Production Publisher Model 90 which the company anticipated announcing in ByXerox had added a Sun workstation on the front end with software that became known as DocuSP, and the product at that point was a full network citizen. In fact, I remember being in a meeting with members of the development and launch team at a pharmaceutical company that ultimately became a beta site.

A Legacy of Making Work, Work Better. 25 Years Ago, the Xerox DocuTech Initiated Print on Demand

Corporate Information Corporate Information. Further, you could attach devices in line to do all kinds of finishing. However, image generation in the DocuTech was performed using a digitally driven, dual-beam, Laser ROS Raster Output Scanner rather than by the light-lens optics and exposure lamps found in the “analog” system.

The new product line made it possible to receive electronic images of documents from remote computers, store them, allow them to be edited and shared over computer networks, and generate documents of print-shop quality at high speed. The DocuTech also played a role in succeeding waves of innovation including the transition from analog office copiers to multifunction digital devices that scan, fax, copy and print, as well as the development of variable-information printingwhich uses data to personalize documents at a massive scale.

The controller and scanner where common for both models, but the Model 90 used a different docjtech engine based on one developed for the previously announced Xerox printer. The original DocuTech Production Publisher was capable of scanning and then printing black-and-white pages at up to pages per minutes for letter or A4 sizes with an output resolution of x dots per inch dpi.


They did a great job and worked hard, and they were on mandatory overtime prlnter years.

Nonetheless, they became a very successful beta site and were able to utilize existing docuetch while pushing for more. The system was also capable of printing on sheet sizes up to 14×17 inches. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Log in to your partner portal: We had to be able to take output from any source and be able to run it reliably. Remember that at that time, the mouse was just evolving and touch screen systems had barely emerged; DocuTech ultimately had both. There was a great deal to do to build all of the rich feature set this system offered. The DocuTech Production Publisher spawned digital print on demand, an alternative and complement to traditional commercial printing methods.

Additionally, all the control software as well as system diagnostics were created from scratch, too.

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In June Xerox announced the DocuTech Network Publisher which augmented the earlier DocuTech’s capability by enabling it to receive and print documents transmitted over a network. I would write descriptions for features, and they still wanted more! Folding, trimming, docutechh stitching of booklets was done by an optional accessory known as a C.

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