How Xerox solid ink works?

23. March 2010 10:48 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Also referred to as phase-change printers, Xerox solid ink printers are exceptional because it’s carbon footprint is less and the technology is unique to Xerox.  Solid ink technology was first developed by Tektronix. Tektronix was then bought out by Xerox in 2000. A Xerox Phaser ink printer is based upon a simple 3 step process:

  1. A maintenance roller putting oil on the print drum Xerox Phaser ink sticks
  2. A printhead shifting ink to the print drum via 1,236 nozzles jetting more than 30 million ink drops per second.  A printhead is more or less the central module of any inkjet printer. What it does is it transports ink to the paper by means of the nozzles. Also known as jets, the nozzles are connected to the printhead. The resolve of the nozzle is to act as a conduit for the ink as it goes from the ink chamber to the paper. One printhead may well effortlessly encompass hundreds of nozzles. Each of these nozzles is a lot slighter than one hair on your head.
  3. A print drum transmits the image to the paper.

Below are the detailed steps in the printing process:

  1. The maintenance roller spreads on a coat of silicone oil to the warmed drum for consistent ink emission.
  2. The printhead smears on all of the shades at the same time onto the revolving drum.
  3. A sheet of paper is then swiftly fed flanked by both the revolving drum and a transfix roller, thus conveying the ink to the paper.
  4. The ink then infiltrates and congeals instantaneously with the paper. This reduces the risk for smearing snags. The ink unites with the paper using both hotness and compression.
  5. If the printer is fixed to print on both sides, the paper is fed back into the paper track. The paper then takes one more go in the printer and gets printed on the reverse side.

As with all other printer equipment, there are pros and cons that are existent and solid ink is no exemption. Below are the pros and cons of using a solid ink printer as opposed to a laser toner printer.


  • Eco-friendliness by using a solid ink stick
  • Fewer parts causing it to lower the repairs cost
  • It is capable of handling more types of paper
  • Exceptional print eminence with brilliant colors
  • Swift printing (once initial warm-up is done and melting of the ink sticks)
  • Easy to use


  • Long warm up time (can take up to 5 minutes)
  • Printheads may become congested
  • Printer cannot be relocated without the cooling program running
  • Higher power spending

Despite the cons of the solid ink printer, if taken care of properly it will provide you with more vibrant pictures and years of usage while helping preserve the environment with a smaller carbon footprint.

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