Once personal computers and email entered the office, the death knell of paper was sounded…prematurely, as it turns out. Despite file sharing and PDFs, the paperless office never came to fruition. Offices seem to be using more paper than ever, with select few reducing the amount of paper they use. Even so-called “paperless offices” always have a printer around (usually for HR!). Good thing that bulk toner and discount copy paper are actually getting cheaper!

It’s very likely that you used either a copier or a laser printer today. And as long as it’s working and isn’t jamming, you probably don’t give much thought to the technology behind it. But when you work in discount toner and bulk copy paper as much as we do, it helps to know a bit more about how these machines work. Let’s take a look at a quick history of the copy machine.

Thank An Attorney

Before the invention of the copier, files had to be copied by hand (either written or by typewriter) if you wanted a second copy. Eventually carbon paper came along, but it was messy and created copies that were far from perfect.

When you think of the phrase excessive paperwork, it’s likely that the legal profession comes to mind. That’s why it might not surprise you to learn that the copier was the invention of an attorney. In the late 1930s, Chester Carlson was tired of making copies by hand or having someone retype it multiple times. Not only that, but he was arthritic, so the process of writing or typing was quite difficult for him.

How’s It Work?

Carlson was also an inventor, so he came up with the process of producing copies electrostatically. The basic process goes like this: first, the original paper is subjected to a powerful lamp that reflects the image onto a drum. The drum is positively-charged, and any text that’s to be copied pick up a negative charge. We now have a negatively-charged “shadow” of the text on the drum, and then the drum moves along to the positively charged toner which is drawn to the text area of the drum. Then the drum rolls that text onto a piece of paper. After it goes between two hot rollers, the toner is them permanently attached to the piece of paper.

It Didn’t Catch On

As important as copiers are to most offices of today, you might think that the photocopying process caught on immediately. You’d be wrong. More than 20 businesses turned down the opportunity to work with Carlson, some of them big names like IBM and General Electric. To put it bluntly, they just didn’t see a need for it and didn’t think they could market it to other businesses. After all, businesses were humming along perfectly fine; why would they want to change?

Making It Better

Perhaps it made some sense that companies weren’t interested in buying the technology. When Carlson brought them his initial invention, it was still in its infancy. It ended up taking him another nine years before the product was brought to market, then two more to create an office-ready machine. Carlson coined the term xerography (dry writing) and named his company Xerox. Then he made a lot of money.

Ready To Get The Best Price On Bulk Toner?

As sellers of bulk toner and discount office paper, we enjoy being part of Carlson’s legacy. If you’re ready to get the best price on toner and discount office paper every time, it’s time to contact a specialist at United Imaging and getting a free report regarding all of your office equipment and supplies.

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