How to Choose a High-Volume Xerox Copier/Printer

How to Choose a High-Volume Xerox Copier/Printer

Choosing the right standalone printer and copier for a pay-for-print shop or for the centralized document control department of a large institution is challenging. The typical office color printer will not hold up to the demands of a high-volume print environment – for this task, you need a specialized print solution.

Choose your High-Volume Xerox Printer by Average Monthly Volume

The term high-volume can mean different things to different businesses. Identifying the right printer for your office requires finding out what your average monthly print volume is. This can be done by using print audit software, but only if your business department is currently printing at or around the expected capacity of your future printer.

If you are purchasing a printer for a new business, or for a new department in an existing business, a print audit may not be possible since you haven't started printing documents yet. In that case, an estimate based on your business plan and projections will have to do.

In most cases, commercial Xerox printers such as the VersaLink models can handle monthly average print volumes of between 10,000 and 50,000 pages. High-performance standalone devices like the Xerox D-Series can handle anywhere between 70,000 to 700,000 pages per month.

There are cases when purchasing multiple smaller printers is a more feasible option than buying one large high-volume Xerox printer, such as:

  • Mixed print environments
  • Print procurement for multiple departments with differing needs
  • Managed print service contracts

However, in print centers for schools and large institutions, the need to have a dedicated high-volume printer outweighs the potential benefits of purchasing multiple small printers. In particular, the per-page cost of the Xerox D-Series is far lower than that of smaller models. Consolidating high-volume printing workflows in a singular device pays off in the long run.

Color or Monochrome?

The Xerox D-series consists of black-and-white printers with rated print speed outputs of 100 to 125 pages per minute. This is more than double the print speed of most office color office printers.

As a result, one of the most important questions print center process owners need to ask is whether color is important for the majority of their planned print volume. Xerox D-series grayscaling uses 256 shades at 600 x 600 DPI to produce faithful monochrome duplicates of color originals.

In a legal or academic environment where the vast majority of printed materials consist of text, high quality grayscaling represents a key cost-saving advantage over color printing. This can also apply to the healthcare sector, but it depends on the specific application of the printer.

Consider Optional Finishing Options

One of the most attractive drivers of value that Xerox D-Series printers offer is compatibility with a broad range of finishing options.

One of the most popular additional finishing modules is the Standard finisher with C/Z folding. This finisher can hole-punch and stack up to 3,000 sheets. It can interpose documents and staple them as they leave the D-series output tray.

The Xerox D-110 and Xerox D-125 support additional advanced finishing options. Advanced finishing options include high-volume booklet making, folding, hole punching, square-fold trimming, stacking, and tape binding.

The Plockmatic Pro 50/35 Booklet Maker can produce square-folded documents and stitched-and-folded documents alike. Using ISO-standard 80-GSM paper, it can fold 1 to 50 individual pages. Combined with the Xerox Tape Binder, offices can bind black-and-white documents to create professional booklets of up to 125 sheets.

High-Volume Applications for D-Series Printers

The D-series is more than a pay-for-print shop workhorse. It has numerous applications throughout a range of large-scale enterprise and institutional environments.

In the academic environment, D-series printers let educators create curriculum materials and student workbooks with ease. Collated slip sheets are perfect for classroom handouts, and full-color scanning allows teachers to achieve color scan-to-email capability while saving money on print resources.

In legal, insurance, and healthcare environments, bates stamping allows process owners to apply unique 16-digit alphanumeric descriptors of each page. In-line finishing allows employees to create professionally bound documents in-house, improving process cost-efficiency.

Data centers rely on the D-Series high-volume printers to generate statements, schedules, and tape-bound documentation. Additionally, personalized data stream printing support is available through optional Xerox FreeFlow print server functionality.

Do you want to learn more about the Xerox D-Series line of high-volume printers? Contact us and speak to an expert today.


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