Although you will know what a photocopier is, did you know …
! The photocopier was invented by Chester Carlton in 1938, he researched the theory as his arthritis meant that hand copying documents was extremely painful. The process was originally called electrophotography.
! You cannot copy money using a modern colour photocopier, there is an embedded pattern which all modern devices recognise, so if you were thinking of trying your luck one lunch break unfortunately it won’t work.
! We have all heard the stories of the photocopier being used at drunken office parties, but did you know that 20% of copiers worldwide have had a service call logged due to the pressure applied by someone sitting on the glass? Avoiding the copier after a few drinks saves a very awkward conversation with the engineer who comes in to fix the machine – nothing gets by them.
! Photocopiers don’t use ink, they use toner. Toner granules accept a photostatic charge and as such are attracted to a photosensitive drum, the drum then transfers images to paper. The toner is sealed to the paper using a heat process.
! Most people/companies do not wipe the memory of their devices before replacing them, it is believed that 60% of all used copiers have data remaining from previous owners. Luckily for our customers, at SBM we wipe all of our hardware when we remove them from a customer site.
Blog Post – 4th March 2014.